Toyota Motor announced it will make further production cuts in Japan in December on top of what it had already announced last week due to continued disruption to its regional supply chain, according to local reports.

The automaker said it would suspend operations on two additional production lines at its Tahara and Miyata assembly plants until Wednesday, resulting in a further production loss of 5,500 vehicles affecting SUV models including the Toyota Landcruiser and Lexus NX.

This was in addition to the suspension of two production lines announced last Thursday.

Four plants would be affected by the latest cutbacks, delaying production of 9,000 vehicles, which the company said was due to lingering supply chain disruptions in southeast Asia caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Toyota said it was also planning a partial suspension at the Tahara plant for a week, starting on 18 December, and has cancelled a plan for a subsidiary in central Japan to operate some production lines over the weekend.

The automaker said it still expected to meet its current production target of 9m vehicles for the current fiscal year ending 31 March 2022.

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