Japanese Automakers to Cut Productions in China by Half10-08 15:33 Caijing
Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co decided to cut productions in China by half as car sales were greatly affected by nationwide anti-Japan sentiment, according to Reuters.
Toyota has reduced its planned production in China in October to 35,000, less than half of the production in same period the previous year, while it suspended exports of its high-end Lexus models to China.
Meanwhile, Chinese media said Nissan will suspend the night shift at its passenger car factories in China and operate only during the day.
Sales of Japanese car makers have plunged as violent anti-Japan protests and boycotts of Japanese products in mid-September erupted across the nation following the Japanese government's purchase of the disputed Diaoyu islands which both the two countries claimed to be their own.
The leading Japanese automaker sold 50,000 cars in China this September, about 40% lower from the 86,000 cars sold last September, according to a Toyota executive.
Other Japanese carmakers including Fuji Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motos and Mazda who saw their sales plummet 64.5%, 62.9% and 34.6% respectively form a year ago, were all considering changes in production plan.
Production cut in China in October by Japanese car makers is inevitable, analysts said.
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