2019- Bestselling cars in Japan

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Used JDM cars are considered a popular choice by many car buyers in our market. JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market and the term JDM is applied to cars that were built and intended to be sold in Japanese domestic market.

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According to the data by JADA (Japan Automobile Dealers Association), the best-selling car in Japan in year 2019 was the Toyota Prius while last year’s bestselling model the Nissan Note, slipped to second position. Toyota Sienta secured the third place while the Toyota Corolla surged to fourth. In total, 7 of the 10 most-popular car models in Japan in 2019 were made by Toyota.

Rank Brand Model Sales in 2019
1 Toyota Prius 125,587
2 Nissan Note 118,472
3 Toyota Sienta 110,880
4 Toyota Corolla 104,406
5 Toyota Aqua 103,803
6 Nissan Serena 92,956
7 Toyota Roomy 91,650
8 Toyota Voxy 88,012
9 Honda Freed 85,596
10 Toyota Vitz 81,554

Mini cars (kei-jidousya) or simply kei cars in Japan are vehicles defined by amongst others being shorter than 3.4 m with a maximum height of 2 m and a maximum width of 1.48 m. The engine capacity is restricted to 660cc measured by the Japanese standards.

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Once again the Honda N-Box remained the bestselling kei car in Japan having sold twice as many cars as the Prius. Daihatsu Tanto improved from 4th position to second place whereas Suzuki Spacia slipped from second to 3rd position.

Rank Brand Model Sales 2019
1 Honda N-BOX 253,500
2 Daihatsu Tanto 175,292
3 Suzuki Spacia 166,389
4 Nissan Days 157,439
5 Toyota Prius 125,587
6 Daihatsu Move 122,835
7 Nissan Note 118,472
8 Toyota Sienta 110,880
9 Toyota Corolla 104,406
10 Toyota Aqua 103,803

Toyota continued to dominate the Japanese new vehicle market in 2019. With 18 out of top 30 bestselling models being Toyota. Although Toyota is a minor player in the kei car market – the company’s presence is well represented by Daihatsu which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota.

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