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Japan 2005: Toyota Vitz threatens Corolla, Ractis starts strong

Toyota Vitz

Lots of new models and changes this year in Japan, even though the Toyota Corolla stays #1 at 149,810 sales (-14%), ranking first 6 times. The new generation Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris) is an immediate hit: it is #1 for its first month of sales in February and holds the pole position for 4 months, peaking at 22,135 sales in March and finishing the year #2 with 131,935 units (+114%).

Toyota Ractis

In 3rd place, the Honda Fit drops 16% at 125,894 units, it was #1 in December only. The fourth model to rank #1 this year doesn’t appear in the 2005 Top 30 because of its late launch: the Toyota Ractis racks up 9,861 sales (#2) for its first month in October, and takes the lead of Japanese sales in November at 11,673 units…

Nissan Note

The Nissan Tiida is #4 with 98,069 sales for its first full year, it was even #2 in January only 35 units below the Corolla! Other excellent performers this year include the Nissan Note, directly #5 for its first year at 93,925 units and peaking at #3 in February, and the new gen Honda StepWGN, #7 overall with 91,745 sales but #2 in June and August just below the Corolla.

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

Honda StepWGN

Japan Full Year 2005:

Pos Model 2005 05/04 2004 Pos
1 Toyota Corolla 149,810 -14% 173,301 1
2 Toyota Vitz 131,935 117% 60,788 16
3 Honda Fit 125,894 -16% 149,503 2
4 Nissan Tiida 98,069 211% 31,483 32
5 Nissan Note 93,925 new 0  –
6 Toyota Wish 92,006 -27% 126,531 4
7 Honda StepWGN 91,745 96% 46,700 20
8 Toyota Passo 87,956 28% 68,984 12
9 Toyota Alphard 81,647 -5% 85,953 9
10 Toyota Crown 79,546 -32% 116,614 5
11 Nissan Cube 74,818 -46% 139,623 3
12 Toyota Voxy 72,991 17% 62,371 15
13 Toyota Noah 72,859 -6% 77,146 10
14 Nissan Serena 69,973 72% 40,760 22
15 Mazda Demio 67,055 -11% 75,762 11
16 Toyota Isis 66,515 213% 21,264  –
17 Honda Odyssey 64,003 -35% 97,849 7
18 Toyota Mark X 63,738 387% 13,088  –
19 Nissan March 62,505 -39% 102,792 6
20 Subaru Legacy 59,370 -8% 64,785 14
21 Toyota Ist 51,912 -41% 87,923 8
22 Toyota Sienta 51,142 -24% 67,551 13
23 Suzuki Swift 50,403 46% 34,578 28
24 Toyota Porte 45,470 30% 34,867 27
25 Honda Airwave 43,846 new 0  –
26 Toyota Prius 43,670 -27% 59,761 17
27 Nissan Elgrand 42,823 37% 31,303 33
28 Nissan Lafesta 41,624 609% 5,868  –
29 Honda Mobilio 39,405 -30% 56,034 18
30 Toyota bB 39,047 -9% 42,749 21

Source: JADA

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