Egypt August 2014: Chevrolet TFR leads, teases Verna for #1 YTD

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Chevrolet TFR Dabbabah Egypt August 2014Chevrolet ‘Dabbabah’ TFR

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Devastated by internal trouble a year ago, the Egyptian new car market is mechanically up 128% year-on-year in August to 26,465 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 182,280 units, up 47% on 2013. Brand-wise, Chevrolet (24.1% share) and Hyundai (16%) move like the market at +127% and +138% respectively, however Toyota (+86%) is outpaced while Nissan is coming in strong at #4 and 9% share. Notice also Kia up 248% to #5 and Suzuki up 147% to #7. The Chevrolet TFR (a rebadged Isuzu D-Max) takes the lead of the Egyptian models ranking in August thanks to an excellent 2,326 sales and 8.8% share, earning it the right to tease the year-to-date #1 the Hyundai Verna at 15,735 sales and 8.6% vs. 15,831 and 8.7% for the Verna. The last months of the year will be fascinating to follow in order to see which of these two will come out the 2014 winner. The new generation Nissan Sunny rounds up the podium like it does year-to-date, while the Chevrolet Lanos is back up 5 spots on July to #4, overtaking the Geely Emgrand 7. Notice also the Hyundai Elantra (#8), Skoda Octavia (#10) and Kia Sportage (#13) clearly overperforming this month.

Previous month: Egypt July 2014: Chevrolet Optra breaks into Top 5

One year ago: Egypt July 2013: Peugeot 301 up to #4 in devastated market

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Italy August 2014: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Jeep Renegade Italy August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance in a monthly ranking of the Jeep Renegade, ‘at home’ in Italy.

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As it has now been the tradition on BSCB for over a year, we now have access to more detailed data for Italy thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote. Outside the familiar Top 50, let’s first note the Mercedes GLA (#58) and Mini (#61) plateauing somewhat, the Peugeot 108 climbing 58 spots on July to #68, the Citroen C4 boosted to #69 (almost certainly thanks to the C4 Cactus not counted separately), the VW Golf Sportsvan down 8 spots to #75, the Ford Ecosport up 6 to #76, BMW X5 up 24 to #80, BMW 4 Series up 12 to #91 and the Porsche Macan down 12 to #96 but still the brand’s best-seller in Italy. Further down, we welcome the Jeep Renegade in the Italian ranking, landing at #116 with 81 sales.

Previous post: Italy August 2014: Punto’s last gasp? Opel Mokka breaks records

Previous month: Italy July 2014: Now with Top 150 best-selling models!

One year ago: Italy August 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

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Portugal August 2014: VW Golf takes the lead in market up 26%

October 1st, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Portugal August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Portugal in August.

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New car sales in Portugal are up by another very robust 26% year-on-year in August to 7,743 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 97,703 units, up 36% on 2013. It’s a very volatile models ranking once again in Portugal this month: after crowing the VW Polo in July, Portuguese car buyer prefer the VW Golf in August, up 5 spots to land in pole position thanks to 443 sales and 5.7% share. The Renault Clio is up one rank and the Peugeot 208 up 4 to complete the podium, keeping their respective #1 and #2 rankings year-to-date. Excellent performance of the Nissan Qashqai up 7 spots to #4 and the BMW 1 Series up 15 to a fantastic 5th place.

Mercedes A Class Portugal August 2014. Picture courtesy of Mercedes A-Class is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Portugal in August.

Notice also the Seat Leon up 6 to #7, the Audi A3 stable at #8 and 2.2% share vs. #14 year-to-date, the Mercedes A-Class up 11 to #10, Toyota Auris up 4 to #11, Peugeot 2008 up 8 to #15, Dacia Sandero up 27 to #16 and VW Passat up 28 to #18. Further down, let’s salute the Mercedes GLA up 15 to #40, the Citroen C4 Cactus at #43 and the BMW 4 Series at #46.

