The earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan continues to delay car imports from Japan. Mazda told its U.S. dealers today to stop ordering vehicles made in Japan as the company prepares to shutdown plants again after a brief reopening.
Mazda spokesman Jay Amestoy said that the suspension affects the May allocation for Mazda’s U.S. sales and said that he was uncertain when dealer orders will resume.
Mazda currently imports the Mazda2, Mazda3, MX-5 Miata, RX-8, CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda5 from Japan (basically its whole lineup).
“This is just about when dealers would start to order cars for May’s allocation,” Amestoy said. “It’s a timing thing.” While Amestoy said that Mazda was “in decent shape” with current U.S. inventory, he declined to give exact details.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive News