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NAGOYA (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Corp. may shut down some assembly lines at domestic plants as part of a review of its production system in Japan over the coming several years, a senior executive of the auto giant said Thursday.

“We may abolish or scale down some production lines as a result” of the review, Executive Vice President Atsushi Niimi told reporters in Nagoya.

The carmaker now produces vehicles at 17 plants in Japan, including ones operated by Daihatsu Motor Co., Hino Motors Ltd. and other subsidiaries. The production of a single model is spread among several plants in some cases.

Toyota officials said earlier in the day that the company will review its production structure with a view to determine where to manufacture new models, and consolidate production by vehicle type such as minivans, large vehicles and compact cars.

Niimi said the review of manufacturing operations will not involve workforce cuts but the company may relocate some workers. “We don’t feel we are overstaffed,” he said.

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