Daihatsu Motor Company aims to increase home market sales in Japan by making better use of its parent Toyota Motor's sales network, a company executive said on Thursday, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Daihatsu, in which Toyota has a 51.1% stake, hopes to boost by a third its monthly sales of cars at the parent's sales network nationwide to 2,000 vehicles, said Daihatsu's senior managing director, Katsuyuki Kamio, told the news agency.

As part of the alliance within the Toyota group, Daihatsu currently markets 1, 500 vehicles a month through 300 Toyota sales companies - Daihatsu itself has only around 65 sales companies, Dow Jones noted.

The report said Daihatsu, which competes with Japan's top minicar (vehicles with engine capacities of 660 cubic centimetres) maker Suzuki Motor, will ask some of the Toyota sales companies that sell small Toyota brand cars for better marketing cooperation.

Dow Jones said Daihatsu aims to boost its share of the Japanese minicar market to 30%, a level Kamio reportedly said Daihatsu needs to "ensure" in order to set its next market share target.

Minicar share at Daihatsu in the first 10 months of the year stood at 29.8%, well above the 27.8% marked in 1999, the report noted.

Daihatsu president Takaya Yamada reportedly said his company is continuing talks with China's FAW Group on a joint venture to make small cars in China, though details have yet to be decided.

Yamada also told Dow Jones he expects the joint venture to produce vehicles at a capacity of some 100,000 vehicles a year as the firm seeks to add models over coming years.

The news agency noted that Daihatsu is already in a technological tie-up with FAW Group's subsidiary FAW Huali (Tianjin) Motor as it provides production technology to make the Terios compact SUV, which is part of the Dario series it developed specifically for the Chinese market.

The tie follows Toyota's broad partnership with FAW Group formed last year, Dow Jones said, adding that Toyota also said, late in October, that it had formed a vehicle sales company in Beijing with the FAW Group.