March 18 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said Wednesday it is temporarily halting production in North America for six days because of the anticipated decline in auto sales due to the coronavirus outbreak and will reduce production by about 40,000 vehicles.
The Japanese automaker will suspend production for six days beginning March 23 and plans to return to production March 31. It is also suspending operations at transmission and engine plants in North America. Honda will continue full pay for all of its associates and it will utilize the break to continue deep cleaning of its production facilities and common areas. (Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)