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Suzuki Motor Corp. was likely Japan’s top seller of minicars this year, topping the list for the first time in eight years thanks to brisk demand for the Suzuki Hustler, industry sources said.

Suzuki and rival Daihatsu Motor Co. compete fiercely in the market for minicars, which have engines no larger than 660cc.

The Hustler, a cross between a miniature station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, attracted strong demand after debuting in January, while Daihatsu failed to produce a hit during the year, the sources said Saturday.

Suzuki had led in annual minicar sales for 34 years straight until Daihatsu grabbed the spot for the first time in 2007.

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