Kazakhstan March 2017: Toyota and Camry lead, Ravon up

The Ravon Nexia R3 ranks #2 this month in Kazakhstan. 

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Thanks to our partnership with autoconsulting.kz, official data for the Kazakh new car market is now available for March. No good news this month: sales are down a further 21.5% year-on-year to just 2.805 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 23% to 8.114. Evolving completely against the grain, Toyota gains 48% to reclaim the brands lead both in March with 23.1% share and year-to-date at 18.6% despite a 16% drop. Lada (-39%) comes second both in March at 17.1% share and year-to-date at 18% (-21%). New brand Ravon – the replacement for Uz-Daewoo – climbs two spots on February to brilliantly land on the third step of the podium with 6.9% share. Despite the overall gloom, there are a few additional brands in positive territory this month, including Chevrolet (+50%), Lexus (+80%), Lifan (+644%), BMW (+900%), JAC (+155%), Ford (+73%) and Mercedes (+167%) all fitting within the Top 20.

Model-wise, the Toyota Camry is back in the lead with just under 10% market share, but over the First Quarter the Lada 4×4 still reigns at 7.4% share vs. 7% for the Camry. The Ravon Nexia R3 (a rebadged Chevrolet Aveo) is up three spots on last month to rank #2 above the Toyota RAV4, Lada 4×4 and GAZ Gazelle. Further down, notice the Hyundai Tucson up 23 ranks on February to #8, the Toyota Corolla up 19 to #11 and the Lada Vesta up 97 to #16.

Previous month: Kazakhstan February 2017: Lada 4×4 holds on tight

One year ago: Kazakhstan March 2016: Lada implodes (-80%) in market down 58%

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Australia March 2017: Hilux leads, SUV beat passenger cars again

ford-ranger-toyota-hilux-australia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-autocar-co-nzThe Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger lead the Australian models ranking in March.

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The Australian new vehicle market edges up 0.9% year-on-year this month to snatch a record March volume at 105.410 units. Yet due to declines both in January and February, sales are down 2.1% over the First Quarter to 279.345. For the second consecutive time – and ever – SUVs outsell passenger cars this month at 39.4% share vs. 37% while light commercial vehicles grab 20.9%. This means SUV also lead passenger cars year-to-date as well, a historical shift of the Australian market. Medium-sized SUVs make themselves noticed with a 18.3% year-on-year gain this month.

The market is up year-on-year this month solely thanks to business sales up 6.5% to 44.511 while private sales are down 3.4% to 49.054. Looking into every state, Victoria is up 5.5% to 29.252, South Australia is up 5% to 6.387, Tasmania up 2% to 1.536 and ACT even at 1.683 but all other states are down: New South Wales down 0.8% to 35.677, Queensland down 1% to 21.217, Western Australia down 4% to 8.712 and Northern Territory down 7.5% to 946. 30.736 vehicles sold in Australia this month came from Japan, followed by Thailand at 26.470, South Korea at 14.731, Germany at 7.925 and Australia at 5.390.

Brand-wise, Toyota shines with a 10% year-on-year gain to 18.5% share, distancing Mazda (+2%) and Hyundai (-10%) while Mitsubishi remains at an outstanding 4th place thanks to sales up 16%. Holden is down 14% in 5th place above Ford solid at +6%, Nissan (-3%) and Volkswagen (-4%). Subaru (+4%) beats the market to #9 overall but the most impressive marque in the Top 10 is Kia gaining 39% to #10 – the largest gain in the Top 25. Further down, notice Renault up 5%, Mercedes up 7.5%, Jaguar up 10% and Lexus up 27%.

