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Toyota cuts bonus for management, lowers production

AFP , TOKYO

Toyota Motor Corp said yesterday it would cut management bonuses by 10 percent, excluding top executives, and further reduce domestic production to cope with an industry slump.

About 8,700 managers in Japan will have their year-end bonuses reduced, company spokeswoman Kayo Doi said, as Japan’s leading automaker seeks to cut costs in the face of plunging profits.

Toyota so far has no plan to reduce the pay of its top executives.

“Nothing has been decided for our board members,” Doi said.

The company would also suspend a production line for its Lexus brand at the Tahara plant in Aichi prefecture for an additional two days at the end of this year.

“We have decided to suspend production at this factory since Lexus vehicles for both the overseas and domestic market are produced here and sales have worsened. We’re facing an inventory glut,” Doi said.

The firm also plans to suspend production at its subsidiary Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc for an additional two days.

Toyota has embarked on cost-cutting measures in response to recessions in Japan and its major export markets in the US and Europe.

It has already moved to reduce production at its US, Canadian and French factories, and plans to lay off 3,000 temporary workers in Japan.

The global slowdown has badly shaken Japan’s automakers, which in recent years have cashed in on worldwide demand for their cars.

Japanese new auto sales fell 27.3 percent last month to hit the lowest since 1969, an industry group said on Monday.

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