Toyota to slash production plan, suspend some domestic operation due to COVID lockdown in China

A Toyota Motor Corp. logo is seen on a car at the International Auto Show in Mexico City
A Toyota Motor Corp. logo is seen on a car at the International Auto Show in Mexico City, Mexico November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

TOKYO, May 10 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Tuesday it would suspend operations on 14 lines at eight domestic factories for up to six days in May due to the COVID lockdown in China.

The duration will be between May 16 and May 21, the company said, expanding the number of lines and factories affected by partial suspension to a total of 20 and 12, respectively.

The partial suspension would affect output of about 30,000 vehicles.

It also slashed global production target for the month by around 50,000 to 700,000.

It did not provide an estimate for lost production in a statement.

Toyota's announcement is another example of automakers being forced to cut back production as a result of COVID lockdown in Shanghai.

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Shanghai is in its sixth week of an intensifying lockdown that has tested the ability of manufacturers to operate amid hard restrictions on the movement of people and materials.

(This story officially corrects paragraph 3 after company changed the estimated impact on output from partial suspension.)

Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama, Editing by Louise Heavens

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