INTRODUCTION: Representatives of the British and Japanese car industries met in London on Friday (28 January) to discuss the number of Japanese cars imported into the United Kingdom.
CU Sign "Forbes House" PAN TO GV house, London, U.K.
SV Japanese representatives out of car and entering Forbes House
SV INT Japanese delegation posing for camera and entering conference room
SV & GV Negotiating parties seated for conference (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Representatives of the British and Japanese car industries met in London on Friday (28 January) to discuss the number of Japanese cars imported into the United Kingdom.
SYNOPSIS: The talks between the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association were part of a series of discussions between the two countries on the question of car imports. Imported cars now total about 40 per cent of the British market, with Japanese companies accounting for almost ten per cent of car sales. A year earlier, imports accounted for 30 per cent of sales.
The Japanese have been asked by Britain to limit their car sales, but British manufacturers are still worried. Pressure is being put on smaller Japanese manufacturers such as Honda and Colt to join in voluntary sales restrictions.
British car makers want the Japanese to use more British components and accessories in their cars, particularly those bound for European markets. They feel this would be more beneficial than increasing British penetration of the Japanese domestic market.