Toyota said it was ready to restart some plants in Japan starting April 25, following the stoppage forced by the deadly earthquakes last week.
The deadly twin earthquakes that struck Japan’s island of Kyushu last week forced the world’s biggest automaker by sales to halt production in stages between April 18 and 23, as it could not get auto parts in time from its suppliers. Toyota now plans to gradually restart most of its vehicle assembly lines in Japan starting from April 25. However, some the factories will remain on hold, including the Motomachi and Miyata plants, which build among others Lexus models such as the LFA supercar, NX and RX SUVs, ES and GS sedans or CT compact hybrid hatchback. At Motomachi, Toyota also makes the first mass-market fuel cell hydrogen vehicle, Mirai.
This is not the first time Toyota halts output this year. In January, an explosion at the Aichi Steel plant in Japan, operated by one of Toyota’s affiliates, affected the production of steel parts at that time, thus making the automaker to suspend all vehicle assembly lines within the country from February 8 through February 13. According to some estimates made by Kurt Sanger, auto analyst with Deutsche Securities Japan, and quoted by Automotive News Europe, a full week of loss production would total less than 90,000 vehicles and cost the company between 50 billion to 70 billion yen (458.2 million to 641.5 million dollars).
Via Toyota / Automotive News Europe