Japan: Sales of imported cars up 8.2% in May image

The number of vehicles produced by foreign manufacturers newly registered in May 2012 was 17,584 units – up 20.3 percent compared with the same month of last year (14,612 vehicles), according to preliminary data released on Wednesday by the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

The cumulative total since January 2012 was 92,973 units, increased by 27.5% compared with the same period of last year (72,930 units).

The top sellers were models covered by the government’s incentive program to support purchases of environmentally friendly vehicles.

“Sales briefly fell in April due to a change to the eco-car tax cut incentive, but they have since started to recover,” said the association.

The cumulative total since January 2012 was 120,251 units, increased by 19.5% compared with the same period of last year (100,594 units).

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