Imported auto sales up for 3rd month

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan grew 7.5 percent from a year before to 20,902 units in October, up for the third straight month, industry data showed Tuesday.

The increase was brought on by the robust sales of clean diesel vehicles, which improved environmental performance and made up 21.7 percent of the October foreign-brand vehicle sales, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said.

Foreign-brand imported vehicles accounted for 9.0 percent of overall new vehicle sales excluding minivehicles in Japan in October, the highest number for the month.

Mercedes-Benz was the top-selling foreign brand for the 32nd month in a row, with 4,559 units, up 0.4 percent, followed by BMW, with 3,687 units, up 9.7 percent, and Volkswagen, with 3,446 units, up 14.9 percent.

Sales of U.S.-brand imported vehicles increased 7.0 percent to 965 units.Speech

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