Japan's new car sales rise for 11th straight month in June

15:45, July 01, 2010      

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Sales of new cars in Japan rose 20.6 percent in June from a year earlier marking the 11th straight month of increase, Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) said in a report Thursday.

Passenger car sales rose 21.0 percent to 265,925 units, with 130,035 units comprised of standard-size vehicles, a rise of 29.0 percent, and 135,890 units sold were made up of compact cars, an increase of 14.2 percent on year in the recording month, the industry body said.

Meanwhile, truck sales leapt 50.9 percent to 9,870 units.

Excluding it's high-end Lexus models, Toyota, the world's largest carmaker and current top-seller in Japan, sold 140,207 units, a rise of 27 percent, while Honda sales rose 19 percent to 44,377 units.

Nissan, the nation's third-largest automaker, sold 43,313 vehicles, a rise of 12 percent, JADA said.

Government subsidies and incentives for eco-friendly vehicles has spurred domestic demand following a 12-month decline that halted in August last year.

Source: Xinhua


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