Japan automobile production in August 2008 dropped 10.9% to 769,829 from 864,283 units in the same month last year, according to data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. This marks the first year-on-year decline in production in thirteen months.
Production of all passenger cars dropped 10.7% to 653,485 units. Standard cars with engines of larger than 2.0-liter displacement dropped 10.1% to 393,080 units; small cars dropped 12.2% to 172,334 units; and mini cars with engines of less than 0.6-liter displacement dropped 10.5% to 88,071 units.
Production of trucks dropped 14.1%. Standard trucks were down 5.4% to 54,822 units, while production of small trucks dropped 18.2% to 23,694 units. Mini trucks (engines of less that 0.66-liter displacement) were down 24.5% to 28,395 units.
Exports dropped 2.2% in August to 496,735 vehicles—the first year-on-year drop in exports in 37 months—on a decline in passenger car exports.
Passenger car exports were down 4.0% to 430,691 units; truck exports rose 6.7% to 54,363 units, and bus exports rose 39.3% to 11,681 units.
Japan domestic sales in August 2008 posted 310,091 vehicles, down 10.7% compared with August 2007. Passenger car sales dropped 8.0% to 255,295 units; trucks were down 21.4% to 53,730 units; and buses were down 23.9% to 1,066 units.