Japan Automotive Industry celebrates 2014 as the best year in eight.

Japan Automotive Industry

Japan Automotive Industry celebrates 2014 as the best year in eight after that December ended positively with over 430.000 sales breaking a negative series of 7 months. Toyota fell with no one model on podium.

In December 2014 according to data released by JADAJAMA and JAIA, the Japanese Associations of car manufacturers, new Light Passengers Vehicles sold have been 430.624, up 4.0% and finally breaking a negative series started in April.

Full Year 2014 sales in Japan have been 5.463.000, up 3.5% from 2013, the highest since 2006.

In December Toyota sold 95.757 units, falling 9.4% with share at 22.2% one of the lowest in a decade. Full Year sales have been anyhow above 1.5 million, down 1.7% from 2013.

Suzuki was second again with 76.555 units (+44.6%) ending the year in third place, 1 spot better than in 2013, with 787.689 sales.

Daihatsu was third with 74.435 sales (+39.4%) ending the year in fourth place with 708.168 sales, while Honda, fourth in December, was the second best in the annual ranking with 848.788 sales (+11.2%).

Mercedes was the leader of importers ranking in 10th place with respectively 7.304 and 60.838 sales in December and in the year.

As far as the Car Groups performance and ranking the leader was Toyota with 41.5% of market share, ahead of Suzuki with 17.8% and Honda with 12.9%.

As far as Best-selling models performance and ranking, Suzuki Wagon R jumped on top of the list with 18.255 sales (+24.1%) followed by the Daihatsu Tanto and Move with 17.078 and 16.361 units.