Mazda suspends manufacturing resulting from lack of chips

A global shortage of semiconductors continues to slow the Japanese automotive industry.
Mazda Motor is the latest automaker to shut down.

At a factory in western Japan, a two-week shutdown will come into effect in the first half of July. That means a loss of 10 working days.

The plant produces sport utility vehicles and compact cars.

This is the first time Mazda has halted production due to chip shortages.

The automaker apologized for causing concern among customers and others. It promises to minimize any impact on sales or dealers.

Other automakers have stopped their production lines or reduced production at some plants.

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