Automaker trio drops output

2012-02-20 09:07

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A car plant jointly operated by Toyota and Peugeot/Citroen in the Czech Republic says it is reducing the working week and cutting a shift to address falling demand in Europe.

Plant spokesman Radek Knava says the plant is set to reduce the working week to four days as of May and cancel the third shift.

Knava said the company expects to produce about 221 000 cars in 2012, compared with 270 000 units in 2011.

The measure will affect some 150 jobs.

The plant, Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile, was opened in 2005 in Kolin, east of Prague, and designed to produce 300 000 units of small passenger cars namely the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1.