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September 1, 2009

JAPAN: Car sales rise for once

New vehicle sales in Japan have risen for the first time in 13 months.

New vehicle sales in Japan have risen for the first time in 13 months.

Recent tax breaks and subsidies for purchases of eco-friendly vehicleshelped boost August sales 2.3% year on year to 198,265 units, excluding minivehicles, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

Sales of new passenger cars increased 8.2% to 179,766 units but truck sales plunged 33.8% to 17,673 units and bus sales fell 22.5 % to 826 units.

Toyota’s Lexus brand achieved the largest percentage sales growth of 46.9% to 1,745 units, followed by a 22.8% rise to 4,519 units at Mitsubishi, a 13.4% increase to 31,115 units at Honda and a 9% hike to 90,802 units for Toyota.

Nissan’s new vehicle sales declined 1.4% to 31,015 units and Mazda sales were off 2.5% to 13,543 units.

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