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Sales of new autos slumped 7.5 percent in April from a year earlier to 319,482 units, with last month’s auto tax hike on minivehicles acting as a brake on demand, industry bodies said Friday.

Sales of minicars, defined as having an engine displacement of 660 cc or less, plunged 22.5 percent to 121,111 units, marking the fourth straight monthly decline, according to the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association.

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