The resulting catastrophe from the March 11 earthquake has caused an inconvenience to automakers. But the good news is, they are fast to react and recover. Toyota announced that the company will resume limited production of the Prius, Lexus HS250h and the CT200h hybrids though Toyota another 18 Toyota plants will remain closed until at least March 28.
Honda itself has moved its restart date from March 27 to April 3 or later, affecting the Fit and CR-V. The company says its research and development center will be closed for months because of the extensive damage.
Mazda is up and running some of its plants in Japan already, though parts are becoming scarce, with the CX-7 and CX-9 being affected.
Nissan restarted production on March 24, but the plants are using existing parts stock with no new parts coming in. The automaker also lost 1,300 Infiniti models that were damaged at a Japanese port during the quake. CEO Carlos Ghosn claims 40 Japanese suppliers are still in trouble.
Subaru has postponed any production in Japan until at least March 28. In the U.S., the automaker has suspended overtime at its Indiana plant.
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There are plenty of good reasons to decide to buy a used car over a new one. The first, and most obvious, is, of course, the price. A used car isn't going to set you back nearly as much as the equivalent new one. But that's far from the only reason to do it. You often have more choice over a used car, since you're not limited to those just off the factory line, and you have a greater chance to find out what the car is like from people who have actually owned them. Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't things that you need to look out for when you purchase a used vehicle. In fact, a used car comes with its own set of concerns that you need to be aware of. Here are a few things that you should definitely consider before buying a new car. Read more