Toyota Hits Record November Output, but Shortages Loom

Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles bound for shipment at a port in Yokohama, Japan. (Toru Hanai/Bloomberg News)

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Toyota Motor Corp. said its global output hit a record for November, thanks in part to solid consumer demand, though it warned of an uncertain outlook due to a persistent shortage of semiconductors and spikes in COVID cases in China.

The world’s No. 1 automaker produced 833,104 vehicles in November, an increase of 1.5% from a year earlier. Global sales rose 2.9% to 796,484 units, the company said in a statement Dec. 26.

The output for vehicles reflects solid demand in areas such as North America, and a rebound from a year earlier when COVID infections in Southeast Asia disrupted supply chains. The auto industry is still dogged by shortages of chips and other car parts, while it also will face challenges stemming from the rapid spread of COVID cases across China.

In early November, Toyota cut its global production target for the fiscal year through March while sticking with a conservative profit outlook because of chip shortages.

Toyota’s domestic output for November declined 3.3% from a year earlier to 266,174 units, while overseas output was up 3.8% to 566,930 units, according to the statement.

Including vehicles assembled by subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co. and Hino Motors Ltd., output and sales totaled 982,552 units and 884,112 units, respectively.

Separately, Nissan Motor Co. said global output declined 23% from a year earlier to 248,961 units in November, while sales slid 26%. Honda Motor Co.’s global production fell 12% to 325,996 units last month, the first year-on-year decline in six months.

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