• Apr 13, 2011
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 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, Suzuki, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda and 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 – sub. req.| Image: Wally Santana/AP]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      aw man the front of that Suzuki is all smashed in-o wait thats how tis supposed to look -__-
      • 3 Years Ago
      wonder if they will part out these vehicles to recoup losses?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Automakers usually produce too many cars for the North American market, and have to pay out incentives to move their excess inventory.

      So, although they'll sell fewer cars, they won't need to offer incentives to clear out excess inventory, and therefore, won't they make more profit per car?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Granted, they have lost some sales, but those who want a Japanese car will wait. Having a backlog of orders as far out as you can see is not a bad place to be.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Having a backlog of orders as far out as you can see is not a bad place to be."
        ehh half true...but you are right, people who want one will wait
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nature may destroy our homes, vehicles, and bodies, but she will never destroy our spirit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not Japanese, but I do have significant respect for their strength and work ethic, especially in times of disaster.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you are Japanese, Paul, I do envy that! The Japanese immigrants here are our best citizens.
        • 3 Years Ago
        WHAT???