February 2014 Japan car market rushed fearing for tax increase.

In February 2014, accordingly with data released by JADA, JAMA and JAIA, the Japanese Associations of car manufacturers, total light passenger vehicles sold in the country have been 564.183, up 18.4% from the previous year, the 6th year on year double-digit increase in a row. Year to date sales were 1.059.492 with an increase of 23.3%. The announced April duties hike is probably anticipating the purchase trend.

In Japan, the debate regarding the consequences of a weak yen has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, particularly after Q4 GDP data showed that the external sector still represents a drag on economic activity. In addition, the trade balance recorded its largest deficit on record in January, mainly due to soaring imports. Japanese companies shifting of production abroad and soaring energy imports are taking a toll on the country’s trade balance. These developments have raised concerns among analysts that the impact of Abenomics is increasingly losing steam.

Many warn that Japan’s economic recovery could be derailed when the sales tax increase that is looming on the April horizon takes effect. Thus, pressure on both the government and the Bank of Japan to take additional action in the coming months is mounting.

Meantime, carmakers are maximizing their efforts to take the best advantage from strong demand. Toyota sold 157k units with share above 27%, while Honda with 85.9 sales kept the second place despite share fell at 15.2% from the stellar above 18% scored in the previous month. Nissan in third was strong again with 82.4k and 14.6% of share, up 1.0 points from the previous month.

Daihatsu was 4th with 69k sales and 12.3% of share, a bit better than Suzuki, 5th with 67k sales and 11.9% of share. The other Japanese brand had been stable, with Mitsubishi in 8th place at 2.7% of share, the best in sixth months. Importers are struggling and losing volume and share, penalized by strong Yen depreciation policy, a key elements of Abeconomics philosophy.

Following five months on top, Honda Fit fell in  7th place, with Toyota Aqua and Prius back on top of the list. Third was the K-car Daihatsu Tanto, while the new Nissan Dayz advanced in fourth place, best place ever, with strong demand and share at 3.7%, just 0.6 points below the top. Two new models are climbing the list, Toyota Harrier in 24th place with 5.2k sales and Honda Vezel in 32nd with 4.2k sales.:

In the interactive tables below you can sort thru the Top brands and Best-selling model as you like:

