Car Paint Shortage Caused Chrysler And Ford To Restrict Orders For Some Vehicles

By on Mar 29, 2011 in Automobile, Business, United States, World Comments
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According to several international news sites, major car manufacturers including Chrysler and Ford Motors are now restricting orders on vehicles in certain shades of black, red and other colors due to the shortage of Xirallic, a specialty pigment that gives cars a glittering shine.

Xirallic is produced only in the Onahama plant near the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant is operated by Merck, a German chemical company. The plant has been evacuated after the earthquake. According to Merck‘s spokesman, the company did not know when it would be permitted to reopen the plant.

Ford was reported to slow the production of vehicles in “tuxedo black” and three variations of red. According to reports, dealers would not be able to order black Navigators, Expeditions, F-150 pickup trucks and its Super Duty pickup.

Meanwhile, Chrysler informed their dealers that it was restricting orders on vehicles in 10 colors, including three variations of red and two variations of black. Other colors being restricted were Rugged Brown, Hunter Green, Ivory, Bronze Star and Billet Silver, Chrysler spokeswoman Katie Hepler said. Hepler said that the step was a precaution, and that current paint supplies are still adequate to meet existing orders.

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