Two “utes” (Australian slang for pickup truck) dominate the Australian sales charts for the third time ever after last October and November: the Toyota Hilux is up 9% on March 2016, snapping the pole position above the Ford Ranger (+30%) while the Toyota Corolla (-1%) Mazda3 (-3%), Mitsubishi Triton (-3%) and Hyundai i30 (-43%) all struggle year-on-year. In the case of the Mitsubishi Triton, despite the decline a fifth place is a great performance to be compared with #7 year-to-date and #9 in 2016. It also makes three utes in the Top 5. The Toyota Camry post a very solid 20% improvement to rank 7th while the Hyundai Tucson (+70%) takes the SUV crown off the Mazda CX-5 (-6%) but remains below over the First Quarter. The Holden Commodore skids down 19% to round up the Top 10.

Below, a slew of nameplates post very impressive gains. They include the Holden Colorado (+39%), Toyota RAV4 (+27%), Nissan Navara (+51%), Kia Cerato (+123%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+65%), Nissan Qashqai (+47%), Kia Sportage (+47%), Toyota Land Cruiser (+51%) and Subaru Impreza (+80%). Thanks to the new generations, the VW Tiguan is up 164% to #32 and the Mazda CX-9 up 755% to #33.

Previous month: Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

One year ago: Australia March 2016: Third win in 10 months for the Hyundai i30

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Brazil March 2017: First Year-on-year gain in over 2 years at +6.1%

The Onix (+21%) helps Chevrolet up 15% in March. Picture uol.com.br 

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The wait is over: in March, the Brazilian new car market registers its first year-on-year gain since December 2014 at +6.1% to 183.850 units. Thanks to limited losses in January and February, the Q1 tally is only down 1.1% to 459.806 units. This is only the fourth time in the past 40 months that Brazilian sales post a positive result, and the largest year-on-year gain since February 2014 when the market was up 11%. Brand-wise, Chevrolet remains ultra-dominant, beating the market with a 15% gain to 16.9% share and distancing Fiat (-7%) and Volkswagen (+3%) both losing market share year-on-year. Hyundai (+7%) and Ford (+9%) edge past the market while Nissan and Jeep both post a spectacular 73% improvement on March 2016 to rank 9th and 10th respectively. At the other end of the scale, Citroen (-17%), Mitsubishi (-17%), Land Rover (-23%) and Audi (-41%) struggle.

The Jeep Compass breaks its ranking record in Brazil this month at #13 overall. 

In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Onix, illustrating the brand’s strong health, lodges a 21% year–on-year gain to firmly hold onto the pole position with 8% share ahead of the Hyundai HB20 at 5.8% (+2%). These two nameplates are the only ones posting a five-digit volume in Brazil this month. The Ford Ka (+11%), Renault Sandero (+53%) and VW Gol (+19%) round up the Top 5 and all gain market share vs. a year ago. The Strada (-15%) and Toro (+43%) are the only Fiats in the Top 10 just as the Palio (-40%) and Siena (-30%) sink further down in the ranking and the Mobi drops two spots on February to #15.

First Top 20 ranking for the Nissan Kicks in Brazil. 

Inside the Top 10, notice also the VW Voyage up 94% to #9, potentially benefiting from strong rebates in the wake of the soon-to-come arrival of the Virtus sedan. Further down, at #13 the locally-produced Jeep Compass manages to rank #2 SUV in the country below the Honda HR-V (#11) and breaks its ranking and volume records this month. The Compass is above the Renegade for the second time this year after last January. Finally, both the Nissan Kicks (#18) and Hyundai Creta (#19) break into the monthly Top 20 for the very first time.

Previous month: Brazil February 2017: Fiat Toro up to #7 in market down 6.8%

One year ago: Brazil March 2016: Honda HR-V up to #4, Fiat Toro at Toyota Hilux level

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New Caledonia (France) March 2017: Duster leads, Citroen C3 up to #3

