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Another solid month for Kei cars sales: while regular vehicles are down 3% year-on-year in November, Kei cars are up 5% to 149,968 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,855,373 units, up a mammoth 33% on 2011. This comes at a time when the very existence of Kei cars could be in jeopardy: the Japanese government is now thinking of charging the same tax for regular cars and mini vehicles alike, which would likely mean the demise of this very unique category of cars.
Honda is the main fuel of this year-on-year growth, placing the NBOX in pole position again and for the 7th time in the last 8 months with 16,406 sales, adding up to a magnificent 197,509 units year-to-date, however still #2 below the Daihatsu Mira, #2 this month, at 204,652, up 100% on 2011. The Suzuki Wagon R is back down to #3 with 14,368 sales (-3%) ahead of the Daihatsu Tanto at 12,332 (+49%) but the best performer of the month is the Honda N-One directly up to #5 for its first full month of sales with 9,674 units! No wonder, it’s potentially the cutest Kei car…ever!
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Full November 2012 Top 25 Ranking Table below.