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Auto sales in Japan rebound to 5m units, led by Toyota

New Prius underpins recovery while minivehicles lag

Toyota celebrates the rollout of its C-HR SUV.

TOKYO -- Japanese domestic sales of new autos increased 2.8% in fiscal 2016 to 5,077,904 vehicles, despite a drop in the category of minivehicles, two leading industry associations announced Monday.

This was the first time in two years that sales recovered to the 5 million mark as strong performance of full-size vehicles with engines larger than 660cc made up for a slump in sales of "light" vehicles known as "kei" cars, according to reports from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association.

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