Subaru to cut Japan and U.S. output, citing chip shortage

TOKYO, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Japanese automaker Subaru Corp (7270.T) will cut output by "several thousand" vehicles this month in Japan and the United States, it said on Thursday, citing a global shortage of semiconductors.

Subaru will adjust production and reduce output at factories in Gunma, Japan, a company spokesman said without specifying exactly how many fewer cars will be made.

The company later said that factories in Gunma will be halted temporarily for two days from Friday because of supply constraints.

Subaru will also reduce output at its Indiana plant, the spokesman said, adding that the company is examining whether further production cuts will be needed from February.

Global carmakers have been hit by a scramble for semiconductors as demand rebounds from the coronavirus crisis.

Subaru rival Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) plans to reduce production of the Note, a hybrid electric car, at its Oppama Plant in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, while Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Jan. 8 that its domestic output could be affected by a shortage of chips. read more

Reporting by Maki Shiraki and Eimi Yamamitsu; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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