Auto industry impact from Japan quake, at a glance

AP News
Posted: Mar 24, 2011 6:20 PM
Auto industry impact from Japan quake, at a glance

Latest developments in the auto industry following Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The twin disaster and subsequent damage to nuclear reactors have disrupted the flow of auto parts and cars around the world.

In Japan:

_ Toyota Motor Corp., the world's No. 1 automaker, plans to restart production of the Prius and two Lexus hybrids _ the HS 250h and CT 200h _ on March 28. Shutdowns will last until at least Saturday at the company's nine other plants.

_ Honda Motor Co. extended a shutdown of car production at its Saitama and Suzuka factories until April 3. It will restart motorcycle production on March 28.

_ Nissan Motor Co. resumed production of the Nissan Leaf at its Oppama and Zama plants, but said the ability to keep producing the cars will depend on the frequency of rolling blackouts.

In the U.S.:

_ Nissan is considering producing some six-cylinder engines for Japan at its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant because of lost production at its Iwaki engine plant.

_ Nissan says its North American production will remain at normal levels through April 1.

_ Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi say they have made no changes to their North American production plans so far.

_ General Motors Co. has halted production at its Shreveport, La., assembly plant this week because of shortages of parts from Japan. It has also stopped production of certain engines at a plant in Buffalo, N.Y.

_ Subaru of America has stopped overtime shifts at its only North American plant in Lafayette, Ind.

_ Toyota is suspending overtime shifts and Saturday production at its 13 plants in North America.


Source: Manufacturers