Toyota says one of the keys to reducing energy consumption is to make its employees work as close together as possible.
Toyota will continue its three-days-a-week schedule at North American plants for the rest of April and May, due to continued parts shortages as a result of the March 11 Japan earthquake. Toyota's original production suspension halted lines on Mondays and Fridays from April 15 to April 25, but will be extended to include April 26 to June 3.
Honda had its turn to deal with striking workers in China, now it's Toyota that's feeling the wage demands of Chinese laborers. Tianjin Toyoda Gosei is the joint venture that runs a number of Toyota parts factories in China, and all three of its assembly lines have been stopped due to walkouts. Without the interior and exterior plastic and door parts it makes, Toyota's largest assembly factory in the country has had to be shut down. Toyota says it is continuing negotiations. We imagine that, as
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An Automotive News report suggests that we can expect another Toyota assembly plant in North America sooner than later. Toyota, which already has five North American assembly plants with two more under construction, will run out of capacity soon after 2010, about the time when Steve Sturm, VP of North American planning for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., predicts that 64 million new Gen-Y car buyers will ignite a new car sales boom.