Honda saw huge jumps in output from the same month a year earlier when the Japanese automaker halted production due to power shortages and the break of parts supply chains after the disaster.
Production in Japan for the month of April 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the fifth consecutive month (since December 2011).
Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the third consecutive month (since February 2012), setting record production for the month of April. This includes all-time monthly records for April production in North America, USA, Asia, and China.
The company sold 55,500 vehicles in Japan in April, slightly more than double its year-earlier figure. It also exported 217,977 vehicles, more than triple the year-earlier level.
Japan’s auto sector suffered its worst month in history in last April after the March 11 disaster, while Thailand floods later in the year further damaged the Japanese manufacturers’ supply chain.
But major automakers resumed production to pre-quake levels by the end of 2011, according to company reports.