Japanese manufacturers Toyota, Nissan and Mazda respectively increased their global production, but Honda and Mitsubishi fared less well last month, the companies said.

Japanese manufacturers Toyota, Nissan and Mazda respectively increased their global production, but Honda and Mitsubishi fared less well last month, the companies said.


Worldwide production at Toyota, now the world’s second-biggest manufacturer, climbed 10,2 per cent on-year last month to 528 098 vehicles, while domestic production inched down 1,5 per cent to 294 910 vehicles. Overseas production surged 29,7 per cent to 233 188 vehicles.


Global production rose at Nissan in January by 9,8 per cent to 249 365 vehicles as overseas production jumped 20,2 per cent to 135 758 on healthy demand in North America. Production in Japan slipped 2,1 per cent to 113 607 vehicles.


Mazda, Japan's fifth largest manufacturer, reported a rise in both domestic and overseas production for the month. Mazda, which is 33,4 per cent owned by Ford, said production in Japan climbed 6,9 per cent to 65 974 vehicles while production abroad soared 47,5 per cent to 24 434 vehicles.


By contrast, Honda's January worldwide production dropped nine per cent to 240 788 vehicles. Domestic production plunged 15,9 per cent at 90 902 vehicles, while overseas production was down 4,3 per cent at 149 886 units.


Mitsubishi Motors' global production dropped 14,1 per cent year on year to 114 536 vehicles. Japanese production was down four per cent at 60 060 vehicles. Offshore production plummeted 23 per cent to 54 476 vehicles as production slowed in the United States and Europe, said the Tokyo-based manufacturer, which is 37 per cent owned by DaimlerChrysler AG.

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