In 2010, Japanese OEMs produce 22.9 million vehicles globally, up 4.8 million over 2009

Domestic and overseas production volumes result in 83% (9.63 million) and 112% (13.27 million) of 20

2011/03/07

Summary

 Japanese OEMs produced 22.893 million vehicles in 2010, increased by 26.8% over the previous year when production dropped due to the economic crisis. (Japanese production recovered to 97.6% of the 2007 peak record (23.456 million units). Of the 2010 records, domestic and overseas production recovered to 83% and 112% to the 2007 records, respectively.)

 According to JAMA's announcement, the 2010 domestic production was up by 21.3% to 9.626 million units. Thanks to the government 'eco-car' subsidies until September of the same year, domestic sales were up, while export volume to Asia and the US expanded. As a result, production exceeded the previous year's level for the first time in three years, although it has finished below 10 million units for two years running. Export volume was up for the first time in two years by 33.8% to 4.38 million units.

 As local production expanded mostly in emerging countries, overseas production reached 9.681 million units in the January - September period of 2010, up 38.4% on the same period last year. Production in Asia including China was up 44.6%. Production in North America was on the track of recovery, including the US where production was up 44.9%.

 Local production is expected to expand further in emerging countries including BRICs and Southeast Asia where demand continues to expand. At the end, this report shows movements of expanding production capabilities by Japanese OEMs in emerging countries and North America, of which markets are on a trend towards recovery.

Domestic/overseas production and export by Japanese OEMs

(1,000 units)
Domestic/overseas production and export by Japanese OEMs

Domestic production, sales and export from Japan by Japanese OEMs

(1,000 units)
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Domestic production 10,286 10,512 10,800 11,484 11,596 11,564 7,935 9,626
Overseas production 8,608 9,798 10,606 10,972 11,860 11,651 10,118 * 13,267
Production total 18,894 20,309 21,406 22,456 23,456 23,215 18,052 * 22,893
Domestic sales 5,828 5,853 5,852 5,740 5,354 5,082 4,609 4,956
Export from Japan 4,756 4,958 5,053 5,967 6,550 6,727 3,616 4,838
Source: JAMA News Release
NOTES: 1. The tabulation includes 12 key OEMs.
2. Asterisk-marked figures in the 2010 overseas production is the total of quick estimates by public relations of eight passenger car manufacturers, and the total of the survey by MarkLines Data Center for four truck manufacturers. This figure is used for tallying the 2010 production total.


Production up 45% on a year-over-year basis in Asia and US in January - September period of 2010

 As for overseas production, production in Asia, including China, rapidly grew up by 44.6% on a year-over-year basis to 5.13 million units in the January - September period of 2010. Production in Asia was over a half, i.e. 53%, of overall overseas production.

 Production in the US had decreased from the previous year for two consecutive years since 2008 due to the economic crisis. As the economy gradually entered a phase of recovery from the end of 2009, production in the January - September period of 2010 was up 44.9% from the same period last year.

Japanese OEM' overseas production by region

(1,000 units)
Japanese OEM' overseas production by region

 

Japanese' overseas production by region (JAMA's tally for Japanese brand vehicles)

(Unit)
  Asia Middle East Europe North America Latin America Africa Oceania Total
EU Total US Total
2003 3,007,348 5,820 1,245,469 1,338,476 2,821,723 3,487,012 457,467 162,969 148,471 8,607,563
2004 3,638,978 10,800 1,296,516 1,454,903 3,143,603 3,840,744 534,863 191,537 125,726 9,797,551
2005 3,964,209 10,500 1,369,556 1,545,355 3,383,277 4,080,713 645,074 225,725 134,581 10,606,157
2006 4,129,856 11,400 1,509,402 1,702,836 3,281,073 4,001,639 745,827 259,050 121,635 10,972,243
2007 4,523,751 3,342 1,789,875 1,976,407 3,324,326 4,049,068 895,099 252,384 159,710 11,859,761
2008 4,877,074 0 1,693,151 1,876,109 2,893,466 3,576,246 920,738 257,646 143,741 11,651,554
2009 5,145,450 0 1,136,145 1,228,294 2,108,161 2,687,527 790,794 168,651 96,836 10,117,552
Jan.-Sep. 2009 3,548,131 0 812,081 882,069 1,399,344 1,807,726 565,274 123,576 66,169 6,992,945
Jan.-Sep. 2010 5,130,941 0 925,348 1,001,192 2,027,758 2,587,185 723,880 145,659 92,200 9,681,057

