Japanese Auto Production Up By More Than Four Percent In January

JAMA reported Wednesday that auto production in January was up 4.2 percent as compared to January 2006.

Japanese auto production in January was up 4.2 percent versus a year ago, according to data released from an industry organization Wednesday.

The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association recorded 898,580 units produced, compared with 862,608 units recorded for the same time period in 2006.

Total passenger car production in January totaled 774,055 units, up 4.6 percent, and standard car production totaled 424,380 units, an increase of 15.8 percent. Small-car production experienced a decrease of 15.8 percent to 224,681 units. Truck production was up marginally by 0.8 percent, to 117,235 units.

Domestic Japanese sales in January stood at 371,335 vehicles, down 6 percent as compared with the same month of the previous year.

The total value of automobiles exported for January was $10.8 billion, including $8.7 billion for vehicles and $2.1 billion for parts. This is an increase of 14 percent as compared with $9.5 billion recorded for the same month of the previous year.

Motorcycle production in January 2007 was recorded as 143,087 units, a decrease of 4.2 percent as compared with January 2006.