Australia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux first ever “ute” to lead annual sales

Toyota Hilux Australia 2015The Toyota Hilux takes command in Australia for the first time in history.

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Australian new vehicle sales set an all-time record volume for the second year running and the fourth time in the past five years, up 2% or almost 23.000 units on 2015 to 1.178.133. Yet if in 2015 the record was considered “healthy”, this year private sales are down sharply at -7% to 571.544 to fall from 52.5% share a year ago down to 48.5% this time. The market growth comes solely from business sales up a whopping 13% year-on-year to 472.156 and 40.1% share (35.9% in 2015) as well as rental sales up 6% to 60.335 and 5.1% of the market. Government sales are down 1.4% to 40.989. A methodology note: private buyers using their ABN (Australian Business Number) to buy a single car count as a business sale, while novated leases count as private. All in all, it’s the good health of the Australian economy that has lifted the car market up this year, not the appetite of private buyers.

Hyundai Tucson Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auSUV sales are up 8% year-on-year in Australia, passenger cars down 6%.

The main trend at play in the Australian market and symbolised by the new #1 model (see further down), is the shift towards recreational vehicles and away from traditional passenger cars. Light commercials (mainly composed of pickup trucks – nicknamed “utes” in Australia) are up a splendid 9.4% year-on-year in 2016 to hit 217.400 sales and 18.5% share while SUV sales are up 8% to 441.100 and 37.4% share (35.4% in 2015). These two segments now hold a commanding 55.9% of the Australian new vehicle market vs. 52.6% last year. Passenger cars on the other hand are down 5.7% to 486.600 units or 41.3% share vs. 44.6% in 2015. The most popular segments are small cars (224,450 sales, down 4%), medium SUV (172.194, up 16.5%), 4×4 ute (146.820, up 10%), large SUV (142.495, up 2%) and small SUV (110.413, up 2%).

Toyota Corolla Australia 2016With the Corolla at #2, Toyota is the first ever carmaker to manage an annual 1-2 in Australia.

Looking at sales in each State, only two lose volume compared to 2015. New South Wales/Sydney continues to dominate at 397.563 registrations and also lodges the largest year-on-year increase at +4.4%. It is followed by Victoria/Melbourne at 326.269 (+3.4%), Queensland/Brisbane at 233.026 (-1.1%), Western Australia/Perth at 100.234 (-5.6%), South Australia/Adelaide at 71.738 (+3.9%), Tasmania at 19.751 (+0.3%), Australian Capital Territory at 18.816 (+4.3%) and Northern Territory at 10.736 (+2%). With Ford ending local manufacturing in October this year and both Holden and Toyota set to do so in 2017, Australia has slipped below Germany to become only the #5 new vehicle source country. Japan leads with 325.689 units (-3%) ahead of Thailand at 285.465 (+14%), South Korea at 162.642 (+16%), Germany at 87.392 (-0.6%) with Australia lagging behind at 87.096 homemade sales, down 11% on 2015. This figure will be zero in 2018.

mazda-cx-9-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auMazda is up 3.7% to reach a record 10% market share in Australia. 

With sales up 3.1% to 209.610, Toyota marks 20 years in the Australian pole position, including the past 14 straight years. This is the fifth year in a row and the 12th time in the past 13 years that Toyota is above 200.000 annual Australian sales (record: 238,983 in 2008), with no other carmaker managing to break this milestone in the country. The Japanese carmaker is leader in every State and Territory. In 2nd place like last year – the brand’s highest ranking in the world, we find pure importer Mazda, up another 3.7% to reach record volumes (118.217) and market share at a round 10%. Mazda even outsold Toyota in SUV sales in September despite having only three models in its SUV lineup (CX-3, CX-5, CX-9) vs. more than double for Toyota.

Hyundai i30 Australia 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Hyundai i30 incredibly led the year-to-date charts halfway through 2016.

Hyundai drops 0.4% but is up one spot to jump onto the Australian annual podium for the first time since its introduction in the country in 1986, “posing little threat” according to the local specialised press. Behind these stable sales hides a historical year for Hyundai: the i30 was the best-selling nameplate in Australia overall for an incredible four consecutive months between March and June and even led the YTD ranking half-way through the year. However depleting stock of the current generation meant it had to recede to third place overall – still the nameplate’s best ever annual finish, above the Mazda3. Local brand Holden is kicked out of the annual podium for the first time ever in Australia, down 8.4% to 94.308 sales. Ford on the other hand has turned around its sinking fortunes in a spectacular manner, up 15.3% to 81.207 sales this year and bypassing Mitsubishi (+2.3%) to rank 5th.

Kia Sportage Australia 2016Kia surges 26.5% to break into the annual Australian Top 10 for the first time. 

Subaru continues to impress with a 7.8% gain to remain in 9th position, now threatening Volkswagen (-6.1%). But Kia is by far the most impressive performer in the Australian Top 20 this year: up 26.5% to break into the annual Top 10 for the very first time, stealing this honour from Mercedes (+13.3%), still the luxury king. BMW (+12%), Isuzu Ute (+11.4%), Land Rover (+14.4%), Volvo (+18.9%), Infiniti (+40.6%), LDV (+101%) and Jaguar (+132.8%) also impress. We welcome two new manufacturers in Australia in 2016: American pickup maker Ran landing at #37 with 292 sales and Chinese SUV specialist Haval at #38 with 286.

Toyota Camry Australia 2016The Toyota Camry outsells the Holden Commodore to become #1 Aussie-made. 

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux surges 20% to snap the annual pole position off its stablemate the Toyota Corolla – leader for the past three consecutive years. This is a historical win for the Hilux, the first time it ends the year in pole position in Australia and the first time a commercial vehicle (more recreational in fact these days) takes the annual lead in the country. This victory comes as the Hilux is under intense pressure from the Ford Ranger, up an even more impressive 27% to nudge up one spot to a best-ever 4th place overall this year. Interestingly, 2016 isn’t the Hilux’s best year at 42.104 sales: it sold 42.956 units in 2008, the year it first hit #1 in the monthly sales charts – in April and October. Its 2016 wins rewards consistency as the Hilux only topped the monthly charts twice this year vs. 3 times for the Toyota Corolla and 4 times for the Hyundai i30, the other nameplates on the 2016 podium. The Hilux also ends up narrowly winning the 4×4 ute battle opposing it to the Ford Ranger at 31.076 sales vs. 30.880, whereas the Ranger was still in the lead at end-November.

mazda-cx-5-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-wheelsmag-com-auThe Mazda CX-5 is the #1 SUV in Australia for the 4th straight year. 

