Japan July 2016: Toyota up to 35.2%, Nissan Dayz & Mitsubishi eK back

Toyota Estima Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe facelifted Estima (+117%) helps Toyota gain 10% at home in July.

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New vehicle sales in Japan are down 2% in July to 415.606, once again – but less than in previous months – handicapped by weak kei car sales down 6% to 133.853 while regular cars are down just 0.2% to 281.753. Year-to-date, the Japanese market is now down 3.5% to 2.962.955 sales in 7 months, with kei cars down 13% to 1.039.327 and regular cars up 0.5% to 1.923.628.

Smart Forfour Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpAn all-new lineup propels Smart sales up 34-fold year-on-year in Japan in July. 

Toyota tightens its tight grip on its home market even further with deliveries up 10% to 146.328 for a mammoth 35.2% share vs. 30.5% so far in 2016. Honda (-11%) and Suzuki (-4%) follow while Daihatsu gains 11% in 4th place ahead of Nissan (-22%), Mazda (-21%) and Subaru (-13%) all posting heavy losses. Isuzu (+13%), Mercedes (+15%), Hino (+9%), BMW (+14%), Mini (+14%), Volvo (+5%) and Jeep (+41%) also deliver year-on-year gains inside the Top 20 while further down Porsche (+18%), Peugeot (+54%), Smart (+3338%) and Jaguar (+151%) impress.

Toyota Passo Japan July 2016The Toyota Passo (right) is up 118% thanks to two new models.

The Toyota Prius remains by far the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 3-fold on a year ago to 27.988 thanks to the new model. The Toyota Aqua (-11%) and Sienta (+48%) follow while the Nissan Note (+2%) gains two spots on June to #4. The Toyota Passo (+118%), Vitz (+7%), Honda Vezel (+8%) and Shuttle (+11%) are the only other cars gaining ground year-on-year inside the Top 15. Further down, notice the Suzuki Solio (+69%), Mazda Axela (+77%), Toyota Estima (+111%) helped by its facelift, Honda Odyssey (+117%) and Toyota Auris (+99%) posting spectacular gains. The Nissan Serena, #10 in June, steps out of the Top 30 while the new model spreads out into dealerships across the country.


Mitsubishi eK Japan July 2016Deliveries of Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK (pictured) have resumed in Japan. 

In the kei car aisle, both the Honda N-BOX (+10%) and Daihatsu Tanto (+9%) post positive year-on-year results atop the sales charts, but the big news is the return in the ranking of the Nissan Dayz (#4) and Mitsubishi eK (#13) whose sales were halted in the wake of the fuel economy scandal that engulfed Mitsubishi back in April. The Suzuki Alto (-16%), Daihatsu Move (-19%) and Suzuki Wagon R (-37%) all crumble down but the Suzuki Spacia (+34%) and Honda N-WGN (+2%) improve while the new Daihatsu Cast steps out of the Top 10 (#11).

Previous post: Japan First Half 2016: Japan victim of fuel economy scandal

Previous month: Japan June 2016: Nissan, Mazda & Mitsubishi pull market down

One year ago: Japan July 2015: New generation lifts Toyota Sienta to #8

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South Africa July 2016: Ford Fiesta shines in market down 17%

Ford Fiesta South Africa July 2016. Picture courtesy of temusados.com.brThe Ford Fiesta surges 84% to 5th place overall in July.

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The South African new vehicle market is falling further into recession in July with deliveries down a harsh 17% year-on-year to 44.883 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 11% to 317.357. Toyota manages to improve its market share to 22.8% thanks to sales down “just” 9% year-on-year to 10.224, distancing the Volkswagen Group (-20%), Ford (-7%), Hyundai-Kia (-18%), General Motors/Isuzu (-29%) and Nissan (-23%). Mazda (+18%), Mahindra (+44%) and Man (+20%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground inside the Top 20. In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-11%) reigns supreme above the VW Polo Vivo (-13%) and Ford Ranger (-12%) while the Ford Fiesta surges 84% and 11 spots on June to land at a stunning 4th place overall, taking the lead of its segment above the VW Polo (-23%). The Toyota Quantum (+28%), Fortuner (+98%) and Hyundai i20 (+75%) also impress.

