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Mitsubishi cuts output by another 16,000 vehicles on chip crunch

Japanese automakers scramble as Renesas fire exacerbates the shortage

Mitsubishi Motors trucks in Thailand: The automaker's production cuts this year will total 27,500 units through May amid a global shortage of automotive chips. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors will slash output by 16,000 units worldwide in May, the Japanese automaker said Friday, after a factory fire at key supplier Renesas Electronics squeezed the already tight global supply of automotive semiconductors.

Mitsubishi will eliminate 11 shifts next month, mainly night hours, at its Mizushima plant in Japan, which produces kei minicars and the RVR sport utility vehicle. The company will reduce output of the new Outlander SUV and other models at its Okazaki plant as well.

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