Toyota has suspended operations at all of its Japanese production plants following a system malfunction.

    The Japanese carmaker halted production on 28 lines at its 14 domestic plants yesterday after a glitch that occurred on August 28 left the company unable to order components.

    Toyota said in a statement it understands the system malfunction was not caused by a cyberattack, however it’s continuing to investigate the cause.

    Production is understood to have recommenced on 25 lines at 12 of its domestic plants from the first shift today as a “temporary measure”, with all operations at all plants expected to resume from the second shift onwards.

    It’s unclear what this will mean for local prospective Toyota vehicle owners that are still waiting for their vehicle. Given production has already recommenced in some capacity it hopefully won’t cause too much of a backlog.

    Virtually every Toyota vehicle sold locally comes from one of these affected Japanese production plants, besides the HiLux and Fortuner which are produced in Thailand, the Kluger which is produced in the US, and the Supra which is produced in Austria.

    Toyota has historically been very transparent about its production delays and pauses, especially during component shortages resulting from the spread of COVID-19 in Japan.

    The Japanese carmaker currently has a plan to produce a total of 10.6 million vehicles during 2023.

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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