Japanese auto manufacturers will increase purchases of U.S. auto parts by almost $9-billion over the next three years.
Japan will take specific steps that are expected to increase the number of dealers selling non-Japanese cars by 200 next year and 1,000 over the next five years.
Toyota will increase North American production by 370,000 vehicles between now and 1998 _ up from 735,000 vehicles last year.
Nissan will open an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., and will build more engines and transmissions in North America.
Honda will invest an additional $310-million in its North American operations, producing 1,100 more jobs here. It plans to develop and make a new V-6 engine here for the U.S. market.
Mazda plans to increase purchases of key parts from foreign suppliers, especially Ford, which owns a 25-percent stake in Mazda.
Mitsubishi said it would boost output at its plants in the United States and Europe and "curb to a minimum" its exports of parts and components from Japan to overseas plants.
_ Knight-Ridder Newspapers