Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Toyota has decided to end sales of the Camry sedan in Japan at the end of this year after a career spanning 43 years. Even though it stopped in Japan, the Camry is still being sold in global markets.
Nikkei Asia explained that Toyota has informed dealers in Japan that production for the domestic market will end. Meanwhile, production for the export market is still continuing.
Toyota has stopped ordering the Camry in Japan and developing the model, which is currently being carried out exclusively for the export market.
Camry is Toyota’s global product that has reached 10 generations and sold more than 21 million units in 100 countries. The 10th generation arrives in 2017.
Even so, the sedan, which got its name from Japanese, which means crown, is not popular in the country. Last year the Camry only sold 6,000 units, while in the global market it sold a total of 600 thousand units, more than 295 thousand units in the United States.
The Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the United States for 15 straight years. This sedan is popular because it is functional, easy to operate, spacious interior and used cars have high value.
Toyota’s decision is allegedly due to consumer preferences in Japan who want larger-sized cars such as SUVs and MPVs. Last year, Nissan ended the Fuga and Honda retired the Legend.
Toyota is currently still selling the Century, Corolla and Mirai sedans as well as other small cars.
The Camry was first introduced in Japan in 1980 and has sold 1.3 million units. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Camry was recorded as selling around 13 million units.