Mazda suspends orders from U.S. dealers

By Dow Jones Newswires-Wall Street Journal
Posted March 25 at 2:26 p.m.

Mazda Motor Corp. suspended U.S. dealer orders for vehicles built in Japan until further notice because of parts supply disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami earlier this month, a company spokesman said.

The company’s plants aren’t affected, but supplies of parts are limited. The company doesn’t know how long the orders will be suspended, but hopes current inventory in the U.S. will cover the demand until the plants are reopened, said Tim Gilman, a company spokesman.

Some of Mazda’s best-selling models, the Mazda3 and Mazda6, are built in plants outside of Japan. Other vehicles, including the CX7, CX9 and the Mazda2, are built in Japan.

Mazda’s action was first reported by Automotive News.

Last week, Honda Motor Co.  suspended orders for vehicles built in Japan for similar reasons.

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