Hyundai And Kia Unaffected By Japan Quake, Production At Full Capacity

Hyundai And Kia Unaffected By Japan Quake, Production At Full Capacity
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Hyundai and Kia remain unscathed by the parts crunch that is affecting Japanese auto makers, with both companies running their United States-based plants at full capacity and overtime shifts to help meet demand at certain plants. “We’ve been fortunate,” Robert Burns, a spokesman for the Hyundai plant in Alabama, told Left Lane News. “Our parts… Continue Reading...

World’s Second Largest Automotive Microchip Company Abandons Japanese Factory

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World’s Second Largest Automotive Microchip Company Abandons Japanese Factory
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Mere days after the world’s largest automotive microchip producer struggled to avert a production crisis due to their factory being disabled by the March 11th earthquake in Japan, the second largest producer of automotive microchips is now said to be abandoning their own factory in the area and is looking to add capacity at other… Continue Reading...

Automotive Microchips To Be In Short Supply Following Earthquake

Automotive Microchips To Be In Short Supply Following Earthquake
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While much of the automotive industry is watching what car manufacturers have to say about production shortages in Japan, a key supplier of microchips is transferring production from their battered facility in Japan’s earthquake zone, to seperate facilities in Japan and Singapore – but the move could cause months long delays of crucial components, halting… Continue Reading...

Toyota To Reduce North American Vehicle Production

Toyota To Reduce North American Vehicle Production
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Toyota is the latest automaker to adjust their North American production schedules, with plants idling on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25. Toyota’s engine and component factories will follow a similar schedule, while their Georgetown, Kentucky facility will remain open on April 21. Employees at the plants will have the option of report to work… Continue Reading...

General Motors To Idle SUV Plant Due To Parts Shortage

General Motors To Idle SUV Plant Due To Parts Shortage
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General Motors will idle their Arlington, Texas plant due to a parts shortage, although details were not given as to what the specific issue was. The factory builds vehicles like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. A UAW representative told Automotive News that two 10-hour overtime shifts would be cancelled. So far, the standard 10-hour… Continue Reading...

Honda Plants Could Be Hit By Parts Shortage For Up To 90 Days

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Honda Plants Could Be Hit By Parts Shortage For Up To 90 Days
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Honda plants in North America could be operating at well below capacity as a shortage of parts from Japan threatens to cripple the automaker’s output for as long as 90 days. Speaking with Automotive News, Honda’s executive Vice-President John Mendel estimated a 60 to 90 day slowdown, with 30 days being an optimistic forecast. Honda… Continue Reading...

Chrysler Production Unaffected By Events In Japan

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Chrysler Production Unaffected By Events In Japan
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While Ford and General Motors have both seen plants shut down due to the natural disasters in Japan, and the resulting impact on the country’s auto parts industry, Chrysler‘s vehicle production has remained unaffected by these events. “We have not experienced any disruptions to regularly scheduled production as a result of the issues in Japan,”… Continue Reading...

Daft Punk To Auction Off Ferrari For Japanese Disaster Relief

Daft Punk To Auction Off Ferrari For Japanese Disaster Relief
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As part of an effort to raise money for the Red Cross’ Japanese disaster relief fund , artists affiliated with the EMI record label are auctioning off various knick-knacks, with everything from stereo equipment to handbags to vacations up for grabs. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably most interested in the 1987 Ferrari 412… Continue Reading...

Toyota Says It’s “Too Early To Predict” North American Plant Shutdowns

Toyota Says It’s “Too Early To Predict” North American Plant Shutdowns
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After a brief announcement on March 23rd stating that the natural disasters in Japan may affect North American production, Toyota has announced that it is still “too early to predict” whether plants in Canada and the United States, which build both Toyota and Lexus cars, will face shutdowns due to a shortage of parts from… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius In Short Supply In California

Toyota Prius In Short Supply In California
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The Toyota Prius, beloved of eco-conscious of buyers in California, is in short supply in the Sunshine State, as high gas prices and production disruptions due to Japan’s natural disasters have caused dealers to either run low on supply or be completely out of stock. Dealers, who report as little as a 14-day supply of the… Continue Reading...

Subaru To Cut Production Of Legacy, Outback, Tribeca Due To Parts Shortage

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Subaru To Cut Production Of Legacy, Outback, Tribeca Due To Parts Shortage
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A shortage of parts means that Subaru‘s Indiana plant will have its production cut in half through the end of the week, and the company will assess the situation on a day to day basis to examine whether a continuation is necessary. Each of the two shifts will have 4 hours cut from their length…. Continue Reading...

Toyota Yaris Production Halted For Another Month

Toyota Yaris Production Halted For Another Month
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The Toyota plant which builds the Yaris subcompact for export markets will remain closed for another month, as the factory recovers from the massive earthquake which struck northern Japan. While the plant has had repairs completed and electricity has returned, the supply of natural gas has not been restored. Toyota’s other plants are expected to… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Volt Battery Plant Resumes Production

Chevrolet Volt Battery Plant Resumes Production
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A Japanese factory that makes batteries for the Chevrolet Volt is back online today after being temporarily shut down since the March 11th earthquake. Hitachi Automotive operates the three plants, one of which produces batteries for the Volt. GM has apparently ordered 100,000 battery packs for the Volt. The other two produce various vehicle components,… Continue Reading...

