* The direct links to 33 Japan Historical posts are below!
Thanks to Florian and Joe I have now uploaded Japan Historical Data back to 1969. From 1996 onwards there is now a detailed Year-end Top 30 models ranking and links to absolutely every single monthly Top 30 ranking – that’s nearly 200 consecutive months! Note I don’t have any detailed data up until 1991 so if you do please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article!
Over this 42 year-period, only 3 models have managed to hold the year-end Japanese pole position: The Toyota Corolla – 10 generations of it – dominated for 37 years: from 1969 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2007. The Honda Fit was on top in 2002 and 2008, the Toyota Prius shot to stardom from 2009 to 2012, beating the annual Japanese sales record in 2010 at 315,669 units, before the Toyota Aqua took the lead in 2013.
Rediscover forgotten nameplates like the Honda SM-X, directly #12 in 1997… Witness the explosive arrival of the Toyota Vitz launched in January 1999 and already #1 in April and July of that year ahead of the Corolla, then for 5 consecutive months in 2000 and again for 7 months when the 2nd generation launched in 2005, however never managing to grab the pole position at year end…
Discover the success of lesser known models like the Honda Odyssey, #1 in June 2000, December 2003 and January 2004, the Toyota Estima, #1 in August 2000, the Toyota Wish, #1 in April 2003 only 3 months after its launch, the Toyota Ractis, #1 in November 2005 and the Honda Insight, #1 in April 2009.
Japan Historical Data: