Japan’s eight major automakers produced 750,076 vehicles in July, down 9.4% year on year, yet an improvement from the 15.2% fall in June, as they continued to recover from the disruptions caused by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
Toyota Motor said its domestic output fell 12.5% to 262,328 units but the figures are near pre-earthquake planned levels and it expects output to return to full levels in September.
Suzuki Motor rolled out 88,457 units, down 8.7%.
Mitsubishi Motors production was down 20.1% to 50,808 units, the first year-on-year monthly decrease since April this year, the company said.
Overseas production by the eight carmakers declined, with Honda seeing its biggest July drop in 10 years, falling 40.4% to 135,918 units. Mazda also logged a 31.5% drop to 23,898 units.
Toyota’s sales fell 35.2% to 106,412 units. Those of Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) and Daihatsu dropped 30.9 and 9.2%, respectively, to 14,069 and 48,558 units, the report said.