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Japan’s major automakers on Monday reported huge production increases for the month of April, as most of the companies recovered from the deadly impact of last year’s quake-tsunami.

Nissan’s global production in April increased 49.0% year-on-year to 369,522 units, marking an all-time record for the month of April.

Production in Japan increased 94.0% year-on-year to 85,734 units, due to a rebound in production after the impact of the earthquake in Japan last year, in addition to increased exports of Juke and increased demand for Serena, which qualifies for the government subsidy program for environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Global sales increased 13.6% year-on-year to 364,173 units, marking an all-time record for the month of April.

Including mini-vehicles, Nissan sold 39,413 units in Japan, up 63.8% year-on-year, due to a rebound in sales after the impact of the earthquake in Japan last year.

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Mitsubishi said global production for April 2012 came in at 74,586 units, 23.3 percent up over the same month last year and the first consecutive monthly increase since March 2012.

Production volume in Japan at 39,056 units was 42.1 percent up year on year and the first consecutive monthly increase since March 2012.

Vehicle sales in Japan in April 2012 totaled 7,913 units, 9.0 percent down on the same month last year and the first monthly year-on-year decrease in five months since November 2011.
Mazda’s total domestic production volume in April 2012 increased 85.4% compared to April 2011 due to increased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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Mazda’s overseas production volume in April 2012 increased 5.7% compared to April 2011, reflecting increased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles. Mazda’s total domestic sales volume in April 2012 increased 37.8% compared to April 2011, due to increased sales of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami killed thousands and shut down auto plants for weeks. Asian automakers were forced to cut incentives to preserve inventory throughout the spring and summer.

Toyota, the nation’s biggest automaker, said output at its factories in Japan surged more than three-fold to 352,973 vehicles last month.