22 Mar '11, 2pm

Toyota, Honda further delay quake-hit production

Toyota, Honda further delay quake-hit production

OSAKA : Automakers Honda and Toyota on Tuesday said they have delayed plans to restart assembly in Japan because of a shortage of necessary parts, with supply chains hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami. Toyota said it had delayed plans to restart car production until after March 26. The automaker lacks parts such as electronics devices and rubber and resin products. The halt to auto assembly will affect 140,000 units, a spokesman said. Toyota started producing replacement parts for the domestic market on Thursday and parts for overseas production on Monday, but has idled vehicle assembly operations since the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The disruption to supply chains had previously led Honda to suspend production until Wednesday, but it has now extended the suspension of finished automobiles and motorcycles at three plants to March 27. As to ...

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