25 March 2015

Japan Car Production By Brand : 1980-89

1980 Mazda 323. I owned a 5-door model

This was the decade that Japan really expanded its car production offshore. The first plants opened in North America as follows: Honda '82, Nissan '83, Toyota '84, Mazda '87, Mitsubishi '88 and Subaru/Isuzu '89 and Suzuki (Canada) '89. How would it affect domestic production? The number of passenger cars made in Japan from 1979 to 1989 increased by nearly 2.9 million! It obviously was too early to have too much impact in this decade.

Individually most grew consistently but two didn't at all. On the negative side Nissan flat-lined from 1980 to 1990, and it's share of car making in Japan dropped from 27.6 to 21.8%. The positive was Suzuki increasing enormously from 1.2% to 4.8% of total production.


Year Toyota Nissan Honda Mazda Mitsub

1980 2,303,284 1,940,615 845,514 736,544 659,622

1981 2,248,171 1,864,251 852,177 840,630 606,883

1982 2,258,253 1,815,792 854,463 824,247 572,644

1983 2,380,753 1,858,782 857,686 861,580 523,754

1984 2,413,133 1,846,407 843,807 764,309 547,838

1985 2,569,284 1,864,701 956,410 815,074 570,865

1986 2,684,024 1,769,484 1,025,403 811,371 578,642

1987 2,708,069 1,803,924 1,021,895 853,309 594,654

1988 2,982,922 1,730,948 1,072,773 880,131 639,890

1989 3,055,101 1,972,508 1,155,682 967,665 708,418


Year Suzuki Subaru Daihatsu Isuzu Total

1980 87,830 202,038 155,604 107,057 7,040,088

1981 94,785 190,451 147,219 129,564 6,976,112

1982 113,881 201,388 127,619 113,299 6,883,568

1983 137,528 230,462 185,159 116,184 7,153,871

1984 164,058 242,680 162,405 88,536 7,075,157

1985 236,198 259,673 161,559 213,052 7,648,801

1986 300,604 287,039 142,064 211,178 7,811,795

1987 296,979 266,755 141,572 203,930 7,893,074

1988 296,413 276,448 160,125 158,750 8,200,388

1989 430,053 310,623 263,631 188,725 9,054,395

Data source: JAMA.

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