Toyota production gradually resumes, but automaker still making fewer cars

Next month, Toyota said it'll make 10% fewer vehicles than previously expected, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Toyota will do its best to keep 'em coming.


So far, automakers have been largely spared of any major reverberations when it comes to car buying and the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, some segments are starting to see supply issues as buyers return to dealerships to snap up new vehicles quicker than automakers can produce them.

For , as it gradually ramps up production globally, it still foresees lower production outputs through August. The automaker said Monday it expects production to be off 10% from its initial plans, before the coronavirus pandemic. Toyota largely shuttered production plants around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19 starting in March. It resumed production at some capacity this past May.

Although production will still be down 10% in July compared to previous plans, plants have made massive improvements compared to this month. In June, the automaker said production will be off 40% compared to pre-virus forecasts.

Automakers around the world continue to ease back into production while working to ensure workforces remain protected from COVID-19. All the while, auto sales have continuously improved since a crater formed at the end of March and early April. Companies quickly began offering 0% financing deals to spur dealer traffic. Many of the sweet deals have since come to pass as dealer traffic largely returned to normal across much of the US.

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