updated 8/28/2006 7:50:13 PM ET 2006-08-28T23:50:13

Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda and Mazda said Monday their global production climbed in July, but Nissan and Mitsubishi reported declines for the month.

Toyota Motor Corp., the world's second-largest auto manufacturer after General Motors Corp., rolled out 629,723 vehicles in July, up 8.5 percent from a year earlier.

Overseas production rose 5.1 percent to 290,075 vehicles, the 55th straight monthly rise due to increased output in almost all regions. Toyota's domestic output rose 11.5 percent to 339,648 units, the 11th consecutive month of higher production.

Honda Motor Co.'s output rose 6.2 percent to 274,624 vehicles in July, a record for the month. Overseas production rose 4.4 percent to 164,352 vehicles, with record output in Europe and Asia. Its domestic production jumped 8.9 percent to 110,272 units.

Mazda Motor Corp. said its global production rose 12.0 percent to 113,525 vehicles. Its domestic production posted a 12.9 percent to 85,858 units on increased output of the CX-7, Mazda5 and Mazda6 models.

Mazda, which is 33 percent owned by Ford Motor Co., said overseas output climbed a 9.4 percent to 27,767 vehicles, the seventh monthly rise, on steady demand for the BT-50 truck series.

Japan's No. 2 outmaker, Nissan Motor Co., said global production fell 6.8 percent to 260,143 vehicles.

Nissan said American production rose 1.0 percent in July, the first year-on-year increase in nine months, and output in Mexico saw a 24.7 percent rise. But production in Britain fell 21.2 percent and that in Spain dropped 9.9 percent, contributing to an overall overseas production drop of 3.3 percent to 151,500 units.

Domestic output fell 11.4 percent to 108,643 vehicles. Renault of SA of France owns 44 percent of Nissan, which in turns holds 15 percent in the French automaker.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said its global production dropped 11.7 percent to 107,192 vehicles, with its overseas producing posting a 22.4 percent drop to 44,621 units and domestic output a 2.1 percent slip to 62,571 vehicles.

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