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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.

Apr 1, 2011

Toyota: Earnings hit but priority is Japan recovery

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) President Akio Toyoda said on Friday that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan would hurt the company’s earnings, but said that was not on his list of priorities.

“We’re not thinking about numbers right now,” Toyoda said the company’s headquarters in Toyota City, adding he could not estimate the scope of the impact.

Mar 31, 2011

Nissan denies report Ghosn eyes combined firm with Renault

By Chang-Ran Kim

(Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Renault SA (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) do not have any plans to combine the two firms under a holding company structure, Nissan said, denying a newspaper report citing CEO Carlos Ghosn as saying he was leaning toward such a move.

The Nikkei business daily said on Thursday that Ghosn had told the newspaper that he was looking at putting the automakers under a single umbrella, and that the transition to that structure could take place in two to three years.

Mar 31, 2011

Nissan denies report of holding firm with Renault

March 31 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co and Renault SA
do not have any plans to reorganise their alliance
under a holding company structure, Nissan said, denying a
newspaper report citing CEO Carlos Ghosn as saying he was
leaning towards such a move.

The Nikkei business daily said on Thursday that Ghosn had
told the newspaper that he was looking at forming a holding
company and that the change could take place in two to three
years.

Mar 29, 2011

Japan carmakers see return to full output taking time

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it would be some time before they could return to full production after Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami disrupted supplies to their plants.

With some 500 parts affected, a Toyota spokesman said it was impossible to say when production would resume in full. A source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the automaker had told its main suppliers not to expect production to restart until at least April 11 — exactly a month from the quake.

Mar 29, 2011

Nissan says return to full production to take time

TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co said on
Tuesday it would be some time before it would return to full
production after Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and
tsunami disrupted supplies to its plants.

CEO Carlos Ghosn told workers at one of the company’s
factories in the stricken northeast he wanted to bring the site
back to full production levels by early June at the latest.

Mar 25, 2011

Analysis: Japan auto recovery may take months

TOKYO (Reuters) – Lost production in the two weeks since an earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan tops a third of a million vehicles, and it could be months, rather than weeks, before the country’s automakers get back on track.

Modern-day cars have as many as 30,000 parts, 70-80 percent of which are supplied by hundreds of component makers. A single missing bolt can halt assembly lines and set off a chain reaction in the industry’s famed just-in-time manufacturing process.

Mar 24, 2011

Supply chain disruptions force more Japan delays

TOKYO (Reuters) – Supply chain disruptions in Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it would delay the launch in Japan of two new additions to the Prius line-up, a wagon and a minivan, from the originally planned end-April due to production disruptions from this month’s devastating earthquake.

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