Honda Motor’s Fit (aka Jazz), launched at the 2007 Tokyo motor show, was the top selling car in Japan (excluding sub-660cc minivehicles) last year, ahead of Toyota‘s often-dominant Corolla and Vitz (aka Yaris) models.

Redesigned Fit sales rose 50.1% year on year to 174,910 units while the Corolla tally was off 2.1% to 144,051. Vitz volume rose 1.6% to 123,337 units, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

It was the first time in six years a Honda topped the charts. The first generation Fit model – which replaced the Logo – was top in 2002 with 250,790 sales, Honda said.

The Fit was also top in December alone, ahead of the Corolla, though sales of both models tumbled.

Fit volume was off 47.1% year on year to 9,910 units, but re-took the top spot for the first time in three months.

The Corolla was second (6,617 sales, down 33.6%) and the bybrid Prius was third last month with sales up 58.3% to 6,047 units.