Previous month: Portugal July 2014: VW Polo and Fiat Punto in command

One year ago: Portugal August 2013: BMW places 2 models in Top 8, Renault Captur #6

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Philippines August 2014: Toyota Wigo up to 7th place

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Toyota Wigo Philippines August 2014. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comToyota Wigo

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New car sales in the Philippines continue on their record-breaking run: up another 28% year-on-year in August to 20,521 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 170,921 units, up 25% on 2013 which was already a record year. Toyota continues to be ultra-dominant in the country, even monopolising the models podium this month: the Vios is the best-selling model here by far with a huge 2,197 sales and 10.7% share, ahead of the Innova at 7.9% and the Fortuner at 6.1%, relegating the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport down to 4th position at 5.8% share. There are 4 more Toyotas inside the Top 10, including a newbie: the Wigo (aka Agya) is up to a fantastic 7th place thanks to 818 sales and 4% share, along with the Hiace (#5), Avanza (#9) and Hilux (#10). Notice also the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 at #12, the Ford Ecosport up to #13 vs. #25 year-to-date and the Chevrolet Spin at #31 vs. #40.

Previous month: Philippines 7 months 2014: Now with Top 170 models!

One year ago: Philippines August 2013: Toyota Vios breaks record

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Indonesia August 2014: Market back on track

October 1st, 2014 No comments

Honda Mobilio Indonesia August 2014. Picture courtesy of zigwheels.comThe Honda Mobilio is now firmly installed at #2 in Indonesia.

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Car manufacturers around the world (but mainly in Japan) can breathe a sigh of relief: the shocking 20% drop of the Indonesian new car market – one of the world’s strongest engines of growth – was a freak event. August is back up by a spectacular 21% to 96,728 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to a record-breaking 816,053 units, up 3% on 2013. The Toyota Avanza remains the most popular model in the country by far but stays at levels close to its lowest-ever share (hit last month at 12.2%) at 12.6% in August on 12,208 sales. The Honda Mobilio for its part, after hitting a best-ever 10% market share last May, seems to have stabilised around 7% of the Indonesian market, grabbing 6.9% in August like in July thanks to 6,706 sales.

Datsun Go+ Indonesia August 2014. Picture courtesy of Go+

The Toyota Agya is back up 2 spots on July to round up the podium like it does year-to-date at 4,879 units and 5%, while its twin the Daihatsu Ayla is down 3 to #11. The Daihatsu Gran Max pick-up and Suzuki Ertiga are both up two spots to #4 and #5 respectively, kicking the Toyota Kijang Innova down to #6 but not overtaking it year-to-date. The Daihatsu Xenia takes an even harsher beating, going from #3 in July to #7 this month and losing its #6 year-to-date spot to the Ertiga. Excellent hold of the Honda Jazz at #9 and 3.2% share thanks to the new gen, the Honda Brio Satya is up two ranks to #10, the Datsun Go+ is stable at #14 and lodges a record 2,424 sales and we welcome the Nissan Grand Livina and Daihatsu Gran Max Minibus back inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Indonesia July 2014: Daihatsu Xenia on podium, Datsun Go+ #13

One year ago:  Indonesia August 2013: Suzuki strong again at 15.1% share

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Latvia August 2014: VW Caddy and Ford Focus in the lead

September 30th, 2014 No comments

VW Caddy Latvia August 2014VW Caddy

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The Latvian new car market goes from strength to strength this year: up another very impressive 31% year-on-year in August to 1,191 registrations, the highest year-on-year gain so far in 2014. The year-to-date total now stands at 9,917 units, up 22% or 1,800 sales on the same period in 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen lodges a particularly strong month at 22.2% market share thanks to 264 sales, followed by Ford at the exceptional level of 7.6% vs. 2.8% year-to-date while Skoda and Peugeot rank #3 and #4 respectively like in the year-to-date ranking, kicking Toyota down to #5. The VW Caddy is the most popular vehicle in the country this month with 4.6% share (it ranks #8 so far in 2014) ahead of the Ford Focus at 4.4% (vs. #28 year-to-date), the Dacia Duster at 4.2% and the VW Jetta at 3.9%. The Skoda Yeti is down to #6 but remains in pole position year-to-date, the VW Up is up 63 ranks on July to #7, the Peugeot 5008 also up 63 to #10 and the Skoda Rapid up 37 to #13.

