• Jul 18, 2007
The earthquake that struck Japan on Monday is affecting several automakers, most notably Toyota, as damage to a key supplier's manufacturing facility has interrupted the flow of parts required to build cars. Riken Corp's plant at Kashiwazaki is the one that got hit by the 6.8 magnitude quake, and the facility is offline while the company works feverishly to complete the necessary repairs.

Until it does, however, the impact is being felt across the Japanese auto industry. Toyota announced that it's halted production at 12 plants as a result. In addition, Mitsubishi is shutting down three factories, Nissan has stopped a pair of lines, and Fuji Heavy has stopped production of five minicar models as it waits for Riken to become operational again. Honda could also join the list very soon..

[Source: AP via Yahoo! News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      ha ha winning by default is just a nice way off saying that GM cheated because obviously Toyota is better. Like who would really waste their money on a "pontiac GTO" or "Saturn" but even worse Hummer or Cadilac HA! GM is such a Joke they should just stop attempting to make their so called "vehicles"
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cars gods are punishing them for building such bland, uninspired vehicles.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Another fake Lithous post. Apparently dreaming about me isn't enough, you have to steal my username as well.

        It only took you two years to realize you could use my username and the web app wouldn't stop you. Good job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think a bigger concern is the shut down of a major Japanese power plant. Which supplies power to 16 million homes. Oh, and it also happens to be the largest Nuclear plant in the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn, Japan had a monsoon or whatever it is last week didnt they? like 160mph and 20"+ of rain... and now a 6.8quake....
      hey maybe the 2.5 can catch up on sales now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I doubt this disaster will affect the Japan automakers to the point where the U.S. automakers will make sustained gains. Remember, Mitsubishi, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota make a number of their more popular of models Stateside.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Maybe GM could regain its status as world number one carmaker at least temporarily.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just to clarify, Honda and Mazda have also decided to halt some production as well due to the earthquake.

      And yes, there was a typhoon here in Japan last week, but here in Western Honshu, we weren't much affected by either.

      But I read an article saying that unless this production halt goes on for a good while, you're unlikely to notice when you show up at your local Toyota dealer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He's not Lithous, I am.
        • 7 Years Ago
        We like the other one better:)
      • 7 Years Ago

      Lithous maybe you should copyright your username. Then you can sue those fake Lithouses posting here for violation of copyright.
      • 7 Years Ago
      FYI Autoblog, the comments' plus/minus feature does not work in Firefox.

      Toyota has plenty of inventory available to them, so this temporary shutdown won't hurt them in the short run. Funny, how a natural disaster is needed to slow down the Japanese car makers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Funny, how a natural disaster is needed to slow down the Japanese car makers."

        Yeah, nature saw those ugly ass vehicles like in the pic at the top of this blog entry and decided if humans don't stop the sale of those uninspired vehicles then something needs to do it.
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