Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toyota Can't Keep Pledge, Will Halt Production at Several Japanese Plants
It was a pledge even Akio Toyoda couldn’t keep. A few days after announcing to the world that Japanese automakers will “do all they can to remain producing cars and trucks,” Toyota announced that they’ll be idling five Japanese plants beginning April 3.
To be fair, the shutdowns are not related per se to COVID-19 (earlier, two Toyota line workers tested positive for the virus, but the lines were simply sanitized and production promptly resumed). It is, however, connected to an expected decrease in car and truck demand worldwide in the wake of the pandemic.
The five affected Toyota plants are Toyota’s Takaoka, Tsutsumi, Tahara, and Kyushu sites. Affected models available in the Philippines include the RAV4, Prius, Camry, Lexus ES, Land Cruiser Prado, Lexus GS, Land Cruiser LC200, Lexus LS, NX, IS, and RC.
Production will suspend starting April 3 and will resume between April 7 to 15. It will cut about 36,000 units in terms of volume for Toyota.