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Japan 1999: Toyota Corolla and Vitz in the lead

Toyota Vitz

* See the Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

No surprise in pole position: the Toyota Corolla is still the favourite passenger car in Japan, but with 160,677 sales it is down 18% on 1998 and just 4,000 units above the all-new Toyota Vitz, launched in January and finishing its first year in market with an outstanding 156,646 sales. The Vitz was even #1 in April with 12,389 units vs. 11,640 for the Corolla and in July with 18,046 vs. 16,102…

Subaru Legacy

In spite of a 3% decline over 1998, the Honda StepWGN is up 3 spots to #3 with 90,495 sales, ahead of the Toyota Crown, up 4 ranks and 18% to 87,253 units and the Mazda Demio down 2 spots and 17% to 84,840 sales. The Nissan Cube is down 4 ranks to #6, the Toyota Mark II is stable at #7 while the Subaru Legacy is up 5 spots to #8 with 70,181 units, the last time a Subaru finishes the year within the Japanese Top 10.

You can check out each and every monthly Top 30 for 1999 here.

Previous year: Japan 1998: Toyota Corolla, Nissan Cube and Suzuki Wagon R favourites

Next year: Japan 2000: Toyota Vitz threatens Toyota Corolla for pole position

Full Year 1999 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

Japan 1999:

1Toyota Corolla160,677-18%196,4981
2Toyota Vitz156,646new0 –
3Honda StepWGN90,495-3%93,2806
4Toyota Crown87,25318%73,9488
5Mazda Demio84,840-17%102,3773
6Nissan Cube81,796-24%107,8572
7Toyota Mark II73,768-19%90,4917
8Subaru Legacy70,18118%59,68612
9Nissan March60,430-36%94,7124
10Toyota Town Ace Noah55,91611%50,19417
11Nissan Sunny54,843-18%66,89410
12Nissan Elgrand51,521-8%55,77516
13Honda Odyssey48,211-18%58,66714
14Toyota Ipsum47,653-20%59,39913
15Mitsubishi Grandis47,307-33%70,6449
16Toyota FunCargo46,575new0 –
17Mitsubishi Pajero IO45,21942%31,844n/a
18Nissan Serena45,177126%19,999n/a
19Toyota Estima45,153-28%62,68811
20Toyota Vista41,17023%33,499n/a
21Mazda Familia39,5345%37,50529
22Honda Accord39,026-31%56,50015
23Toyota Raum38,736-21%49,30120
24Toyota Light Ace Noah37,727-4%39,47126
25Toyota Corona36,349-19%44,58522
26Toyota Gaia36,08325%28,774n/a
27Toyota Carina35,853-13%41,09124
28Honda Logo34,588-22%44,14023
29Toyota Harrier34,087-32%49,95419
30Toyota Altezza34,020153%13,468n/a

Source: JADA, many thanks to Joe for the tip!

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