Japan's new imported car sales in May plunged 20.7 percent on yearly basis to 20,602 units, local media reported Thursday.
According to Japan Automobile Importers Association, sales of foreign-brand dropped to 17,919 units, down 13.4 percent from the previous year, while those of Japanese-brand vehicles which were made abroad plunged 49.1 percent to 2,683 units.
The top three foreign brands were Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, all from Germany. Volkswagen sold 4,342 units in the reporting period, down 1.5 percent on year, for a market share of 21.08 percent but still top one.
Sales of Mercedes-Benz declined 23.5 percent to 3,076 units, for a 14.93 percent share, followed by BMW with 2,482 units, down 29.0 percent, for a market share of 12.05 percent.
Among Japanese brands, Nissan's sales fell 62.1 percent to 1, 127 units, while Toyota's sales dropped 9.3 percent to 1,174 units.