Rank Feb Rank 2014 Brand Feb Ytd 2014 I Half ’13 Q3 2013 Q4 2013 Jan Feb 2014
1 1 Toyota 157.580 286.713 29,3% 28,8% 27,9% 26,1% 27,9% 27,1%
2 2 Honda 85.931 177.428 13,9% 13,2% 16,6% 18,5% 15,2% 16,7%
3 3 Nissan 82.404 149.875 12,9% 13,3% 11,6% 13,6% 14,6% 14,1%
4 4 Daihatsu 69.602 131.410 12,5% 12,0% 12,1% 12,5% 12,3% 12,4%
5 5 Suzuki 67.232 130.529 13,2% 12,8% 12,9% 12,8% 11,9% 12,3%
6 6 Mazda 25.737 47.715 4,3% 4,4% 3,9% 4,4% 4,6% 4,5%
7 7 Subaru 16.501 31.128 3,5% 3,5% 2,9% 3,0% 2,9% 2,9%
8 8 Mitsubishi 15.063 26.226 2,7% 2,8% 2,4% 2,3% 2,7% 2,5%
9 9 Volkswagen 6.837 12.690 1,2% 1,1% 1,5% 1,2% 1,2% 1,2%
10 10 Isuzu 5.751 10.048 0,8% 1,4% 1,2% 0,9% 1,0% 0,9%
11 11 Mercedes 5.069 9.108 0,9% 1,1% 1,1% 0,8% 0,9% 0,9%
12 13 Hino 4.702 8.319 0,6% 0,9% 1,0% 0,7% 0,8% 0,8%
13 12 Lexus 4.223 8.384 0,9% 0,9% 0,9% 0,8% 0,7% 0,8%
14 14 BMW 4.159 6.889 0,8% 0,9% 1,0% 0,6% 0,7% 0,7%
15 15 Mitsubishi Fuso 3.463 5.789 0,5% 0,7% 0,8% 0,5% 0,6% 0,5%
16 16 Audi 2.733 4.876 0,5% 0,5% 0,6% 0,4% 0,5% 0,5%
17 18 Volvo 1.316 2.227 0,3% 0,4% 0,3% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2%
18 17 Mini 1.298 2.348 0,3% 0,3% 0,4% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2%
19 19 Fiat 797 1.208 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
20 20 Jeep 544 898 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
21 21 Peugeot 508 839 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
22 22 Renault 444 782 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
23 24 Porsche 441 722 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
24 23 Ford 393 757 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
25 25 Alfa Romeo 301 515 0,1% 0,0% 0,1% 0,0% 0,1% 0,0%
26 26 Land Rover 274 491 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
27 27 Citroen 185 346 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
28 28 Smart 122 215 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
29 30 Maserati 82 134 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
30 29 Jaguar 76 149 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
31 32 Chevrolet 72 121 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
32 31 Chrysler 70 122 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
33 33 Ferrari 51 107 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
34 34 Cadillac 48 94 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
35 35 Dodge 40 70 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
36 36 Lotus 30 55 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
37 37 Bentley 29 44 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
38 39 Aston Martin 21 28 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
39 38 Lamborghini 17 32 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
40 40 McLaren 12 21 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
41 41 Rolls Royce 10 10 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
42 42 Lancia 5 9 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
43 43 Morgan 3 6 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
43 43 GMC 3 6 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
44 44 Hummer 2 4 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
45 46 MG 1 2 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
45 45 Hyundai 1 3 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Feb Rank 2014 Model Sales Feb 2014 Q3 2013 Q4 2013 Jan Feb Ytd 2014
1 1 Toyota Aqua 23.973 46.858 5,6% 4,1% 4,6% 4,2% 4,4%
2 4 Toyota Prius 23.501 43.663 4,6% 4,5% 4,1% 4,2% 4,1%
3 2 Daihatsu Tanto 23.166 45.633 2,2% 3,4% 4,5% 4,1% 4,3%
4 5 Nissan Dayz 20.697 34.765 2,7% 2,3% 2,8% 3,7% 3,3%
5 6 Honda N-Box 18.329 33.880 4,5% 4,3% 3,1% 3,2% 3,2%
6 3 Honda Fit 18.303 45.172 2,7% 5,6% 5,4% 3,2% 4,3%
7 7 Suzuki WagonR 16.997 32.324 3,2% 2,9% 3,1% 3,0% 3,1%
8 8 Daihatsu Move 16.052 30.119 4,0% 2,8% 2,8% 2,8% 2,8%
9 9 Daihatsu Mira 15.807 29.185 3,0% 2,8% 2,7% 2,8% 2,8%
10 11 Nissan Note 12.237 22.571 2,7% 2,2% 2,1% 2,2% 2,1%
11 10 Suzuki Spacia 11.842 23.222 2,7% 2,8% 2,3% 2,1% 2,2%
12 12 Toyota Corolla 11.335 22.203 1,8% 2,8% 2,2% 2,0% 2,1%
13 13 Nissan Serena 10.496 20.406 1,9% 1,6% 2,0% 1,9% 1,9%
14 14 Suzuki Alto 8.812 17.759 2,1% 1,7% 1,8% 1,6% 1,7%
15 15 Toyota Vitz 8.386 15.118 1,6% 1,4% 1,4% 1,5% 1,4%
16 17 Toyota Voxy 8.147 11.832 0,8% 0,8% 0,7% 1,4% 1,1%
17 16 Nissan X-Trail 7.554 14.170 0,5% 0,7% 1,3% 1,3% 1,3%
18 29 Toyota Noah 6.202 8.483 0,6% 0,6% 0,5% 1,1% 0,8%
19 25 Mitsubishi eK 5.971 9.799 1,3% 0,8% 0,8% 1,1% 0,9%
20 23 Mazda3 5.558 10.034 0,2% 0,5% 0,9% 1,0% 0,9%
21 18 Toyota Crown 5.518 10.817 1,3% 1,2% 1,1% 1,0% 1,0%
22 19 Subaru Impreza 5.360 10.622 1,2% 1,0% 1,1% 1,0% 1,0%
23 24 Toyota Harrier 5.243 9.860 0,1% 0,1% 0,9% 0,9% 0,9%
24 28 Toyota Spade 5.224 8.915 0,9% 0,8% 0,7% 0,9% 0,8%
25 22 Honda Odyssey 5.176 10.454 0,1% 0,8% 1,1% 0,9% 1,0%
26 21 Nissan Moco 5.127 10.455 0,7% 0,8% 1,1% 0,9% 1,0%
27 26 Toyota Vellfire 4.892 9.546 1,0% 0,9% 0,9% 0,9% 0,9%
28 31 Toyota Passo 4.758 8.238 0,7% 0,8% 0,7% 0,8% 0,8%
29 27 Honda Freed 4.651 9.243 1,2% 1,1% 0,9% 0,8% 0,9%
30 32 Mazda CX-5 4.498 7.622 0,7% 0,7% 0,6% 0,8% 0,7%
31 20 Honda Vezel 4.257 10.492 0,0% 0,0% 1,3% 0,8% 1,0%
32 30 Honda N-One 3.812 8.441 1,7% 1,4% 0,9% 0,7% 0,8%
33 34 Suzuki Swift 3.784 6.857 0,8% 0,7% 0,6% 0,7% 0,6%
34 33 Mazda Demio 3.617 6.978 0,9% 0,6% 0,7% 0,6% 0,7%
35 36 Toyota Alphard 3.493 6.316 0,6% 0,6% 0,6% 0,6% 0,6%
36 37 Toyota Estima 3.373 6.315 0,7% 0,6% 0,6% 0,6% 0,6%
37 38 Subaru Forester 3.285 6.025 0,7% 0,5% 0,6% 0,6% 0,6%
38 40 Suzuki Solio 3.161 5.532 0,6% 0,5% 0,5% 0,6% 0,5%
39 39 Toyota Porte 2.985 5.927 0,6% 0,5% 0,6% 0,5% 0,6%
40 41 Toyota Sai 2.579 5.246 0,2% 0,6% 0,5% 0,5% 0,5%

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