TOKYO Feb 18 Most Japanese car makers including
Toyota Motor Corp have resumed operations at their
plants that were suspended after heavy snow disrupted parts
deliveries, companies said on Tuesday, limiting impact on their
domestic production volume.
But Mazda Motor Corp said it suspended operations
on Tuesday morning at its plant in Hiroshima as parts deliveries
were delayed and Nissan Motor Co said operations at one
of its plants were still stalled.
Heavy snow around Japan has closed many roads, disrupting
the delivery of goods and suspending car production for one or
more days at Toyota, Nissan, Honda Motor Co, Suzuki
Motor Corp, Mazda and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd as they rush to meet strong demand for
cars ahead of a sales tax hike in April.
"It may be difficult to fully catch up on the lost
production volume, though that is up to how much the companies
can operate their plants on the weekends," said Satomi Hamada, a
senior analyst at IHS Automotive.
There will be little impact on domestic sales, she added,
because car makers are likely to focus on making vehicles for
the domestic market to meet strong demand rather than for
Toyota resumed operations on Tuesday at all four plants
affected by the weather, including the Tsutsumi plant where it
makes the popular Prius hybrid, spokeswoman Kayo Doi said.
The four plants account for about 30 percent of Toyota's
Japanese production and about 60 percent of vehicles made at the
four plants are exported, according to an estimate by IHS
Honda, Suzuki and Fuji Heavy also resumed operations on
Tuesday at their suspended plants, company spokespeople said.
Fuji Heavy said it is still undecided on plans for Wednesday.