By on June 7, 2012

Hybrids and minivehicles continue to top Japan’s list of best-selling cars in May. With 20,789 units sold, Toyota’s Prius is leading the list now for the 12th month in a row. Hot on its heels is Toyota’s Aqua, better known in the U.S. as Prius C.  Only supply constraints at Toyota can keep the compact and affordable hybrid from taking the top spot.    

Rank 4 and 5 are occupied by minivehicles . Honda’s Fit is ranked fifth.  Six out of the top ten best-selling cars in Japan are minivehicles.

Rank Model Brand Units YoY Type
1 Prius Toyota 20,789 220.3% REG
2 Aqua Toyota 20,091 N/A REG
3 NBOX Honda 19,354 14.3% KEI
4 Mira Daihatsu 17,476 12.4% KEI
5 Fit Honda 14,534 55.4% REG
6 Tanto Daihatsu 13,571 0.6% KEI
7 Wagon R Suzuki 12,674 3.6% KEI
8 Move Daihatsu 12,620 4.4% KEI
9 Alto Suzuki 10,334 1.7% KEI
10 Freed Honda 8,142 76.8% REG
11 Vitz Toyota 7,789 -1.0% REG
12 Serena Nissan 7,012 21.6% REG
13 Step Wagon Honda 5,745 84.9% REG
14 Palette Suzuki 5,540 1.1% KEI
15 MR Wagon Suzuki 5,445 36.2% KEI
16 Demio Mazda 5,175 83.7% REG
17 VELLFIRE Toyota 5,118 317.1% REG
18 Rook Nissan 4,991 10.1% KEI
19 Note Nissan 4,322 48.8% REG
20 Alphard Toyota 4,286 433.1% REG
21 Swift Suzuki 4,010 84.8% REG
22 Corolla Toyota 4,008 21.2% REG
23 Moco Nissan 3,956 -36.4% KEI
24 Passo Toyota 3,791 49.0% REG
25 Solio Suzuki 3,456 29.1% REG
26 Voxy Toyota 3,405 49.5% REG
27 Life Honda 3,253 -17.8% KEI
28 Wish Toyota 3,231 59.0% REG
29 CX-5 Mazda 2,890 N/A REG
30 Ractis Toyota 2,873 -23.1% REG
31 Juke Nissan 2,688 51.0% REG
32 Sienta Toyota 2,612 N/A REG
33 Pyxis Toyota 2,564 225.8% KEI
34 86 Toyota 2,432 N/A REG
35 Tidus Nissan 2,422 37.1% REG
36 Noah Toyota 2,417 31.4% REG
37 Cube Nissan 2,319 -11.2% REG
38 Estima Toyota 2,267 48.6% REG
39 Legacy Subaru 2,207 58.9% REG
40 Crown Toyota 2,063 41.3% REG
41 X-TRAIL Nissan 1,904 18.9% REG
42 March Nissan 1,898 -42.0% REG
43 eK Mitsubishi 1,893 0.2% KEI
44 AZ-Wagon Mazda 1,777 33.2% KEI
45 Stella Subaru 1,748 75.0% KEI

The table was compiled from data provided by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Mini Vehicles Association. Separately reported imports are not included in this list. Not that they would make it anyway.

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