Thursday, September 5, 2013
Imported Car Sales Up 7.7% In August
TOKYO (NQN)--Japanese sales of imported cars totaled 23,956 units on a preliminary basis in August, rising 7.7% on the year to mark the 14th straight month of increase, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday.
The solid sales of foreign autos made up for decreased sales of reverse-imported Japanese cars. Imports from foreign carmakers totaled 19,582 units, up 19.1% and marking the 16th straight month of increase. The increase was driven by sales of small, fuel-efficient models, which have been heavily promoted by all automakers. Sales of clean diesel models also contributed to the increase.
Volkswagen took the lead, accounting for 18.15% of all imports sold. Its sales rose 24% to 4,347 units, thanks to continued solid sales of its new Golf model, released in June, and up!, released in October 2012. Mercedes-Benz came in second, at 17.21%, followed by BMW, at 13.06%.