Japan car sales plummet in earthquake aftermath


Japan's automotive sector has been hit hard by the recent earthquake and tsunami suffered by the country, with sales dropping by an average of 37 percent in the country.

Production at some of the country's biggest auto manufacturers has been hit by a shortage of parts and power cuts. Toyota suffered the most, with sales falling by 46 percent, while Nissan's dropped by 38 percent.

Honda also lost sales following the natural disaster, with registrations slumping by 28 percent.

The earthquake has also had a knock on effect on other, non-Japanese, manufacturers, with General Motors saying it had to close a factory due to a parts shortage from Japan. Toyota and Subaru have eased down on production at their US plants, while Toyota president Akio Toyoda warned that the suspension of production at its factories would hurt the company's profits.

Nissan has said it is planning further suspensions to production at Oppama Plant, Tochigi Plant, Kyushu Plant, Nissan Shatai and Nissan Shatai Kyushu, with lines expected to close between Monday 4 April and Friday 8 April.