Toyota, Honda, Nissan OK in October; Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki Not [Updated]

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

We’ll give you the quick top-line October ’09 vs. ’08 results, and get the details as soon as I catch my breath:

Toyota and Honda sales were both less than 1% changed. Nissan had a 6% boost. Mazda slid 8%. Suzuki was off 50% (in the middle of major product cycle changes).

Stabilization is the word of the day but at still low levels.

[Update]: Mitsubishi joins its other co-declining Japanese soul-mate, Suzuki, with a 48% drop in October.

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  • Kobo1d Kobo1d on Nov 04, 2009

    Come on Mitsubishi, hang in there! I don't want to have to sell an orphaned Eclipse in a few years.

  • Chem Chem on Nov 04, 2009

    After my 2006 3 was totalled I didn't buy a 2010 because of the design. Not only the grill but the rear lights. I went with a CX-7. Pretty happy for now. Where I live (Quebec) there's a shitload of Mazdas.

  • 50merc 50merc on Nov 04, 2009

    rockit, you're right. Generic it is. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-) Via Nocturna, I agree that the Wankel has been an unfortunate diversion of attention and resource. Mazda is too small to afford that.

  • B10er B10er on Nov 04, 2009

    Hi Grog, It is possible to dislike both the the Mazda3 re-design and the toyotafication of modern cars. I'm happy you like it, which really is all that matters with your own car ownership, but the trend of made up corporate grills slapped on generic bubbles to artificially make them distinct usually does not yield great results. As for the Mazda5, what a crazy-cool vehicle: 5-spd manual tranny, 6 passenger capacity/a whole junk load of cargo room with 2 rows folded down, all in a car (not a truck) thats actually decently fun to drive for some $20k! I'm a Euro-snob, but this is on my short-list to replace the Wife's Mazda3...