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Japan’s vehicle output increases by 174% in April

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has said the country's auto sector has reported huge increases in production for April over a year earlier, reflecting a steep recovery after last year's quake-tsunami disaster crippled output and demand, AFP has reported. Production of cars, trucks and buses reached 799,474 vehicles, up 173.8% from April 2011 and the seventh-consecutive monthly increase, JAMA said. The latest production figures come after data showed Toyota regained its position as the world's number one automaker in the first quarter of 2012, stealing back the lead from US giant General Motors. Nissan and Honda also said they saw huge jumps in April output from a year ago when they slashed production and shuttered plants due to power shortages and a parts supply crunch owing to the March 2011 disaster.