Mazda says fire-hit plant won't restart this year


TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Japanese auto maker Mazda Motor Corp. said on Monday its fire-hit domestic car assembly plant would stay out of operation through the end of the year, resulting in lost production of 7,832 cars.

Mazda, whose Ujina No.1 plant in Hiroshima, western Japan, caught fire last Wednesday, said it did not know yet when operations could restart.

On Dec. 24 and 25 -- the last two days of production this year -- production of the Demio subcompact will be transferred to the adjacent Ujina No.2 plant from the No.1 factory.



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