New car sales up for first time in 13 months

10/04/2011
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vehiclesTOKYO (majirox news) — New car sales in Japan during September were 313,790 vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 1.7% and the first increase in 13 months, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) said Oct. 3.

JADA attributed the increase to the end of parts shortages resulting from supply difficulties brought about by the March 11 disasters and automakers’ deliveries to showrooms returning almost to normal.

“There’s still some discrepancy depending on the model, but there seems to be a good balance achieved between supply and demand,” a JADA spokesman said.

Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest car maker by volume, posted a 0.7% rise in September in domestic sales to 131,072 vechiles. It’s luxury brand Lexus increased sales by 59.9% to 5,770 vehicles, said JADA.

Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest car maker, sold 53,427 vehicles, 7.7% lower than in the year-earlier month. Honda Motor Co., the country’s third-biggest car maker, increased sales 1.6% to 43,422 vehicles, according to JADA.

Meanwhile, the news wasn’t so good for compact cars, with the Japan Mini Vehicles Association also announcing that September sales of new vehicles dropped 9.1% year-on-year to 148,402.

The decline was the 12th consecutive month that year-on-year sales of new compact cars have fallen.

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