Production by Japan's main carmarkers dived in January as the industry is hit by the credit crisis.
The world's largest manufacturer Toyota said global production had plunged by 39.1%, from the same period a year earlier, with 487,984 vehicles made in January.
The company, which makes the Lexus luxury models and Prius hybrid, said production fell by 34.6% in Japan, while overseas it plummeted 44.2%.
Meanwhile Japan's second largest carmaker Honda saw global production slide in January by 33.5% to 226,551 vehicles.
This was the third monthly fall in a row, compared with the previous year's figures.
In January Nissan also saw its worldwide production dive 54% to 145,286 vehicles, the worst fall was in the US where there was a drop of 70.7% to 18,741 units.
Mitsubishi's world production was down 53.9% in January to 53,339 - falling for the eleventh straight month compared with last year.
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