Bulgaria October 2015: Nissan Qashqai distances Dacia Dokker & Sandero

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria October 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling new vehicle in Bulgaria in October.

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The Bulgarian new car market is up an estimated 11% year-on-year in October to 2.424 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 23.990 units, up a robust 12% on 2014. Dacia remains the most popular manufacturer with 12.3% share above Toyota (10.5%), Renault (10%), Skoda (8.4%) and Volkswagen (8%). This month the Nissan Qashqai leapfrogs all Dacia to install itself in pole position with 5.9% share above the Dacia Dokker (4.7%) – still comfortable leader year-to-date – and Sandero (3.4%). The Renault Captur jumps back up 11 spots on September to #4, the Toyota Aygo is up 10 to #11 vs. #33 year-to-date and the Great Wall Steed 5 reappears inside the Bulgarian Top 20.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria September 2015: Dacia Dokker leads, Toyota Corolla up to #4

One year ago: Bulgaria October 2014: Skoda Octavia shines, Dacia Dokker #1 YTD

Full October 2015 Top 30 All-brands and Top 170 All-models below.


Algeria October 2015: Dacia places Logan & Sandero on top

Dacia Sandero Stepway Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of dzairauto.comDacia sales in Algeria are up 38% year-on-year in October.

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After withholding the disclosure of its September sales figures, Renault-owned low-cost brand Dacia is back with a vengeance in Algeria in October with sales up 38% year-on-year to 5.749 – double the amount of any other carmaker in the market, including parent company Renault at 2.863 (-17%). Hyundai is up one spot to #3, overtaking Peugeot and Toyota – both down a harsh 39% on October 2014. Despite sales down 38%, Seat ranks at a cool 6th place whereas Volkswagen is outside the Top 10 for the 2nd month running. The Dacia Logan regains control of the Algerian models sales charts, dislodging its twin the locally-assembled Renault Symbol down to #3 this month. In fact, Dacia places its three hero models inside the October Top 6 with the Sandero at #2 and the Duster at #6.

Previous month: Algeria September 2015: Locally-assembled Renault Symbol #1

One year ago: Algeria October 2014: Dacia holds 17%, places 3 models in Top 10

Full October 2015 Top 10 brands and models below.


Colombia September 2015: Now with Top 50 best-selling models

Renault Logan Colombia 2015The new generation Renault Logan has finally launched in Colombia.

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This month we give you an exclusive Top 50 models ranking for Colombia with one month delay – September data. This is passenger cars and LCVs only and excludes medium/heavy commercial vehicles. The Chevrolet Sail keeps the lead with just under 7% share above the Chevrolet Spark at 5.7%, but Renault monopolises the remaining spots in the Top 5. Now that the new generation Logan and Sandero have finally launched in the country, this may even change in the next few months as the two leading Chevrolets are under threat to continue their implacable reign.

Chery Y380 Colombia 2014The Chery Y380 is the most popular Chinese nameplate in Colombia.

The Sandero holds 5.3% of the Colombian market in September vs. 4.7% year-to-date, followed by the Logan at 4.8% vs. 4.1% and the Duster at 4% vs. 3.7%. Notice also the Hyundai City Taxi at an excellent 6th spot, the Nissan Frontier leading all pickups at #9, the Suzuki Grand Vitara holding strong at #12 and the Chery Y380 topping all Chinese nameplates at #36.

Previous post: Colombia October 2015 (brands): Mazda, Foton and Hino up, market down 29%

September brand post: Colombia September 2015: Renault and Mazda impress

Previous year: Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail tops record market

Full September 2015 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.


Portugal October 2015: BMW on podium, Peugeot 2008 hits record

Peugeot 2008 Portugal October 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 ranks 6th overall in Portugal this month.

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Another month of strong growth for new car sales in Portugal with October up 16% year-on-year to 13.724 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 151.992, up 28% on 2014. Mercedes is finally dislodged from the freak pole position it held for two months running, down to #4 but still displaying the strongest year-on-year gain in the Top 15 at +44% to 1.204 sales and 8.8% share. Renault (+30%) is back to #1 with 11.8% of the market followed by Peugeot (+19%) at 10% while BMW leaps two spots on September to third place with 8.9% share (+23%). All German luxury carmakers are in great shape with Audi up 39% in 6th place.

BMW 1 Series Portugal October 2015The BMW 1 Series leaps to 5th place in October.

