Sales of new imported foreign-brand cars, trucks and buses in Japan increased 1.7 percent in the first half of fiscal 2017 from a year earlier to 147,261 units, helped by the introduction of new models, industry data showed Thursday. Sales for the April-September period grew for the third straight year, adding to signs of a recent robust trend also backed by a recovery in the Japanese economy, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said. New imported vehicles including those built abroad by Japanese automakers fell 0.1 percent to 167,661 units, as Japanese brands declined 11.7 percent to 20,400 units due to production adjustments. By brand, Mercedes-Benz ranked top with 33,308 units sold, up 1.7 percent, for a market share of 19.87 percent. BMW was second with 25,722 units, up 3.8 percent, for a 15.34 percent share, followed by Volkswagen with 23,122 units, down 0.2 percent, for a 13.79 percent share.
Sales nationwide of new imported foreign-brand cars, trucks and buses rose 5.5 percent in August from a year before to 20,878 units, with 10 makers recording their highest sales for the reporting month, an industry body said Wednesday. The 10 include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Renault. New imported vehicles, including those made abroad by Japanese automakers, totaled 24,156, up 2.7 percent, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said. By brand, Mercedes-Benz continued to lead with 4,823 units, up 0.4 percent, for a market share of 19.97 percent. BMW came second with 3,786 units, up 12.2 percent, for a share of 15.67 percent.
Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan in fiscal 2018 increased 1.2 percent from the previous year to 307,682 units, marking their second-highest level ever, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday. The figure grew for the fourth straight year and surpassed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, according to the JAIA. Each automaker's efforts to bring in new models helped stimulate demand, a JAIA official said. Environmentally friendly models, such as clean diesel vehicles and SUVs, gained in popularity. The share of imported foreign-brand vehicles marked a record high of 9.2 percent of total new vehicle sales in Japan, excluding minivehicles with engine displacements of up to 660 cubic centimeters.
Sales of new imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan dropped 3.8 percent in July from a year before, marking the first fall in 16 months, due partly to soft sales of Volkswagen cars, an industry body said Friday. Sales of cars, trucks and buses made by foreign automakers totaled 20,993 units, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said. Including vehicles made abroad by Japanese automakers, sales fell 7.2 percent to 24,429 units, it said. By brand, Mercedes-Benz continued to hold top rank with 5,081 units sold, up 0.7 percent, for a market share of 20.8 percent. BMW followed with 3,586 units, up 0.4 percent, for a 14.68 percent share, the association said.
April sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan rose 4.9 percent from a year before to 17,412 units, marking their first rise in four months, an industry group said Tuesday. The growth reflected new model launches and strong demand for sport utility vehicles, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said. Imported foreign-brand vehicles accounted for 7.7 percent of all new automobile sales in Japan -- excluding minivehicles with an engine displacement of up to 660 cubic centimeters -- marking the second-highest level for April. An association official said that imported vehicle sales are expected to remain solid in May and coming months on the back of new model launches. Sales by Mercedes-Benz grew 0.5 percent to 3,614 units, making it the top-selling imported foreign brand for the 38th consecutive month.