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Japanese automakers thriving in India

MUMBAI -- Japanese automakers are enjoying brisk sales in India amid broader market improvements in the country.

     The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said Friday that sales of passenger and commercial vehicles last month rose 2% on the year to 247,200 units.

     Passenger vehicle sales rose 7% to 199,435 units, helped by improved consumer sentiment since the new government led by Narendra Modi took charge in May. July marked a third straight month in which the result improved on the year.

     Japanese automakers such as Honda, Nissan and Suzuki fared well. Honda has been aggressively rolling out new products, helping spur passenger vehicle sales 39% to 15,643 units -- fourth highest in the country and coming close to No. 3 Mahindra & Mahindra's 16,569 units, down 9%.

     Nissan, which in March released the first model under its Datsun emerging-market brand, more than doubled its sales, while India's Tata Motors saw a 33% plunge.

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