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Japan April 2022: 8th straight double-digit fall (-14.4%), Toyota Roomy #1 for first time, Nissan Ariya lands

First appearance of the Nissan Ariya in its home Top 40.

In April, the Japanese new car market slows down another -14.4% year-on-year to 299,620 units. This market the 8th consecutive month of double-digit losses. The year-to-date volume is now down -15.9 to 1,496.849 units. Toyota (-16.3%) evolves roughly like the market to 33.4% share, well above its YTD level of 31%. Daihatsu (-6%) resists well to reach 15% of the market vs. 13% so far this year. In contrast Suzuki (-21.6%) and Honda (-21.7%) struggle. Nissan (-1.2%) rounds out the Top 5 with a limited fall. Mercedes (+7.2%) and Subaru (+4.5%) are the only gainers in the Top 10. Below, notice Volvo (+51.3%), Mini (+16.6%) and Volkswagen (+1.2%) all braving the negative market conditions in the remainder of the Top 20.

In the regular cars charts, the Toyota Roomy (-8.7%) bypasses the Yaris/Cross (-49.7%) and Corolla/Cross (+24.2%) to sign its first ever win at home. The Nissan Note (+42.1%) is also in excellent shape at #4, distancing the Toyota Alphard (-11.6%) and Raize (-18.8%). The Toyota Noah (+53.9%), Voxy (-15.8%), Harrier (-39.2%) and Sienta (-9.1%) make it nine Toyotas in the Top 10, the Honda Freed (+3.3%) being the other odd one. Notice also significant gains by the Mitsubishi Outlander (+643.2%) thanks to the new generation, Toyota 86 (+308.6%) thanks to the new model, Honda CR-V (+70.2%), Mazda CX-5 (+59%), Subaru Forester (+54%), Honda Civic (+51.2%), Daihatsu Rocky (+26.4%), Mazda Roadster (+22.3%) and Subaru Impreza (+15%). Finally the new Nissan Ariya makes its first appearance in any sales chart in the world at #38.

Over in the kei car aisle, the Honda N-BOX (-7.7%) tightens its grip on the ranking, selling more than double any other nameplate in market. The Daihatsu Tanto (-23.2%) is up two spots on March to #2, the Suzuki Spacia (-29.6%) stays at #3 and now also holds this ranking year-to-date and the Daihatsu Move is up two ranks on last month to #4. The Suzuki Wagon R (+6%) and Daihatsu Mira (+11%) post the only year-on-year gains in the Top 10 but match their YTD ranking at #5 and #6 respectively. The Toyota C+POD (+1084.6%), Daihatsu Copen (+47.2%), Toyota Copen GR Sport (+45.1%), Mazda Flair (+17.8%), Daihatsu Taft (+1.7%) and Mazda Flair Crossover (+5.6%) also shine further down.

Previous month: Japan March 2022: Nissan (-6.9%), Honda (-8.2%) resist in market down another -16.3%

One year ago: Japan April 2021: Suzuki (+67.8%), Mitsubishi (+82.2%) stand out in market up 29.4%

Full April 2022 Top 55 All-brands, Top 50 regular cars and Top 35 All-kei cars below.

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