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Honda muscles into No. 2 spot among automakers in Indonesia

Leading Japanese brands' domination hits 73% market share

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Honda Chief Operating Officer for Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania) Noriaki Abe, left, and President Director of PT Honda Prospect Motor Tomoki Uchida unveil Honda's new Civic Hatchback at the Indonesia International Auto Show in Tangerang, west of Jakarta, on Aug. 11, 2016.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Japanese car maker Honda Motor jumped to the No. 2 position in Indonesia's auto sales last year, shouldering out Daihatsu Motor, which had been the runner-up for seven years in a row.

Honda sold 199,000 units throughout 2016, slightly more than half of the sales recorded by market leader Toyota Motor, another Japanese automaker. But while Toyota's sales grew by 18% to 381,000 units, Honda's rose 25% -- the highest increase in the industry. Daihatsu's sales rose 13% to 189,600 units.

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