USA February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars again, market down 1.1%

Nissan Rogue sales are up 54% to #4 overall (picture

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February sales in the U.S. are almost a duplicate of January: the market is down slightly at -1.1% to 1.333.637 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally now stands at 2.477.186, down 1.4% after two months. Last month, SUV/crossover segment outsold passenger cars for the first time in history. In February, the same situation happens with SUV/crossovers registering a 9.3% spike to 540.042 units and +9.6% to 1.015.324 year-to-date whereas passenger cars as a whole continue to freefall at -12.1% to 502.300 and 929.896 so far in 2017. As it has now become the norm, light trucks (+6.9%) – including SUV, Crossovers and pickup trucks – account for over 60% of the market at 62.3% in February vs. 62.6 in January and 60.7% over the Full Year 2016 which was a record.

The Ford Escape is up 16% to #6 overall (picture 

Group-wise, General Motors is the only one in positive territory in the Top 4 at +4.2% to 237.388 units, while Ford Motor drops 4%, Toyota Motor is down 7.2% and FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles crashes 10.1% to 4th place. Nissan North America sales now include Mitsubishi and are up 5.7% to 146.664, a fair way above American Honda at 121.686 (+2.3%) while Hyundai-Kia closes the Top 7 as usual with 95.693 units (-6.9%). The Volkswagen Group signs the second largest year-on-year gain in market at 13.3% albeit off a very low base a year ago when its emission scandal and stop-sale orders hit deliveries full frontal. Daimler AG is up 6.8% but the BMW Group is down 2.5%. Jaguar Land Rover tops them all at +16.4%.

The Chrysler Pacifica is up to a best-ever 37th spot this month in the U.S. 

In the brands ranking, Ford dominates as usual but skids down 4.5% to 198.720 units whereas Chevrolet gains 3.4% to 164.095. GM’s strategy of less reliance on artificial sales such as fleet deliveries seems to slowly be paying off. Toyota (-1.9%), Nissan (+1.2%) and Honda (4.3%) follow while Volkswagen (+12.7%), GMC (+17.2%) and Audi (+17.3%) post the strongest year-on-year gains in the Top 20. On the other hand, Kia (-14.2%), Jeep (-14.7%), Lexus (-20.6%) and Chrysler (-28.1%) deliver that largest losses. Among smaller brands, Infiniti (+32.5%), Mitsubishi (+38.8%), Tesla (+43.7%), Maserati (+49.3%), Jaguar (+130.4%), Alfa Romeo (+843%) make themselves noticed.

Three Ford GT found a buyer in the U.S. this month.

Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are all in positive territory  in another case of market concentration on the tried and tested nameplates available. The Ford F-Series gains 9% to 65.956 units, the Chevrolet Silverado surges 17% to 50.504 and the Ram Pickup is up 5% to 39.046 to make the podium 100 pickup truck as it has oe become the routine. It’s outside the podium that things are getting very interesting indeed. The Nissan Rogue posts another out-of-this-world 54% surge to rank 4th overall and #1 SUV in the country It is followed closely by the Honda CR-V (+26%) and Ford Escape (+16%) meaning the Top 6 is 100% light trucks. The Toyota Camry (-15%), Corolla (-11%), Honda Civic (-2%) and Nissan Altima (-6%) follow in order for passenger cars to save face and place four in the Top 10 but they are all in negative. The Toyota RAV4 (+3%) has let itself distanced by the three aforementioned SUVs at #11 overall.

The Hyundai Ioniq makes its first appearance in the U.S. sales charts in February. 

Among recent launches (<12 months), the Chrysler Pacifica continues to climb up the U.S. charts now that the Town & Country has all but disappeared from the ranking: up another 13 spots to a best-ever #37. The Pacifica is one of only two recent launches inside the Top 10 along with the Cadillac XT5 down one spot on January to #83. Below, we find the Honda Ridgeline at #104 (+5), the Buick Envision at #105 (+12) and the Infiniti QX30 at #124 (+49). Launched last month, the Kia Niro goes from 42 sales in January to 2.143 now, allowing it a spoy inside the Top 150 (#133). The Chevrolet Bolt for its part is down 18 ranks to #190 but the Alfa Romeo Giulia is up 36 to #216. In February we welcome the Ford GT at #280 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #284.

