Suzuki Motor Corporation announced its results of automobile production, domestic sales and exports for August 2016. According to these results, global production grew 0.7% from the previous year, to 233,060 units, resulting in its first surplus in 10 months.
Domestic production, due to a decline in production for domestic sales, fell 2.9% year on year, to 60,830 units, resulting in a deficit for the 18th month in a row. However, production overseas climbed for the first time in four months, rising 2.1% yoy, to 172,230 units, due to increases in markets such as India and Hungary.
Domestic sales increased for the first time in two months, as it climbed 4.0% yoy, to 41,724 units. Though sales of mini cars fell 1.8% to 34,607 units due to reduced demand for models such as the Wagon R and Alto, registrations grew for the 12th consecutive month, soaring 45.8% to a record high of 7,117 units for the month of August thanks to contributions from the new Solio and Ignis.
Exports dropped for the second straight month, falling 37.4% to 6,508 units, as a result of reduced shipments to Latin America and Africa.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)