TOKYO — Sales of mini vehicles in Japan rose in March from year-ago levels, bringing sales in fiscal 1998 up 8.3% to 1,660,690 units for the first gain in two years, the Japan Mini Vehicles Assn. (JMVA) reports. The introduction of models designed to meet new safety standards last October contributed to the increased sales, the JMVA says. March sales of mini vehicles increased 25.4% from a year earlier to 238,750 units, a record for any month, for the sixth straight month of increase. ...

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