BestSellingCarsBlog celebrates 3 million unique visitors

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Smiling girls in Jyekundo, Tibet 2014Tibet is one destination BSCB will explore in 2015. Picture courtesy reurinkjan

3 months ago when BSCB celebrated its 4th anniversary, I could declare for the first time that BSCB had been accessed from every single country in the world since its creation thanks to one visit from North Korea. Today we celebrate a few additional milestones. To start with, you have now been over 3 million unique visitors on BestSellingCarsBlog since its creation! You have visited the site 5.2 million times, generating over 14 million page views.

A big thank you to each an every one of you who have been on here, whether it’s your first time or you come around each day. Thank you for your support, your continued interest and enthusiasm, BestSellingCarsBlog wouldn’t be the site it is now without you all.

Stay tuned for more analysis, more Full Year 2014 reports, more Auto Show coverages and more remote regions explored and photographed in detail – next on the list is Tibet in China!

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

January 30th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes AMG GT Monaco 2014Mercedes is the most popular manufacturer in Monaco in 2014.

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Exclusive to BestSellingCarsBlog and for the third year in a row I can share with you new car sales data for the Principality of Monaco, always fascinating to follow as the wealth of its inhabitants makes for very exotic brands and models rankings. The brands ranking comes first, detailed models ranking will follow shortly. Once again, even so the Principality is nested within France, its new car market evolves in a disconnected way to its big brother in 2014: down 5% year-on-year to 2,438 registrations whereas France is actually up 0.3%.

Porsche 918 Spyder Monaco 2014. Picture courtesy Yannick Van AsPorsche 918 Spyder – Porsche is the #3 brand in Monaco. Picture courtesy Yannick van As.

Big movement atop the Monaco brands ranking: thanks to sales up another 4% after gaining 20% in 2013, Mercedes becomes the most popular marque in the Principality with 393 units and 16.1% share. Audi is knocked down to 2nd place, down a harsh 31% on a year ago to 11.6% share, while Porsche is getting dangerously close in third position with 8.9% (+17%). Volkswagen (+12%), Land Rover (+44%) and Peugeot (+24%) also shine in the Top 10.

Ferrari LaFerrari Monaco 2014. Picture courtesy Nicolas SpeckFerrari La Ferrari – Ferrari ranks #12 in Monaco in 2014. Picture courtesy Nicolas Speck.

Selling exactly the same amount of cars as in 2013, Ferrari evolves at heights reserved to mass-market manufacturers in 99% of other countries in the world: at #12, same goes for Bentley at #14… Further down, notice Jeep up 164%, Rolls-Royce up 44%, Maserati up 29% and Bugatti selling two units this year, vs. none in France.

Bugatti Veyron Monaco 2014, Picture courtesy William CoubardTwo Bugattis found a buyer in Monaco in 2014. Picture courtesy William Coubard.

Previous year: Monaco Full Year 2013: Audi and Mercedes reign supreme

Two years ago: Monaco Full Year 2012: Audi #1, Porsche up 71% to #3

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France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Renault Captur France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur peaked at a fantastic 2nd place at home in June.

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Just as Europe bounces back (+5%), the UK gains 10% to 2.5 million sales and in the midst of a non-sensical new policy by the French government to wipe diesel cars out, French new car sales are up a minuscule 0.3% year-on-year to 1.795.913 units. The market is stuck below 1.8 million annual units for the second year in a row – the first time this happens in 30 years (1984-1985). Worse: the small YOY increase is only artificial; pumped by short-term rentals (+7%) and company sales (+6%) while private sales drop 2% to just 939.000 units. This almost 600.000 units (39%) below the 1.53 million private sales hit in 2009, pulling the PS ratio down to an all-time low 52.2%.

Renault Clio IV France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe brands ranking displays a rosier outlook for French manufacturers: Renault, Peugeot (both up 5%), Citroen (+2%) and Dacia (+14%) all outperform the market, with the French-Romanian carmaker hitting 6-figure sales for the first time ever at 102,519. The private sales picture is even shinier: Dacia outsells Volkswagen to rank #3 overall with an astounding 9.3% market share. Only new stand-alone DS crashes down 27% for its inaugural year in market. Nissan (+8%), Opel (+3%), Mercedes (+5%), BMW (+2%) and Skoda (+5%) also lodge positive results inside the Top 20 while Hyundai (-33%) disintegrates as it rebuilds its network of dealers.

