Mazda loses 44,000 units of output in Japan because of torrential rains

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. says it lost 44,000 units of production, including some output of vehicles bound for the United States, because of interruption from heavy rain this summer.

The Hiroshima carmaker suspended output in July because of torrential downpours and widespread flooding in western Japan and resumed normal operations on Sept. 10.

It detailed the impact in a news release Friday saying the disaster dented output by 44,000 vehicles. The total includes some 21,000 vehicles for Japan and overseas including the United States. Mazda did not have a breakdown for the impact on U.S. shipments.

Also included in the total are knockdown kits for some 23,000 vehicles. Those were for shipment to Mazda factories in Thailand, Mexico and China, the company said.

Output of hot-selling crossovers, such as the CX-3 and CX-5, took the biggest hit. Lost crossover production accounted for about 33,000 of the vehicles, Mazda said.

Mazda said it will book a one-time charge of 28 billion yen ($249.3 million) in the company’s fiscal second quarter to account for the lost output. The company said it was still examining potential impact on sales and earnings for the full fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

Earlier, Mazda had forecast global sales to increase 2 percent to 1.66 million vehicles.

You can reach Hans Greimel at hgreimel@crain.com -- Follow Hans on Twitter: @hansgreimel

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