Previous month: Latvia July 2014: Skoda Yeti reclaims top spot, Dacia Duster #2

One year ago: Latvia August 2013: VW Caddy and Dacia Duster impress

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Malaysia August 2014: Perodua solid in stable market

September 30th, 2014 No comments

Perodua Axia Malaysia August 2014. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgPerodua recently unveiled the Axia (aka Daihatsu Ayla)

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New car sales in Malaysia are up by a tiny 0.04% year-on-year (or 21 units!) to 51,125 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 444,534 units, up 3% on 2013. Perodua remains very strong at 28.5% market share thanks to 14,585 sales, ahead of Proton (16.8%), Toyota (15.2%), Honda (13.1%) and Nissan (6.2%). No other manufacturer manages to hold more than 2.5% of the Malaysian market this month, with Kia (1.9%) and BMW (1.3%) clearly over-performing on their year-to-date levels.

Previous month: Malaysia July 2014: Market up 3%

One year ago: Malaysia August 2013: Record year still in the cards

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Slovakia July 2014: Skoda Fabia king of the roads

September 30th, 2014 No comments

Skoda Fabia Slovakia July 2014Skoda Fabia

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Traditionally with a little bit of delay we now have access to sales data for Slovakia where the new car market is up a very robust 28% year-on-year in July to 7,308 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 45,962 units, up 22% on 2013. The Skoda Fabia remains on top thanks to 472 sales and 6.5% share, enabling it to also grab the year-to-date top spot off the Skoda Octavia at 2,441 units and 5.3% vs. 2,409 and 5.2% for the Octavia, #2 this month at 4.7% share. The Skoda Rapid is stable in third position with 328 sales and 4.5% in July. The Kia Cee’d is strong at #4 and 3.9% share, the Opel Astra and VW Polo are both up 4 ranks on June to #6 and #7 respectively, the Dacia Duster is up to #12, the Skoda Roomster up to #14, VW Crafter up to #16, VW Touareg up to #24 and the BMW X3 up to #49.

Previous month: Slovakia June 2014: Skoda Fabia back in pole position

One year ago: Slovakia July 2013: Dacia Sandero in Top 10

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Uruguay August 2014: Suzuki remains in 2nd place with 10.8%

September 30th, 2014 1 comment

Suzuki Ciaz Uruguay August 2014. Picture courtesy of Top GearSuzuki just unveiled the Ciaz in Uruguay

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The Uruguayan new car market is down a harsh 16% year-on-year in August to 4,198 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 34,709 units, down 4% on 2013. Chevrolet remains the most popular brand in the country with a very stable 11.8% market share (vs. 11.9% year-to-date) while Suzuki improves further on an already very strong month of July at 454 sales and 10.8% share in 2nd position vs. #4 and 8.1% so far in 2014. Volkswagen (8.9%) overtakes Fiat (8.1%) and Nissan stays 5th at 7.4%. As far as Chinese manufacturers are concerned, Chery is two spots on July to #6, BYD is down one to #11, Lifan up 5 to #13, Geely up two to #15 and Chana down one to #17. All-in-all, the Chinese hold ‘just’ 21.1% of the Uruguayan market in August vs. 28% year-to-date.

Previous month: Uruguay July 2014: Suzuki #2, only 4 units below Chevrolet

Previous year: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

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China August 2014: Focus on the all-new models

September 27th, 2014 2 comments

Baojun 730 family

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As is the tradition on BSCB we pay special attention to the all-new models making their first appearance in China each month. And August 2014 has been the busiest month since we started this new monthly update over a year ago. No less than 8 new entrants, and most of them are pretty high profile models with very strong potential.

1. Baojun 730

One of the most important launches of the year, the Baojun 730 lands directly at #26 with 12,006 sales. Assuming this is the correct figure for August (and not the addition of pre-sales occurring over a couple of months), the Baojun 730 is already the #2 MPV below the Wuling Honguang and it simply delivers the strongest first month of any passenger car in China… ever. Previous best is the Hyundai Elantra Langdong at 11,613 units back in August 2012, however that wasn’t a ‘true’ first month as the model was incorporated into overall Elantra nameplate sales for a couple of months at first. The 730 is also the second best first ranking below that same Elantra Langdong (#21). Based on the Langdong’s first month vagueness, the Baojun 730 could well be the first passenger car in China to directly sell over 10,000 units for its first month.. All these records broken already, and there is a very good reason behind it.

A few months ago following my trip to remote Western China, I noted that a large part of the rural Chinese population, now getting wealthier, was upgrading from minivans to MPV in order to accommodate both a commercial use of their vehicle but also extended family transport (see Strategy: How can Chinese brands unlock their home market?). The advertising illustration above is spot on and reflects the main reason behind the booming popularity of affordable MPVs: the practicality and roominess of a large van for the price of a sedan. The Wuling Hongguang is head and shoulders above all other models in the Chinese market (let alone MPVs) so it does make sense that a similar model created by the same company would also be a hit.

