Japan Imported Auto Sales Up 4.2 Pct in July

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Imported foreign-brand vehicle sales in Japan in July grew 4.2 pct from a year earlier to 21,869 units, the first increase in two months, an industry group said Monday.

Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles accounted for 7.8 pct of all new automobile sales in Japan, excluding minivehicles with engine displacement of up to 660 cc, marking a record high for July.

The growth reflected brisk sales of new models and sport-utility vehicles, according to the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

Mercedes-Benz, the best-selling imported foreign brand in July, saw its sales drop 8.0 pct to 4,672 units, down for the second straight month.

BMV came second as its sales grew 4.6 pct to 3,752 units thanks to the popularity of its X2 subcompact SUV.

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