automotive en Toyota Officials Confident of Recovery <p>Despite a drop in production and profits after the earthquake in Japan, Toyota Motor Company officials are optimistic about the automaker&rsquo;s future. Toyota sales spokesperson Steve Curtis says the parts shortage that followed the earthquake has not been as long or severe as expected. Toyota profits dropped by 77 percent after the disaster, but Curtis says demand, at least in North America, remains high. Mon, 16 May 2011 15:49:51 +0000 3851 at