Laos 9 months 2015: Toyota Hilux and local Daehan trucks dominate

Almost one in every three vehicles sold in Laos so far in 2015 is a Toyota Hilux.

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Second ever appearance with official sales figures of Laos on BSCB. This year shows a completely different picture than the last time we updated this country, so much so that I would invite you to ignore the 2014 Report as it was incomplete. Over the first 9 months of 2015, 41.095 new vehicles found a buyer in Laos, with Toyota more dominant than ever at 42% market share. We have a surprise in second place…

Daehan Super-1 Laos 2015. Picture courtesy hellodd.comDaehan Super-1

A Hyundai/Kia dealership called Kolao Holdings, the biggest non state company in Laos according to According to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, founded by a Korean and listed on Korea’s main stock market but registered as a Lao company has started assembling 1 tonne CKD pickup trucks under their own brand: Daehan. Their first model, the Super-1 pickup, launched in September 2013 and the D-100, D-150, D-200 and D-T1 have followed since with great success: Daehan is the 2nd best-selling brand in Laos this year with over 10% market share!

DongFeng Mini Pick-up Laos 2015Dongfeng is the most popular Chinese carmaker in Laos this year.

Daehan even places three nameplates inside the 2015 year-to-date Top 6: below the Toyota Hilux and Hiace sovereign at 28.8% and 10% market share respectively, the Daehan D-100 ranks 3rd, the Super-1 is 4th and the D-T1 is 6th. You can find more info on Kolao Holdings from the Wall Street Journal Asia here and you can check their website here (in Korean only for now).

Hyundai, Chevrolet and Ford round up the brands Top 5 just above Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng which manages to place its pickup at #5 overall in the Lao models ranking so far in 2015. Chery, JAC and BYD are the other Chinese carmakers to make it to the Lao Top 15.



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Myanmar 9 months 2015: Suzuki Super Carry leads, Jinbei Haise #5

Suzuki Super Carry Toyota Hilux YangonThe Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hilux are among Myanmar’s best-sellers.

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For only the second time ever on BSCB we are able to share with you official sales data for Myanmar, adding up to 4.726 sales over the first 9 months of 2015. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker with just under 18% share while below, Suzuki, Kia and Hyundai all bypass Ford which drops to 5th overall. Chery (#6) leads the Chinese offensive ahead of Jinbei (#9), Dongfeng (#10) and Lifan (#11).

5. Jinbei Hiace BaganJinbei Hiace in Bagan, Myanmar

Over in the models aisle, the locally-assembled Suzuki Super Carry logically holds onto its throne with 9.3% of the market while the Toyota Hilux overtakes the Ford Ranger to hit 2nd place overall. Fittingly, the Jinbei Haise – a hit with the international hotel chains that are starting to pop up in the country – ranks 5th with 3.6% share, Chery places both the QQ minicar and the Tiggo SUV inside the Top 10 and the Dongfeng Rich makes its debut inside the Top 15.

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Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 9 months 2015: Pickups and SUVs dominate

Mitsubishi Triton Ivory Coast September 2015. Picture courtesy Mitsubishi L200 is #2 overall in Ivory Coast (2015 model pictured).

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Today we can share with you the first Côte d’Ivoire update in over a year. New light vehicle sales in Ivory Coast are up a very satisfying 19% year-on-year over the first nine month of 2015 to 5.810 units. Toyota reclaims the brands pole position off Hyundai thanks to sales almost doubling year-on-yea to 1.297 and 22.3% share vs. 791 and 13.6% for the Korean manufacturer (+14%). Mitsubishi (+55%) overtakes Renault (-3%) and Ford (-1%) while Chinese carmaker Great Wall maintains itself inside the Top 10 at #9. Model-wise, the Top 12 best-sellers are all either pickup trucks or SUVs, with the #1 passenger car (the Hyundai Accent) arriving at #13. The Toyota Hilux is by far the most popular with 11.3% share, distancing the Mitsubishi L200 (5.3%), Mazda BT-50 (4.3%) and Ford Ranger (4.1%) with the Renault Duster rounding up the Top 5.

Previous post: Ivory Coast 1st Half 2014: Toyota Hilux and Renault Duster on top

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Uganda 9 months 2015: Toyota, Tata and Nissan dominate

Tata Xenon Uganda 2015The Tata Xenon breaks into the Uganda Top 10 models over the period.

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New light vehicle sales in Uganda are down 8% year-on-year over the first 9 months to 1.794 units, after the market peaked at 2.034 in 2011. Toyota is the most popular carmaker with over 35% of the market, followed by Indian manufacturer Tata, holding 16.3% of Ugandan sales mainly due to its heavy commercial vehicle range (not included in the overall 1.794 figure above). Nissan (12%), Mitsubishi (11.2%) and Ford (9.9%) follow. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux remains sovereign at 18.3% share above the Nissan Hardbody, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200. Notice the Tata Xenon pickup elbowing its way to 7th place overall.

Previous post: Uganda 1st Half 2015: Top 4 best-sellers are all pickup trucks

Previous year: Uganda Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

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Malawi 9 months 2015: Toyota jumps to 51.4% market share

Toyota Hilux Malawi September 2015. Picture courtesy of previous generation Toyota Hilux is still on sale in Malawi.

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1.250 new vehicles found a home in Malawi over the first 9 months of 2015, and Toyota tightens its stranglehold on the market even further, crossing the symbolic 50% market share milestone to reach 51.4% over the period thanks to 642 sales. Almost half of these go to the Hilux which improves its share to 21.8% even though the new generation hasn’t hit local dealerships yet. Ford loses ground in 2nd place at 13.7% share with the Ranger Pickup accounting for 92% of this total at 157 units and 12.6% at #2 in the models ranking. Nissan, Tata and Kia are the next most popular brands, while the Toyota Land Cruiser edges past the Nissan Hardbody to snap the final spot on the models ranking podium.

