Toyota to extend output suspension due to parts shortage

Auto giant Toyota says it will halt some production lines in July for longer than expected due to a shortage of parts caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai.

Toyota initially said it would suspend lines at seven factories in Japan for up to six days in early July.

But it announced on Wednesday it will extend the suspension by 10 days at four lines at two plants in Aichi Prefecture.

The company blames the extension on a delay in parts deliveries because of the Covid outbreak at one of its suppliers in China.

It has revised next month's global output plan downward to 800,000 vehicles, about 50,000 fewer than before.

Authorities in Shanghai lifted the tough coronavirus restrictions at the beginning of June. But many economic activities have not returned to normal.

Other Japanese automakers have also halted some operations, including Subaru and Daihatsu.