8 Japanese Automakers' Domestic Output Drops in April-Sept.

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Domestic production by eight major Japanese automakers in April-September fell 1.0 pct from a year earlier to 4,385,009 units, data from the companies showed Monday.

The decline reflected sluggish sales in the United States and temporary suspension of plants due to natural disasters, including a massive earthquake in Hokkaido in September, despite positive effects of new model launches.

Robust new model sales pushed up domestic output for the fiscal 2018 first half by 8.7 pct to 415,491 units at Honda Motor Co. <7267>, 7.2 pct to 499,016 units at Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> and 22.8 pct to 316,402 units at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211>.

On the other hand, Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> production dropped 2.8 pct to 1,493,335 units, due to the impact of the Hokkaido earthquake.

Mazda Motor Corp. <7261>, which cut output in the wake of torrential rains in western Japan in July, saw its production fall 1.4 pct to 461,445 units.

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