Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Some North American production slow down Toyota

By John Crawley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.t> slows down some North American production due to supply disruptions caused by the earthquake and the tsunami disaster in Japan.

The world's largest automaker told employees and dealers on Wednesday was its single largest market, it too early to determine the scope, duration and a slowdown, but institutions in the United States, and in Canada and Mexico all are checked.

Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, said the company had ample supply of most products for the region, adding, "We will do everything possible to ensure", so that vehicles dealers available.

"We will continue to closely with suppliers in North America and Japan, to errors to Toyota's total North American operations, minimize" Knight said.

Most of the parts for Toyota North American built vehicles come from about 500 suppliers in the region. The company said it continues to receive parts from Japan that were already in the pipeline, limit which are direct consequences of the disorder.

Shares of Toyota fell to close to 1 per cent to $82.14 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Toyota has suspended production at all its 12 assembly plants in Japan at least through March 26. Chain disruptions enforces the company delay introduction of two new additions to the Prius hybrid.

Toyota ships more than half of the Japan output to overseas markets. It operates nine manufacturing facilities in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico.

Scores of Japanese manufacturers, including the other big Japanese car companies, are facing after the March 11 disaster chain disruptions.

Suzuki Motor Corp <7269.t> said that his three Assembly will remain factories in Japan closed on Thursday and Friday. Honda Motor Corp <7267.t> has suspended production in Japan to March 27

Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for buyer resource of Edmunds, now shut down said that occur outside of Japan are probably only the beginning.

"All car manufacturers are just now finding out, which provides every small part." The lack of one could shut down an assembly line. Toyota is not the only vulnerable; "Almost all major auto manufacturers have some risks", said cancer.

While Toyota could not identify where production in the United States would be affected, consider production of low-selling models other manufacturers with dwindling supplies slows down.

For example, General Motors co has shut temporarily pickup plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Pickup Toyota plant in San Antonio, Texas, the criteria could as well as fit according to a source familiar with the thinking of the company.

Full and medium-sized pickups lineup include the highly fuel efficient cars like the Prius and Camry and Corolla to the weakest arm of Toyota U.S., hybrid models and sport utilities functions.

Knight, said that the company had determined which plants are affected.

Anxious to recover business lost while security crisis and an improvement in marked economy one by massive recalls, marketing, more helped Toyota expectations with 42 percent to surpass U.S. sales in February to 141,846 vehicles.

(Reporting by John Crawley;) Additional reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; (Editing by Gary Hill and Richard Chang)

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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