Toyota Cuts North American Production For 2 Days

The world's biggest automaker says it will stop production at all U.S. and Canadian factories for two days next month. Toyota's assembly, transmission and engine plants will close in late December as the company tries to work through excess inventory. The Japanese carmaker is in much better financial shape than its U.S. rivals, but sales of Toyota's vehicles also are plunging.

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INSKEEP: Toyota says it will stop production in all U.S. and Canadian factories for two days next month. Toyota's assembly, transmission, and engine plants will close in late December as the company tries to get rid of excess inventory. The Japanese carmaker is in much better financial shape than its U.S. rivals, but sales of Toyota's vehicles are dropping along with everybody else. And the company has already scaled back production so it doesn't end up with too many cars.

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