Toyota Motor Co. is reportedly planning to suspend production in Japan for at least three days.
Toyota produces 38 percent of its cars in Japan, which was struck by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami on March 11. Following the disaster, Toyota Motor said it is shutting down some of its export plants to assess the damages in its facilities.
Toyota Motor Philippines first vice president and Lexus Manila president Daniel Isla said this will not affect vehicle supply in the Philippines. The RAV4 and all Lexus models are imported from Japan.
"A couple of days' stoppage won't significantly affect our operations. Our ordering parameter is three months forward," Isla told TopGear.com.ph.
Toyota is the leading automotive brand in the Philippines. It holds a 37-percent market share in the country as of February 2011.
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