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GM IS NO. 1 IMPORTER IN JAPAN FOR FEBRUARY

 DETROIT, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) became the top automobile importer in Japan in February, GM reported today.
 Louis R. Hughes, GM executive vice president in charge of International Operations, said GM registrations in Japan, including North American-sourced units and Opel products, totaled a record- breaking 2,253 last month.
 GM's vehicle registrations compared with 1,879 for Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) and 1,777 for Volkswagen/Audi.
 Hughes said Opel registrations alone advanced to 1,564 units during the month, a 1,151.2-percent growth compared to the same period last year, boosting Opel to third place and an 11.3-percent share of the import market in Japan.
 He said GM's success in Japan is due largely to improved quality and acceptance of its North American products in addition to the dramatic improvement in sales of Opel products since the beginning of the year when the Yanase organization took responsibility for the sale of Opel vehicles in Japan.
 "This is the first time since the 1960s that Opel has bested VW in Japan," Hughes said.
 "We are obviously very pleased with our performance in the Japanese market during February, thanks largely to the efforts of the Yanase organization."
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