In pin-sharp contrast with China, the US, Western Europe or Russia, where latest SUV-Crossovers stand out as the trendiest transport for the past few seasons, asked to name a hot sector in Japan few would think of Crossovers.
But that may be about to change.
First faint signs that the already flourishing global SUV-Crossover trend may be about to take root in Japan have emerged from latest Japanese car sales figures.
In a market long-known for the popularity of 660cc Midget (kei) cars, chiefly because they are cheap, small and easy to drive, there are hazy signs of a potential underlying change in fashion.
Hondaís new Vezel Crossover, which is understood to share its platform with the all-new Fit (Jazz), appears to have struck a chord with Japanís new car buyers, not least because it can also be had as a full hybrid.
Jada supplied car sales figures reveal that this April Vezel has already captured the high-up 6th slot in Japanís top seller chart.
Four months into the current year Vezelís home sales soared to a respectable 27,100 units.
Hybrid share of the 27,100 Honda Vezels sold in Japan during the 4-months to April this year
No less surprising to Japan market observers, thereís also Nissanís new X-Trail.
Styled not longer like a traditional SUV, but dressed instead - like its hugely successful new Qashqai brother - as a trendy mainstream Crossover.
This April, with 4,204 sales to its credit, and coming from nowhere, Nissanís new X-Trail captured 10th position in Aprilís
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