Jan.-Sep. 2010
Increase/

decrease
from previous
period

44.6%   13.9% 13.5% 44.9% 43.1% 28.1% 17.9% 39.3% 38.4%
Jan.-Sep. 2010
Composition
ratio
53.0%   9.6% 10.3% 20.9% 26.7% 7.5% 1.5% 1.0% 100.0%
Source: JAMA News Release 2011.1.31
NOTES: 1. Mexico is included in Latin America and Turkey is in Europe.
2. As a principle, production volume of Japanese brand vehicles by 2006 are tabulated on a basis of export volume of parts for overseas production. The tabulation from 2007 includes vehicles which rolled off production lines at overseas local plants as principle (own brand vehicles which rolled off production lines at their plants, joint venture plants or other plants in which Japanese OEMs take a stake). The tabulation does not include vehicles supplied from other companies under OEM contract and CKD/SKD assembled vehicles.

 



Year 2010 shows recovery in exports to Europe and US and rapid growth to emerging countries

 Exports from Japan to Europe and the US halved in 2009 due to the recession. Year 2010 showed gradual recovery in exports to Europe and US, and rapid growth to emerging countries. Specifically, it was up by 51.3% for Asia and by 62.4% for Latin America, both of which showed strong expansion of demand.

 Since summer 2010, exporters have faced unfavorable business conditions due to the appreciation of the Japanese yen. Japanese OEMs continue to make efforts to absorb exchange loss and maintain export scale by cost reduction and streamlining domestic production.

Export volume from Japan by destination (JAMA tabulation)

(units)
  Asia Middle East Europe North America Latin America Africa Oceania Total
EU Total US Total
2003 524,093 439,587 1,019,058 1,159,706 1,594,157 1,786,387 272,297 146,269 418,202 4,756,343
2004 510,939 457,406 1,036,127 1,275,229 1,559,607 1,726,465 344,844 182,451 448,671 4,957,663
2005 420,067 519,594 895,728 1,178,197 1,662,939 1,854,438 413,259 209,548 447,922 5,053,061
2006 381,561 590,341 923,658 1,305,861 2,261,552 2,488,373 479,324 269,956 441,912 5,966,672
2007 440,920 811,887 919,421 1,497,800 2,215,451 2,455,098 569,945 330,978 434,268 6,550,173
2008 525,081 952,749 812,163 1,589,054 2,068,062 2,318,254 517,900 351,762 460,561 6,727,091
2009 378,840 428,042 542,215 685,026 1,202,732 1,379,150 244,196 145,131 347,394 3,616,168
2010 573,306 583,684 568,508 936,496 1,531,026 1,727,305 396,499 188,674 425,206 4,838,536
2010
Increase/
decrease
from previous
year
51.3% 36.4% 4.8% 36.7% 27.3% 25.2% 62.4% 30.0% 22.4% 33.8%

Source: JAMA News Release 2011.1.31
(Note) Total includes a small number of exports for other regions.

 



2010 overseas production reaches the 13 million-unit scale (based on OEMs' press releases)

 According to the respective press releases by Japanese OEMs, 2010 overseas production was up 28.2% year-over-year to the 13 million-unit scale. All eight passenger car manufacturers achieved two-digit expansion in the overseas production over the previous year. To respond to expanding demand in China, India and Southeast Asia, their local production has been increasing.

