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Japan 2005: Toyota Vitz threatens Corolla, Ractis starts strong

Toyota Vitz

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Lots of new models and changes this year in Japan, even though the Toyota Corolla stays #1 at 149,810 sales (-14%), ranking first 6 times. The new generation Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris) is an immediate hit: it is #1 for its first month of sales in February and holds the pole position for 4 months, peaking at 22,135 sales in March and finishing the year #2 with 131,935 units (+114%).

Toyota Ractis

In 3rd place, the Honda Fit drops 16% at 125,894 units, it was #1 in December only. The fourth model to rank #1 this year doesn’t appear in the 2005 Top 30 because of its late launch: the Toyota Ractis racks up 9,861 sales (#2) for its first month in October, and takes the lead of Japanese sales in November at 11,673 units…

Nissan Note

The Nissan Tiida is #4 with 98,069 sales for its first full year, it was even #2 in January only 35 units below the Corolla! Other excellent performers this year include the Nissan Note, directly #5 for its first year at 93,925 units and peaking at #3 in February, and the new gen Honda StepWGN, #7 overall with 91,745 sales but #2 in June and August just below the Corolla.

You can check out every monthly Top 30 for 2005 here.

Previous year: Japan 2004: Toyota Corolla, Honda Fit and Nissan Cube on podium

Next year: Japan 2006: New generation enables Corolla to keep the lead

Full Top 30 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Honda StepWGN pic.

Honda StepWGN

Japan Full Year 2005:

1Toyota Corolla149,810-14%173,3011
2Toyota Vitz131,935117%60,78816
3Honda Fit125,894-16%149,5032
4Nissan Tiida98,069211%31,48332
5Nissan Note93,925new0 –
6Toyota Wish92,006-27%126,5314
7Honda StepWGN91,74596%46,70020
8Toyota Passo87,95628%68,98412
9Toyota Alphard81,647-5%85,9539
10Toyota Crown79,546-32%116,6145
11Nissan Cube74,818-46%139,6233
12Toyota Voxy72,99117%62,37115
13Toyota Noah72,859-6%77,14610
14Nissan Serena69,97372%40,76022
15Mazda Demio67,055-11%75,76211
16Toyota Isis66,515213%21,264 –
17Honda Odyssey64,003-35%97,8497
18Toyota Mark X63,738387%13,088 –
19Nissan March62,505-39%102,7926
20Subaru Legacy59,370-8%64,78514
21Toyota Ist51,912-41%87,9238
22Toyota Sienta51,142-24%67,55113
23Suzuki Swift50,40346%34,57828
24Toyota Porte45,47030%34,86727
25Honda Airwave43,846new0 –
26Toyota Prius43,670-27%59,76117
27Nissan Elgrand42,82337%31,30333
28Nissan Lafesta41,624609%5,868 –
29Honda Mobilio39,405-30%56,03418
30Toyota bB39,047-9%42,74921

Source: JADA

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