Japan’s vehicle production rose for a 13th straight month as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. increased their output for sale in North America and other overseas markets.

Domestic production by the country’s 12 automakers jumped 7.4 percent to 1.03 million units in November from the same month in 2005, the Tokyo-based Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Wednesday. Exports rose 25 percent to 555,295 vehicles, the 16th straight monthly gain.

Toyota and Honda are raising domestic production to meet higher demand for more fuel-efficient small cars in the United States. The gains are coming at the expense of General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., whose sales have fallen.

“Japanese-brand vehicles are winning popularity not only in the U.S. but also other parts of the world, including the Middle East and Africa,” said Nobuyuki Takahashi, spokesman of the manufacturers association.

Exports to North America, Europe and Africa surged more than 30 percent in November, the association said. It was the first time in two and a half years that shipments to all regions increased.

Lately Toyota has been selling more cars than Ford in the US market.

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