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Nissan Motor Co. expects to attain in May some 90 percent of the domestic output it envisioned before the March 11 earthquake damaged its production bases, company officials said Tuesday.

The outlook contrasts sharply with projections by its two rivals — Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., which expect their output in May to reach only half of their predisaster calculations.

A Nissan executive said, “Since we took measures in the immediate aftermath of the quake, we have been able to procure components necessary for our immediate production.”

Now that Nissan projects a combined output of slightly less than 80,000 units for May, it would be equivalent to some 90 percent of its initially projected 85,000 units, they said.

Breaking down the combined output projection, the officials said, the automaker’s Oppama factory in Kanagawa Prefecture will likely manufacture 20,000 units, almost the prequake level, with the Kyushu factory in Fukuoka Prefecture churning out more than 30,000 units, some 90 percent of the predisaster projection.

The combined output at its subsidiaries — Nissan Shatai Co. in Kanagawa and Nissan Shatai Kyushu Co. in Fukuoka — will likely come to 15,000 units in May, recovering some 90 percent of their prequake projection, they said.

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