US New Vehicle Sales: Top Japanese automakers post strong gains in June image

Toyota, Japan’s largest carmaker said in June the company sold 177,795 vehicles – an increase of 54.3 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.

On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in June 2012 compared to 26 selling days in June 2011, TMS sales were up 60.3 percent from the year-ago month.

The company has been working to recover from setbacks over the past several years that have eroded its market share. Disruption of the supply of parts as a result of flooding in Thailand hit Japan’s big three auto makers just when they were ramping up production to compensate for lost time after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


American Honda reported June 2012 U.S. sales of 124,808 units, an increase of 48.8 percent compared with June 2011 (an increase of 43.3 percent based on the daily selling rate*).

The Honda Division posted June 2012 sales of 109,438 units, an increase of 45.6 percent compared with June 2011. Acura’s U.S. June sales of 15,370 units increased 76.5 percent compared with June 2011.


Nissan North America said its U.S. sales in June rose 28.2% to 92,237 vehicles compared to the same month a year earlier.

Nissan Division sales increased 24.6 percent for the month at 81,801 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 66.1 percent over the prior year, to 10,436 units.

The Japanese automaker was the quickest of Japan’s three biggest auto makers to recover from both supply shocks, helping to lift its profit above Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.
Nissan has been expanding capacity in North America to help meet market-share and sales goals set by Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn, who has set a target of more than 10% market share in the U.S.