Toyota Motor Corp announced on Tuesday 17th that it will suspend production at their main manufacturing plants for a two week period in response to governments policies.
Portugal and France are the main plants who employ 3000 people have closed their doors for the two week period the aid to prevent further spread of the virus.
The 2nd largest manufacturer of cars and 4wd’s by sales volume, will be paused until the end of march under current circumstances.
The Portugal manufacturing plant is responsible for manufacturing 2000 Land Cruiser sport utility vehicles is also effected under this halt in production.
The launch of the new Yaris is still set to continue as normal at the Valenciennes plant, relative payroll and engineering staff will be kept on to keep the launch of the new model on track.
Toyota announced that it has informed employees in Brussels HQ to work from home, which 95% have done so on Monday.
Toyota announced that their facility in India is going to be put on idle and the assembly line in Japan will be shut down amidst workers testing positive of coronavirus, Bloomberg Reported.
On top of a ramp down in production, Toyota has said it had closed a number of dealer showrooms in countries with mandated restrictions to assist in the prevention of the spread of the virus.
While official figures have not been released by Toyota due to the current economic climate it will be interesting to see how future production and sales will pan out.
More details to follow upon available press releases provided by Toyota.