A recently released biennial survey conducted by the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Assn. underscores the state of the local new-vehicle market’s arrested development. Combined car and minivehicle sales in the first quarter remained sluggish, totaling 1,362,733 units, down 0.7% from like-2007’s 1,372,689. Related document: Japan Sales - March 2008 The survey, conducted in August-September 2007, drew responses from 3,666 Japanese households, and concludes Japanese buyers are keeping ...

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