Japan’s top three automakers reportedly said their global production surged in July on brisk demand in overseas markets, but Mazda and Mitsubishi reported declines.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Toyota said worldwide output rose 7.6% to 551,040 vehicles in July from a year ago. Domestic production picked up 4.9% to 317,980, with the new Crown Majesta sedan and Paso compact-car models leading the way. Domestic output comprised 58% of worldwide figures.

Toyota’s overseas production reportedly surged 11.6% to 233,060 vehicles – marking a 31-month rise as the automaker shifts output to Europe and North America.

Nissan Motor said worldwide production totalled 274,392 vehicles, up 6.5%, according to AP. Japan’s second-largest automaker by sales said its overseas plants churned out 140,191 vehicles, up 18.3%, offsetting a 3.5% decline in domestic output, which totalled 134,201 vehicles.

Tokyo-based Nissan reportedly said production in the United States grew 16.8% to 48,685 vehicles, boosted by strong sales of Altima sedans and Titan trucks.

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According to AP, Honda said worldwide production totalled 273,488 vehicles, up 12.3%, partly due to a 48.3% increase in output in Asia, outside Japan. Domestic production climbed 14.8% to 115,481 vehicles on strong demand for its new models, including three minivan models – Elysion, Odyssey and Edix – and the Fit [Jazz] compact-car model. Thanks to rising sales of Accord sedans and Fit compacts in Asia, especially China, Honda’s overseas output rose 10.7% to 158,007 vehicles.

However, production at the two smallest of Japan’s five major auto makers fell, the Associated Press noted. Mazda’s global output slid 0.1% to 97,649 vehicles – with production at domestic plants falling 7.0% to 67,374 vehicles. Overseas factories reported a 19.5% rise in output to 30,275 vehicles, due to strong sales of the Tribute sports-utility vehicle and the 323 sedan.

Struggling Mitsubishi Motors reportedly said global production fell 4.6% to 130,523 vehicles from last year amid a recall scandal. It reported a 17.7% drop to 53,307 vehicles at domestic plants, the Associated Press said. Overseas production rose 7.2%, boosted by a 5.7% increase in Asia, outside Japan, and an 82.4% surge in Europe. Its output, however, saw a 9.7% fall in North America.