April-Sept. Domestic Output Up 4.6 Pct at 8 Japan Automakers

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Domestic production at eight major Japanese automakers rose 4.6 pct in April-September from a year earlier to 4,586,837 units, up for the first time in two years on a fiscal first-half basis, data from the companies showed Wednesday.

Strong sales of new models pushed up domestic output at five of the companies.

Backed by launches of the remodeled Corolla for the North American market in January and the new RAV4 SUV in April, domestic output at Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> surged 14.9 pct to 1,715,818 units.

Production at Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> rose 9.1 pct to 503,267 units, thanks to the launch of its fully remodeled Mazda 3 in May. Production of the Mazda 3 jumped some 40 pct.

In contrast, output at Nissan Motor Co. <7201> plunged 12.6 pct to 390,131 units, due to slumping sales of its X-Trail SUV. Suzuki Motor Corp.'s <7269> production fell 11.0 pct, as the company has cut back in order to deal with scandals involving negligent inspections of completed vehicles.

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