The Renault Clio IV remains the most popular nameplate in France for the second year running, ranking #1 every month bar January and improving its sales 2% to 105,182 for a 5.9% share. There is no real competition with its ‘rival’ the Peugeot 208, down 7% to 83,965 units. Below the two leaders, there is a lot of movement in the French models ranking in 2014. Already labelled the stars of 2013, the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 confirm they may well be the way of the future for the two largest French manufacturers. The Captur lands on the podium for its first full year of sales at 62,985 units, peaking at #2 in June, while the 2008 is up 93% year-on-year to #6 and 54,161 sales, its best ranking for the year being #4 in March.

Peugeot 2008 France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 confirms it is now a sales blockbuster in France.

In a few large European markets like Germany, Spain, Italy or the Netherlands, both the Captur and the 2008 have started outselling their ‘non-crossover’ counterparts the Clio IV and 208, not just as a one-off but repeatedly. What would have been unthinkable just 12 months ago has suddenly become real: at the latest Paris Auto Show, Peugeot PR Manager Marc Bocqué confirmed to me that in a few years, the 2nd generation 2008 outselling the 208 to fight for the overall French pole position is “a true possibility”.

Peugeot 308 France March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBest year since 2009 for the Peugeot 308 nameplate at home.

French models being reported by generation gives quite a unique outlook to the local sales charts: the Peugeot 308 II is boosted by its European Car of the Year Title and the success of its station wagon variant up to a fantastic 4th place with 3.4% share for its first full year of sales. It peaked at #3 in May, August and November, which is actually the 308 nameplate’s best ranking at home: the first generation reached it 7 times (June to October 2008January and June 2009). A #4 finish is the 308 nameplate’s highest annual ranking since 2009, with its all-time best remaining the #3 it reached in 2008.

Previous post: France December 2014: BMW and Mercedes finish on a high

Previous year: France Full Year 2013: Renault Clio IV marks 15 years of Clio at #1

Two years ago: France Full Year 2012: No car above 100,000 sales for the first time since 1952

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New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger cements lead

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ranger New Caledonia 2014Ford Ranger

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Previous month: New Caledonia (France) November 2014: Renault Clio and Citroen C1 up

Previous year: New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2013: Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux dominate

Two years ago: New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2012: Ford Ranger keeps pole position

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France December 2014: BMW and Mercedes finish on a high

January 29th, 2015 No comments

MINI CooperThe third generation Mini hits a best-ever #26 in France this month.

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December is here to remind the French market it is well and truly stuck in hell: down a horrendous 7% to 163,382 deliveries just as the rest of Europe is slowly shaking off 7 years of recession, which means the final 2014 total is marginally higher than 2013 (+0.3%). December sales figures are always biased by last-minute promotions favouring specific manufacturers and this year is no exception: Volkswagen (8.8% of the market vs. 7.8% in 2014) places the Polo at #6 and the Golf VII at #13, the only two foreign models inside the Top 15, BMW jumps 5 spots on November to an outstanding 6th place with 4.1% share vs. 2.7% over 2014 while Mercedes is up 4 to #8 and 3.8% vs. 2.7%.

Pressdrive Mercedes GLA 2014 Malaga-GranadaThe Mercedes GLA also breaks its French monthly ranking record in December.

Citroen has chosen a very bad timing to separate sales of its DS premium brand: appearing for the first time in the ranking at #18 with 1,950 sales compared to over 3,000 a year ago, an abysmal 36% drop to be compared to -27% over the Full Year 2014… Citroen itself (-21%), Dacia (-18%), Ford, Toyota (both at -22%) and Kia (-27%) also experienced a nightmarish December.

Renault Zoe France December 2014The Renault Zoe lodges its 2nd-ever month above 1,000 sales at home at a record 1,182.

