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Japan: Japanese auto sales increased sharply at the start of the year,

2014/02/03


Japanese auto sales increased sharply at the start of the year, the Japan Automobile Dealers' Association said Monday.

Auto sales advanced 27.5 % from last year to 292,446 units in January. Sales were up 18.7 % in December.

The automobile manufacturers' association last week said request for new vehicles is set to fall 9.8 % this year as sales tax hikes will curb request. It expects the sales to total 4.85 million in 2014.

According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, automobile production increased 12.2 % in December from the previous year driven by domestic request. Domestic sales surged 25 %, while exports were down 5.1 %.
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