Japan automakers shut production in Malaysia

Japanese automakers are being forced to suspend production and sales in Malaysia as the Southeast Asian country enters a coronavirus lockdown.

Most industries are shutting down until June 14. Auto manufacturers are allowed to keep factories running - but with a workforce of 10 per cent or less.

Toyota suspended operations from Tuesday. The company's Malaysian facilities make about 50,000 passenger and commercial vehicles annually.

Daihatsu is also affected. It runs a joint venture with a local firm that produces more than 200,000 units a year.

Auto production is facing disruption in other parts of the region, including India.

Business impacts are being keenly felt in Asia, a key hub for Japanese carmakers.