Japanese Automakers Suspend Production in Light of Earthquake
In the wake of the 8.9 earthquake and the following tsunami last Friday, Japanese automotive brands suspended car production at their plants. The automakers composed of Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Subaru, all halted production at their respective plants.
For Toyota Motor Corporation, the earthquake comes right after they have begun to recover from the spotlight of their safety recalls and after their president, Akio Toyota, announced TMC's plans for the future. After the earthquake struck, Toyota suspended operations at their numerous plants around the country.
Locally, Toyota Motors Philippines Corporations acquires several models of Japanese manufacturing origin, namely the Prius, Previa, Alphard, Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado and RAV4. Also the entire Lexus line up, with the CT, IS, LS, GS, ES, RX and LX are all assembled in Japan.
Honda also suspended operations in all of its plants; one plant located in the Tochigi prefecture which sustained damage and one fatality and thirty others were injured when a wall that collapsed due to the earthquake. None of Honda Cars Philippines' models are manufactured in Japan, as they are assembled either locally or within the ASEAN region.
Nissan are also reported to have sustained damage at some of their facilities, and have also suspended production operations. About 1,300 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles to be exported to the US were also damaged at Hitachi Port, Ibaraki Prefecture and another 1,000 vehicles were reportedly damaged in another storage facility. Locally sold cars that are manufactured in Japan include the Nissan Patrol Royale and the Nissan Murano.
Mazda decided to suspend production at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants tentatively until March 21 in light of the calamities. Locally, Mazda imports the CX-7, CX-9, Mazda6 and MX-5 from Japan.
Subaru suspended all operations in its plants following the earthquake tentatively until March 20, but may announce an extension if necessary. No major damage was reported and no casualties were incurred in their manufacturing facilities. All locally sold Subaru vehicles are manufactured in Japan.
The carmakers have meanwhile offered aid to the relief and recovery efforts to the communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami.