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Toyota's Japanese factories reopen after glitch as July production, sales rise

Toyota Wednesday reopened Japanese factories shut down by a computer system glitch Monday as it announced July production and sales were up. Photo by James Atoa/UPI
Toyota Wednesday reopened Japanese factories shut down by a computer system glitch Monday as it announced July production and sales were up. Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Most of Toyota's assembly plants in Japan reopened Wednesday after a computer system that processes vehicle parts orders failed Monday, shutting down production.

Production is expected to resume at 25 lines in 12 Japanese plants, Toyota said in a statement Tuesday. The company said its Toyota Motor Kyushu Miyata Plant and the Daihatsu Kyoto Plant will resume operations from the second shift onward Wednesday.

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The glitch is being investigated.

"It is our understanding that the malfunction of the system was not caused by a cyberattack. However, we will continue to investigate the cause," Toyota said.

A cyberattack in July forced Toyota to close operations at its major shipping hub at the Port of Nagoya. A similar attack in February 2022 closed Toyota production for days after parts supplier Kojima Industries was hacked.

The company's sales and production were both higher in July than a year ago, Toyota said in a separate statement Wednesday.

Worldwide Toyota sales were up 7.8% in July and global production rose 14.6%.

Counting the Daihatsu and Hino brands, Toyota's worldwide production was up 10% for a July record 918,347 vehicles.

Toyota's sales for the year through July were up 5.5% over last year. Global production for the first half of 2023 was up 12.5%.

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