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Toyota to cut global output 40% in September on ASEAN outbreaks

Automaker cites impact of coronavirus on suppliers in Vietnam and Malaysia

Toyota's Takaoka plant: The automaker will suspend production lines at multiple domestic factories starting early next month. (Photo by Koji Uema)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor said Thursday it will reduce global production for September by 40% from its previous plan, as the spread of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia adds to supply troubles for Japan's top automaker.

The maker of the Prius hybrid and the RAV4 SUV planned to build nearly 900,000 automobiles for the month, but that number has been reduced to about 500,000. Nikkei reported on the production cuts earlier.

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