The new generation boosts the Citroen C3 up to #3 in March. Picture largus.fr 

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New Caledonia is a French overseas archipelago located north-east of Australia. New light vehicle sales continue to evolve frankly above their 2016 levels: after a 59% surge in January and 15% in February, March is up another 21% to 790 units, leading to a 30% year-to-date gain to 2.254 registrations. Thanks to deliveries up 21% to 98 and 12.4% share, Ford reclaims the year-to-date lead off Dacia (+16%) at 259 units (+23%) vs. 240 (+54%). Citroen (+114%) and Hyundai (+129%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10 this month. Model-wise, the Dacia Duster is back to the pole position it held over the FY2016 thanks to sales up 70%, distancing the Ford Fiesta (+24%). The new generation Citroen C3 sells 39 units for a third spot overall vs. no sale for the previous generation a year ago. Below the Ford Ranger (+16%) but above the Toyota Hilux (+21%), the Hyundai Creta posts another stellar performance in 5th place, a nameplate that has not been launched in metropolitan France.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) February 2017: Hilux lifts Toyota to #1, Creta #3

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) March 2016: Dacia Duster & Ford Fiesta lead

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Cyprus March 2017: VW Golf #1, Hyundai Tucson takes YTD lead

Hyundai Tucson Cyprus 2016. Picture auto-motor-und-sport.deThe Hyundai Tucson is now #1 YTD in Cyprus. 

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Thanks to our partnership with INNOSOFT, we can share with you today detailed sales figures for March 2017. The overall market is up 7% year-on-year to 1.410 units for the month, lifting the year-to-date tally up 12% to 3.640. For March, the VW Golf (6.8% share), Ford Focus (6.7%) and Nissan Qashqai (5.5%) dominate but over the First Quarter of 2017 the Hyundai Tucson up 202% year-on-year knocks the Kia Rio out, the latter was #1 after two months but sinks to #6 after three. The Kia Picanto (#6) and Opel Corsa (#10) benefit from a seemingly rental sales-fuelled month and reapear in the year-to-date charts at #14 and #18 respectively. The Toyota C-HR continues on its blockbuster road at #7, well above the Honda HR-V at #18. The Jaguar F-Pace brilliantly climbs up to #24 for March, ranking at #29 year-to-date.

Previous month: Cyprus January-February 2017: Kia Rio #1, Toyota C-HR lands

One year ago: Cyprus March 2016: Ford Fiesta jumps ahead, Hyundai Tucson in Top 10

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Photo Report: Driving a Haval H9 to the middle of nowhere, Australia – Part 4: Tibooburra to Cameron Corner

Stuck.

This is Part 4 of our adventure to the middle of nowhere Australia with a Haval H9, which we baptised Ivanhoe. See Part 1: Melbourne to Mildura herePart 2: Mildura to Broken Hill here and Part 3: Broken Hill to Tibooburra here. We now leave Tibooburra and its gymkhana New Year’s Eve celebrations to try and join Cameron Corner store where we are supposed to spend New Year’s Eve across three time zones. It’s 2pm when we turn the ignition on, which should give us plenty of time to get across the 173 km itinerary. Or so we thought…

Tibooburra-Cameron Corner itinerary – Map by Google Maps

Google maps tells us it will take 6h30 to join Cameron Corner from Tibooburra. It turned out this timing was a little bullish as we had to stop many times along the way…

Ivanohe on the dirt road straight out of Tibooburra: a storm is brewing on the horizon.

As we leave Tibooburra with two bungee straps holding half the underbody protection that dislodged itself in the last post of this series, we can see a storm is brewing on the horizon. We can only hope our itinerary won’t cross its path. It would turn out the storm affected the road we are taking, just not at the same time as us. We need to stop a couple of times over the first 20 km to check on the bungee straps that are getting smashed by the muddy terrain we are crossing. It doesn’t look like they will hold up until Cameron Corner.

Only 96 km to go…It’s muddy out here…
Ivanohe posing and getting a bit of dirt on its sides.

