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Nissan Reports Surge in 'Green Car' Orders in May

Competitor Toyota also saw domestic Japan orders climb, helped by pre-orders of new Prius.

Published: 20-May-2009

TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co said on Tuesday orders for its eco-friendly cars are up 30 percent in Japan so far in May from the same period a year earlier, helped by the government's new tax incentives for low-emission cars.

With the addition of the NV200 Vanette light commercial vehicle on Tuesday, Japan's No. 3 automaker now has 15 vehicles in its domestic lineup that are eligible for the tax breaks, Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga told a news conference.

Japan lowered taxes on greener vehicles last month in a step the auto industry expects will add 310,000 vehicles in sales in the financial year to March 2010.

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