If you’re waiting for your order of the new GR Yaris, the new 300 Series Land Cruiser, or any Japan-built Toyota model for that matter, we have some bad news. It might get delayed. Toyota announced that they will be suspending production at several plants in Japan, and nearly all models are affected by the temporary suspension. Worse yet, it’s not only the Japanese market that is affected. It’s almost all markets around the world.
The Japanese automaker says that production at 27 out of 28 lines at all 14 plants will be temporarily suspended from August until September. The reason is the same as why the automaker’s Thailand plants also paused production last July. There’s a shortage of parts from Toyota’s suppliers from South East Asia due to the spread of COVID in the region.
This isn’t the first time Toyota announced that it would stop production at its Japan plants. In July, the automaker said they would suspend production of several Lexus models and the new Land Cruiser 300 in August.
With the new announcement, the models affected by the pause in production this September include the GR Yaris, Prius/Prius PHV, Camry, Crown, C-HR, Yaris, Hiace, RAV4, Alphard/Vellfire, Land Cruiser Prado, 4Runner, Mirai, Corolla, and all Lexus models. Meanwhile, the production line for low volume models such as the Lexus LC and the Toyota Century will halt for the entire month of September.
Toyota Motor Philippines only started deliveries of the GR Yaris lately, and the new Land Cruiser is scheduled to debut later this year. But with the temporary pause in production coupled with high demand all over the world, some customers eagerly waiting for their units might have to wait longer than usual.