Imported vehicle sales in Japan dropped 4.4 percent in February from a year earlier to 20,129 units, down for the sixth consecutive month, The Japan Times said, citing statistics provided by the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

Sales of vehicles built by foreign manufacturers dropped 4.9 percent to 18,848 units, while those assembled by Japanese car factories abroad rose 4.1 percent to 1,281 units, the newspaper said.

Volkswagen AG was the top importer in Japan last month, with a 25.31 percent market share and sales of 5,095 units, down 9.7 percent, followed by Mercedes-Benz with a 16.58 percent market share and sales of 3,338 units, down 10.7 percent, the Japan Times said.

BMW AG was third with a 11.31 percent share at 2,277 units sold, down 5.6 percent, PSA Peugeot Citroen was fourth, with a 4.83 percent share and sales of 972 units, up 33.3 percent and Volvo ranked fifth with a 4.81 percent share and sales of 968 units, down three percent, the newspaper said.

Honda was sixth with sales of 877 (+47.1 percent) followed by GM Opel with 808 units (-24.1 percent) and Audi 732 (+81.6 percent), the Japan Times said.