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Kei car sales in Japan are up 67% year-on-year in May to 157,584 registrations, partly due to a low May 2011 base and bringing the year-to-date total to 902,236 units, up 51% on 2011. Honda is the manufacturer with the biggest increase at +246% year-on-year and this is due to the astonishing success of the Honda NBOX: for the second month in a row it leads the Kei car ranking with a record 19,354 sales! It is now #3 year-to-date with 80,751 sales, just 703 units below the Suzuki Wagon R, #1 in the Full Year since 2003.
The Daihatsu Mira stays #2 and continues to lodge amazing year-on-year increases at +266% to 17,476 units. It leads year-to-date with 104,557 sales, up 262% on 2011. In fact the entire Top 6 in unchanged vs. last month with the Daihatsu Tanto ranking #3 with 13,571 units (+46%), followed by the Suzuki Wagon R at 12,674 sales (+13%), the Daihatsu Move with 12,620 sales (+34%) and the Suzuki Alto at 10,334 units (+99%).
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Full May 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.