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Japan 2002: Honda Fit interrupts 32-year long Corolla domination!

Honda Fit

2002 is a historical year: for the first time in 33 years, the Toyota Corolla is not the best selling car in Japan! The car responsible for this extraordinary event is the Honda Fit. Launched in June 2001, the Fit was #1 for the first time in November of that year. It then managed to hold the pole position 9 out of 12 months in 2002 and finished the year at a stellar 250,790 sales.

Nissan March

The Toyota Corolla drops to #2 with a still respectable 226,222 sales (-4%). The new generation Nissan March jumps 13 spots and 131% to reach the podium at #3 with 139,221 sales. In a reshuffled ranking, the all-new Toyota Ist lands directly in 4th position with 103,570 sales. It launched in May directly in 5th place, ranked 3rd in June and held this position 4 more times, peaking at 18,464 sales in July.

Toyota Ist

The Toyota Vitz drops to #5 with 100,801 units (-29%). Three more models are new in the Top 10 this year: the Toyota Noah is up 793% at #6 with 97,080 sales, the Toyota Voxy is up 760% at #8 with 77,958 units and the Honda Mobilio is new this year, directly #10 at 72,242 sales.

Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.

Japan Full Year 2002:

Pos Model 2002 02/01 2001 Pos
1 Honda Fit 250,790 140% 104,298 6
2 Toyota Corolla 226,222 -4% 236,507 1
3 Nissan March 139,221 131% 60,373 16
4 Toyota Ist 103,579 new 0  –
5 Toyota Vitz 100,801 -29% 142,513 2
6 Toyota Noah 97,080 793% 10,874  –
7 Toyota Estima 95,765 -19% 118,901 4
8 Toyota Voxy 77,958 760% 9,064  –
9 Nissan Cube 75,215 0% 74,990 8
10 Honda Mobilio 72,242 new 0  –
11 Honda StepWGN 71,128 -35% 110,014 5
12 Toyota Crown 68,798 -17% 82,901 7
13 Honda Stream 64,289 -46% 119,877 3
14 Mazda Demio 63,050 2% 61,572 15
15 Nissan Serena 60,492 12% 54,204 19
16 Toyota Mark II 59,448 -14% 68,885 11
17 Toyota Premio 58,800 new 0  –
18 Toyota FunCargo 57,525 -18% 70,067 10
19 Toyota Alphard 53,428 new 0  –
20 Nissan Wingroad 53,407 37% 39,097  –
21 Subaru Legacy 52,608 -16% 62,778 14
22 Honda Odyssey 52,366 -26% 71,053 9
23 Toyota Ipsum 51,998 -23% 67,706 12
24 Toyota Aurion 49,975 new 0  –
25 Nissan Sunny 49,121 -9% 54,277 18
26 Toyota bB 43,820 -33% 65,111 13
27 Mazda MPV 43,436 -16% 51,525 20
28 Nissan Elgrand 40,439 27% 31,717  –
29 Mitsubishi Lancer 34,075 -39% 56,136 17
30 Nissan Bluebird 32,690 -31% 47,515 21

Source: JADA

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