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Japan January 2012: Toyota Aqua starts with a splash!

Toyota Aqua

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The Japanese car market is up a whopping 41% year-on-year in January to 263,267 registrations, the biggest rise on record for a month of January, albeit from a historically low base, thanks to the extension beyond the March deadline of tax incentives to buy fuel-efficient cars. As a result the Toyota Prius has shot up to a massive 11.1% market share this month thanks to 29,108 sales, up 112% on January 2011, while the Honda Fit, boosted by its hybrid version, is a strong #2 at 21,449 units up 44%. The Honda Freed rounds up the podium with 14,042 sales (+166%).

But the big event this month is the thunderous arrival of the Toyota Aqua (called Prius C in export markets), launched on December 26, with 13,485 units sold for its first full month of sales. It lands directly #4 with a solid 5.1% market share. 120,000 orders for the Aqua were received in the last 5 days of last year, to be added to about 60,000 orders prior to the launch, whereas the current production capacity is limited to 30,000 units a month.

Toyota Aqua

We have to go back to 2003 and the launch of the Toyota Wish to see similar launch figures for an all-new nameplate in Japan! This now means that Toyota's two best-selling cars in Japan are hybrid cars, with the Toyota Vitz coming third at 8,000 units this month.

Other great performing models this month include the Nissan Serena at #5 up 130% year-on-year, the Toyota Vellfire at #7 (+82%), Toyota Voxy at #8 (+76%), Toyota Alphard at #14 (+85%), Subaru Impreza at #23 (+127%), Toyota Sienta at #26 (+500%) and Toyota Camry at #29 (+3304%)...

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  1. mfabio83
    February 7th, 2012 at 23:56 | #1

    The Aqua is an interesting car. I’d like to see it in Europe, but Toyota has prefer to sell the Yaris HSD. now i’m so curious to see how the new Yaris hybrid sell in Europe

  2. February 7th, 2012 at 20:49 | #2

    The Toyota Aqua is quite cute! like it.

  3. February 7th, 2012 at 20:45 | #3

    Some Luxury cars sold in France from February 2012: sourec: http://www.forocoches.es
    • Aston Martin Cygnet 5
    • Aston Martin Virage 2
    • BMW Serie6 32
    • Ford Mustang 20
    • Chevrolet Camaro 18
    • Ferrari FF 10
    • Hyundai Genesis Coupé 2
    • Infiniti M35 5
    • Jaguar XF 58
    • Jahuar XJ 6
    • Jaguar XK 2
    • Lamborghini Aventador 3
    • Lancia Thema 9
    • Lexus CT 94
    • McLaren MP4-12c 3
    • Mercedes CLS 133
    • Porsche 911 70
    • Saab 9-5 5
    • Tesla Roadster 1
    • Volvo S60 106
    • Maserati Quattroporte 6

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