TOKYO Dec 7 Toyota Motor Corp expects
a 20 percent drop in its vehicle sales in Japan next year partly
due to an end to subsidies on fuel-efficient cars, a Japanese
Asia's top automaker has decided to set its domestic sales
target for calendar 2013 at 1.36 million vehicles, down from its
2012 target of 1.67 million, the Mid-Japan Economist newspaper
said on its website on Friday, without citing sources. The
regional daily is based in central Japan, where Toyota's
headquarters is located.
A backlog of orders following supply-chain disruptions from
last year's earthquake and tsunami inflated sales this year, the
paper said. Kyodo news agency also said that Toyota is
considering a domestic sales target of 1.36 million vehicles for
A Toyota spokesman said nothing has been decided.