TOKYO, JUNE 6: Toyota Motor Corp??ôs Corolla compact car regained the top slot in Japan??ôs vehicle sales ranking in May, surpassing the company??ôs Vitz model.
Sales of the Corolla compact car fell 8.3% to 9,811 units, from a year ago, the Tokyo-based Japan Automobile Dealers Association said in a release on Tuesday. The company sold 8,220 units of the Vitz compact car in May, down 24% from the same month in 2005. Sales of Honda Motor Co??ôs Fit compact car, the third-ranked model, fell 19% to 7,138 units.
Toyota, the world??ôs second-biggest automaker, has won the top slot every month this year and had seven models in May??ôs top 10.
Japan has one of the shortest product cycles in the world, which gives automakers boosts from releasing new models for about a year. Nissan Motor Co had two models in the top 10, and Honda had one model.
Domestic vehicle sales excluding mini cars are in their longest decline since a yearlong slump through August 2002, falling 7.8% to 256,870 units last month.
The auto dealers group??ôs ranking excludes imports and mini cars.
Toyota, based in central Japan??ôs Toyota City, released the current version of the Corolla in August 2000 and plans to unveil a new one later this year.
Nissan, Japan??ôs second-biggest automaker, took the ninth and 10th places with the Tiida and Note compact cars, respectively.
Honda??ôs Stepwagon minivan fell out of the top 10 for the first time since it was revamped in May 2005. Sales of the 14th-ranked car slumped 30% to 4,202 units.