 As for four major OEMs which have more offshore production volume, Toyota's production was up 21.3% on a year-over-year basis to 4.34 million units, Nissan's up 41.8% to 2.92 million units, Honda's up 22.1% to 2.65 million units and Suzuki's up 22.7% to 1.815 million units. Their overseas production refreshed their respective records except Honda. (Toyota's production was up by 30 K units from 2007 record-setting production.)

Overseas production volume by Japanese OEM

(1,000 units)
Overseas production volume by Japanese OEM

 

Japanese OEMs' production volume by region according to their announcements

(Unit)
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Toyota North America 1,444,000 1,535,100 1,519,300 1,636,900 1,404,800 1,189,100 n.a.
Central/South America 80,400 138,500 177,900 183,100 194,800 181,500
Europe 582,500 638,200 808,800 806,500 688,300 507,300
Africa 108,800 121,100 143,800 145,700 179,200 102,800
Asia 717,000 1,029,200 1,137,700 1,387,300 1,590,000 1,501,400
Oceania 109,900 109,200 111,600 148,900 141,400 96,800
Overseas production 3,042,728 3,571,303 3,898,975 4,308,553 4,198,400 3,579,000 4,340,494
Domestic production 3,680,946 3,789,582 4,194,187 4,226,137 4,012,100 2,792,200 3,282,855
Global production 6,723,674 7,360,885 8,093,162 8,534,690 8,210,500 6,371,300 7,623,349
Nissan US 754,716 835,946 743,478 703,662 545,057 372,906 511,498
Mexico 325,086 362,591 407,222 496,713 450,968 355,414 506,490
UK 319,652 315,297 301,210 353,718 386,555 338,150 423,262
Spain 142,889 193,604 205,990 222,914 157,237 52,577 104,864
China       295,865 378,977 755,890 1,012,458
Other regions 212,769 349,355 337,768 179,446 182,954 183,704 361,462
Overseas production 1,755,112 2,056,793 1,995,668 2,252,318 2,101,748 2,058,641 2,920,034
Domestic production 1,439,007 1,451,212 1,234,400 1,179,080 1,293,082 894,575 1,133,667
Global production 3,194,119 3,508,005 3,230,068 3,431,398 3,394,830 2,953,216 4,053,701
Honda North America 1,217,755 1,348,897 1,385,693 1,432,731 1,421,427 1,030,958 1,287,775
(US) 803,400 939,868 974,380 1,015,462 987,169 723,375 954,502
Europe 193,455 186,838 184,412 237,783 230,423 75,583 139,264
Asia 455,215 535,559 635,833 778,612 858,537 911,728 1,069,046
(China)   267,000 352,551 463,998 517,571 601,920 676,515
Other regions 72,671 76,703 95,009 130,843 182,607 153,444 154,470
Overseas production 1,939,096 2,147,997 2,300,947 2,579,969 2,692,994 2,171,713 2,650,555
Domestic production 1,242,528 1,261,994 1,332,866 1,331,844 1,264,387 840,924 992,502
Global production 3,181,624 3,409,991 3,633,813 3,911,813 3,957,381 3,012,637 3,643,057
Suzuki Europe n.a. 148,000 172,000 239,000 285,000 180,000 n.a.
North America 0 13,000 31,000 13,000 0
Asia 887,000 950,000 1,108,000 1,109,000 1,299,000
Overseas production 941,014 1,033,798 1,135,387 1,377,882 1,405,553 1,479,231 1,814,703
Domestic production 1,045,735 1,090,786 1,206,805 1,218,297 1,218,235 908,302 1,078,242
Global production 1,986,749 2,124,584 2,342,192 2,596,179 2,623,788 2,387,533 2,892,945
Mazda Overseas production 315,691 281,216 318,773 291,297 270,584 266,692 394,704
Domestic production 818,730 864,929 966,547 995,511 1,078,690 717,175 912,836
Global production 1,134,421 1,146,145 1,285,320 1,286,808 1,349,274 983,867 1,307,540
Mitsubishi
Motors
Asia 513,762 493,539 339,685 368,422 300,699 272,170 415,388
North America 113,307 87,810 92,689 78,739 58,963 18,483 29,362
