TABLE-Japan Oct non-mini auto sales fall 26.7 pct yr/yr

TOKYO, Nov 1 (BestGrowthStock) – Automobile sales in Japan, excluding
660cc minivehicles, sank 26.7 percent in October from a year
earlier to 193,258 vehicles, the Japan Automobile Dealers
Association said on Monday.

Sales at top-ranked Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: ), excluding the
Lexus brand, dropped 24.2 percent, while Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: )
plunged 30.6 percent and Honda Motor Co (7267.T: ) tumbled 29.9
percent.

Government subsidies to replace cars more than 13 years old
ended at the beginning of September.

The following is a sales breakdown, with percentage changes
from a year earlier, for October:
TOTAL 193,258 (-26.7)
Cars 171,641 (-28.8)
Trucks 20,968 (-3.3)
Toyota Motor (7203.T: ) 103,586 (-24.7)

– Toyota brand 101,518 (-24.2)

– Lexus* 2,068 (-45.5)
Nissan Motor (7201.T: ) 25,373 (-30.6)
Honda Motor (7267.T: ) 30,422 (-29.9)
Mazda Motor (7261.T: ) 6,085 (-52.2)
Mitsubishi Motors (7211.T: ) 2,500 (-48.7)
Suzuki Motor (7269.T: ) 4,450 (-8.9)
Fuji Heavy (7270.T: ) 3,138 (-34.1)
Imports 14,766 (+29.6)

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

TABLE-Japan Oct non-mini auto sales fall 26.7 pct yr/yr