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Auto sales climbed 3.4 percent last year

By Camaron Kao  /  Staff reporter

Total car sales nationwide rose 3.4 percent to 378,456 units last year from the 365,871 recorded a year ago, the latest industrial data showed.

Hotai Motor Co (和泰汽車), which sells Toyota and Lexus models, continue to lead the market by selling 127,220 cars, accounting for 33.6 percent of the market share last year. The company’s sales rose 2.8 percent from a year ago.

Hotai Motor sold 37,038 units of Corona Altis sedan last year, making it the best-selling car for the past 13 years.

The firm also sold 17,477 units of Wish minivan and 15,785 imported RAV4 SUVs, the second and fourth-bestselling cars respectively.

Yulon Nissan Motor Co (裕隆日產), which distributes Nissan and Infiniti cars, replaced China Motor Corp (中華汽車) as the second-largest car distributor, selling 44,010 cars, which accounted for 11.6 percent of the market, the data showed.

Yulon Nissan’s sales increased 7.6 percent from 2012.

The company distributed 17,191 units of the Big TIIDA family car, the nation’s third-bestselling car, and 14,291 units of Livina, a compact, multipurpose vehicle and the sixth-bestselling car of the year.

China Motor, the local manufacturer of Mitsubishi cars, sold 42,060 cars, taking a 11.1 percent of the market share.

The figure was down 13.1 percent from a year earlier, according to the industry data.

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