TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Honda Motor Co. (7267.TO) said Monday that it expects its domestic auto plants to return to production levels planned before the March 11 earthquake by the end of the year.
The car maker's domestic plants will remain at half the initially planned volume until the end of June, though production levels after July are still unclear and will depend on parts supplies. The outlook for overseas factories also remains uncertain, Honda said.
Plants in North America, the U.K., Turkey and the Philippines are operating at 50% of their initially planned levels, while the company has also reduced output volumes at factories in China and Thailand, the car maker said.
The quake and tsunami disrupted the company's parts supply chain and a parts shortage has kept production at reduced levels.
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.TO) said last Friday that it doesn't expect its domestic and overseas factories to be back to normal until November at the earliest.