Half of Toyota’s assembly lines in Japan have been interrupted by a recent earthquake. Ripple effects could be felt in Australia and other countries.
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Toyota Australia says it yet to determine if there will be any further delays to shipments of vehicles after last week’s earthquake in Japan wiped out a number of parts suppliers.

Toyota was planning to pause production “for several days” on 14 of its 28 assembly lines in Japan, according to a report by Automotive News.

The facilities produced such models as the Toyota RAV4, C-HR and Kluger SUVs and a number of Lexus models, the industry journal reported.

For now, it is unclear what the interruption to Japanese production will mean for the world’s biggest manufacturer of motor vehicles – and Australia’s top-selling automotive brand for the past 18 years in a row.

A statement from Toyota Australia issued to CarAdvice said: “Due to an earthquake in Japan on February 13th there have been adjustments to production at a number of plants. We are currently determining any impact from this on the Australian market.”

Automotive News said Toyota would not disclose which car parts were affected, although a spokesman told the paper the delayed components were not semiconductors, which are at the centre of a global shortage and delaying most major automotive brands.