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By David Shepardson
(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> sees U.S. auto industry new vehicle sales at 16.8 million units in 2018, Jim Lentz, the Japanese automaker's top executive in North America told Reuters on Wednesday.
U.S. new vehicle sales fell 2 percent in 2017 to around 17.23 million units, after hitting a record high of 17.55 million units in 2016, and are widely expected to fall further in 2018.
"We think it is going to continue to drop a little, probably around 16.8 (million units) for the industry," Lentz told Reuters on the sidelines of an event to announce a joint $1.6 billion auto plant with Mazda Motor Corp <7261.T> in Alabama.
The drop in sales in 2017 and anticipated further decline this year has raised concerns of over-supply of unsold new vehicles, which would pressure automakers to cut prices.
"We're in good shape," he said.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Nick Carey; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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