Japanese Auto Sales: Toyota Camry and Honda Accord Top April Charts, Nissan Versa Hot

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Toyota's cars saw strong sales in April, while all Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles combined for a total of 178,044 units, representing a gain of 11.6 percent over the 159,540 units sold in April 2011. Honda recovered from last month with total sales of 122,012 units, though the automaker was still down 2.2 percent from the 124,799 units sold in April of the previous year. Nissan's truck and SUV sales were stronger than that of its cars, with total Nissan and Infiniti sales at 71,329 units, a drop of 0.3 percent compared to April 2011.

Toyota's Hots:

Toyota Camry: The 2012 Camry was once again the automaker's overall best-seller for April. Toyota moved 36,820 Camrys last month, a 20.9-percent increase in year-over-year sales.

Toyota Prius: No surprise here, as Toyota doesn't yet break out Priuc C and Prius V sales from the regular Prius.  The sub-brand's sales jumped 101.7 percent over the same period last year, with Toyota sending a Prius home to 25,168 new owners.

Scion iQ: Although the smallest Scion in the lineup, the diminutive iQ beat out its slightly larger sibling, the Scion xD, by 46 units. Since the beginning of this year, 3485 iQs have been sold, with 962 of those sold in April.

Lexus CT: Lexus' sporty little hybrid hatchback saw sales increase 85.1 percent compared to April 2011, with 1620 units sold.

Lexus GS: It appears Lexus gave its customers exactly what they wanted with the revamped 2013 Lexus GS. All the hard work that went into that car paid off, as sales skyrocketed to 2006 units sold from just 385 units last April.

Toyota's Not-So-Hots:

Toyota FJ Cruiser: FJ Cruiser sales in April were just as rough as the SUV. Toyota sold 994 FJ Cruisers in April compared to the 1246 sold during the same period last year, a 20.2-percent year-over-year decrease.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota's popular minivan was down 17.5 percent in April. The family-mobile's 9451 units is still about 100 units above the Highlander's April performance.

Lexus HS: It's not surprising to see Lexus prioritize production and sales of other cars, with the HS 250h model making way for the ES 300h hybrid model. Just 28 units were sold in April, down from 279 units in April 2011.

Lexus GX: While the LX is actually up 71.2 percent in year-over-year sales, the GX fell hard with a 26.3-percent decrease, for 751 sales.

Scion tC: While all three non-iQ Scions were down in April, the brand's usual best-seller fell the hardest, selling only 2008 units compared to last April's 2674 units. The drop represents a 24.9 percent decrease, and it's unclear how the car will fare once the Scion FR-S arrives on the scene.

Nissan’s Hots:

Nissan Rogue and Versa: The Japanese automaker’s compact crossover repeated last month’s second-place performance in overall sales volume, with 8563 units sold versus 8432 units sold in April 2011 – a gain of 1.6 percent. The compact Nissan Versa wasn’t far behind at 8335 units sold in April, up 30.0-percent over the 6413 units sold the same month last year.

Nissan Quest: Nissan’s best year-over-year performer was the Quest minivan, which sold 1958 units in April compared to 999 units the same period in 2011 for a 96.0-percent gain. While that number represents an improvement over last year’s performance, it still trails far behind the sales of the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

Nissan Titan, Frontier, and Pathfinder: Nissan had several bright spots in the truck and SUV categories, with the full-size Nissan Titan selling 1568 units for a gain of 25.1 percent over last year; the midsize Frontier moving 4148 units for a 21.9-percent increase; and the truck-based Pathfinder SUV selling 2057 units – an increase of 26.5 percent.

Nissan’s Not-So-Hots:

Nissan Altima: Nissan’s midsize sedan once again led sales volume for the brand, posting sales of 16,239 units. Despite being Nissan’s best-seller in April, the Altima was down 5.8 percent from the 17,232 units sold the same period last year. With the 2013 model arriving in June, however, the dip in sales might be attributed to customers waiting for the new model.

