KYODO - Motor vehicle exports from Japan rose 5.1 percent year on year in May to 482,793 units, registering an increase for the second consecutive month, due to strong shipments particularly to Europe and the Middle East, an industry group said Thursday.
However, shipments to the United States fell 7.1 percent to 164,217 vehicles, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Vehicle production in Japan rose 6.3 percent in May on the year to 865,734 vehicles, for the first increase in three months, on strong exports.
By vehicle size, the output of passenger cars with engines of more than 2000 cc jumped 24.9 percent to 423,299 units.
That of mini-vehicles with engines of 660 cc or less rose 8.1 percent to 116,740 vehicles.
Both figures were all-time highs for any May.