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Apr 20, 2011

Japanese automakers shield China from supply disruption

SHANGHAI, April 20 (Reuters)- Japanese automakers said the
shortage of certain Japan-made parts was starting to affect
production in China, but played down fears that sales would also
be hit as they seek to keep up with the fast-growing but
fiercely competitive market.

Toyota Motor Corp , the world’s largest automaker,
said on Wednesday it would cut production in China in half until
June 3 because of the supply disruptions stemming from the March
11 earthquake in Japan.

Apr 19, 2011

New-energy vehicles take spotlight at Shanghai show

SHANGHAI, April 19 (Reuters) – Electric and “new-energy”
vehicles took the spotlight at China’s Shanghai Auto Show on
Tuesday with Honda Motor Co and one of its Chinese
partners joining the ranks of other car makers announcing new
models of energy efficient cars.

While car makers are bullish about the future of the “green”
vehicles in the world’s largest auto market, questions remain
over China’s use of coal to generate the majority of its
electricity, consumer perceptions about the safety and
convenience of electric cars and not least, the Chinese
government’s plans and policies for the electric-hybrid
industry.

Apr 18, 2011

Ford’s China JV mulling own brand-Changan Auto

SHANGHAI, April 18 (Reuters) – Chongqing Changan Automobile
Co Ltd , which has a three-way partnership with Ford
Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp in China, said on
Monday that the joint venture is considering rolling out its own
brand.

The comment from Changan Auto’s general manager, Zhang
Baolin, comes as more Chinese automakers develop their own
brands with help from their foreign partners after selling and
making cars under the more well-known foreign badges in joint
ventures that are legally required by Beijing.

Apr 15, 2011

Toyota cuts Japan output by half until at least June 3

TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said
it will build cars at half the rate of its original plans in
Japan at least until June 3 in a move estimated to cost the
world’s biggest automaker another 120,000 vehicles in lost
production.

Japanese automakers have been hammered by a shortage of
hundreds of components after factories in the northeast of the
country were damaged by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11.

Apr 8, 2011

Japan automakers eye restart at half of output plans

TOKYO, April 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s top automakers plan to
resume production at all domestic factories in stages starting
on Monday, but output levels will be at half of original plans
and at the mercy of parts availability, while fresh power
outages further clouded the outlook.

A historic 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 off Japan’s
northeastern coast damaged equipment, cut off electricity and
disrupted automakers’ complex supply chain over the past month,
forcing them to suspend work at most factories.

Apr 8, 2011

Japan automakers eye broad restart at half of output plans

TOKYO, April 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s top automakers plan to
resume production at all domestic factories in stages starting
on Monday, but output levels will be at half of original plans
and at the mercy of parts availability, while fresh power
outages further clouded the outlook.

A historic 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 off Japan’s
northeastern coast damaged equipment, cut off electricity and
disrupted automakers’ complex supply chain over the past month,
forcing them to suspend work at most factories.

Apr 6, 2011

Toyota to restart output at one more Japan plant

TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will
begin making two more car models on April 11, taking another
small step towards normalising operations after a massive
earthquake in Japan disrupted its supply chain and forced most
of its factories to halt work.

But the world’s largest automaker denied a report that most
of its idled domestic factories would restart next week and has
also warned that supply disruptions were likely to interrupt
vehicle assembly at one or more of its North American factories
at some point. [ID:nN05120553] .

Apr 6, 2011

Toyota says most Japan plants to stay idle next week

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it would not restart production at most of its idled Japanese vehicle assembly factories next week, denying a Nikkei newspaper report.

The world’s biggest automaker has halted vehicle assembly at all but two of the 18 group-wide factories in Japan that build Toyota and Lexus cars since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disrupted supply of components to automakers inside and outside Japan.

Apr 1, 2011

Far from the quake, Toyota City’s suppliers on life

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – For Fumihiro Shimizu and his family-owned auto parts plant in this company town, being a second-tier supplier for Japan’s top car makers has never been easy.

Even in the boom years, margins were squeezed as Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and others extracted maximum value from suppliers to fight off competition from overseas rivals and keep prices down.

Apr 1, 2011

Far from quake, Toyota City’s suppliers on life support

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – For Fumihiro Shimizu and his family-owned auto parts plant in this company town, being a second-tier supplier for Japan’s top car makers has never been easy.

Even in the boom years, margins were squeezed as Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and others extracted maximum value from suppliers to fight off competition from overseas rivals and keep prices down.

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      "I have been covering the Japanese auto industry since 2002, broadening coverage to the Asian region in 2003."
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