The Japanese carmaker said Q2 EPS was $2.06 vs. 66 cents in '11, beating views by 8 cents. Sales rose 17% to $68.4 bil, under views. Japanese vehicle sales increased by 395,000 units to 1.192 mil vehicles. N. American vehicle sales totaled 1.261 mil, an increase of 572,000 cars. In Europe, vehicle sales were 412,000, an increase of 51,000. Tensions between Japan and China over disputed islets have led to a drop in sales in China. Shares rose 4.6% to 81.35.