In 2016, Toyota places the Hilux and Corolla in the top two spots. Although this seems entirely logical given the brand’s domination over the Australian market, it is actually the first time in history that one brand delivers an annual 1-2. Market leader in 2011 and 2012, the Mazda3 plunges down four spots to a paltry 5th position. The Toyota Camry (-4%) becomes the best-selling Aussie-made nameplate for the very first time in history, dislodging the Holden Commodore (-7%) thanks to a fleet-filled December when it ranked #1 overall, just like a year ago. The Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling SUV in Australia for the fourth consecutive year, climbing up to a best-ever 8th place overall despite sales tilting down 2% to 24.564: incredibly, the CX-5 has led the SUV category each full year it has been in market here. This time it is followed by the Hyundai Tucson, up 4-fold on 2015 to end its first full year of sales at a stunning 11th position, already better than anything the Hyundai ix35 did before it (PB of 19.086 sales and #12 in 2013)…

Previous month: Australia November 2016: Hilux vs. Ranger the new iconic battle

Previous year: Australia Full Year 2015: Mazda first full importer to #2 in record market and The best-sellers State by State

Two years ago: Australia 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot, and The best-sellers State by State

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Australia Full Year 2016: Exclusive State by State rankings available

Toyota Hilux Ford Ranger Australia 2016. Picture courtesy carmag.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux wins three Australian States in 2016, the Ford Ranger wins two. 

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For the 6th year on BSCB it is now time to share with you the best-sellers in each Australian State/Territory, and for the 2nd year we are able to extend the State rankings to the Top 100 models. This is exclusive data you won’t find anywhere else on the web. For the 4th straight year, the Toyota Hilux is the only nameplate managing three State wins (Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory) but this year its performance is finally rewarded with the #1 position nationwide (See our Australia Full Year 2016 article here). The Mazda3 loses Victoria but wins South Australia by the skin of its teeth and scores two State wins along with the Australian Capital Territory while the Toyota Corolla holds on to Australia’s #1 state, New South Wales. But the real winner in 2016 is the Ford Ranger: after snapping its first ever State win in 2015 in Tasmania, Ford’s ute not only holds onto this State but also snatches Australia’s #2 State: Victoria, and misses out on a South Australian win for just two sales… Finally, for the first time in its 38 year-career, the Holden Commodore doesn’t win any Australian State in 2016.

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Toyota Corolla Australia 2016The Toyota Corolla remains the best-seller in New South Wales.

New South Wales (Sydney)

New South Wales is once again the largest Australian State in terms of car sales volume in 2016, up 4.4% to 397.563 units. In spite of sales down 1% to 14.985, the Toyota Corolla remains in the lead, fending off the Toyota Hilux gaining a stunning 26% and two spots to #2 and 13.752 units. The Hilux overtakes the Hyundai i30 (+15%) and Mazda3 (-3%) while the Ford Ranger surges 30% to 5th place. Going against the national ternd, the Holden Commodore actually improves its NSW ranking on last year to #6 thanks to deliveries up 9%. The VW Golf drops two ranks to #7, the Mazda CX-5 remains at #8 and the Hyundai Tucson is up 256% to break into the Top 10. The Mazda CX-3 (#13), Mitsubishi ASX (+44%), Hyundai Accent (+57%) and Kia Sportage (+85%) also make themselves noticed.

ford-ranger-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-4x4australia-com-auFirst ever win in Victoria for the Ford Ranger. 

Victoria (Melbourne)

Victorian new car sales are up 3.4% year-on-year to 326.269 registrations, and we witness a momentous shift in the lead of the models ranking of the State. For the first time ever, a commercial vehicle is the best-seller in Victoria: the Ford Ranger. Thanks to sales up a stunning 34% on 2015, the Ranger surges from #6 to pole position with 10.305 units, the only vehicle with a five digit-sales figure this year. The Mazda3 (-8%) is dethroned, the Toyota Corolla (-6%) is knocked down one spot to #3, the Hyundai i30 resists and gains one rank to #4 thanks to sales up 20% but the Toyota Camry (-2%) and Holden Commodore (-8%) also fall. Almost 2.000 sales below its archenemy, the Toyota Hilux struggles in Victoria and despite deliveries up 25% it only ranks 7th here. In the SUV charts, the Mazda CX-5 (-3%) is now under threat from the Nissan X-Trail (+10%) only 772 sales below. The Mazda CX-3 soars 43% to #11, the Hyundai Tucson is up 284% to #12, the Hyundai Accent up 90% to #19 and the Kia Cerato up 46% to #21.

toyota-hilux-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auThe Toyota Hilux remains #1 in Queensland for the 10th consecutive year.

Queensland (Brisbane)

Queensland is only one of two States to see its total sales drop in 2016: down 1.1% to 233.026 units. As local production is scheduled to end in the country in 2017 and with no recent history of local automotive manufacturing in the State, pure importers hold a much larger share in Queensland than nationwide: only two four nameplates (the Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado) are not Asian in the Top 20 vs. four in 2015. Queensland remains the kingdom of pickup trucks, affectionately nickamed “utes” in Australia (for utility), with 7 of them placing in the Top 16 vs. just 3 nationally. The Toyota Hilux celebrates ten consecutive years as the best-selling vehicle in the State and posts a flamboyant 14% gain to 10.512 deliveries, the Ford Ranger improves 17% and two spots to #4, the Mitsubishi Triton (-10%) drops one to #6, the Holden Colorado (-4%) also at #9, the Nissan Navara is up 25% and 4 ranks to #11, the Isuzu D-Max gains 8% but drops 3 ranks to #13 and the Mazda BT-50 edges up 0.2% to #16. In 2nd place overall, the Hyundai i30 is up 17% and two spots on last year, overtaking the Toyota Corolla (-10%) while the Mazda3 freefalls 14% to #5. The Hyundai Accent shoots up 73% and 14 spots on 20165 to brilliantly break into the Top 10 at #7.

Toyota Prado Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Prado ranks 6th in Western Australia vs. #20 nationwide. 

Western Australia (Perth)

Handicapped by the end of the mining boom, the Western Australian new vehicle market suffers a third consecutive sizeable decline in 2016 at -5.6% to 100.234. This State has lost 20% of its annual volume since the high of 125.544 sales reached back in 2013. Similarly to Queensland, Western Australia’s rugged terrain favours four-wheel-drives and the Toyota Hilux posts a 9th consecutive year atop the sales charts thanks to deliveries up 11% to 4.599. The Ford Ranger is catching up though: up 17% and one spot on 2015 to land in 2nd place with 3.916 sales. The Hyundai i30 also gains one rank to #3 thanks to sales up 15%, both nameplates overtaking the Toyota Corolla (-10%). Below the Mazda3 (-15%), the Toyota Prado remains at a stunning 6th place vs. #20 nationwide and is now followed by the Hyundai Tucson (+290%) – posting its highest annual ranking in all of Australia at #7 – and the Hyundai Accent (+75%).

