New-car wait times could be about to get even worse in Australia, with automotive giant Toyota again halting production across some of its most popular models as the impacts of the coronavirus and supply shortages continue to wreak havoc
Toyota has today apologised for another series of rolling stoppages across 16 lines in 10 of its plants (out of 28 lines in 14 plants), citing China's recent lockdowns as a key supply-chain issue.
"We at Toyota would like to again apologise for the repeated adjustments to our production plans due to the parts shortage resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and for causing considerable inconvenience to our customers, suppliers, and other parties concerned," the brand said in a statement.
"Due to the impact of semiconductor shortages, we have adjusted our production plan by tens of thousands of units globally from the number provided to our suppliers at the beginning of the year."
Toyota's Takaoka Plant (responsible for the Corolla) will lose five days of production, while a second line at the same facility, responsible for the RAV4, will lose three days.
Another three days is being lost at Toyota's Tahara plant, responsible for the LandCruiser Prado, while the Yoshiwara plant - home to the 300 Series and 70 Series LandCruisers - will lose four days.
It's tough news for some of Toyota's most popular models, with the Toyota RAV4 already reporting wait times - depending on the model grade - of approximately one year, particularly for the hybrid version.
Reuters is reporting that the shutdowns will see Toyota reduce its June production totals by 100,000 vehicles, dropping from 950,000 units to 850,000.