August 23, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – The planned reduction in global vehicle production by Toyota Motor Corp. is not expected to impact the automaker’s operations in the Philippines.
Rommel Gutierrez, Group Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP), said in a Viber post that reducing global vehicle production would “have no effect on TMP.”
Toyota Motor reduced September production by 40 percent to around 500,000 units, according to a report from Nikkei Asia, from a previous plan to build 900,000 units.
The Japanese auto giant cited the shortage of auto parts and declining global supply of chips among the reasons for the reduction in production of the company’s vehicles.
Toyota Motor said adjustments would be made to production operations at its Japan-based factories.
In particular, it is suspending 27 of 28 production lines at 14 Japanese factories.
In another development, TMP said it was expanding coverage of its vehicle recall for the replacement of faulty fuel pumps.
In a letter to Marimel Porciuncula, director of the Office of Consumer Policy and Advocacy at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Gutierrez said TMP’s special service campaign for fuel pump replacement would cover 32 Additional units of the Toyota 86 model produced from April 13 to October 31. 31, 2018.
With the inclusion of the Toyota 86 model, TMP’s special services campaign that began last year now covers a total of 46,731 vehicles sold nationwide.
Gutierrez said the fuel pump will be replaced at no cost to customers.
“TMP Corp. will notify affected customers through official notification letters and invite them to bring their vehicles to the Toyota dealership for special service,” he said.
TMP remains the country’s leading automobile manufacturer.
At the end of July, TMP sales reached 74,521 units, up 67.5% from the 44,481 units sold in the same period last year.