The nation’s five major automakers reported mixed results for exports in the 2001 business year, according to data released Tuesday, with three of them seeing an increase in overseas production figures.
The exports of industry leader Toyota Motor jumped 0.2 percent to 1.71 million units, marking the third consecutive year of increase.
This was mainly due to a boost in shipments to North America, Oceania and the Middle East.
“Our exports grew because the North American sales of the Camry and ES300 passenger cars as well as the Hilander sport utility vehicle fared very well,” a Toyota spokeswoman said.
In Japan, the ES300 is known as the Windom and the Hilander is called the Kluger.
But Nissan Motor Co. saw its exports dip 4.6 percent to 577,119 units, marking the fourth straight year of decrease. This was attributed to its policy of moving production to locations with strong demand.
Exports at Honda Motor Co. were down 6.3 percent to 427,953 units, while those at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. fell 21.6 percent to 362,062. Exports at Mazda Motor jumped 7.5 percent to 484,632 units, however.
In terms of domestic production, all of the firms apart from Honda took a beating amid the slumping economy.
Toyota cut its domestic output 1.7 percent to 3.36 million units. Nissan, whose restyled March model became a hit earlier this year, turned out 1.27 million vehicles in Japan, down 3.1 percent. Mitsubishi reduced production 15.1 percent to 814,615 units, while Mazda cut production 1.1 percent to 729,951 units.
But Honda, whose Fit compact car was a big hit, boosted its output 6.6 percent to 1.32 million units, clinching second place from Nissan in terms of domestic output.
Honda ranked second on a fiscal year basis for the first time ever.
The Fit rolled into Honda showrooms in 2001. , with its high fuel-efficiency and other features winning over the hearts of many drivers.
On the overseas production front, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda jacked up output.
Toyota logged a 4.6 percent increase to 1.83 million vehicles. Honda’s overseas output was up 7 percent to 1.38 million and Mitsubishi’s rose 0.3 percent to 841,703.
Nissan’s overseas output was down 7.6 percent to 1.2 million units and Mazda’s fell 11.2 percent to 128,409.
In terms of domestic production, Nissan and Honda reported increases, while Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda experienced drops.
Nissan, whose restyled March became a hit, turned out 132,932 vehicles in Japan, up 6.8 percent, and Honda manufactured 125,505, a gain of 9.9 percent. But Toyota cut domestic output 2.6 percent to 314,480, with Mitsubishi reducing production 10.1 percent to 86,335 units and Mazda 7.5 percent to 69,757.
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