Daihatsu sees 2004 global sales up 8.8 pct

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Daihatsu Motor Corp , the minivehicle arm of auto maker Toyota Motor Corp , said on Monday it expected its global sales to climb nearly nine percent this year, helped by brisk demand abroad.

Japan's second-largest maker of minivehicles said it expected domestic sales to rise 3.3 percent, exports to climb 2.0 percent and overseas production to jump nearly 37 percent.

Combining those numbers, the auto maker sees total sales of around 848,000 units, an 8.8 percent rise over the previous year.

The numbers differ from Toyota's outlook for Daihatsu last month, which only included Daihatsu brand vehicles and put the company's global sales rising six percent to 670,000 units this year.

Daihatsu's numbers include vehicles supplied to other makers such as Malaysia's Perodua, the country's second national car maker, which is 41 percent owned by Daihatsu.