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Plants in Japan after the Earthquake

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    Speaking of global - I was watching some news story on the Libyan uprising. In addition to the typical Hi-Lux revolutionary vehicle of choice, I swear I saw a couple of current model Tundras in the footage.

    So an American built, Japanese brand full size truck is finding itself in a middle eastern clash. That's global.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We'll see more Japanese-brand exports from the US after this Tsunami, too...
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    They just got hit with another 7.4 quake. Tsunami warning up.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    OMG, let's pray for them. :cry:
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    Thank goodness - quake was corrected to a 7.1, the tsunami warning has been canceled and while some nuke plants lost power their emergency power kicked in fine this time.

    I cannot imagine what these folks have to be going through.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Phew *exhales*.

    Honda's latest:


    ALERT: Honda's Mendel says parts shortages could hamper U.S. plants for up to 3 months

    Automotive News
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Why the big up roar about the Japanese car industry?? There are other manufacturers you know??? :confuse:
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    Yeah, you can go buy a Chevy Colorado. But maybe not; GM suspended production for a week so they could shunt Japanese made parts to the better selling Cruze and Equinox.

    It's a global market and the earthquake has disrupted parts supply for most all automakers.

    Plus, lots of people prefer Nissans, Hondas and Toyotas.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ford and GM are idling plants in the US already. There will be shortages of all sorts of odd ball parts.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Toyota to halt North America vehicle output for 5 days this month

    Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110408/OEM01/110409889/1117- #ixzz1IxnQvTPy
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    "AutoNation's Maroone Honda in Hollywood, Fla., is only getting four Odyssey minivans from Honda Motor Co. in May. It normally sells 20 a month.

    "Do the math," Mr. Jackson said at the meeting. "We are going to be out of certain models at some point."

    Quake Throws AutoNation Into a Spin (Wall St Journal)

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  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    edited May 2011
    A co-worker bought a new car this week. White chatting with the dealer reps., he was told that all but one Japanese plant that makes critical auto tranny parts for automakers around the world are destroyed. The Japanese government is forcing the one operational plant, which is apparently owned by one automaker, to share its resources with other automakers' production crews on a rotating weekly schedule so that you average car consumer in the U.S. won't face a day within the next month or three where the dealer lots are completely filled with manual transmission vehicles (if any vehicles at all).

    That...smells funny. Sounds like a rumor to me. The dealer reps. did mention that they had a large supply of the manual version of the vehicle he bought.

    Used Prii are apparently hot also, commanding a purchase price that are equivalent or more than a new model.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The local dealer is down to their last 12 in stock, and all are listed at MSRP.

    If you want their free-oil-change coupon book, you actually pay above MSRP for a Prius!
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    That sounds like a rumor to me. Jatco and Aisin are IIRC the two largest transmission makers in Japan and for both to have lost all their plants (including others around the world) save one is probably just talk.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    "Production was disrupted at major manufacturers, notably in the automobile industry.

    Toyota Motor Corp. has said that the natural disaster cut its operating profit for the fiscal year by ¥110 billion ($1.35 billion) from the forecast made in February as it had to idle all its domestic factories right after the quake and to repair damaged equipment at some plants.

    The supply problems in the world's third-largest economy also hit some of Japan's trade partners. U.S. manufacturing output fell 0.4% on month in April, the first decline in 10 months, as Japan's disaster limited the supply of parts needed to assemble cars in the U.S."

    Japan Slides Into Recession (WSJ).

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess we're seeing the fiscal results of the things we've been talking about for months.

    I'm surprised Toyota profited at all.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    "Japanese car production plunged in April as manufacturers continued to face a shortfall in parts supply.

    Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, said its domestic production fell 74.5% compared with the same month last year.

    Honda's Japanese output plummeted 81%, while Nissan reported a 48.7% decline at its factories in Japan."

    Japan's car production plunges due to parts shortages (BBC)

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Subaru is planning to take measures to counteract the impact an expected super-low inventory will have this summer:

    Tom Doll, Subaru of America COO, said the automaker's inventory could drop to 17,000 units this summer, leaving some dealers without cars to sell. On May 1, Subaru's North American inventory was 32,800 units.

    We'll be down to cash-for-clunkers levels by August," Doll said on the sidelines of an industry event here. "We're looking at retail solutions."

    Doll would not disclose the nature of the assistance but said Subaru's global headquarters is considering a proposal. If approved, new programs will be unveiled by July.

    Subaru's main plant is in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo. The company produces the Legacy, Outback and Tribeca in Lafayette, Ind.

    Doll said Subaru could see a 20 percent drop in U.S. sales this year after a record 263,820 units sold in 2010. Subaru sold 216,652 units in 2009 and expected to sell 300,000 units this year.

    Doll's biggest concern is the brand's newest markets. He said Subaru was able to increase its dealer body by adding former Chrysler Group and General Motors stores in the South. Now, lacking inventory, he wants to keep everyone happy.

    .....He said the company is considering ways to help its retail network, including assistance for salespeople and customers.

    Subaru already is extending lease terms by three to five months, offering maintenance programs and free accessories such as ski racks.


    http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110530/RETAIL07/305309972/1- 422

    Kinda stinks for Soob, which had been doing so well when everyone else was falling apart, to get knocked out by the earthquake this way. But I really question the wisdom of them sending 50,000 Camrys down the line this year in Indiana, when they could potentially be sending 50,000 Foresters down the line instead. Yes, they are in contract with Toyota to provide the Camrys, but surely Toyota would allow them to switch it up given it has a financial interest in their success.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, they gave away a full assembly line. Then again, Tribeca could not fill up the volume, and SIA is only set up to build Legacy/Outback/Tribeca models.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    Yeah, they gave away a full assembly line. Then again, Tribeca could not fill up the volume, and SIA is only set up to build Legacy/Outback/Tribeca models.

    Ding ding ding. It wouldn't make sense to retool Lafayette for the Forester since the shortage is temporary. And it's probably suppliers having a hard time so there wouldn't be parts to use in Lafayette either.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The tsunami shows that even a small manufacturer has to hedge their bets.

    They have a new Impreza coming and simply won't have enough cars to sell.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Sure seems like they should dump the zero-sales Tribeca and build Foresters in Lafayette though, doesn't it? I know there has been some talk of it, but nothing definite yet....

    ...I figure that one day Impreza will be the last Subaru for NA sales still being built exclusively in Japan.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    It would be nice but it would require a new line. IIRC, the Forester does not share a platform with the Outback/Tribeca so it can't share the line.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,127
    "The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has recommended that from July 1 to September 30 auto companies switch their working week to include Saturdays and Sundays and then have Thursdays and Fridays off. Electricity use is generally higher during the week than weekend, goes the theory, so with luck that’ll sidestep the power cuts. So far, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda have confirmed the switch but others are bound to follow and that goes for headquarters and R&D staff and suppliers too. Privately, few seem overjoyed at the prospect of working weekends but will go along with it no doubt in the long held spirit of shoganai (can’t be helped)."

    The Heat Is On In Japan (AutoObserver)

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    On top of this, Japan's Dept of Energy has recommended that worker forgo suits and ties this summer with the expected issues with power and air conditioning. Called Super Cool Biz, many people in the more "formal" agencies and businesses seem all flustered by the idea of chinos and polo shirts.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Casual work week? Could be one good thing to come out of the tsunami mess...
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