Honda is extending its suspension of car and motorcycle production in Japan until Sunday amid a shortage of parts following the colossal earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.

Japanese car companies are struggling with power cuts and a dwindling supply of components as a result of the March 11 disaster which devastated the north east of the country.

Honda said in a statement today that the extended shutdown affects finished vehicle production at its Saitama and Suzuka factories and motorcycles at its Kumamoto factory. It had previously announced that the shutdown would end tomorrow.

Toyota, the world's biggest car maker, will decide today when it will be able to resume production at 11 factories in Japan, said company spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto.

Toyota, the maker of the Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, resumed some parts production last week, Mr Hashimoto said.

The maker of Subaru cars, Fuji Heavy Industries, said it will start making parts for foreign production tomorrow and spare parts on Thursday but the shutdown at five car factories in Japan was extended until Thursday.

Japanese car makers are expected to rebound once they restart production following the quake and tsunami which killed at least 18,000 people. But industry analysts say they will be hampered by power shortages and damage to roads.

Last week, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors restarted some plants using their stocks of parts.