TOKYO - Japan's vehicle production fell to 848,266 in November, down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
Output had edged up 0.8 percent in October because of a surge in production of minivehicles with engines under 660cc. Production of those vehicles remained strong in November, climbing 19.7 percent, but it was not enough to offset the continued slide in other vehicle segments.
With November's dip, Japan's vehicle production has fallen in 14 of the past 15 months.
Truck production fell 19.4 percent in November, to 108,330, and production of passenger cars larger than minis slid 1.6 percent to 588,987.
Among individual manufacturers, minivehicle specialist Daihatsu Motors Co. posted a 29.6 percent rise in production. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., maker of Subaru cars and minivehicles, was up 16.5 percent. Output of truckmaker Hino Motors Ltd. fell 53.4 percent. Toyota Motor Corp. was off 7.3 percent.