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Honda to delay production restart in China's Hubei

This photo taken in April 2019 shows Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co.'s plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Honda Motor Co. said Friday it will delay the planned restart of its car production at factories in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak, following the provincial government's decision to extend a work suspension through March 10.

The second-largest Japanese automaker, which planned to resume output next week, now expects to restart the plants soon after the work suspension is lifted.

Nissan Motor Co. also planned to resume production at its factory in Xiangyang in the province next week but is now expected to postpone the resumption after the local government's decision.

Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday its plant in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the only one still suspended among its four Chinese plants, will resume production Monday.

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