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Japan Kei cars February 2014: Nissan Dayz above 20,000 units

March 7th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Dayz Japan February 2014Nissan Dayz

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Sales of new Kei cars in Japan are up a magnificent 24% year-on-year in February to 228,994 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 432,653 units, up 28% on 2012. If the Daihatsu Tanto keeps the lead for the third consecutive month thanks to sales up 73% to 23,166, there is a lot of movement below in the charts. The Nissan Dayz takes off to #2 with a record 20,697 sales, its first time above 20,000 monthly units, potentially due to the launch of its Roox variant.

Honda N-WGN Japan February 2014Honda N-WGN

The Honda N-WGN is up 8% on January to reach a best-ever 19,254 sales even though it is down one spot to #3. As a result the Honda N-BOX, leader over the Full Year 2013, is down one to #4 as is the Suzuki Wagon R to #4. Notice also the Mitsubishi eK up 144% to #10 and the super cute Suzuki Hustler at #11 and 5,368 units.

Previous month: Japan Kei cars January 2014: Honda N-WGN passes N-BOX to #2

One year ago: Japan Kei cars February 2013: Honda N-Box and Daihatsu Move up

Full February 2014 Top 33 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Japan February 2014: Toyota Aqua #1, Voxy & Noah shoot up

March 7th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Noah Japan February 2014. Picture courtesy of gazoo.comToyota Noah

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The Japanese new car market (ex-Kei cars) is up a splendid 15% year-on-year in February to 336,176 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 628,622 units, up 20% on 2013. Honda recalling some hybrid models due to a faulty transmission software which led to the manufacturer temporarily halting deliveries had a big impact on the models sales charts this month: the Honda Fit drops from #1 to #3 even though it is still up 49% year-on-year, giving way to the Toyota Aqua back to #1 with 23,973 sales ahead of the Toyota Prius at 23,501. The Nissan Note reclaims the #4 spots off the Toyota Corolla still up 62% on February 2013 thanks to the new hybrid variants.

Nissan-X-Trail-2014.32Nissan X-Trail

Lots of movement in the entire ranking this month: the twins Toyota Voxy and Noah shoot up thanks to their facelift: up 106% to #8 and 8,147 sales for the Voxy, up 94% to #10 and 6,202 units for the Noah. The Nissan X-Trail delivers a 2nd consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to 7,554 sales whereas it had never belonged among the 10 most popular cars in the country before last month in its 14 year-career… After spending 3 months in a row at a record 16th spot, the Mazda Axela smashes this record by gaining a further 5 ranks to land at #11 with 5,558 sales, up 389% year-on-year.

Mazda Axela Japan February 2014. Picture courtesy of msn JapanMazda Axela

Further down, the Toyota Harrier is down one spot on its record #14 ranking from last month to #15 at 5,243 units, up a gigantic 10386% year-on-year, while the Honda Odyssey is down 6 ranks on January but up 1058% year-on-year to #17 and 5,176 sales, the Mazda CX-5 is up a beautiful 115% on February 2013 at #21 and the Toyota SAI is up 577% at #30. Finally, the Honda Vezel falls 13 ranks to #22, victim of the brand’s delivery halt, but should rebound back up in the next couple of months.

Previous month: Japan January 2014: Nissan X-Trail, Honda Vezel & Toyota Harrier beat records

One year ago: Japan February 2013: Mazda Atenza and Mitsubishi Outlander up

Full February 2014 Top 30 models and Top 13 All-local brands Ranking Tables below.

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Japan Full Year 2013: Now with Top 165 All-local models ranking!

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Daihatsu Altis Japan 2013Did you know the Toyota Camry was also sold under the Daihatsu brand as the Altis in Japan?

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Thanks to Stephen I can share with you today the 2013 sales results of absolutely all local models in Japan, that’s 165 of them. This ranking is a little different to the one you are used to, simply because it includes Kei cars and splits some models into different versions, for example the Toyota Prius and Prius Alpha, Honda Fit and Fit Shuttle and Honda N-Box and N-Box+. In this context, the Toyota Aqua remains the best-seller in the country thanks to 262,367 sales, followed by the Honda N-Box at 207,850 units and the Suzuki Wagon R at 186,090. The Daihatsu Move is up 57% to #4, passing the Toyota Prius down 20% to #6.

