Japanese automakers are having a rough year coping with Mother Nature. First it was earthquakes in Japan, and now flooding in Thailand. Since late July, typhoons in Southeast Asia have caused billions of dollars of damage, and now production at three Toyota plants and one Honda facility has been halted, according to the Associated Press.

While Toyota's plants in eastern Thailand haven't been directly affected by the weather, the inability of suppliers to deliver parts has caused the shutdowns there. Honda's plant in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, isn't so lucky. Offline since October 4, and flooded since October 8, Honda officials can't even assess the damage because the plant remains inaccessible.

The four factories produced over 800,000 vehicles last year. This included 630,000 Toyotas and 170,000 Hondas, representing roughly eight and five percent of each automaker's respective global volume. Among the vehicles produced in Thailand are the Toyota Corolla and Camry and the Honda Civic and Accord, but none of the Thai plants produce vehicles for the North American market.


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      That Kid
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how the average autoblog reader seems to think that downvoting the Hell out of someone for mentioning the climate change elephant in the room is going to make the problem go away. Any generation of people where a majority oppose owning up to the obvious need to have political power wrested from their hands- and quickly! We've had decades of warning and still a lot of older folk want to fiddle as Rome burns...and get angry when the truth rears its head.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's Obama , the democrats, UAW, CIA conspiracy, weather baloons GM and Ford that throw water on japanese factories creating floods and tsunamis, little smurfs sabotageing all these are contributing to the decline of the japanese car industry
      That Kid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure major natural disasters are happening with a stupefyingly increasing frequency...but climate change is still a pinko wackjob conspiracy to get between us and our God-given right to go about our 40-50 mile daily commutes in cars with the driver being the only occupant, right?
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      bman78
      • 3 Years Ago
      toyota and honda can't get a brake
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man those guys just can't catch a break now can they? Still, it's a great time for American and Korean automakers to catch up!
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bchreng
        I prefer beating the competition because of better products not because the competition was affected by a natural disaster. Besides non-Japanese companies were also affected by the flood in Thailand, Production of Ford cars were suspended for 48 hours while pickup production still remains suspended.
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      NipponEngine
      • 3 Years Ago
      wonder if Nissan is going to twist the knife in the back even more on this with their ads
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NipponEngine
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      whatever
      • 3 Years Ago
      An American car is a vehicle that has parts content of over 50% USA made and assembled in the USA. Not Canada, not Mexico. Now what car is that? I would like to know. Pray for Thailand
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