Europe 95,697 69,727 82,544 66,670 53,661 43,155 26,928
Other regions 50,754 46,697 39,680 52,061 46,101 34,343 41,003
Overseas production 773,520 697,773 554,598 565,892 459,424 368,151 512,681
Domestic production 639,883 664,900 758,478 846,083 841,949 426,530 660,104
Global production 1,413,403 1,362,673 1,313,076 1,411,975 1,301,373 794,681 1,172,785
Daihatsu Overseas production 50,237 49,764 33,211 69,570 114,945 111,467 158,368
Domestic production 679,485 724,509 791,291 786,601 793,257 684,255 665,177
Global production 729,722 774,273 824,502 856,171 908,202 795,722 823,545
Fuji Heavy
Industries
Overseas production 105,551 118,991 110,373 109,178 91,581 82,953 158,022
Domestic production 487,127 469,497 482,283 475,850 524,916 408,399 491,932
Global production 592,678 588,488 592,656 585,028 616,497 491,352 649,954
8
company
total
Overseas production 8,922,949 9,957,635 10,347,932 11,554,659 11,335,229 10,117,848 12,949,561
Domestic production 10,033,441 10,317,409 10,966,857 11,059,403 11,026,616 7,672,360 9,217,315
Global production 18,956,390 20,275,044 21,314,789 22,614,062 22,361,845 17,790,308 22,166,876
Isuzu Overseas production 218,940 242,327 230,889 216,283 224,909 146,609 261,883
Domestic production 210,351 200,407 219,601 235,167 249,183 120,110 203,716
Global production 429,291 442,734 450,490 451,450 474,092 266,719 465,599
Hino Overseas production 19,545 22,371 24,573 28,147 30,481 26,521 44,756
Domestic production 93,837 96,985 100,122 106,893 106,216 66,670 99,311
Global production 113,382 119,356 124,695 135,040 136,697 93,191 144,067
Mitsubishi
Fuso
Overseas production 9,955 10,648 19,170 20,231 19,951 6,870 5,013
Domestic production 120,118 132,274 141,503 141,280 126,184 54,467 76,593
Global production 130,073 142,922 160,673 161,511 146,135 61,337 81,606
UD
Trucks
Overseas production 4,643 5,300 5,808 7,625 7,756 5,561 5,300
Domestic production 40,723 41,704 43,429 46,340 48,300 20,290 30,471
Global production 45,366 47,004 49,237 53,965 56,056 25,851 35,771
12
company
total
Overseas production 9,176,032 10,238,281 10,628,372 11,826,945 11,618,326 10,303,409 13,266,513
Domestic production 10,498,470 10,788,779 11,471,512 11,589,083 11,556,499 7,933,897 9,627,406
Global production 19,674,502 21,027,060 22,099,884 23,416,028 23,174,825 18,237,406 22,893,919
NOTES: 1. Data of eight passenger car manufacturers are from quick estimates in their respective press releases (The figures for Daihatsu are released from Toyota. They do not include Malaysian Perodua brand vehicles). Data of the four truck manufacturers (Isuzu, Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso and UD Trucks) are from the MarkLines Data Center (UD Trucks is formerly known as Nissan Diesel, due to a name change in February 2010).
2. Domestic production is based on vehicles which rolled off the production line, including complete vehicles and CKD. Overseas production is the volume of its own brand vehicles, which rolled off the production line as a principle (except CKD volume).
3. Toyota's production data by region are estimates, so that the regional total and the overseas production volume disagree.
4. Suzuki's production by region includes vehicles which the company supplies to other manufacturers on an OEM basis. The data are estimates, so that the regional total and overseas production volume disagree.