Mazda3 Australia 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Mazda3 replaces the Holden Commodore at #1 in South Australia. Picture caradvice.com.au

South Australia (Adelaide)

New vehicle sales in South Australia are up 3.9% year-on-year in 2016 to 71.738 registrations and we have an all-new market leader in the State this year: the Mazda3, enjoying a 10% rise to 2.712 sales. The race was incredibly tight with the #2 though: the Ford Ranger ends the year just two lonely sales below the Mazda… Leader in 2015, the Holden Commodore (-9%) abdicates its title and drops to third place. With its local production scheduled to end in October 2017, we will never see the Commodore at #1 in any Australian State anymore. The Toyota Hilux is up a very vigorous 22% in SA this year but remains in 4th place, ahead of the Toyota Corolla up 2% but down 3 spots and the Mitsubishi Triton (-2%). The Hyundai i30 is up 19%, the Mitsubishi ASX surges 29% to break into the Top 10 and the Subaru Forester is up 28% to #12.

Mitsubishi ASX Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Mitsubishi ASX hits its highest State ranking in Tasmania at #3.

Tasmania (Hobart)

Tasmanian new vehicle sales edge up 0.3% year-on-year in 2016 to 19.751 units. Last year, the Ford Ranger delivered its very first State win here, and it reiterates this feat in 2016 thanks to sales up 14% to 859. That’s 30 above the Toyota Corolla, author of a surprising 18% rise this year to 2nd place. #2 in 2015 only 14 units below the Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton freefalls 33% to #8 in 2016. The Mitsubishi ASX for its part remains on the third step of the podium (+4%) by far its best State ranking in all of Australia. The Hyundai Accent is also at its State peak here in 5th place (+69%), with the Toyota RAV4 (+43%) shining as well at #7. The Subaru XV posts its only Top 10 ranking in the country in Tasmania at #10 thanks to deliveries shooting up 61% to #10. Notice also the Holden Trax up 145% to #15 and the VW Amarok up 15% to #20.

Hyundai i30 Australia 2016The Hyundai i30 hits its highest ranking in ACT and Queensland. 

Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)

New car sales in ACT are up 4% in 2016 to a record 18.816 units. After dropping 13% in 2015, the Mazda3 turns around with a 6% year-on-year increase to remain in the lead with 843 sales. The Hyundai i30 surges 34% and 3 spots on last year to land in 2nd position – its highest in any State, also reached in Queensland – knocking the VW Golf down to #3. The Toyota Hilux (+33%) and Ford Ranger (+47%) make inroads into the ranking to reach #5 and #6 respectively, while the Hyundai Tucson soars to #8. The Kia Cerato (+55%) misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 16 sales, the Nissan X-Trail (+36%), Mazda CX-3 (+51%), Subaru Forester (+35%), Nissan Qashqai (+50%) and Honda Civic (+60%) also shine.

Toyota RAV4 Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota RAV4 ranks 4th in Northern Territory: the highest in Australia.

Northern Territory (Darwin)

The Northern Territory, home of Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) symbolises Australian nature at its wildest. Larger than France, Germany and Spain put together, it is only populated by 243.700 inhabitants, 60% of them in its capital, Darwin. The smallest market in Australia, Northern Territory saw its sales gain 2% year-on-year in 2016 to 10.736, still a notch below the high of 11.393 hit in 2013. The Northern Territory is Toyota territory: the Japanese manufacturer holds more than double the market share it has nationwide at 38.8% vs. 17.8% across the country… Toyota places 8 nameplates inside the Top 11, with the Hilux holding the top spot for the 19th year in row with 10.4% market share, followed by the Toyota Corolla at 5.4%. There is a surprise in third place: the Ford Ranger gains 21% to step on the podium, whereas Toyota monopolised the Top 5 in 2015. The Toyota RAV4 impresses at +26% to #4, the Prado drops 27% to #5 ahead of the Mitsubishi ASX (+56%). Notice also the Toyota Fortuner breaking into the Top 20 for its first full year of sales.

Australia post: Australia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux first ever “ute” to lead annual sales

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Canada Full Year 2016: Ford F-Series at peak in 4th straight record year

Ford F-350 Super Duty Canada 2016The Ford F-Series sells a record 145.409 units in Canada in 2016.

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Euphoric Canadian new light vehicle sales post a fourth consecutive record year at +2.8% to 1.953.008 deliveries. Last year FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobile led the groups ranking for the first time but a 5.3% drop in 2016 has it return to 2nd place below Ford Motor, up 9.3% to 304.445 sales. The rest of the Top 15 is unchanged, with General Motors up 1.5% to 13.7% share, Toyota Motor up 4.2% to 11.2% and Hyundai-Kia up 3.1$ to 10.7%. Honda Motor (+5.2%), Subaru (+7.7%), Daimler AG (+8.5%), BMW-Mini (+6.1%), Jaguar-Land Rover (+35%) and Volvo Cars (+27.5%) all outpace the market.

Jaguar F-Pace Canada 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com Jaguar sales are up 134.1% year-on-year in Canada.

Brand-wise, Ford remains ultra-dominant at 15.2% share thanks to a 9.5% year-on-year surge, ahead of Toyota (+4.7%), Honda (+6.4%), Chevrolet (+1.8%) and Hyundai (+1.8%). GMC (-1.3%) takes advantage of a weak Dodge result (-4.6%) to snap the 8th place overall. BMW (+8.6%), Porsche (+10.1%), Audi (+14.2%), Buick (+14.8%), Land Rover (+18.4%), Bentley (+21.5%), Volvo (+27.5%), Jaguar (+134.1%) and Smart (+161.9%) post the largest gains, while on the other end of the scale Volkswagen (-14.7%), Alfa Romeo (-30.3%), Chrysler (-34.2%) and Fiat (-57.7%) are the only carmakers displaying double-digit declines.

honda-civic-canada-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe Honda Civic is the #1 passenger car in Canada for the 19th straight year. 

The Ford F-Series has a stellar year in Canada in 2016: with deliveries up 22% year-on-year, it smashes it own annual volume record for a single nameplate (145.409) as early as in November and remains the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 8th straight year. The F-Series represents a whopping 48% of Ford Canada sales this year, and it broke its monthly volume record no less than 4 times this year: in March (13.385)April (13.957)August (14.197) and September (15.659). The Ram Pickup stays in 2nd place but drops 2%, distancing the Honda Civic, the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 19th consecutive year despite sales down 1% to 64.552 v. 48.875 for the Hyundai Elantra, its most immediate pursuant.

Dodge Grand Caravan Canada 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comSwan song? The Dodge Grand Caravan is up 9% to 4th place overall. 

