Venezuela January 2017: Jeep returns to market down 59%

12 new Jeep Grand Cherokee found a buyer in Venezuela in January.

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Each month the Venezuelan new car market sinks closer to full stalemate: down another 59% year-on-year to just 157 units in January. If Ford remains the #1 brand at 51% share, it drops 62% on its January 2016 score whereas Toyota is up 329% to 38.2% of the market. Jeep (7.6%) and Dodge (3.2%0 are the two only other carmaker managing to sell new vehicles in the country this month, note that this is Jeep’s return to market as the company didn’t sell a single car here throughout 2016. Down to #3 in December, the Ford Explorer reclaims the top spot it held over the FY16 with 19.7% share, just one unit above the Toyota Hilux (19.1%) and 6 above the Toyota Fortuner (15.9%). The Ford F-250, F-350 and Jeep Grand Cherokee follow.

Previous post: Venezuela Full Year 2016: Ford last man standing in market down 83%

One year ago: Venezuela January-February 2016: Ford last man standing

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Uruguay January 2017: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

Chevrolet is back in charge of the Uruguayan market. 

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New car sales in Uruguay leap up 17% year-on-year in January to 3.877 units. Once unquestioned market leader, Chevrolet had gone down to a paltry 5th place over the Full Year 2016. The American brand rallies back 61% in January to snap the top spot with 15.8% share, distancing Volkswagen at 13.7% (+27%), Suzuki at 10.9% and 2016 leader Fiat at 7.2% (-29%). The rest of the Top 10 outpaces the market: Renault (+19%), Nissan (+48%), Peugeot (+58%), Ford (+63%), Kia (+96%) and Hyundai (+134%). Further down, notice Great Wall (+92%), Dongfeng (+48%) and Mercedes (+50%) with Chinese carmakers (-19%) accounting for 11.3% of the Uruguayan market this month vs. 12.8% over FY16.

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Japan January 2017: Nissan Note leads, Toyota C-HR up to #4

The Toyota C-HR is up to #4 at home in January. 

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The Japanese new car market starts 2017 on a positive note with a 4.9% year-on-year gain to 401.650 registrations. Market leader Toyota edges past the market growth at +5.3% to 28.7% share, a full two percentage points below its FY2016 level. In contrast, Honda frankly outpaces the market at +16.2% to 15% share, as does Nissan up 10.6% to 14% share, followed by Suzuki up 5.9% and Daihatsu down 0.1%. Beyond the Big Five, Lexus (-14.8%), Mazda (-19.2%) and Mitsubishi (-21%) struggle whereas Subaru (+11.7%), Hino (+12%) and Isuzu (+12.7%) impress.

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan in January. 

Mercedes (+1%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker but this month the German brand stays outside the overall Top 10 at #11, ahead of Volkswagen (+4.7%), BMW (-4.6%), Audi (+7.6%) and Mini (-1.3%). A handful of other foreign manufacturers also register double-digit year-on-year gains in January in Japan: Volvo (+20.6%), Jeep (+26.1%), Renault (+41.4%), Maserati (+57.6%), Lamborghini (+64.7%), DS (+65.4%), Citroen (+70%), Abarth (+119.5%), Rolls Royce (+145.5%) and McLaren (+175%) are among them. At the other end of the scale, Cadillac (-58.7%) and Ford (-79.1%) implode.

The Nissan Serena shoots up to 2nd place overall. The new generation boosts the Subaru Impreza up 60% to #11.

The models ranking is suddenly and completely reshuffled in January. Boosted by the new generation and its e-Power variant, the Nissan Note reclaims the top spot it held in November with an imposing 14.113 sales (+69%). Nissan even manages a historical 1-2 with the Serena up 95% to 11.179 units in 2nd place. Leader over the FY2016, the Toyota Prius freefalls 53% year-on-year and is knocked down to #3, its lowest ranking since November 2015.

The Suzuki Swift gets a 77% lift from its new gen in January.

But the big news is the arrival in 4th place for its 2nd month in market of the Toyota C-HR at 9.144 sales vs. 6.013 for its rival the Honda Vezel (+8%). The C-HR could be positioning itself as a serious contender for the 2016 pole position at home. Also launched late last year, the Toyota Roomy (#9) and Tank (#13) post very solid scores again. Other great performers in January include the Honda Freed up 3-fold on its January 2016 score to #6, the new gen Subaru Impreza – Car of the Year 2016-2017 in Japan – up 60% on the previous one to #11, the Toyota Harrier up 55% to #15, Suzuki Swift up 77% to #21 and Mazda Axela up 63% to #25. In the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOCX (+28%) keeps the lead by far, followed by the Daihatsu Tanto (-13%), Move (+63%) and Nissan Dayz (-14%).

Volvo sales are up 20.6% year-on-year in Japan in January.

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Singapore January 2017: Honda #1, BMW up 100% to 4th place

BMW sales double year-on-year to 562 in Singapore this month. 

