Toyota has shut down production at 10 Japanese plants amid a crisis over parts

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Three days after making a similar announcement, Toyota cut its expected June production levels again. This will not help fix the ongoing deficit and the growing customer waiting list.

The latest (May 27) bulletin states that the company has reduced its June production plan by another 50,000 vehicles to 800,000 vehicles. This reduced the June target from about 900,000 vehicles to 850,000 vehicles on May 24.

This is not as bad as the May results, with current month’s output (at the time of writing) first targeted at 750,000 and then at 700,000 – as reported on May 11.

The latest 50,000-unit cut affects its Japanese plant, with 16 lines in 10 plants and / or body shops suspending production from June 6 to June 10.

The affected plants are Motomachi, Takaoka, Sutsumi, Tahara, Miyata, Iwate, Miyagi Ohira and Wamazaki and Inabe and Yoshiwara Body Shop.

Damaged production vehicles due to the five-business-day factory suspension include Australian-market vehicles such as Toyota Yaris Cross, GR Yaris, CH-HR, Corolla, RAV4, Prado, Land Cruiser 300, Land Cruiser 70 and HighS.

Damaged Lexus vehicles include LX, ES, RX, LS, NX and LC.

Most of these cars are currently subject to long waiting times in Australia. Looking at Toyota for at least a few months, high-demand cars like the RAV4 Hybrid and the Land Cruiser range are more than 12 months old.

The Lexus LX and NX are also subject to a 12-month wait.

“We apologize again to Toyota for repeatedly adjusting our production plans due to the shortage of parts due to the spread of COVID-19 and the considerable inconvenience of our customers waiting for vehicles, suppliers.” , And other parties involved, ”TMC said.

“We recently suspended operations at some of Japan’s domestic plants in May / June and announced global production plans for June. Due to the impact of the lockdown in Shanghai, we have decided to suspend operations at some of our domestic plants for the week of June 6th.

“… although the current supply situation for the parts is very difficult to predict due to the ongoing lockdown in Shanghai, and production plans are likely to be low, we will work closely to minimize the sudden decline in production. Checking parts supply.

“As it is difficult to look forward due to the shortage of semiconductors and the proliferation of COVID-19, we will continue to do our best to deliver as many vehicles as possible to our customers as soon as possible.”

Toyota still says that group-wide output will be 9.7 million vehicles this Japanese fiscal year (ending March 31), less than the initial estimate of 11 million vehicles expected to return to the global supply chain this year.

The loss of nearly 1.3 million vehicles from the global allocation will send shockwaves across all major Toyota regions, not least all of Australia where the company controls 20 percent of the market share.

To its credit, Toyota Australia has kept industry stakeholders well informed about its stock situation compared to other brands, and we look forward to another local update in the near future. We will always keep you informed just like us.

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