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JAPAN: VW remains top importer

By Chris Wright | 6 December 2011

Sales of imported vehicles in Japan, including those built abroad by Japanese automakers, rose 21.2% year on year in November to 23,084 units.

The Japan Automobile Importers Association said sales of foreign brand passenger cars, trucks and buses increased 36.6% to 17,876 units while Japanese brand vehicles fell 12.7% to 5,208.

Volkswagen remained the top importer with 5,290 units, up 85.5%, and a market share of almost 23%.

Nissan ranked second with sales of 3,079 units, down 27.4%, and share of 13.3%. BMW followed with sales of 2,792 units, up 3.4% holding share steady at 12%.