Toyota Motor Corp has resumed production at all of its plants in Japan for the first time since the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
But the world’s No.1 automaker said that the plants would operate at half capacity due to shortage of parts. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said it remained unclear when Toyota would return to full production in Japan. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed parts factories in northeastern Japan. Hashimoto said the disasters had cost Toyota production of 260,000 cars.
WHAT A JUMP
The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well with a masked stuntman attempting to break the world record distance jump of 95m in a four-wheeled vehicle at the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The stuntman will use a 30m ramp, suspended on a 10-storey door. The stunt will air in Australia with the Indy 500 race coverage in June.
Korean car maker SsangYong unveiled an electric prototype vehicle at the recent Seoul Motor Show. The KEV2 is based on the recently launched Korando SUV. The move follows the company’s recent emergence from court-protected bankruptcy under new Indian owner Mahindra and Mahindra.