A major earthquake in Japan threatens to exacerbate the ongoing global microchip shortage as the total number of vehicles removed from production plans this year surpassed 1 million.
Automakers eliminated another 66,000 vehicles from their production schedules because of the global microchip shortage.
The chip shortage continues to hammer away at global vehicle production as automakers await additional semiconductor manufacturing capacity to come online.
The number of vehicles cut from automakers’ production plans this year because of the chip shortage surged 42 percent from a previous estimate, according to AutoForecast Solutions.
Another 75,300 vehicles were eliminated from schedules because of the semiconductor shortage, mostly at North American factories.
More than 100,000 vehicles were cut from North American production schedules because of the global microchip shortage last week, according to the latest AutoForecast Solutions report.
Automakers are still shaving back production plans due to semiconductor shortages, but the worst-case scenario for North America just got a tiny bit better.
North American factories took another 26,000 vehicles out of their production schedules last week, significantly more than companies were cutting at the beginning of the month.
Keeping the flow of new Toyotas and Lexuses coming to U.S. dealers amid dozens of simultaneous threats falls to two executives who manage it all the Toyota way.
The industry is settling into the new year acknowledging that it's not out of the woods yet on chip shortage disruptions.