Mazda Motor Corp. looks to reopen its Ujina No.1 (U1) plant in Hiroshima, Japan, following a costly Dec. 15 fire that suspended operations and has the auto maker scrambling to make up for lost production of high-volume and niche products.

Mazda is aiming for a Jan. 6 resumption of production of the Demio/Mazda2 small car by utilizing the paint shop of Ujina No.2 and increasing line speeds at the Ujina No.2 and Hofu plants. The auto maker also is studying whether it can resume output of at least a few of the other models built there – including the MPV, Verisa, RX-8 and Miata – on Jan. 6. (See related story: Mazda Production Down Due to Fire)

The plant turns out about 1,000 units per day.

Damage from the fire already has cost Mazda an estimated ¥2.7 billion ($261 million), not including demolition and restoration. The estimate includes direct losses of equipment and parts of the building from the fire and the destruction of semi-finished cars.

Full-fledged restoration of U1’s paint shop was kicked off Dec. 25. Mazda gives no timetable for the completion of restoration at this time or the total impact the situation will have on its bottom line.