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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Toyota's Production Stoppage Now Extends To RAV4, GR Yaris As Well


Toyota Motor Corporation is making a third adjustment to its Japan production as a result of the on-going parts shortage.

As an update to their previous production stoppage announcement made last September, Toyota is stopping production at 27 lines in 14 plants out of 28 lines in 14 plants in October. The total hit, worth about 330,000 units, represents a 40 percent cutback from the original October production plan.

The stoppage results from the spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia where Toyota’s suppliers are located. Toyota cites troubles at Malaysia and Vietnam where parts such as semiconductors and wiring harnesses are sourced.

Aside from the Land Cruiser 300, Land Cruiser Prado, Alphard, and pretty much the entire Lexus line-up, the stoppage now includes the RAV4, Hiace, and GR Yaris as well.

At best, the production stoppage only spans two days (GR Yaris), but in the worst-case scenario, plants will sit idle for five (RAV4), six days (Hiace), or as much as 11 days.

Despite the uncertainty, Toyota says production should normalize in November.

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