Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will temporarily halt work at all plants in Europe and Russia in an effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Toyota will suspend operations at its plant in Russia for five days from Monday. It also said all of its auto and parts factories in Europe across six countries, which have seen operations suspended, are likely to be halted at least until April 19.
In 2019, the world's second-largest automaker by volume manufactured around 780,000 vehicles in Europe, up 0.4 percent from a year before.
The Japanese auto giant also said Monday it will halt operations at its auto plant in Thailand from April 7 to 17 and its car factory in Vietnam from Monday for the time being due to the spread of the coronavirus in the region.
It has already halted output in the United States, Mexico and Canada through April 17 and will stop some production in Japan from Friday due to sluggish demand.
In China, meanwhile, the automaker has brought production at all of its four auto plants back to normal levels.