Barring Nissan, global demand led by North America, Europe and Asia boosted the
sales of Japanese carmakers Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motors Co and Suzuki Motor
Corp in 2006.
group sales rose 7.3 per cent to 9.08 million vehicles in the 12 months ended
31 March from a year earlier, while Honda built 3.7 million units, up 7.5 per
cent, while and Suzuki''s production rose 9.6 per cent to 2.4 million.
production slumped 6.8 per cent to 3.21 million.
sales of Toyota and Honda rose over 10 per cent in March with US consumers opting
for the more fuel-efficient Japanese compact cars.
Japan''s fourth-largest automaker, raised its overseas production 12.4 per cent
to 1.2 million units last business year. The company is expanding capacity in
India, Pakistan and Hungary, its second-biggest market after Japan, to meet higher
demand for swift compact cars.
had announced earlier this year that it would open its eighth
North American factory in 2010 to produce sport-utility vehicles. Last week Fuji
heavy industries Ltd, in which Toyota owns 5.9 per cent, started production of
Toyota Camry sedans at its US plant in Indiana.