 



Japanese OEMs to expand production in North America and emerging countries such as China, India, Russia, Thailand and Brazil

 The following summarizes the movements of expansion of production capabilities in emerging countries and North America announced by Japanese OEMs between 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

Japanese OEMs to expand production in emerging countries (2010 to beginning of 2011)

Toyota
China  Toyota relocated the Chengdu Plant of Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. to expand the production capacity of 13 K units to 30 K units. The plant has produced the Coaster and the Prado since May 2010 (Toyota press release on May 19, 2010).
Toyota, in April 2010, announced that it would resume construction of the new Changchun Plant, which was suspended, and it would start operations of the plant in the first half of 2012. The current plant produces the Land Cruiser with an annual production capacity of 10 K units. The new plant produces the Corolla with an annual production capacity of 100 K units (Toyota press release on April 28, 2010).
India Toyota started production of a compact car Etios for the Indian market in December 2010 at a second plant in Toyota Kirloskar Motor at an annual production capacity of 70 K units. Toyota plans to increase a current local content of about 70% to 90% after 2013 (Toyota press release on December 27, 2010).
Brazil Toyota spent about 600 million US dollars to build a new plant of TDB (Toyota do Brasil LTDA) in September 2010. The plant will produce a newly developed compact car model (Etios which will be modified for Latin America) initially at a 70,000-unit scale annual production capacity from the latter half of 2012. It plans to export the newly developed compact car to neighboring countries in Latin America (Toyota press release on September 9, 2010).
Thailand To supply IMVs (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicles) to neighboring countries, Toyota will expand the annual production capacity of the Ban Po Plant of Toyota Motor Thailand from the current 120 K units to 140 K units in January and 220 K units in September 2011. Toyota is producing the Hilux and the Fortuner at the Ban Po Plant. Toyota will invest total 25.5 billion yen in the Thailand and the Argentine Plants to strengthen respective production capacities (Toyota press release on December 9, 2010).
Argentina To supply IMVs (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicles) to neighbor countries, Toyota will expand the annual production capacity of Toyota Argentina's Plant from the current 70 K units to 90 K units in November 2011. Toyota is producing the Hilux and the Fortuner at the Argentine plant (Toyota press release on December 9, 2010).
Egypt Three of Toyota, Toyota Tsusho and Toyota Egypt (Toyota's local distributor) signed a joint venture agreement in November 2010, and established a preparation company for CKD assembling in the middle of December of the same year. Toyota plans to contract out annual production of 3,000 units of the SUV Fortuner to the vehicle assembly company from the first half of 2012 (Toyota press release on October 25, 2010).
Russia Toyota, Mitsui and the third largest Russian automaker Sollers started making final adjustments regarding production of passenger cars in 2012 in Vladivostok. This is the first time for a Japanese OEM to have production in the far east of Russia. It is expected that Toyota will produce one SUV model by using Sollers' plant by SKD method (according to media report in February 2011).
Nissan
China In FY2012, Nissan's production capacity in China will expand to 1.2 million units from 670 K units as of September 2010 (before the operation of the second plant of Zhengzhou Nissan - ZNA started).
In September 2010, Nissan invested about one billion Yuan (about 12.3 billion yen at an exchange rate of 12.3 yen to Yuan) to complete the second plant of NZA. NZA's annual production capacity was expanded from 75 K to 200 K units. Nissan plans to expand the capacity to 240 K units in 2012. The new plant will produce the SUV Qashquai and the X-Trail, of which production will be relocated from Dongfeng Nissan's Huadu Plant. (Nissan press release on September 20, 2010)
In May 2010, Nissan started building the second Huadu Plant of Dongfeng Nissan (an annual production of 240 K units) in Guangzhou City of Guangdong Province. The plant will go live in 2012. The Huadu Plant will have a total annual production capacity of 600 K units including 360 K units of its first plant, and become Nissan's largest plant in the world.
Russia Nissan will participate in the partnership between Renault and Avtovaz, the Russian's largest automaker. Starting in 2015, the Togliatti Plant of Avtovaz will produce 900 K units of these three companies' models on an annual basis. Avtovaz's models will account for 70% of the annual production. (Joint press release between Renault/Avtovaz and others on July 15, 2010).
India Renault-Nissan Alliance completed a new plant in Chennai in March 2010, which is the first plant as the Alliance. Renault-Nissan invested more than 45 billion rupees (approximately 90 billion yen) for seven years in the plant. It produces 400 K units per year subject to its full capacity operation. The plant is capable of producing both brand vehicles on the same line. (Nissan press release on March 17, 2010)
Nissan began to produce the new Micra at its new Chennai Plant in May 2010. It plans to not only sell in the Indian market but also export the new Micra to more than one hundred countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The plant has started production with one line at the beginning. In FY 2010, it is expected to produce at least 80 K units, although it has a production capacity of 200 K units. (Nissan press release on May 24, 2010).
