Japanese Motor Vehicle Demand To Rise through 2004 But Remain Short Of 1990 Peak
Japan's annual demand for cars and trucks is expected to be 17% higher in 2004 than in 1999 but still fail to eclipse its 1990 peak, according to a report issued by the global forecasting firm Standard & Poor's DRI. The report, Japan's Automotive Industry: The Next Decade, provides comprehensive analysis and forecasts for Japan's automotive sector through 2009, including the outlook for both sales and production. Standard & Poor's DRI foresees small cars continuing to dominate the Japanese market despite economic improvements. It also predicts an increase in motor vehicle production by Japanese manufacturers over the next five years, though mostly in Japanese-owned plants in Asia, North America and Europe.
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