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Toyota And Lexus Production Nearly Grinds To A Halt After Japan's Earthquakes

Toyota Hit Hard By Quakes

Once again, the Japanese auto industry is being pummeled by earthquakes. Damage from the quakes led several automakers to shut down production, and for Toyota in particular, these work stoppages come at a time when the company is struggling to meet crossover and truck demand in the U.S. Here’s Automotive News:
Deadly earthquakes will shut down virtually all Toyota production in Japan over the next week, torpedoing exports of Lexus products, the Prius hybrid and some trucks at a critical time when Toyota is trying to get more crossovers for the U.S.

Suspended vehicles include the hot-selling Lexus RX and NX crossovers and the Toyota RAV4. Also hit are the Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser SUVs and the Lexus GX and LX SUVs.

The stoppage comes as other automakers cut back on output or reassess production plans after the quakes in southwest Japan knocked some suppliers offline. Affected suppliers still had no time line for resuming operations as of late Monday in Japan.
 

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Perhaps Toyota should move those vulnerable production facilities from Japan to a more stable area, such as a part of China which has been earthquake free . . . .:wink
 
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