Toyota’s output in Japanese plants affected again due to flooding in Thailand

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2011

Due to the widespread floods in Thailand, Toyota’s output in its Japanese plants is getting affected. These plants produce several of its top-selling exports like the Prius hybrid that’s being shipped to the U.S. Overtime at Toyota’s five Japanese assembly plants from Monday through Friday has been canceled to be ready for a shortage of parts imported from Thailand.

The massive flooding in the past few weeks has disrupted the supply chain. Toyota estimates a loss of 6,000 units of Japanese output.

Toyota’s plants have been running overtime in order to recover from the production loss it suffered over the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

The plants that are affected by the slowdown build vehicles like the Prius, iQ, Land Cruiser, Corolla, Scion tC and RAV4. It also affects plants that assemble the Lexus LS, GS, IS, GX, ES, HS and RX.

Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett can’t provide detailed information on how the exports to the U.S. will be affected but it’s believed that this figure is small.

The production loss of 6,000 units represents just 10% of domestic production. Toyota has said that it will re-assess the overtime schedule after Friday. The floods in Thailand have caused the suspension in the production of Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi.

Even as Toyota continues to introduce its full hybrid technology to the market through several models including the Yaris Hybrid and the Auris Hybrid, there is no debating that Prius is still the most recognizable full hybrid powertrain model out there.

New Toyota Prius has a redesigned exterior, enhanced interior sensorial quality, better instruments and affordable navigation and multimedia systems such as the Toyota Touch, Toyota Touch Pro, and the Toyota Touch & Go Plus.

The Prius is still a leader when it comes to innovations. Each Prius generation has been launched with high technology features that are way more advanced.

Launched in 2009, the third generation Toyota Prius has a head-up display where you can see useful data including your speed, the status of the pre-crash safety and active cruise control systems and others.

You also get the Touch Tracer display switch right on the steering wheel, which allows you to control the audio system, the ECO Drive Monitor and the air conditioning without having to take your eyes away from the road or your hands from the wheel.

Moreover, you get the Pre-Crash Safety system that makes use of several sensors that are placed under the grille to help you avoid collisions and control several smart safety features. This system pre-tenses the seatbelts, sound the Brake Assist alarm, and even activate automatic braking in the event of an inevitable collision. That means that even if you are involved in a collision, there would be minimized damage.

Prius is also able to automatically maneuver itself into your chosen parking spot using the Intelligent Parking Assist. It uses a rear view camera and ultrasonic sensors to help you back into a parking space, with the driver only controlling the car’s speed.

The third Toyota Prius also has the first combination of remote controlled air conditioning and a solar ventilation system. The remotely controlled air conditioning can help you cool the interiors three minutes before you board the car while the solar ventilation system keeps your car’s interior cool when it is parked.

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