Toyota, Nissan Registers up Sales but Honda’s Sales Fall
The sales of Toyota are up by 6.7%, while Nissan sold 19.4% new vehicles this year. It is only Honda that has incurred loss of 10.1%.
Toyota saw its first year-over-year increase in sales by 6.7% since the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which drastically resulted in the cut of the production worldwide. There were unexpectedly strong sales of the Toyota cars resulting into rise in sales by 18.8%, albeit the sales of the truck saw a fall by 5.4%. “It’s really on the car side,” said Bob Carter (head of the Toyota division in the U.S.). “We’re going to pick up 2 points of market share”; Toyota is “overperforming our expectations.”
The sales of Toyota Prius rose by 48.7% and that of Camry by 13%. According to Mr. Carter, the sales of the Camry will improve more once the hybrid variant launches.
Similarly, Nissan cars also sold 19.4% of more new vehicles in the month of November as compared to year-ago period, including the sales done by its luxury brand Infiniti. The redesigned Versa also made a record this year by registering rise in sales by 38.2%. The sales of the compact pickup Frontier also bucked to 37.8%. Moreover, Nissan sold 672 units of its battery car Leaf adding to the total sales of Leaf to 8,738 units from the time it was introduced in US in December, 2010.
However, the sales of Honda fell 10.1% mainly due to problems posed by the Thai flood. The sales of the small car Fit also saw drop of 24%. Moreover, the sales of CR-Z hybrid were down by 53.7%, selling only 305 units of cars nationwide for the month.