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Japan 2003: Corolla back on top, Toyota Wish #3

Toyota Wish

This year no less than 4 different models held the Japanese best seller trophy for at least one month: the Toyota Corolla, back to #1 after having its 32-year long reign interrupted by the Honda Fit last year, held it for 7 months and finishes the year at 198,904 sales (-12%). The Fit was #1 three times and is #2 overall with 182,285 units (-27%).

Nissan Cube

The Toyota Wish, launched in January, led the ranking in April and landed directly in 3rd place with 158,658 sales for its very first year. The Honda Odyssey, facelifted in October, was #1 in December but is only #20 overall. The new generation Nissan Cube, #4 overall at 139,570 sales, missed the first spot for 96 sales in September when it sold 17,512 units.

Two more models sell over 100,000 units this year: the Nissan March drops 11% at #5 with 123,709 and the Toyota Ist is stable at #6 with 103,946 sales. Other good performers include the Subaru Legacy at #12 (+25%) and the Mitsubishi Colt at #14 (+431%).

Full Top 30 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Honda Odyssey pic.

Honda Odyssey

Japan Full Year 2003:

Pos Model 2003 03/02 2002 Pos
1 Toyota Corolla 198,904 -12% 226,222 2
2 Honda Fit 182,285 -27% 250,790 1
3 Toyota Wish 158,658 new 0  –
4 Nissan Cube 139,570 86% 75,215 9
5 Nissan March 123,709 -11% 139,332 3
6 Toyota Ist 103,946 0% 103,579 4
7 Mazda Demio 88,170 40% 63,050 14
8 Toyota Noah 86,922 -10% 97,080 6
9 Toyota Alphard 83,529 56% 53,428 19
10 Toyota Estima 74,940 -22% 95,765 7
11 Toyota Vitz 71,117 -29% 100,801 5
12 Subaru Legacy 65,567 25% 52,608 21
13 Honda StepWGN 63,182 -11% 71,128 11
14 Mitsubishi Colt 62,453 431% 11,759  –
15 Honda Mobilio 61,334 -15% 72,242 10
16 Toyota Voxy 56,343 -28% 77,958 8
17 Toyota Crown 56,089 -18% 68,798 12
18 Nissan Serena 47,400 -22% 60,492 15
19 Nissan Wingroad 45,708 -14% 53,407 20
20 Honda Odyssey 45,374 -13% 52,366 22
21 Nissan Sunny 44,416 -10% 49,121 25
22 Toyota Premio 43,987 -25% 58,800 17
23 Toyota Aurion 43,878 -12% 49,975 24
24 Toyota FunCargo 42,727 -26% 57,525 18
25 Toyota Mark II 41,816 -30% 59,448 16
26 Toyota bB 40,820 -7% 43,820 26
27 Toyota Raum 38,577 697% 4,840  –
28 Nissan Elgrand 35,865 -11% 40,439 28
29 Honda Stream 35,438 -45% 64,289 13
30 Mazda MPV 34,582 -20% 43,436 27

Source: JADA

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