Major Japanese carmakers, except Mitsubishi Motors Corp., boosted global production in July, thanks to strong overseas demand, according to company reports released Tuesday.
Toyota Motor Corp. raised output by 7.1 percent over the same month last year to 511,332 vehicles, up for the 19th straight month, due to thriving sales in North America, Europe and other parts of Asia.
Its overseas output leaped by 23.7 percent to 208,301 units, up for the 19th straight month. But domestic production fell 2 percent to 303,031 units, the first decrease in two months, due to decreased sales at home and increased production abroad.
Honda Motor Co.’s output rose 0.9 percent from a year earlier to 243,281 vehicles, up for the second straight month.
Although Honda’s overseas production jumped 19.9 percent to 142,645 units, up for the 31st consecutive month, its domestic production fell 17.6 percent to 100,636 units, down for the sixth straight month, due in large part to sluggish sales of its minivans.
Nissan Motor Co.’s output soared 20.1 percent to 261,195 vehicles, up for the second consecutive month. Production of the Quest and the Maxima models in the U.S. went into full swing.
Nissan’s domestic production jumped 6.3 percent to 139,099 units, up for the 17th straight month. Its overseas output also surged 41.1 percent to 122,096 units, up for the second consecutive month.
Mitsubishi’s global output meanwhile fell 7.7 percent to 136,788 vehicles in July.