Toyota To Cut North American Output By Nearly A Third Through October

Toyota to cut North American output by nearly a third through October

TOKYO — Toyota plans to slash production in North America by nearly a third through October due to the coronavirus crisis and expects it will take some time for output to return to normal, a person familiar with the matter said.

Toyota will build about 800,000 vehicles, including its RAV4 SUV crossovers and Camry sedans, at plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico from April through to the end of October, the person told Reuters.

Honda And Fca Won't Restart Their North American Plants Until May

Honda and FCA won't restart their North American plants until May

TOKYO — Honda on Tuesday said that it had furloughed workers at its U.S. plants, which will be closed until May 1 as demand for cars in the country has plummeted due to the spread of the coronavirus.

A spokesman for Honda, which employs about 18,400 workers at plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, said the Japanese automaker would guarantee salaries through Sunday, having suspended operations on March 23. Operations at its Powersports plant in South Carolina, which makes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), have been suspended since March 26.

Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai Temporarily Shut North American Plants

Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai temporarily shut North American plants

Following the closure of car factories by Ford, GM, FCA and Honda, another group of automakers is shutting down plants in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus threat. Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai have all announced they will be closing production facilities temporarily. The number of plants and the length of time closed varies significantly between companies, though.

Nissan, in a move similar to the American automakers, will shut down all U.S. factories starting Friday. The planned reopening of those plants is April 6. The company reports no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its factory employees and that this is a precautionary measure.

Honda Closing North American Plants As Coronavirus Slows Sales

Honda closing North American plants as coronavirus slows sales

Honda on Wednesday announced plans for a six-day production suspension at all of its vehicle assembly and components plants in North America, reducing output by around 40,000 vehicles as it anticipates a slowdown in sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary closure starts Monday, March 23 at all five of Honda's U.S. vehicle assembly plants, its Ohio transmission and engine plants, and its components plant in Georgia, plus five plants in Mexico and Canada. Honda's current plan is to resume production at all North American plants on March 31.

Scandal To Tour North America For The First Time In 2 Years

SCANDAL to tour North America for the first time in 2 years

It's been revealed that SCANDAL will hold their first North American tour in 2 years. 

SCANDAL are set to release their new album "Kiss from the darkness" from their private label 'her' on February 12. The North American tour will be a part of their world tour that will be held to commemorate the album's release. At this time, four locations have been announced including California, Texas, Georgia, and Toronto. 

There's A Petition To Get The Toyota Yaris Gr To North America

There's a petition to get the Toyota Yaris GR to North America

The Toyota GR Yaris, a Gazoo Racing homologation special, just debuted in January, 2020 at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but it has already drawn a rabid following. It's clearly one of the most important Toyotas in recent memory, but it's highly unlikely it'll be sold in the North American market. A petition started in Canada, noticed by Motor1, wants Toyota to change that. The excitement around this car is undeniable. After Toyota won the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, it began preparing to make sure it wasn't a one-and-done situation. Developed with Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, the GR Yaris is essentially a new car, not a retuned old Yaris, with a new chassis, a lightweight body, and a new all-wheel-drive system. It also has 1.6-liter three-cylinder that makes an unheard of 268 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. There's so much hype around this car, in fact, that Road & Track called it a more exciting release than the 2020 Toyota GR Supra, and they have a point. "Toyota has taken steps to revitalize their brand with the re-introduction of the new Supra," the petition states. "The problem is, the car is priced out of reach for a lot of the general population, and not the best choice as a year-round vehicle in areas that have snow on the roads 5 months a year."  If your feelings align with Altman and the rest of the hopeful Toyota and rally fans in North America, check out the petition and consider signing. At the time of this writing, 541 people have signed, but it's only just begun. The initial goal is 1,000, a number that will surely be hit.

Japan Protests North Korean Launch

Japan protests North Korean launch

The Japanese government says North Korea's latest launch of ballistic missiles violates UN Security Council resolutions and is extremely regrettable.

Japan has lodged a protest against the North and condemned its actions.

Lekima Heading North Off Okinawa's Remote Islands

Lekima heading north off Okinawa's remote islands

Violent wind from Typhoon Lekima has been battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The Meteorological Agency continues to warn of very strong winds, high waves, and storm surges.

The agency says that as of 6 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was situated 190 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island.

Tropical Storm Nari At Tokai Region, Heading North

Tropical Storm Nari at Tokai region, heading north

Torrential rains continue to pummel parts of central Japan as Tropical Storm Nari heads north through the Tokai region. Rain clouds around the storm clashing with moist air from the south are bringing localized downpours to wide areas from the Kinki to the Kanto-Koshin regions.

Weather officials warn of the possibility of landslides.