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Imports sales in Japan are compiled by a different organisation, the Japan Automobile Importers Association, and they publish models data every Quarter. Over the first 3 months of 2011, Japanese consumers bought 84,234 imported cars, up 30% on the same period in 2011. As it has been the case for the last 10 years, the VW Golf is the best-selling import in the country with 7,656 sales and 9.1% share, stable year-on-year and to be compared with the 12.7% of the import market it held over the Full Year 2011.
The VW Polo is up 118% year-on-year in 2nd place at 5,703 units followed by the Mercedes C-Class, up 2 spots on its 2011 ranking and 95% year-on-year to #3 with 4,929 sales. The Mini is up 63% to #4, the Mercedes E-Class up 16% to #6, the BMW 1 Series up 137% to #7 and the Volvo V60 up 157% to #9. Like in 2011 there are 4 BMWs in the Top 11 with the 5 Series #8, the 3 Series #10 and the X1 #11.
The VW Passat, #16 in 2011, continues to progress in 12th position with 1,424 sales over the period while the Toyota Avensis is #17 at 995 units and the Mercedes CLS delivers an outstanding performance in 20th place with 835 sales.
Full First Quarter 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.