UPDATE1: Japan's July vehicle output gains 16.7% for 10th straight monthly rise.
(EDS: RECASTING WITH ADDITIONAL INFO)
Japan's vehicle production in July increased 16.7 percent from a year earlier to 922,685 units for the 10th consecutive month of rise, an industry body said.
The increase was led by robust sales of environment-friendly vehicles stimulated by government subsidies to promote purchases of them, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
Output of passenger cars gained 19.4 percent to 799,253 units, including 152,097 minivehicles, an all-time high for July.
Truck production increased 3.4 percent to 113,363 units, but bus production fell 11.6 percent to 10,069 units.
The association also said Japan's vehicle exports in July rose 1.8 percent to 417,819 units for the seventh straight monthly gain.