Toyota symbol 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Frank Polich)
Union Motors Ltd., the licensed importer of Toyota Motor Corporation, on Tuesday
notified its agencies and distributors that deliveries of cars will be reduced.
The Israeli market would probably feel the reduction in May and June, Union
Assuming that Toyota’s factories will resume full production
next week, after a monthlong shutdown, Israel could face a shortfall of 2,000
cars, mostly Corollas. Toyota manufactures cars after they have already been
ordered, but customers placing new orders may face delays in
Other importers of Japanese cars said Tuesday the availability
of inventory over the next few months would be affected. The importers are
waiting for updates from Japan about the return to regular production. Most
Japanese carmakers fully or partly shut down their production lines following
last month’s earthquake and tsunami.
In its most recent announcement last
week, Mazda Motor Corporation said it was resuming partial production at its two
factories this week, subject to the availability of parts. The company said a
decision on the return to full production of vehicles and spare parts would be
made later. The company did not say which models would resume
The local shortfall of cars is more than 12,000, or 40
percent of the average number of monthly deliveries, according to industry