Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Normal, IL, plant adds five more weeks of down time due to bulging inventories, the Bloomington, IL, Pantagraph newspaper’s website reports.

Mitsubishi previously scheduled a 7-week closure at Normal, beginning Feb. 16 and ending April 6.

The additional five weeks means the plant, which builds the Galant sedan, Eclipse sports car and Endeavor cross/utility vehicle, now will restart production May 11.

During the 12-week period, workers will be able to report to work and earn full pay. A Mitsubishi spokesman tells the newspaper workers can receive training for building ’10 models.

Mitsubishi’s actions come on top of Tuesday’s announcement by Honda of America Mfg. Inc. it is cutting 29,000 more units out of its current fiscal-year production plan, ending March 31.

Honda reportedly will reduce vehicle builds by about 6,000 units at its Lincoln, AL, plant and also eliminate Lincoln’s temporary workers by late April.

Honda will slice 9,000 units at its Alliston, ON, Canada, plant and eliminate 14,000 units at its two Ohio plants.

Honda’s North American reductions will be achieved through the elimination of shifts, slowing of lines and/or idling of assembly lines.

Honda also is trimming 21,000 units of production in Japan from its fiscal-year plan.

Meanwhile, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. reportedly is halting production at its Mexico plants in the first quarter. Nissan will shut down its Aguascalientes plant for 26 days and Cuernavaca facility for 12 days, due to the slowdown in North American demand.