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Toyota won’t remove features in Australia despite chip shortage

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The Japanese auto giant is on track to return to full production capacity next month and claims it won’t need to remove electronic functions to get there.

Toyota – Australia’s most popular brand – will not remove features from its cars when it returns to full global production capacity next month.

In progress The global shortage of semiconductor chips crippled the automotive industry in late 2020 and all of 2021, forcing the vast majority of manufacturers to reduce overall vehicle production due to reliance on parts.

Toyota was forced to cut monthly production to 570,000 cars last month (down from 845,000 in October 2020), yet it says it will build 800,000 vehicles in December, a new record for the month.

While other automakers, including Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, General motors, and Mercedes Benz – They’ve removed electronic features like touchscreens and digital instrument clusters on some models to maintain supply, a Toyota spokesperson said Drive: “No, our cars will not be eliminated in any way. [when we ramp back up to full capacity later this year]. “

Next year, the Japanese auto giant says it will make about nine million cars, up from an estimated 7.5 million through 2021.

Toyota is currently the best-selling automaker in Australia, having reported 192,166 vehicles sold so far this year. For reference, Mazda, which is the second best-selling brand, just delivered 88,746 cars to customers during the same period.

William Davis has been writing for Drive since July 2020, covering automotive industry news and current affairs. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the latest addition to the Drive team, William was brought in for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a wide range of outlets, including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer, since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for automobiles.

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