By on November 1, 2011

Regular Vehicle Sales Japan October 2011

Manufacturer Oct ’11 Oc t ’10 Change FYTD’11 FYTD’10 Change
Daihatsu 441 289 52.6% 2,578 5,364 -51.9%
Hino 2,794 1,628 71.6% 27,724 24,077 15.1%
Honda 36,355 30,422 19.5% 314,810 425,375 -26.0%
Isuzu 2,937 2,597 13.1% 33,617 37,321 -9.9%
Lexus 4,308 2,068 108.3% 36,328 29,814 21.8%
Mazda 11,457 6,095 88.0% 124,357 159,803 -22.2%
Mitsubishi 4,063 2,500 62.5% 46,955 61,859 -24.1%
Mitsubishi Fuso 2,931 1,883 55.7% 21,289 20,610 3.3%
Nissan 33,631 25,373 32.5% 372,341 442,894 -15.9%
Subaru 5,785 3,138 84.4% 62,118 69,562 -10.7%
Suzuki 6,025 4,450 35.4% 64,927 50,535 28.5%
Toyota 122,208 101,518 20.4% 935,800 1,357,027 -31.0%
UD Trucks 855 461 85.5% 6,638 6,951 -4.5%
Other 14,137 10,836 30.5% 165,396 155,612 6.3%
Total 247,927 193,258 28.3% 2,214,878 2,846,804 -22.2%

Sales of new cars in Japan rose 28.3 percent in October to 247,927 units, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association reports today. For the current fiscal year (April-October), sales are still 22.2 percent in the hole at 2,214,878 units, compared to 2,846,804 units sold in the same period of 2010. The numbers do not include sales of separately reported minivehicles. The numbers are not a sign of newfound health. They are simply the effect of a comparison with a market that had crashed in fall 2010 after subsidies were withdrawn.

Sales of mini, or kei cars rose 19.9 percent in October year-on-year, the Japan Mini Vehicle Association reports. While the growth looks less dramatic than regular cars, Japanese kei cars had not fallen as deep. For the tens month of the calendar year, sales are only down 16.5 percent.

Mini Vehicle Sales Japan October 2011

Manufacturer Oct ’11 Oct ’10 Change YTD’11 YTD’10 Change
Suzuki 39,265 40,671 -3.5% 392,996 485,909 -19.1%
Daihatsu 52,148 40,160 29.9% 445,466 523,890 -15.0%
Mitsubishi 6,074 6,333 -4.1% 79,039 92,925 -14.9%
Subaru 6,493 5,822 11.5% 66,967 85,721 -21.9%
Honda 10,306 7,322 40.8% 106,336 138,548 -23.2%
Mazda 3,822 2,505 52.6% 38,606 44,556 -13.4%
Nissan 13,226 8,255 60.2% 119,064 126,253 -5.7%
Toyota 1,845 0 2,061
Other 8 2 300.0% 37 79 -53.2%
Total 133,187 111,070 19.9% 1,250,572 1,497,881 -16.5%

Careful: Fiscal (April-October) year for regular cars, calendar (January-October) year for kei cars. Who says it’s easy.

Consolidated across mini and regular vehicles, sales grew 25.2 percent according to our spreadsheet. No year-to-date numbers due to the aforementioned differences.

All Vehicle Sales Japan October 2011, Consolidated

Manufacturer Oct ’11 Oct ’10 Change
Daihatsu 52,589 40,449 30.0%
Hino 2,794 1,628 71.6%
Honda 46,661 37,744 23.6%
Isuzu 2,937 2,597 13.1%
Lexus 4,308 2,068 108.3%
Mazda 15,279 8,600 77.7%
Mitsubishi 10,137 8,833 14.8%
Mitsubishi Fuso 2,931 1,883 55.7%
Nissan 46,857 33,628 39.3%
Subaru 12,278 8,960 37.0%
Suzuki 45,290 45,121 0.4%
Toyota 124,053 101,518 22.2%
UD Trucks 855 461 85.5%
Other 14,145 10,838 30.5%
Total 381,114 304,328 25.2%
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