TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. extended factory shutdowns through this weekend, while smaller Japanese automakers resumed limited production following the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Toyota and Honda, which together account for the bulk of the closed assembly plants, said today that parts shortages would keep their factories closed longer than previously forecast.
Toyota, which had originally suspended production through today, said it would shutter its 18 domestic assembly plants, including those run by affiliates, through March 26.
Likewise, Honda -- which has an assembly plant and r&d center in the disaster area -- said it would suspend production through March 27. It had earlier said operations would be shuttered through Wednesday.
The extended shutdowns will continue to stifle the output of some of those companies' main exports to the United States, including the Toyota Corolla, Prius, and RAV4 as well as the Honda Fit and CR-V. Affected vehicles also include the Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester and Infiniti, Acura and Lexus models.