Japan carmakers' global output rises in face of war

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By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) - Global output at Japan's top five automakers grew in February, data showed on Wednesday, as overseas demand for Japanese cars defied weaker consumer spending in the lead-up to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The smallest automaker of the five, Mazda Motor Corp , logged the biggest rise of 16.2 percent to 88,947 vehicles. Its overseas output jumped 78 percent on the back of models like the 323 -- or Familia in Japan -- and the Tribute sport utility ...

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