And Now, All The Japanese Numbers
While we are waiting for the U.S. July sales table to populate, let me entertain or bore you with all the numbers from Japan. This was made possible by the , the Japan Mini Vehicles Association finally publishing its outstanding table. Domo arigatou.
As we well know by now, sales of regular vehicles are only part of the Japanese story. Two thirds of the story, to be exact ( in a way.)Mini vehicle sales Japan July ’12ManufacturerJuly ’12July ’11YoYYTD ’12YTD ’11ChangeSuzuki52,04843,78018.9%368,555269,85436.6%Daihatsu64,79048,24234.3%444,869299,88348.3%Mitsubishi7,2727,2390.5%54,69957,560-5.0%Subaru5,4587,890-30.8%52,29446,44012.6%Honda28,98110,803168.3%190,65775,217153.5%Mazda4,8993,14655.7%32,98626,27125.6%Nissan15,06310,48043.7%103,27080,40228.4%Toyota6,067027,647Other46-33.3%27258.0%Total184,582131,58640.3%1,275,004855,65249.0%
Sales of mini vehicles add the remaining third of Japanese car sales. Here, we see Toyota’s mini vehicle division Daihatsu still ruling the roost, but as Derek reports after reading just-auto, Suzuki is coming on strong when it comes to keis.Total vehicle sales Japan July ’12ManufacturerJuly ’12July ’11YoYMS July ’12MS July ’11Daihatsu65,06248,55834.0%12.7%13.0%Hino2,9292,65010.5%0.6%0.7%Honda74,60844,51467.6%14.5%11.9%Isuzu4,7643,55933.9%0.9%1.0%Lexus4,4814,528-1.0%0.9%1.2%Mazda21,78921,1812.9%4.2%5.7%Mitsubishi11,12811,979-7.1%2.2%3.2%Mitsubishi Fuso2,8352,13332.9%0.6%0.6%Nissan59,94852,29014.6%11.7%14.0%Subaru15,64914,06911.2%3.0%3.8%Suzuki60,31750,91118.5%11.8%13.6%Toyota171,733101,79068.7%33.5%27.3%UD Trucks600700-14.3%0.1%0.2%Other17,28214,19621.7%3.4%3.8%Total513,125373,05837.5%
All cars considered, the situation looks like this. In July, that 6,000 unit gap between Suzuki and Nissan shrunk to 369, but Suzuki is still ahead …Japan Big Three July ’12GroupToyota Motor CoNissanHondaUnits July ’12239,72459,94874,608Units July ’11152,99852,29044,514Units YoY56.7%14.6%67.6%MS July ’1246.7%11.7%14.5%MS July ’1141.0%14.0%11.9%Units YTD ’121,535,721426,566505,556Units YTD ’11901,950287,284289,886MS YTD ’1244.4%12.3%14.6%MS YTD ’1139.3%12.5%12.6%YoY YTD70.3%48.5%74.4%
And here, the all-important group level view.
See, Japanese numbers aren’t that hard at all!
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