ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo -- Japan's output of cars fell by 60 percent in April 2011 compared with a year ago, in the wake of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. JAMA, the federation of Japanese vehicle makers said Automobile production in April 2011 was recorded as 292,001 units. Compared with the 731,829 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 439,828 units or 60.1 percent, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for seven consecutive months.
Truck output in April was down 57.5 percent on a year ago, while bus output was down by a massive 80 percent.
Sales were down by around 50 percent
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Press release and statistics from JAMA