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Toyota announced yesterday that its November production numbers reached a record breaking 736,003 units, a y/y increase TM chartof 12%, confirming the company's 25th straight month of growth. They plan to produce 9.42 million vehicles next year, a 4% increase that could make Toyota the world's largest carmaker, a title previously held by General Motors for 81 years. The company, which earns 60% of its operating profit from North American sales, expanded November exports to the U.S. by 43% to 126,000 units and 44% to 1.16 million vehicles in the first 11 months of this year. Toyota's international production climbed 11% to 350,300 units, and domestic production went up 14% to 385,703 units. Analysts are expecting growth for all Japanese auto companies in 2007.

• Sources: Bloomberg , AP
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• Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Toyota (TM).
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Source: Toyota Production Surges to Meet Global Demand