Mitsubishi Motors operated all three plants - Okazaki, Mizushima and Pajero Manufacturing Company (PMC) on Friday (1 April).

There will be no output over the weekend but all are scheduled to operate again on Monday (4 April).

Nissan in Thursday said its Oppama, Tochigi, Kyushu, Nissan Shatai and Nissan Shatai Kyushu plants would suspend vehicle production between Monday 4 April and Friday 8 April.

At the Yokohama plant and the casting and axle production departments at Tochigi, production will continue during the week of 4 April, manufacturing the necessary powertrain units for the vehicle plants now planned to resume production in mid-April.

Partial operation is planned to resume in mid-April at the Iwaki engine plant - most severely affected by the 11 March 'quake and consequent tsunami - with complete repair targeted for the end of April.

Production of parts for overseas manufacturing and repair parts will continue after 4 April.

"The impact to our production since the earthquake until the end of March is estimated at 55,000 units against original production targets," Nissan said.

Mazda on Thursday said it would would resume "limited production" of vehicles at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants from Monday, 4 April, "utilising available parts supply".

A decision on the resumption of full-scale production of both parts and vehicles would be made later.

Mazda temporarily resumed partial production at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants on Tuesday 22 March, producing replacement parts and parts for overseas production and vehicles utilising “in-process” inventories. On Thursday 24 March it said it would now suspend the production of vehicles using the  “in-process” inventory at Hofu from Monday 28 March.

It also said it would suspend production of replacement parts and parts for overseas production at Hofu after having resumed limited operations there earlier last week.

The Hiroshima factory had been continuing limited production.

Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said it had extended the production suspension of all passenger vehicles (except mini-vehicles) at plants in Japan until Tuesday, 5 Apri, "considering the influence of its suppliers in the affected areas as well as conditions of electric power supply." Production had been suspended until yesterday, 31 March.