Unfazed by chip shortage, Toyota Yaris Ativ/Vios leads Honda City in Thailand's May 2021 sales

Sanjay · Jul 20, 2021 10:00 AM

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The Toyota Yaris Ativ (or Toyota Vios as it's known to Malaysians) has topped Thailand's May 2021 B-segment sedan sales category by overtaking its nearest rival, the Honda City.

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Sales data compiled by headlightmag.com shows sales of the Yaris Ativ in May 2021 totalled 1,550 units, while the Honda City managed 1,402 units.

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Rounding up the top three is the Nissan Almera, with 1,128 units sold in the same month.

Model/units sold May 2021 YTD 2021
Honda City 1,402 9,330
Nissan Almera 1,128 7,827
Toyota Yaris Ativ 1,550 7,545

Cumulatively from January to May 2021, the City still leads the sales chart with 9,330 units sold, ahead of the Almera's 7,827 units and Yaris Ativ's 7,545 units.

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Chips shortage affecting Honda Automobile Thailand

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Honda City RS e:HEV in Obsidian Blue Pearl

May has been tough for Honda Automobile Thailand as they've found themselves having to dial back production due to a shortage of semiconductor chips.

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Thanks to our sister site, Autofun.co.th for the photos of the Thai-spec City

Following said shortage, they've even had to close their Ayutthaya plant for two weeks in May, and this has greatly impacted production of both bodystyles of the Honda City there.

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As a result, even the Honda City Hatchback fell behind the Toyota Yaris in the Kingdom's May 2021 hatchback sales chart.

Also read: Chip supply cut: Honda City Hatchback drops behind Toyota Yaris in Thailand’s May 2021 sales

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Toyota's prudence in navigating the chip shortage situation has them less affected by the parts shortage, and as such sees them capitalising where their rivals slip.

Also read: FMCO won’t be so messy if Malaysia thinks like Toyota, here’s why

Sanjay

Senior Writer

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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