We mentioned last time that local car manufacturers were having supply problems due to the Japan Quake. If one can’t get them imported, then it’ll have to be sourced from the local suppliers.
According to Trade Undersecretary and Board of Investments managing head Cristino Panlilio:
“I talked with some of the car assemblers in the Philippines and I gave them an option to locally source parts and components to avoid disruptions in the supply chain,”
The effect could very well be that prices of local car supplies will go down and the imported ones will go up. As of the moment, the local sector is only operating at 60 percent capacity. However, with more demands to come in the next few days, they’ll have to increase it even further.
[Article via: Manila Standard Today | Image via: CC: Flickr – Yuichiro Haga]
The Japanese massive earthquake and tsunami damaged not only Japan, but also its economic structure as its car manufacturing sector also took a large hit–resulting in a tsunami of its own reaching even the Philippines.
Local car manufacturers are having a hard time getting parts to complete cars since Japanese car manufacturers are still assessing the damage wrought upon their areas. Damage to the structure and supplies may take some time.
All the Japanese car manufacturers were affected, some more than others. Honda Motor Corp. had more than a hundred suppliers located near the quake and tsunami centers. It just recently resumed operations. Toyota Motor Corp. would be less affected since most of their parts makers were located in the northeast side of Japan. Mitsubishi Motors fared the best since they are the farthest from the epicenter.
[Article via : MB ]
1.35 million Fit subcompacts will be recalled by Honda Motor Co around the world in order to fix defective headlights wiring.
Fit cars that were assembled in Japan from November 2001 to October 2007 are subject to the said recall. These cars were mostly from the Suzuka industrial unit of Honda.
Majority of the Fit cars, which is around 735,000 units, are from Japan. 385,000 units will be recalled in Europe where the unit is known as Jazz. There are also units from Africa, and the Middle East, and Asia including the Philippines.
The estimated cost for the recall is 3.6 billion yen or $43 million. According to a spokesman of Honda in Tokyo, there was no accident associated to the Fit cars with defects but this will bring a great impact to the auto company.
If you are the type who is quite particular about repairs to your car, replacement parts would normally leave you with two options: Japan or Taiwan. If you are a frequent visitor of car part shops, these will be the choices for certain parts that will be offered to you. Of the two, Taiwan parts are normally the cheaper one since they are considered as imitation parts that have a lesser product lifecycle compared to Japan or original parts.
Japan parts often mean durability. They are normally the parts that are close to what the exact specs of your car needs. However, they are costly and unless you are willing to use second-hand parts that will still cost more or luckily the same as a Taiwan part, the price for Japan parts may knock you off your feet. Brand new Japan parts are the safest route to maintain the same level of quality that your car has. There are people who however turn to Taiwan parts due to prices and can do for a certain time, perhaps half of the actual durability life of a part.
Mechanical parts of vehicles are quite sensitive. Take for example engine support bushings. Comparing the Taiwan made ones to the original ones can be seen in a couple of months. Engine support bushings normally last for 3 to 5 years, depending on the use of a vehicle. Taiwan made engine support bushings normally last for 6 months to a year. That is how much difference you can expect between the two.
While everything should not be entirely blamed on the part manufacturers, you have to put into consideration the wear and tear and road conditions your car drives on. In this case, Philippine roads are known to be unstable and that is why we often find ourselves needing repairs especially if your car chassis are not that solidly built like Mitsubishi vehicles that have pricey replacements parts as well.