Source: Automotive News Europe, 2020-03-30
Toyota said it would extend a production suspension at all of its factories in Europe, with the exception of Russia, until further notice.
The plants are not expected to resume output until 20 April at the earliest, Toyota said.
The measure was necessary because of the acceleration of the coronavirus in European countries and the associated lockdown measures taken by authorities, the automaker in a news release on Monday 30 March.
An uncertain short-term sales outlook and difficulties in logistics and supply chains that will increase in the next weeks also contributed to the decision, the automaker said.
Processes and projects essential to a smooth re-start and to the future activity of the plants, such as new vehicle projects, will be maintained with necessary staff, Toyota said.
Toyota has closed dealerships in countries with lockdowns, except for servicing and repairs of key vehicles, such as public safety vehicles.
With the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Toyota had suspended production from mid-March in France, Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey and Portugal.
Its Russian factory will be closed from 30 March to 3 April, the automaker said.
Toyota has already halted production in all of North America.