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Japan sees shorter car delivery delays as chip crunch eases

Nissan Ariya, Toyota Yaris arrive faster but some models still scarce

Delivery times for some popular cars in Japan, such as the Toyota Yaris, have been cut in half, thanks to the easing of the chip shortage as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are making progress in reducing delivery times for new cars, thanks to easing chip shortages sparked by the COVID pandemic, according to a recent Nikkei survey of dealerships in Japan.

For mainstay Toyota and Nissan models, delivery times have been cut in half from six months ago, the survey shows.

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