The nation’s 11 automakers exported 339,271 cars, trucks and buses in February, down 10.5 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Tuesday.
Car exports fell 10 percent to 292,601 vehicles, while those of trucks slimmed 14.7 percent to 43,627. Bus exports rose 4.9 percent to 3,043 vehicles.
Exports declined across the board among the five leading automakers.
Toyota Motor Corp. shipped 133,199 vehicles, down 0.1 percent, followed by Nissan Motor Co. at 43,012, down 16.6 percent.
Honda Motor Co.’s exports fell 21.3 percent to 34,335 vehicles, Mazda Motor Corp.’s exports dropped 22.7 percent to 38,343 vehicles and Mitsubishi Motors Corp’s declined 21.3 percent to 30,671 vehicles.
U.S.-bound shipments decreased 11.3 percent to 128,684 vehicles; exports to Europe dropped 25.2 percent to 79,799 units. Those to elsewhere in Asia increased 4.6 percent to 30,355 units.
The association also said Japanese automakers produced 6,288,330 vehicles at their overseas plants in 2000, up 8.8 percent from the previous year.
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