Toyota to Resume Japan Production of Prius, Lexus Hybrids


NEW YORK — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced Thursday that it will resume Japan production Monday of the Prius along with the Lexus CT 200h and HS 250h.

The Prius production will be restarted at TMC’s Tsutsumi plant, while the Lexus CT 200h and HS 250h will resume production at Toyota Motor Kyushu.

The announcement comes one week after TMC in Japan restarted production of replacement parts, and three days after reopening some of its plants that produce parts for overseas production, in the aftermath of the massive earthquake/tsunami that struck the country on March 11.

TMC will continue to assess parts supply as it considers the restart of other vehicle plants in Japan.

On Wednesday, TMC issued a statement on North American production:

“We continue to assess our supply base in Japan following the earthquake/tsunami. Today, we communicated to team members, associates and dealers here that some production interruptions in North America are likely. It’s too early to predict location or duration.

“Currently, the greatest majority of parts for our North America-built vehicles come from approximately 500 suppliers in North America. Also, we continue to receive parts from Japan that were already in the pipeline, limiting the immediate impact. We will continue to work closely with suppliers in North America and Japan to minimize any disruptions to Toyota’s overall North American operations.

“Dealerships continue to have an ample supply of vehicles, our ships continue to deliver vehicles to North America, and we are doing all we can to ensure our dealers have products available for customers.

“We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.”



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