Toyota to stop production in Japan until March 16 - report

Output drop estimated at 40,000 units
Mar 14, 2011

Toyota productionToyota Motor Co. is reportedly planning to suspend production in Japan for at least three days.

"The automaker said the planned production halt from March 14 to March 16 would reduce output by 40,000 vehicles," The Straits Times said.

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.

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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.

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"A couple of days' stoppage won't significantly affect our operations. Our ordering parameter is three months forward," Isla told

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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