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Car industry keeping an eye on Japan

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PASCO, Wash. -- The damage from the crisis in Japan is not only being seen in the country, it's also being felt from businesses that rely on it.

Major brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi and others are keeping an eye on developments from the nation as it deals with a nuclear crisis.

Places like Toyota of Tri-Cities are seeing sales increase as a result of gas prices and fears that their Prius model will sale out.

George Gee Nissan has been in constant contact with their corporate office staying on top of any developments.

"One of the concerns for us is we have a number of these Nissan Leafs that are pre-sold that are scheduled for delivery in April, May, and June and we were a little concerned about the ability to get those over here, but before the disaster, a boat left with 600 Nissan leafs on it," explains Mark Diddens, general manager of George Gee Nissan.

Diddens is confident that business will not be effected by the crisis. However, companies like G. M. have suspended production at it's Louisiana plant due to the lack of parts coming from Japan.

And while business is good for Toyota's Prius, management at Toyota of Tri-Cities expects a lag period of new cars to begin in mid - April and not to end until June.

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