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Toyota plans to halve production in China in October

Published: October 13, 2012 | 8:33 am
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Toyota Motor Corp. is facing an uphill battle in China as consumers remain wary of purchasing Japanese-made cars after dozens of vehicles were destroyed by anti-Japan demonstrators in last month’s protests.

The company plans to roll out about 33,000 units in China in October, half the number initially planned for the same month before protests broke out across the country, sources said.

A sharp drop in production could continue in coming months, according to a Toyota senior official.

“We are not sure that production will return to a normal level in a month or two,” the official said.

The automaker said at the end of September that it would have to scrap its original plan for October.

Toyota’s sales in China came to 44,100 units in September, a year-on-year decrease of 48.9 percent.

Many Toyota dealerships now have a large inventory, and the carmaker is cutting back production by introducing more days off or switching factories from two shifts to one to deal with the overstock.

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