Last year’s sales of Standard category cars rose by a
trendbucking 10 per cent to 1.49 million units, boosting the sector share to 35.9 per cent, a new record for the
sector, according to JADA numbers and AID research. Equally revealing,
among last year’s top-five best selling cars were two hybrids. Apart from Toyota’s Prius in pole position,
third slot in the league went to Toyota’s Aqua, the full hybrid version of a car sold in Europe as the Toyota
Yaris. The two Toyota model’s were split by Honda’s N-Box kei-car.
The significance of petrol-electric hybrid
cars, a segment pioneered by Toyota’s Prius, is doubly underlined by figures showing that these cars already
accounted for just over a quarter of the new cars sold in Japan last year.
Moreover, it is understood that every one of the standard cars featured in the top-20
best selling cars in Japan last year was on sale as a hybrid version.
A reflection of the pioneering role played by Japanese carmakers in this sector, demand for comparatively
simple Prius-type hybrids is on the increase, that’s a jump to 25.7 per cent last year from a slimmer 22.3
per cent only the year before.
Take kei-cars out of the equation and the hybrid share reached almost 40 percent.
Toyota says that some 677,700 of the total hybrids sold in Japan last year were Toyota Group
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