Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American plants, stalled by parts shortages a year ago, are leading an industrywide assembly surge buoying cities from the Midwest to the deep South amid a languid U.S. economy.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s Mississippi plant opens this month to build the Corollas that the Japanese automaker needs to get its U.S. sales growing. It’s part of a surge of hiring among car companies that’s a bright spot in the slow U.S. recovery.
Toyota Motor Corp. resumed full production at all North American plants this week and said it will expand U.S. output of small engines as Japan’s largest automaker works to boost sales slowed by a March earthquake.
Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the Camry sedans and Prius hybrids, led sales of Asian automakers higher in the U.S. last month, gaining market share as deliveries at General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. fell.