Japan Imported Auto Sales Up 1.8 Pct in April-Sept.

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan in April-September rose 1.8 pct from a year before to 152,240 units, marking the fifth straight fiscal first-half increase, industry data showed Friday.

The growth was apparently led by the introduction of new models, while there was no particular spike in demand in the lead-up to Tuesday's consumption tax increase.

First-half sales exceeded 150,000 units for the first time in 23 years, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said.

Environment-friendly clean diesel vehicles and SUVs were the most popular vehicle types.

Mercedes-Benz was the top-selling foreign brand for the fifth straight first-half period, with 31,742 units sold. It was followed by BMW and Volkswagen.

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