Lexus IS Japan 2013. Picture courtesy of openers.jpThe IS becomes Lexus’ best-seller at home in 2013.

Formidable first Full Year of sales for the Honda N-One up 51 spots on 2012 to land in 10th position, while the Toyota Crown is up 36 to #15 and the Nissan Dayz lands directly at #16 with 82,143 sales. Further down, notice the Toyota Corolla Fielder up 23 ranks to #19, the Toyota Spade up 26 to #23, Mitsubishi eK up 24 to #24, Subaru Forester up 46 to #33 and Mazda Atenza (aka 6) up 72 to #50. Notice also the Lexus IS up 463% to #75, becoming the brand’s best-seller at home above the LS up 114% to #88 and the RX down 15% to #96.

Previous post: Japan January 2014: Nissan X-Trail, Honda Vezel and Toyota Harrier all beat records!

Previous Full Year 2013 post: Japan Full Year 2013: Toyota Aqua celebrates first year on top

Previous FUll Year 2013 post (Kei): Japan Kei cars Full Year 2013: Honda N-BOX takes control

Full Year 2013 Top 165 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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Japan Kei cars January 2014: Honda N-WGN passes N-BOX to #2

February 10th, 2014 1 comment

Honda N Family Japan January 2014. Picture courtesy of cliccar.comHonda N-WGN, N-BOX and N-ONE

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Sales of Kei cars in Japan are up a huge 32% year-on-year in January to 203,659 registrations. If the Daihatsu Tanto is the best-seller for the 2nd month running thanks to sales up 105% on January 2013 to 22,467 units, the big surprise of the month is the 2nd place of the Honda N-WGN for only its third appearance in the ranking with 17,855 sales. The N-WGN thus passes the N-BOX, down 24% to 15,551 units and now threatened by the Suzuki Wagon R at 15,327 sales (+9%).

Suzuki Hustler Japan January 2014Suzuki Hustler

The Nissan Dayz also shines, up 3 spots on December to 14.068 sales, while the Daihatsu Move, Mira and Suzuki Spacia all drop two ranks to #6, #7 and #8 respectively. We welcome two all-new models in the Kei car ranking in January: the very cute Suzuki Hustler landing directly at #10 thanks to 6,237 units sold, and its twin the Mazda Flair Crossover much less successful for now at #27 with 281 sales. Notice also the Nissan NV100 Clipper Rio, launched in December, at #25.

Previous post: Japan Kei cars Full Year 2013: Honda N-BOX takes control

One year ago: Japan Kei cars January 2013: Daihatsu Move and Honda N-One up

Full January 2014 Top 36 All-models and Top 8 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Japan January 2014: Nissan X-Trail, Honda Vezel & Toyota Harrier all break records!

February 7th, 2014 2 comments

Honda Vezel Japan January 2014. Picture courtesy of response.jpThe Honda Vezel is already #9 at home this month!

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New car sales in Japan debut the year with a blast: up a whopping 27% on January 2013 to 292,446 registrations. And it’s also a very eventful month in the models ranking: the Honda Fit celebrates 4 consecutive months in pole position with 26,869 sales, 3 times its score from one year ago and no less than the nameplate’s third biggest monthly volume ever behind the 34,161 it reached in March 2012 and 27,980 units from September 2011. The Fit confirms it is a serious contender for the Full Year 2014 pole position, with the Toyota Aqua at 22,885 sales (+2%) and Toyota Prius at 20,162 sales (+14%) also strong this month. In fact, the entire Top 7 best-selling models are unchanged on December, with the Toyota Corolla solid at #4 and 10,868 units (+125%) and the Nissan Serena up 25% year-on-year at #6 thanks to the new hybrid variant. But it’s below that things get agitated…

