Last week, a bunch of Japanese automakers announced that they would scaling back and/or temporarily stopping production in Japan due to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Aside from the continuous spread of the virus and to protect its workforce, these automakers cited the global market decline as one of the main reasons for doing so.
Now, Mitsubishi Motors has done the same. Following the announcement of its alliance partner company Nissan, Mitsubishi announced that they will be temporarily suspending production at three of their plants in Japan. The reason for the suspension also comes from the spread of the pandemic and its effect on the global automotive market.
The three plants affected by the temporary suspension are the Okazaki Plant in Aichi, the Pajero Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Gifu and the 2nd production line at the Mizushima Plant in Okayama. The first to suspend production would be the production line at the Mizushima Plant starting on April 6 until April 23. The Okazaki Plant will follow on April 9 and will be closed until April 17. Meanwhile, the Pajero plant in Gifu will be shut from April 13 to April 20 only.
While their plants in Japan are temporarily shutting down, Mitsubishi did not mention whether how production in other factories across the world will be affected. Considering that Nissan also adjusted their production in Thailand, it is possible that Mitsubishi might do the same as their partner.
It is worthy to note though that factories in countries and regions under quarantine or lockdown conditions have also been shut down.