Toyota halts UK, French output for 14 days
Published 26/03/2010 | 12:17
Carmaker Toyota will deepen production cuts in Britain and France as government sales incentives expire.
The Japanese company, which has also been hurt by the recall of more than 8 million vehicles, will halt assembly of the Yaris subcompact in Valenciennes, north of Paris, for 14 days in a series of stoppages starting next month.
Daily output will be cut by 22pc to 651 cars from May 10.
A plant in Burnaston, England, that makes the Auris hatchback will close for a week in May and one of its two production lines will be idled at the start of June, Toyota spokeswoman Maria Mack said today.
Cash-for-clunkers payments ended in September in Germany and will cease in the UK this month, while a French bonus will be halved to €500.
Toyota is also revamping its quality control after the recall over accelerator and brake issues.
February sales fell 20pc in Europe from a year earlier, versus a 3.2pc gain for the overall market.
Toyota’s production cuts follow other measures announced earlier this year. Yaris output in France was reduced to 840 a day from 1,000 on February 17 and the Burnaston factory will shut down over the coming two weeks.
While the Japanese carmaker has no plans to cut its 3,000 full-time posts in France, the contracts of 345 temporary workers hired last year won’t be renewed, Mack said. In the UK, 750 jobs are to go through voluntary departures.