Previous month: South Africa June 2016: Toyota Hilux maintains lead in depressed market

One year ago: South Africa July 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims throne

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Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co. back above FCA

Ford F-Series Canada July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is up 21% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market marks a pause in July at -2.5% year-on-year to 173.531 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains at a record high 1.166.227 units, up 5% on the same period a year ago. Ford Motor Co posts a very impressive 10% gain to reclaim its rank at Canada’s most popular manufacturer with 29.771 sales and 17.2% share, frankly outselling Fiat Chrysler Automobiles down a harsh 14% to 24.669 and 14.2%. This large advantage enables Ford to also overtake FCA year-to-date at 179.613 (+11%) vs. 177.108 (+1%) for FCA. In third place, General Motors (-7%) barely remains above Hyundai-Kia (+5%) at 21.255 sales vs. 21.127. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor follow, with Daimler up 11% further down.

Brand-wise, Ford (29.007) is up 11%, comfortably distancing Toyota (+0.1%), Honda (-3%), Hyundai (+1%), Chevrolet (-4%) and Nissan (-9%). Ram (-17%), Mazda (-16%), Mitsubishi (-22%) and Chrysler (-40%) struggle whereas Kia (+14%), Mercedes (+12%), Audi (+15%), Land Rover (+16%), Mini (+11%), Volvo (+33%) and Jaguar (+218%) shine. Model-wise, the Ford F-Series surges 21% to hit its 2nd largest ever monthly volume in Canada at 13.585 units (record: 13.957 last April), leading to a year-to-date tally up a fantastic 27% to an all-time high 85.818 after 7 months. The Ram Pickup remains #2 despite sales down 15% to 8.106, it is followed by the Hyundai Elantra (+1%) taking the lead of the passenger car race above perennial leader the Honda Civic (-16%). The Honda CR-V is up 53% to #5, the Ford Escape up 25% to #7, the Toyota RAV4 up 38% to #8, Ford Focus up 40% to #15 and Hyundai Tucson up 162% to #16.

Previous post: Canada First Half 2016: Pickups and SUVs boost market to record high

Previous month: Canada June 2016: Ford F-Series helps lift market to best June score ever

One year ago: Canada July 2015: Jeep Cherokee and Honda HR-V surge up

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Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea & Renault Symbol in photo-finish

Opel Astra Turkey July 2016Fiat Egea Turkey July 2016. Picture courtesy ototest.tvRenault Symbol Turkey July 2016Only 15 sales separate the Opel Astra (2.241), Fiat Egea (2.232) and Renault Symbol (2.226) in July. 

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The country’s very unstable political situation in July leads to new car sales imploding down 30% to 58.533 units,  sinking the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -4% to 497.350 – both these figures include light commercial vehicles. The Top 3 brands are hit even harder than the market: Volkswagen (9.084) and Ford (6.370) are both down 36% while Renault (6.274) is down 40% and Fiat (5.929) follows the market at -29%. Opel stuns with a 3% gain in 5th place, while Hyundai reduces its fall to -6% but Mercedes tumbles down 52% at #10. Seat (+11%), Kia (+24%), Suzuki (+3800%!), Land Rover (+56%) and Jaguar (+13%) are the only other manufacturer managing a Turkish year-on-year gain in July.

The race to the models pole position is at its tightest in Turkey this month, with just 15 sales separating the #1 the Opel Astra at 2.241 (1.701 sedans, 539 hatches and 1 station wagon) from the #3 the Renault Symbol at 2.226 (all sedan) with the all-new Fiat Egea sliding into 2nd place at 2.232 units (1.925 sedans and 307 hatches). Note this is the Egea’s best monthly ranking so far “at home” in Turkey where it is manufactured. Now that its replacement the Renault Megane sedan has been unveiled, the Renault Fluence is falling into oblivion, down 67% to just 1.029 sales at #16. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on June but down 26% year-on-year to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 6 but down 35% to #5, the VW Polo up 15% to #6 and the Hyundai i20 Troy up 13% to #8. Notice also the VW Jetta down 64% to #19, the Renault Clio down 71% to #20 and the Kia Cerato up a further 27 spots on last month to a record #33.

