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Toyota to Halt Production at Five European Plants

Toyota joins its rivals Nissan Motor and Honda Motor in cutting back output in Europe.

Toyota said on April 13 that it would temporarily halt production at five European plants for several days in April and May, due to a shortage of parts following the March 11 earthquake.

Toyota said the plants in Britain, Turkey, France and Poland would also operate at a reduced volume throughout May "in order to manage available parts supply."

Toyota joins its Japanese rivals Nissan Motor and Honda Motor in cutting back output in Europe.

The world's biggest automaker said three vehicle production plants -- Burnaston in England, Adapazari in Turkey and Onnaing in France -- will be affected by the latest production issues.

Output at engine manufacturing facilities in Jelcz-Laskowice in Poland and in Deeside, Wales, will also be halted.

Toyota said eight non-production dates between April 21 and May 2 have been scheduled, although this coincided with some previously planned public or company holidays at some facilities.

"Even though most of our parts come from European suppliers, we are experiencing gaps in our supply chain due to the situation in Japan," said Didier Leroy, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. "By adjusting our production in Europe, we are adapting to the current situation while not completely interrupting our deliveries of vehicles to our customers."

The automaker has previously said it will suspend all output operations at most of its 14 North American factories for four to five weekdays later this month.

It also said it would suspend operations in the Philippines from Monday through Wednesday next week due to a shortage of parts, with Ford Motors' operations there also affected.

Toyota last week said production at its factories in Japan would restart from 18 April until 27 April at 50% of normal pace.

The production halts have hit the automaker at a time when it was recovering from a recall crisis that brought the quality of its vehicles into question.

Toyota was last week threatened with a downgrade of its long-term credit rating by Moody's, one month after Standard & Poor's cut its rating on the automaker.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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