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Toyota car production plummets after tsunami

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. says its car production in Japan plummeted 62.7 percent in March due to a parts supply crunch following the earthquake and tsunami.  

Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker last year, said Monday its domestic production in March was 129,491 vehicles. Toyota's global production dropped 29.9 percent year-on-year to 542,465 vehicles for the month.  

The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11 destroyed many factories in northeastern Japan, causing severe parts shortages for Toyota and other automakers.  

The supply crunch forced Toyota to suspend production in Japan, resulting in a production loss of 260,000 cars so far.  

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