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Subaru’s domestic production climbs for fifth straight month due to successful exports; May results

Fuji Heavy Industries has announced its results of production, domestic sales and exports for May 2016. According to these results, global production increased 2.8% from the previous year to 73,363 units, resulting in a record-high for the month of May and a surplus for the seventh consecutive month.

Led by the successful WRX and Forester, domestic production grew for the fifth month in a row, climbing 3.7% to 55,182 units. Production outside of Japan was 18,181 units as it fell below its results from the previous year by a mere three units, resulting in its first deficit in seven months.

Domestic sales increased 10.8% to 10,240 units for a second straight month of surplus. In terms of registered vehicles, sales grew for the second month in a row, rising 24.2% to 8,243 units due to the success of its updated Forester and Impreza. Meanwhile, sales of mini cars declined for the ninth consecutive month, falling 23.8% to 1,961 units due largely to the drop in demand for the Stella.

Exports climbed 15.8% to 41,508 units, setting a record-high for the month of May and achieving a surplus for the fourth consecutive month. With successful sales overseas, exports to almost every market, including North America, Europe, Australia and China, grew from the previous year.