Suzuki Increases Earthquake Aid
Reduced assembly line production continues
The vehicle manufacturer is donating 70 million yen (US$865,550) to relief efforts in addition to the previously announced 30 million yen (US$371,060) donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Suzuki is also donating 50 minivehicles including the Carry small truck and 100 scooters such as the 49cc Let’s 4. Suzuki will also provide drinking water and medical supplies.
Meanwhile, Suzuki’s Japanese production facilities remain open March 24-25 for the day-shift, just for the completion of vehicles already on the assembly line. Suzuki’s Toyokawa motorcycle and outboard motor assembly plant is operating, as is its Takatsuka motorcycle engine plant. Automobile production at Suzuki’s Kosai, Iwata and Sagara plants are suspended due to a lack of parts, except for car engine assembly at Sagara. Suzuki’s foundry at its Osuka plant is also operating. All plants will be closed March 26-27 for a Japanese holiday.
Suzuki will continue to assess the situation before deciding on operations for March 28 and beyond.