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Japan’s eight leading automakers produced a total of 858,248 vehicles at domestic plants in October, up 19.7 percent for the first increase in two months, as they stepped up production after disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to their data as of Monday.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. boosted domestic output by more than 30 percent from a year earlier — 33.5 percent to 316,597 units at Toyota and 32.9 percent to 115,932 at Nissan.

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