Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)–Combined domestic automobile production at eight major Japanese automakers in October dropped 40.2 pct from a year before to 481,630 units, down for the third straight month, data from the companies showed Monday.
The major decline came as the automakers continued to face global semiconductor shortages and difficulties procuring parts due to the spread of the novel coronavirus in Southeast Asia.
The eight companies’ combined overseas production dropped 16.3 pct to 1,366,495 units, while their global vehicle production totaled 1,848,125 units, down 24.2 pct.
Domestic output dropped at all the automakers except for Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211>.
Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> logged the sharpest fall, with its domestic production plummeting 58.7 pct to 35,162 units as the company suspended night operations at its plants in the city of Hiroshima and the city of Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, for 10 days.
Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> saw its domestic output fall 50.9 pct to 151,918 units. The company plans to produce a large number of vehicles from November as the parts supply is recovering and its domestic plants are resuming operations.
Output at Nissan Motor Co. <7201>, Daihatsu Motor Co. and Subaru Corp. <7270> dropped by 44.9 pct to 30,294 units, 44.2 pct to 53,681 units and 40.3 pct to 36,572 units, respectively.
Honda Motor Co.’s <7267> output fell 25.7 pct to 49,415 units, while that of Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> slid 16.9 pct to 76,260 units.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors saw its domestic production rise 21.7 pct to 48,328 units, following a delay in production recovery a year before.