46 km away from Tibooburra, we come to an intersection that leads to Tooney Gate or continues on to Cameron Corner via the aptly-named Cameron Corner Road. Turns out Cameron Corner isn’t 173 km away from Tibooburra but a mere 142. Too easy! Except we are now coping the effects of the storm mentioned above and the track is getting muddier by the minute. We are now in fill mud mode the whole of the time. We stop again to check the bungee straps: one has disappeared and the other one is totally dislocated and destroyed. What to do? Do we retrace our steps and spend the night in Tibooburra or do we push through and hope for the best? We decide to do the latter (but I have a feeling you knew this already).

The flooded clay pan has us thinking twice before continuing.

Feeling somewhat reassured that we won’t worry about the underbody from now on, we start the engine again with an extra bit of motivation. A mere 20 km later though, the track just disappears into a clay pan. Now we are really thinking it’s time to return to Tibooburra. A few pictures were taken to emphasise the incongruous situation, we could bet that a couple of hours ago we would have been able to cross here, but the storm we saw preceding us is the culprit. We would have confirmation of these timings once arrived in Cameron Corner as two other blokes came this very way to reach Cameron Corner and could go through, simply because it was earlier in the day. Thankfully, there is a backup plan…

We have passed the flooded clay pan!

Just before coming to the flooded pan, we had noticed an alternative option in the form of a track seemingly taking a left turn to contour the pan a few hundred metres back. Now this is the real test for Ivanohe our Haval H9. Fresh muddy ruts abound but the car goes through every single one of them with ease. We breathe a sigh of relief when we are able to connect back to the main track as pictured above.

Ivanohe trying to help

We have decided to let nature do its thing and capture our underbody protection. We will need to be extra careful for rocks in order not to damage anything underneath the car. It is now 7:30pm and the sun is setting. Just as we thought we were in for the last straight, we come across a bogged down truck – it would end up being the only vehicle we passed between Tibooburra and Cameron Corner. We must stop to help, as we would expect the same if it was us that were bogged down. We spend the next couple of hours helping, notably by placing dead wood under the wheels, repositioning it at each attempt. We even used Ivanohe to link and give direction to the truck as it was trying to get out of the side of the track, in vain. Note we did not actually try and tow the truck as it was way too heavy for Ivahoe our Haval H9 to pull. We leave the poor bloke for the night as he assures us he’s got everything he needs. It is quite a sizeable truck and he assured us he can sleep in and wait for the muddy track to dry out by tomorrow.

We encountered this little fellow right before reaching Cameron Corner.

Finally, right after 11pm NSW time, we arrive in Cameron Corner Store. Just in time to buy a six pack of beers before the bar closes for New Year’s Eve celebrations…

Stay tuned for the next episode of this series in Cameron Corner.

India March 2017: Maruti Baleno shoots up to #2 in market up 12%

 The Maruti Baleno posts its best month so far in India. Picture motorbeam.com

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The Indian new car market continues on their great momentum with sales up 12% year-on-year in March to 280.597, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11% to just under 800.000 units at 799.670, a new Q1 record. Market leaders Maruti (+7%) and Hyundai (+9%) are in positive but trail the market growth whereas Mahindra drops 1% in third place above Honda (+9%). The heroes of the Top 10 are below. Tata gains 83% thanks to the Tiago (#23) and the arrival of the all-new sedan Tigor (#27), Toyota is up 81% thanks to the Innova Crysta (+159%) and the new Fortuner (+328%), Volkswagen is up 34% thanks to the Ameo and Datsun up 150% thanks to the redi-GO posting its largest monthly volume since last October (2.969).

The all-new Tigor helps Tata sales up 83% this month. 

But the real action is in the models ranking: below the Maruti Alto the traditional leader of the Indian sales charts, we find for the first time the more premium Maruti Baleno – exclusively sold in the new Nexa dealership channel – jumping from #12 in February to #2 this month with a stunning 16.426 units, by far its largest monthly volume so far. The Maruti DZire (-11%) is knocked down to #3 whereas the Maruti Swift (+7%) gains one spot on last month to #4. Below the Hyundai Grand i10 in great shape at +31%, the Hyundai Elite i20 signs its best volume in two years at 12.394 (+16%) with the Maruti Wagon R in tow (-17%).