Previous month: Turkey June 2016: Renault Fluence and Opel Astra advance

One year ago (1): Turkey July 2015: Renault Clio climbs up to 2nd spot

One year ago (2): Turkey July-August 2015: Now with All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

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Norway July 2016: Mitsubishi Outlander & VW Tiguan shine in market down 11%

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Norway July 2016Mitsubishi Outlander sales are up 338% year-on-year in Norway in July. 

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The Norwegian new car market is down 11% year-on-year in July to 11.040 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at +2% to 88.789 units. Volkswagen remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country despite sales down 14% to 2.076 and 18.8% share vs. -23% to 1.127 and 10.2% for #2 Toyota. Audi is down 9% year-on-year but back up 8 spots on June to #3, Mitsubishi gains 121% to #4 ahead of BMW (+3%), Volvo (-23%) and Mercedes (-13%). Beyond the Top 10, Opel (+32%), Hyundai (+27%), Citroen (+32%), Honda (+63%) and Jaguar (+188%) impress. The VW Golf is once again the best-seller in the country despite sales freefalling 37% year-on-year to 972 and 8.8% share, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander for its part up a whopping 338% to 552 units, 504 of which (91%) are the PHEV variant. The VW Passat (+25%), Tiguan (+101%) and Skoda Octavia (-12%) round up the Top 5 with the Opel Astra (+449%), Toyota Prius (+145%) and Skoda Superb (+492%) making themselves noticed inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Norway June 2016: Volkswagen leads, Toyota Prius up 3-fold to #12

One year ago: Norway July 2015: Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Tucson land with a splash

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Switzerland July 2016: Dacia superstar

Dacia Sandero Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy Autocar.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero is up 343% to #5 in Switzerland in July… 

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The Swiss new car market hits the brakes in July with sales down a sizeable 14% year-on-year to 26.074 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now down 4% to 184.111. Market leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -17% to 3.573 sales and 13.7% share whereas #2 BMW falls slightly slower at -12% to 1.990 and 7.6%. In fact, the entire Top 5 brands post volumes significantly down on a year ago, with Mercedes (-23%), Audi (-26%) and Skoda (-18%) following. The star of the month is low-cost brand Dacia, up a staggering 255% year-on-year and 12 spots on June to shoot up to #6 with 1.190 sales and 4.6% share, outselling parent brand Renault (4.5%) as well as Peugeot (3.2%) and Citroen (3.1%). Further down, Mini (+30%), Mitsubishi (+30%), Kia (+31%), Honda (+86%) and Infiniti (+790%) shine.

Dacia Duster Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…while the Duster is up 179% to #6.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the year-to-date pole position thanks to 1.078 sales this month (-37%!) vs. 921 for the Skoda Octavia (-22%) with the VW Polo also in freefall (-40%) at #3. The VW Tiguan is up 53% to #4 but the two heroes of the month are the Dacia Sandero at #5 (+343%) and the Duster at #6 (+179%). Notice also the Mini Cooper up 40%, the Audi A4 up 44%, VW Touran up 31%, Seat Alhambra up 33%, BMW X1 up 371%, VW T6 up 389% and Opel Astra up 90%.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2016: Skoda Octavia tops half-year charts

One year ago: Switzerland July 2015: BMW 2 Series and Mercedes GLA in Top 10

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Austria July 2016: Top 6 models from VW Group, Ford up 12%

Ford Galaxy Austria July 2016Ford sales in Austria are up 12% year-on-year in July.

