By on May 31, 2011

Hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, exports of Japanese motor vehicles plummeted 67.8 percent from a year earlier in April.This according to data released today by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. The quake hit all companies, although not equally hard …

Japanese Motor Vehicle Exports April 2011

Apr-10 Apr-11 Diff
TOYOTA 150,118 31,025 -79.3%
NISSAN 52,265 14,642 -72.0%
MAZDA 54,387 20,606 -62.1%
MITSUBISHI 27,878 19,491 -30.1%
ISUZU 11,939 2,770 -76.8%
DAIHATSU 3,594 984 -72.6%
HONDA 27,216 6,473 -76.2%
SUBARU 29,682 8,182 -72.4%
UD TRUCKS 1,472 692 -53.0%
HINO 5,614 3,069 -45.3%
SUZUKI 24,444 17,121 -30.0%
MITSUBISHI FUSO 2,931 1,006 -65.7%
TOTAL 391,540 126,061 -67.8%

In absolute numbers, export-heavy Toyota was hardest hit with a loss of 119,093 vehicles over April 2010. Nissan is a distant, but nonetheless surprising second with a loss of 37,623 units. All in all, the tsunami did cost the Japanese car industry 265,479 cars not exported, compared to April 2010. In dollar terms, the Japanese industry exported $5.9 billion in cars and parts in April, down $5.7 billion or 49 percent. Globally, the Japanese auto industry lost more than 600,000 cars in April.


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