Toyota Motor Corp. built more than 1.983 million vehicles in North America in 2017, crediting a stable overall economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs.
Toyota's production volume in 2017 decline compared 2016, when vehicle assembly plants turned out 2.1 million vehicles. Toyota has built nearly 32 million vehicles in North America since 1986.
Even though compact car sales declined 5.8 percent in the United States in 2017, Toyota is adding capacity to keep up with customer demand for its Corolla, which remains strong globally. The Japanesse car builder announced in January that it will be building a joint manufacturing plant Mazada to open in 2021 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Toyota also plans to invest $1.33 billion to modernize its vehicle production facilities in Kentucky.
Toyota produces 13 models in North America including: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Yaris and Yaris iA. Toyota directly employs more than 46,500 people.
The press release can be found here.