Lexus Reduces Manufacturing Output After China Protests

Lexus ES in China

Due to ongoing tensions between China & Japan, Lexus will be reducing daily production at their Kyushu plant in Japan — Just Auto explains:

According to the Nikkei business daily, Toyota will reduce output at its key Lexus factory in Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. Daily production will be lowered about 20% from the current 1,300 units to roughly 1,000 indefinitely. Affected models include the ES, a sedan sold exclusively outside Japan and the compact CT 200h hybrid hatchback.

The operator of the Fukuoka factory, Toyota Motor Kyushu, built 302,000 vehicles last fiscal year, with 22% exported to Asia, mainly China. The subsidiary may fall short of the 350,000-unit production target for this fiscal year due to the output cut, the Nikkei noted.

It’s a complicated topic, to be sure — for a deeper understanding of the situation, I would recommend checking out the coverage at the Wall Street Journal.

[Source: Just Auto]