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The Singaporean new car market continues to progress: up 7% year-on-year to 7.539 registrations in January. Honda (+15%) confirms it is the new favourite in the brands ranking with 22.1% share thanks to 1.666 sales with Toyota (+5%) remaining in 2nd place at 20.5%. Mercedes jumps 19% to #3 and 12% share while BMW doubles its sales year-on-year to leap up to 4th place and 7.5%. Mitsubishi (+73%), Kia (+41%), Opel (+1180%), Jaguar (+264%) and Ford (+275%) impress whereas Mazda (-10%), Nissan (-43%), Volkswagen (-32%), Hyundai (-53%) and Volvo (-25%) lose ground.

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One year ago: Singapore January 2016: Honda teases Toyota for pole position

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New Caledonia (France) January 2017: Ford and Dacia head to head

The Citroen C3 soars up to 4th place overall in January. 

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Sales in New Caledonia, a French Overseas archipelago located north-east of Australia, surge up 59% year-on-year in January to 809 registrations. Ford (+52%) holds on the pole position by just one unit above Dacia (+134%) at 97 vs. 96, both manufacturers evolving a step higher than their FY16 market shares. Renault also, up 124% to 76 units and 10.2% of the market vs. 7.8% in 2016. Citroen (+79%) and Hyundai (+150%) are the only other manufacturers outpacing the market inside the Top 10. Volkswagen (+100%), Fiat (+188%) and Mazda (+213%) also make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Dacia Duster confirms the pole position its snapped off the Ford Ranger last year, but here too by only one sale at 47 vs. 46 for the Ranger. The Ford Fiesta is up to #3, the Citroen C3 up 36 spots on its FY16 ranking to #4 thanks to the new generation, the Renault Clio up 10 to #6, the Hyundai Creta up 20 to #9 and the Peugeot 301 up 32 to #21. The Toyota Hilux, #3 in 2016, is out of the Top 20 in January.

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Chile January 2017: Nissan takes lead in market up 7%

Nissan is #1 overall in Chile in January 

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New car sales in Chile gain 7% year-on-year in January to 27.308 registrations, and this time Nissan (+29%) snaps the brands top spot with 2.581 sales and 9.5% share vs. ranking 5th over the Full Year 2016. That’s just 7 units above Chevrolet at 9.4% (+4%) and 52 above Hyundai at 9.3% (+19%). Kia (-1%) and Suzuki (-3%) go in reverse, Toyota gains 9%, Ford is up 21% and Peugeot up 12% but Mazda (-19%) and Mitsubishi (-27%) struggle. Outside the Top 10, Volkswagen (+44%), Chery (+53%), Mercedes (+64%), FAW (+83%), JAC (+94%), Lifan (+123%) and Foton (+420%) take off, meaning Chinese carmakers monopolise the four largest year-on-year gains this month. As a whole, Chinese brands are up 29% to represent 9.3% of the Chilean market in January vs. 8% over the Full Year 2016.

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Sweden January 2017: Volvo S/V90 now has VW Golf in sight

The Volvo S/V90 posts its highest monthly volume so far at home and ranks #2.

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The Swedish new car market is riding on the back of two additional selling days to gain 8% year-on-year in January to 23.282 registrations, a new record for the month and the 37th consecutive month of year-on-year gains. Market leader Volvo outpaces its home market at +15% to 4.732 sales but in 2nd place Volkswagen does even better at +21% to 4.288. BMW (-0.4%) and Kia (+3%) are more discreet, ahead of Mercedes surging 37% to 5th place and Audi crashing down 17% to #6. Seat (+15%), Mini (+29%), Ford (+61%), Porsche (+61%), Mitsubishi (+110%), Fiat (+126%) and Tesla (+458%) stand out with impressive gains.

The VW Golf is #1 in Sweden for the 5th time in the past 7 months. 

Now that the leader of the past two decades, the Volvo V70, has been discontinued, the Swedish models ranking brings its lot of surprises each month. The VW Golf led for four consecutive months from July to October – and was the first non-Volvo in 54 years to snap the pole position in FY16. Meanwhile Volvo is scrambling to find itself a new best-seller: the S/V60 took the overall lead for the first time ever in November, and in December it was the turn of the XC60. This month we have yet another picture: the VW Golf reclaims the top spot with 1.453 sales (+18%), and Volvo now separates sales of the defunct V70 (only 2 this month) from the all-new S/V90 tandem, up to 1.392: by a large margin its highest monthly volume so far and placing it at a close 2nd to the Golf. The recent arrival of the V90 Cross Country variant may well have been the key to unlock the nameplate’s sales potential at home. If the S/V90 continues to rises and manages the #1 spot in 2017, 2016 would just be a small bump in the road for Volvo.

The BMW 5 Series soars 112% to #8. 

The Top 7 is a VW-Volvo affair, with the Volvo S/V60 (#3), XC60 (#4), V40 (#7) and VW Passat (#5) and Tiguan (#6) up 202%. The BMW 5 Series soars 112% to #8, the Mercedes E-Class is up an ever more robust 183% to #11, with thePeugeot 3008 (+470%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+277%), Toyota Prius (+256%) and Fiat 500 (+2267%) also taking off. Among recent launches, the Kia Niro is in the clear lead at #29 above the  Seat Ateca (#58), Audi Q2 (#69) and Toyota C-HR (#70), so far more timid here than in the rest of Europe.