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In a surrounding European market oriented towards negative results in July, Austria limits its fall to a minuscule -0.1% year-on-year to 26.882 units, meaning a year-to-date tally up 5% to 198.652. Volkswagen outpaces the market at +5% to 4.624 sales and 17.2% share, distancing Opel (-22%), Ford in great shape (+12%), Skoda (-6%) and Seat (+4%) up 4 spots on June to #5. Other great performers include Fiat (+13%), Kia (+16%), Toyota (+16%), Mini (+30%), Alfa Romeo (+50%), Dacia (+59%), Land Rover (+59%) and Jaguar (+93%). Model-wise, the VW Golf of course holds onto the pole position despite sales down 11% to 1.099, leading a horde of six Volkswagen Group models atop the Austrian charts: the VW Polo (-10%), Tiguan (-18%), Seat Ibiza (-13%), Skoda Fabia (+8%) and Octavia (-21%). The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling non-VAG model at #7, the Audi A4 is up 40% to #9, the Opel Astra up 85% to #11, the VW Sharan up 92% to #13, BMW X1 up 10-fold to #15, the VW Touran up 287% to #18, Dacia Sandero up 96% to #20 and the Ford Galaxy up 43% to #23.

Previous month: Austria June 2016: VW Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson impress

One year ago: Austria July 2015: Volkswagen Group places 7 models in Top 8

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South Korea July 2016: Kia teases Hyundai for market lead, Volkswagen implodes (-86%)

Kia Carnival South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy of hankyung.comThe Kia Carnival ranks third overall in South Korea in July. 

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New car sales of domestic models in South Korea are down 12% year-on-year in July to 136.814 units, but the year-to-date total is still up 6% to 1.066.069. Local makes are down 11% but foreigners freefall 24% to 11.5% share vs. 12.4% so far this year. Market leader Hyundai take a 20% hit to lower its share to 35%, that’s only 2.8 points above sister brand Kia down a more measured 9% to 32.2%. One year ago Hyundai had a 8.7 points advantage on Kia. GM Korea is up a splendid 16% to 10.5% share, with Ssangyong down 8% to 5.5% and Renault Samsung up 10% to 5.4%. Mercedes reclaims the foreign crown thanks to sales up 5% to 4.184, a long shot above BMW at 2.638 (-33%) and Audi at 1.504 (-43%). Land Rover (+31%), Volvo (+44%) and Jaguar (+96%) for their part post spectacular gains.

Volkswagen South Korea July 2016. Picture courtest theguardian.com and Kim Hong Ji ReutersVolkswagen sales are down 86% year-on-year in South Korea in July…

On the other hand, Volkswagen is hit full frontal by its lineup-wide stop sale order at a devastating -86% to just 425 units. And the brand will fall to almost zero sales in the coming month, with South Korea suspending sales of 80 Volkswagen models as part of a widening investigation into the company’s emissions cheating scandal. The environment ministry said “As of August 2 we have revoked the certification of 83,000 vehicles of 80 models,” as the problem vehicles had fabricated documents for emissions and noise-level tests.

Ford Explorer South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.kr…while Ford Explorer sales are up 99%. 

Model-wise, the Hyundai Porter is back to the #1 spot it holds year-to-date despite sales down 13% year-on-year to 8.276, distancing the Hyundai Sonata (-18%) at 6.858 while the Kia Carnival jumps 8 spots on June to land on the third step of the podium in spite of deliveries down 5% year-onyear to 6.773. The Chevrolet Spark is up 91% to #6, the Kia K7 up 168% to #9, the Chevrolet Malibu up 172% to #11 and Hyundai Genesis up 49% to #12. The Samsung SM6 aka Renault Talisman, the instant blockbuster of the First Half of the year, is down to #13 in July. The Mercedes E-Class is back up 20 spots to resume its foreign model domination despite sales down 28% year-on-year to 1.215. It distances the BMW 5 Series (-31%), Mercedes C Class (+118%), Audi A6 (-42%) and Mercedes S-Class (-52%). The Ford Explorer (+99%), Mercedes CLS (+126%), GLA (+146%) and Toyota Prius (+81%) impress.

Previous post: South Korea First Half 2016: Samsung SM6 instant blockbuster

Previous month: South Korea June 2016: Hyundai Avante up 76%, Kia Niro in Top 20

One year ago: South Korea July 2015: Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe triumphs

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China LCV July 2016: Pickups up 26%, Mini Trucks up 12% in market down 11%

Great Wall Wingle 6 China July 2016. Picture courtesy xgo.com.cnSales of Great Wall Wingle 6 are up 74% year-on-year in July. 

