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Toyota Promotes North American Manufacturing Executives

ERLANGER, Ky., Dec. 23, 2003 -- Toyota announced today the promotions of several senior level managers at the automakers' North American manufacturing facilities and headquarters.

"Toyota's North American manufacturing executives face exciting challenges in the coming years," said Atsushi Niimi, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TMMNA).

"As always, Toyota is driven to improve quality and efficiency. At the same time we're working hard to ensure that Toyota and Lexus products remain a good value to our customers. I am confident that these challenges and our rapid growth will be met head on by this strong management team."

The new positions are as follows:

Mark Boire, TMMNA General Manager, Production Engineering, Vehicle Production Engineering. Mr. Boire was previously TMMNA Assistant General Manager, Production Engineering, Vehicle Production Engineering.

Todd Bridwell, TMMNA General Manager, Information Systems, Business Systems Innovation. Mr. Bridwell was previously TMMNA Assistant General Manager, Information Systems, Business Systems Innovation.

Kevin Butt, TMMNA General Manager, Corporate Affairs. Mr. Butt was previously TMMNA Assistant General Manager, Body Production Engineering.

Jon Delong, TMMI General Manager, Production. Mr. Delong was previously Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) Assistant General Manager, Manufacturing Planning.

Kevin Martin, TMMNA General Manager, Quality, Field Quality Assurance. Mr. Martin was previously TMMNA Assistant General Manager, Quality, Field Quality Assurance.

Jeff Moore, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) General Manager, Manufacturing. Mr. Moore was previously TMMWV Assistant General Manager, Manufacturing.

Glenn Uminger, TMMNA General Manager, Production Control, Logistics. Mr. Uminger was previously TMMNA Assistant General Manager, Production Control, Logistics.

In addition to the recent promotions, several of Toyota's North American manufacturing executives have been assigned to new positions within the organization.

The rotations are as follows:

Dom Beradesco, TABC, Inc. Vice President, Administration. Mr. Beradesco was previously Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) Vice President, Administration.

Bob Reid, TMMBC Vice President, Administration and Secretary. Mr. Reid was previously TMMNA Vice President, Administration, on assignment at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc.

Dan Robbins, Bodine - Tennessee, Vice President and Plant Manager, Manufacturing. Mr. Robbins was previously CAPTIN Vice President, Manufacturing.

Jim Wiseman, TMMNA Vice President, Corporate Affairs, External Affairs. Mr. Wiseman was previously TMMNA Vice President, Human Resources.

Jamie Bonini, TMMNA Supplier Commodity Engineering. Mr. Bonini was previously Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) General Manager, Powertrain.

Dave Cox, TMMK Project Engineer and Engineering Development. Mr. Cox was previously TMMNA General Manager, Production Engineering.

Phil Duncan, TMMI General Manager, Manufacturing Planning. Mr. Duncan was previously TMMWV General Manager, Production.

Bill Krueger, TMMK, General Manager, Assembly. Mr. Krueger was previously TMMI General Manager, Production.