Toyota halts more production in Japan as parts run out

Toyota halts more production in Japan as parts run out
A Toyota employee works on the assembly line of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) at the company’s Motomachi plant in Toyota, Aichi prefecture, on May 17, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Issei Kato)

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation on Friday (Dec 10) expanded production stoppages at some factories in Japan because of a shortage of components shipped from parts plants in Southeast Asia.

The latest halts will cut car output by 9,000 vehicles when added to curbs announced on Thursday, affecting production of Lexus models and its four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser, Toyota said in a press release.

Although limited, the cuts come as Toyota tries to make up for production lost to earlier supply-chain disruptions in Malaysia and Vietnam that forced it to trim vehicle output even as demand for cars in markets such as China rebounded as COVID-19 lockdowns ended.

The world’s biggest car producer by volume said that it is sticking to an annual production target set in September to build 9 million vehicles by the end of March.

“We would like to maintain 9 million units, but we will keep a close eye on the situation,” a Toyota spokesperson said.

Source: Reuters