Toyota has planned further North American production cuts as sales continue to slump.


A spokesman in Japan told local media some production in Indiana and Kentucky would be stopped for up to nine days and in Canada for up to 10 days early in 2009.


Production of Tacoma trucks and Corolla cars at the NUMMI JV with General Motors in Fremont, California, would stop for 10 days, the spokesman said.


The spokesman declined to detail the number of vehicles affected.


Toyota’s Princeton, Indiana, plant has annual capcity of 350,000 units and builds the Tundra truck, Sequoia SUV, and Sienna minivan. It will add the Highlander SUV late next year after the automaker decided earlier this year to turn over a new Mississippi plant being built for it to US production of the Prius hybrid instead.


The Georgetown, Kentucky, facility makes the Camry and Avalon sedans, Solara coupe/convertible, engines and components and can make 500,000 vehicles and engines a year.


Toyota has just opened its new Woodstock, Ontario, RAV4 SUV plant in Canada while its older 270,000-unit plant in Cambridge, also Ontario, builds Corolla, Matrix and the Lexus RX350


The latest cuts are in addition previously announced cuts at US, Canadian, UK and French factories, and the laying off of about 3,000 temporary workers in Japan.