TOKYO, March 16 Toyota Motor said it
will keep all of its 12 main assembly plants in Japan closed
through March 22 following last Friday's devastating earthquake.
Closure of the factories since Monday has already resulted
in lost production of 40,000 vehicles.
Toyota also said on Wednesday that it would restart
production of spare parts on Thursday at seven plants near its
base in Toyota City, central Japan, to be shipped to service
centres for repairs to Toyota vehicles already on the road.
From March 21, Toyota will also begin making car parts at
the same plant for assembly factories overseas, the company
(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Edmund Klamann)