Typhoon is the new threat to Japanese auto production


As if COVID-19 and semiconductor shortages weren’t enough, a typhoon is now threatening Toyota and Nissan factories.

A powerful typhoon forced Toyota and Nissan to suspend some production at factories in southwestern Japan this week.

Both companies will reduce shifts, although there are no details yet on how many vehicles will be lost from production.

Threat to factories comes from Typhoon Hinnamnor, says respected industry newspaper Automotive News Europe.

The typhoon hit Okinawa first, before heading north towards South Korea and the southern edge of Japan.

The storm cell is considered a highly destructive category 5 typhoon with gusty winds marked by Nasa up to 220 km/h.

Toyota will suspend two shifts at three factories in Fukuoka province, although it expects this to be only a temporary hiatus.

In the case of Nissan and its Nissan Shatai subsidiaries in Fukuoka province, two teams are expected to be lost.

Paul Governor

Paul Gover has been an automotive journalist for over 40 years, working for newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A skilled generalist and sports journalist, his passion for cars has taken him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racing driver as well as a judge for World Car of the Year.

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