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General Motors halts pick-up production after Japan quake and tsunami

A lack of parts from Japan is forcing US car maker General Motors to halt production at its pick-up truck plant in Louisiana.

GM said it had “sufficient” vehicles to meet consumer demand and that it hoped to open the plant as soon as possible, although it did not specify a timeframe.

“Like all global automakers, we will continue to follow the events in Japan closely to determine the business impact,” GM said in a statement.

The largest US automaker builds two pick-up truck models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, at its Shreveport Assembly plant. The company said its other North American plants are operating normally.

The plant closure was a sign of the growing stress on the global auto industry after Friday's earthquake in Japan. Toyota and Honda have shut plants in Japan until next week.

North American production is likely to be affected unless Japanese suppliers revive their plants and send parts within the next ten days, Wolfe Trahan & Co analyst Tim Denoyer said in a note.

Denoyer said infrastructure issues in Japan threatened to extend the time these plants are idled.

“It only takes one supplier to stop a car plant,” Nissan Senior Vice President Andy Palmer said.

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