The Innova Crysta helps Toyota sales up 81% in March. Picture quickr.com 

The Renault Kwid posts a five-digit sales figure for the first time since last September and the third time ever, the Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks its volume record for one unit at 10.057 and the Hyundai Creta does the same for the 2nd month in a row, passing the 10.000 units benchmark (just!) for the first time ever. This means no less than ten nameplates have sold over 10.000 units this month in India, a record. Further down the ranking, the Maruti Ignis breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #19 with an al-time best 5.209 sales, the Honda WR-V shoots up 36 spots on its inaugural month to a splendid 24th place

Previous month: India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

One year ago: India March 2016: Renault Kwid officially a hit, breaks into Top 5

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Germany March 2017: Opel, Renault up, highest Q1 volume this decade

Opel sales are up 18% year-on-year in March. Picture autobild.de 

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It’s a very dynamic March for new car sales in Germany with volumes up 11% year-on-year to 359.683 units, lifting the first quarter total up 844.684 sales, up 7% on the same period in 2016 and the largest Q1 volume since 2009 (868.090) when scrappage schemes sent the market up 24% over the Full Year. Market leader Volkswagen struggles to keep up with the market’s fast pace with a timid 1% year-on-year improvement. Yet VW is still selling over double the amount as the next best-seller, Mercedes in great shape at +14% while just below, Audi (-2%) and BMW (+6%) both lose market share compared to a year ago.

Renault sales are up 39% in March and the new generation Koleos has landed.

Seat (+13%), Ford (+16%), Opel (+18%) and Renault (+39%) are the other carmakers posting double-digit gains inside the Top 10. Below, the list of high performing carmakers is long: Volvo (+22%), Peugeot (+25%), Mitsubishi (+27%), Fiat (+37%), Toyota (+37%), Citroen (+44%) and Dacia (+51%) post the largest improvements inside the Top 20, while among smaller brands, Jeep (+30%), Land Rover (+35%), Alfa Romeo (+90% thanks to the Giulia and the arrival of the Stelvio), Jaguar (+91%), Lotus (+144%), Tesla (+151%) and Bentley (+153%) are some of the best performers.

The Q2 is Audi’s best-selling crossover in March.

Model-wise, below the VW Golf in difficulty at -9%, the VW Polo rallies back up 39% year-on-year and four spots on last month to snap the 2nd position it now also holds year-to-date, but the VW Passat tubes down 43% to 4.471 and from #2 in February to #18 this month. The Opel Astra nudges up one spot to #3 thanks to sales up 19%, ahead of the VW Tiguan (+26%) and Mercedes C-Class (+18%) both also beating the market growth. Further down, notice the Ford Kuga (+35%), VW Touran (+41%), Mercedes E Class (+56%) and Renault Megane (+166% thanks to the new generation) all posting spectacular gains. The Audi Q2 is now Audi’s best-selling crossover at #33 ahead of the Q3 at #43 (-17%) and the Q5 at #65 (-26%). This month we welcome three new nameplates in the German sales charts: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#211), Subaru Outback (#251) and the new generation Renault Koleos  (#272).

Previous month: Germany February 2017: Audi snaps 10% share of falling market

One year ago: Germany March 2016: Volkswagen down, Audi up in flat market

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China March 2017: Baojun wins 510 bet in market up 1.7%

The Baojun 510 is an instant success but cannibalises the 560. Picture courtesy qq.com

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New light vehicles sales in China are up by a slim 1.7% year-on-year in March to 2.1 million wholesale units. Once again it’s SUVs and crossovers that are keeping the Chinese market in positive territory with sales up 20.5% to 832.199 whereas sedans are down 4.5% to 990.433, MPVs down 15% to 196.598 and microvans down 17% to 74.600. Over the first quarter of 2017, the Chinese light vehicle market is up 4.6% to a record 5.95 million units. This slower rate comes with the rise of tax on small vehicles (up to 1.6L) from 5% to 7.5% at the start of the year.

