• Mar 21, 2011
It may be some time before consumers in line for a new Japanese car get their hands on their new ride.

Besides killing thousands of people, shocking the nation's infrastructure and setting off the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the Japanese earthquake disaster has halted car production on the island indefinitely. Added to that, the tsunami resulting from the quake destroyed thousands of cars and trucks awaiting export.

With production halted and parts supplies drying up, waiting lists for new Japanese cars are mounting. According to CNW Research, those in line for new Japanese cars are, on average, willing to wait 90 days for the delays to end.

Only eight percent of Honda buyers would look elsewhere after a 90-day wait, with the figure climbing to 13 percent for Subaru, 14 percent for Toyota and 19 percent for Nissan.

Those may not seem like huge numbers, until you compare them to comparable American brands. Ford would only lose six percent after 90 days for its cars, and a scant 2.8 percent of truck buyers would bail. Jeep buyers proved most-loyal, with 97.2 percent of their customers sticking around after 90 days.

Would you stand in line for 90 days or more for your new Japanese car of choice? Let us know by voting in our poll.



[Source: CNW Research via The Detroit Bureau | Image: Drew Phillips/AOL]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering I would be driving that car for many years to come, I'd definitely be willing to wait a couple of months for the car that I really want. But I don't think it's so much that I am absolutely intent on buying Japanese, but just that if there was a certain car that happened to be Japanese, I would definitely wait.

      I don't really see the point of siding with one nationality or another when it comes to cars, I find it best to look at each car individually. If Honda had a new NSX or S2000, I'd definitely even be willing to wait a year or more for that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah! A new S2000.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would I wait for a new car that I absolutely had to have? Sure. But lets consider what that wait would mean, and where it came from. Japanese manufacturers, not necessarily car companies, supply many parts to businesses all over the united states.. the tragedy that happened in Japan has the potential to effect everyone and every facet of the automotive industry, regardless of current supply. I have a good friend who works for GE Avionics. Currently, they have 7 engines on the build line, but only one can be completed because the parts available are there. The other 6 engines have to be shelved until parts arrive. But this situation isn't mutually exclusive to aircraft engines, just as it isn't mutually exclusive to Japanese vehicles as a whole. Some people will be willing to wait, but practicality will eventually set in. Its a dotted line and some people are deciding to shimmy between those gaps. Thats there choice.

      I predict that American automobiles as a whole are going to become prevalent by default. Think about it. The American auto industry has been on an enormous rise in build quality and driver acceptance for the last several years since the bail out. They listened, took notice, and made changes in production to allow for American opinion and what we wanted. In the 90s, Japanese cars were valued for their longevity and inherent fun factor, but that went to the wayside when they slowly began to emulate less then desirable traits of American manufacturers. Cheap never necessarily meant good.

      Now? Japan could take months or years to recover from this. Who is going to fill in the gap? I predict America. Japan may never recover, not from the perception of their products or the disaster as a whole.. without any sneaky movement, America has taken the lead of the pack.. and the room to pass may not be there for quite some time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I decided on a car I wanted and it happened to be Japanese, I'd wait as long as it took.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have waited as long as necessary, but just bought a 2011 Nissan Rogue on Sunday 3/13. Looks like we did just in time!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont understand this question... what does the car having to be japanese influcnece anything ?

      If teh person likes the car enough they will wait... what a dumb question. I thinnk AB trying to stir up agruements...
      • 3 Years Ago
      By the time I get my hands on one of Toyota's FT86 (whatever the production name ends up being) I will have waited almost 5 years since I first heard rumors of an AE86 remake.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would rather purchase a American Made/Designed Mexican/Canadian assembled car than a Japanese made, American assembled car! Buy American. Where does your American Dollar go when you buy a foreign car? Yes its assembled in America but your money goes to yes Japan Korea Germany! Think about it! Wonder why we are in a financial crisis world economy sucks! Buy American
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are some ridiculously DUMB comments in this article.

      Something tells me that those who chose " A) No – I'm not willing to wait" are people who wouldn't buy a Japanese vehicle in the first place. You aren't willing to wait a couple of days for the vehicle you really want??? That's absurd.

      Let's have another poll with the same questions for vehicles from outside of Japan, or don't even mention the country and watch the tables turn.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't wait. With American and Korean offerings as good as they are now, there's no real reason to unless you really have your heart set on one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny how people complain about Japanese that Americans lose business on them, even though they are made in the states. Mexico and Canada have huge GM planets that build the hear beat of America cars. Didn't Autoblog just have a article that GM has to close there truck planet because they get there supplies from Japan?
      • 3 Years Ago
      people are still wating for the new NSX, or a Civic typ.R, or a New Legend so what the deal ?.
      In my own case keeping my Honda one more year no bother me at all.
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