Subaru Posts 20.7 Pct Fall in Vehicle Output in Japan

Economy

Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)--Subaru Corp. <7270> said Thursday its vehicle production in Japan in February dropped 20.7 pct from a year earlier to 47,414 units due to parts supply shortages.

After a defect was found in an electric power steering system, the Japanese automaker suspended domestic production in January. The firm curbed the output even after the production restarted because the system continued to be in short supply.

Subaru said its vehicle production returned to normal early this month.

Three other major Japanese automakers reported lower vehicle production in the country, while four other domestic makers posted higher output.

Nissan Motor Co.'s <7201> production fell 17.3 pct to 73,104 units, reflecting impacts from inventory adjustment in North America.

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