TABLE-Japan non-mini auto sales drop 37 pct in March

 TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - Automobile sales in Japan,
excluding 660cc minivehicles, fell 37 percent in March from a
year earlier to 279,389  vehicles, the Japan Automobile
Dealers Association said on Friday.	
 Sales at top-ranked Toyota Motor Corp , excluding
the Lexus brand, fell 45.9 percent, while Nissan Motor Co
 declined 37.7 percent and Honda Motor Co 
retreated 28.3 percent.	
 The following is a sales breakdown, with percentage changes
from a year earlier, for March:	
 	
 TOTAL                   279,389   (-37.0)
 Cars                    243,783   (-39.5)
 Trucks                   33,569   (-11.1)
 	
 Toyota Motor      115,084   (-45.0)
- Toyota brand           110,667   (-45.9)
- Lexus*                   4,417   (-10.2)
 Nissan Motor       45,700   (-37.7)
 Honda Motor        43,329   (-28.3)
 Mazda Motor        15,320   (-37.7)
 Mitsubishi Motors   6,734   (-47.6)
 Suzuki Motor        8,512   (+12.8)
 Fuji Heavy          7,574   (-46.7)
 Imports                     29,504   (+15.7)
 	
 *Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota Motor. Sales in Japan
began on Aug. 30, 2005.	
	
 (Tokyo Company News Team)	
 

TABLE-Japan non-mini auto sales drop 37 pct in March