Volkswagen tops Japan import sales image

Sales of new imported vehicles in Japan, including those built overseas by Japanese automakers, rose 21.2 percent in November to 23,084 units, according to the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

Of the total new car sales in Japan, sales of foreign-brand passenger cars, trucks and buses increased 36.6 percent to 17,876 units, while those of Japanese-brand vehicles fell 12.7 percent to 5,208 units. The best sold import brand in Japan remained Volkswagen, which secured the top spot with 5,290 units, up 85.5 percent from a year earlier. The German brand had a market share in Japan in November of 22.92 percent.

Nissan ranked second with sales of 3,079 units, down 27.4 percent, and reached a market share of 13.34 percent. Third place went to yet another German manufacturer, BMW, which recorded sales of 2,792 units. The luxury brand’s sales in Japan increased 3.4 percent, with a market share of 12.09 percent.

Recently, Japanese automakers have complained that the strong Japanese yen is damaging for their profits and called on the government to take action. They have threatened to shift their production overseas if measures are not taken to control the rise of the yen.