Toyota, Infiniti, and Honda Pace Japanese Automaker Sales in May

By Trevor Dorchies | June 01, 2012
Toyota ran away with the Japanese sales crown for May, beating Infiniti and Honda—both of which also enjoyed a lucrative month—by a wide margin. With a staggering 202,973 units sold, Toyota closed out May of 2012 with an increase of 72.9 percent, or 87.3 percent when unadjusted for 26 selling days during the month. Honda checked in with 133,997 units sold, an increase of 47.6 percent. Infiniti rounded out the top three in May with 10,592 units sold, an increase of 65.8 percent when compared to the same month last year. Here's how all of the Japanese automakers fared for the month of May 2012. Honda's Winners:
  • Civic saw its sales rise to the tune of 80 percent compared to the same month last year. In total, 33,490 units found new homes last month.
  • May was a record-setting month for the CR-V as 25,186 units were sold. The previous best for the CR-V was 5,226 units.
  • The Accord rounded out the biggest movers for Honda last month with 29,737 units sold. That's good for more than a 70 percent increase from the same month last year.
Honda's Losers:
  • The Fit saw a decrease in sales to the tune of 34.5 percent. In May of 2012, only 3,879 new units were taken home compared to the 5,921 units that were sold during the same month last year.
  • CR-Z had the worst month among Honda models with only 296 units sold. When compared with the same month last year and its total of 1,557 units moved, that's good for an 81 percent decrease in sales.
  • Insight also had a rough May with only 512 units sold; a decrease of 64.3 percent when compared with the same month last year.
Acura's Winners:
  • The RDX had its best sales month ever thanks to the all-new 2013 model, with 3,301 units moved, an increase of 216.8 percent.
  • TSX had a nice May with 2,880 units sold, an increase of 64.5 percent. The TSX wagon saw 390 units sold, an increase of 101 percent when compared to the same month last year.
  • The TL enjoyed a 48.5 percent boost in May sales with 3,262 units sold.
Acura's Losers:
  • The ZDX saw sales decrease by 34.4 percent in May with only 84 volunteers offering up a new home for the oddly shaped crossover.
  • The RL also struggled to muster any support as it saw a decrease in sales with only 50 units moved, a drop-off of 13.8 percent.
Nissan's Winners:
  • Nissan was paced by the Rogue in May which sold 11,977 units, a record for the compact crossover. That's good for a 72 percent increase compared to the same month last year.
  • The Juke also paved the way for Nissan sales in May with 3,298 units sold, an increase of 66.2 percent from the same month last year.
  • Versa enjoyed a robust May with 8,643 deliveries made, an increase of 80.3 percent from the same month last year.
Nissan's Losers:
  • The fourth-generation Altima is sailing off into the sunset and the fifth-gen is getting ready to go on sale shortly. In the interim, Altima sales are "lagging" with 22,690 units sold in May of 2012, a decrease of 11.1 percent. We expect the new Altima to pick up the slack shortly.
  • The all-electric LEAF saw a drop in sales last month with only 510 units sold, a decrease of 55.3 percent when compared to the same month last year.
Infiniti's Winners:
  • The G sedan paced Infiniti in May with 3,758 units sold, an increase of 40 percent when compared to the same month last year. That's good enough to be the G's best May since 2008.
  • The behemoth QX56 SUV accounted for 994 units sold, an increase of 27.6 percent and its best May since 2006.
  • The all-new JX crossover has only been on sale for a short while and it's already paying dividends for Infiniti. In all, 2,678 units were sold in May adding to the total of 5,297 sold to date.
Infiniti's Losers:
  • With the addition of the JX to Infiniti's portfolio, the EX is already feeling the heat as it was the only model by Infiniti to see a decrease in sales last month. In total, 298 units were moved, a decrease of 32.4 percent.
Toyota's Winner's:
  • The Prius was just announced as the third most popular car in the world currently and May sales figures reflected that. When the dust settled, 21,477 Prius family models (that's four separate cars) had found new homes, a 210.2 percent increase when compared to the same month last year.
