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DETROIT, March 17 General Motors Co said
it would temporarily idle its pick-up truck plant in Louisiana
due to a parts shortage stemming from the crisis in Japan.
GM said it had "sufficient" vehicles to meet consumer
demand and that it hoped to open the plant as soon as possible,
although it did not specify a timeframe.
"Like all global automakers, we will continue to follow the
events in Japan closely to determine the business impact," GM
said in a statement on Thursday.
The largest U.S. automaker builds two pick-up truck models,
the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, at its Shreveport
Assembly plant. The company said its other North American plants
are operating normally.
The plant closure was a sign of the growing stress on the
global auto industry after Friday's earthquake in Japan. Toyota
Motor Co and Honda Motor have shut plants in
Japan until next week.
North American production is likely to be affected unless
Japanese suppliers revive their plants and send parts within the
next ten days, Wolfe Trahan & Co analyst Tim Denoyer said in a
Denoyer said infrastructure issues in Japan threatened to
extend the time these plants are idled. He said Honda is still
not in touch with 44 of its 113 suppliers in the quake zone.
Honda could not be reached for comment.
"It only takes one supplier to stop a car plant," Nissan
Senior Vice President Andy Palmer said in an interview
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Andre Grenon and