Baojun is a relatively new low-cost brand initiated 3 years ago by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint-venture with the 630 sedan. This sedan has been successful enough to keep the Baojun brand afloat (as opposed to Linian or Ciimo) but only crossed the 10,000 monthly sales milestone once (10,220 in December 2013) and broke into the top 50 twice since its original appearance in August 2011 (#46 in October 2012 and #49 in December 2013). So the 730 has already smashed the brand’s records for its first month. The Baojun 730 debuted at the Beijing Auto Show and I reported about it at the time. According to Carnewschina, the 730 starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 81.800 (US$11.400 – 13.300), an absolute bargain indeed and as such without real competitor as it slots below the Wuling Hongguang in terms of price.

Toyota Levin China August 2014. Picture courtesy of

2. Toyota Levin

A new nameplate but a familiar model, the Toyota Levin lands at #62 with 6,588 sales. This is one fine example of the counter-productive (?) joint-venture situation in the Chinese automotive market. Toyota has two joint ventures in China: while FAW-Toyota gets the European model, supposed to look sophisticated (read boring) and aimed at older buyers, Guangzhou-Toyota gets a sporty (only in design) version of the US model, aimed at younger buyers. The engines and prices (120.000-160.000 yuan, that’s US$19.550-26.100) are exactly the same though. The new gen Corolla is currently accounted for under the general ‘Corolla’ nameplate at #16 this month.

What’s the Levin potential? Well it is already Toyota’s 4th best-selling sedan below the Corolla, Camry and Vios, all established nameplates with years of previous sales behind them. So in a way we already have a mission accomplished here, and any future milestones (a Top 50 seems assured but a Top 25 harder) will be impressive. Tycho from Carnewschina gives a pretty accurate description of this join-venture doubling up mess: “All this waste of resources and marketing money is a rather typical result of the weird joint-venture system. Volkswagen, Honda and others are also selling various cars manufactured by their various joint ventures that are competing with each other, instead of with the competition. The Toyota marketing plan sounds like a good idea in theory.” But then a ‘sporty’ Toyota Corolla was also seen on the Toyota booth at the Beijing Auto Show. Wait wasn’t it supposed to be the sophisticated, boring one of the two?

Having said all this, the Levin delivers in terms of sales. So perhaps this double joint-venture situation is not that penalising after all.

Beijing Auto Huansu S2 S3. Picture courtesy of fblife.comBeijing Auto Huansu S2 and S3

Next we have two small SUVs by the same automaker, making their first appearance in the Chinese ranking exactly at the same time, along with a new sub-brand: Beijing Auto Huansu (translated as ‘magic speed’). These two SUVs are built in the city of Chongqing by Beiqi Yinxiang Automobile, a new joint-venture between Beijing Auto (Beiqi) and the Yinxiang Motorcycle Group, and as such they both sport the logo of the joint-venture and not the Beijing Auto one – confusing, as always. This joint venture also makes the new Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 mini-MPV that launched on the Chinese market last year (and yet another sub-brand!).

Beijing Auto Huansu S3. Picture courtesy of

3. Beijing Auto Huansu S3

The Beijing Auto Huansu S3 lands directly at #85 with 5,280 sales. It is a seven-seater very affordably priced between 61.800 and 72.800 yuan (US$10.100-11.900), positioning it across the two fastest growing market segments in China: small SUVs and MPVs. As described above with the Baojun 730, many Chinese car buyers, especially young families, have discovered these segments as a preferable alternative over similarly prices sedans or hatchbacks that tend to be much smaller inside. On top of this, the Huansu S3 is one of only two mass seven-seats SUVs at this price level, competing with the FAW Daihatsu Xenia S80 (#204). In this context its current ranking is already redefining the budget 7-seat SUV sales potential, so anything frankly up like a Top 50 ranking would trigger other Chinese carmakers to follow suit very soon.