  • Camry pulled more than its weight in May with 39,571 units sold, an increase of 110.1 percent compared to May 2011.
  • Rounding out the heavy-hitters for Toyota was the RAV-4. For May 2012, 19,248 units were sold, an increase of 123.2 percent when compared to the same month last year.
Toyota's Losers:
  • The Avalon was the only Toyota model to experience a decrease in sales for May. In all, 1,959 units were sold down 7.3 percent from the same month last year.
Lexus Winners:
  • The GS led the way for Lexus last month with 1,996 models sold. While it wasn't the volume leader, the percentage is the best with an increase of 552.3 percent.
  • The volume leader passenger car at Lexus last month was the IS, with 2,656 units sold, a 54.9 percent increase from the same month last year.
  • The CT checked in with 1,549 units sold in May, an increase of 241.2 percent when compared to the same month last year.
  • Lexus' SUV, the RX, managed to move 10,647 units in May, good for an increase of 82.1 percent when compared to the same month last year.
Lexus Losers:
  • Lexus' biggest offering, the LS, only managed to move 459 units last month, a decrease in sales of 21.5 percent.
Scion Winners:
  • The xD paced Scion in May with 1,855 units sold, an increase of 57.5 percent when compared to May of 2011.
  • As far as subcompact cars under Scion go, the iQ found 897 new owners in May. It wasn't available to the public during the same month last year.
  • The all-new FR-S found 86 new homes after being on sale for around a month now. Like the iQ, the FR-S wasn't on sale in May of 2011.
Scion Losers:
  • Scion's popular car, the tC, sold the most vehicles for Toyota's supposed younger brand moving 2,190 units, a decrease of 17.8 percent.
Subaru Winners:
  • The all-new Impreza led the way for Subaru percentage-wise in May with 6,786 units sold. That's good for a 235 percent increase when compared to the same month last year.
  • Impreza WRX saw 1,525 units moved last month, an increase of 159 percent when compared to May 2011.
  • Forester was solid for Subaru in May moving 7,323 units, an increase of 41 percent.
  • During its first month on sale, the BRZ found 271 new homes, which means there's only 4,729 left for sale this year.
Subaru Losers:
  • Tribeca dragged Subaru sales down in May with only 165 units moved, a 10 percent decrease when compared to the same month last year.
Mazda Winners:
  • The 2013 CX-5 is off to a hot start with 3,973 units sold in May, a strong start for the struggling manufacturer.
  • Mazda6 sales picked up the slack moving 2,294 units in May 2012, a 40 percent increase from May 2011.
  • Skyactiv Technology vehicles accounted for 72 percent of all sales for Mazda in May.
Mazda Losers:
  • The Mazda5 saw the biggest drop-off last month when compared to the same time last year. Last month a total of 1,049 units were sold, a 35.6 percent decrease from the same time last year.
  • The CX-7 also had a rough month slipping 32.7 percent when compared to May of 2011. In all, 1,320 units went to new homes off the line.
  • Mazda's subcompact hatch, the Mazda2, moved 901 units last month, a decrease of 21.1 percent when compared to the same time last year.
Suzuki Winners:
  • Grand Vitara was the bread-winner for Suzuki in May moving 474 units, a 25 percent increase from the same month last year.
  • The other model to be in the black for Suzuki was the Equator which moved 186 units, a seven percent increase over May 2011.
Suzuki Losers:
  • Suzuki's Kizashi managed to sell 599 units last month, a four percent decrease from the same time last year.
  • The SX4 saw a minimal drop-off in sales last month with 1,101 units sold, a one percent decrease from the same time last year.
Mitsubishi: There's still a storm to be weathered at Mitsubishi. The automaker is currently waiting out models which ended production last summer and the impact is expected to be felt for several more months according to Mitsu President and CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. The Japanese automaker reported a 26 percent decrease in sales compared to the same month last year.
Source: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, Mitsubishi
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