UK nations June 2015: Dacia Sandero now in YTD Top 10 in two nations

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Dacia Sandero Wales June 2015. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero is now inside the YTD Top 10 in Scotland and Wales.

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Previous month: UK nations May 2015: Seat Ibiza in Top 10 of two nations

One year ago: UK nations June 2014: Is the Aygo Toyota’s new star?

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Denmark June 2015: Kia Picanto and Rio shine in all-time record month

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Kia Picanto Denmark June 2015The Kia Picanto stops 8 units short off the June pole position in Denmark.

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Even after four consecutive record years, the Danish new car market doesn’t look like it is running out of steam anytime soon: June marks an all-time record month at 21.361 registrations, up a stunning 22% year-on-year and lifting the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 up 6% to 104.861 units, the first time the 100.000 sales milestone is passed after just 6 months in Denmark. The VW Up remains the best-selling vehicle in the country – for the 33rd time in the past 35 months – but this month it is under threat from the Kia Picanto, stopping just 8 units short off the pole position at 729 sales and 3.4% share. Kia is on a roll, also placing the Rio at #4, up 17 spots on May and 13 on its year-to-date ranking. The Peugeot 108 rounds up the podium as it does year-to-date, with other notable performers including the Toyota Yaris at #9 and Hyundai i30 at #20.

Previous month: Denmark May 2015: VW Up leads, Suzuki Vitara in Top 20

One year ago: Denmark June 2014: VW Up and Ford Ka on top

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Croatia June 2015: Renault Clio leaps up to 10.5% share

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Renault Clio Croatia June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-seller in Croatia in June.

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Encouraging month for the Croatian new car market: up 11% year-on-year in June to 4.725 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total back into positive territory at +2% to 21.575 units. Volkswagen (16.7% share) and Opel (12.5%) continue to dominate the brands ranking ahead of Renault particularly strong at 12.4% vs. 8% year-to-date. This is due to an explosive performance from the Clio, shooting up to the models pole position for the first time since the creation of BSCB in 2010 with an astounding 496 sales and 10.5% share. Ford is also very strong at 10.1% share vs. 5.6% so far in 2015, as is Kia at #5 and 8.7% vs. 5.3% and Suzuki at #10.

Opel Astra Croatia June 2015The Opel Astra is now #1 year-to-date in Croatia.

There is a second momentous shift in the Croatian models ranking this month: building on an exceptional result in May (8.3% share), the Opel Astra goes on to rank #2 with 6.1% of the market this month and this is enough to earn it the year-to-date top spot with 1.238 sales and 5.7% share, overtaking the VW Golf, #4 this month, at 1.202 and 5.6%. This comes just as the new generation Astra was unveiled to the press. The last time the Opel Astra was #1 in an annual Croatian ranking was in 2012. Notice also the Ford Focus up to #5, Ford Fiesta up to #6, Kia Rio up to #7, Toyota Yaris up to #13 and Seat Leon up to #15.

Previous month: Croatia May 2015: Opel Astra flattens competition, threatens VW Golf year-to-date

One year ago: Croatia June 2014: Opel Astra and Corsa dominate

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Estonia June 2015: Nissan Qashqai best-seller

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Nissan Qashqai Estonia June 2015Nissan Qashqai

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The Estonian new car market continues to be very healthy: up 9% year-on-year in June to 2.066 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 10.767 units, up 1% on 2014. Toyota (13.6%), Skoda (8.9%) and Renault (8.3%) lead the brands ranking in the same order as year-to-date, followed this time by Nissan (+1), Hyundai (+6) and Volkswagen (-1). The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Estonia in June thanks to 125 sales and 6.1% share above the Skoda Octavia (4.6%), still leader year-to-date, the Toyota Avensis (up 11 spots on May) and Honda CR-V, last month’s #1. Notice also the Renault Captur up to #7, the Hyundai i40 shooting up to #8 and the Hyundai ix20 at #18.

Previous month: Estonia May 2015: Honda CR-V rescuscitates

One year ago: Estonia June 2014: Skoda Octavia in the lead

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Brazil 1st Half 2015: Fiat Palio #1, models ranking turned upside down

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Ford Ka Brazil June 2015. Picture courtesy new model sees Ford Ka sales rocket up 14-fold year-on-year in Brazil.

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Things are definitely taking the wrong turn in Brazil: one year ago, the new car market was disturbed by the Soccer World Cup at -7%, this year the fall has aggravated to -20% and 1.269.853 registrations. Intense fragmentation is happening before our eyes in Brazil, with the Top 3 manufacturers all losing even more ground than the market albeit staying in the same order: Fiat (-31%), Chevrolet (-27%) and Volkswagen (-29%) all lose roughly 2 percentage of market share each in the space of a year. Reversely, Ford (-6%) goes from 9.1% a year ago to 10.6%, Hyundai (-8%) overtakes Renault (-19%) to graduate to 5th place and goes from 6.9% to 7.9% share, but the best is yet to come…

Honda HR-V Brazil May 2015. Picture courtesy locally-produced HR-V lifts Honda up 19% so far in 2015.

