TOKYO -- Daihatsu Motor Corp., the minivehicle arm of Toyota Motor Corp., said on Monday it expected its global sales to climb nearly nine percent this year, helped by brisk demand outside Japan.
Daihatsu President Yamada also told reporters he wanted the company to target vehicle sales of around 1.2 million units by 2010, a 54 percent rise over 2003 levels.
He said the company would look for domestic sales of 600,000 units and overseas sales of 600,0000-650,000 by 2010.
Japan's second-largest maker of minivehicles said it expected domestic sales this year to rise 3.3 percent, exports to climb two percent and overseas production to jump nearly 37 percent.
Combining those numbers, the auto maker sees total sales of about 848,000 units, an 8.8 percent rise over the previous year.
The numbers differ from Toyota's outlook for Daihatsu last month, which only included Daihatsu brand vehicles and put the company's global sales for 2004 at 670,000 units, up six percent.
Daihatsu's numbers include vehicles supplied to other makers such as Malaysia's Perodua, the country's second national car maker, which is 41 percent owned by Daihatsu.