The March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan has had a devastating effect on its people. Not only have many people lost their homes and loved ones, many companies are out of work as they struggle to get their businesses up and running.
Japan’s major car companies have also been badly hit due to this disaster. Toyota and Honda have still not started their operations, and will stay shut over the weekend, due to a shortage of parts coming from suppliers, which were situated in areas most badly hit by this recent disaster.
Other Japanese car firms have slowly started production, but mainly to finish the cars on the assembly line and make use of the parts that were already in their inventory. Nissan is hoping for a March 24 restart, which includes the Tochigi assembly plant that makes cars like the 370Z and the GT-R.
Mitsubishi has resumed production, but says it has parts to last them up to Wednesday, and will suspend production until the supplier issue is solved. Mazda, Suzuki and Subaru are in an identical situation.
Let’s all hope the nation of Japan and its people recover from this catastrophe and rebuild their homes and industry as soon as possible.
[Source: Automotive News]