Mitsubishi Motors is to cut the number of production days at its main Japanese car factory by one day in May compared with April.

It will idle its production line for larger passenger models such as the Lancer sedan at Mizushima in western Japan for up to six days in May, up from five in April, Reuters reported. The company said it would run the production line for 12 days in May, down from 13 in April.

The other Mizushima line, which makes minicars, will operate double shifts for 14 days in May, unchanged from April. The company did not say how many cars it planned to produce each month.

Car market conditions remain severe, a Mitsubishi Motors spokesman told the news agency, without elaborating on future production.

However, Mitsubishi said it would increase the number of days it runs a production line in central Japan assembling the Pajero [Shogun] sports utility vehicle (SUV) to 13 days in May from 10 in April.

It will operate its Nagoya plant, which makes passenger models including the compact Outlander SUV, for 18 days in May, meaning no idle days. That will be up from 14 days in April, the company told Reuters.

MMC assembles the Outlander for Europe at its Netherlands plant in Born. A spokesman for the European unit said production there had been scaled back by 30-35% to "match production to our stock level."

Reuters noted that supplier Asahi Glass said yesterday it would end production at one of its three car glazing plants in southwestern Japan, prompted by the slump in demand from automakers.

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