By on June 3, 2013

May sales were down in Japan, and this time around, small kei cars could not bail out their bigger brethren. Imports into the allegedly closed market Japan on the other hand are zooming, despite the weaker yen that makes imports more expensive.

Regular vehicle sales Japan May 2013
Manufacturer May ’13 May ’12 YoY YTD ’13 YTD ’12 YoY
Daihatsu 170 225 -24.4% 882 1,273 -30.7%
Hino 2,614 2,952 -11.4% 18,556 17,589 5.5%
Honda 18,318 31,576 -42.0% 129,070 224,113 -42.4%
Isuzu 3,671 3,741 -1.9% 23,561 25,147 -6.3%
Lexus 3,395 3,177 6.9% 18,955 18,782 0.9%
Mazda 13,001 13,193 -1.5% 73,409 75,315 -2.5%
Mitsubishi 3,059 3,486 -12.2% 27,121 26,007 4.3%
Mitsubishi Fuso 2,610 2,740 -4.7% 13,584 14,767 -8.0%
Nissan 33,225 32,927 0.9% 228,969 235,797 -2.9%
Subaru 9,110 5,492 65.9% 56,024 39,922 40.3%
Suzuki 5,836 7,794 -25.1% 35,333 41,468 -14.8%
Toyota 102,735 110,714 -7.2% 641,062 722,695 -11.3%
UD Trucks 660 765 -13.7% 3,335 3,933 -15.2%
Other 20,695 17,584 17.7% 104,258 92,974 12.1%
Total 219,099 236,366 -7.3% 1,374,119 1,539,782 -10.8%
Domestic 193,131 215,552 -10.4% 1,238,022 1,419,531 -12.8%
Imports 25,968 20,814 24.8% 136,097 120,251 13.2%
Data courtesy Japan Automobile Dealers Association

Sales of regular cars were down 7.3 percent. It would have been worse without a helping hand from the gaijin. Imports are up 24.8 percent in May after surging 35.5 percent in April. Quite possibly, buyers of imported cars rush to the showrooms before the weaker yen makes the car more expensive. Sales of domestics are down 10.4 percent. This according to data released by  the Japan Automobile Dealers Association. Sales through May are down 10.8 percent with imports up 13.2 percent.

Mini vehicle sales Japan May 2013
Manufacturer May ’13 May ’12 YoY YTD ’13 YTD ’12 YoY
Suzuki 46,889 47,130 -0.5% 264,728 262,107 1.0%
Daihatsu 51,266 55,232 -7.2% 286,410 312,725 -8.4%
Mitsubishi 3,918 6,334 -38.1% 28,043 39,968 -29.8%
Subaru 3,922 4,712 -16.8% 24,242 41,523 -41.6%
Honda 27,126 26,347 3.0% 179,023 131,835 35.8%
Mazda 4,725 3,906 21.0% 24,521 23,861 2.8%
Nissan 7,304 11,421 -36.0% 62,224 73,914 -15.8%
Toyota 3,399 3,496 -2.8% 17,505 16,281 7.5%
Other 0 3 -100.0% 5 19 -73.7%
Total 148,549 158,581 -6.3% 886,701 902,233 -1.7%
Data courtesy Japan Mini Vehicles Association

Sales of minivehicles stopped growing and fell a sympathetic 6.3 percent in May. Kei cars are down 1.7 percent percent for the first five months, the Japan Light Motor Vehicle Association says. Keis hold 40 .4 percent of the Japanese market.

Total vehicle sales Japan May 2013
Manufacturer May ’13 May ’12 YoY YTD ’13 YTD ’12 YoY
Daihatsu 51,436 55,457 -7.3% 287,292 313,998 -8.5%
Hino 2,614 2,952 -11.4% 18,556 17,589 5.5%
Honda 45,444 57,923 -21.5% 308,093 355,948 -13.4%
Isuzu 3,671 3,741 -1.9% 23,561 25,147 -6.3%
Lexus 3,395 3,177 6.9% 18,955 18,782 0.9%
Mazda 17,726 17,099 3.7% 97,930 99,176 -1.3%
Mitsubishi 6,977 9,820 -29.0% 55,164 65,975 -16.4%
Mitsubishi Fuso 2,610 2,740 -4.7% 13,584 14,767 -8.0%
Nissan 40,529 44,348 -8.6% 291,193 309,711 -6.0%
Subaru 13,032 10,204 27.7% 80,266 81,445 -1.4%
Suzuki 52,725 54,924 -4.0% 300,061 303,575 -1.2%
Toyota 106,134 114,210 -7.1% 658,567 738,976 -10.9%
UD Trucks 660 765 -13.7% 3,335 3,933 -15.2%
Other 20,695 17,587 17.7% 104,263 92,993 12.1%
Total 367,648 394,947 -6.9% 2,260,820 2,442,015 -7.4%

Total vehicles sales are down 6.9 percent.

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One Comment on “May Sales in Japan Weak, Imports Strong...”


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    bd2

    Except BS left out the fact that “imports” doesn’t necessarily mean non-Japanese brands as the Japanese automakers import certain models from overseas (for instance, Nissan imports the Micra in substantial nos. from Thailand).

    Aside from the Germans who have a decent share of the luxury market in Japan, (but still, the Germans do better in Korea which is an overall smaller auto market), there really isn’t much by way of foreign mainstream brands doing well in China.


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