Previous post: Sweden Full Year 2016: #1 car not a Volvo for the first time in 54 years

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Colombia January 2017: Chevrolet drops 5%, Renault up 15%

The Chevrolet Spark is the best-selling vehicle in Colombia in January. 

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The Colombian new car market is up 3% year-on-year in January to 17.215 registrations. Building on a trend we witness all across 2016, the two most popular carmakers in the country evolve in opposite ways: Chevrolet continues to decline at -5% to 4.123 registrations and 24% share whereas Renault gains another 15% to 3.692 and 21.4% share vs. 20.1% in FY16. Nissan (+38%) and Mazda (+25%) frankly outpace the market, both overtaking Kia (-19%) while Ford (+23%), Toyota (+45%) and Volkswagen (+26%) also shine inside the Top 10. Suzuki tumbles down 24% and Hyundai continues to implode at -72%.

The Renault Captur breaks into the Colombian Top 15.

At #11 overall, JAC (+169%) is the most popular of the 23 Chinese brands present on the Colombian market, distancing Foton at #15 (+63%), Chery at #17 (-32%), Dongfeng at #18 (+10%) and Changan at #26 (+5%). Overall, Chinese carmakers account for 4.2% of the Colombian market in January. In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Spark (1.175) and Sail (1.039) pass the Renault Sandero (1.022) to take the lead of the charts, with the Renault Duster/Oroch strong at #4 and the Mazda3 up two spots on its FY16 ranking at #5. Notice also the Renault Clio up to #8 vs. #15 in FY16, the Nissan Frontier up to #11 vs, #14 and the Chevrolet Onix (#12) and Renault Captur (#13) breaking into the Top 15.

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Switzerland January 2017: VW under pressure from Mercedes

Mercedes is only 98 sales below Volkswagen in January.

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Switzerland is one of the rare European markets to lose ground in January at -4% to 19.451 units. Volkswagen crumbles down 18% to a round 10% share vs. 13.3% over the Full Year 2016 and ends January only 98 sales above Mercedes at 9.5% (-5%), paying the price of an artificially inflated December score when it held 17.3% of the market. BMW (-11%) and Skoda (-8%) complete a fully declining Top 4 but just below, Audi (+30%), Seat (+60%) and Fiat (+36%) try and make up for it. Renault (-26%) suffers the largest decline in the Top 10 while Hyundai (-32%), Citroen (-36%) and Mazda (-36%) are the biggest losers in the Top 20. On a positive note, Porsche (+19%), Land Rover (+22%), Subaru (+33%), Maserati (+111%), Jaguar (+137%) and Alfa Romeo (+178%) all post stellar results.

The T6 is Volkswagen’s best-seller in Switzerland this month, outselling the Golf. 

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it held year-to-date for 11 months, selling almost double any other nameplate in the country at 790 units and 4.1% share. The VW T6 is the surprise of the month, surging 29 spots on December and 32% year-on-year to land in 2nd place, becoming Volkswagen’s best-seller above the Golf, imploding down 47% to #4 and confirming our reading that forwarded December registrations – typically dealership self-registrations – were behind the nameplate’s sudden, last minute rally to hold onto the annual pole position for the 23rd time. Meanwhile the Mercedes C-Class drops 1% on its January 2016 score but gains 14 spots on last month to #3, the Seat Alhambra is up 99% to #5, the Mercedes GLC up 39% to #6, the VW Tiguan up 186% to #7 and the Dacia Sandero up 37% to #8. Other impressive gainers include the Audi Q5 (+231%), Renault Megane (+170%) and Peugeot 3008 (+354%) while the Toyota C-HR is up 39 ranks on December to soar to #23.

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Norway January 2017: BMW up 41%, threatens VW for first place

The BMW i3 has ranked in the Norwegian Top 2 for four consecutive months. 

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The Norwegian new car market surges 19% year-on-year in January to 13.055 registrations but Volkswagen sees its supremacy severely threatened this month at -1% to just 12.9% share vs. 17.2% over the Full Year 2016, feeling the heat from both BMW up 41% to 11.8% (vs. 7.8% in FY16) and Toyota up 38% to 11.7%. Volvo for its part is up 80% to 8.9% share in 4th place, Mercedes is up 47% to #5, Skoda up 29% to #6 and Peugeot up 31% to #9. Porsche (+52%), Kia (+95%), Hyundai (+137%) and Tesla (+250%) also post spectacular gains this month.

The Volvo XC90 surges to 5th place in January. 

The VW Golf (-26%) resists in pole position of the Norway models ranking but the BMW i3 (+112%) and VW Passat (+118%) are pushing strong in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. The Toyota RAV4 (+44%), Volvo XC90 (+91%), Skoda Octavia (+68%) and Mercedes GLC (+155%) also deliver stunning performances on January. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR has already made its mark at #12 with 246 sales, the Tesla Model X ranks at a world-best #14, the Kia Niro at #18, the Volvo V90 at #21 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #24.

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