TOKYO, Jan. 31 (Kyodo) — Japan's vehicle production in 2012 rose 18.4 percent from the previous year to 9,942,711 units following a double-digit fall the previous year, an industry body said Thursday.

By vehicle type, passenger car output increased 19.5 percent to 8,554,219 units, while truck output gained 11.5 percent to 1,266.272 units and bus production rose 17.4 percent to 122,220 units, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.

Of the passenger cars, output of minivehicles jumped 44.6 percent to 1,615,435 units, according to the association.

Exports in the reporting year also increased 7.5 percent to 4,801,191 units.

In December alone, however, vehicle production fell 17.2 percent to 702,285 units for the fourth straight month of decline, according to the association. Exports declined 12.7 percent to 399,589 units for the fifth straight monthly fall.