Japan's Auto Output Rises in 1st Half

Economy

Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--Combined vehicle production in Japan by eight major automakers in January-June marked an increase for the third consecutive first-half period, data from the companies showed Tuesday.

Their output grew 2.4 pct from a year before to 4,728,982 units, led by double-digit increases by Honda Motor Co. <7267> and Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>.

Honda's production rose 13.1 pct to 472,873 units on the back of strong sales of its flagship N-Box minivehicle, a model with engine displacement of up to 660 cc.

Toyota reported an increase of 12.4 pct, to 1,779,613 units, led by the new Corolla sedan, whose production for the North American market started in January, and the Prius hybrid, which underwent minor changes late last year.

Production by Nissan Motor Co. <7201> dropped 16.2 pct to 404,075 units due mainly to a downturn in the Note subcompact, which enjoyed brisk sales last year.

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