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<b>Source:</b><br><i><b><FONT COLOR="red">Car & Driver</b></FONT><br>The Daily Auto Insider<br>October 3, 2002</i><p>This is terrible news for Nissan/Infiniti considering they have so much momentum now with the 350Z and G35. Also, Mazda is planning on introducing the "6" as well very soon.<p><b>Port Shutdown Disrupts Auto Business</b><p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>The closing of ports on the West Coast has caused a halt in production at the joint-venture General Motors/Toyota plant in Fremont, California, and has also affected other automakers. <p>The New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., or NUMMI, plant produces the Toyota Corolla and Tacoma pickup and Pontiac Vibe for the North American market as well as the Toyota Corolla Voltz, a right-hand drive version for export to Asia. But the port closure has starved the plant for imported engines and transmissions, among other components.<p>And, although about 60 percent of the vehicles Toyota sells in North America are built here, two-thirds of its imported vehicles are shipped through two West Coast ports and would be affected by a prolonged shutdown.<p>For Kia, which imports all its vehicles from Korea, the closure represents a major disruption, the Detroit News reported. Kia has about a two-week supply of replacement parts used by dealers and its vehicle inventory is dwindling. Kia planned to launch the Sorento sport-utility vehicle on Oct. 9, but few dealers have received any models to sell. <p>Other automakers have also been affected:<p>Nissan is concerned about its supply of Infiniti G35 sedans and Nissan 350Zs and may have to delay Friday's planned introduction of the Infiniti M45 sedan.<p>General Motors and Ford have anticipated the shutdown and have made contingency plans, the News said. But a long shutdown could derail the plans. Chrysler said it should see no "significant" effects from the work stoppage since 94 percent of its products are built in North America.<br> <br>The port shutdown was caused by a dispute between the union representing dockworkers and port management over the use of new technology at the ports.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>-Drew
 

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Lucky for Mazda, the '6 is built in the US. Of course, parts come from Japan. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I saw some footage tonight on the news of ships waiting to dock in port (either Tacoma or LA), and it was a parking lot of freighters as far as you could see. Horrible. Worse, Anchorage gets about 80% of its goods via cargo ship. Only one ship in the past 10 days means stores are going to become depleted. How will I survive w/o my Toaster Strudel?!?
 

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Re: Port Shutdown Disrupts Auto Business (javadoc)

Scott,<p>That is a really good point, I didn't know that the '6' is built in the US. Are you sure about that?<p>I saw that footage as well of all those ships waiting to dock, what an awesome thing to see. But, of course it is bad for business.<p>-Drew
 

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Port lockdown is stopped; temporary 30-day extension...But the shipping lines are not sure if they will accept.<p>This is where the government needs to step in and FORCE them to go back to work...they are playing with the state of a fragile economy by holding more than $2 billion in goods hostage DAILY!<p><br>Yannis
 

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Extremily good point Yannis. The US Economy doesn't need an ecomomic blow like this.<p>The new Mazda '6 is being manufactured in Flatrock, MI, btw Drew. However, some parts are being imported and arrive at the LA port.
 

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thats eaxctly why they're doing their stupid contract negociation right now though, taking advantage of the weak economy and telling their bosses to pay up
 
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