Japan Aug non-mini auto sales first yr/yr rise in 13 mths


TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Automobile sales in Japan, excluding 660cc minivehicles, rose 2.3 percent in August from a year earlier to 198,265 vehicles, marking the first gain in 13 months, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said on Tuesday. Sales at top-ranked Toyota Motor Corp , excluding the Lexus brand, rose 9 percent, while Nissan Motor Co fell 1.4 percent and Honda Motor Co gained 13.4 percent. *Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota Motor. Sales in Japan began on Aug. 30, 2005.

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