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Auto sales by 6 Japanese makers in U.S. fall in 1st half of 2019

  • July 3, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 7:28 a.m.
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NEW YORK — Combined sales by six Japanese automakers in the United States fell 3.5 percent from a year earlier in the January to June period to about 3.19 million units, data from the carmakers showed Tuesday.

 

Four of the six, including Japan’s top three automakers, saw their sales fall by volume in an apparently saturated U.S. market.

 

Toyota Motor Corp. said its sales slipped 3.1 percent to about 1.15 million units in the first half of 2019 from a year before due partly to lackluster demand for its Corolla compact car. Honda Motor Co.’s sales dropped 1.4 percent to around 776,000 units.

 

Nissan Motor Co. saw its vehicle sales fall 8.2 percent to some 717,000 units, dragged down by sluggish sales of its mainstay sedans and sports utility vehicles.

 

Mazda Motor Corp. was hit by a 15.5 percent sales plunge to 138,000 units, with sales of all of its models decreasing from a year before.

 

By contrast, Subaru Corp. registered a 5.2 percent sales increase to around 339,000 units amid solid demand for its new SUV Ascent. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said its car sales increased 5.6 percent to some 71,000 units.

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