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Japan-South Korea rift

Japanese autos lose market share to Europeans in South Korea

Sales drop 60% as consumers boycott Toyota, Honda and Nissan

Toyota cars await loading at the Sendai port in Japan. South Koreans have been shunning Japanese autos since July.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Japanese automakers sold about 1,100 new passenger cars in South Korea in September, down 60% on the year, as consumers here boycott Japanese products amid an ongoing trade feud.

The Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association published the figures, as measured by new registrations, on Friday. Japanese auto sales had plunged 57% in August to about 1,400 vehicles.

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