Previous month: USA January 2017: SUVs outsell passenger cars in market down 1.7%

One year ago: USA February 2016: Market up 7% to best February in 15 years

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Japan February 2017: Toyota Prius leads, C-HR climbs onto podium

The Toyota C-HR is the third best-selling car in Japan in February. 

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The Japanese new vehicle market has started 2017 in a very healthy way: up another 7.4% in February to 484.725 registrations which leads to a year-to-date tally up 6.3% to 886.375. Boosted by the tremendous success of the C-HR (see further down), Toyota takes off at +29.2% to 147.739 units and 30.5% share, while below Honda (-3.3%) and Nissan (+4.4%) fail to match the market growth. Suzuki is up 10.3% thanks to a new Wagon R as detailed further down, Subaru is up 10.2% thanks to the success of the new Impreza and Isuzu is up 15.7%.

Abarth sales are up 51.2% year-on-year in Japan in February. 

Mercedes (+0.6%) remains the most popular foreign brand at #11 ahead of Volkswagen (+2.2%), BMW (+5.1%), Audi (+1%) and Mini (+10.7%). The largest year-on-year gainers in market this month include Land Rover (+12.1%), Jaguar (+19.7%), Citroen (+23.9%), Porsche (+27.4%), Renault (+33.3%), Maserati (+45.3%) and Abarth (+51.2%) thanks to the new 124 Spider pictured above.

The Toyota Roomy confirms it is a blockbuster at home (#11). 

After dropping to a paltry third place in January, the Toyota Prius is back on top of the Japanese regular car sales charts in February in spite of dropping 16% year-on-year to 15.958. The Nissan Note lurks not far behind at 14.850 (+52%) and holds onto the year-to-date pole position at 28.972 vs. 25.841 for the Prius. But the big news this month is the arrival of the Toyota C-HR onto its home podium for its second full month in market thanks to a stunning 12.985 sales. This is to be compared with the 6.293 sales of its direct rival the Honda Vezel all the while the Mazda CX-3, #24 a year ago in February 2016, has now disappeared from the monthly Top 30 best-sellers. The prospect of the C-HR taking the lead of the Japanese market within a matter of month is now possible.

The Mazda CX-5 is back among Japan’s 30 best-sellers thanks to its facelift.

Below, the Toyota Aqua regains three spots on January to #4 but loses 19%, distancing a series of five nameplates all posting double-digit gains: the Nissan Serena (+67%), Honda Freed (+214%), Toyota Sienta (+22%), Toyota Vitz (+53%) and Voxy (+10%). The Toyota Roomy (#11) and Tank (#15) confirm their blockbuster status. Great performers outside the Top 10 include the Subaru Impreza (+58%), Toyota Harrier (+78%), Vellfire (+70%), Passo (+46%), Suzuki Swift (+109%) and Toyota Alphard (+42%). The Mazda CX-5 returns to the Top 30 after almost a year of absence thank to its facelift now hitting Japanese dealerships.

The Honda N-BOX is the best-selling vehicle in Japan in February. 

In the kei car ranking, the Honda N-BOX gains 9% to cement its donation, and with 19.429 sales this month the N-BOX is in effect the best-selling vehicle in the country. The Nissan Dayz drops 2% year-on-year but gains two spots on January to #2, distancing the Daihatsu Tanto (-16%). The Suzuki Wagon R surges 63% year-on-year to 12.585 sales and 8 ranks on last month to #4 thanks to an entirely new lineup launched this month (pictured below). Just below the Wagon R, the Daihatsu Move (+40%) and Suzuki Spacia (+45%) deliver the 2nd and 3rd largest year-on-year gains in the entire kei car market. Notice finally the Subaru Chiffon nudging up one spot to #18.

