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Toyota and Honda Set North American Production Records

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. set production records at their North American auto-assembly plants last year even as the yen weakened against the dollar for a second consecutive year.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, built 1.86 million Toyota and Lexus cars and light trucks at U.S., Canadian and Mexican plants, while Tokyo-based Honda made 1.78 million Honda and Acura autos in North America, the companies said in statements yesterday. While the gains weren’t matched by records in U.S. sales, exports expanded to markets including South Korea and Latin America.