Mazda is to cancel a planned two-day suspension of production at its plant in Hiroshima, Japan, next month because of increased demand for new cars following the introduction of government stimulus measures in Japan, China and Europe.

The company said it might resume normal production at all its domestic plants from July.

It added it was responding mostly to increased demand in Germany and France which have benefitted most from incentive packages.

Vehicle sales rose 19.4% in Germany in April and were running 18% ahead year on year. The decline in France slowed over the first four months and was down 4% so far this year.