Volkswagen marks a pause and its sales up just 1% pull the brand down two ranks on last month to #5 vs. #2 year-to-date. Notice also Ford up 41%, Smart up 177% and Mazda up 62%. Model-wise, the Renault Clio and VW Golf dominate, with the Peugeot 208 up a whopping 78% to #3 thanks to its facelift, the BMW 1 Series jumping 9 spots on September to #5, the Peugeot 2008 up 50% to hit a record 6th place, the Renault Captur up 52% to #7, Mercedes A-Class up 56% to #9, Citroen C3 up 64% to #14, Ford Focus up 152% to #15, Mercedes CLA up 180% to #19 and VW Passat up 250% to #22

Previous month: Portugal September 2015: Mercedes holds onto pole position

One year ago: Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

Full October 2015 Top 35 All-brands and Top 212 All-models below.


Hong Kong (China) October 2015: BMW 2 series Tourer shoots up to #1

BMW 2er Gran Tourer Hong Kong October 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deBMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

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Previous month: Hong Kong (China) September 2015: Toyota Spade soars to #5

One year ago: Hong Kong (China) October 2014: Lexus NX in Top 10

Full October 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 183 All-models below.


Ukraine October 2015: Renault takes control in market down just 5%

Renault Logan Ukraine October 2015. Picture couertesy autocentre.uaRenault dislodges Toyota to become Ukraine’s #1 carmaker in October. Picture autocentre.ua

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In our last Ukrainian update dating from July, we stressed the fact that the local new car market was ‘recovering’ with sales down 21% year-on-year. The situation got a lot darker since – with August volumes down 46% and September down 24% – before getting a lot better: October deliveries are down just 5% year-on-year to 5.596 units, the strongest month of 2015 so far. Keep in mind we are still evolving at just one-third of the sales levels of just two years ago, before the Ukrainian market got obliterated by the Crimea crisis. In fact, sales recorded over the past four months (18.780) are only marginally better than October 2013 alone (16.081)…

ZAZ Sens Ukraine 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe ZAZ Sens, #1 in 2014, is back to pole position at home in September.

H2 monthly sales 2013-2015 – Ukraine:

UKR Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2013 17,984 22,195 20,333 16,081 15,444 17,047
2014 6,818 6,402 5,788 5,891 6,802 7,629
2015 5,344 3,464 4,376 5,596

BMW X5 Ukraine July 2015. Picture courtesy bit.uaThe BMW X5 is up to #12 overall in Ukraine in September…

A lot is changing in Ukraine in these exceptional times. Toyota had established itself as the #1 manufacturer in the country in 2014 and so far in 2015. Geely was #2 last year but has sunk to #12 in 2015. Yet in October Renault well and truly takes control thanks to sales evolving at a very fast pace: +46% to 578 units for a 10.3% market share, the first time in recent memory that the French carmaker manages to cross the symbolic 10% mark. Renault’s success is solely due to its “access” range: the Logan (#1 year-to-date), Duster (#9) and Sandero (#11) account for 83% of its sales so far this year. Toyota (-26%) is knocked down to #2 while Ford is up a smashing 47% to third place and 7.3% share edging past ZAZ (-10%), Skoda (-11%) and Nissan (-14%). Other brands helping the market stabilise this month include Kia (+52%), BMW (+71%) up to #8 vs. #26 in FY2014, Chevrolet (+173%), Mercedes (+67%) and Chery (+73%).

Audi Q7 Ukraine October 2015…while the Audi Q7 breaks into the Top 20.

The models ranking is available with one month delay, so we will analyse September data. If the Logan stays on top year-to-date, remaining the only nameplate to sell over 1.000 units at 1.090 and 3.6% share, in September ZAZ aggressively monopolises the Top 2 spots with its twins the Sens (#1) and Lanos (#2) adding up to 308 units and 7% market share. The Skoda Rapid and Ford Fiesta both jump 9 spots on August to #4 and #5 respectively, the BMW X5 is up a further 3 ranks to reach an incredible 12th spot, the Toyota Prius ranks #15 and the Audi Q7 breaks into the Ukrainian Top 20.

Previous post: Ukraine July 2015: Renault Logan tops recovering market (-21%)

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Canada October 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Tacoma shoot up

Toyota Tacoma Canada October 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe new generation pushes Toyota Tacoma sales up 86% in October.

