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Japan carmakers output falls 21% in April, hit by China lockdowns

Honda sees 54% slide amid supply chain woes; Toyota posts 9% decline

A Honda Civic is seen at an auto show in Guangzhou, in November 2021.  (Photo by Takashi Kawakami) 

TOKYO -- Eight Japanese carmakers' global production in April declined by a combined 21% from the same month a year ago, at 1.63 million vehicles, with output dragged lower by COVID-19 lockdowns in China, according to announcements released Monday. Honda had the biggest drop.

Production declined versus the previous year for the second consecutive month as COVID-19 outbreaks continued to haunt China. Procuring car parts became difficult as strict lockdowns were imposed in Shanghai and other cities.

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