The 4Runner is one of the models to be effected by December plant suspensions in Japan.  -  IMAGE: Toyota

The 4Runner is one of the models to be effected by December plant suspensions in Japan.

IMAGE: Toyota

Toyota shrank its December worldwide production plan to 750,000 vehicles, blaming ongoing parts-supply issues.

The Japanese carmaker said it will suspend operations during parts of the month on four lines in three plants in Japan.

The suspensions will impact work on the RAV4 and 4Runner, the Harrier crossover SUV and multiple Lexus models.

Its downsized output will be split between 500,000 vehicles made outside Japan and 250,000 on the island country.

Toyota apologized for its continued production changes. It said its full 2023 fiscal-year production forecast is now 9.2 million units, down from its original planned volume of 9.7 million.

The carmaker said the reduction accounts for expected semiconductor shortages that have plagued the industry since the pandemic’s early days.

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Originally posted on Auto Dealer Today

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