Honda to cut output at two Japan plants as virus disrupts parts supply


Honda Motor Co. will reduce vehicle output at two of its plants in Saitama Prefecture for a week or so this month over worries about a stable supply of parts from China, where the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt production, according to sources.

Japan’s second-largest automaker has been able to maintain the same production levels as before the health crisis by increasing output of models for which the company had sufficient parts in stock.

Honda officials are saying the planned cut at the Sayama and Yorii plants is a “temporary measure” and none of the production lines will be halted, according to one of the sources.

Meanwhile, Nissan Motor Co. will stop production this Friday and every Saturday and Sunday in March at a factory in Fukuoka Prefecture operated by subsidiary Nissan Motor Kyushu Co., other sources said.

The vehicle body-making unit Nissan Shatai Co. halted output at its factory in Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday and will do so again this Saturday, they said.

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