Japanese Auto Production, Exports Up Again In November

Japan's auto production increases for 13th consecutive month; exports up for 16th consecutive month.

The number of autos manufactured in Japan (1,033,349 vehicles) in November was a 7.4 percent increase over the 962,378 units produced in November 2005, a continuation of 13 consecutive months of increases, according to a report released Wednesday by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Domestic sales for November 2006 were down 2.3 percent, to 452,629 vehicles, compared to November 2005.

Auto exports for November 2006 rose 24.6 percent (555,295 units) from the 445,607 units of November 2005, the 16th-consecutive month of export increases, the report noted.

The total value of automobiles exported for November 2006 was $12.1 billion, including $9.8 billion for vehicles and $2.3 billion for parts, an increase of 17.1 percent compared with the year-earlier period.