Subaru's Vehicle Output in Japan Halves in Jan.

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--Subaru Corp. <7270> said Wednesday that its vehicle production in Japan halved in January from a year before due mainly to a temporary factory shutdown.

The Japanese automaker temporarily shut its sole domestic assembly plant in the eastern prefecture of Gunma last month due to a defect in an electric power-steering component from an outside supplier.

Subaru's domestic vehicle output fell 50.9 pct to 21,953 units, down for the sixth consecutive month.

Seven other major Japanese automakers reported higher domestic production.

Combined domestic production by the eight firms rose 6.8 pct to 750,379 units, marking the first increase in two months amid robust sales of new models and increased exports, data from the companies showed.

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