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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Mazda To Suspend Japan Production Due To Parts Shortage

Even smaller car manufacturers such as Mazda aren’t immune to the global parts shortage anymore.

For a while, it looked like the Hiroshima-based carmaker could avoid a full-on production stoppage by simply reducing their outputs. Well, no more.

In a situation that echoes every other global automaker from Toyota to Ford to Mercedes-Benz, Mazda will have to suspend production at both its Hiroshima and Hofu plants for a total of two days starting August 30, 2021. In the past, Mazda had stopped production but only at a single line.

This will affect the production of pretty much the entire Mazda line-up since the Hiroshima Plant produces the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-30, CX-5 CX-8, CX-9, and MX-5, while the Hofu Plant produces the Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-3, Mazda6, and CX-5.

The production stoppage is due to difficulties regarding parts procurement from suppliers located in both China and Southeast Asia said Mazda in a statement. Production is expected to re-start on September 1.

Despite the production stoppage, Mazda is working to minimize the impact on sales, including for export markets such as the Philippines.

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