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Toyota Halts Production In India Over COVID-19 Outbreak

Publish On: 23 Mar, 2020 09:36 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

BENGALURU: Toyota's India venture has stopped its production of cars at its Bidadi plant near the city over the deadly coronavirus outbreak and consequent lockdown till March 31, the company said on Sunday.

In a late-night statement, the company said, "Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has decided to halt production in its Bidadi plant till further notice."

The decision was taken after the Karnataka government directed all labor-intensive industries to work at 50 per cent of their capacity on alternate days.

"Keeping in view the safety of our employees, production has been halted till the state government lifts the restriction enforced to prevent spread of the disease," the TKM said in the statement.

"All employees in our regional offices in Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai will work from home for their safety and well-being," it added.

The 23-year-old Japanese automobile company has two production plants with a combined capacity of three .1 lakh units on the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway. It employs about 6,500 people in both the plants.

The company makes its flagship multi-utility vehicle Innova and sports utility vehicle Fortuner within the first plant, while Toyota Yaris and Camry hybrid sedan are made within the second plant.

The company also imports Vellfire, Prado Land Cruiser, and Prius as completely built units.