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Hawaii Auto Outlook: 4.4% increase in 2011

HONOLULU (AP) - A new report says production cutbacks by Toyota and Honda after the Japan earthquake and Thai floods hit Hawaii's new vehicle sales especially hard in 2011.

The Hawaii Auto Outlook released on Wednesday shows new vehicle registrations increased 4.4% last year. That's well below the national increase of 14%.

The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association-sponsored report also attributes high fuel prices in the first half of the year to holding back sales.

Toyota was Hawaii's brand of choice last year. Nationwide, Ford was the top selling brand.

The Maui market saw an 18.3% increase in new vehicles sales, which was the biggest statewide increase. The Big Island saw a 2.9% drop. Oahu sales increased 3.6% and Kauai saw a 7.8% increase.

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