Japanese Automakers See Domestic Sales Slip And Exports Rise For February

According to JAMA, overall automobile production was up 1.9 percent on year, but while exports rose, domestic sales fell.

For February 2007, Japanese automobile production totaled 1,007,379 units, an increase of 1.9 percent from the same period 2006, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Passenger cars were up 2.7 percent to 868,993 units. By type, standards cars increased 15.3 percent to 473,822, small cars were down 16.2 percent to 256,219 and mini cars rose 7.5 percent to 138, 952.

Truck production was down 4.1 percent to 129,931 and buses increased 20.6 percent to 8,455.

Domestic sales for automobiles were down across the board—passenger cars decreased 4.2 percent to 424,936, trucks were down 12.3 percent to 78,718 and buses were down 4.4 percent to 1,462.

Exports for automobiles saw increases in all the groups. Passenger cars increased 12 percent to 462,188, trucks rose 7.5 percent to 3,423 and buses rose 18.2 percent to 8,394.

Motorcycle production was up 1.9 percent to 157,873 units. Domestic sales were down 0.6 percent to 49,088 and exports were up 12 percent to 137,499.