New-car imports were down in April for the fourth straight monthly drop in year-on-year comparisons, the Japan Automobile Importers Association reports.

The association said in its monthly report that 17,569 new imported automobiles were registered in April, 2,572 fewer than in the same month the year before.This represented a drop of 12.8 percent from April 1990.

German automobiles commanded the largest share of the overall import market with 9,963 vehicles, down from 11,755 a year ago, the report said.

U.S. cars followed with 3,014 vehicles, down 5.4 percent from 3,187 during the same year-ago period, the report said.

Germany also dominates the imported passenger-car segment of the market, holding a 57.3 percent share.

U.S. automobiles hold 16.2 percent of the passenger-car import market, the report said.

Honda USA led the American passenger-car contingent with 1,372 vehicles, followed by General Motors with 724 vehicles.