TOKYO, Jan. 28 (Kyodo) — Japan's top three automakers set new global output highs in 2012 due to increased production in North America and Southeast Asian countries based on robust demand in the regions, according to data released Monday.
Toyota Motor Corp. produced 8.74 million vehicles last year, up 26.1 percent from the previous year. The automaker's output in North America increased 42.7 percent to roughly 1.72 million units.
Nissan Motor Co. expanded global production by 5.5 percent to 4.89 million units. Its overseas production grew 6.3 percent to 3.74 million units, also a record high for a calendar year.
Honda Motor Co.'s global output was up 41.3 percent to 4.11 million units, as it boosted output in North America amid rosy sales of its CR-V sport utility vehicles and Civic lineups, it said.
Domestic sales increased 40.9 percent to 1.69 million units for Toyota and 48.0 percent to 745,165 units for Honda, supported by the government's subsidies for purchases of environmentally friendly vehicles, rebounding from drops in 2011 in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster.
Nissan also saw an 11.6 percent sales increase, selling 659,756 units.
Exports climbed 24.0 percent to 1.95 million units for Toyota, but decreased 5.8 percent to 674,580 units for Nissan, while Honda's fell 8.7 percent to 214,562 units.