Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. expects its Japanese mini-vehicle sales to increase 1.5% this year to 550,000 units, less than what was predicted in December by Toyota Motor Corp., its parent company. Toyota says Daihatsu sales likely would increase by 4% to 570,000 units, but the mini-vehicle market in Japan recently has come under intense competition. A new mini-vehicle from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., the March, is launching next month and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. already has debuted its Fit model. ...

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