The all-new Suzuki Wagon R lineup

Previous post: Japan Full Year 2016: Now with exclusive Top 170 All-local models

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

One year ago: Japan February 2016: Toyota Prius stays put in market down 6%

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Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

Honda Civic sales are up 37% thanks to the new hatch variant… 

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After a 2.3% year-on-year gain in January, the Canadian new car market confirms it may be on the way to a fifth consecutive annual record with February deliveries up another 3.2% in February to 123.294, a record for the month. This brings the year-to-date total after two month to a record-breaking 234.496 units, up 2.8% on the same period in 2016. For the second month running, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes the groups lead but fails to match the market with a slim 1.5% year-on-year increase to 19.115 sales, followed by Ford Motor Co. up 3.1% to 18.965 and General Motors up 5.1% to 16.528. Toyota Motor (-6.2%) and Hyundai-Kia (-11.2%) disappoint but the rest of the groups ranking is entirely in positive territory, with Jaguar-Land Rover (+14.2%), Daimler AG (+16.6%) and Honda Motor (+21.2%) in particularly great shape.

…as do Toyota Corolla sales now including the iM hatch (Scion model pictured). Picture 

Brand-wise, Ford remains comfortably in the lead, outpacing the market at +2.9% to 18.427 sales, with the Top 7 best-sellers unchanged on February. Chevrolet (-1.5%), Toyota (-6.5%) and Hyundai (-12.7%) are in difficulty whereas Nissan (+6.5%), Mazda (+15%) and Dodge (+26%) frankly outsmart the market. Outside the Top 10, note Jeep trundling down 21.3% to #11, Subaru up 16.6%, Mercedes up 22.5%, Lexus up 22.9%, Audi up 27.8%, Buick up 55.3% – lifted by the Encore and Envision crossovers, Jaguar up 238.3% and Maserati up 429.2%.

The Levante boosts Canadian Maserati sales up 429% in February.

Following the same trend as Mexico this month, the models ranking concentrates on the tried and tested best-sellers, a common reaction in the current uncertain times – both politically and economically – brought by the Donald Trump election. The Top 7 best-sellers all outpace the market, with the Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup both gaining 3% at the top. The Honda Civic is boosted up 37% by the arrival of the hatchback variant while similarly, the Toyota Corolla (+36%) now benefits from additional sales of the iM hatchback previously known as Scion iM.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia makes its first appearance in the Canadian charts this month.

The GMC Sierra ranks 5th at +6%, distancing the Dodge Grand Caravan (+30%) and Honda CR-V (+19%), best-selling SUV above the Toyota RAV4 (-4%) and Nissan Rogue (+41%). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Chrysler Pacifica is up 54 spots on January to break its ranking record at #62 (previous best: #84 last October) and the Cadillac XT5 is up 8 ranks to #78, also the nameplate’s ranking record (pb: #82 last December). These are the only two newcomers in the Canadian Top 100 this month. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates into the Canadian charts this month: the Volvo V90 at #243, the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #257 and the Kia Niro at #259.

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Mexico February 2017: Kia breaks into Top 5, market up 6.5%

First Top 5 ranking for Kia in Mexico, the Sportage is up to a record 15th spot.

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After slowing down to just +3% in January, the Mexican new car market steps up again in February at +6.5% to 117.985 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 4.7% to a record 241.254 units after two months. February figures establish a new record for the month, and Mexico has now posted year-on-year gains for 34 consecutive month and monthly records for the 26th time in a row. The deceleration of the market isn’t to be disputed though: January and February mark two consecutive months of single digits year-on-year gains, a feat that had not occurred in almost three years: since May (+0.8%) and June (+0.5%) 2014. Market leader Nissan follows the market at +5% to 29.907 deliveries ad 25.3% share, ahead of Chevrolet at 15.7% (+8%) and Volkswagen at 13.3% (-2%) thus making the Mexican podium identical to both FY2016 and YTD2017 rankings.

The Nissan Versa remains the best-selling nameplate in Mexico.

