ERJ staff report (LMH)
Tokyo - The number of vehicles produced in Japan in Sept 2011 dropped 4.5 percent to 883 593 units, according to the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers' Association (JAMA).
Production was down for passenger cars (-5.2%) and trucks (-1.5%), but buses saw a surge of 24.2 percent to 11 132 units in September.
Domestic sales were down 2.1 percent at 462 192 vehicles, JAMA said in its 28 Oct report. The biggest drop was in the sale of buses (-5.5%), then passenger cars (-2.1%) and trucks (-1.7%).
By manufacturer, September production was up by 101.2 percent year-on-year at Toyota, which had the greatest volume of 309 389 units. Isuzu saw the largest increase (+131.1%) while Honda had the smallest increase year-on-year at 78.8 percent.
For the first half of fiscal 2011 (April - Sept 2011), production was down 18.5 percent overall a 3.9 million units. All vehicle types saw a decrease: passenger cars (-19.6%), trucks (-12.1%) and buses (-7.7%).
Domestic sales for the first half of fiscal 2011 stood at 1.9 million vehicles, a drop of 23.7 percent year-on-year, JAMA said.
Motorcycle production increased slightly in the first half of the year (+1%), while sales increased by 11.4 percent at 214 638 units.
There was an 8.8 percent increase in automobile export at 477 911 units in September 2011. The value of which was $15 528 million (euro 10 958 million). However, for the first half of fiscal 2011, there was a decrease in vehicle export of 16.7 percent. The total value of export in the first half of the year was $65 700 million.
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Press release from JAMA