Previous post: Malawi 1st Half 2015: Toyota Hilux fights off Ford Ranger

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Serbia October 2015: Locally-assembled Fiat 500L ultra-dominant

Fiat 500L Serbia September 2015The Fiat 500L once again dominate its “home” market, Serbia.

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Based on data shared by Central European market data specialists CE Auto, the Serbian new car market is up by a very impressive 35% year-on-year in October to 2.055 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 18.555 units, up 8% on 2014. Locally-assembled, the Fiat 500L continues to dominate the sales charts head and shoulders with almost 10% market share in October vs. less than 5% for the #2, the Skoda Octavia. The Skoda Fabia rounds up the podium ahead of the Opel Astra and Fiat Doblo.

Previous month: Serbia September 2015: Now with Top 250 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

One year ago: Serbia October 2014: Lada Niva inside Top 5 best-sellers

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Bosnia & Herzegovina October 2015: Renault Clio triumphs

Renault Clio Bosnia October 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio holds 15% of the Bosnian new car market in October.

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Thanks to Central European market data specialists, we can share with you today the latest available data for Bosnia & Herzegovina, a market up a very dynamic 19% year-on-year in October to 686 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 5.776 units, up 4% on 2014. Coming from outside the September Top 10 but now ranking 5th year-to-date, the Renault Clio shoots up to the Bosnian pole position this month thanks to 103 sales for a whopping 15% market share. That’s more than double the #2, the Skoda Octavia at 7.4% and still leader year-to-date at 6.5% share. The VW Golf, Toyota Yaris and VW Passat follow while the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #8.

Previous month: Bosnia & Herzegovina September 2015: Top 5 is 100% Volkswagen Group

One year ago: Bosnia & Herzegovina October 2014: Audi Q5 in Top 10

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Moldova October 2015: Hyundai Tucson and VW Passat tie for #1

Hyundai Tucson Moldova October 2015The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Moldova in October.

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Based on data published by Central European market data specialists CE Auto, new car sales in Moldova are down a harsh 59% year-on-year to 292, due to an October 2014 figure artificially boosted by fleet sales. The year-to-date total is down 28% to 2.843 units. Big surprise atop the models ranking this month: it’s not the perennial leader the Dacia Logan, down to #6 with just 11 sales, but the Hyundai Tucson and VW Passat holding the top spot, albeit only 18 units were enough to achieve this feat. The Suzuki Vitara remains 4th and the BMW X5 reappears at #10.

Previous month: Moldova September 2015: Hyundai Tucson soars to 2nd place

One year ago: Moldova October 2014: Dacia Logan at 31%, Porsche Cayenne in Top 10

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Rep of Macedonia September 2015: Dacia Duster takes charge

Dacia Duster Czech Republic 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Dacia Duster holds over 10% market share in the Republic of Macedonia in September.

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Thanks to Central European market data specialists, we can share with you September data for the Republic of Macedonia. 484 new cars found a buyer this month, adding up to 3.863 year-to-date. The Dacia Duster takes charge with almost double the sales of any other nameplate and 10.5% market share. The Ford Fiesta follows at 5.4% while the Hyundai ix35 rounds up the podium but remains in the lead so far in 2015. Notice also Peugeot placing both the 308 (#5) and 301 (#8) inside the Macedonian Top 10 and the Seat Leon making a rare appearance at #9.

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Thailand October 2015: New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport jumps to 4th place

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Thailand October 2015Dealership deliveries of the new generation lift the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to #4.

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October new car sales in Thailand are up 10% on September to 67.910 registrations, the second largest monthly volume in 2015 below March (74.117), but still down 4% on October 2014. The year-to-date total now stands at 624.682 units, down 13% on the same period in 2014. Toyota and Isuzu still dominate the brands ranking as usual but drop faster than the market –  both at -14% – to stand at 33.9% and 15.8% share respectively vs. 34% and 18% so far in 2015. Honda is unaffected with sales up 10% year-on-year to 14.3% share thanks to very strong performances of the HR-V (#8) and Jazz (#10). Mitsubishi is the winner of the month with sales up a whopping 26% to 6.341 and 9.3% share, mainly due to dealership deliveries of the all-new Pajero Sport shooting up from outside the September Top 50 directly to 4th place overall with 3.289 sales. November data will show the normalised sales potential for this new strikingly designed and locally-produced SUV that goes full-frontal against the Toyota Fortuner.

Ford Everest Thailand October 2015Ford Everest

Other manufacturers to shine this month in Thailand include Ford (+21%), Mazda (+10%), Chevrolet (+8%), Suzuki (+11%) and Subaru (+58%). Over on the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-19%) and Isuzu D-Max (-13%) are muted, the Toyota Fortuner drops from a record 7.4% share in September to 6.3% this month, now threatened by the all-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (4.8%). The Toyota Vios is the most popular of only four passenger cars in the Top 10 at 2.967 units (-33%) above the Toyota Yaris (-35%), Honda City (-16%) and Jazz (+7%). The Ford Everest reaches a new volume high at 936 units in 17th place, the Honda CR-V is up 63% year-on-year to #22, the MG 3 drops two spots but remains inside the Thai Top 30 for the 2nd month running at #29 while the MG 6 breaks into the Top 50 at #50.

Previous month: Thailand September 2015: Toyota Fortuner in unchartered territory

One year ago: Thailand October 2014: Toyota Vios, Nissan Navara up

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