Nissan X-Trail Japan January 2014Nissan X-Trail

Boosted by the new model, the Nissan X-Trail shoots up 184% year-on-year to #8 with 6,616 sales, the nameplate’s very first time in the Japanese Top 10 in its 14 year career, beating its previous best of #12 reached last month. Launched in December, the Honda Vezel breaks both new ground and into the Top 10 for its first full month in market, up to 9th place with 6,235 units. The Honda Odyssey is down 3 ranks on last month but up 1330% year-on-year to #11 with 5,278 sales. But wait there’s more…

Toyota Harrier Japan January 2014. Picture courtesy of Response.jpToyota Harrier

Now that the hybrid variant is on sale, the Toyota Harrier new generation (aka Lexus RX) is up to a best-ever 14th position thanks to 4,617 sales, up an out-of-this-world 8145% on January 2012. The Mazda Axela (aka Mazda3) delivers a third month in a row at an all-time high 16th spot with 4,476 units, up 278% year-on-year, confirming it could be here to stay inside the Japanese Top 30 this year and for the first time in the nameplate’s history at home. Finally notice the Toyota SAI enjoying a 5th consecutive month within Japan’s 30 most popular models at #27 with 2,667 sales, up 760% on January 2013.

Previous post: Japan Full Year 2013: Toyota Aqua celebrates first year on top

Previous month: Japan December 2013: Honda Fit leads, Vezel lands at #25

One year ago: Japan January 2013: Toyota Crown up to #8, a 4-year high

Full January 2014 Top 30 models and Top 13 local brands Ranking Tables below.

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Japan Full Year 2013: Toyota Aqua celebrates first year on top

January 11th, 2014 5 comments

Toyota Aqua Japan 2013The Toyota Aqua is #1 at year-end for the first time in Japan.

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New car sales are down 3% year-on-year in Japan to 3,262,522 registrations in 2013. This year the Toyota Aqua breaks 4 consecutive years of Toyota Prius domination to take the lead for the first time over a full year in spite of sales down 2% to 262,367 units, vs. 253,711 (-20%) for the Prius. This is the first time a new nameplate leads Japanese sales since 2009 when the Prius first took the lead. The fight was tight however, with the Prius holding the year-to-date #1 spot in June and July and topping the monthly charts 3 times vs. 6 for the Aqua. The 2014 ranking is almost impossible to predict, with the Honda Fit (#3 this year) dominating the ranking over the last 3 months of the year thanks to the third generation kicking, above the Prius and Aqua almost at the same level…

Nissan Note Japan 2013The Nissan Note delivers its best-ever annual volume in 2013.

With the new generation now in its first full year, the Nissan Note is up 73% and 3 spots on 2012 to rank 4th with 147,634 sales, the nameplate’s best annual figure by far and first time above 100,000 units, beating the 93,925 sales it hit back in 2005. The Toyota Corolla is also back above 100,000 annual sales for the first time since 2010, up 26% and 3 ranks to 101,664 thanks to the new hybrid versions launched late in the year.

Toyota Crown Japan 2013Toyota Crown sales are up 173% in 2013 in Japan.

All due to new models hitting the market during the year, the Toyota Crown is up a whopping 173% and 18 spots on 2012 to #8, its best annual ranking since 2008, the Toyota Spade up 83% and 16 ranks to #13, Subaru Forester up 183% and 30 spots to #19 and Mazda Atenza up 329% and 53 spots to #30. Finally, notice the VW Golf back inside the Top 30 at #29 with 23,858 sales. Brand-wise, Toyota continues to flatten all competition, selling 3 times as many cars as the next most popular manufacturer at 45.8% share (-7%) vs. 15.1% for Nissan (-3%) with Honda (-16%) rounding up the podium like last year. Notice Subaru up 17% at #5, Volkswagen up 20% at #9, Mitsubishi down 9% and two spots to #9 and Mercedes up 28% to #10.