Helped by generous discounts, the Dodge Grand Caravan is up 9% and 4 spots to #4 while the Toyota RAV4 surges 16% to #6 and becomes the #1 SUV in the country, dethroning the Ford Escape (-2%). In fact, SUVs monopolise the list of largest year-on-year gains in Canada this year: inside the Top 20, the Honda CR-V (+15%), Nissan Rogue (+12%), Mazda CX-5 (+13%) and Hyundai Tucson (+45%) dominate, while among the Top 50 best-sellers the Jeep Grand Cherokee (+28%), Nissan Murano (+37%), Toyota Highlander (+25%), Honda HR-V (+38%) and Kia Sportage (+75%) are tops, with the Chevrolet Malibu (+25%) saving the passenger cars; honour. In a shy year for all-new nameplates, the Cadillac XT5 (#138) and Chrysler Pacifica (#146) are the only ones ranking inside the Top 150.

Previous month: Canada November 2016: General Motors surges 31% in pickup market

Previous year: Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

Two years ago: Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

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China December 2016: Focus on the All-new models

Soueast DX3 China December 2016. Picture courtesy mmia.comSoueast DX3

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As is the tradition each month, BSCB puts a laser focus on the new China-made nameplates that make their appearance in market so you are on the bleeding edge of knowledge as far as the largest car market in the world is concerned. New car sales in China ended 2016 on a high note with December up to a record 2.6 million units. The December class of all-new nameplates is in line with this stunning figure: no less than 13 all-new nameplates point their bonnet in the sales charts, a new record.

1. Soueast DX3 (#100 with 8.535 sales)

The DX3 is Soueast’s second SUV after the DX7, it was launched at the Chengdu Auto Show last November and was also designed jointly with Pininfarina. At 4.35m long, it is powered by a choice of two Mitsubishi-sourced engines: a 120hp 1.5 and a 150hp 1.5T. Priced between 72.900 and 99.900 yuan (US$10.600-14.500), the DX3 enters the most crowded segment in China: small Chinese SUVs. It will compete with the likes of the JAC Refine S3, Changan CS35, Brilliance V3, BAIC Senova X35, Geely Vision SUV, Emgrand GS and Haval H2s among a plethora of others. The DX7, launched in August 2015, peaked at 9.531 sales last October so in this context the first month of the DX3, instantly making it the brand’s best-seller, is simply stunning. Regular stints at or above 10.000 units would delight Soueast.

Bar for success: 10.000 monthly sales

BAIC EC-Series China December 2016. Picture courtesy auto.sina.com.cn

2. BAIC EC-Series (#174 with 4.128 sales)

Beijing Auto unveiled the EC180 at the Guangzhou Auto Show last November and although it is only due to go on sale in China on January 18, it already appears in the December charts with a sturdy 4.128 sales – probably to allow BAIC to meet its electric car sales quota for 2016. A small 3.67m-long hatch disguised as a crossover with black arches and bi-colour paint on some variants, the EC180 is powered by a 41hp electric motor with a 180km range (giving the car its name). Some nice touches include blue lines around the headlights but the interior is disappointing. The EC180 is manufactured by BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of BAIC that it owns at 60%, the other 40% including LeEco, self-proclaimed competitor to Tesla. The EC180 joins an already extensive electric lineup by BAIC including the EV200, EX200 and EU260, and its December figure seems a tad inflated. A long-term career at this level would be very satisfying for BAIC indeed.

Bar for success: 5.000 monthly sales

Bisu M3 China December 2016

3. Bisu M3 (#211 with 2.597 sales)

This month we welcome a new brand in the Chinese sales charts: Bisu Auto, its full name being Chonqing Bisu Automotive Corporation. Part of the Beijing Auto (BAIC) empire, this new brand has close links with Beiqi-Yinxiang which sells the Huansu brand. In fact, the Bisu M3 is only a disguised Huansu H3 targetting younger buyers after a cheap, spacious MPVs where the Huansu brand is for all ages. A large 4.76m seven-seater, the Bisu M3 is priced between 61.900 and 83.900 yuan (US$9.000-12.200), a premium over the Huansu H3 (55.800-62.800) and its first month is honest, above 2.500 sales. It will need to reach double that to truly establish itself in the hyper-competitive (and shrinking) MPV market.

Bar for success: 5.000 monthly sales

Venucia T90 China December 2016

4.  Venucia T90 (#217 with 2.481 sales)

If you thought Venucia, a low-cost brand fruit of the Dongfeng-Nissan joint-venture, was destined to recycle unloved Nissan mechanics and designs to slowly disappear into oblivion, think again. At the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2015, the brand unveiled the Vow concept, which I thought was a little far-flung. Not so. Only one year later at the Beijing Auto Show 2016, the Venucia T90 was born. A very impressive coupe SUV that only has an equivalent in the now-defunct Honda Crosstour, the T90 stands at 4.79 long and 1.59 high, with a ground clearance of 194mm. It is based on the current generation Nissan Murano (2015) and priced from 109.800 to 154.800 yuan (US$15.900-22.400).

The T90 interior is almost as impressive as its exterior design with a 12.3 inch touch screen larger than anything in the Nissan lineup, let alone other Venucia offerings. However the T90’s weakness is its engine: an antediluvian Nissan 144hp 2.0l 4-cyl petrol mated to a 6-speed manual or a ‘Xtronic’ CVT, only able to get you from 0 to 100km/h in 12.4 seconds. Yet the Chinese consumer may never push it that hard and most probably won’t leave the bitumen roads of the city it was bought in. In this context, Local outlet AutoHome.com.cn doesn’t hesitate to pit the T90 against such blockbusters as the Geely Boyue, Roewe RX5 and Nissan Qashqai, all able to sell over 20.000 monthly units. The other SUV in the Venucia lineup, the T70, isn’t affected in the least by the arrival of the larger T90 as it broke its month volume record just this month at 9.764. Let’s not put that much pressure on the T90 just yet, and we may well be happily surprised.

