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Godzilla Rattled: 2012 GT-R Shipments Delayed By Earthquake

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On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Godzilla Rattled: 2012 GT-R Shipments Delayed By Earthquake

What's more powerful than a massive, fire-breathing lizard? Mother Nature herself. Nissan has told the media that it will be forced to delay shipments of the new GT-R, the bang-for-the-buck supercar nicknamed after Japan's most famous reptile, due to the massive earthquake that has left the island nation in tatters. The Tochigi Plant where the GT-R is manufactured is one of six Nissan plants that were shut down by the quake. Production has been suspended until this Friday.

The 2012 GT-R hit the U.S. market a few weeks ago, and Nissan already has some models in its showrooms. While the company didn't commit to the number of GT-Rs that it has stocked in the States, David Reuter, Nissan North America vice president of corporate communications told Inside Line that it has a "comfortable amount."

Nissan said that certain Infiniti models and Nissan 370Z models may experience shipping delays as well. The automaker is still pushing forward with its New York Auto Show plans and hasn't made any changes for the show, though it is still assessing its long and short-term standing. The 2011 New York Auto Show is next month.

Earlier this week, each of the Big 3 Japanese automakers had to shut down certain operations in the wake of the earthquake. All of the country's ports were also shut down following the earthquake. The quake also disrupted contact between automakers and parts suppliers.

The earthquake is expected to have large-reaching impact on Japan's economy, including the fallout in the automotive sector. It is also affecting automakers here in the U.S., in delaying the shipment of parts, such as batteries. Information around and out of Japan has also been limited, leaving companies to guess when they'll be able to resume full production.

Nissan didn't indicate whether or not any GT-R models were destroyed in the quake, but a CNN report on Monday cited at least 2,300 destroyed Infiniti models.

The disruption from the quake will be felt around the world auto industry for weeks, perhaps months, to come.


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