“Production shall be continued on the shop floor,” Toyoda vowed. “Otherwise, we will cause troubles and inconvenience to our customers. So we shall never stop production activities.”
Now, however, Toyota will cut Japan output by 36,000 units through several days of shutdowns in April.
Mazda partly blamed the widespread consumer lockdowns for cutting production by 60,000 units, including reduced output in Mexico and Thailand. But Mazda said it will continue sales operations in Japan and China.
Some analysts expect more shutdowns to follow.
“I’m not surprised they are throttling down production,” said Christopher Richter, lead auto analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in Tokyo. “If you have been merrily operating in the U.S. thinking you have 60 days of inventory, guess what? Come April 1, it’s going to be 80, then 120.”
But for the time being, many Asian automakers continued in business.
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