Toyota's production nightmare has just worsened, with the brand set to reduce its output by another 400,000 vehicles through October, with everything from the LandCruiser Prado to the Toyota Corolla impacted.
The news follows Toyota's previous stoppage announcement, that stripped another 400,000 vehicles from production, with the GR Yaris, C-HR, RAV4, HiAce, as well as the LandCruiser 300 Series and LandCruiser Prado, among the models impacted.
The problem, says Toyota, is the worsening coronavirus situation in South-East Asia, which has made it difficult to secure parts, as well as the global semiconductor shortage that is impacting almost every manufacturer.
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Toyota had appeared to have been one of the few companies that had weathered the semiconductor storm, with no delays announced. That was until August, when the company confirmed that rolling shutdowns would stretch from August into September, and would impact 27 production lines across every one of Toyota's 14 domestic production facilities. The work-stops would last anywhere from one to 28 days, depending on the facility.
The results of those shutdowns were massive, with Toyota's production falling by 40 per cent, from around 900,000 vehicles to around 500,000, in September, with the obvious flow-on effect meaning longer queues and wait times for new vehicles.
But the news has just worsened again, with Toyota confirming the shutdowns would continue from September into October. The brand also warns that "the outlook for November and beyond is uncertain".
This time, another 400,000 vehicles have been stripped from Toyota's totals, with 180,000 of those bound for international markets.
Among the vehicles impacted this time are the Corolla, Camry and Yaris, as well as the Prado, Yaris Cross and LandCruiser 70 Series. Lexus models include the NX, UX and UX300e.
"Due to the effects of lockdowns in various places, it is difficult to maintain operation" the brand said in a statement.
"Currently, we are making every effort to maintain the supply chain by transferring production to other regions as much as possible. In addition, the demand for semiconductors is increasing in a large number of industries, and we are continuously scrutinising the situation and discussing medium- to long-term measures with related companies.
"We will do everything we can to deliver the car to our customers as soon as possible, such as by flexibly changing the production plan to the model with high demand."
So far, the brand has lost around 800,000 vehicles, but obviously plans to make up some - but not all - the lost ground, with its annual target of 9.3m vehicles now reduced by 300,000.