Toyota Australia yet to determine if earthquake in Japan will further delay cars

Half of Toyota’s assembly lines in Japan have been interrupted by a recent earthquake. Ripple effects could be felt in Australia and other countries.

Toyota Australia says it yet to determine if there will be any further delays to shipments of vehicles after last week’s earthquake in Japan wiped out a number of parts suppliers.

Toyota was planning to pause production “for several days” on 14 of its 28 assembly lines in Japan, according to a report by Automotive News.

The facilities produced such models as the Toyota RAV4, C-HR and Kluger SUVs and a number of Lexus models, the industry journal reported.

For now, it is unclear what the interruption to Japanese production will mean for the world’s biggest manufacturer of motor vehicles – and Australia’s top-selling automotive brand for the past 18 years in a row.

A statement from Toyota Australia issued to CarAdvice said: “Due to an earthquake in Japan on February 13th there have been adjustments to production at a number of plants. We are currently determining any impact from this on the Australian market.”

Automotive News said Toyota would not disclose which car parts were affected, although a spokesman told the paper the delayed components were not semiconductors, which are at the centre of a global shortage and delaying most major automotive brands.

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