TOKYO — Car navigation sales have turned sharply upward in fiscal 1998, despite a nearly 10% drop in vehicle demand. Sales in the year ending March 31 are expected to grow 24% to a record high 1.3 million units, according to manufacturer forecasts. In fiscal 1999 and fiscal 2000, demand is projected to increase 23% and 25% to 1.6 million and 2 million units. Analysts attribute the upturn to improved technology (more detailed maps and faster processing speed) and lower production costs. ...

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