TOKYO – Japanese and South Korean automakers have seen their hybrid business backtrack so far this year. Still ranking as the world’s leaders, Japanese and Korean brands nevertheless registered a 10% decline in hybrid sales between January and June to an estimated 805,000 units. Of the total, 95% – about 770,000 units – were Japanese. Hybrid production in Japan declined 29% year-on-year to 550,181 units, according to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ...


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