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Japanese carmakers giving US dealers bigger incentives

If sweet deals lead to more market share, criticism could follow

Sedans are sitting on dealers lots, like this one in California.

TOKYO -- U.S. car sales are sliding, so Japanese automakers are offering their dealers in the country a little extra to move vehicles off lots.

In January, Nissan Motor's average incentive spending per vehicle rose 14% from a year earlier to $3,993, while Toyota Motor boosted its incentives 6% to $2,215. But if all this icing helps Japanese automakers boost their U.S. market share from the current 30% or so, there could be a price to pay in Donald Trump's America.

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