Japan earthquake update: Nissan Leaf production resumed; Mazda temporarily resumed production image

Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday that Nissan Americas manufacturing operations intend to follow a normal production schedule through at least April 1.

The supply chain is being continuously assessed and Nissan’s teams are working to limit any potential for component shortages. Another update will be provided next month.

Also, Nissan LEAF vehicle and battery production resumed at the Oppama assembly and Zama battery plants on Thursday, March 24. The ability to sustain production will depend to a large degree on the frequency of rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages.

According to the automaker, all customer and dealer vehicle orders will be processed without delay and dealers will see no interruption in their ability to order Nissan or Infiniti vehicles.

Mazda temporarily resumed partial production at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants on March 22, producing replacement parts and parts for overseas production and vehicles utilizing “in-process” inventories. Mazda will suspend the production of vehicles utilizing “in-process” inventory at its Hofu plant from March 28, 2011.

A decision on the resumption of full-scale production of both parts and vehicles will be made at a later date.