According to figures released by manufacturers themselves (retail figures including imports), General Motors is the best-selling manufacturer in China with sales up 16% year-on-year to 345.448 whereas the Volkswagen Group is down 1.1% to 324.500 units, handicapped by Audi underperforming again (-19% to 41.371) due to dealers refusing to order new cars as Audi was planning to open a second sales channel with its partner SAIC. Audi should revive over the next couple of months though as Audi said it would postpone its new plans until it would sell 900.000 annual units in China (it sold under 600.000 in 2016). Volkswagen brand sales are up 3.6% but Skoda down 15%. Year-to-date, the Volkswagen Group is down 6.7% to 891.500, VW down 3.8%, Audi down 22% and Skoda down 11%. Note Volkswagen wholesale sales are down 4% year-on-year this month as detailed in the tables below the jump.

The VW Tiguan hits its best overall ranking since September 2015.

The best-selling Japanese manufacturers all frankly beat the market: Nissan Motor Co. sales are up 9% to 120.106, followed closely by Toyota Motor Co. up 12% to 112.400 and Honda Motor Co. up 15% to 111.127. Note wholesales of locally-made Honda are up a whopping 30% to 119.976 this month, placing the brand above Toyota, Buick and Nissan. Meanwhile Ford Motor Co. sinks 21% to 90.457 excluding Lincoln. In the premium race – here too retail sales including imports – Mercedes soars 32% to 49.871 while BMW AG is up 8.3% to 50.783 and, as a reminder, Audi down 19% to 41.371. If we look at wholesales of locally-made vehicles, the picture is quite different with Audi in the lead at 41.500 (-16%), ahead of Mercedes at 37.243 (+57%) and BMW at 32.282 (+27%).

A diplomatic row over missile systems in North Korea led to some clear hesitation on the purchase of Korean car brands with Hyundai wholesales tumbling down 52% and Kia down 70%. Among local brands, Changan remains dominant in 2nd place overall below just Volkswagen thanks to deliveries up 17%, Geely continues to sport amazing gains at +70% ahead of Baojun (+9%), Haval (+7%) and Dongfeng (+7%) all beating the market but slowing down their growth. GAC Trumpchi (+42%) and Roewe (+177% thanks to the RX5 crossover and all-new i6 sedan) both post stellar year-on-year gains.

Jeep sells over 20.000 locally-produced models for the first time this month.

Now onto brands that have kick-started their local production recently. Jeep more than doubles its deliveries year-on-year at +129% to break the 20.000 locally-produced sales milestone for the very first time at 20.661, with the Compass and Renegade both posting monthly records and the Cherokee falling less than a thousand units short of doing the same. We welcome Acura in the brands ranking this month with the first units of the CDX being sold in the country. This leaves Lexus and Subaru as the only major manufacturers not engaged in Chinese local production. Renault (6.066), Hanteng (4.877), Cowin (4.773), Borgward (4.556) and SWM (4.514) are the other ‘new’ brands inside the Top 55 while Bisu is down 4 spots on February to #60.

Model-wise, the VW Lavida steps up to pole position when including sales of its hatchback variant the Gran Lavida despite sales down 4%, outselling the Wuling Hongguang (-6%). The Haval H6 marks a pause at -13% in third position ahead of the Buick Excelle (+26%), Nissan Sylphy (+2%), Toyota Corolla (+3%) and GAC Trumpchi GS4 (+7%) making it two Chinese nameplates atop the SUV ranking. Boosted up 52% by the new model, the VW Tiguan climbs onto the 9th spot overall, falling 2.000 units short of beating its monthly volume record (31.092 last January) but reaching its highest ranking in China since September 2015. This month the Tiguan is VW’s second best-seller below only the Lavida, a very rare event.

