Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)–Combined vehicle production in Japan by eight major domestic automakers in September sank by almost half from a year earlier due to a semiconductor shortage and difficulty procuring parts due to a COVID-19 surge in Southeast Asia, their data showed Thursday.
The automakers’ domestic output sank 49.7 pct to 398,075 units, down for the second straight month and the steepest decrease since a 61.8 pct drop in May last year, when the effects of the pandemic were at their worst in Japan.
All firms except for Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> cut output sharply.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s <7203> output dropped 55.3 pct to 136,750 units, far below its target of 300,000 units, as it idled almost all assembly plants in the country.
Subaru Corp. <7270> logged the biggest drop in production, falling 74.8 pct. All three assembly plants suspended operations for 12 days.
Even Mitsubishi, which saw production rise 20 pct in reaction to low output levels a year before, experienced difficulty in parts procurement.
The eight firms’ combined overseas production slid 28.5 pct to 1,161,390 units, bringing their global output to 1,559,465 units, down 35.5 pct.
In the fiscal first half ended in September, the eight automakers’ total domestic output rose 5.9 pct from a year before to around 3.38 million units.
Their overseas production jumped 13.5 pct to around 7.48 million units and global production gained 11.0 pct to around 10.86 million units.