Amongst all the human tragedy occurring in Japan at the moment lies a considerable automotive industry that has been suspended indefinitely.

Toyota has stopped all production, primarily as a precaution, while it assesses the damage and well-being of its employees.

Subaru and Nissan have done the same, with some damage suspected to the latter’s Shatai plant near Tokyo (where Patrol is built).

Mazda and Mitsubishi are said to have escaped relatively unharmed.

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