Previous post: Japan December 2013: Honda Fit leads, Vezel lands at #25

Previous year: Japan Full Year 2012: All-new Toyota Aqua most successful launch in 20 years, tickles Prius

Two years ago: Japan Full Year 2011: Toyota Prius leads in difficult year

Full Year 2013 Top 30 models and Top 60 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Japan December 2013: Honda Fit leads, Vezel lands at #25

January 10th, 2014 No comments

Honda Vezel Japan December 2013. Picture courtesy of car.watch.impress.co.jpHonda Vezel

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New car sales in Japan are up a splendid 19% year-on-year in December to 254,464 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 3,262,522 units, down 4% on 2012. The Honda Fit is the most popular model in the country for the third consecutive month with 22,573 sales, up 159% thanks to the third generation of the model. In fact the Top 7 best-sellers are unchanged vs. last month, with the Toyota Prius at #2 (+1%) followed by the Toyota Aqua (-19%), Toyota Corolla (+119% thanks to the new hybrids), Nissan Note, Serena and Toyota Vitz aka Yaris.

Nissan X-Trail Japan December 2013Nissan X-Trail

The new generation Honda Odyssey pushes the nameplate up to #8 this month thanks to 5,006 sales, its first time inside the monthly Top 10 since August 2004, while the new Nissan X-Trail is back inside the Top 20 for only the 2nd time in the last 3 years at #12 with 3,595 units, the nameplate’s new record monthly ranking, beating the #15 it hit back in September 2010. The Mazda Axela remains at #16, the nameplate’s best-ever monthly ranking, thanks to 3,015 sales up 360% year-on-year.

Mazda Atela Japan December 2013. Picture courtesy of response.jpMazda Axela

The Toyota SAI is up 3 spots on November and 541% year-on-year to #21 with 2,478 sales, its highest ranking in the country since March 2010 (#19). Finally the big event of the month in Japan: the first appearance in the ranking of the mini-SUV Honda Vezel at #25 with 2,207 sales. The Vezel is the direct competitor of the Nissan Juke which hasn’t been seen inside the monthly Top 30 since last September but peaked at #13 in September 2011. Let’s see if the Vezel can do better with the help of its hybrid variant.

Previous month: Japan November 2013: Honda Fit confirms pole position, Odyssey at highest in 9 years

One year ago: Japan December 2012: Subaru Impreza and Forester break records

Full December 2013 Top 30 models and Top 13 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Japan Kei Cars Full Year 2013: Honda N-BOX takes control

January 9th, 2014 1 comment

Honda NBOX Custom Japan 2013The Honda N-BOX enjoys its first year-end pole position in Japan.

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I know readers, this is not your favourite update as Japanese Kei cars look confronting at best. However this category is not to be discarded as it plays a big part in the fortune (or mis-) of Japanese manufacturers at home, with no less than 2,112,991 units sold this year. This is up 7% on 2012 and more than the entire French market for example! For the first time, the Honda N-BOX takes control of the Kei cars ranking thanks to 234,995 sales, up 11% on 2012 while last year’s winner the Daihatsu Mira is down 28% and 3 spots to #4. A logical win for the N-BOX which topped the monthly ranking 5 times this year, the most of any model. The Daihatsu Move is up 41% and 3 ranks to #2 with 205,333 units and ranked #1 four times. It is followed by the Suzuki Wagon R down 5% but still third with 186,090 sales, topping the monthly charts once.

Daihatsu Tanto Honda N-BOX Suzuki Palette Japan 2013. Picture courtesy of response.jpDaihatsu Tanto, Honda N-BOX, Suzuki Spacia

Down 15% to 5th place but up to a fantastic pole position in December (+93% to 19,211 units) we find the Daihatsu Tanto, while the Honda N-ONE lands in 7th place for its first full year of sales with 107,583 registrations. Two all-new entrants follow: the Suzuki Spacia at #7 with 107,193 units and the Nissan Dayz at #8 with 78,855. Notice also the Mitsubishi eK up 73% to #11 and the Toyota Pixis Space stuck in 12th position (-8%).

Honda N-WGN Cutsom Japan 2013. Picture courtesy of cliccar.comHonda N-WGN Custom

Finally, the Honda N-WGN arrives at #23 with 11,510 sales in only two months including a splendid 8,600 in December (#7). Brand-wise, Daihatsu maintains its lead in spite of sales down 2% to 660,186 units and 31.2% share, while Suzuki is up 6% to 622,415 and 29.5% in second place. Honda rounds up the podium, up a cool 27% to 407,050 and 19.3% ahead of Nissan at 8.8% (+21%) and Mitsubishi at 4% (+5%).