Model-wise, the Renault Clio IV is more dominant than ever at 11,111 sales and 6.8% share, a massive 2.3 percentage points share above its rival the Peugeot 208 (4.5%), threatened for 2nd place by the Renault Captur (4.2%) very regular at the highest levels at home. The Peugeot 308 II continues to satisfy at #4, the Renault Twingo III makes its 2nd-ever appearance in the monthly Top 10 after last September at #10, while the Citroen C4 Cactus (#18), Mini III (#26), Mercedes GLA (#31), Renault ZOE (#32) and VW Golf Sportsvan (#34) all break their monthly ranking records this month. Notice also the Mercedes A-Class and C-Class strong at #25 and #47 respectively.

Lexus NX300h France December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Lexus NX300h already knocks at the French Top 100’s door.

Just outside the Top 50, the Toyota Aygo II also breaks its monthly ranking record in France at #51, as does the BMW 2 Series at #60 thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer, the Jeep Renegade breaks into the monthly French Top 100 for the first time at #73, the Nissan X-Trail does a good job at replacing the Nissan Qashqai+2 at #76, the BMW X4 is up to #88, the Ford Ecosport at #93, Nissan Pulsar up to #104, Lexus NX300h up to #118 and the Smart Forfour up to #130.

Previous month: France November 2014: Worst November score in 40 years

One year ago: France December 2013: Citroen C3 above Peugeot 208 for the first time

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France 1-15 January 2015: Peugeot 308 leads the way

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 308 France January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is the best-selling nameplate in France so far this year.

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After a couple of months hiatus, the weekly updates on the French market are back on BSCB with an encouraging 14% overall year-on-year gain over the first half of January. As a reminder these intermediate figures are always to be taken with a grain of salt as heavily biased by manufacturers policies of either front-loading (Volkswagen) or back-loading (Renault) a month of sales, as well as promotions. In January needs to be added manufacturers that have particularly pushed sales at the end of 2014 and find themselves in a limping mode at the start of the year. In this context, Peugeot leads the manufacturers ranking with sales up 18% year-on-year above Citroen (-11%) while Volkswagen (+34%) stunningly overtakes traditional leader Renault (-6%), very temporarily for sure. Nissan (+7%), Audi (+17%), Mercedes (+95%) and Opel (+79%) are also up.

VW Polo France January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is up 64% year-on-year to climb on the French podium.

The Peugeot 308 is the best-selling nameplate in the country for now, seeing its sales more than double year-on-year thanks to the addition of the station wagon version and the hatchback now cruising at top speed. It is followed by the Peugeot 208 (-12%) while the VW Polo (+64%) and Golf (+32%) both fit inside the Top 4 best-sellers! The Citroen C4 Picasso is up 9% to #5 and the Peugeot 2008 up 32% to #6.

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USA January 2015: Sales to jump at least 12%

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Blizzard 2015 Boston. Picture courtesy of vosizneias.comBlizzard 2015: no effect on US new light vehicle sales so far. 

Despite the harsh weather currently affecting the country, most US analysts now forecast new light vehicle sales to start with a bang in 2015 with a year-on-year gain of at least 12% in January to reach a Seasonaly Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.4 to 16.6 million units vs. 15.3 million a year ago. This would be the biggest year-on-year monthly gain since August 2013. General Motors predicts sales up 20% and both Ford and FCA also are aiming at double-digit gains. Final figures will be published on BSCB on Wednesday.

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Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year

January 28th, 2015 No comments

Perodua Axia Advance Malaysia 2014. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgPerodua holds just under 30% of its home market in 2014.

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The Malaysian new car market is up 1.6% year-on-year to lodge a third consecutive record year at 666,465 registrations. By segment, while passenger cars improve 2.4% on 2013, MPV sales decline by 0.7% but SUV sales are up 8.1%. Perodua remains the most popular manufacturer at home for the 9th consecutive year, never failing to grab the top spot after it first overtook the other local manufacturer Proton in 2005. It sales however dipped by a minuscule 0.3% on a record 2013 figure to 195,579 sales and might have broken another record were it be not handicapped by severe flooding on the East Coast causing a major disruption to retail businesses. Nevertheless Perodua predicts it will become the first Malaysian manufacturer to sell over 200,000 annual units in 2015, aiming at growing by 6.5% to 208,000 sales.

