* See the Top 120 All Japanese regular cars, Top 50 All kei car versions and Top 180 all car versions by clicking on the title *
As is the tradition at BSCB we can reveal today exclusive All Japanese regular cars, All kei cars by version and All cars by version rankings, making the exploration of this unique market even more interesting. Looking at Japanese regular cars, we now have a complete picture of all actors in the market, with the Subaru Levorg (-5%) and Toyota Land Cruiser (-3%) being bumped out of the Top 30 while the Daihatsu Thor, up an estimated 725% to #33 for its first full year in market and the Toyota Camry boosted up 265% by its new generation to #36 the biggest movers just below.
The Lexus LS soars 89% to #67 and the Subaru Justy – the Thor’s twin brother – is up an estimated 731% to #69. Four new nameplates make their entrance – or comeback – in the Japanese regular car ranking for 2017: the Honda Civic reappears at home for the first time since 2011 through its UK-imported hatch and R variants at #76 with over 3.000 sales since it launch in July, the Lexus LC lands at #81 with just under 2.500 units since March and the Mazda CX-8 arrives at #86 selling over 2.000 since September. Finally at #108 the Honda NSX pops up with 128 sales since February.
Over in the kei cars aisle, we have an exclusive ranking by version that’s a much more precise look at exactly which formats of these Japan-specific vehicles truly are the most successful. The Honda N-BOX and Daihatsu Move in their “base” variants still win at this little game, followed by the Suzuki Wagon R and Spacia. Then the variants arrive: the Daihatsu Mira e:S (+45%) distances the Daihatsu Move Canbus (+159%) with the Nissan Dayz Roox (+35%) and Suzuki Alto Lapin (-14%) also making it into the Top 15.
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Full Year 2017 Top 120 All Japanese regular cars, Top 50 kei car versions and Top 180 All car versions vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.