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Toyota Motor Corp on Tuesday said that the company  will slow output at its plants in Brazil and Argentina due to a shortage in components from Japan as a consequence of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

In a statement, Toyota said it shut the plant in Indaiatuba plant in Brazil on Monday, and will shut it again on May 6 and 20. The plant in Zarate, Argentina, will be shut on May 13, 20 and 27, it said.

The Argentine plant in the town of Zarate that produces Hilux pickup trucks and SW4 SUVs will halt production by the factory’s second shift during three days in May.

The automaker has no plans to lay off workers due to the slowdown. Its production plans for June and beyond remain unclear.
Last year Toyota made about 64,000 Corollas in Brazil and about 70,000 Hilux pick-up trucks in Argentina, with the two models sold in each other’s markets and exported to neighboring countries.