Toyota has confirmed significant cuts to new automobile production over the remainder of August and September, amounting to roughly a 40 per cent decrease in the number of finished automobiles rolling off the firm’s production lines.
The company has blamed a ‘parts shortage’ resulting from the ongoing covid-19 pandemic for the wide-ranging shutdowns. This is thought to be shorthand for the ongoing global microchip shortage that has affected global supply chains for not just the automotive industry, but also home computers, mobile devices and beyond.
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14 of Toyota’s Japanese factories will close down on certain working days over the next few weeks. customers intending to get automobiles sold internationally under the Toyota and Lexus brands will feel the impact, including those checking out models such as the GR Yaris, the conventional Yaris, RAV4, Corolla, Prius, C-HR and the all-electric Lexus UX300e. production of low-volume luxury models like the Lexus LC and Toyota Century will be suspended entirely for the month of September.
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The world’s greatest carmaker would usually expect to produce around 900,000 automobiles during the time of shutdown, but has revised that figure to 540,000, according to reports.
A Toyota UK spokesperson told automobile express that “Manufacturing operations at Toyota motor Europe (TME) Burnaston remain as planned.” The Derby facility produces the current Corolla.
But the firm anticipates potential bottlenecks at European production facilities in France (Yaris and Yaris cross production line), the Czech Republic (Yaris and Aygo) and Turkey (Corolla and C-HR).
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