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Two of the three production lines at Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor, a joint venture between Toyota Motor and China’s FAW Group, will be closed for a week from October 22.

The decision will affect production of the Toyota Crown and Reiz models.

According to Japan’s Nikkei business daily, the remaining production line, which mainly produces smaller cars such as the Vigo, will stop manufacturing on October 22 and October 26. The news about Toyota’s week-long production halt was confirmed by another Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun. According to Japanese journalists, the company will use the week to adjust its future production plans.

However, an official from Toyota China told China Daily that the Japanese automaker always produces its vehicles according to orders. “We have never drawn up such a detailed plan based on market forecasts,” the unnamed source said.

Tianjin FAW Toyota is the largest of the Japanese automaker’s nine production facilities in China. The plant represents around 60 percent of the company’s total output in the world’s largest market. In 2011, around 500,000 vehicles rolled off the production line at the Tianjin plant. Toyota’s September sales in China dropped by 48.9 percent year-on-year to 44,100 units, the largest decline since January 2008, amid tensions between Japan and China.