The domestic output of Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. fell in July but Honda Motor Co. saw an increase, data showed Tuesday.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. had a tough month after output and sales tumbled in Japan, as the automaker resumed production of the minicar models at the heart of a fuel economy manipulation scandal in July.
Sales of minicars with engines no larger than 660 cc suffered double-digit falls at Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, plunging 33.4 percent to 10,510 units and 17.0 percent to 3,712 units, respectively.
Toyota produced 295,230 vehicles in Japan, down 0.8 percent from a year earlier, and sold 150,483 units, up 9.5 percent.
Nissan, the country's second-largest automaker by volume, saw a 2.9 percent fall in output to 80,242 units, while sales plunged 21.5 percent to 40,079 units.
Nissan plans to put Mitsubishi Motors under its wing by taking a 34 percent stake, as the smaller automaker aims to win back consumer trust and rebuild itself. Mitsubishi Motors' latest scandal covered the manipulation of data on some minicar models, including two supplied to Nissan, to make them appear more fuel efficient than they actually were.
Mitsubishi Motors said domestic output came to 41,397 units, down 25.3 percent, and sales were down 34.7 percent to 6,364 units.
Honda, however, reported an 8.7 percent gain in output to 66,579 units, although sales slid 10.8 percent to 53,568 units.
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