TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s sales in Japan continue to nose dive.
The troubled carmaker's sales last month plunged 47.5 percent compared with June 2003 to 17,992 units. The figures include 660cc minivehicles.
Industrywide sales in Japan dropped 3.2 percent in June, including minivehicles.
For Mitsubishi, it was the sixth straight month of year-on-year decline in its home market.
Most Mitsubishi models posted double-digit losses. Sales of the Grandis minivan have collapsed. Mitsubishi sold 5,145 units of the Grandis in June 2003, the vehicle's first full month on the market. Last month, only 412 units were sold.
Mitsubishi, tarnished by a series of recall scandals in Japan, has set a domestic market sales target of 300,000 for the fiscal year that began April 1. But the company is in danger of missing that goal. Mitsubishi sold 359,000 cars in the fiscal year that ended March 31.
The company's sales in Japan totaled 158,860 from January through June, down 19.4 percent from the first half of last year. Looking for ways to revive sales, it is offering Japanese customers a free checkup after three years.
Most carmakers had a tough time in Japan during June. Sales declined at four of Japan's Big 5 automakers in June. Toyota Motor Corp. fell 2.6 percent, and both Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. were off 0.7 percent compared with the year-ago month. Mazda Motor Corp. posted a 6.4 percent gain in June.