The Japanese manufacturer will have to interrupt 14 production lines for several days.
Ten years almost to the day after the Fukushima disaster, a new violent earthquake affected the same region of Japan on February 13. With a magnitude of 7.4, it caused a lot of damage, and more than a hundred injured, but fortunately no deaths.
Like many local businesses, Toyota was hit by the disaster. The automotive giant, which has 15 factories in the country, will have to close 9 for a few days. These are in total 14 production lines that will stop this week, most from Wednesday February 17 to Saturday February 20.
Several models affected
Many models will therefore no longer be produced for a few days, such as the RAV4 SUV, Land Cruiser, or the Harrier, a compact SUV only sold in Japan. Lexus chains are also affected, with the discontinuation of those producing the RX, NX and LX crossover, but also the LS sedan.
Toyota hopes to resume normal production from the end of the week. In the United States, some of its production lines will also be closed due to a snowstorm affecting the south of the country, causing power cuts.
But all is not lost for world n ° 1 in sales : thanks to a forward-looking management of its stocks, the manufacturer has not been as affected as its rivals by the shortage of electronic components, which has forced many brands to slow down their production, while world demand is increasing again.
Read also :