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, the world's No. 1 automaker, plans to resume production Monday on three hybrid models after the earthquake and tsunami almost two weeks ago forced it to shut down factories.

The automaker will restart production on the Prius, the Lexus HS250h and Lexus CT200h at the Tsutsumi factory in central Japan, and at Toyota Motor Kyushu in the south.

Toyota said on Tuesday it would

extend the shutdown

of its Japanese auto production plants at least through Saturday.

"We will monitor the situation of parts availability carefully in deciding the duration of production," a spokeswoman told



On Wednesday, Toyota said it would likely

suspend production at some of its North American plants

as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.


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said Thursday it would extend production halts at its Japanese factories to April 3.

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