Bar for success: 8.000 monthly sales

Dongfeng Fengshen AX5 China December 2016. Picture courtesy autoifeng.com

5. Dongfeng Fengshen AX5 (#232 with 2.246 sales)

Slotting in-between the AX3 and AX7, the Dongfeng Fengshen AX5 enters the most competitive and crowded segment in the entire Chinese market: compact SUVs. Priced between 89.700 and 128.700 yuan and at 4.50m long, it will rival the likes of the Haval H6 and GAC Trumpchi GS4, an arduous task to say the least. The AX5 is powered by a new 1.4 turbo engine delivering 140hp mated to a 6-speed DCT or a 6-speed manual. Its interior is a little morose with a small 8 inch touch screen giving permanent 4G internet connection. The AX7 has a personal best of 9.531 sales (last October) while the AX5 peaked at 4.177 (last September), but the AX5 fits the current size and price trends better, so it could reach higher ground. Plus Dongfeng’s most recent SUV launches have been runaway hits (the Fengguang 580 and Fengxing SX6)…

Bar for success: 8.500 monthly sales

Volvo S90 China December 2016. Picture courtesy auto.sina.com

6. Volvo S90L (#294 with 968 sales)

The Chinese version of the Volvo S90 has been named S90L because it is a long-wheelbase iteration of the S90 that launched earlier this year in Europe and North America. It has been extended by 12cm to allow more space to the rear passengers. The S90L is priced between 399.800 and 579.800 yuan (US$58.000-84.100) but an ultra-luxurious 3-seat variant, the S90L Excellence is scheduled for 2017: it has no front passenger seat to allow full space for the rear passenger, this type of cars being traditionally driven by a valet in China, with the owner sitting in the back.

Property of Geely since 2010, Volvo manufactures the S90L in Daqing and will later export this China-made sedan to Europe and North America. The S90L competes with the traditional leaders in the segments: the Audi A6L, BMW 5Li and Mercedes E-Class L, as well as a new entrant, the Jaguar XFL. Predicting its sales career is a little tricky as this is clearly the most luxurious and expensive offer by Volvo in China so far. The XC60 SUV peaked at 4.154 sales this month, while the S60L has a personal best of 3.190 deliveries in November. Before them, the S80L only managed four-digit sales figures three times, peaking at 1.291 sales in December 2011. Matching the S60L best should be a stretch target, but the S90 could go higher an may hit 5.000 sales on a freak month.

Bar for success: 2.500 monthly sales

JMEV E200 China December 2016

JMEV E100 China December 2016

7. JMC (JMEV) E200 (#295 with 951 sales)

8. Kandi K10 (#318 with 703 sales)

9. JMC (JMEV) E100 (#320 with 676 sales)

December is traditionally the month when Chinese manufacturers rush various electric models to market in order to meet sales target for this segment and qualify for government subsidies. This year is no exception, with a total of five electric or eco-friendly entrants, including these three. The Kandi K10 adds to an expanding lineup by the Geely-owned brand, along with the existing K11, K12 and K17. As for the two JMC nameplates, these are an odder appearance. Seemingly in market for at least a year, they only appear now to get inserted in the annual rankings, and their sales figure for December could actually reflect the whole of 2016 instead of just one month.  Priced from 179.800 to 182.800 yuan (US$26.100-26.600), the E200 is the most popular of the three and appears to be a clone of the previous generation Changan Benben.

JAC Refine A60 China December 2016

10. JAC Refine A60 (#351 with 376 sales)

Originally unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2014, the JAC Refine A60 finally landed in market after almost three years of unveiling, launching, tweaking and facelifting. This time the attraction is the new Lexus-inspired grille. JAC made a big deal of this final – promised – version at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and displayed no less than 8 examples, the only nameplate on show in its stand. To be fair, it is the brand’s new flagship at 5.01m long and priced between 139.500 and 179.500 yuan (US$20.200-26.000), so JAC should be proud about it. It’s a tricky segment for Chinese carmakers though, with only the Geely GC9 having really succeeded so far (personal best at 6.001 sales in January 2016). Other competitors for the A60 include the Dongfeng Aeolus A9 (peak at 505 sales), GAC Trumpchi GA8 (509 sales) and Zotye Z700 (1.983). In this context, reaching a four-digit monthly sales figure would already be a relief for JAC.

Bar for success: 1.000 monthly sales

Bisu T3 China December 2016

11. Bisu T3 (#361 with 320 sales)

The T3 small SUV is the second model by new manufacturer Bisu, also launching the M3 MPV this month (see above). The creation of the T3 is shrouded in controversy: even though it is based on the platform of the Huansu S2 and S3, engineers employed at Changan – also based in Chongqing – moved to Bisu with the design blueprints of the Changan CS55, of which the Bisu T3 is a thinly veiled copy. To add insult to injury, the Bisu T3 has managed to beat the Changan CS55 to market… At 4.35m long and powered by a turbocharged 1.3L engine with 132hp, the T3 adds to a seemingly never-ending list of compact Chinese SUVs and given the market hasn’t quenched its thirst for this type of vehicle yet, it is a good idea indeed. The T3 is reasonably priced at 74.900-86.900 yuan (US$10.900-12.600), its design is cool enough for the youth in the booming countryside and both its mechanics and interior are modern. Bisu has all the cards for a solid success with the T3, and will launch a larger T5 before the end of the year.

Bar for success: 5.000 monthly sales

Jeep Compass China December 2016

12. Jeep Compass (#368 with 300 sales)

Even before launching at home in the U.S.A, the new generation Jeep Compass has started production in Brazil (see November 2016 Brazilian sales article here) and now in China where it officially launched on December 28. It is manufactured by Guangzhou-Fiat and is the third China-made Jeep to hit Chinese shores in just above one year after the Cherokee and Renegade. The Compass is priced from 159.800 to 241.800 yuan (US$23.200-35.100), only slightly higher than the Renegade (134.800-202.800) and almost entirely below the Cherokee (229.800-315.800). The Compass is an extremely important nameplate for Jeep in China: the Cherokee and Renegade – although very successful – were merely tiptoeing into Chinese waters for the American legendary brand…

In the world’s thirstiest market about SUVs, the previous generation Compass held the title of best-selling import for the most part of 2015 before the manufacturer started producing locally. The Compass nameplate is therefore well-known to Chinese consumers and its local production has brought its price down significantly. True blockbuster material here, with the potential to lift Jeep to the next level in China. The Cherokee’s personal best was hit this month at 10.109 sales while the Renegade never did better than 4.050 sales on its 2nd month in market last July. A five-digit sales figure will label the Compass a success, but it should be able to hit 15.000 or even 20.000 in cruising mode.

Bar for success: 10.000 monthly sales

Horki 300E China December 2016

13. Horki 300E (#409 with 5 sales)

In the same way Toyota created the Ranz and Leahead brands to sell (dated) electric vehicles and comply with Chinese government directions – their launch in market is still to come, Dongfeng-Yueda Kia launched the Horki brand back in 2013 but is only making its appearance in the Chinese sales charts now. The 300E is a rebadged previous generation Kia Cerato (still in production in China) with an updated front but a decidedly obsolete interior. It is powered by a 108hp electric motor with a 280km range, but is only playing a figurative role in the Chinese market.

Bar for success: 500 sales

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Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

Toyota Prius Japan 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe Toyota Prius is the best-selling nameplate in Japan in 2016. 

