Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) says it has ‘minimized’ the impact of the lockout – a 64-day partial work disruption that ended on Tuesday – on car sales, deliveries and customer orders .

“We were able to minimize the impact on our sales and customer orders throughout the lockout period by utilizing all the resources and channels available during production,” said Shankara G., vice Associate President, Human Resources.

Production was handled by production supervisors, support staff and other team members who worked hard to make cars of the highest quality, TKM said. Despite the disruption of its Bidadi plant, Toyota recorded sales of 8,508 car units in November and 7,497 in December 2020 against 8,312 and 6,544 units respectively in the corresponding months a year earlier, the company said. The automaker, which has the capacity to manufacture 3.10 lakh units of cars per year at its factories in Karnataka, is currently in the process of preparing its Factory 2 to manufacture a Toyota-Suzuki alliance model from 2022.

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