H-SANTA MARIA

Mar 18, 2011 9:39 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local Japanese dealerships expect small impact from earthquake

Japanese automakers on the Central Coast expect to see a small supply shortage in the next few weeks, following the disaster in Japan.

Both Honda and Toyota have suspended production in Japan until next week. Local dealers say they are concerned about the supply of cars, like the Prius, made exclusively in Japan, but don't plan to raise prices. Honda and Toyota say the majority of their cars sold in the U.S. are assembled here, but the parts come from Japan.

"The vendors that supply parts to our plants are the one's that are being affected and evaluated right now to see what damage has been done," said Carl Deriso, General Manager of Toyota of Santa Maria.

Meanwhile, the automakers are trying to find other parts suppliers to replace those forced to close in aftermath of the quake.

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