Japanese automakers are continuing to evaluate their strategies for coping with natural disasters after this year's earthquake and tsunami, and for Suzuki, that apparently means packing up shop and moving to higher ground. According to Automotive News, the manufacturer is investing around $494 million to move its factories and research center away from the coastal city of Hamamatsu. The report notes that scientists estimate that there's an 80 percent chance that an 8.0-magnitude earthquake will befall the coastline between Tokyo and Nagoya in the next 30 years, but for Suzuki, the larger concern is radiation contamination associated with a failing nuclear reactor.

Currently, the company's facilities are located near the Hamaoka reactor, which is receiving modifications to protect against the kind of meltdown seen elsewhere in the country. Suzuki plans to purchase around 67 acres of land 6.2 miles from the coast and 30 miles from the reactor for its new complex. It's also investigating new locations both in Japan and abroad for its manufacturing facilities.


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      Clio cup *dammit*
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      Kevin C. Barnes
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      Why not come to America already.
        2 Wheeled Menace
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        @Kevin C. Barnes
        They sell a shockingly low amount of their cars here. Suzuki's main business is the European and Japanese market..
          aquos6
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          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I am in Italy right now, and one sees quite a few of the new Swift (really nice car). Plus their SX4 is sold hatchback here both as a Suzuki and Fiat. They sh ould sell the Swift in North America, it would do quite well.
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      Wow... You know it's bad when even the Japanese themselves say 'f this, i'm out'.. My guess is that they'll move a lot of their manufacturing outta there.
      SCOTTM
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      LOL - What good is moving 30 miles away from the plant going to do? They are already getting soil samples with higher contamination 60km from the plant than what was required to abandon areas of Pripyat during the Chernobyl disaster. If the probability for a 8.0 is 80%, what is the probability for another 9.0? There is NO place safe in Japan.
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