Watch For Empty Lots At Local Toyota Dealers This Summer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Toyota says its manufacturing operations won’t be back to normal until the end of this year, because of last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The slowdown in production could jeopardize Toyota’s standing as the number one automaker in the world.  Despite millions of recalls, the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia said 70% of all vehicles in this country are made by Toyota.

Kevin Mazzucola, the Association’s executive director, said, “They’ve been through a lot with the recalls last year and they were ramping up again and have that momentum and with that loyal customer base, they’ve hung tough and then here’s another blow to them.”

Mazzucola said being up front about production problems should help Toyota weather this latest crisis, but he adds, if you’re in the market for a Toyota, you might want to start shopping now.

Reported by Margie Smith, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Nostromo

    The ‘quake in Japan on March 11th literally came on the heels of Toyota’s boast that they’d sell 10 million cars and trucks this year.

  • Guess Who

    “The slowdown in production could jeopardize Toyota’s standing as the number one automaker in the world.”

    Too late. GM reclaimed the title today.

  • Zzbar

    The 70% number is totally incorrect. Good for Toyota, maybe the US will start making autos here and put some people back to work.

  • grumpy

    It looks like Mother Nature is helping the America’s auto industry by limiting these imports. Something that our leaders (both parties) can’t accomplish!

  • Nostromo

    I’m glad. Toyota just announced, quietly, an airbag recall. I hope they have a tough time getting replacement airbags.

  • johnny99

    What a ridiculous story. “70% of all vehicles in this country made by Toyota”? Absolutely not true. Get facts straight before writing a story.

    • Peter

      I agree. That is a nutty statistic and KYW fell for it hook, line and sinker!

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