Toyota soars 16% to return to the 4th place it held in 2016, but once again the best performer atop the Mexican market is recent newcomer and local producer Kia: more than doubling its sales year-on-year (+104%), the Korean marque establishes a new market share record at 5.4% but most impressively breaks into the Mexican brands Tpp 5 for the very first time, distancing Ford (-12%), Honda (-2%) and Mazda (-8%). Sister brand Hyundai is also in great shape at +44%, ahead of Dodge (+23%) and Ram (+20%). Further down, biggest gainers include Volvo (+18%), Mercedes (+27%) and Fiat (+51%) whereas at the other end of the stick Chrysler (-24%), Jeep (-42%), Isuzu (-44% and Land Rover (-61%) struggle.

The Chevrolet Spark is up 39% to third position in February. 

Model-wise, like in January Nissan manages a 1-2, placing the Versa in pole position at 6.776 sales (+5%) and the Pickup in 2nd place at 6.363 (+33%). The Chevrolet Spark leaps up two spots on last month to land on the podium thanks to deliveries up a fantastic 39% to 6.246 thanks to the new model. In fact, the entire Top 6 best-selles list double-digit gains this month, indicating a slight concentration of the market around ‘tried and tested’ nameplates. The Chevrolet Aveo surges 59% to 4th place, the VW Vento is up 12% at #5 and the Nissan March up 24% to #6/ The Nissan Sentra (+15%) and VW Gol (+13%) also shine inside the Top 10 while the discontinued Nissan Tsuru logically sinks 28% at #9. Just outside the Top 10, the Ford Figo gains 113% to 2.087 units while the Nissan Kicks signs its 2nd month among Mexico’s 20 best-sellers at #20, the previous occurrence being last November (#19).

The Renault Captur finally reaches Mexican shores. 

Now looking at Kia’s stellar performance in the detail. This month, the brand’s best-seller in the Sportage up 45% year-on-year to 1.753 sales and 14 spots on January to a record-breaking 15th place – previous best was #16 in July 2016. As a reminder, the Sportage ranked at #19 over the Full Year 2016. Just below the Sportage, the Kia Forte is up 122% to 1.744 deliveries and four ranks on last month to #16, also breaking its ranking record – previous best was #20 last month. 100% of Kia Forte sold in January are made in Mexico. The Kia Rio is the brand’s third best-seller this month, up a gigantic 244% to 1.178 sales at #26. This month marks the start of local Mexican output for the Rio with 746 sales or 63.3% of its total produced locally. Finally, we welcome the Renault Captur at #140 and the Jaguar F-Pace at #215.


Previous month: Mexico January 2017: Nissan Versa and Pickup top market up just 3%

One year ago: Mexico February 2016: Nissan Versa sails off in market up 13.5%

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Monaco Full Year 2016 (brands): Mercedes takes off, Porsche on podium

 Mercedes holds 17.2% of the Monaco market.

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New passenger car sales in Monaco are up 5.3% year-on-year to 3.020 registrations, and this market gives us the opportunity to look into the eyes of the rich and famous, with luxury brands achieving record rankings and market shares. Market leader Mercedes widens the gap with the rest of the marques present in the country with a 15% surge to 519 deliveries and 17.2% share. Audi on the other hand drops 9% to 10.9% share and Porsche is down 3% to 8.8% but brilliantly remains on the podium. Smart (+14%) overtakes Land Rover (-18%) for 4th place overall with Mini (+17%) and Fiat (+13%) the other double-digit gainers inside the Top 10.

Porsche ranks third in Monaco for the fifth year running. 

Bentley soars 19% to remain just outside the Top 10 in 11th place, a ranking it can only achieve in Monaco, It distances Ford (+60%) boosted by Mustang sales as we’ll see in the second Monaco update covering the models sales charts. Ferrari is up one spot to #13 and 2.1% share, Rolls-Royce is down 3% to equal #21. Lexus (+30%), Maserati (+30%), Kia (+112%), Dacia (+171%) and Jaguar (+900%) also shine in the Top 20. Although nested within France, car buyers in Monaco do not prefer French marques, with none of them even making the Top 10. Renault (#14) is outsold by Bentley and Ferrari, Peugeot (#16) is below Lexus and Citroen (#21) is below Jaguar and sells as many units as Rolls-Royce…

Previous year (brands): Monaco Full Year 2015 (brands): Porsche just under 10% share at #3

Previous year (models): Monaco Full Year 2015 (models): Smart Fortwo and Porsche Macan on top

Two years ago (brands): Monaco Full Year 2014 (brands): Mercedes #1, Porsche remains third

Two years ago (models): Monaco Full Year 2014 (models): Mini back to #1, Porsche 911 #2

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Turkey February 2017: Sedan variant lifts Renault Mégane to top spot

The new Sedan variant lifts the Renault Mégane to the Turkish pole position.

