Four Japanese automakers reported an increase in global production in April, but Mazda posted a decline.


Toyota said its worldwide production totalled 667,273 vehicles in April, up 4.2% from the year before on strong demand for its Camry, Lexus and hybrid cars like the Prius, according to an Associated Press summary of the monthly data.


Toyota’s production in Japan slipped 4.2% to 327,552 units for a second straight monthly decline due to a sluggish market, but its overseas production jumped 13.8% to 339,721 vehicles, AP said.


Honda reportedly said global production surged 7.6% to 310,391 vehicles for the 21st straight month of rise in April and a record for the month.


Domestic production rose 7.4% to 110,718 vehicles in April, marking a 12th consecutive month of gains, while overseas output saw a 7.7% rise to 199,673 vehicles due to increased production in North America and Europe and a record for an April, the report added.


Nissan Motor global production climbed 4.6% to 239,592 vehicles, with an increased worldwide output offsetting a decline in the smaller domestic market. Overseas production by Nissan surged 20.3% to 170,128 units, while domestic output dropped 20.6% to 69,464 units, AP reported.


Mitsubishi Motors reported a 8.2% jump in global production to 104,981 vehicles. Domestic production came in at 59,422 vehicles, up 5.4%, for a seventh straight month of growth on year.
Overseas production grew 11.9% to 45,559 vehicles thanks to an increased output in Europe and the rest of Asia, although production in North America fell 15.3% to 5,187 units, according to the report.


However, at Ford affiliate Mazda, global production fell 13.0% to 91,533 vehicles while domestic production dropped 5.8% to 72,073 vehicles – the third straight month of decline.


Mazda’s overseas output dropped 32.3% to 19,460 vehicles because of reduced production of models, including the 6, despite steady production of the 3 model, the Hiroshima-based company told The Associated Press.