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Toyota and Mazda post first China sales rise since virus outbreak

Increases come as nation's overall car sales up for first time in two years

A Toyota SUV on sale at an auto dealer in Guangzhou. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami) 

GUANGZHOU -- Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor both recorded rises in auto sales in China in April, their first monthly increases since the novel coronavirus broke out in January in an indication of the possible return of consumer demand.

Toyota announced on Friday that it sold 142,900 vehicles in April in the country, increasing 0.2% from the same month last year, driven by purchases of major brands such as the Corolla and Levin.

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