Japan August: Automotive production figures up 1.8 percent, sales up 1.7 percent image

Japan’s auto production rose in August from a year earlier, eclipsing the pre-quake level of a year earlier for the first time since the March disasters. Auto production rose 1.8 percent year-on-year to 704,096 units in August.

At the same time, motorcycle production totaled 48,256 units, up 3.7 percent according to the data provided by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Automobile export in August 2011 was recorded as 363,772 units. Compared with the 337,923 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a increase of 25,849 units or 7.6%, and export increase on the same month of the previous year after five months of downturn.

1) Passenger cars: 604,317 units, up 8,793 units or 1.5%
Standard cars
(over 2000 cc)
354,713 units, up 3,715 units or 1.1%
Small cars 159,702 units, up 6,002 units or 3.9%
Mini car
(under 660 cc)
89,902 units, down 924 units or 1.0%
2) Trucks: 89,963 units, up 105 units or 0.1%
Standard truck vehicles 41,290 units, up 2,440 units or 6.3%
Small trucks 18,401 units, up 120 units or 0.7%
Mini trucks
(under 660 cc)
30,272 units, down 2,455 units or 7.5%
3) Buses: 9,816 units, up 3,549 units or 56.6%
Large buses 834 units, up 265 units or 46.6%
Small buses 8,982 units, up 3,284 units or 57.6%

Total value of automobiles exported for August 2011 was $11,679.945 million including $8,350.723 million for vehicles and $3,329.222 million for parts. This is a increase of $1,728.970 million or 17.4% as compared with $9,950.975 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.

However, Citing the months-long reduction in vehicle output, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (Jama) said that it now expects sales to fall 14.2 per cent in 2011 to 4.25 million vehicles, or 210,000 fewer than its forecast in December.

“That’s about the level from 35 years ago, when I joined Nissan Motor in 1976,” said Jama chairman Toshiyuki Shiga, who is also chief operating officer at Japan’s No 2 automaker.

The 13 March disaster has led many companies, including Toyota, Nissan and many automotive parts makers, to consider whether they should reduce their dependence on factories built in quake-prone and increasingly high-cost Japan.