Four out of five major Japanese automakers increased overseas production in February from a year earlier, with all of them posting a new record for the month, according to figures released Friday by the five.
The four are Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Only Mitsubishi Motors Corp. marked a drop in overseas production.
Including its subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co. and Hino Motors, Toyota recorded a 15.7 percent rise in overseas output to 307,238 units. Toyota is likely to become the world’s largest carmaker this year in terms of sales and production on a group basis.
The figure represents the 50th consecutive month of increase for Toyota, with production increasing in almost all regions.
Nissan marked a 2.1 percent increase in overseas production to 172,419 units. Its production in China more than doubled, offsetting a decrease in the United States.
Mazda saw a 41.5 percent overseas output expansion to 30,322 units for the second straight monthly increase, while Honda’s overseas production rose 8.7 percent to 179,591 units for the seventh consecutive month of expansion, thanks mainly to increased output in North America and Asia.
On the other hand, Mitsubishi Motors posted a 7.9 percent drop in its overseas production to 50,624 units. It saw output decrease in Europe after ceasing production of the Pajero Pinin support utility vehicle, and production also fell in Asia and in North America.
Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi boosted production in Japan but Nissan and Honda suffered domestic output declines.
Honda’s domestic production fell 7.2 percent for the third straight month of decline due to a decrease in production of domestic models.
That of Nissan shrank 19.9 percent due to reduced production of the Cube and March compacts as well as the X-Trail SUV.
As for exports, Mazda and Toyota each saw an increase.
Mazda boosted its exports 53.6 percent to 58,598 units, thanks to the increased volume of new-generation models, while Toyota gained 15.1 percent rise in exports to 207,770 units, the third consecutive monthly rise and a record high for February.