New vehicle sales in Japan fell 32 percent in September, compared to the same month last year. The drop came after lockdown measures were implemented in Southeast Asia, amid a surge in coronavirus infections there.
Auto industry groups say about 318,000 new vehicles were sold in Japan last month. That’s 32.2 percent less than the number of vehicles sold in September, 2020.
In countries, such as Malaysia and Vietnam, coronavirus lockdown measures forced semiconductor and wire harness plants to suspend operations this summer.
Japanese automakers have had trouble procuring enough parts.
Last month, Toyota Motor cut production by about 430,000 units, or about half of the planned number. Other auto manufacturers have also been forced to reduce their output or halt their assembly lines.
An industry group official says there is demand, but automakers don’t have enough vehicles to sell and are finding it difficult to meet delivery deadlines.
The official adds that it remains to be seen how long the fallout from the pandemic will last.