Toyota sees vehicle production recovery in 2023, with some risks Toyota sees vehicle production recovery in 2023, with some risks
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Toyota sees vehicle production recovery in 2023, with some risks

Toyota sees vehicle production recovery in 2023, with some risks

The Japanese auto manufacturer made 9.7 million vehicles in 2019

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Toyota Motor Corp. expects vehicle production to exceed pre-pandemic levels, forecasting output of as many as 10.6 million vehicles during 2023 while warning that final shipments could be 10 per cent lower if it is unable to procure enough parts, especially semiconductors.

The newly issued target would be a significant jump from the planned 9.2 million vehicles that the Japanese carmaker forecasts for the fiscal year through March.

Toyota made 9.7 million vehicles in 2019.

As the world’s number one carmaker, Toyota is a bellwether for the rest of the global automobile industry and its suppliers. Volkswagen AG said last week that it expects supply bottlenecks to ease and that it was confident for 2023, citing higher orders. Even so, parts shortages stemming from Covid-related lockdowns have challenged the industry, on top of rising costs for materials and logistics.

“Currently, we are working toward a production volume with a ceiling of 10.6 million units for 2023,” Toyota said in a statement Monday, adding that there’s a “downward risk fluctuation range of approximately 10 per cent.”

Despite predicting a recovery last year, the Japanese auto manufacturer had to lower its production outlook for the current period in November, citing a persistent lack of chips.

Underscoring the chip shortage, Toyota temporarily gave new car buyers just one smart key instead of two late last year, seeking to ration semiconductors. The measure applied to 14 models for sale in Japan, including Crown sedans, Prius hybrids and the battery-electric vehicle bZ4X.

“The situation this year remains difficult to predict due to factors such as semiconductor shortages and the spread of Covid-19,” Toyota said.

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