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January output falls for Toyota, but up for Nissan, Honda

Domestic output by Toyota Motor Corp. fell in January from a
year earlier while that of Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co.
expanded, data from Japan's major carmakers showed Monday.

Toyota, the biggest automaker in the country by volume, produced
249,821 units at home, down 3.7 percent from a year earlier, while
its domestic sales rose 4.5 percent to 118,299 vehicles.

Nissan said its domestic output jumped 48.1 percent from a year
before to 96,909 vehicles, and its sales in Japan climbed 10.6
percent to 55,838 cars.

But Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which formed a capital alliance
with Nissan in October, said its domestic production fell for the
10th consecutive month, down 12.6 percent to 49,548 units, while its
sales in Japan fell 21 percent to 6,806 vehicles as it continues to
struggle to recover from a fuel economy data manipulation scandal.

Honda said both its domestic production and sales increased,
with output rising 1.7 percent to 62,889 vehicles and sales gaining
16.2 percent to 59,512 cars in the reporting month. (Feb. 27)