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Toyota to delay restart of factory operations in Venezuela

Photo taken April 3, 2020, shows the logo of Toyota Motor Corp. at an entrance to its Tsusumi plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. (Kyodo)

NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp. will delay the restart of its factory operations in Venezuela following a four-month suspension, as the country has extended measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, an official said Monday.

    Venezuela is the last country where Toyota's output has remained suspended since the outbreak of the virus. Toyota had previously planned to resume production on Monday.

    When Toyota will restart operations at its plant in Venezuela has not yet been decided, according to the official.

    The Japanese automaker has resumed output in more than 20 countries, expecting global auto demand to recover. It produced about 5.63 million vehicles overseas in 2019, of which only 416 units were made in Venezuela.

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