Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb

Sanjay · Apr 2, 2021 02:00 PM

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 01

Sales-wise, the Toyota Yaris enjoyed a relatively unchallenged 2020 in Thailand. As we opined in our article last month however, that steady lead may not last too long and it's starting to show: the Honda City Hatchback has overtaken the Yaris for units sold in February 2021.

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 02

According to data gathered by Headlightmag, February saw sales of the City Hatchback spike to 2,916 units, pulling ahead of the Yaris' 1,560 cars sold.

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Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 01

That's a 1,530-unit gap in favour of Honda, or roughly 87% more. If anything, it shows that Thais are starting to pay attention to Honda's newest hatchback.

Also read: Has the 2021 Honda City Hatchback already won the cool factor against the Yaris?

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 02

Sitting in third place is the Honda Jazz (soon to be discontinued) with only 1,399 units sold in the first two months of this year. The imminent-in-Malaysia Suzuki Swift is in fourth place (1,083 units sold), while the Mazda 2 Hatchback rounds up the top 5 with just 982 units moved so far.

Also read: Spied: 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport spotted in Malaysia, launch imminent?

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 03

Toyota came up with the limited-edition Play variant to further entice customers

Of the 12,678 B-segment hatchbacks sold in the Kingdom in January to February 2021, the Yaris is still ahead in terms of market share. However, it's a slowly-thinning lead (27.9%, as opposed to the City Hatchback's 24.4%).

Bound to win in Malaysia?

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 04

Big boot and Ultra Seats are standard

We know the City Hatchback is heading to Malaysia and it'll play along with the same script - an angry exterior hiding a practical interior, with a simple goal to lure customers away from the Yaris. 

Also read: Review: Here's what the Thai media says of the 2021 Honda City Hatchback

Sorry Toyota, Thais like the Honda City Hatchback more - outsells Yaris by nearly 2x in Feb 05

Just when it'll arrive here is still unclear, but we expect no earlier than late-2021. Like the rest of the region (except Singapore), it'll be here to take over the Jazz's mantle.

Also read: Malaysia-bound 2021 Honda City Hatchback - All your questions answered

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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