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Japansese Automakers Halt Production Post-Earthquake

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 4:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are halting production in Japan for most of the week as they review damage to plants, roads and ports following the deadly earthquake and tsunami.

Analysts say U.S. dealers have an adequate supply of vehicles and do not expect car shoppers to find fewer choices at dealerships.

The three major Japanese auto companies have North American plants that produce most of the cars they sell in the United States.

Some fuel-efficient cars such as the Toyota Prius hybrid, Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit could be affected because they are only built in Japan.

Japan is one of the world's top producers of automobiles.

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