Japanese Auto Sales in S. Korea Continue to Plunge in Sept.

Economy

Seoul, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Sales of Japanese automobiles in South Korea kept plunging in September, amid a boycott of Japanese products due to tensions between the two countries over history and trade issues, industry data showed Friday.

The number of newly registered Japanese vehicles slid 59.8 pct from a year earlier to 1,103, following a 56.9 pct slump in August, according to the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association.

The total included 374 Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> vehicles, down 61.9 pct, 166 Honda Motor Co. <7267> vehicles, down 82.2 pct, and 46 Nissan Motor Co. <7201> vehicles, down 87.2 pct.

Sales of Lexus-brand luxury cars from Toyota jumped 49.8 pct year on year but fell 22.2 pct month on month.

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