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Toyota halts production plant in Tianjin

10-22-2012 15:39 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Xie SiSi

Toyota Motors, the world’s biggest automaker in the first half of 2012, will be seeing its production lines sitting idle from Monday at its plant in north China’s Tianjin.

This is due to weak demand for its cars in China, amid anti-Japanese sentiment triggered by a territorial row.

Winter is falling -- and so is the chill over these production lines.

According to Asahi Shimbun -- One of Japan’s oldest and largest national daily newspapers -- two of Toyota Tianjin plant’s three lines is taking a pause for one week starting

Monday, affecting output of sedans such as the Crown and the Reiz. The third line, which makes models such as the Vios subcompact, will be halted for two days, on October 22nd and 26th.

A Tokyo-based spokesman for Toyota declined to comment on the Asahi report. He said "production adjustments are part of the company’s normal practice and it does not disclose details of such adjustments".

Xie SiSi said, “In September, Toyota’s sales in China fell 48.9 percent from a year earlier, however Toyota is not the only Japanese brand who’s suffering here in China.

Honda Motor sales in the country also dropped -- down 40.5 percent , with sales of nearly 34,000 units in September -- the lowest since May 2011.”

Tokyo’s move to nationalise the Diaoyu Islands prompted tens of thousands of Chinese to protest last month, with some urging a boycott of Japanese products.

Japanese factories and businesses across China closed or scaled back operations in September over fears they or their workers could be targeted by angry pprotesters.

Toyota has another plant in Guangzhou. Together, the two plants produced about 770,000 of the approximately 800,000 vehicles that Toyota makes annually in China.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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