Toyota Motor Corp. led a 1.7 percent gain in domestic vehicle sales, the first in 13 months, as automakers increased supply.
Sales of cars, trucks and buses, excluding minicars, rose to 313,790 vehicles in September, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said in a statement Monday. Toyota sold 131,072 vehicles, excluding Lexus-brand cars, up 0.7 percent from a year earlier.
Demand recovered after dropping since the government ended subsidies for fuel-efficient cars in September 2010. Sales were helped by an increase in vehicle supply as production recovered from disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, said Michiro Saito, a spokesman for the dealers association.
Monthly deliveries at Nissan Motor Co., the nation’s second-largest automaker, fell 7.7 percent to 53,427 vehicles last month, while sales at Honda Motor Co. gained 1.6 percent to 43,422. Domestic sales for the April-September period fell 26 percent to 1.25 million, the association said.
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