Toyota’s Aqua hybrid sedan retains top spot for sales

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Aqua subcompact hybrid was the nation’s top seller in fiscal 2013, retaining the highest slot for the second consecutive year, industry data showed Friday.

Sales totaled 259,686 units for the Aqua, which has remained popular since its launch in December 2011. Toyota’s Prius hybrid was a close second, with sales of 251,915 units.

The data, compiled by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association, showed the strong popularity of fuel-efficient models such as hybrids and minivehicles.

Honda Motor Co.’s Fit subcompact ranked fourth with sales of 217,100 units, reflecting robust demand for its hybrid model.

Minivehicles, with engine displacements of up to 660 cc, occupied seven of the 10 slots.

Honda’s N-Box was the best performer in the minivehicle segment for the second straight year. The model ranked third overall with sales of 225,900 units.

Daihatsu Motor Co.’s Move ranked fifth and its Tanto sixth, followed by Suzuki Motor Corp.’s Wagon R.

In March, Honda’s Fit took the top slot for the first time in two months.