Nissan Cube: The quirky Nissan Cube again proved to be a slow seller in April, with only 573 units sold for the month, compared to 1733 units sold the same period last year – a decrease of 66.9 percent.

Nissan Leaf: Sales of the all-electric Leaf dipped in April, despite a strong March. The EV sold 370 units for the month, a decrease of 35.4 percent from the 573 units sold in April 2011.

Infiniti’s Hots:

Infiniti JX: In its first full month of sales, the JX crossover has landed in second place behind the current best-selling G lineup. The JX was hot on the heels of the G Sedan in April, at 2079 units sold.

Infiniti’s Not-So-Hots:

Infiniti EX: Not surprisingly, the niche EX crossover was a slow seller in April. At 226 units sold, a drop of 48.5 percent from the 439 units sold the same month last year, the EX continues to be an oddball in Infiniti’s lineup.

Infiniti M: The Infiniti brand’s current flagship sedan had a bad month in April, at 461 units sold versus 843 the same period in 2011 – a 45.3-percent decrease.

Infiniti G Sedan: Once again, the G Sedan was Infiniti’s volume leader in April. But in spite of the high volume, the luxury sedan was down 19.2 percent from last year, at 2090 units sold versus 2588 sold April 2011. The G Coupe fared worse with 872 sold, a 31.2-percent drop.

Honda’s Hots:

Honda Accord: Bouncing back from a rough March, the Honda Accord led sales volume for the Honda brand in April with 35,385 units sold – an increase of 25.6 percent over the 28,180 units sold the same month in 2011. This re-crowns the Accord as the number-two best-selling Japanese midsizer behind the Toyota Camry.

Honda Civic Hybrid: The Civic was second in sales volume, at 24,423 units sold in April. Though the compact scored high in the sales volume arena, the numbers were down 8.8 percent from the 26,777 units sold in April of last year. Included in the Civic’s total sales, however, was the Civic Hybrid, which saw a 533.2-percent spike at 766 units sold.

Honda CR-V: Though its performance from last month didn’t carry over into April, the new CR-V was still one of Honda’s best-sellers. Selling 23,627 units for the month, the CR-V gained 9.0 percent over the 21,683 units sold in April 2011.

Honda Odyssey: The Odyssey was the best-selling Japanese minivan in April, at 10,476 units sold – a 5.2-percent gain over the 9954 units sold the same month last year.

Honda’s Not-So-Hots:

Honda CR-Z and Insight: Honda’s dedicated hybrid models didn’t fare so well in April, with the CR-Z hatchback selling just 334 units for an 81.6-percent decrease, and the compact Insight selling 738 units for a drop of 72.1 percent.

Honda Fit: Though it originally launched with the slogan “the Fit is go,” Honda’s B-segment subcompact was not go in April, as it dropped 60.5 percent at 3202 units sold. Starting with the 2014 model year, U.S.-spec Fits will be made in Mexico.

Acura's Hots:

Acura MDX: The champion of Acura takes reign again in April, with 3952 units sold. The top-seller hasn't budged much compared to last year's numbers, with only 40 more units sold this year. While things remain steady for the MDX, the arrival of the all-new seven-passenger Infiniti JX could mean trouble.

Acura RDX: The completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX recently debuted at this year's Chicago auto show, and it's already proved to be quite a hit after the refreshed crossover went on sale last month. Despite being Acura's fourth-best seller, year-over-year sales were up 47.7 percent last month, with 1984 RDX crossovers sold.

Acura's Not-So-Hots:

Acura RL: It appears Acura dealers have forgotten about the RL because sales for the sedan bombed in April. Only 33 customers opted for a brand-new RL, which represents an 81.8 percent drop versus sales in April 2011. The TSX and TL had flat sales in April, with 3138 and 2997 units, respectively.

Acura ZDX: The polarizing ZDX is definitely not for everyone, and sales numbers reflect it. Sales of Acura's unique "sports coupe" sagged 59.7 percent, with only 71 units sold compared to the 176 ZDX crossovers sold during the same month last year.

Source: Toyota, Honda, Nissan

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