Quake takes toll on auto production

2011-05-27 07:07

Tokyo – Japanese automakers’ global vehicle production plunged last month, especially in Japan where supplier plants were destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Toyota reported today that Japan production in April fell 74.5% to 79 341 vehicles while its global production declined 48% to 346 297 vehicles.

Japanese automakers have been forced to reduce production amid parts shortages. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated huge areas in northeastern Japan, home to auto parts manufacturers.

Honda and Nissan also produced fewer vehicles in Japan, and worldwide, in April compared with a year earlier.

Honda’s production in Japan nose-dived 81% in April to 14 168 vehicles, while its worldwide production declined 52.9% to 138 498.

At Nissan, Japan production declined 48.7% to 44 193 vehicles, and global production slipped 22.4% to 248 024 vehicles.

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