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Nothing can stop the Canadian new light vehicle market right now: the 5% October lift to 163,199 units is the 31st consecutive month of year-on-year gains and pushes the year-to-date total to an all-time record 1.625.571 deliveries, up 3% on 2014 which was already a record year… Thanks to sales up 6% vs. stable volumes for its two main competitors, General Motors takes the lead of the groups ranking at 14.3% share, distancing FCA-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (13.7%) and Ford Motor Co. (13.5%). Yet FCA still leads the way year-to-date at 15.4% share vs. 14.6% for Ford Motor and 13.7% for GM. Honda Motor is up 10% and Nissan Motor up 24%. Ford, Toyota and Honda (+15%) top the brands ranking, with Lexus (+29%), Nissan (+24%), Jeep (+17%) and GMC (+13%) the other great performers in the Top 20. Further down, Porsche (+45%), Cadillac (+47%), Land Rover (+72%), Scion (+84%) and Maserati (+113%) shine while Chrysler (-48%) and Smart (-68%) crash.

Toyota RAV4 Canada October 2015The Toyota RAV4 is among the five best-sellers in Canada this month (2016 PHEV model pictured).

The Ford F-Series unsurprisingly keeps holds of the models pole position with sales up 2% to 9.607 followed by the Ram Pickup at 7.070 (+10%), the Honda Civic at 6.272 (+6%) and the GMC Sierra at 5.016 (+15%). The Toyota RAV4 jumps four spots on September to top the SUV charts in 5th place overall and the Chevrolet Silverado (+15%) gains one rank on last month to #6. An overwhelming majority of significant year-on-year gains are delivered by SUVs this month, with the exception of the Toyota Tacoma boosted by the new model up 86% to #23 vs. #44 year-to-date. The Honda HR-V posts a new ranking record at #22, and the following nameplates all improve spectacularly on their October 2014 score: the Honda CR-V (+32%), Nissan Rogue (+55%), Jeep Cherokee (+43%), Hyundai Tucson (+81%), Nissan Murano (+127%), VW Tiguan (+56%) and Mercedes GLA (+86%). Launched last month, the Scion iM is up 5 spots to #118.

Previous month: Canada September 2015: Ford F-Series breaks monthly record

One year ago: Canada October 2014: Chrysler and Jeep shine… again

Full October 2015 Top 255 All-models, Top 40 brands and Top 15 groups below.


Argentina October 2015: Toyota Etios up to 4th place in market up 21%

Toyota Etios Argentina October 2015Toyota Etios

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The Argentinean new car market seems to have finally bottomed out: after gaining 11% in September it is up a by a beautiful 21% year-on-year in October to 57.817 units. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the country but improves at a slower rate than the market at +10% to 19,7% share, distancing Ford (+30%) while Renault more than doubles its sales year-ony-year to 7.680 units and 13.3% share. Chevrolet (+44%), Fiat (+61%) and Toyota (+6%) follow. Notice also Audi up 172% yet Honda down 51% and Hyundai down 59%. Model-wise, after two months of Chevrolet Classic reign, the VW Gol Trend reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 3.075 sales and 5.3% share with the Toyota Hilux stepping up to 2nd place and 4.4% of the market despite sales down 4%. The Toyota Etios is up 42% to hit its best Argentinean ranking since March 2014 at #4, the Fiat Palio is up 68%, the Ford Ecosport up 49% and the Ford Focus up 43%. The VW Amarok maintains itself inside the Top 10 at #9, the Renault Kangoo is up 60% and the Fiat Siena up 53%.

Previous month: Argentina September 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1 again

One year ago: Argentina October 2014: Toyota Hilux new leader

Full October 2015 Top 35 All-brands and Top 60 models below.


China LCV October 2015: Discover the Top 60 models (BSCB Exclusive)

JMC Qi Ling China October 2015An air of VW Amarok: the JMC Qi Lin, up 53% in October.

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For the second time ever on BSCB and as part of a new partnership with local Consulting firm Cedars, we can share with you a lot more detail on the light commercial vehicle market in China with complete minivan, pickup and mini truck data by model available. Overall according to LMC Automotive light commercials add up to 275.774 units in October and 2.988.258 year-to-date. Looking at the detail by segment, it’s bad news all round: minivans continue to sink into oblivion at -35% and 50.474 sales (-39% year-to-date), pickups are down 15% to 25.789 units and down 18% so far in 2015 whereas the only island of LCV growth, mini trucks (the Chinese label for micro pickups) also surrender this month: down 9% to 37.254 deliveries, leading to a minuscule 0.09% gain year-to-date at 359.709 registrations.

