Toyota to halt China Tianjin plant

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to suspend some production lines at its plant in Tianjin, China, next week, it was learned Tuesday.

The move is to cope with a plunge in auto sales in China amid the deterioration in bilateral relations following Japan’s nationalization last month of three islets in the Senkaku chain.

Toyota has been curbing production in China since the start of October, looking to cut 50 percent. Output may drop further with the new measure at its largest production base in the country.

Toyota will halt two of the three lines at the plant for five days starting Monday and the other line for two days during the week.

The company resumed production at the plant after China’s National Day holiday period earlier this month and has been cutting back on output by slowing the speed of the lines.

The plant, which makes models including the Corolla and Crown, accounts for 60 percent of Toyota’s production in China.