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Toyota to halt 5 Japan plants in April as demand slows

SUVs for US and China-bound Lexus among models affected

Toyota will suspend a production line at this Lexus plant in Fukuoka Prefecture for nine days. (Photo by Shigeru Aoki)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor said Monday that it will suspend assembly lines at five domestic group plants next month to offset the slump in offshore demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Japanese automaker will halt seven lines starting April 3. The shutdowns are slated to last until April 15 at the longest, though the company may prolong the suspension, depending on foreign demand.

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