Toyota suspends Japan vehicle production

Toyota suspends Japan production with 27 out of 28 lines at all 14 plants to be temporarily halted from August until September 2021. This decision was brought in by the shortage of parts from Toyota’s suppliers in South East Asia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly all models were affected by the temporary suspension, namely the GR Yaris, Prius/Prius PHV, Camry, Crown, C-HR, Yaris, Hiace, RAV4, Alphard/Vellfire, Land Cruiser Prado, 4Runner, Mirai, Corolla, and all Lexus models. On the other hand, low-volume models such as Lexus LC and the Toyota Century will halt their production line throughout the entire month of September. 

Notably, this isn’t the first time the brand has announced the temporary halt of its Japan production. Back in July 2021, Toyota already stated that they will be suspending the Japan production of the Land Cruiser 300 and other Lexus models in August. .

Locally, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) sources the RAV4, Alphard, Camry, and the recently launched GR Yaris from Japan. So there could be a chance of delayed deliveries given the circumstances brought up by the suspension of its Japan production. Moreover, this could also interfere with the Land Cruiser 300’s Philippine debut happening anytime this year, granted that the all-new full-size SUV is to be sourced from the land of the rising sun as well. Though it is worth noting that a fleet of LC300s were already spotted on Philippine roads riding a trailer truck, perhaps, that should keep our hopes up at least for the initial batch of units. 

There are no official statements from TMP just yet, though given that some models are currently sourced from Japan, there is a chance that unit deliveries could be affected by this suspension. On the side note, Toyota just started GR Yaris lately, let’s hope that customers who have opted for any of those Japan-sourced units won’t have to wait longer than usual.

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