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News Summary: China March auto sales up 13.3 pct.

The Associated Press

CHINA DRIVE: Customers in the world's biggest vehicle market bought 1.6 million cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It said total sales including trucks and buses were just over 2 million vehicles.

JAPAN AT SEA: Japanese automakers suffered a 17.8 percent decline in sales. They were hurt by a territorial dispute between Beijing and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea.

FOREIGN FLAIR: German and Korean automakers had March sales gains of over 20 percent. Sales by U.S. and French brands grew faster than the market.