Honda City Malaysia 2014. Picture courtesy of hondacitythai.comHonda City (Thai model shown)

Perodua’s pole position was helped by the continued success of the MyVi, the best-seller in Malaysia for the 9th year in a row, and the launch of the new Axia replacing the Viva as the company’s cheapest model,  receiving a whopping 45,000 orders by the end of the year. Proton is down a harsh 17% on 2013 to #2 and 115,783 sales and 17.8% share vs. 21.2% a year ago, not helped by the all-new Iriz whose production has not reached its maximum yet, meaning the number of units delivered was not substantial this year even though orders were here. Proton was even outsold by Toyota for the first time ever over the past two months of the year. Toyota (+12%) and Honda (+50%) deliver stunning results, the latter helped by the success of the new City, a hit from the day it was launched.

Perodua MyVi Malaysia 2014. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgThe Perodua Myvi is the best-selling model in Malaysia in 2014.

Mitsubishi (+16%), Ford (+31%), Mazda (+24%), Kia (+38%), Mercedes (+28%) and Subaru (+52%) also deliver great results in the Top 25. Once again, due to the Malaysian Competition Commissioner’s belief that publication of the sales volumes of individual models will result in prices going up as traders ‘exploit’ such information, a models ranking is unavailable for Malaysia. Such transparency, which readers, consumers and myself would like to see, is considered an offence under the Malaysian Competition Act.

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Previous month: Malaysia November 2014: Toyota overtakes Proton for the first time

One year ago: Malaysia Full Year 2013: Perodua tops, Nissan and Honda jump

Two years ago: Malaysia Full Year 2012: Record year, now with models ranking

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Ukraine Full Year 2014: Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%

January 25th, 2015 1 comment

Toyota Corolla Ukraine 2014. Picture courtesy autocentre.uaToyota is the most popular carmaker in Ukraine in 2014

Impacted full-frontal by the Crimea crisis, Ukrainian new car sales plunge 54% year-on-year in 2014 to just 97,020 registrations. In a turbulent year, the brands ranking is turned on its head, with the Top 4 most popular in reverse order compared to 2013. Toyota is the main beneficiary in 2014, up 3 spots to top all brands sold in Ukraine thanks to sales down ‘just’ 33% to 10,296 for a 10.6% market share vs. 7.2% a year ago. Chinese manufacturer Geely is going from strength to strength in Ukraine, up to a fantastic (and world-best) 2nd place overall in 2014 with 9,365 units sold and 9.7% share vs. 7.7% in 2013. Local carmaker ZAZ (-55%) rounds up the podium above Hyundai (-69%), Volkswagen (-58%) and Renault (-54%).

A handful of other marques frankly outperform the market ithis year, led by Mazda (-7%), Daewoo (-22%), Subaru (-22%), Suzuki (-24%), Audi (-35%) and BMW (-37%). Reversely, others fall flat: Fiat (-64%), Chevrolet (-68%), BYD (-68%), Kia (-71%), Lada (-72%) and Opel (-84%). In addition to Geely, there are 7 Chinese manufacturers inside Ukraine’s Top 40 this year: Chery (#26), Great Wall (#30), BYD (#31), MG (#32), JAC (#33), Lifan (#38), and FAW (#40). Notice also Iranians Saipa at #44 and Iran-Khodro at #53.

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China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5m sales

January 23rd, 2015 No comments

Wuling Hongguang China September 2014. Picture courtesy of cheshi.com2Emperor of China: the Wuling Hongguang clocked up a record 750,000 sales in 2014.

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One of the main news items in the 2014 automotive world is the cooling down of the Chinese new vehicle market’s growth. I’m stressing the word growth here, because a lot of analysts have dramatised this trend to such an extent over the past 12 months that they make it look like the entire Chinese market is cooling down. Not so, only its growth is – a very big difference, dropping by half from +14% in 2013 to +6.9% in 2014 according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. This means an additional 1.5 million new vehicles were sold in China in 2014 compared to 2013 – a little less than the entire French new car market, lifting the all-time record for any country in the world to 23.49 million units.

