The Toyota Corolla remained the top-selling vehicle in Japan in the half year through June, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said Tuesday.
Although sales of Corollas fell 13 percent in the January-June period from a year earlier to 94,446 units, it retained the top spot as rival automakers failed to produce any big hits, the industry body said.
Toyota occupied five places in the top 10, while Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. took two places each. Mazda Motor Corp. took one spot.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Colt subcompact came in 24th place, with a 44.8 percent plunge in sales from a year earlier to 20,898 units. MMC’s sales were hit by a series of defect coverups.
The Colt, Mitsubishi’s mainstay vehicle and once one of the most popular cars in Japan, was the only Mitsubishi vehicle that made the list of the 30 best-selling cars. None of the Mitsubishi cars made the top 10 on a monthly basis throughout the January-June period.
In June alone, the Corolla remained the top-selling vehicle in the country for the fifth consecutive month, with 14,685 units sold.
Sales of imports up
Sales of new imported vehicles, including those produced by Japanese makers, rose 6.3 percent in June from a year earlier to 28,349 units, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Tuesday.
The figure was up for the first time in three months.
Sales of foreign-brand imports totaled 25,755 vehicles, up 7.5 percent, and those of Japanese-made imports came to 2,594 units, down 4.7 percent.
The figures bring this year’s cumulative sales of imported vehicles to 138,985 units, up 1 percent from the same period the previous year.
Volkswagen remained the top-selling imported brand for the sixth straight month, selling 5,897 units, up 16.4 percent from the year before.
BMW rose to second place in June from the third spot in May, selling 4,716 vehicles, up 29.7 percent.
Mercedes-Benz followed with 4,134 autos, down 7 percent.
Toyota remained in fourth place, after seeing its sales of imported vehicles jump 293.1 percent to 1,867 units.
Volvo ranked fifth with sales of 1,544 units, up 16.4 percent.
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