Toyota Says It’s Restructuring California-Based Marketing Unit

Apr 27, 2014 3:22 pm ET

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest automaker, said it’s reorganizing the company’s U.S. marketing organization as part of an efficiency push without detailing how many jobs may be eliminated as a result.

Changes at Toyota Motor Sales USA operations at its Torrance, California-based headquarters take affect May 1, the company said in a statement. Julie Hamp, a spokeswoman for the company, declined to disclose details of the reorganization.

“Roles and responsibilities will be redefined to create a team that is more integrated, flexible and efficient,” Toyota said in the e-mailed statement. “Associates whose positions are significantly different in the new organization have been provided with several options, including applying for opportunities within the new marketing organization or in other departments at TMS or Toyota Financial Services.”

There is also a “voluntary exit program,” Toyota said in the statement, without elaborating. The Toyota City, Japan-based automaker has more than 5,300 employees in California, most of whom work at its Torrance campus.