TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor Corp., which has suspended vehicle production in Japan since Thursday, says it will resume commercial vehicle output on Monday and Tuesday.
The company, which has three plants in Japan, will continue to keep passenger vehicle and SUV lines shuttered for a lack of parts, Suzuki said in a statement today.
Suzuki had operated all its plants on a half-day shift on Tuesday and Wednesday, before shutting down production amid Japan's earthquake-induced shortage of auto parts.
Separately, Nissan Motor Co. said it had restored electricity and water service to its damaged Iwaki engine plant in the region devastated by the mammoth March 11 earthquake.
Workers will be called back to the factory on Monday to help with repairs. Nissan did not say when the plant would be operational, but it was among the most damaged auto plants.
The Iwaki plant, which employs around 550 people, builds Nissan's VQ V-6 engine for such models as Infiniti G and M series, as well as the Murano crossover and Z350 sporty car.
To fill the gap in production, Nissan is now studying the possibility of importing U.S.-made VQ power plants to Japan from its Decherd, Tennessee, engine plant. No decision has been made yet.
Nissan plans to continue building vehicles at its five domestic assembly plants, using components already in stock. It opened those plants on Thursday.