Segment 2014 sales /13 2013 sales
Sedan 12,376,700 3% 12,016,200
SUV 4,077,900 36% 2,998,500
MPV 1,914,300 47% 1,299,200
Microvan 1,331,700 -17% 1,613,700
Passenger Car total 19,700,600 10% 17,927,600
Truck 3,184,400 -9% 3,494,300
Bus 606,900 8% 561,900
Commercial Vehicle total 3,791,300 -7% 4,056,200
Market total 23,491,900 7% 21,983,800

An analysis by segment clearly shows the engines of growth in China in 2014. Microvans are down harsh 17% to 1.33 million units as Chinese consumers upgrade to larger MPVs for commercial use, and trucks are down 9% to 3.18 million sales, bringing commercial vehicle sales down 7% to 3.79 million units. If Passenger Cars are up a robust 9.89% year-on-year to 19.7 million units (vs. +15.7% in 2013), sedans are only up 3% to 12.38 million units. The only two segments pulling the entire Chinese market up in 2014 are MPVs up a spectacular 47% to 1.91 million sales and SUVs up an equally impressive 36% to cross both the 3 million and 4 million annual sales benchmark for the first time at 4.08 million units. Worryingly for local manufacturers though, the share of domestic brands continued to drop, now at 38.44% of annual sales, down 2.1 percentage points from a year earlier due to the weakness of the truck market where Chinese manufacturers have an almost monopoly on sales at home.

Haval H6 China 2014. Picture courtesy of Haval H6 is the first SUV to break the 300,000 annual sale-milestone in China.

Yes, it’s a cooled down growth rate, but let’s not forget the Chinese market only grew by 4% in 2012 on the back of Japan-China tensions and stricter licence plate allocation in first tier cities. Aptly, far from slowing its growth further in 2014, the CAAM predicts another year at +7% in 2015, bringing the overall market above 25 million units for the first time. Of this, 21.3m units will be light vehicles, up 8% on 2014 and once again pulled up by SUVs (+25% to 5.1m) and MPVs (+35% to 2.6m) while sedans (+1% to 12.5m) and microvans (-20% to 1.1m) will underperform again. Thanks to rising household incomes, vehicle buyers will continue to migrate from sedans and microvans to larger and more expensive vehicles such as SUVs and MPVs. Geographically, customers in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities are now buying their second vehicles, while those in smaller Tier 3 and Tier 4 are still buying their first vehicles, so there is still a very large potential for growth and, increasingly, renewal. A much more detailed forecast of the Chinese market will be published on BSCB shortly.

Hyundai Mistra China 2014. Picture courtesy of is the #3 brand in China, partly thanks to the success of the new Mistra (pictured above).

Keeping in mind that for now only detailed sales of locally produced vehicles are available, Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in this market by far with almost double the sales of the next most popular marque at 2.71 million units, outsmarting the market at +13% year-on-year. Thanks to the enormous success of its microvans and MPVs, local brand Wuling takes the 2nd spot with 1.4 million units, followed by Hyundai up 9% to 1.12 million. ChangAn is the second local brand inside the Top 4, here again thanks to successful microvans with sales just under the annual million units. Toyota (+11%), Buick (+14%) and Nissan (+2%) follow, with Ford, Honda and Chevrolet rounding up the Top 10.

BAIC Senova D50 China 2014. Picture courtesy of Senova D50 – BAIC is among China’s Top 20 brands.

SUV-only brand Haval is up a stunning 53% to 429,328 units, Peugeot up 41% to 384,005, Audi up 25%, BMW up 34%, Baojun up 81%, Zotye up 62% and Fiat up 41%. Notice also the arrival of BAIC inside the Top 20, Great Wall down 47%, Brilliance down 27%, GAC Trumpchi up 36% and new SUV brand BAIC Huansu landing at #37. At 26,008 units, PSA’s premium brand DS finishes its first full year in market inside the Top 50 locally-produced brands.

GAC Trumpchi GA3 2014. Picture courtesy of hugcar.comGAC Trumpchi sales are up 37% year-on-year.

