Honda Motor Co. expects that before the end of the year, Japanese production will go back to normal levels. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami had disrupted the supply of auto parts to carmakers around the world.
In a statement, Honda said that the supply is still “fluid” and that decisions on production starting this July will be made while the company monitors the situation. Honda said that its output in Japan will persist at 50% capacity until June.
Its production outside Japan will depend on the availability of parts and each case will be evaluated on its own merits.
Last Friday, Toyota Motor Co. revealed a long-term estimate of production plans—the first automaker affected by the Japan disaster to do so.
Toyota announced that the soonest that it will be able to resume normal output in Japan is November or December. So far, Honda’s passenger vehicle and motorcycle production in Japan has resumed.
Its R&D has also restarted. Its R&D projects were delayed by two weeks as its tech center in Utsunomiya was severely damaged. Production was resumed on April 11 at half-capacity at its Sayama and Suzuka plants.
The models built in the Sayama site include the Honda CR-V, Accord and Fit, and the Acura RL and TSX. The Suzuka plant is where the Honda Fit, Civic, Civic Hybrid, Insight and CR-Z are built.