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Turkish new car sales crash down 11% year-on-year in February to 46.965 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 3.8% to 82.288 units. Volkswagen gains two spots to reclaim the pole position it held over the Full Year 2016, this despite sales down a harsh 20% to 6.502 for a 13.8% market share. Renault (-0.1%) ends the month in 2nd place but keeps the year-to-date lead for now at 11.029 sales vs. 10.816 for VW. Fiat (-5%), Ford (-26%) and Hyundai (-3%) follow with Peugeot (+8%), Nissan (+16%), Dacia (+21%) and Honda (+46%) the only marques in positive territory within the Top 10. Further down, notice Porsche (+53%) and Citroen (+134%) impress but most manufacturers are in negative, with Mercedes (-30%), Opel (-34%), Audi (-42%), Alfa Romeo (-43%), BMW (-56%) and Subaru (-64%) among the hardest hit. Luxury brands are now paying the price of anticipated sales at the end of last year in the wake of a tax hike on premium models at the start of this year.

The Peugeot 301 is boosted up to 6th place overall by its facelift.

Model-wise, the Renault Mégane takes control of the Turkish sales charts with sales up 7-fold on a year ago to 2.264 and 6.4% share, 2.104 or 93% of which are coming from the newly launched and locally produced sedan variant which replaces the Renault Fluence, #1 in Turkey in 2014. As a reminder, before the Fluence nameplate was launched, the Renault Mégane also used to dominate the Turkish sales charts thanks to its sedan variant: it ranked #1 from 2004 to 2006. Like in January, Renault manages a 1-2 in Turkey with the Clio up a fantastic 67% year-on-year to snap the 2nd spot. The Mégane is already #1 year-to-date with deliveries surging 956% to 3.990. Other great performers this month include the Peugeot 301 up 118% year-on-year and 23 spots on January to #6 thanks to its facelift and the Honda Civic up 176% to #7 also thanks to the new model. The Toyota C-HR is down 5 spots on last month to #38 and the Peugeot Expert makes it first appearance in the Turkish charts at #179.

Previous month: Turkey January 2017: Renault places Clio and Mégane on top

One year ago: Turkey January-February 2016: Renault Fluence #1, Fiat Egea on podium

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

The Fiat Toro breaks its ranking record in Brazil this month, lifting it to #7.

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Instead of getting better, the Brazilian new car market sinks further into depression in February at -6.8% year-on-year to 132.405 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 5.4% to 275.966 units. Chevrolet once again bucks the trend with a stellar 7% gain to 23.214 units and 17.5% share, comfortably in pole position above Fiat down 12% at 14.3% share and Volkswagen down 13% to 13% share. Hyundai is back up to the 4th place in occupied over the Full Year 2016 in spite of a brutal 14% drop to 11.974 sales. It distances Ford (11.898) and Toyota (11.116) both down 11%. Honda improves share thanks to a contained 1% decline to 9.388, ahead of Renault (-13%) while Jeep leaps up 42% and Nissan gains 25% to round out the Top 10. Further down, only Suzuki (+1%) and Mercedes (+8%) register year-on-year gains inside the Top 20, with Land Rover (-32%), Kia (-46%) and Audi (-47%) suffering the largest losses.

The Hyundai Creta leaps up 17 spots on January to land just outside the Top 20. 

