TOKYO - Japan's new-vehicle exports in July rose 13.5 percent from a year earlier, to 450,263, driven by healthy demand from Europe and North America.
Exports to Europe surged 27.4 percent to 122,195, with four of Japan's Big 5 boosting their shipments. U.S.-bound exports edged up 1.0 percent to 139,686, while shipments to Canada jumped 20.0 percent to 16,225.
Meanwhile, Japan's overall production in July inched up 0.5 percent to 926,956.
In Europe-bound exports, Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. enjoyed double-digit gains. But Mitsubishi Motors Corp. tumbled.
Mitsubishi reported a 22.6 percent slide, partly because exports of the Lancer to Europe a year ago were strong.
Nissan exports to Europe surged 72.8 percent, supported by the well-received X-Trail. Mazda's shipments to Europe leaped 59.4 percent thanks to strong demand for the Mazda3 and Mazda6. A diesel-powered Accord helped give Honda a 49.4 percent jump.
Toyota's Europe-bound shipments rose 14.1 percent, cashing in on the RAV4 and Lexus RX 330.
In shipments to North America, Toyota posted a 5.7 percent rise, gaining momentum from the Scion brand, particularly the tC coupe launched in July, and from the Toyota Prius.
Robust demand for the Murano and the G35 contributed to a 43.3 percent increase in Nissan's North America-bound exports. Mazda gained 13.5 percent, led by the Mazda3 shipped to Canada.
Honda's exports to North America slid 28.6 percent because the automaker curbed shipments of Japanese-built Accords and Civics.
Mitsubishi's exports to North America dropped 18.2 percent for the seventh straight month of year-on-year decline.