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Thanks to a partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars, here is July sales data for Light Commercial Vehicles in China with complete Minivan, Pickup and Mini Truck model figures as well as selected Light Truck data provided by LMC Automotive. The Chinese LCV aisle as a whole is once again in great difficulty with July sales down 11% to 216.824 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 12% to 1.912.175 units. Yet detailed study segment by segment confirms the evolution of the past few months. Micro/minivans accelerate their demise at -49% to 27.482 units, some of this lost wind recuperated by mini trucks up 12% to 35.224, this category outselling minivans for the third month in a row – and ever. A typical illustration of this momentous shift is the Wuling Mini Truck, back to #1 this month and the mini pickup variant of the Wuling Hongguang, now selling almost double the Wuling Sunshine and Rongguang minivans combined at 20.117 sales vs. 11.758.


JAC T6 China July 2016. Picture courtesy rutamotor.comJAC Pickups – including the T6 pictured here in Chile – are up 221% in July. 

But for the third consecutive month, the LCV heroes of China are pickup trucks. Reenergised by a change in legislation allowing them in the large cities of four provinces for the first time in 12 years (click here for more detail on this), pickup sales in China are fast turning into one of the new engine of growth along with SUVs and MPVs. After returned to positive for the first time in over two years in April and posting very impressive gains in both May (+11%) and June (+36%), pickup trucks sing their third month of double-digit gains in a row in July at +23% to 26.014 units, lifting their year-to-date total up 6% to 198.426. Their distant leader, the ageing Great Wall Wingle 5, manages to outpace the segment’s explosive growth at +28% to 5.896 at #9, its best ranking since February. Surprisingly, its closest followers all lose ground: the Dongfeng Rich (-14%), JMC Baodian (-20%) and ZX Auto Grand Tiger (-3%), but the JAC Pickup (+221%), Great Wall Wingle 6 (+74%), JMC Yuhu (+87%) and Foton Tunland (+46%) make themselves noticed.

Previous post: China First Half 2016: Tax cut, SUV wave spur 8% gain to record 12.8m

Previous month: China LCV June 2016: Pickup sales surge 36%

One year ago: China LCV July 2015: Wuling Mini Truck confirms leadership

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New Zealand July 2016: Ranger breaks all-time monthly volume record

Ford Ranger New Zealand July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auFord Ranger

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues all guns blazing in July with deliveries up 12% year-on-year to 11.570, pushing the year-to-date total up 6% to an all-time record 80.612 units. Toyota maintains its lead on the brands ranking but grows slower than the market at +9% to 2.024 sales and 17.5% just as Ford surges 49% to 1.550 and 13.4%, leaving Holden (8.5%), Mazda (7.7%) and Nissan (6.2%) in the dust, the latter up a cool 23% though. Further down, Kia spectacularly gains 111% to #8, Isuzu is up 35% to #10, Chinese carmaker LDV is up 111% to #19 and Jaguar is up 167% to #28. Reversely, Volkswagen tanks 20%, BMW is down 19%, Ssangyong down 30%, Fiat down 38% and Porsche down 44%.

Model-wise, the Ford Ranger stuns once again with sales more than doubling year-on-year (+101%) to break the monthly volume record for a commercial vehicle at 925 units – the previous record being held by its archenemy the Toyota Hilux (up just 8% to 486 this month) with 847 sales in June 2014. The Toyota Corolla is back up 5 spots on June and 38% year-on-year to #3 while the Kia Sportage continues to climb the ladder, up 267% to #4 thanks to a new model that has definitely struck a chord with NZ customers. Notice also the Mazda BT-50 up 41% to #11, the Toyota Camry up to #18 and the Holden Cruze up 87% to #19.

Previous month: New Zealand June 2016: Toyota Hilux catches up on Ford Ranger

One year ago: New Zealand July 2015: Market up 10%, on track for all-time record

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