Over 10.000 GAC Trumpshi GS8 found a buyer in China this month. A first.

Further down, the Haval H2 is up 112% to #13 thanks to the addition of the H2S variants, the Geely Boyue is down four ranks on February to #18 but beats its monthly volume record at 20.461, as does the Dongfeng Fengguang 580 at 18.775, the Chevrolet Cavalier at 16.079, the brand’s only nameplate to sport a five-digit sales figure this month, and the GAC Trumpchi GS8 breaking the 10.000 monthly unit mark for the first time.

But the main story of the month to our view is another blockbuster launch by Baojun. Clearly pushing the brand in terms of design, the 510 crossover was a bet. With 18.016 sales for its second month in market, it looks like the design bet is won. However there is a big drawback to this performance: the 510 appears to be cannibalising the 560 within the Baojun range: the latter s down an abysmal 64% this month to just 15.016, keeping in mind March 2016 was its all-time record at 42.077. The next few month will give us a clear indication as to how the two nameplates can coexist in the market.

Previous month: China February 2017: Market back on track at +22% to 1.9 million units

One year ago: China March 2016: Haval H6 and Baojun 560 beat records, market up 9%

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Media post: American Automotive Service Solutions Provides a Unique Extended Service Contract For Your Vehicles Needs

American Automotive Service Solutions (AASS) is an auto warranty company, but it’s not your regular kind. Unlike most other auto warranty firms, AASS’ goal is to provide long-term satisfaction to its customers, along with great service. The company has different vehicle service contracts on offer, so that all buyers would find a plan that fits into their scheme of things. Not to mention, there’s money back guarantee as well. By the way, how many other auto warranty firms are willing to offer such guarantees?

AASS has seldom been out of news. The company constantly works hard to offer something unique and new to its buyers, which means the company frequently receives press attention. For example, at the end of 2016, the company came up with a unique service concerning extended vehicle warranties. This service apparently replaces unsolicited phone calls and mails with great customer service and a few other options that help with savings on car repairs.

As aforementioned, AASS takes a unique approach to things. One of the ways it differentiates itself from the competition is by earning certifications from prestigious organizations. The majority of extended warranty firms on the market cannot claim to have such certificates. For instance, the company is a Vehicle Protection Association (VPA) member. This means it can access critical information and resources relating to the extended warranty business that non-member firms cannot claim access to. As a result, customers can rest assured their service agreements would have the backings of industry leaders. VPA is a non-profit firm that is committed to offering first-rate auto service contracts to buyers. The organization is essentially a watchdog entity that oversees industry practices and promotes fair business policies and systems.

Generally, most other American Automotive Services Solutions reviews only talk about certificates and do not throw much light on why the company is so unique. However, we would like to state that AASS is not just about its certifications and prestigious memberships. The company has also allied with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as AAS (American Auto Shield) and MBPI (Marathon and Mechanical Breakdown Protection, Inc.), to name a few. These companies have a solid reputation in the industry with a BBB (Business Better Bureau) rating of A or better.

Getting top BBB ratings is not a minor accomplishment. BBB does a lot of research about a company before it delivers its verdict on it. The rating system entails a maximum of 100 points. A company that scores 94 or more happens to get the A grade. If a company manages an A rating or greater, then that speaks volumes about the business’ quality and credibility. It means the company has few customer complaints against it, is transparent with its business practices, and addresses complaints (if any) in a timely manner.

AASS is committed to its customers and therefore associates with firms that are known for similar or greater dedication to consumers. The ultimate objective is to ensure customers get excellent and reliable service anytime and every time they associate with the company. Most companies cannot claim to have the backing that AASS has. In fact, the majority at times fall back to their own resources (for the lack of other resources) whenever a customer files in for a claim. Since most auto warranty companies aren’t self-sufficient enough, the consumers filing in are left stranded, as a result. AASS has the support of some of the biggest names in the car warranty business. This means its customers can be rest assured that their automobile would stay protected at all times.

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