( dpa ) - Japan's imported car sales made the first yearly rise in four years in 2007, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday.
The sales, including Japanese cars manufactured abroad, rose 1.1 per cent from the year before to 265,086 units.
The imported vehicles made by foreign carmakers dropped 5.8 per cent to 231,593 units, but Japanese cars produced abroad and imported more than doubled to 33,493 units, the industry body said.
Volkswagen became the top foreign brand in Japan with a 19.61-per-cent market share, though its sales fell 4.4 per cent to 51,974 units.
BMW kept the market share of 17.77 per cent to become second. Its sales declined 3.9 per cent to 47,103 units.
Ranking third, Mercedes-Benz maintained 17.66 per cent market share with sales falling 5.8 per cent to 46,811 units.
As for Japanese cars made abroad and shipped back to Japan, Nissan ranking fourth saw its imported vehicle sales rise to 21,235 units in 2007. Its market share totaled 8.01 per cent.