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March 24, 2020

Japanese automakers suspend production in India

Several Japanese automakers confirmed earlier this week they had suspended operations at their Indian factories due to the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus in the country.

By bcusack

Several Japanese automakers confirmed earlier this week they had suspended operations at their Indian factories due to the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus in the country.

Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and Nissan, some of India's leading vehicle manufacturers, said they ceased production in the country after the government instructed public transport companies to suspend their operations to help slow the spread of the disease.

This followed a Hyundai Motor announcement on Monday it had suspended production with immediate effect at its Chennai plant which has a production capacity of 650,000 vehicles per year.

Toyota, which produced over 116,000 vehicles in India last year, halted operations at its two plants in Karnataka state following similar decisions in the US and Europe in line with government guidelines.

Honda said it had ceased production at its vehicle and motorcycle factories in India until at least the end of March.

Market leader Suzuki, which relies on India for around 30% of its global sales, ceased vehicle production at its Gurgaon and Manesar plants in the state of Haryana, which are managed by its local subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India.

Nissan stopped production at its Tamil Nadu plant this week without indicating when operations would restart.

The company also announced the closure of its Mexican car plant until 14 April.

Mitsubishi Motors had previously announced it had suspended production in the Philippines between 17 March and 12 April following the government mandated lockdown.

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