First Substantial Shipment Of Nissan LEAFs Arrives In US

First Substantial Shipment Of Nissan LEAFs Arrives In US
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Having left Japan just one day before the tsunami-inducing earthquake wreaked havoc, a large shipment of Nissan LEAF Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) has just arrived in Long Beach, Calif. Nissan’s Luna Spirit vehicle-carrying transport ship was safely on the open ocean when a 500 MPH wave passed under it, at about 3-inches high. About a… Continue Reading...

Ford On Pace To Outsell General Motors In March

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Ford On Pace To Outsell General Motors In March
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While we won’t have final March sales numbers until Thursday evening, but for the first time since February of 2010, Ford looks set to beat GM in sales figures, with 210,000 units sold. GM won’t fare so badly, with a projected 208,000 cars and trucks moved in March. GM’s slump – and Ford’s success –… Continue Reading...

Mazda Suspends Dealer Orders For Japanese-Built Cars, Nearly All Mazdas Affected

Mazda Suspends Dealer Orders For Japanese-Built Cars, Nearly All Mazdas Affected
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Mazda is planning to close down their assembly plants again, while stopping orders from dealers in the United States for their made-in-Japan vehicles. The Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda5, MX-5, RX-8, CX-7, CX-9 are all affected. Only the Mazda6 and Tribute will remain in production at their American plants, although the situation could change in light of… Continue Reading...

Japanese Earthquake Could Cause 30 Percent Reduction In Global Car Production

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Japanese Earthquake Could Cause 30 Percent Reduction In Global Car Production
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The latest hiccup deriving from Japan’s earthquake may cause global automotive production to fall by as much as 30 percent, as parts suppliers remain crippled by the quake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan. “We could lose up to 5 million vehicles in a worst-case scenario,” said Michael Robinet of IHS, in an interview with Bloomberg. “This… Continue Reading...

Honda Plants Remain Closed, R&D To Be Rebuilt After Massive Damage

Honda Plants Remain Closed, R&D To Be Rebuilt After Massive Damage
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Honda‘s manufacturing plants will remain closed, while the heart of their company, the research & development facility in Tochigi, Japan, will undergo months of repairs after being severely damaged by the earthquake that devastated Japan earlier in March. Honda originally planned to keep their plants closed until March 27th but has decided to extend the closures until… Continue Reading...

General Motors Plant In New York Hit By Parts Shortage, Layoffs

General Motors Plant In New York Hit By Parts Shortage, Layoffs
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General Motors has halted production at their Tonawanda, New York engine plant, due to a parts shortage that has affected another factory in Louisiana. The New York plant builds engines for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which are assembled at the Shreveport, Louisiana plant. While GM has acknowledged that the closure is due to… Continue Reading...

2012 Nissan GT-R Inventory Safe For U.S. Consumption

2012 Nissan GT-R Inventory Safe For U.S. Consumption
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Despite being an ultra-niche vehicle, interest in the Nissan GT-R always remains strong, and car enthusiasts have been fretting about whether Japan’s natural disasters have impacted production of the revised GT-R. According to an interview with David Reuter, Nissan Americas vice president of communications, supplies of the GT-R are safe, with roughly 70 percent of… Continue Reading...

Mazda To Resume Production March 22nd

Mazda To Resume Production March 22nd
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Mazda will resume production of vehicles on March 22nd, an encouraging sign for the Japanese auto industry as it battles a catastrophic series of events that has seen most automakers in the country suspend production. With Mazda based in Hiroshima, hundreds of miles away from the earthquake, tsunami and on-going nuclear incidents, the company has… Continue Reading...

General Motors Suspends Louisiana Plant Production Until March 21 Due To Japanese Earthquake

General Motors Suspends Louisiana Plant Production Until March 21 Due To Japanese Earthquake
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General Motors Shreveport, Louisiana factory that builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will face a production halt until March 21st due to supply chain issues stemming from Japan’s natural disasters. GM hasn’t specified which part is causing the stoppage, but both trucks feature a manual transmission made by Japanese firm Aisin. GM apparently has… Continue Reading...

Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Donate $3.75 Million Each For Earthquake Relief

Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Donate $3.75 Million Each For Earthquake Relief
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Japan’s three largest automakers announced that they will donate $3.75 million each for earthquake relief. Honda says it will donate 1,000 power generators (a product made by the company) as well as 5,000 gas canisters, while Nissan is considering the donation of vehicles, provisions and medical supplies. Toyota also said that it is investigating such… Continue Reading...

Nissan Delays 2012 GT-R Shipments Due to Earthquake

Nissan Delays 2012 GT-R Shipments Due to Earthquake
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Given the recent events in Japan, it may not be entirely surprising that there are greater priorities than building fast supercars. As such, shipments of the 2012 Nissan GT-R to America have been delayed as the country struggles to rebuild after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Nissan North America reports that there is a “sufficient… Continue Reading...
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