Chip shortage leads Japan automakers to post 4.5pct slump in January global output

26-Feb-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:31 AM Print This Post

Global production at Japanese automakers including Honda Motor Co slipped 4.51 percent in January from last year as a widespread chip shortage forced the industry to cut production.

The country’s seven major automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co’s, produced a combined 2.12 million vehicles last month, according to Reuters calculations based on output data released by the companies on Thursday.

That compared with a 24 percent production jump in December.

The global automobile industry has been grappling with a chip shortage since the end of last year, with the former US administration’s sanctions on Chinese chip factories adding to the problem.

Last month, global vehicle production at Honda and Subaru fell 8.8 percent and 29.2%, respectively, mostly due to the semiconductor shortage.

Nissan Motor Co’s global production, on the other hand, rose 2.4 percent in January from a year before.

Honda and Nissan, Japan’s second and third-largest automakers, have said this month they will sell a combined 250,000 fewer cars in the current financial year.

Elsewhere, automakers Suzuki Motor Corp, Mazda Motor Corp and Mitsubishi Motors Corp saw their global production drop in January. But the three automakers have said they have seen no impact of the chip shortage on production.

Toyota Motor, which said earlier this month it had up to a four-month chip inventory, notched a 1.9 percent rise in global output, their fifth five consecutive month of gain.

Total global vehicle sales at Japan’s seven major automakers inched down 0.98 percent year-on-year to 2.06 million vehicles last month.


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