Toyota Motor Corp. plans to resume production of the Prius and two other hybrid models in Japan as the nation’s automakers work to restart operations after an earthquake and tsunami idled plants for two weeks.
Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co. and producers including Fuji Heavy Industries face a cut in summer power supply of about 15 percent after Japan’s strongest earthquake knocked out generators, curbing growth in the world’s third-largest economy.
Toyota Motor Corp. , the world’s biggest seller of hybrid-electric automobiles, said it will repair about 650,000 Prius cars worldwide to correct a water- pump flaw that can cause the vehicles to lose power.
It takes two Hitachi Ltd. workers eight minutes to slice open the metal casing of the used air conditioner compressor. The prize inside: four wafer-thin magnets containing about 30 grams of rare earth metals.