Toyota will close its Czech plant for the entire month of February due to a shortage of components caused by the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Japanese carmaker’s plant in Kolín, located 37 miles east of Prague, produces its two smallest models, the Toyota Aygo X and Toyota Yaris, and the plant closure is expected to affect European delivery times for both models. The Yaris is also produced at Toyota’s plant in France.
“Due to a shortage of components in the supply chain, we will have to temporarily suspend production from January 31,” Toyota factory spokesman Tomas Paroubek reports. European Car News.
Autocar has contacted Toyota for more information on how the UK market will be affected by the closure. On its website, the automaker notes that customers should contact local dealers for lead times on specific models.
The decision has come after Toyota increased the factory’s production by 34 percent last year, with more than 202,000 vehicles coming off its production lines.
This was welcomed by the company, which in 2021 took full ownership of the plant and invested more than €180m (£159m) to expand it, enabling production of the B-platform TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture).
This is not the first time the factory has been forced to close, with production halted in mid-2021 due to a shortage of semiconductor chips that has crippled manufacturing worldwide in many sectors.
In addition to the Kolin plant, the company’s facilities in France and Turkey were also temporarily closed. Other automakers, including Nissan, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, were also hit and shut down.