Sales of new imported vehicles, including those made by Japanese automakers overseas, in Japan jumped 74.9% year on year in August to 19,718 units, rising for the 10th straight month, an industry body said.

Japanese brand passenger cars, trucks and buses surged to 5,690 units from 1,105 a year before, while sales of imported foreign brand vehicles rose 38.0% to 14,028 units, the Japan Automobile Importers Association told Kyodo News.

By brand, Nissan topped the sales ranking with sales of 4,729 vehicles, up sharply from 21 vehicles a year before. Volkswagen ranked second with sales of 3,899 vehicles, up 69.2%, followed by BMW at 2,424 vehicles, up 35.2%.