Beijing Auto Hansun S2. Picture courtesy of

4. Beijing Auto Huansu S2

The 5-seater variant of the S3, the Beijing Auto Huansu S2 launches a little lower at #122 and 3,520 units. Price starts at an even more enticing 58.800 yuan (US$9.600) and ends at 69.800 yuan (US$11.400). While the S3 ventures into unknown (but promising) territory given its larger size, the S2 slots into a very successful segment in China, competing with the Great Wall M4 (best ranking: #23), Chery Tiggo3 (currently #28) and Changan CS35 (best: #43), all crossing the 10,000 monthly sales milestone at some stage. It might take a bit of time to establish the Beijing Auto brand in this segment but the demand is there and a Top 60 ranking within the next 12 months would be a fantastic achievement.

GAC Trumpchi GA3S China. Picture courtesy of

5. GAC Trumpchi GA3S

Not really a new model per se but worth mentioning because of its uniqueness, the GAC Trumpchi GA3S arrives in 157th position with 2,333 sales in August. It is the sporty version of the GAC Trumpchi GA3 launched 18 months ago and currently ranking #256 with 399 units sold, after peaking at #135 and 4,041 sales last December. There. That’s why I’ve singled out the GA3S as it sold almost 6 times more than its ‘non-sporty’ version in August, which is rather unusual and extremely interesting. Guangzhou Auto (GAC) has two sub-brands, each with their own logo: budget Gonow and masstige Trumpchi, one of the most impressive carmakers at the Beijing Auto Show in my view (I ranked it #3) while Gonow was one of the worst at #28… A history-making large scale product placement in Hollywood mega-budget Transformers 4 this year is starting to put GAC Trumpchi on the worldwide map and the GA3S could soon join the GS5 SUV (best ranking: #56) inside the monthly Top 100.

Kia K4 China August 2014. Picture courtesy of

6. Kia K4

Another very important new nameplate to make its first appearance in the Chinese ranking in August is the Kia K4 at #163 with 2,094 sales. The K4 is a China-only compact sedan, Kia’s version of the very successful Hyundai Mistra that has sold over 10,000 monthly units in China for the past 6 consecutive months after peaking at 11,749 last January. Even though Kia pushes the premium design cues as hard as Hyundai does in China, it is positioned cheaper and as such the K4 starts lower at 128.800 yuan (US$20,990) vs. 149.800 (US$24.700) for the Mistra. Both models end at 189.900 yuan (US$31.300). Other main competitors are the VW Sagitar (#4 in August), Honda CRider (personal best of #10 last December) and Citroen C4L (#70 highest). Chinese sales of Kia sedans average around 75% of their Hyundai counterparts, which would place the K4 just under 100,000 annual units and edging into the Top 50. Still far from it but it should be the benchmark for success.

JAC Refine S3 China August 2014. Picture courtesy of

7. JAC Refine S3

The fifth new Chinese model to make its debut at home in August is the JAC Refine S3, originally unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, at #166 with 2,000 units sold. The Refine S3 is yet another mini SUV taking advantage of the sales surge in this segment over the past 24 months. It is priced between 65.800 and 84.800 yuan (US$10.700-13.800) and, like the Beijing Auto Huansu S2 described above, will compete against the 10,000 monthly sale-topping Great Wall M4, Chery Tiggo3 and Changan CS35. JAC already has a foot in the SUV segment with the Refine S5 (#151 so far in 2014) so may have an easier time than Beijing Auto to impose its own S3. However we may be nearing saturation in the Chinese mini-SUV segment: is there really more room for yet another mini clone of the Hyundai ix35? JAC thinks so as the S3 is part of a heavy SUV attack that will also include the S2 and the Heyue S1 in the coming months.

Cadillac ATS-L China August 2014. Picture courtesy of

8. Cadillac ATS-L

Finally the 8th and last new entrant this month in China is a model well known to all of you but which has just kicked off local production, thus now allowing it a spot in this ranking (no imports model data is communicated in China): the Cadillac ATS at #197 with 1,160 sales. However as it is the case for most sedans in the luxury category, the owner is not the driver and more backseat legroom is required: the Cadillac ATS is manufactured in China exclusively in an extended wheelbase version called ATS-L, like the BMW 5 Series L and Audi A6L. The ATS-L is only the second Cadillac to rank in China this year along with the XTS at #145 in August and #149 year-to-date, so it is starting at a solid level for the brand and in time to pre-empt Lincoln’s launch in the country.

Previous month: China July 2014: Focus on the all-new models

One year ago: China August 2013: Focus on the all-new models

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