View Full Version : PSA: Japan automakers have lost half a million units since quake

04-13-2011, 05:37 PM
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According to Automotive News, Japanese automakers have seen their production drop by over 500,000 units since the March 11 earthquake struck the island nation. In the month since the disaster, the country's seven largest automakers lost around 516,000 units of production due to damage to production facilities and supplier delays. Toyota (http://www.autoblog.com/make/toyota) has been the hardest hit, with a loss of 260,000 units as of April 8. The automaker has a total of 18 domestic manufacturing facilities, and while two of those are back online, the remainder won't open their doors until at least April 18. Even then, the plants may shut down again after April 27.

Honda (http://www.autoblog.com/make/honda), Suzuki (http://www.autoblog.com/make/suzuki), Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/make/subaru), Nissan (http://www.autoblog.com/make/nissan), Mazda (http://www.autoblog.com/make/mazda) and Mitsubishi (http://www.autoblog.com/make/mitsubishi) are all operating on some level, though production is an on-again, off-again affair. As an example, Nissan has managed to re-open all five of its Japanese facilities, though production has been scaled back to half-pace for the time being. There's no word as to when full production will ramp up once again.

[Source: Automotive News (http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110413/COPY/304139981/1117) - sub. req.| Image: Wally Santana/AP]PSA: Japan automakers have lost half a million units since quake (http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/13/psa-japan-automakers-have-lost-half-a-million-units-since-quake/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/).

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11-21-2011, 11:45 PM
It is such a shame for automakers such as Mazda to have suffered this tradegy. I hope they can bounce back soon. They have been a great manufacturer of quality cars and parts. I own a MX3 and have always been impressed with mazda mx3 parts (http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/models/mazda~mx3~makemodel.html). I am positive Mazda will rise again.