Toyota’s entire U.S. production network will be sitting idle next week, the maker deciding to stretch out the normal Memorial Day holiday break because of ongoing shortages of Japanese-made parts.
Honda, meanwhile, says that while its global factory network appears to be recovering faster than it first anticipated it will be facing more problems getting production up to speed for the new 2012 Civic model, which is likely not to reach normal volumes until “sometime” in autumn.
A new report underscores the magnitude of the crisis touched off by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. In Japan, Toyota production was off by 74.5% for all of April, while its global production declined 48%.
The disaster had only marginal impact on automotive assembly plants but 100s of supplier facilities were damaged or destroyed. Others have been struggling under the rolling blackouts implemented after the quake touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.