Stepping into the models ranking in China, there are 3 standout stars in 2014 and they are all Chinese. Firstly the Wuling Hongguang spends a 2nd consecutive month in pole position and improves its annual sales figure by an outstanding 67% on 2013 to 750,019, an all-time record for any passenger car ever on sale in the country, arguably mainly used as a commercial vehicle though. Seconly, after eclipsing 200,000 sales for its first full year of sales in 2013, the Haval H6 becomes the first SUV to cross the 300,000 annual unit-mark with 315,881 sales, up 45% year-on-year. The H6 spent almost all year breaking its monthly sales volume record (it did so 8 times in 2014 alone!) and is symbolic of the explosive growth the SUV segment is currently enjoying in China.

Baojun 730 China 2014. Picture courtesy of chexun.netThe Baojun 730 is the fastest-ever nameplate to hit 30,000 monthly sales in China.

Symbolic of the even more impressive growth of MPV sales, in a matter of months the Baojun 730 has become the most successful launch in the history of automobile in China, hitting 12,006 sales in its first month, 21,016 sales for its 2nd month in market and 30,089 for its 4th month, making it the fastest-ever nameplate to reach both the 20,000 and 30,000 monthly sales mark. It is of course #1 new nameplate for the year at #43 with 120,089 sales and could pretend at a podium ranking over the Full Year 2015.

VW Lavida China 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comThe VW Lavida is the best-selling sedan in China for the 2nd year running.

Back to the top of the ranking to notice the VW Lavida (+12%) and Ford Focus (-3%) maintaining their respective Top 2 sedans spots, the VW Sagitar and Nissan Sylphy both edging past 300,000 annual sales in the last hours of the year, making it 6 nameplates above that threshold vs. none in 2012. The VW Jetta (+13%) comes very close to also reaching that milestone, while the Buick Excelle (-1%) is the only nameplate in the Top 10 to lose ground year-on-year. The VW Santana (+58%) enjoys the benefits of its first relaunch in 30 years, the VW Golf (+90%) makes it 9 VW models inside the Top 20, the Kia K3 is up 30% to #20, Honda Crider up 72% to spend its first full year at #26, Ford Kuga up 42% to #33, the Hyundai Mistra exceeds Hyundai’s expectations at 135,000 sales (vs. a goal of 120,000), the Toyota Vios benefits from the launch of the new model to multiply its sales by 4.5 to #36 and the Citroen C-Elysée is up 75% to #37.

Geely Emgrand EC7 China 2014Geely Emgrand EC7

Below the ultra-dominant Wuling Hongguang and Haval H6, the Geely Emgrand EC7 keeps its title of best-selling Chinese sedan at #24 overall despite sales down 14% and an assault from the ChangAn Eado, up 71% to #28. The Chana Honor MPV is up 51% to #32, the Dongfeng Future up 14% to #39, Dongfeng Joyear up 65% to #44 and BYD F3 back up 33% to #47. Further down, notice the Chery Tiggo 3 up 37% to #51, Tiggo 5 up to #58 for its first full year in market and the Dongfeng Fengguang MPV up 181% to #63.

JAC Refine S3 China 2014. Picture courtesy JAC Refine S3 topped all foreign SUVs in November.

64 new nameplates were spat out of local factories this year vs. 16 models discontinued for a net increase of 48 models ranked, bringing the total to 402. As a comparison, the net increase in both Europe and the USA is between zero and 5. Out of the 64 newcomers, 30 were SUVs, 38 were Chinese, and 19 were Chinese SUVs. The Baojun 730 is the only all-new nameplate in the Top 100, with the 2nd most popular nbeing the ChangAn CS75 SUV at #109 followed by the JAC Refine S3 at #115, Haval H2 at #116, Toyota Levin at #117, BAIC Huansu S3 at #119, Peugeot 2008 at #128, Chevrolet Trax at #130, BAIC Senova D50 at #134 and the Mazda3 Axela at #136.

Wuling Rongguang 2014The Wuling Rongguang is the best-selling LCV in China in 2014.

The Wuling Rongguang takes the lead of the LCV models ranking with sales up 2% to 345,102, while the Wuling Sunshine is down 32%, the Chana Mini Bus down 14% and the Foton Light Truck down 25%. The Wuling Mini Truck delivers the best performance in the Top 10 with sales up 25% to 219,466 units in 5th place, and we welcome the JMC Light Truck and Jinbei Light Bus inside the Top 10.

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