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.
The privileges of car ownership are something most people look forward to. Complete freedom and privacy are part of the experience along with the pride and joy of owning a sleek new vehicle. This experience though comes at a cost. Car EMIs pop up every month to remind us that we need to curb our indulgences and this can go on for years. Read more
Fuel efficiency and economy is the top concern of car owners, especially in urban areas. Furthermore, to keep vehicles manageable and safe for drivers, manufacturers also ensure that there is limited mechanical power. However, it is possible to optimise your power while ensuring improved fuel economy, engine operation, performance and increased torque by getting Diesel Tuning with CHIP Express™. Read more
When you’re in the market for a used Mazda in Toronto, you may be unsure about whether or not you’re better off looking for certified pre-owned or plain old used. You’ve probably heard about CPO, but you’re not sure if it’s worth the extra expense or how it’s different from a used vehicle. Certified pre-owned cars are inspected by the manufacturer, i.e., by a factory mechanic, once it’s traded in off-lease, and it must meet certain criteria that help safeguard the car’s quality when you become its new owner. Read more