Top carmakers’ China output tanks

Kyodo

Japan’s top three automakers saw double-digit falls in their auto production in China year on year in November, hit by flagging sales there amid strained bilateral relations, their data showed Friday.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s production in the country dropped 38.7 percent from a year earlier to 50,528 units, but the decline narrowed compared with last month’s 61.1 percent fall from October.

Nissan Motor Co.’s China output dropped 43.3 percent to 68,090 units, while that of Honda Motor Co. plunged 59.9 percent to 26,592 vehicles.

But overall overseas production of Toyota and Honda came to a record high for the month of November, boosted by output increases in North America as well as emerging Asian markets.

Toyota’s overseas production rose 21.8 percent to 435,413 units, and that of Honda surged 47.6 percent to 247,393 units. Nissan’s production abroad was down 6.8 percent to 301,165 units.