Indonesia In June 2010, Nissan announced a 2 billion-yen scale investment in its new facilities to raise annual production capacity from 50 K units to 100 K units by 2013. In November 2010, it has started production of the new March. In 2011, it will start production and marketing of the Juke. (Nissan press release on June 29, 2010).
Honda
China Honda will have a total annual production capacity of 890 K units in 2013, including 480 K units by Guangzhou Honda, 360 K units by Dongfeng Honda and 50 K units by its export plant Honda Automobile (China).
Guangzhou Honda will spend 930 million Yuan (12.5 billion yen at an exchange rate of 13.4 yen to Yuan) to expand annual production capacity of the Zengcheng Plant from 120 K units as of autumn 2010 to 240 K units in the latter half of 2011. Its annual production capacity will be expanded to a total of 480 K units with the capacity of the Huangpu Plant. It has launched the Accord-based crossover Crosstour, and will launch the first model of its own brand "Everus" in 2011. (Honda press release on May 25, 2010).
Donfeng Honda will build the second plant. The initial investment will amount to 2 billion Yuan. The plant is planned to go live in the latter half of 2012, starting with an annual production capacity of 100 K units. It will be increased to 120 K units in 2013 and 240 K units by 2015. Donfeng Honda plans to develop its own brand in 2011 to 2012. (Honda press release on November 5, 2010)
India Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. will expand the powertrain facilities in the premises of the second plant in Tapukara of Rajasthan State to start production of cylinder heads and cylinder blocks from the beginning of 2011. The investment will amount to 2.5 billion rupees (Honda Press release on July 28, 2010).
Thailand Honda plans to produce and sell a newly developed small car (Honda New Small Concept) in Thailand from 2011. The production scale will be around 100 K units in total in India and Thailand. In Thailand, Honda plans to sell the new small car as an eco-car, as defined by the Thai Government, in Thailand as well as export to ASEAN countries.
Argentina Honda decided to start production from the first half of 2011 at the new plant, which was planned to be put on hold. The plant will operate with an annual production of 30 K units, and expand the production capacity in series.
Suzuki
India In February 2010, Suzuki invested 17 billion rupees (about 33 billion yen) in the Manesar Plant of Maruti Suzuki to expand the annual production capacity by 250 K units to 550 K units. The plant will start operation in spring 2012. Maruti Suzuki will have an annual production capacity of total 1.25 million units with 700 K units of the Gurgaon Plant. (Suzuki press release on February 5, 2010)
Mazda
Thailand Mazda announced in August 2010 that Auto Alliance (Thailand) (AAT), a joint venture with Ford, would invest 350 million dollars in the pickup truck plant to produce Mazda and Ford's next generation pickup trucks, starting in mid 2011. (Mazda press release on August 26, 2010)
China Mazda announced the plan to dissolve Changan Ford Mazda Automobile, a joint venture of Mazda, Changan Automobile and Ford. Ford and Mazda are going to establish joint venture companies respectively with Changan. After the reorganization, it is expected that Changan and Mazda will carry on production at the Nanjing Plant, and Changan and Ford at the Chongqing Plant.
Mazda had produced the Mazda2 (named as Demio in Japan) at the Nanjing Plant. In May 2010, it transferred production of the Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) from the Chongqing Plant to the Nanjing Plant. Mazda is in process of integrating production at the Nanjing Plant.
Mitsubishi Motors
Thailand Mitsubishi started building a third plant of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) in December 2010. The plant will go live in March 2012. It will produce small passenger cars with a 1.0 to 1.2 litter-class engine displacement (commonly called as Global Small), which will be launched within 2011. It will start with an annual production capacity of 150 K units, which will be able to expand to 200 K units. (Mitsubishi Motors press release on December 9, 2010)
China Mitsubishi and Guangzhou Automobile Group started discussions to make GAC Changfeng Motor a fifty-fifty venture company, in which they currently take stakes of 14.59% and 29%, respectively. For the new joint venture, both companies will discuss models to be launched, action plans and plan to strengthen production capacity. (Mitsubishi Motors press release on November 5, 2010)
Russia In April 2010, Mitsubishi and PSA completed a joint vehicle-assembly plant in Kaluga State. The plant started SKD production of Peugeot vehicles. Mitsubishi plans to produce the SUV Outlander for the future. It will have an annual production capacity of 125 K units. It plans to produce 85 K PSA medium size cars and 40 K Mitsubishi and PSA medium size SUVs. (Mitsubishi Motors press release on April 23, 2010)
Daihatsu
Indonesia Daihatsu strengthens annual production capacity of Astra Daihatsu Motor in January 2011 by 50 K units to 280 K units. Daihatsu plans to expand the production to 330 K units in May of the same year. Astra Daihatsu Motor will catch up with sales expansion of Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza MPV, etc. (Daihatsu Results Briefing material on February 1, 2011)
Fuji Heavy Industries
China FHI is negotiating with several local companies to have a joint plant in China where it enjoys brisk sales of the SUV Forester and others (a leading candidate is Chery Automobile as of the beginning of 2011). FHI aims for operation in 2012 to 2013. It plans to officially decide the joint venture partner by March 2011. As FHI, it will be its first full-scale plant in China.

