Toyota on Monday suspended for six working days production of Camry models at its plant near St. Petersburg.

“The assembly line was halted today and the cars are not being produced,” the spokesman told RIA Novosti.

The Shushary plant near St. Petersburg is due to restart production on 7 April. Employees are to be paid two-thirds of their average salary during the suspension.

The plant, which employs 750 workers and has a capacity of 20,000 cars per year, started manufacturing Camrys in December 2007.

Since the start of the year several car factories in Russia have temporarily suspended production over rising prices for auto parts and other supplies and declining sales amid the financial crisis.

Toyota has also reduced production at its UK plant and is expected to announce additional measures early next month.