Japanese Vehicle Imports Slip 7.5 Percent In January

The Japan Automobile Importers Association said foreign vehicle import sales were down 7.4 percent and domestic manufacturer imports were down 9.3 percent.

January imported motor vehicle sales in Japan, which includes those manufactured overseas by Japanese manufacturers, dropped 7.5 percent from January 2006, according to the Japan Automobile Importers Association (JAIA).

The foreign vehicle import sales were down 7.4 percent to 12,408 from the same time last year. Vehicles by Japanese manufacturers were down 9.3 percent to 1,028 units, JAIA said.

Volkswagen accounted for most of the imports with 3,087 units and a 22.9 percent market share. Mercedes-Benz ranked second with 2,489 units and an 18.52 percent market share, according to the association.

Ford saw a 3.16 percent market share, but its 424 units was an increase over 2006’s 356 units. General Motors dropped from 20 in 2006 to 15 units in January. Toyota also saw a drop from 2006’s 755 units to 718 units, the report said. 

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