The earthquake and tsunami that rocked northern Japan on March 11 devastated that nation's auto industry, with global implications.
Year of the quake
Technicians worked around the clock to make repairs in the critically important clean room at Renesas Electronic Corp.'s sprawling Naka, Japan, chip foundry. Air filters in the ceiling shook lose during the quake and damaged the equipment below. The Renesas plant was Ground Zero for the global shortage of automotive microcontrollers that paralyzed assembly plants around the world.
The earthquake halted production at several auto assembly plants that export vehicles to the United States. This aerial shot shows a port facility in the city of Hitachinaka where Nissans and Infinitis ready for shipping were hit by a tsunami.
Wrestling with how to manage the shortage of Japanese vehicles caused by the earthquake, AutoNation executives met on June 1 to review sales and inventory data.
These Toyotas at Japan's Sendai port were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.
A soccer field near Nissan's Iwaki engine plant became a dumping ground for remnants of battered homes, broken concrete and ruined furniture.
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