Toyota gains 3% to see its share fly from 5.4% to 6.8% and Honda surges 19% to rocket up from 3.9% to 5.8% – mainly thanks to the all-new HR-V, locally produced and already the best-selling SUV in the country in May and June, #23 in H1 2015 only 274 units below the Ford Ecosport. Outside the Top 10 brands, if Citroen (-46%) and Peugeot (-43%) implode, Mercedes is up a stunning 35%, Jeep is up 4-fold to #15 (#11 in May and June) thanks to the arrival of the Renegade – the first Jeep produced in Brazil – landing at #48 over the period, Audi is up 27% and BMW up 2%.

Chevrolet Onix Hyundai HB20 Brazil June 2015The Chevrolet Onix and Hyundai HB20 both fit within Brazil’s Top 4.

One year ago, the Fiat Palio made a splash by ranking #1 in the Brazilian monthly sales charts for the first time in 7 years. How things have changed since… After ending 19 consecutive years of VW Gol reign and topping the annual ranking for the very first time in 2014, the Palio is now solidly installed in its throne despite sales down 24%, and the entire models ranking is turned upside down. The Chevrolet Onix is up two spots to #2, the Hyundai HB20 up 3 to #4, the Ford Ka is boosted by the new model up 14-fold and 71 spots to a best-ever 5th place, the VW Gol – shock, horror! – loses more than half its sales in one year to stumble from #1 and 5.9% share to #6 and 3.5%.

Peugeot 2008 Brazil June 2015. Picture courtesy Peugeot 2008 is one of six all-new nameplates inside the Brazilian Top 100.

Further down, the Toyota Corolla is up 4 ranks and 27% to #13, the VW Up is up 6 and 21% to #14 and the Honda Fit is up 16% to #17. There are six all-new nameplates inside the Top 100 over the First Half of 2015 in Brazil, led by the Ford Ka Sedan landing directly at #21 with 17.941 sales, ahead of the Honda HR-V at #23 (but peaking at #12 both in May and June), the Jeep Renegade at #48 (#22 in June), Fiat Weekend at #51, Mercedes GLA at #82 and Peugeot 2008 at #83.

Previous post: Brazil June 2015: Fiat Palio #1, Jeep Renegade approaches Top 20

One year ago: Brazil June 2014: Fiat Palio tops charts for the first time in 7 years

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Spain 1st Half 2015: Seat Leon ahead of Ibiza in market up 23%

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Seat Leon Spain June 2015. Picture courtesy caricos.comSeat Leon

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Spain is definitely on the mend: after gaining 18% this time last year, new car sales the country, sustained by an extended scrappage scheme, are up another 23% over the First Half of 2015 to 558.544 registrations, the best 6-month score in Spain since 2010. The Top 4 best-selling manufacturers come in the same order as in FY2014, albeit at slightly lower market shares for the Top 3: Volkswagen (+15%), Seat (+21%), Opel (+17%) and Renault (+32%) dominate, with Nissan (+53%) delivering the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Below, the best performers include Mazda (+50%), Smart (+60%), Kia (+65%), Lexus (+68%), Mitsubishi (+129%) and Jeep (+316%).

Opel Mokka Spain June 2015. Picture courtesy cadenadesuministro.esThe locally-built Opel Mokka takes off: up 3-fold year-on-year to #19.

Fresh from being crowned in an annual ranking at home for the first time in 2014, the Seat Leon repeats this performance over the First Half of 2015 thanks to sales up 25% to 19.545 units vs. +17% to 19.385 sales for the Seat Ibiza, #1 a year ago. The VW Polo (+7%) and Golf (+10%) take advantage of the Opel Corsa letting go (-11%) to gain one spot each to #3 and #4 respectively, with the Renault Mégane up a fantastic 32% to 5th place overall. The Nissan Qashqai however snaps the title of most improved in the Top 10 at +40% to return inside the Top 10 at #9. The SUV craze intensifies in Spain: the Renault Captur (+69%), Kia Sportage (+49%), Peugeot 2008 (+90%) and Zaragoza-built Opel Mokka (+181%) now all fit inside the Top 20 vs. none one year ago… The Citroen C4 Cactus (#23), Opel Zafira Tourer (#44) and Nissan Pulsar (#49) storm into the Top 50.