Previous month: Japan Kei cars November 2013: Daihatsu Tanto strong, Honda N-WGN lands

One year ago: Japan Kei cars Full Year 2012: Daihatsu Mira ends 9 years of Suzuki Wagon R reign

Two years ago: Japan Kei cars Full Year 2011: Suzuki Wagon R celebrates 9 years on top

December and Full Year 2013 Top 40 models Ranking Tables below.

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Japan Imports Full Year 2013: BMW 3 Series up 69% to #2

January 9th, 2014 3 comments

BMW 3 Series Japan December 2013. Picture courtesy of autoc-one.jpBMW 3 Series

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346,133 imported models found a buyer in Japan in 2013, up 9% year-on-year. The VW Golf remains by far the most successful, boosted by a record-breaking 4th Quarter and up 7% on 2012 to 23,858 sales. The BMW 3 Series is the outstanding performer of the year thanks to the new model now in full swing: it gains 69% and 3 spots on 2012 to land at a shiny second place with 18,739 units. As a result the Mini is kicked down to third position but with sales up a further 5% it  delivers another record-breaking year – keep in mind this figure includes the Countryman.

VW Up! Japan December 2013The VW Up lands at #5 for its first full year of sales in Japan.

Flamboyantly back inside the Top 20 thanks to the new generation, the Mercedes A-Class shoots up directly to 4th place with 12,440 sales, while the VW Up is up 11 spots on last year to land at #5 with an excellent 12,322 units for its first full year of sales in the country. Notice also the VW Beetle up 135% to 10,004 sales, making it 4 Volkswagens in the Top 8, the Volvo V40 arriving directly at #10 (the only non-German in the Top 12!), the Audi A4 up 30%, Audi A1 up 13%, Audi A3 up 28% (!) and the BMW X3 finding its way into the year-end Top 20 for the very first time at #20.

Previous year: Japan Imports Full Year 2012: VW Golf #1, Mini at record heights

Two years ago: Japan Imports Full Year 2011: VW Golf #1, now in overall Top 30!

Full Year 2013 Top 20 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Japan Imports Q4 2013: VW Golf breaks volume record!

January 9th, 2014 7 comments

VW Golf Japan December 2013. Picture courtesy of autoc-one.jpNever had Japanese customers bought that many VW Golf in 3 months!

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Like every quarter, I can share with you the most popular imported models in Japan, a very rare species although it is getting more common these days: 88,260 imports found a buyer in Japan over the period, bringing the final 2013 total to 346,133, up 9% on 2012. Now the the new generation has spread in Volkswagen dealerships across the country, the VW Golf is up a mammoth 155% year-on-year over the last quarter of 2013 to reach 9,144 sales, to my knowledge the highest quarterly volume ever reached by an imported model in Japan! No less. Needless to say the Golf reinforces its overall lead over the full year thanks to this spectacular performance.

Mercedes A Class Japan December 2013. Picture courtesy of carsensor.netMercedes A-Class

The BMW 3 Series also shines in 2nd place, up 38% year-on-year to 5,470 sales, while the Mini rounds up the podium like in the full year at 4,589 units, up 12% on Q4 2012. The Mercedes A-Class manages to hold on the 4th spot it held in Q3 thanks to 3,950 sales, the VW Polo is back up 4 spots to #5 and the VW Up back up two to #6 but down 25% year-on-year. Excellent showing of the BMW 1 Series up 3 ranks to #8, while the Volvo V40 is the only non-German model in the Top 10 at #10, down 5 spots on Q3. Notice also the Mercedes S-Class brilliantly up to #14 with 1,623 sales, the Audi A3 back inside the Top 20 at #15, the Fiat 500 up to #17 and the Mercedes CLA at #20.

Previous post: Japan Imports Q3 2013: Mercedes A, CLA-Class and Volvo V40 shine

One year ago: Japan Imports Q4 2012: Mercedes C-Class #1, VW Up! lands at #4

Full Q4 2013 Top 20 models and December Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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