Japanese Vehicles Sales 2016 fell down moderately while for the third year in a row falling at the lowest in five years. However Toyota improved sales as many importers. Ford gave away.
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The domestic new vehicles market kept the shy trend losing again in the 2016, for the third year in a row hitting the lowest level since 2012.
Indeed, according to the data released by the JADA, JAMA and JAIA, (the Japanese Associations of car manufacturers, importers and dealers), the year ended with a good December recovery, when sales had been 397.477 (+7.9%) reducing the full year lost at only 1.5% with figures at 4.959.680 units.
The market leader Toyota sold 1.528.173 vehicles (+5.5%) ahead of Honda and Suzuki, while among the highest increases there were Abarth, Jeep, Peugeot, DS and Mini. The best performances had been reported by Smart and Jaguar, improving 345.5% and 113.7%.
Ford hit the sharpest slowdown, losing 55.2%. Others remarkable lost reported for Alfa Romeo, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen.
The Toyota Prius was the best-selling model with 248.258 units (+85.0%), while in 2nd place was the Honda N-Box with 175.073 (-5.3%) ahead of the Toyota Aqua with 168.208 (-22.0%).
Tables with sales figures
In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models.