Previous post: Spain June 2015: Seat Leon back in charge

FY2014 post: Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for Seat Leon

One year ago: Spain June 2014: Renault up 50% to lead with 12% share

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South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

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Hyundai Tucson South Korea June 2015The Hyundai Tucson is back inside the Top 10 at home.

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Sales of new local vehicles in South Korea are up 4% year-on-year over the First Half of 2015 to 732.688 units. Hyundai (45.9%) and Kia (33.1%) are masters in command well ahead of GM Korea at 9.7%, with Ssangyong now frankly above Renault Samsung at 6.2% vs. 5.1% share. Earthquake atop the models ranking: a commercial vehicle is the best-seller in the country so far this year. The Hyundai Porter takes control thanks despite seeing its market share slip slightly to 7% due to sales up ‘just’ 3% to 51.640 units. The Porter takes advantage of the next four best-selling models all losing steam: the Hyundai Sonata (-8%), Kia Morning (-9%), Hyundai Grandeur (-6%) and Avante (-2%) all see their market shares drop significantly.

Hyundai Porter South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy Hyundai Porter is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea so far this year.

The three largest year-on-year improvements are delivered by three nameplates ranking in the 2nd half of the Top 10, all enjoying the benefits of a new generation. The Kia Sorento is up 4-fold and 16 spots to 6th place with just under 39.000 sales, the Kia Carnival is up 3-fold and 10 ranks to #8 and 32.600 units and the Hyundai Tucson is up 39% to resume its presence among the country’s Top 10 best-sellers. Ssangyong has hit the jackpot at home with the Tivoli, landing directly at #16 with 18.524 deliveries and 2.5% share, instantly becoming the brand’s best-seller.

Ssangyong Tivoli South Korea June 2015. Picture courtesy Tivoli

This post will be updated with import data in early August.

Previous post: South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

One year ago: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

One year ago (complete ranking): South Korea June 2014: Now with All-models and All-brands!

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Australia 1st Half 2015: Mazda graduates to #2 in record market

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Mitsubishi Triton Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy new Triton helps lift Mitsubishi up to 5th place overall in the brands charts.

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Australia is the first of a special series on BSCB covering the Top 20 worldwide market in detail for the 1st Half of 2015. New car sales in Australia are up 3% year-on-year so far in 2015 to an all-time high of 578.427 deliveries, beating the previous best of 573.711 sales hit in 2013. 2015 is therefore on track to be the best year in history in Australia, with the 2013 record of 1.136.227 registrations in the balance. We are witnessing momentous shifts in the Australian brands ranking that are the result of the announcement over a year ago that all local manufacturers (Toyota, Holden and Ford) will cease operations by end-2016. If Toyota keeps the pole position by far it sees its market share thaw from 18% a year ago to 17.5% so far in 2015 with sales up just 1% to 101.084.

Mazda2 Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy is up 9% to just under 10% market share in Australia.

Reversely, full importer Mazda jumps 9% to finish the period just below 10% market share at 56.591 deliveries, historically and frankly outpacing Holden down 9% to 51,737 units and 8.9% share. Mazda is running from success to success in Australia – one of its strongest markets in the world – choosing it as the first overseas country for the CX-3 (it is already #43 over H1) and continuing strong sales of the Mazda3 (#2) and Mazda2 (#17 and leader in its segment). Hyundai lurks just behind Holden at 8.7% (+1%) and, if long-term trends are to be followed, should overtake Holden by the time 2015 comes to an end. The Korean manufacturer is going through an image change with the Genesis gathering pace (#182) and a historical win for the i30 in June when it was the outright best-seller in the country.

Foton Tunland Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy stops 9 units short off a Top 30 ranking in H1 2015.

Helped by the new generation Triton (#7) and a revived ASX (#26), Mitsubishi leaps 10% year-on-year to 5th overall in the brands charts, overtaking Ford (-17%), while Volkswagen (+14%) is now threatening Nissan (-1%) for #7 overall. Honda delivers the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +33% mainly thanks to the HR-V, already the brand’s best-seller over the period at #32. Further down, Mercedes (+25%), BMW (+16%), Audi (+17%), Isuzu (+30%), Suzuki (+14%), Renault (+34%) and Lexus (+25%) shine in the Top 20. Skoda (+30%), Porsche (+59%) and Mini (+61%) impress below. Just as Great Wall (-93%) and Chery (-55%) disintegrate and before Haval launches, we welcome two new Chinese manufacturers: Foton at #31 and LDV at #36.

