Toyota trims Lexus production at Japan plant as demand slows in China
A visitor takes a photo of Toyota Lexus' first hybrid model HS250h displayed at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 270,000 Prius hybrid vehicles over brake problems in the United States and Japan, a report said Friday, while the beleaguered auto giant launched an investigation into possible problems with the brakes in two more hybrids including the luxury Lexus. (AP / Itsuo Inouye)
Published Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:24AM EDT
TOKYO -- Toyota is scaling back luxury Lexus production in Japan to adjust to reduced demand in China, where anti-Japanese riots broke out last week over a territorial dispute.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that production of Lexus luxury models was being adjusted at its 100 per cent owned Kyushu subsidiary in southwestern Japan, but declined to give numbers or other details.
According to Toyota, production at no other plant in Japan has been affected over the China woes.
The maker of the Prius hybrid and Camry sedan said operations are back to normal at all its plants and dealers in China as of Monday. Some had shut temporarily.
The purchase by the Japanese government of tiny islands, controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing, set off riots across China last week.