Limited powersports vehicle production continues in Japan as the country is still recovering from the earthquake and tsunami that hit nearly a month ago.
Several Yamaha Motor Corp. plants will restart limited production Friday or Saturday after production was suspended beginning April 4. Those plants include: Iwata Main and South, which assemble finished motorcycles and engines; the ATV plant; the PWC engine assembling plant in Kuramatsu; and the two plants that assemble finished outboard motors. Limited production will also continue on golf cars and generators. Limited manufacturing of overseas motorcycle model parts continues at three plants, and operations continue at the Fukuroi plant that packages overseas model parts.
At Suzuki Motor Corp.’s motorcycle assembly plant, operations continue as planned, though some delays have been experienced. Honda Motor Co.’s motorcycle and power product factory reopened March 28, and Kawasaki has reported no long-term stoppages are planned at its motorcycle plant.