Jiangxi Isuzu Ruimai China October 2015The Jiangxi Isuzu Ruimai makes its first appearance in the Chinese sales charts.

The Wuling Mini Truck wins for the fourth time in a row despite sales down a worrying 25%, distancing the Foton Light Truck (-9%) and the best performer of the month, the Lifan Light Truck jumping 5 spots on September to third place overall at 13.619 sales. Relics of a time long gone, the Wuling Sunshine (+3%) and Chana Star (+4%) hold their own albeit on a small October 2014 base.

Wuling Rongguang S China 2014The S variant isn’t helping: the Wuling Rongguang (-63%) sinks below 10.000 monthly units.

The most striking evolution in the ranking this month is delivered by the Wuling Rongguang: down an abysmal 63% to fall below 10.000 monthly units for the first time since BSCB started following Chinese LCV sales five years ago… The Hongguang V, much more recent, isn’t setting the sales charts on fire anymore either: after a peak of 30.003 units in March, it is down to 7.489 and #12 this month.

Sichuan Mini Truck China October 2015. Picture couertesy 360che.comUp 3-fold year-on-year but still rare on Chinese roads: the Sichuan Mini Truck.

Some rare nameplates do manage to go against the depressing grain this month: among them, the Chana Mini Truck is up 34% to #10, the Dongfeng K-Series Mini Truck is up 3% at #16, the FAW Xenia up 92% to #21, FAW Jilin Mini Truck up 66% to #23, FQT Motor M70 up 72% to #26, the JMC Yuhu is up a whopping 180% to #31, the JAC Pickup leaps 48% to #37, the JMC Qi Ling is up 53% to #39 and the Sichuan South Chun Mini Truck is up 3-fold on a year ago (+209%) to #44. Finally, we welcome the Jiangxi Isuzu Ruimai – the local version of the Isuzu D-Max – in the charts at #42 with 499 units sold in October alone.

Previous China post: China October 2015: Focus on the All-new models

Previous LCV post: China LCV September 2015: Now with complete minivan, pickup and mini truck data (BSCB exclusive)

One year ago: China LCV October 2014: Wuling Light Truck teases Rongguang

Full October 2015 Top 65 models Ranking Table below.


Czech Republic October 2015: Volkswagen Group holds 51% of market

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic September 2015The Skoda Fabia has been #1 in the Czech Republic for four months running.

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It has become the norm: new car sales in the Czech Republic break a new record in October, up 10.5% year-on-year to 19.658 registrations, the best October ever recorded. The year-to-date total is up a flamboyant 20% to 190.668 units, also a record and only a few days away from beating the all-time annual high hit last year (192.314). Keep in mind though that roughly 17% of all new car registrations in the Czech Republic are immediately re-exported towards other European Union nations. It would appear that the emissions scandal that is rocking Volkswagen’s boat worldwide has been the best advertising for all brands of the group in the Czech Republic, with the four flagship marques all frankly outpacing the market… Skoda is up 23% to 34.9% share, Volkswagen up 21% to 10.7%, Seat up 37% to 3% share and Audi up 45% to break into the Top 10 at 482 sales and 2.5%. All-in-all, these four brands account for 51.1% of the Czech new car market this month.

Skoda Superb Czech Republic October 2015Skoda Superb sales are up 106% in October.

Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia is up almost 5-fold on a year ago to holds the title of best-selling nameplate at home for the 4th consecutive month thanks to a strong 2.265 sales and 11.5% share. This time it also outsells the Octavia in real terms – meaning reported sales minus re-exports – at 2.060 vs. 2.024. Despite volumes down 32% the Skoda Rapid remains on the podium, while the Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreigner at #4 and the Skoda Superb more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+106%) to round up the Top 5 at 3.5% share thanks to the new model. Notice also the VW Passat up 149%, the Ford Focus up 107%, Seat Ibiza up 144%, the Suzuki Vitara up to #27 and the Renault Kadjar breaking into the Top 50 at #46.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2015: Skoda Fabia #1, or is it?

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2014: 4 Hyundais in Top 10

Full October 2015 Top 10 brands and Top 50 models below.