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After a harsh 9% decline in 2015, the Japanese new light vehicle market slows down its decline in 2016 at just -1.5% to 4.970.260 units, with kei cars still impacted by the tax hike from last year and imports up 4.6% to 343.673. Toyota remains master in command of course, even going agains the grain with a 5.5% increase to 1.53m units and a two percentage point gain in market share to 30.7%. Toyota distances seven brands all in decline in a Top 10 unchanged on last year. Honda (-2.7%), Suzuki (-2.1%), Daihatsu (-3.8%) and Subaru (-4%) keep their drop close to the market evolution.

Smart Forfour Japan 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe new Fortwo and Forfour sends Smart sales rocketing up 345.5% in Japan in 2016. 

Reversely, Nissan (-9.3%), Mitsubishi (-16%) handicapped by the fuel economy scandal that led to its purchase by Nissan and Mazda (-17.9%) post worrying declines. Closing out the Top 10 are Isuzu (+8.6%) and Mercedes (+3.4%), the only foreign manufacturer among Japan’s ten favourite brands. Fiat (+11.4%), Mini (+16.4%), Bentley (+17.3%), Peugeot (+25.3%), Jeep (+31.7%), Abarth (+52.2%), Jaguar (+113.7%), Smart (+345.5%) post some of the most spectacular gains among foreign carmakers.

Toyota Sienta Japan 2016. Picture courtesy yahoo.jpThe Toyota Sienta ranks on the 2016 podium in the regular cars ranking.

In the regular models ranking, as we predicted a year ago the Toyota Prius returns to the Japanese pole position thanks to the new generation of the model giving it a welcome 95% boost to just under 250.000 sales, its best annual score since 2013. This ends three consecutive years of domination by the Toyota Aqua, starting to feel its age at -22%. The Toyota Sienta confirms an explosive relaunch in 2015 with a third place overall this year, up 97% and knocking the Honda Fit (-12%) out of the podium. A new generation (with an e-power variant) launched at the end of the year enables the Nissan Note to gain 4% to remain in 5th place overall. It distances the Toyota Voxy (-1%) and Corolla (-22%).

Toyota Roomy Japan 2016. Picture courtesy response.jp Keep an eye for the Toyota Roomy in the 2017 annual Top 10…

The Honda Vezel hasn’t yet exhausted its sales potential and turns around a 26% drop in 2015 into a 4% gain this year to #8 overall. One late 2016 launch will challenge this in 2017: the Toyota C-HR, making its first appearance in its home Top 15 in December at #15 with 4.654 sales, just below… the Vezel (4.907). The Nissan Serena (+19%), Toyota Passo (+55%), Honda Freed (+27%), Suzuki Solio (+27%), Honda Odyssey (+95%) and Subaru Forester (+40%) are all boosted by new generations or facelifts, while the Honda Shuttle gains 21% to end its first full year of sales inside the Top 20. Two twin November launches make a big splash already: the Toyota Roomy ranks #8 in December with 6.100 sales while the Tank is #10 with 5.932.

Honda N-BOX Japan 2015. Picture response.jpThe Honda N-BOX remains #1 in the kei car sales charts. Picture response.jp 

In the kei car aisle, the Honda N-BOX is the most popular nameplate for the second straight year and the third time in the past 4 years thanks to stable deliveries at 186.367 (+1%) with all other kei cars in the Top 7 losing volume on 2015. The Daihatsu Tanto (-1%), Nissan Dayz (-30%), Daihatsu Move (-15%) and Suzuki Alto (-9%) round up a Top 5 unchanged on last year. The Suzuki Spacia (+2%), Daihatsu Cast (+105% for its first full year on sale), Toyota Pixis (+14%) and Suzuki Every Wagon (+11%) are the only keis in positive in the Top 20. Notice also the Honda S660 up 11% to #19 and the only all-new nameplate of the year, the Subaru Chiffon, landing at #20 in December and #34 for 2016.

Mini 5 doors Japan 2016The Mini dethrones the VW Golf to become the #1 foreigner in Japan. 

We witness a momentous shift in the foreign models ranking: for the first time since at least 13 years, the VW Golf is not leading this ranking: it has been overtaken by the Mini up a flamboyant 16% to 24.548 sales, by far the nameplate’s record annual volume in Japan. Note all variants of the Mini (Hatch, Countryman, Paceman and Clubman) are included in this figure. The Mini distances the VW Golf (-11%), Mercedes C-Class (-16%), BMW 3 Series (-1%) and VW Polo (-11%) with the BMW 2 Series (+21%) and Mercedes CLA (+6%) also bringing some positive vibes atop the ranking. Notice also the Mercedes E-Class up 30%, the VW Passat up 22%, the return of the BMW X1 (#13) and Audi A4 (#14) inside the Top 20 and the arrival of the Mercedes GLC (#18).

Previous post: Japan November 2016: Nissan Note e-powers through to pole position

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China December 2016: Haval up 73%, Geely up 101% in final tax rush

Haval H2s China December 2016Haval sells a record 136.522 units in December. Only Volkswagen and Hyundai do better.

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If you thought all records that could possibly be broken already have in China this year, think again. Consumers take advantage of the last month of purchase tax for vehicles with small engines reduced to 5% to once again flock to dealerships en masse. The passenger car market is up 6.5% year-on-year to 2.6 million units, the largest ever monthly figure in China (and any country in the world). If sedans are down 3% year-on-year this month to 1.251.299 units and MPVs down 0.3% to 269.496, SUVs continue to be the sole responsible for the Chinese market growth in December, catapulting up 33% on December 2015 to establish a 4th all-time monthly record in as many months. After September (891.612), October (919.279) and November (1.023.633), December SUV sales lift the all-time high bar to 1.081.014 units. It is indeed only the second month in history that SUV monthly sales surpass 1 million in China.

Geely Boyue China December 2016. Picture courtesy bitauto.comGeely more than doubles its sales year-on-year at +101% to a record 109.328.

In the brands ranking – with all figures in this article excluding imports and LCVs – Volkswagen doubles the market growth at +13% followed by Hyundai up 14%. The performer of the month is without a doubt Chinese SUV specialist Haval, up a gigantic 73% to a record 136.522 deliveries, shooting up to third best-selling brand overall in China. This month, Haval outsells household names such as Honda (133.225), Buick (123.278), Nissan (109.982), Ford (99.788) and Toyota (92.019), and sells almost three times as many SUVs than its followers in the segment: Changan (52.099) and Honda (50.623). The Haval H6 lodges a third straight monthly record: after 56.666 sales in October, 70.292 in November, no less than 80.485 H6 found a new home in December, up 89% year-on-year. Haval even has the two best-selling SUVs in the country this month with the H2 up 76% to 35.284, boosted by the arrival of the H2s. Finally the H7 continues to gear up with a new record at 10.852 sales.

