The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will establish a task force to prevent another coverup of complaints from users, Chairman Hiroshi Okuda said at a regular press conference Thursday.

“It is regrettable that the coverup (by Mitsubishi Motors Corp.) occurred and we need to restore users’ trust toward the industry,” said Okuda, who is also chairman of Toyota Motors Corp.

Okuda pointed out that vehicle manufacturers should exchange information on their procedures in managing drivers’ complaints and come up with mutual guidelines if possible.

Okuda also said the board of the association has reached consensus on revising tax regulations in areas related to automobiles. The association maintains its position of calling for automobile-related tax cuts, he said.

Mitsubishi Motors allegedly failed to report recalls to the government, as required by law, and instead secretly repaired vehicle defects.

Output up at Toyota

The nation’s five major automakers on Thursday released statistics for domestic vehicle output, sales and exports in August, with industry leader Toyota Motor Co. reporting robust gains in both Japanese and overseas markets.

Toyota said its output in Japan grew 13.6 percent from the same month a year earlier to 231,592 units, the 13th straight advance.

Domestic sales rose 14.9 percent to 102,720 vehicles, the fifth consecutive increase, while exports climbed 25.9 percent to 129,871, up for seven months on end.

Overseas production jumped 21.4 percent to 155,574 vehicles, the fourth consecutive rise, according to Toyota.

Honda Motor Co. said its four-wheel vehicle output rose 8.4 percent to 91,831 units, the first rise since June.

Domestic sales grew 1.2 percent year on year to 47,140 vehicles, the ninth consecutive advance. But exports dipped 8.6 percent to 34,566 vehicles, the first fall since June, while overseas production edged down 0.3 percent to 103,679 for the second straight decline.

Nissan Motor Co. said its vehicle output in August dropped 7.8 percent to 88,523 units, falling for the second straight month.

Domestic sales fell 13.6 percent to 40,854 vehicles, down for the second month. Exports rose 0.8 percent to 45,223 vehicles, the first increase in two months, and overseas production grew 30.4 percent to 106,134.

MMC said its domestic auto production fell 0.2 percent in August from a year before to 64,250 units in the first fall in seven months.

Domestic sales dropped 3.9 percent to 31,470 vehicles in the first decrease in two months. Exports were unchanged at 33,976 vehicles, while overseas production climbed 24.3 percent to 69,149 in the fourth straight month of growth.

Mazda Motor Corp. said its domestic vehicle production in August edged up 0.5 percent to 53,807 units, the first upturn in four months.

Domestic sales rose 2.6 percent to 21,818 vehicles, but exports dropped 13.5 percent to 29,268, dragged down by slow demand from Europe, the company said.

Overseas vehicle output, on the other hand, jumped 53.3 percent to 14,622 vehicles after a slowdown in July.

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