TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. has raised projections for 2000 sales and production, both at home and abroad, on the strength of better-than-projected overseas sales.
Toyota said last week it now expects overseas sales to total about 3.35 million units, up 9 percent from a year earlier and 110,000 units more than it predicted in December.
Because most of the predicted sales gain will be fed by exports from Japan, output at home is projected to rise 9 percent to about 3.4 million units, up 100,000 from the December forecast.
Output at factories outside of Japan also is projected to rise about 9 percent to about 1.75 million, up 40,000 from the December forecast.
Including its Daihatsu Motor Co. subsidiary, Toyota Group sales worldwide now are forecast to rise 10 percent to about 5.83 million, or 120,000 more than previously predicted. Group production is expected to rise 9 percent to about 5.87 million, or 140,000 more than previously forecast.
Toyota did not change its sales forecast for Japan: up 8 percent from a year earlier to 1.8 million. Including Daihatsu, sales will rise 8 percent to about 2.35 million.