In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Onix continues to evolve in its little bubble, ignoring the overwhelming gloom and surging 16% year-on-year to 11.980 sales and 9% share, with the Hyundai HB20 (-17%) and Ford Ka (+4%) following a fair distance away. The VW Gol catches up on a dismal start of 2016 with sales up 18% year-on-year just as the Renault Sandero at #5. Below the Honda HR-V up 4 spots on January but down 24% year-on-year, the Fiat Toro stuns once again: it breaks its ranking record dating back to October 2016 (#8), lifting its to #7 thanks to 3.582 sales, the best-selling pickup truck in the country above the Fiat Strada (#10), VW Saveiro (#14), Toyota Hilux (#27) and Chevrolet S10 (#32). Among other recent launches, the Fiat Mobi remains at #13, the Jeep Compass is down two spots to #16 and back below the Jeep Renegade (#15), the Hyundai Creta gains 17 spots on January to #21, the Nissan Kicks is up 4 to #25 and the Renault Captur up 7 to #67.

Previous month: Brazil January 2017: Modest 4% drop, Chevy Onix and Jeep Compass shine

One year ago: Brazil February 2016: Onix leads, HR-V and Toro take off

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Liechtenstein Full Year 2016: Volkswagen AG places 10 models in Top 12

The VW Golf remains the best-selling nameplate in Liechtenstein with 5.2% share.

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Liechtenstein is one of the rare European markets to suffer a year-on-year decline in 2016 at -3% to 1.984 registrations. The Top 4 best-selling carmakers are unchanged on last year with Volkswagen improving its presence to 18.5% thanks sales up 8% while 2nd-placed Audi drops 14% to 10.2%. BMW (-5%) and Mercedes (-8%) are also in negative but Skoda surges 21% and overtakes Seat (-24%) to land in 5th place. Other great performers include Suzuki (+12%), Subaru (+13%), Dacia (+19%), Mazda (+19%), Mitsubishi (+30%), Land Rover (+53%) and Tesla (+188%).

The Seat Alhambra achieves a world-best 2nd place in Liechtenstein like in 2015. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf remains comfortably on top in spite of sales down 20% to 103 and 5.2% share. It is followed like in 2015 by the Seat Alhambra, achieving a world best ranking here but also down 20%, with the Skoda Octavia (+19%), VW Tiguan (+195%), VW Polo (-32%) and Audi A4 (+43%) in tow. This means the Top 6 best-sellers in Liechtenstein are Volkswagen AG nameplates. The BMW X1 is the best of the rest at #7 ahead of the Mini. With the Skoda Fabia, VW Sharan, VW T6 and Audi Q3, Volkswagen AG even places 10 nameplates inside the Top 12… Notice also the Porsche Macan at #26, the Tesla Model S at #31 and Tesla Model X at #101

Previous year: Liechtenstein Full Year 2015: VW Golf leads, Porsche 911 up to #20

Two years ago: Liechtenstein Full Year 2014: Seat Alhambra leaps up to 2nd place

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

The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 climbs up to #4 overall in February. Picture

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New car sales in India are up by a robust 9% year-on-year in February to 254.357 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 519.073. Leader Maruti Suzuki is back below 50% market share at 47.4% but still outpaces the market with a 12% gain to 120.599 units. Hyundai follows with a shy 4% improvement to 16.6% share, ahead of Mahindra struggling at -15%, Honda, Tata and Toyota all up 12% and Renault up 27%. Ford (+52%), Volkswagen (+58%) and Datsun (+73%) impress all within the Top 10 but beyond, Chevrolet (-19%), BMW (-25%), Mercedes (-25%), Audi (-27%), Nissan (-32%) and Fiat (-48%) are in bad shape.

Renault Kwid Maruti Alto India June 2016. Picture courtesy mid-day.comThe Maruti Alto continues to suffer from the competition with the Renault Kwid,

Model-wise, the Maruti Alto stays on top (19.524 sales) but continues to be hampered by its direct rival the Renault Kwid (9.648) with sales down 8%. In fact, all Marutis in the Top 5 lose ground year-on-year with the DZire and Wagon R both down 5% and the Swift down 20% to #5, cannibalised by the Baleno up 11% to 7.658 units at #12. The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 surges 45% year-on-year to 12.862 sales to nudge up one spot to #4, outselling the Maruti Swift for the first time since last June when it ranked third overall. The Maruti Vitara Brezza crosses the 10.000 monthly sales milestone for the 2nd time after last October at 10.046, distancing the Hyundai Creta (+10%) and Mahindra Bolero (-13%).

