Toyota finally cuts FY production target as chip crunch hits November plan

TOKYO — Toyota is finally cutting its fiscal-year production forecast, after stubbornly clinging to it for months, conceding it must trim its plan for November due to the semiconductor crunch.

In abandoning its target, the world’s biggest automaker said it “expects” to lower its worldwide production schedule for the fiscal year ending March 31, though it did not offer a new target.

Toyota had stubbornly clung to its goal of churning out 9.7 million vehicles in the current fiscal year, even as it repeatedly cut monthly plans amid global supply chain upheaval.

As recently as September, Toyota had said it wanted to manufacture 900,000 vehicle a month from September through November, as it raced to recoup lost volume from earlier in the year. But it later cut September output to 850,000 and October’s output to 800,000.

In a statement issued on Friday, the automaker said November total would also be lowered to 800,000, covering 250,000 units in Japan and 550,000 overseas.

Suspensions in Japan will affect 11 lines in eight plants, out of 28 lines in 14 plants.

Affected nameplates include the Corolla, Corolla Cross, RAV4, Camry, Crown, Land Cruiser Prado and 4Runner, as well as the Lexus LS, IS RC, NX, UX, ES and GX.

“As a result of this plan, the full-year production forecast for full-year 2023 is expected to be lower than the previous forecast of 9.7 million units,” Toyota said.

Despite continuing production problems, Toyota’s now-abandoned goal of 9.7 million vehicles for the full fiscal year would have chalked an all-time high if actually achieved.

The target counts output for only the Toyota and Lexus brands; it does not cover consolidated figures for the Daihatsu minicar or Hino truckmaking subsidiaries.

The objective represented a big leap forward from Toyota’s current production record of 9.08 million vehicles, the volume it produced out in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

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