Summary Box: Toyota shows new pdn methods

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Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:54 PM
Summary Box: Toyota shows new pdn methods

INNOVATION: Toyota says it is putting renewed focus on innovation in production methods and design after getting a wake-up call from its massive recalls.

EXAMPLES: The automaker highlighted a flexible assembly line that can grow or shrink over a weekend to adjust to demand, special stamping that allows car doors to be carved into molded shapes and instantaneous laser-welding that adds to the stability of luxury models.

CONTEXT: Toyota had a stellar reputation for quality until massive recalls that began in 2008.