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Honda Motor Co. is likely to surpass Nissan Motor Co. to become the second largest automaker in terms of domestic sales this year for the first time since its establishment in 1948, according to reports released Monday by the automakers.

Honda said sales from January to November totaled 687,008 units, up 8.3 percent from the same period in 1999, compared with Nissan’s sales in the period of 679,577 units, down 6.2 percent.

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