Audi plans to increase its sales in Japan by at least 10% this year.

Hiroshi Okita, president of Audi Japan, told Jiji Press: “”Overall sales of newly imported vehicles in Japan in 2013 are expected to increase around 5% from 2012, but we plan to sell 10% or more vehicles than the 24,163 units we achieved last year.”

This would mean record sales for Audi in Japan for the fourth consecutive year.

He said that the yen’s recent weakening against the euro would not lead to price rises because transactions with headquarters in Germany are made in yen.

Okita called on the Japanese government to scrap automobile acquisition and vehicle tonnage taxes in order to offset the impact of the planned consumption tax hike in April 2014 on new vehicle sales.

He added: “Unless the taxes are abolished, the sales drop after the consumption tax hike will be steeper than the demand rise before the hike.”