TOKYO -- Exports from Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to North America fell for the eighth straight month.
Mitsubishi's exports to North America in August slid 16.6 percent from a year earlier, to 4,277, as the company's U.S. sales continued their free fall. Mitsubishi's U.S. sales fell 60.8 percent in August compared with August 2003.
Imports from Japan account for nearly half of U.S. sales for Mitsubishi.
Meanwhile, falling exports and poor sales in Japan caused Mitsubishi production to nose dive 46.2 percent to 29,046.
Overall, Japanese exports to North America in August rose 4.8 percent to 117,393, driven up by Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp.
But Honda Motor Co. stepped on the brake. It slashed its exports to that region by 33.0 percent, cutting shipments of the Civic and Accord before the September launch of 2005 models.
Meanwhile, Europe-bound Japanese exports jumped 22.4 percent to 94,424, led by four of the five major automakers. That leap, combined with the rise in exports to North America, helped boost entire Japanese exports in August by 3.8 percent to 352,312. Exports have climbed six straight months.
Japanese production in August expanded 2.5 percent to 699,338. Production has climbed three straight months.
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