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Japan Kei cars October 2010: Wagon R back on top

Suzuki Wagon R Stingray

Kei comes from keijidōsha, light automobile, and corresponds to vehicles under 3.4m length (For more on Kei cars see here). Traditionally, the best-selling Kei cars in Japan outsell the passenger cars, but with the arrival of the new Prius this is not valid anymore.

The Suzuki Wagon R, #2 in September, is back to the top in October with 15,176 registrations, but this is not enough to regain the year-to-date lead still occupied by the Daihatsu Tanto with 167,499 units vs. 167,296 for the Wagon R. This is a great performance for the Tanto, as the Wagon R has been the best-selling Kei car in Japan since 2003.

Other gainers in the YTD rankings include the Suzuki Alto in 4th (+31%), the Daihatsu Mira in 5th (+33%) and the Suzuki Palette in 6th (+50%). The only newcomer in the Top 20 is the Nissan Roox (9th YTD and 7th in October) which is actually a rebadged Suzuki Palette.

Suzuki Palette

Top 20 Kei cars and Top 15 commercial Kei cars ranking tables below.

Daihatsu Tanto

Kei cars:

Pos Model Oct Sep Pos YTD10 /09 Pos
1 Suzuki WagonR 15,176 16,661 2 167,296 -5% 2
2 Daihatsu Tanto 12,468 18,583 1 167,499 +32% 1
3 Daihatsu Move 7,773 13,527 3 113,405 -29% 3
4 Daihatsu Mira 6,353 9,438 4 87,931 +33% 5
5 Suzuki Alto 6,324 9,163 5 95,797 +31% 4
6 Suzuki Palette 4,647 8,232 6 71,453 +50% 6
7 Nissan Roox 3,251 5,124 8 44,596 n/a 9
8 Nissan Moco 2,601 5,499 7 48,243 -6% 8
9 Daihatsu Esse 2,243 3,255 13 29,345 +3% 12
10 Honda Zest 2,116 3,766 11 35,023 -5% 10
11 Mitsubishi eK 2,016 3,836 10 30,602 +10% 11
12 Honda Life 1,974 4,883 9 51,894 -18% 7
13 Subaru Stella 1,964 3,391 12 26,044 -7% 13
14 Suzuki Every Wagon 1,660 1,696 15 16,801 -19% 15
15 Suzuki Jimny 1,387 1,125 19 9,531 -3% 22
16 Daihatsu Atrai 1,109 1,028 20 9,543 -11% 21
17 Mazda AZ Wagon 1,089 2,115 14 22,336 -5% 14
18 Honda Vamos 904 1,689 16 10,944 -10% 18
19 Suzuki MR Wagon 654 976 22 10,832 -32% 19
20 Nissan Otti 650 1,355 18 11,646 -35% 16

Commercial kei cars:

Pos Model Oct Sep Pos YTD10 /09 Pos
1 Suzuki Every 5,641 4,610 4 50,017 +9% 3
2 Daihatsu Haizet Truck 4,577 7,360 1 56,455 +13% 1
3 Suzuki Carry 4,271 5,001 3 51,063 +4% 2
4 Daihatsu Haizet Cargo 4,135 5,458 2 42,767 +11% 4
5 Subaru Samba Truck 2,001 2,928 5 28,922 +7% 6
6 Honda Acty Truck 1,389 2,585 6 31,544 +219% 5
7 Subaru Samba Van 1,244 1,746 7 15,801 +19% 7
8 Daihatsu Mira Van 1,053 1,430 9 12,579 0% 10
9 Mitsubishi Minicab 990 1,310 10 12,165 +18% 11
10 Mitsubishi Minicab Truck 966 1,618 8 13,651 +9% 8
11 Nissan Clipper Van 955 1,289 11 10,663 +1% 12
12 Suzuki Alto Van 911 1,217 12 12,760 +10% 9
13 Honda Acty Van 747 990 13 6,836 -22% 15
14 Mitsubishi Minicab Van 674 843 14 9,165 +6% 13
15 Nissan Clipper Truck 632 770 16 7,386 -1% 14

Source: www.zenkeijikyo.or.jp

Photos: Suzuki, Daihatsu

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