Japanese OEMs to expand production in North America from 2010 to 2011

Toyota
US Toyota spent about 100 million dollars in the Texas Plant and started production of the pickup truck Tacoma for North America in August 2010. Since it closed the joint venture NUMMI with GM (at the end of March 2010), it transferred the production of Tacoma from NUMMI to the Texas Plant. (Toyota press release on August 7, 2010).
Toyota decided in June 2010 to start operations of the new plant in Mississippi in autumn 2011, after the operations schedule had been delayed in December 2008. Construction of the new plant was resumed. It will produce the Corolla at an annual production capacity of 150 K units. (Toyota press release on June 17, 2010)
Nissan
Mexico Nissan plans to invest 600 million dollars in the existing two plants to expand facilities to produce new compact cars at the 300 K-unit scale per year by 2013. Nissan will distribute the products to Mexico, North America and Latin America. The plant started production with the March from the beginning of 2011. It will increase production lineups of new compact cars in the future.
Mitsubishi Motors
US Mitsubishi announced in February 2011 that it would produce the compact SUV Outlander Sports (RVR in Japan) at the plant of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. starting in the middle of 2012. In addition to the US, Mitsubishi plans to export the SUV to other countries. (Mitsubishi Motors press release on February 5, 2011)
Fuji Heavy Industries
US FHI expanded annual production capacity of Subaru brand vehicles at Subaru of Indiana Automotive from about 100 K units to 131 K units in July 2010. FHI will expand the capacity further, planning to produce 167 K units in FY2010. Subaru of Indiana Automotive will produce the Legacy and SUV Tribeca. FHI invested around a few hundred million yen. (FHI results briefing materials on May 7, 2010 and February 4, 2011)

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