Mazda and Honda suspend U.S. orders from Japan-made models

Mazda and Honda suspend U.S. orders from Japan-made models

After a short reopening period, Mazda has taken the decision to suspend all the U.S. orders for Japan-made models. The main reason is that the car manufacturer is shutting its plants after the devastating quake. Jay Amestoy, the automaker's American spokesman officially announced that the decision would affect those shipments of cars that were due to arrive in the U.S. in May. The probable date when the activity at the factory resumes, remains uncertain. The news appear to be more serious than expected as Mazda USA takes almost all its range from Japan, apart from the Tribute and the U.S.-built Mazda6. CX9, CX7, RX-8, MX-5/Miata, Mazda5, Mazda3 and the Mazda2 are the models produced in Japan, while the production at the Hiroshima and Hofu plants was halted from march 14 until March 21. Although the temporary production was resumed three days ago, the factories will be closed again, starting from Monday. There are enough cars in the stock of the American subsidiary and thus, the U.S. sales will not be affected. 83 percent of the cars sold in the U.S. in 2010 were imported from Japan. Besides Mazda, Honda has also revealed its plans of suspending U.S. dealer orders for the vehicles imported from Japan, including the CR-Z, Fit, Acura TSX, Civic Hybrid and Acura RL. While Mitsubishi and Toyota have not suspended dealer orders, Nissan representatives stated that they would reduce the planned allocation for May by half and the other half was going to be released when the Japanese factories confirmed the vehicles were ready.