Japanese New Car Sales Plummet 51 Percent In April
As predicted a month ago, the full brunt of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s auto industry in April. Sales of new cars, trucks and buses crashed 51 percent from April a year earlier. Most of Japan’s auto industry was closed in the first half of April and operated at reduced capacity in the second half of the month.
According to data by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA), April sales dropped to 108,824 vehicles in April (excluding minivehicles and trucks), from 222,095 units in April 2010.AprilPrev YearChangeDaihatsu47546-91.4%Hino1,1661,643-29.0%Honda18,92336,710-48.5%Isuzu1,7092,603-34.3%Lexus1,6562,996-44.7%Mazda6,59810,784-38.8%Mitsubishi3,5154,398-20.1%Mitsu-Fusou1,2811,475-13.2%Nissan17,41327,728-37.2%Subaru3,8063,36413.1%Suzuki4,2884,752-9.8%Toyota35,557113,644-68.7%UD Trucks291695-58.1%Others12,57410,75716.9%Total108,824 222,095 -51.0%
We will publish data on the impact on Japanese production when the data become available.