Where did the Japanese go?
The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Mitsubishi dealer was one of the highlights
of the life in the country-side - even if no one really knew what the celebration was about.
There were beer and sausages, served with at least some special models, if not completely new vehicles. The names were Galant EXE or Space Runner which helped the manufacturers to a market share of about two percent at the beginning of the nineties. Today
Mitsubishi's share is at 0.9 percent, the European headquarters in Amsterdam shrank to a few office rooms, and there won't be a successor for the Colt, a model which was built in the Netherlands, especially for the European market.
Also, Honda and Mazda sales have been ...view middle of the document...
Managing Director of Germany-Nissan, Mr. Andreas Gabriel has also to fight with model-specific problems: "One reason for the sales decrease is the absence of volume models like Almera and Primera."
According to the director of Mazda-Germany "Vehicles with diesel engine and Automatic transmission as well as compact SUV" would help.
4-wheel drive specialists like Subaru, and small car expert Suzuki are not covering all segments, however their market share is not as volatile as the ones of the other Japanese competitors.
Their focus on niche markets might be the reason .
In comparison to that Daihatsu is surrendering, due to the increasingly stringent security and emission regulations.
What about Toyota? The industry’s giant was able to increase their share from 3.1% in 2007 to 4.1%, thanks to a cleverly built environment-image and unpretentious offers in the volume segments. Then the quality problems came. Now they are working eagerly on their rehabilitation and on emotional niche vehicles such as the Celica- successor, the FT-86.
On the other hand, Mitsubishi, Honda and Mazda are convinced that they will be able to come back to old strength. Mazda is planning to rise there market share from 1.6% to 2.5% within the next 5 years.
Honda has committed itself to sell around 50000 vehicles in 2013 (30434 in the last year) through a wide array of engine systems and the entry into new segments.
The managing director of Mitsubishi-Germany Hiroshi Taguchi however is Japan-like reserved: "We expect a solid growth with a healthy dealer network ". This shall mainly happen with an abundance of electric and hybrid vehicles. They might become the stars of the coming Cherry Blossom Festivals.