Toyota will resume vehicle production at Central Motor's Sagamihara plant in Kanagawa Prefecture on 11 April, reversing a pre-earthquake plan to transfer output to Central Motor's brand-new Miyagi plant in Miyagi Prefecture, an area close to the 11 March 'quake and tsunami. The plant, opened in January, suffered some damage.

A Toyota spokeswoman told Reuters assembly of the Corolla Axio and Raum models will start at Sagamihara, which had been scheduled to close at the end of March. Toyota will have lost potential output of 260,000 vehicles as of 8 April since production was suspended from 14 March, she said.

Production at Toyota's Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture and Toyota Motor Kyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture resumed on 28 March; all other Toyota production in Japan is halted.

"A decision has yet to be made regarding the resumption of vehicle production at other Toyota vehicle production facilities in Japan," the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday (6 April). "TMC intends to make such a decision after carefully assessing the situation of its suppliers and of the areas directly affected by the earthquake. 

"As for Toyota production facilities outside Japan, in principle, such facilities intend to continue operations by making adjustments through no overtime and no working on scheduled days off.

"Specifically, contrary to recent reports, there has been no decision to halt ongoing vehicle production in North America."