The resulting catastrophe from the March 11 earthquake has caused an inconvenience to automakers. But the good news is, they are fast to react and recover. Toyota announced that the company will resume limited production of the Prius, Lexus HS250h and the CT200h hybrids though Toyota another 18 Toyota plants will remain closed until at least March 28.
Honda itself has moved its restart date from March 27 to April 3 or later, affecting the Fit and CR-V. The company says its research and development center will be closed for months because of the extensive damage.
Mazda is up and running some of its plants in Japan already, though parts are becoming scarce, with the CX-7 and CX-9 being affected.
Nissan restarted production on March 24, but the plants are using existing parts stock with no new parts coming in. The automaker also lost 1,300 Infiniti models that were damaged at a Japanese port during the quake. CEO Carlos Ghosn claims 40 Japanese suppliers are still in trouble.
Subaru has postponed any production in Japan until at least March 28. In the U.S., the automaker has suspended overtime at its Indiana plant.
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