- Feb 16, 2010
Report: Toyota idling two U.S. factories in wake of sales shortfall
The recall of over eight million vehicles has Toyota in the crosshairs of the world media, and all that negative attention is predictably hurting the Japanese automaker's U.S. sales. A report from Breitbart claims that Toyota is stopping production at its Georgetown, Kentucky Camry and Avalon plant for four days to keep output in line with demand. Likewise, the San Antonio, Texas Tundra plant will be shuttered for 10 days in March and April to ensure that dealers don't have more trucks on the lot than needed.
If the report is true, the temporary shutdown of the plants in Kentucky and Texas would appear to signal that Toyota doesn't plan to build up stockpiles of vehicles in the short term. We're thinking that's probably a good idea in light of the fact that Toyota will likely continue to see bad press until well after the Japanese automaker heads to Washington D.C. for congressional hearings about its recall issues. Toyota is working hard to get the many recalled vehicles fixed, however, as the automaker claims its dealers are on a torrid pace repairing 50,000 pedals per day.
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