Japan's Auto Output Up 9.8 Pct in May

Economy

Tokyo, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Combined automobile output in Japan by eight major domestic makers in May rose 9.8 pct from a year earlier to 753,572 units, data from the companies revealed Thursday.

Supported by the positive effects of new model launches, Subaru Corp.'s <7270> production climbed 14.9 pct, its first increase in 10 months. The company has been curbing production in the wake of a scandal over its inappropriate vehicle inspections.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> output rose 23.1 pct thanks to the rollout of new Corolla sedans and wagons for the North American market in January.

Production at Honda Motor Co. <7267> grew 18.2 pct thanks to new model launches. Daihatsu Motor Co.'s production rose 12.3 pct.

Nissan Motor Co. <7201> saw its output fall 18.6 pct, reflecting a drop in exports to North America amid sluggish sales in the United States. Suzuki Motor Corp.'s <7269> output fell 3.0 pct, its first drop in two months.

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