TOKYO, March 29 Toyota Motor Corp told its main suppliers not to expect a restart of production in Japan until at least April 11, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday, declining to be identified.
All vehicle assembly has been halted at the 18 domestic factories that build Toyota and Lexus cars except for two plants that are producing a limited number of three hybrid models, including the Prius. April 11 would be exactly a month since the massive earthquake that disrupted supply and brought vehicle production to a virtual halt in Japan.
A Toyota spokesman said he was not aware of the communication made to suppliers, but added that the supply of as many as 500 parts has been disrupted by the earthquake, repeating the company's stance that it would take time to resume full production.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Edmund Klamann)