Country Overview Japanese GDP pro capita in 2011 was $ 34.300, slightly below 2010 as effect of March 11th earthquake and following tsunami. After experiencing a long period of internal stagnation, the country is facing a hard recovery period, pushed by emergency. In the 2011 the Japanese was the world’s 3rd car market with over 4.1 millions car registered.
October 2013 surprised with a Japanese domestic car market boomed 17.4%, another huge performance that followed the double digit growth post in September. Honda improved significantly market share and posted the Fit on top of models ranking,
September 2013 was really key for the Japanese car market as sales suddenly surged 16.8% from year ago and cumulated sales recovering from last year and now down only 5.7%. Toyota had further lost share and navigated far from usual 30%.
August 2013 car sold in Japan slipped 1.1% from last year with year to date sales down 8.4%. US Authorities started negotiations with Abe's government aiming the opening of Japanese domestic market at full competition.
Japanese new passenger's vehicles market kept the pace and in July 2013 had lost 9.1% from last year, confirming a near 10% lost in cumulated figures. Pushed by success of two new models, the Dayz and the Spacia, Nissan and Suzuki were in the podium.
June 2013 new passenger's vehicles sales in Japan were deeply negative, with volume dropped 20.9% from year ago. First half closed down 9.2%. Meantime luxury imported brands gained share, with Mini jumped in the Top25 models ranks.
Japanese car market in May was back on its declining trend, posting a 7.8% decline. Although placing only in 9th, Volkswagen was again the best importers. Mercedes and BMW hit their record share, while Mazda and Mitsubishi recovered.
Domestic car market in Japan in April 2013 had broken the negative trend, soaring 1.5% from last year, as consumer's demand benefit from new government's illusions. Japanese car makers were among top sponsor of new "old style" policy and now celebrate surging profit. Mazda over all.
The Japanese light passenger vehicles market in March fell 11.3% from last year, with first quarter sales down 8.4%, with a drop heavier than expected. Mercedes and BMW soared respectively at 1.0% and 0.9% of market share.
Japanese light passenger vehicles market surprised again, posting in February a light 6.1% decline from last year, with cumulate sales down 6.0%. Nissan confirmed its momentum and ranked second, with two points of share above last year.
January was really positive for the Japanese car market in spite of the 5.9% decline from January 2011, when scrap incentives were introduced. While Toyota is weaker than usual, Nissan started with an outstanding performance.
December car sales in Japan were flat over last year, beating general expectations. Full Year sales were up 30% from 2011 pushed by government green incentives. However, 2013 perspectives are negative. Toyota Aqua ended the year as market leader.
November was slightly positive for the Japanese car market which posted a 3.5% increase over last year with year-to-date sales up 32.8%. Subaru posted an outstanding performance, achieving the best share of the year at 3.8%.
In October, the car market in Japan was substantially stable, posting a 3.5% decline from last year. However, thanks to the sales boom posted in the first 8 month, year-to-date sales were up 36.1%. The hybrid MPV, Toyota Aqua peaked the market leadership.
September was positive for the Japanese car market which posted 446.864 sales, down only 0.5% from last. Year-to-date sales were 4.230.000, up 41.0%. Mercedes posted the best month this year surging in 9th position with over 5.000 units, best import and best luxury segment player.