Production in Japan rose at three of the nation's top five automakers in September from a year ago, but was down at scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motor, according to the Associated Press, citing data released on Tuesday.

Domestic production at Toyota rose for the fourth consecutive month in September, climbing 11.2% to 338,691 vehicles from the same month a year ago.

Mitsubishi Motors, which has been plagued with a string of recall problems, posted a steep on-year drop of 33% to 51,439 vehicles.

Honda Motor Co. saw its domestic production in September surge by 11% to 117,120 vehicles from a year ago, up for the fourth straight month on strong sales.

But Nissan Motor Co. said its domestic production in September fell 2.8% to 135,945 vehicles because of a dip in production of compact and minivan models, according to the Associated Press.

Mazda Motor reportedly said its September production in Japan inched up 0.2% from a year earlier to 77,035 vehicles -- the first increase in three months.