The majority of the top Japanese automakers reported positive year-over-year domestic sales for April 2019.
Toyota Motor Corp. on May 30 said sales in Japan rose 4.7% year over year to 176,087 units, and overseas sales rose 2.3% to 687,871 vehicles. Total worldwide sales increased 2.8% to 863,958 units. Worldwide production grew by 7.3% to 910,085 units in April due to year-over-year growth of 13.6% in local production to 382,805 units and 3.2% in overseas production to 527,280 units.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. saw a 5.5% year-over-year decline in Japanese sales with 34,522 vehicles sold in April. Sales outside of Japan slid 4.8% to 337,750 vehicles, and global sales fell 4.9% to 372,272 units. The automaker's global production dropped 9.7% year over year to 399,651 vehicles as production in the domestic market fell 26.8% to 56,715 units, and overseas production declined 6% to 342,936 units.
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. sold a total of 55,876 vehicles in Japan during the month, up 6.5% from the year-ago period. Its exports from Japan remained flat at 12,801 units. Worldwide production rose 3.4% year over year to 443,654 vehicles, driven by growth of 15.8% in domestic production to 78,178 units and 1% in overseas production to 365,476 vehicles.
Mazda Motor Corp. reported that domestic sales fell 19.2% year over year to 11,217 units, and overseas sales dropped 10.8% to 99,071 units, resulting in a total global sales decline of 11.8% to 110,288 vehicles. Global production slid 7.9% year over year to 119,144 units as production in the domestic market rose 4.2% to 86,558 vehicles, and overseas production fell 29.6% to 32,586 vehicles.
Subaru Corp. said sales in Japan jumped 10.5% to 9,957 units in April. Global production totaled 89,586 vehicles, up by 4% in the year-ago period. Domestic production fell 5.4% to 54,260 units, but overseas production rose 22.8% to 35,326 units.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. sold a total of 6,421 vehicles domestically, up 26.6% from the year-ago period. Total production rose 4% year over year to 101,907 units as the 8.8% increase in overseas production to 54,119 units offset the 1% decline in local production to 47,788 vehicles.
Suzuki Motor Corp. posted 4.2% growth in Japanese sales during the month with 58,392 units sold. Global production declined 7% from the year-ago period to 270,853 units, with domestic production up by 1.6% to 80,953 vehicles and overseas production down by 10.3% to 189,900 units.