Honda Motor will reduce vehicle production in Japan because of a supply shortage of semiconductors used in vehicle control systems, seekingalpha.com reported, citing NikkeiAsia.

The automaker reportedly will first shrink production by around 4,000 units this month, affecting mainly the Fit [aka Jazz] subcompact manufactured at a plant in Suzuka, but the cuts could be worse later in the year, the reports said.

A cutback of 4,000 autos would be less than 0.1% of the 4.77m units Honda produced worldwide in fiscal 2019.

"The period starting in February may be grim," according to a source cited in the reports, and the shortage could "impact tens of thousands of vehicles during the January-March quarter on the domestic side alone."

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