A top Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. official says he is not happy with President Obama telling consumers to “buy American.”

Obama made the comments yesterday during his announcement of Chrysler LLC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

“I would be somewhat less than candid (if I didn’t say) that the president’s comments were probably troubling,” TMSUSA spokesman Irv Miller tells media today during Toyota’s monthly sales conference call. He says his feelings closely reflect those of the American International Automobile Dealers Assn. (AIADA), which yesterday decried Obama’s remarks.

“We would urge the president to recognize all Toyota associates” at the auto maker’s manufacturing plants in Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, California and Mississippi, Miller says.

He also reminds the media that Toyota designs vehicles in Michigan and engineers them in Southern California.

“A Camry is built in Kentucky, and a Ford Fusion is built in Mexico,” Miller says, noting the issue of what constitutes an American vehicle today is not so black and white.

“I would urge all Americans to purchase the vehicle of their choice,” Miller says, adding all new-car sales boost communities because of dealerships and the taxes they contribute.

Toyota executives also brush off any talk of seeing sales rise as a result of Chrysler’s bankruptcy filing.

“It’s too premature to say how the market will respond,” Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager-Toyota Div., says.

Miller says Toyota shares 60% of its suppliers with the Detroit Three auto makers and has contingency plans in place to make sure its flow of parts is uninterrupted.

cschweinsberg@wardsauto.com