Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)–Combined domestic vehicle production by eight major Japanese makers in February fell 9.1 pct from a year before to 666,751 units, down for two months in a row, due to continued global shortages of semiconductors, data from the companies showed Tuesday.
Honda Motor Co. <7267> and Subaru Corp. <7270> saw their domestic production fall 33.6 pct and 34.2 pct, respectively. Honda suspended production at its Suzuka plant in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, for five days. Subaru was also forced to adjust production.
Concerns over supply shortage for semiconductors for automobiles grew after a fire that occurred at major Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp.’s <6723> mainstay plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on March 19.
“Chip shortages are expected to continue affecting automobile production for a while,” an official at a major automaker said.
Only Nissan Motor Co. <7201> saw domestic production rise in February, by 7.4 pct, thanks to strong demand for its revamped Rogue, an SUV model, which was launched in the North American market in autumn last year.
The eight automakers’ combined overseas output grew 11.5 pct to 1,272,554 units in February, chiefly reflecting a recovery in China, where production slumped a year before because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Production in China returned to levels before the coronavirus crisis at Nissan and Honda, jumping some 10-fold at the former and 16-fold at the latter.