The Honda WR-V has landed in India.

Great performers inside the Top 25 include the Maruti Eeco (+20%), Toyota Innova Crysta (+22%), Honda City (+29%), Maruti Celerio (+62%) and Ford Ecosport (+73%). Among recent launches, the Tata Tiago retracts down 3 spots to #20 with 5.365 sales, the Maruti Ignis is stuck at #21 and sees its sales drop 3.5% from its inaugural month in January, the Datsun RediGo is up 7 spots to #29 and 2.404 sales, its best ranking since November and highest monthly score since last October and the Tata Hexa already freefalls 32% to #40 whereas it’s only been in market two months. Finally, we welcome the Honda WR-V into the Indian sales charts directly at #60 but it should climb up the ladder pretty quickly over the coming months.

Previous month: India January 2017: All-new Ignis helps Maruti across 50% share

One year ago: India February 2016: Renault Kwid hits #8 overall, Tata Tiago lands

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Russia February 2017: Kia Rio confirms top spot in market down 4.1%

The Kia Rio holds 6.6% of the Russian car market in February. 

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Even though the local manufacturers association AEB predicts a recovery in 2017, February sales are once again in negative territory at -4.1% to 106.658 registrations. Year-to-date, the market is now down 4.5% to 184.574 units. The Top 3 best-selling manufacturers buck the trend and all lodge positive results: Lada is up 5% to 18.8%  share, Kia is up 8% to 11.6% and Renault is up 9% to 9% share. Hyundai is in difficulty at -11% to 8.8% share in 4th place as are Toyota (-20%) and Nissan (-28%). Volkswagen posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +18% to hit #5, followed by UAZ up 13% to #9. Further down, notice Datsun up 20%, Lexus up 24%, Peugeot up 30%, Infiniti up 51% and Jaguar up 210%.

The Lada Vesta is on the Russian podium for the 2nd month running.

In the models aisle, the Kia Rio cements its newfound leadership with sales up 0.2% to 7.033 and 6,6% share, winning the month for the 2nd time in a row, the 5th time in the past 7 months and the 6th time ever after November 2014, August, September and October 2016 and January 2017. The Lada Granta (-17%) follows almost two percentage points of market share below at 4.9% and sees its hopes of reclaiming the annual lead it lost last year progressively fade away. Just below is the Lada Vesta, continuing its regular progression towards the top of the Russian sales charts. February marks its 2nd podium ranking in a row at a best-ever #3 with sales up 73% year-on-year. Although its progression is encouraging, the Vesta still lies 1.8 points of market share away from the pole position and Lada will have a tough time reclaiming the annual models lead in 2017.

Kia Sportage Russian sales are up 94% over the previous generation. 

2016 leader the Hyundai Solaris seems to have given up: down 62% to a paltry 7th place overall, for the first time outsold by its factory stablemate the Hyundai Creta which delivers its best market share since last September at 3.8% and continues to comfortably lead the SUV charts. The VW Polo is up 11% to #5, the Renault Sandero (+1%) and Logan (+2%) both reappear in the Russian Top 25 at #8 and #9 respectively, making it three Renaults in the Top 10 vs. only two Ladas. The other recent Lada launch, the XRAY equals the market share record it hit last month at 2% in 12th place but ranks 10th year-to-date, a spot it has not yet reached monthly. Other gainers inside the Top 25 include the Nissan X-Trail (+8%), Skoda Rapid (+20%), Kia Sportage (+94%) and VW Tiguan (+120%).

Previous month: Russia January 2017: Lada hits highest market share in over 5 years

One year ago (1): Russia February 2016: Hyundai Solaris leads YTD, market down 13%

One year ago (2): Russia February 2016: Discover the Top 275 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Full February 2017 Top 53 All-brands and Top 25 models below.