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    By The Numbers: May 2012: Too Good To Be True Edition

    Toyota and Honda Outperform Against Backdrop of Earthquake-Related Shortages Without context, one might think that sales for the U.S. automotive industry in May were off-the-charts good. Look at brands like Toyota and Honda, sales of which were up an astonishing 88.9 and 46.0 percent, ...

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    Report: Japanese tsunami led to 3-6% higher transaction prices for certain cars

    The earthquake and tsunami in Japan wreaked havoc on the automotive supply chain. Toyota, Honda and Nissan lost many thousands of units to the natural disaster, which meant that car buyers here in the U.S. sometimes had a difficult time finding and buying certain vehicles. We know how these ...

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    Google Street View documents Japan tsunami devastation

    The online news cycle moves at a blistering pace. It's easy to forget that, while the story of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred last March may move from the front page, individuals are still struggling to cope with the widespread devastation on the island. Google took it upon ...

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    Video: New dashcam footage recovered of Japanese tsunami from wrecked car

    We've seen some terrifying footage from the tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan in March this year, but few manage to capture the full-on terror of the situation like the clip after the jump. The video was taken by a dash camera mounted on a man's vehicle as the tidal waters surged onto the ...

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    Report: Honda says 2012 Civic inventory is "virtually zero" due to natural disasters

    Honda would love nothing more than to sell a boatload of Civic sedans and coupes. Problem is, there just aren't enough of them to go around. Speaking to Inside Line, Chuck Schifsky, an American Honda Motor Co. spokesman, said: "Civic sales are down for one simple reason: Low dealer inventory ...

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    Report: Google Street View cars helping to rebuild quake-ravaged Japan

    Upon their initial arrival in Japan, privacy concerns led many citizens to view Google's Street View cars with great skepticism. PCWorld reports, however, that in the wake of the March, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, that mentality is fading. As Japan works to rebuild the areas devastated ...

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    Report: Suzuki's emergency quake action plan? Moving

    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 ...

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    Report: Japan Inc. using deals, incentives to keep hard-fought lease customers from defecting

    Japanese automakers are turning to new lease programs in an effort to lock down buyers who may stray to other automakers due to a lower-than-average supply of popular models. Toyota, Honda and Nissan are still in the process of restoring production to pre-earthquake levels, and as a result, ...

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    Toyota says NA production to recover by September, earlier than expected

    Toyota has announced that it expects its North American production to reach 100 percent capacity as early as September – far ahead of original post-quake estimates. So far, eight of the company's 12 models built in North America are back to 100 percent capacity, and total production is ...

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    Report: 2012 Honda Civic output at half capacity until fall *UPDATE

    The devastating earthquake in Japan couldn't have come at a worse time for Honda. The Japanese automaker was just starting to launch its new Civic for 2012, and the compact car is a major part of the company's portfolio. Any delays or hiccups in the Civic's launch will surely send shockwaves ...

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    Report: Nissan to reinforce Japanese plants in defense of earthquakes

    The March 11 earthquake in Japan left the country's auto industry with a broken supply chain and a few serious plant problems. Bloomberg reports that Nissan is looking to strengthen some key plants in an effort to minimize harm from any future quakes, starting with the heavily damaged Iwaki ...

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    How GM avoided its own disaster after Japanese quake

    While Toyota has been one of the automakers hardest hit by the tragic Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in March of this year, nearly every auto company on the planet felt its impact. Thanks to a global, tight-laced network of interconnected suppliers, manufacturers were left ...

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    Followup: Quake damaged paint plant comes back online in Japan

    The March 11 earthquake and resultant tsunami in Japan rocked the country's automotive supply chain, leaving many suppliers with damaged factories and unreliable power. One nearly immediate impact was that automakers like Ford, Toyota and Chrysler could no longer offer colors like red or ...

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    Toyota workers to build Habitat For Humanity homes when not building Tundra pickups

    The Toyota Tundra plant in San Antonio, TX has been hit by parts shortages as a result of the March 11 earthquake. The plant will be shut down on Mondays and Fridays, and production will be at only 50 percent the other three days of the week. Luckily for the facility's 2,800 workers, Toyota ...

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    Lexus boss Templin says brand to lose luxury sales crown over Japan quake

    Lexus has been the king of luxury car sales in the U.S. for over a decade, but Toyota's high-end brand will likely lose its crown in 2011, due at least in part to the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Certainly, Lexus was already facing a great deal of pressure from rivals like BMW and Buick, but ...

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    Report: Renesas Electronics to restart automotive microchip production early

    Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. is moving up the restart date for automotive microchip production at its last inactive plant. The company says it should have operations back up and running at its Naka plant the week of June 15, a couple weeks earlier than its original estimate. Renesas is the ...

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    Report: Toyota production back to normal by end of the year

    The Detroit News is reporting that Toyota believes its production will be back on track by November or December of this year. The automaker saw global manufacturing slow after the tragic earthquake and tsunami activity of last month, though pre-disaster levels of production may return in Japan as ...

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    Toyota drastically cuts North American production through May

    Toyota will continue its three-days-a-week schedule at North American plants for the rest of April and May, due to continued parts shortages as a result of the March 11 Japan earthquake. Toyota's original production suspension halted lines on Mondays and Fridays from April 15 to April 25, but ...

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    Honda CEO Takanobu Ito used CB1000 motorcycle to tour quake area

    The March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan hit Honda hard, as production was down for weeks and the automaker's research and development center was badly damaged. In fact, the quake damaged the Tochigi facility so badly that one employee died and 17 others were injured after a cafeteria wall ...

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    PSA: Japan automakers have lost half a million units since quake

    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 ...


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