Spokesman denies temporary plant closures are related to recalls
19 February 2010

Toyota is temporarily shutting down its Burnaston and Deeside plants - but denies the move has anything to do with the current recalls on its cars.

Production had been set to stop for a week at the Burnaston factory in Derbyshire and the Deeside plant in Wales before Easter. That stoppage has now been extended by another working week and will now run from 29 March to 9 April.

The production halt affects 3500 workers at Burnaston, which makes the Auris and Avensis, and 500 on Deeside, which produces engines.

A spokesman explained: "These shutdowns were instigated months ago, as part of plans to reduce two production lines into one in light of sales predictions for the year. On top of that, we need to prepare for the Auris hybrid."

Toyota is also pushing ahead with a voluntary redundancy programme to cut 750 staff over the two plants, in what it describes as an "efficiency drive".

Meanwhile, the head of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, has bowed to mounting pressure and agreed to appear before the US Congress to answer questions about the current spate of recalls. He had initially insisted that he would not testify.

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19 February 2010

Refreshing to see that not everything Toyota does at the moment can be related by the media to the re-call situation. Autocar "Meanwhile, the head of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, has bowed to mounting pressure and agreed to appear before the US Congress to answer questions about the current spate of recalls. He had initially insisted that he would not testify." I thought his original reason for not attending (i.e. he was not the best or most knowledgable person in the company to answer questions fully) seemed eminently sensible. Shame he feels the need to put himself through the grandstanding of a few hick backwoodsmen who know little or nothing about the motor industry but just want to be seen to be tough with someone who is considerably more successful and powerful than they will ever be. It's all a sham and just an excuse to humiliate "a funny jumped-up little foreigner".


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

19 February 2010

Look on the bright side. At least he's not up in front of Mandelson. That really would be demeaning.

19 February 2010

[quote noluddite]At least he's not up in front of Mandelson.[/quote] Mandelson is just an irrelevance who is on his way out in the next few months, and could justifiably be ignored.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

19 February 2010

The USA is a big market for Toyota and when tha US Congress wants

some one from Toyota to answer questions,the boss has to go.

He may well not be the most knowledgable person but to send his

number 2 or who ever may well land Toyota in more trouble than they

are in now.

As for the 'grandstanding of a few hick backwoodsmen' well that may well

be the case,but he has to be carefull.

You say he is more powerfull than they will ever be,not in the USA he is not,

in the USA he is the hick not them.

Congress have a great deal of power in the States ,Toyota are in a lot trouble

in the States,Congress could make that a hell of a lot worse.

The boss has no choice but to go there and fight his corner,and hope he can win.

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