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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Subaru To Halt All Japan Production Due To Parts Shortage


It looks like even Subaru can’t escape the effects of the global semiconductor shortage. The All-Wheel Drive specialist just announced that it’s suspending production at all of its manufacturing facilities in Japan starting September 7 September 13 (per a September 6 update).

Due to the lack of certain parts (likely microchips and wiring harnesses), Subaru is halting production at its Main and Yajima Assembly Plants. It’s also suspending work at its Engine and Transmission Plant in Oizumi.

With 75 percent of all of its cars manufactured in Japan (the only other manufacturing facility is located in Indiana, USA), this will definitely be a blow to the carmaker.

The closure is expected to run for four days—September 7 to 10, 2021. five days from September 13 to 17, 2021 (per a September 6 update). Production is expected to resume on September 20.

Officially, Subaru has yet to determine what impact this will have regarding vehicle supply. However, it must be remembered the ongoing chip shortage already caused delays in the arrival of the all-new Outback for the Philippine market. This will likely cause delays in the arrival of the all-new WRX, Levorg, and Subaru BRZ—vehicles which are slated to launch by early 2022 at the latest.

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