Baojun 560 730 China December 2016Baojun sells over 100.000 monthly units for the very first time in December.

Geely is the other stunning performer in December with once again sales doubling year-on-year at +101% to 109.328, a new record for the brand which has now posted six-digit sales figures for the second consecutive month – and ever. The Emgrand EC7 remains the brand’s best-seller at 28.539 units (+21%) but the Boyue SUV is catching up fast, crossing a new milestone at 20.377 sales. The Emgrand GS (10.222) and GL (10.103) also break their monthly record while the Vision (12.028) and Vision SUV (10.526) maintain themselves at very robust levels. Baojun is the third Chinese brand above 100.000 sales in December, and it passes its signpost for the first time in its history thanks to all-time high performances by the 730 MPV (50.128) and 310 hatch (17.896).

Mercedes E Class L China December 2016Mercedes is the #1 luxury brand in China for the first time this month, outselling Audi. 

Further down, notice Changan (+43%), Dongfeng (+12%), Chery (+25%), Peugeot (+12%), GAC Trumpchi (+30%) and Roewe (+189%) resuscitated by the RX5 SUV breaking its monthly record again to 24.778 and 7th best-selling SUV. Historical event in the luxury brands ranking: for the first time in the history of automobile in China, Mercedes takes the lead thanks to a 14% lift to 34.582 sales, dethroning Audi down 42% to 27.063 while BMW lurks in third place at 26.427 (+9%). Mercedes is taking advantage of exceptional performances by the new E-Class (+72%) and GLC (+92%). Among smaller brands, Lifan up 108% thanks to the Myway at a record 10.138, Cadillac up 168% thanks to the CT6 and XT5, Jeep up 144% with the Cherokee and Renegade now joined by the Compass, JMC up 380% and Changhe up 99% are among the biggest gainers. We also welcome two new brands: Bisu and Horki. More detail in our “Focus on all-new models” December update coming shortly.

Bisu logoWe welcome the new brand Bisu this month in China. 

In the models ranking, other notable record-breakers this month include the Chery Arrizo 5 (21.148) now comfortably installed in 2nd place in the Chinese passenger car ranking below the Geely Emgrand EC7, the Hyundai New Verna (19.080), BYD Song (18.178), Dongfeng Fengguang 580 (17.078), BAIC Senova X35 (16.348), Peugeot 408 (14.855), Chevrolet Cavalier (14.834), Ford Edge (13.837), Chery Tiggo 7 (11.039), Citroen C3-XR (10.239), Jeep Cherokee (10.109), JMC Yusheng (9.623), SWM X7 (7.168), BAW BJ20 (6.637) and Hanteng X7 (6.031).

GAC Trumpchi GS8 China December 2016Launched in November, the GAC Trumpchi GS8 has already surpassed its BSCB bar for success. 

Among nameplates launched last month, three comfortably cross the 5.000 monthly sales milestone: the Karry K60 is first to the finish line in December with 6.829 sales, up 160% on its inaugural month, but it is followed closely by the Zotye SR9 up 105% to 6.747. The most impressive performance however is tdelivered by the GAC Trumpchi GS8 up 160% to 6.501 sales and mimicking the success of its little brother the GS4, a lot more affordable. Priced between 163.800 and 259.800 yuan (US$23.500 – 37.300), the GS8 has already smashed the bar for success we established at 6.000 sales. The Renault Koleos is up 9% to remain above the Kadjar but the VW C-Trek surprisingly dives 51% to just 2.772 sales. This month’s all-new nameplates will be covered in a separate post shortly.

Previous month: China November 2016: One million SUVs lift market up 17%

One year ago: China December 2015: Tax cut lifts market up 17% to all-time record

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Turkey Full Year 2016: Fiat Egea already in the lead in record market

Fiat Egea Turkey February 2016First annual win for the Fiat Egea. 

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After a rollercoaster of a year, the Turkish new light vehicle market ends 2016 on a 1.6% gain to a record 983.720 registrations including Light Commercial Vehicles. After a first semester up 1.5%, political instability shot the market down 30% in July and 13% in August before the government cancelling a tax mainly aimed at taxis rallied the market back up 29% in October and 45% in November to edge past last year’s record. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the country in spite of deliveries down 3% to 13.7% share, while Renault gains 4% to 12.4%, overtaking Ford at 11.1% (-8%) with Fiat staying at #4 with 10.8% share (-4%). Opel shoots up 18% to #5, overtaking Toyota (+4%) and Hyundai (+0.04%). Outside the Top 10, Nissan is up 21%, Skoda up 31%, Seat up 22%, Honda up 26% and Land Rover up 34% but the most impressive comeback goes to Suzuki up 22-fold to 3.931 sales mainly thanks to the all-new Vitara accounting for 56% of the brand’s deliveries in Turkey this year.

Ford Courier Turkey 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Ford Courier is up 6% to #2 place overall in 2016 and #1 LCV again.

Local producer Fiat resumes its domination of the models ranking with the Egea, the successor to the Linea and known as Tipo outside of Turkey. It is up 7-fold on 2015 (when it was on sale for just two months) to shoot up to pole position for its first full year of sales at 38.260 deliveries. In fact, were it not for last minute surges by the Renault Fluence (2014) and Toyota Corolla (2015), the Fiat Linea would have led the Turkish charts for four consecutive years since 2012, with this year being a simple and logical passing of relay. The Ford Courier gains 6% and one spot to #2, last year’s leader the Toyota Corolla drops 6% to #3 and the Opel Astra surges 30% and 6 ranks to #4 thanks to the new model. The VW Polo (+27%) and Renault Symbol (+6%) make their return inside the Top 10 while the Renault Mégane (+230%) is reborn thanks to the new sedan replacing the Fluence (-35%) and boosting the nameplate up to 4th place in December.

Previous month: Turkey November 2015: Sales rally back up 45% to break YTD record

Previous year: Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute win

Two years ago: Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

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Norway Full Year 2016: Golf #1, Mitsubishi Outlander & BMW i3 shine

Mitsubishi Outlander Norway 2016The Mitsubishi Outlander is up 44% to 2nd place overall in Norway in 2016.

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The Norwegian new car market is up 2.6% in 2016 to 154.603 registrations. Volkswagen (+1%) and Toyota (+9%) remain the most popular carmakers in the country but luxury actors BMW (+26%) and Mercedes (+18%) follow and advance a lot faster. Volvo (-12%) struggles, as do Ford (-2%) and Nissan (-3%). Audi (+14%), Mitsubishi (+15%), Opel (+12%), Renault (+10%) and Hyundai (+11%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Thanks to very persuasive government incentives, the models ranking in Norway is very influenced by eco-friendly cars. Even though the VW Golf drops 20% on 2015 to 13.148 sales, it posts a 9th straight year at #1 and eco-friendly versions account for over half of its sales here this year: the e-Golf pure electric for 36% and the GTE plug-in hybrid for 33%.

