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

TOKYO, April 1 (BestGrowthStock) – Automobile sales in Japan,
excluding 660cc microcars, rose 37 percent in March to 443,298
vehicles, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said on
Thursday, helped by one extra selling day compared with the same
month last year.

Sales by top-ranked Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: ), excluding the
Lexus brand, rose 51 percent, while those of Nissan Motor Co
(7201.T: ) rose 24 percent and Honda Motor Co’s (7267.T: ) gained 34
percent.

January-March sales totalled 976,545 vehicles, up 36.5
percent from a year earlier. For the full business year ended on
March 31, sales grew 10 percent to 3.182 million vehicles,
marking the first double-digit rise in two decades.

But officials said the 12-month tally was still the
fifth-lowest on record, bouncing back from an especially weak
crisis-hit year with the help of government incentives on
low-emission cars.

“These figures are nothing to rejoice about,” JADA manager
Michiro Saito said. He noted that the March sales figure was down
6 percent compared with the same month two years ago, before the
global financial crisis hit.

The following is a sales breakdown, with percentage changes
from a year earlier, for March:
TOTAL 443,298 (+37.2)
Cars 402,826 (+40.7)
Trucks 37,778 (+10.7)
Toyota Motor (7203.T: ) 209,433 (+52.5)

– Toyota brand 204,514 (+50.7)

– Lexus* 4,919 (+200.1)
Nissan Motor (7201.T: ) 73,411 (+23.8)
Honda Motor (7267.T: ) 60,457 (+33.6)
Mazda Motor (7261.T: ) 24,579 (+42.8)
Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T: ) 12,863 (+68.8)
Suzuki Motor (7269.T: ) 7,547 (-25.5)
Fuji Heavy (7270.T: ) 14,220 (+30.2)
Imports 25,492 (+ 9.8)

*Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota Motor. Sales in Japan
began on Aug. 30, 2005.

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(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim)

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