Japan's automakers restart production, but U.S. plants face slowdowns

04/10/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The · Wall Street Journal, The

Toyota and Nissan plan to join Honda in restarting operations at all their Japanese auto plants this month, but officials from all of Japan's Big Three automakers warned that production would start at about half normal levels. All three automakers have also announced slowdowns or shutdowns at U.S. plants, with Toyota announcing that its 13 American plants would stand idle for at least five days this month. "We are slowing down to conserve parts yet maintain production as much as possible," explained Steve St. Angelo, the firm's North American regional executive vice president.

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