Toyota Egypt Production Briefly Shut Down Because of Protests

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The political unrest going on in Egypt against President Mohamed Morsi made Toyota’s subsidiary there briefly stop production.
Fortunately, the production restarted in time at the assembly plant in Cairo and sales were not affected, according to a Toyota spokesman. The 700 employes at the plant are building the Hilux based Fortuner midsize SUV since last year.

The massive protests led to the removal of the elected President Mohamed Morsi, which was officially declared in a television broadcast by General Abdel Fattah-Sisi.

Egypt is the third largest car-producing market in Africa, with 36,800 units built last year, 31 percent less than in 2011. General Motors was also affected by the recent uprising.

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