Malaysia carmaker Perodua hit by Japan supply snag

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2011 3:33 AM
Malaysia carmaker Perodua hit by Japan supply snag

Malaysia's biggest automaker Perodua says its production of cars is being disrupted by a shortage of parts from Japan following last month's earthquake and tsunami.

Perodua, which is partly owned by Japan's Daihatsu Motor Corp., says "adjustments" have been made to ensure inventories last until May. It wouldn't elaborate.

In a statement Thursday, the compact car maker said it was in talks with Daihatsu and other vendors to resolve the problem, which it described as a "temporary setback."

The disruption has already led Perodua to delay the launch of a new car to the second half of the year.

It faces pressure to introduce new models to bolster sales and maintain leadership in Southeast Asia's largest passenger car market amid competition from domestic rival Proton.