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News of  April 25, 2001


Toyota Releases Company's First North American Manufacturing Environmental Report

Erlanger, KY - For the first time in the company’s North American history, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. will release its 2000 Environmental Manufacturing Report that highlights Toyota’s five-year Environmental Action Plan, its targets and environmental progress within the manufacturing industry.

This report compiles environmental information from all of Toyota’s North American facilities and includes additional information like the Toyota Motor Corporation Global Earth Charter, key environmental indicator information (energy usage, volatile organic compounds, waste disposal, etc.) and Prius product information.

"Toyota has made protecting the environment a top priority in our company," said Teruyuki Minoura, President of TMMNA. "Toyota is proving our commitment to the environment with many of our products, but it all starts in our manufacturing facilities. We promise to continue to improve each manufacturing process as we work to become the world’s leading auto manufacturer in environmental responsibility."

The report is the latest in a series of environmental communications Toyota is releasing. Last fall, Toyota issued its Green Suppliers Guidelines brochure that outlines environmental requirements for all Toyota suppliers. In addition, all of Toyota’s North American manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 certified.

"We hope this report helps us set the environmental benchmark for others in the industry," said Kevin Butt, Assistant General Manager of TMMNA Environmental Affairs. "By sharing our report and five-year Action Plan, we hope to allow others to systematically track our environmental progress."

To review the full environmental report, please visit Toyota’s web site at Printed reports are available by e-mailing requests to:

By 2003, Toyota will employ some 33,000 people throughout North America. At this time, the automaker's expected annual capacity will reach 1.45 million vehicles and 1.16 million engines. Toyota's North American-built vehicles include the Camry, Avalon, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Corolla, Tundra, and Tacoma. The new Matrix will join the North American-manufactured lineup in 2002, and beginning in 2003, the Lexus RX300 will also be produced here.

(April 18, 2001)

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