Here are the latest developments in the auto industry following Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The disaster and nuclear crisis have shut plants and delayed shipments of parts and cars around the world. Japan's daily auto production has fallen by about 37,000 vehicles, says Scotiabank Senior Economist Carlos Gomes. Through Thursday, he estimates Japan has lost production of more than 500,000 vehicles.
_ Toyota Motor Corp says nine of its 15 plants in Japan have resumed production of vehicles or parts. The rest remained closed indefinitely.
_ Honda Motor Co. plans to restart its Sayama Plant and Suzuka Factory on April 11. When those two plants come back on line, all of Honda's auto assembly plants will be back in operation, but they'll be running at about half the normal rate because of parts shortages. Honda also will start production and shipment of parts for regions outside Japan on Monday.
_ Nissan Motor Co. expects to resume normal operations at all its plants in Japan by mid-April. Production will be suspended the week of April 4 at its five assembly plants, including the Oppama Plant, where the Leaf electric car is made. But the Yokohama Engine Plant will remain open, and production of parts for overseas plants continues. The Iwaki Engine Plant, which was damaged by the earthquake, is scheduled to begin some operations in mid-April and should be fully repaired by the end of April. Nissan estimates it lost production of 55,000 vehicles in March.
_ Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has suspended most production at its five Subaru assembly and parts plants until April 5 because of parts shortages and limited electrical supply. Subaru began producing a limited number of mini-cars Thursday. It is also making parts for overseas plants.
_ Mazda Motor Co. plans to start making cars Monday at its two assembly plants in Hiroshima and Hofu, but on a limited basis due to parts shortages. Mazda hasn't yet decided when it will resume full-scale production.
_ Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s three assembly plants are operating but production is limited due to parts shortages.
In the U.S.:
_ Honda plans to cut production at its U.S. and Canadian plants through at least April 15 because of shortages of parts from Japan.
_ Toyota has suspended overtime shifts and Saturday production at its 13 North American plants and says it also expects shutdowns at some plants. Toyota told U.S. dealers this week that it is limiting shipments of some replacement parts because of shortages. It also asked dealers not to order any more cars than absolutely necessary.
_ Subaru reduced production at its Lafayette, Ind., plant this week. The company said it hopes to receive parts from Japan in the next few days.
_ Nissan says North American production will remain at normal levels through April 1.
_ Mazda is continuing production at its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
_ Mitsubishi is continuing production at its assembly plant in Normal, Ill.