Japan Automakers Check for Radiation on Cars

Japanese Automakers Screen Cars for Radiation

Never before had the automobile industry of Japan had to face so many problems and issues.  The fury of the Tsunami and the wide spread destruction caused by the earthquake have caused huge losses to the Japanese industry in general and the automobile industry is one of the worst hit.  Already, the manufacturing of cars has gone done by a good fifty percent and now there are other problems faced by the car industry of Japan.

As you already know, the tsunami has caused great damage to the nuclear plant near the north-eastern coastal areas thereby increasing the harmful radiation levels in the nearby areas.  Although, Japan is trying its level best to contain the harmful radiation leaks, international fears are on the rise.  Plenty of countries import cars from Japan and these countries fear that the cars may contain harmful radioactive substances.  As a result of this, the car manufacturers have started checking the cars for any kind of traces of radioactive materials.

The spokesperson for the JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), Mr. Furukawa, has stated that the tires of the cars and all the materials inside the car are being tested for radiation.   According to him, not even a single trace of radiation has been deducted on the cars waiting to be exported.  This definitely comes as good news.  This entire exercise was required to be carried out as few international consumers had expressed their concern and worry over radiation leaks.

Even after the concerns raised by the international consumers, JAMA emphasized that it was heartening to observe that the sales of the Japanese cars in other countries had not fallen.  Strict measures are being taken to check the radiation levels and for every five thousand cars, a good ten cars are being checked for radiation.  The car manufacturers of Japan have decided to continue this checking process till the entire nuclear plant crisis is resolved.

Leading car manufacturing giant, Toyota is also checking its cars for radiation before exporting them to other countries.  Recently, Toyota checked around thirty cars to be exported to United States.  You would be surprised to know that a good forty six percent of the cars manufactured by Toyota are exported to the United States.  Another leading car manufacturing giant Honda is also carrying out checks on its cars to dispel any kind of doubts.  A good thirty percent of the cars manufactured by Honda are exported to other countries.  A good fifty percent of cars manufactured by Nissan are also going to be shipped to other countries.

Although, there were international concerns regarding the radiation leaks and effects of radiation on the Japanese cars, the Japanese car industry has done a great job by conducting proper checks and ensuring that the cars are not affected by radiation at all.

Used Car Sales Go Up due to Scarcity of New Cars

Scarcity of new cars fuels used car sales worldwide

You are aware that the devastating earthquake and the ferocious tsunami have affected Japan very badly and the car industry is one of the worst hit.  You would be amazed to note that the developments in the car industry in Japan have had far reaching effects in many countries throughout the world.  Many of the auto parts suppliers have been badly hit and they usually supply auto parts to car plants in Europe, United States as well as in Japan.  The manufacturing of cars at these plants has greatly suffered since the supply of auto parts from Japan has greatly reduced.

You would also be astonished to note that the car plants set up by giant Japanese automakers around the world has greatly suffered and many global car plants belonging to these Japanese giants have cut their production to as much as half.  Many experts in the automobile industry feel that this might be a temporary phenomenon, but the world in general is witnessing this change.  You would have noticed that it is not only the car industry but also the automobile industry in general which is greatly suffering.  The manufacturing of trucks has also been greatly affected.

It is not only the Japanese car industry that is being affected, the car companies of other countries have also had to reduce their manufacturing of cars.  The inventories required for producing a car have greatly reduced.  All these factors have resulted in the rise in the price of used cars.  What is even more worrying is that the gas prices have also risen to a great extent.  You would be surprised to hear that the prices of used cars of some of the leading car brands have increased up to a good ten percent.  Since the month of January, the prices of Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla which have been used for around three to five years have also appreciated a good ten percent.

Even when the car industry is going through troubled times, one group of people has greatly benefited and they are the car dealers.  Instead of waiting for the new cars to arrive, people are now opting for fuel efficient cars that are compact and small.  This problem is likely to continue till the problem and scarcity of auto parts continues.  People usually prefer brand new and small compact cars. But with the manufacturing of small compact cars at an all time low, people are opting for used small compact cars, thus increasing the prices of small compact cars greatly.

Giant car makers Toyota and Nissan have predicted that they would be able to start full production only by August end due to scarcity of auto parts.  Due to the increase in demand for used cars, the auction prices of many leading brands of trucks and cars have gone up as much as fifteen percent.  So, definitely the prices of used cars are going to increase and this is going to be the trend for some time now.