Toyota Halts Production in Egypt Due to Violent Protests

Toyota decided to halt vehicle manufacturing in Egypt earlier this week, due to political turmoil and violent protests in the country.
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According to The Economic Times, quoting Nikkei, Toyota suspended operation at a contract manufacturer that builds Hilux-based Fortuner utility vehicles. A decision on whether or not to resume manufacturing will be based on developments in the country. The assembly plant has aproximately 700 employees. This is the second time Toyota has paused production in Cairo this summer.

Egypt is the third largest car-producing market in Africa, with 36,800 units built last year, 31 percent less than in 2011. In 2012, Toyota made about 1,500 Fortuner SUVs in the country.

Ongoing protests in Egypt began on June 30. Four days later, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi removed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the Egyptian constitution. Yesterday, the death toll reached 638 while 3,572 people are known to be injured.
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