Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan's biggest minivehicle maker, said on Wednesday that it expects to produce 1.826 million vehicles this year, up 2% from 2002, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, Suzuki, owned 20% by General Motors, said it expects domestic production to rise 2% to 954,000 units in 2003, while overseas output is also seen up 2% year-on-year at 872,000 units.

The car maker expects domestic sales to rise 3% to 645,000 units in 2003, Reuters said, noting that the figures do not include motorcycles.