BMW i3 Norway 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW i3 ranked #1 in Norway in November, outselling the VW Golf. 

In fact, all best-sellers are ranking this high in Norway solely because of their eco-friendly variants: 90% of the Mitsubishi Outlander up 44% to 2nd place are the PHEV, 97% of all Toyota RAV4 (+32% to #3) are hybrid, 53% of VW Passat (up 50% to #4) are plug-in hybrid, 97% of Toyota Auris and 95% of Toyota Yaris are hybrid. Then, the Nissan Leaf (+31%) ranks 7th and the BMW i3 surges 65% to #8, even ending 31 consecutive months of VW Golf reign to rank #1 overall in November. Further down, the VW Tiguan surges 124% to #10, the Tesla Model X lands at #34, the Hyundai Ioniq at #55 (but ranked inside the November Top 10) and the Kia Niro at #74.

Previous month: Norway November 2016: BMW i3 triumphs, Hyundai Ioniq in Top 10

Previous year: Norway Full Year 2015: e-variant boosts Golf up 69% to 10.9% share

Two years ago: Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

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Czech Republic Full Year 2016: 4 Skodas in Top 4 for the first time

Skoda Superb Czech Republic 2016The Skoda Superb surges 85% to land in 4th place in 2016. 

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New car sales in the Czech Republic post a third straight record year in 2016, even reaching an all-time high volume after 11 months. The final 2016 tally stands at 259.893 units, up 12.5% on the previous record established in 2015. To stress how exceptional this year has been for the Czech new car market, let’s keep in mind the all-time monthly volume record was beaten four successive times, which also happen to occur four months in a row: the record was lifted to 22.799 in March23.131 in April24.335 in May and 25.714 in June. For comparison, in 2015 this record was beaten three times: in March (21.155), June (21.315) and July (21.415)… However keep in mind a significant part of Czech sales (from 10 to 12% of the total market depending on the month) never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union.

mercedes-c-class-czech republic-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukMercedes is up 61% to land its first annual Czech Top 10 ranking. 

Homegrown carmaker Skoda maintains its stranglehold on the Czech market but gains slightly less ground than the market (+11%) resulting in a decreasing share at 31.5%. It distances Volkswagen at 10.2% (+12%), Hyundai at 8% (+8%) and Ford at 5.9% (+8%). Dacia (+18%) and Renault (+27%) both post stunning gains to rank 5th and 6th respectively. But the most impressive manufacturer atop the ranking is Mercedes surging 61% to break into the annual Top 10 for the very first time at #10. Notice also Audi up 25%, Toyota up 31%, Suzuki up 40%, Mini up 62%, Honda up 26%, Land Rover up 35%, Porsche up 74%, Jaguar up 525%, Lexus up 88% and Alfa Romeo up 95%.

skoda-kodiaq-czech-republic-2016The Skoda Kodiaq ranked #12 in December. 

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia signs an 8th consecutive year in pole position thanks to deliveries outpacing the market at +17% to 28.406 units, widening the gap with the Skoda Fabia (+6%) and Rapid (-3%). The Skoda Superb, boosted up 83% by its new generation, makes the Top 4 best-sellers 100% Skoda for the first time in history. This is the Superb’s best annual ranking at home since 2012, with its personal best being #3 in 2010 and 2011. With the arrival of the Kodiaq (#12 in December), Skoda may be able to monopolies the annual Top 5 in 2017. Its best 5 nameplate-performance so far is 5 Skodas in the Top 6 in 2012.

Hyundai i30 Czech Republic 2016The Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreign nameplate in the Czech Republic in 2016. 

Like in 2015, the locally-produced Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreign nameplate in the Czech Republic, up 13% when the VW Golf is down 4%. The VW Passat on the other hand is up 42% to #8, the Dacia Duster up 21% to #10, the Hyundai Tucson up 256% to #15 for its first full year of sales, the Kia Sportage up 37%, Mini up 88%, Renault Captur up 59%, VW Touran up 119% and Suzuki Vitara up 129%. The Skoda Kodiaq (#77), Fiat Tipo (#85) and Mercedes GLS (#136) top the all-new nameplates ranking.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2016: Annual record beaten in 11 months

Previous year: Czech Republic Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia resists Fabia, record market

Two years ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

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Argentina Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux takes control for the first time

Toyota Hilux Argentina 2016First ever Argentinean annual win for the Toyota Hilux.

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The Argentinean new vehicle market is up by a robust 10% year-on-year in 2016 to 709.482 units, still a far way off the all-time record of 955.023 hit back in 2013. Volkswagen remains the most popular manufacturer in the country and the only one with six-digit sales figures in 2016 at 108.463 despite losing 8% on 2015. But Chevrolet (+16%)  and most impressively Renault (+28%) are both catching up fast, ending 2016 only a few hundred sales short off 100.000. Ford (+2%) dives from #2 to #4, Toyota (+16%) overtakes Fiat (+5%) with Peugeot (+22%), Citroen (+15%), Mercedes (-3%) and Honda surging 80% to round up the Top 10. Further down, Jeep is up 10-fold and 10 spots to #14 thanks to the Renegade, BMW is up 5-fold to #16, Volvo up 100%, Smart up 144%, Mini up 259%, Subaru up 174% and Suzuki up 228%. Chinese carmaker Lifan launches in Argentina this year, landing at #23 with 405 sales, still a fair distance off Chinese leader Chery (3.779), and DS appears at #28.

Renault Duster Oroch Argentina 2016The Renault Duster Oroch lands at #26.

For the first time in the history of Argentinean sales, a commercial vehicle takes the lead of the annual charts: the Toyota Hilux soars 16% and two spots on last year to land the pole position by a very comfortable 4.500 sales margin, putting an end to two consecutive years of reign by the VW Gol, down 12% to #3. The Fiat Palio is up 11% and 3 spots to #3, the Renault Clio Mio is up 18% to #4 and even led the overall ranking in December even though it is now discontinued. The Toyota Etios gains 15% to #5 and was the #1 passenger car for the first time in November, while the Chevrolet Classic, #1 in Argentina from 2009 to 2013, is down 23% to #6. Further down, the Chevrolet Onix is up 62% to #13, the Renault Nuevo Sandero up 73% to #15 and Chevrolet Prisma up 55% to #19. The Ford Ka leads all-new nameplates at #21 ahead of the Renault Duster Oroch at #26, the Peugeot 2008 at #35 and the Fiat Toro at #43.

Previous month: Argentina November 2016: Toyota Etios leads passenger cars for 1st time

Previous year: Argentina Full Year 2015: VW Gol Trend leads, market still troubled

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