Toyota Motor Co. said on Thursday that the company will restart production of Prius, Lexus HS250h and CT200h.
Moreover, the automaker said that some production interruptions in North America are likely. It’s too early to predict location or duration.
“We will monitor the situation of parts availability carefully in deciding the duration of production, ” an automaker spokesman said.
Currently, the greatest majority of parts for the North America-built vehicles come from approximately 500 suppliers in North America. Also, Toyota continues to receive parts from Japan that were already in the pipeline, limiting the immediate impact.
Meanwhile, Honda Motor Co said that its car production will remain suspended until at least April 3. The automaker said it would decide on plans beyond April 3 depending on the availability of parts. Honda Motor Co. said today it will resume motorcycle and power product production at Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto) on Monday, March 28.
Honda says: “We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these challenging times.”
At Tochigi Factory (Moka, Tochigi), where the impact of the earthquake was more severe, the repair and inspection activities were completed for almost all facilities and equipment.
Problems with power and parts have prevented other Japanese automakers restarting assembly lines.
We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.