TOKYO -- Japan's automotive slowdown continued with little sign of any automaker returning to full production soon amid forecasts that most Toyota plants will stay offline for weeks.
A Toyota Motor Corp. supplier said his company was informed by a Toyota purchasing executive that the bulk of the Toyota and Lexus assembly plants will remain suspended at least until April 14. That followed a Reuters report saying they would be down until April 11.
Toyota could not confirm a timeline for restarting operations. The only production underway this week is for the Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h and Lexus CT 200h hybrids.
That output was scheduled to take a break today and resume on Thursday. The rest of Toyota's 18 domestic assembly plants remain closed indefinitely.