Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)–Sales of new automobiles in Japan in April-September grew 1.1 pct from a year before to 2,050,359 units, industry data showed Friday.
The pace of increase was sluggish because automakers idled plants or reduced production due to semiconductor shortages and supply constraints caused by a surge in COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.
Sales of minivehicles, with engine displacements of up to 660 cc, fell 1.4 pct to 752,420 units. Sales of larger vehicles grew 2.5 pct to 1,297,939 units.
In September alone, overall sales dropped 32.2 pct year on year to 318,371 units, falling for the third consecutive month and marking the biggest decline since May 2020, when demand plummeted due to the pandemic.
Sales of larger vehicles fell 30.0 pct to 205,423 units, the second lowest figure for the month since comparable data became available in 1968.
The data were released by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association.