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Japan automakers' global output up 5% in 2017

China propels sixth straight year of growth despite US volume decline

TOKYO -- Global production by eight major Japanese automakers rose 5% on the year in 2017 to a sixth straight record, thanks to solid Chinese demand for their offerings.

The total reached 28,470,284 vehicles in figures released Tuesday by the companies. Output jumped 13% on the year to 4.63 million units in China, the world's biggest auto market.

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