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Southeast Asian auto sales off to smooth start in 2017

Thailand, Philippines log double-digit growth for January

Toyota shows off a new model at a launch event in Indonesia this January.

JAKARTA -- New-automobile sales climbed 5% on the year to 249,729 vehicles in six key Southeast Asian markets this January, growing in all except Vietnam, industry figures show.

Indonesia's tally rose 1% to 86,252, continuing an uptrend that began last April. "We expect sales to recover mildly," said a senior official at a local industry association. Growth of 3-4% to around 1.1 million units is projected for 2017.

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