Nissan X-Trail Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy Nissan X-Trail is up to #13 so far in Australia.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla keeps the lead above the Mazda3, Toyota Hilux and Hyundai i30 like in 2014, the Ford Ranger outpaces the Holden Commodore for the first time, the Mitsubishi Triton makes it 3 utes (Australian for pickup truck) in the Top 7 – along with the Holden Colorado (#11), Mazda BT-50 (#19) and Isuzu D-Max (#20) there are 6 in the Top 20 vs. just 4 one year ago. The Mazda CX-5 once again leads the booming SUV segment, improving its ranking to #8 and followed by the Hyundai ix35 (#12), Nissan X-Trail (#13), Toyota RAV4 (#14), Prado (#16) and Kluger (#21). The Subaru Outback at #30 vs. #103 in FY2014 and Liberty at #72 vs. #151 sign two of the most impressive improvements in the Top 100 thanks to much sharper pricing.

Previous post: Australia 2nd Quarter 2015: Toyota Hilux #1, Mazda CX-3 shoots up

June post: Australia June 2015: Hyundai i30 surprise leader in record market

One year ago: Australia June 2014: Toyota Corolla #1, Mitsubishi Triton breaks records

FY2014 post: Australia Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot

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UK June 2015: Mini and Vauxhall Mokka shine in market up 13%

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Mini UK June 2015. Picture courtesy consecutive month inside the UK Top 10 for the Mini.

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The UK car market celebrates a record 40th consecutive month of year-on-year improvement in June at a splendid +13% to 257.817 registrations, shutting down worries that this incredible positive run is about to end. Total sales halfway through the year amount to an all-time high 1.376.889 units, up 7% on 2014. Below Ford (+13%), Vauxhall (+6%) and Volkswagen (+27%), in identical order as last month, year-to-date and 2014, BMW and Nissan overtake Audi to rank #4 and #5 respectively with 17.242 and 15.171 sales, Mercedes is up a robust 17% at #7, Skoda up 26% o #11, Mini up 31% to #14, Land Rover up 25%, Mazda up 29%, Dacia up 33%, Mitsubishi up 69% and Jeep up 161%.

Vauxhall Mokka UK June 2015. Picture courtesy Mokka

Nine of the Top 10 best-selling models in the country gain ground year-on-year, 7 of them outpacing the market, signalling a clear consolidation of the market around trusted nameplates. The Ford Fiesta (+12%), Vauxhall Corsa (+20%), Ford Focus (+23%), VW Golf (+16%) and Nissan Qashqai (+33%) follow the same order as the year-to-date charts, while the Mini celebrates 3 consecutive months inside the Top 10 at #7 with 5.551 sales, earning it a spot in the 2015 Top 10, and the Vauxhall Mokka lodges its first Top 10 ranking of the year and third ever after May and December 2014 at #9 and 5.026 deliveries.

Previous post: BSCB featured in Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine

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Previous month: UK May 2015: Ford Focus and Mini shine, positive run about to end?

One year ago: UK June 2014: Vauxhall Insignia up to #7 in market up another 6%

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling SUVs

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Honda CR-V World 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Honda CR-V is still the world’s best-selling SUV, but the Toyota RAV4 is catching up.

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After having a look at the most successful all-new nameplates in the world in 2014, we now focus on the best-selling SUVs. This is the first segment we focus on here at BSCB, simply because booming trend that characterises it has quickly spread to the majority of worldwide markets in 2014. If the Top 5 worldwide best-sellers are unchanged vs. 2013, each nameplate’s evolution is drastically different and the rest of the ranking gets a full reshuffle with one Chinese model displaying explosive growth.

Nissan X-Trail World 2014The new model lifts Nissan X-Trail’s worldwide sales up 68%.

The Honda CR-V holds onto the title of world’s best-selling SUV but with its sales down 3% to 711.069, it is now under threat from not one, but two nameplates: the Toyota RAV (642.500) and Ford Kuga (634.572), both up a stunning 15% on their 2013 score. The Hyundai ix35 does not seem to feel the effects of time, up 4% this year, as does the VW Tiguan up 10%. If one model needed to be singled-out for most spectacular reversal of fortune it would be the Nissan X-Trail, its new generation becoming an instant blockbuster everywhere it launched, notably in China, earning it the 6th spot overall with sales up 68%.

Haval H6 Sport World 2014. Picture courtesy of 1qibi.comSmall Haval will become big?

Inside the Top 20, the Opel Mokka (+59%), Ford Ecosport (+34% no thanks to Europe), Mazda CX-5 (+31%), Subaru Forester (+15%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+12%) and Renault Duster (+11%) also impress. But one Chinese nameplate is making a name for itself, all the while without needing to step out of its home country: the Haval H6, China’s best-selling SUV, climbs 45% and 6 spots to reach #12 overall with over 315.000 sales all in China alone. Great Wall has declared recently it wants its Haval brand to become the #1 SUV brand in the world – it will probably get one of its models inside the worldwide Top 10 in 2016, as good as start as there is.

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