TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is considering cutting its group production plan for the 2012 calendar year by around 200,000 vehicles from 10.05 million, or about 2 percent, because of a drop in sales in China after a territorial row, the Mid-Japan Economist newspaper said on its website on Thursday, without citing a source.
The original target, which includes output at Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motor, would make Toyota the first automaker to produce more than 10 million vehicles in a year. The Mid-Japan Economist is based in central Japan, where Toyota’s headquarters is located.
A Toyota spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the report.
Relations between Japan and China have soured sharply since last month when a row over disputed islands led to violent anti-Japanese protests across China and badly hurt trade.
Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Writing by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Michael Watson