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Nissan suffered a double-digit decline in U.S. sales as consumers favored SUVs and pickups

TOKYO—A bet by Japanese auto makers that Americans still want sedans is turning out to be expensive.

April sales in the U.S. from Japan’s big three auto makers—Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co.—were down, with Nissan suffering a double-digit drop.

The big culprit was the sedan, the bread-and-butter car for the Japanese...