Honda said its decision to reduce car production in India by 50% from this month is likely to continue for the next three months due to parts supply constraints after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 

Honda Motor has a joint venture with the Siel Group which manufactures cars in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh with installed capacity of 100,000 units per year. 

"The supply situation is not good at present and so we had announced to cut production by 50% from May although we started the exercise from middle of last month. We expect this situation to continue for the next three months," Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) marketing and sales chief Jnaneswar Sen told Press Trust of India. 

The resumption of normal production after three months will depend on the recovery of suppliers affected by the natural calamity and there is uncertainty on this, he added. 

Under this trimming of output, the company moved to single shift operations from this month. Prior to this production cut, the HSCI unit at Greater Noida was rolling out about 5,000 units every month. The company imports various components from Japan such as engine parts and electronics. 

The company has also set up its second facility at Tapukara, in Rajasthan. The plant, which has a capacity to produce 60,000 units annually, has not started manufacturing vehicles yet. 

Earlier, HSCI had postponed the preview of its small car, Brio, in India, scheduled for 17 March due to the natural disaster, the Economic Times of India said.