South Africa January 2017: Market up, VW Polo Vivo and Polo on top

The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in January. 

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The South African new vehicle market start 2017 on the right foot: up 3.7% year-on-year in January to 50.333 units. According to NAAMSA, 35 379 units or 70.3% represent dealer sales, 23.8% are rental sales, 3.1% corporate fleets and 2.8% government sales. The new car market is up for the first time in 14 months at 36.794 (+4.7%) with car rental sales at a particularly strong 31.8% share, meanwhile light commercials are up 1.6% to 11.977. Toyota cements its status of most popular carmaker in the country with a 13% gain to 24.3% share this month, distancing Volkswagen Group at 16.8% (-3%), Ford at 13.2% (+2%) and Hyundai-Kia at 9.3% (+16%). Nissan (+19%), Renault (+16%), Mahindra (+57%) and Fiat (+107%) impress but Suzuki (-11%), General Motors/Isuzu (-13%) and Honda (-14%) struggle.

Toyota Fortuner sales are up 250% year-on-year this month to #8. 

In spite of deliveries down 10% year-on-year, the VW Polo Vivo reclaims the top spot of the models ranking for the first time in exactly a year – without a doubt benefitting from a strong rental month – and is followed this month by the VW Polo (+17%). The Ford Ranger (+14%) rounds up the podium ahead of the Toyota Corolla (+33%) whereas the Toyota Hilux, leader over the Full Year 2016,  sinks 14% to #5. The Toyota Etios (+19%), Ford Fiesta (+42%) and most strikingly the Toyota Fortuner (+250%) all frankly outpace the market inside the Top 10. Just outside, the Nissan NP300 Hardbody surges 81% to #11, the Hyundai Tucson remains very solid at #15, the Renault Kwid posts a third consecutive month within the 20 best-sellers at #19 and the Datsun GO+ is up 16 ranks on December to #43. In January we welcome the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #168 with 15 sales.

This ranking includes rare data for Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and Mercedes previously unpublished online.

Previous post: South Africa Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux sovereign in market down 11%

One year ago: South Africa January-February 2016 with All-models rankings

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Azerbaijan Full Year 2016: Lada 4×4 new leader in market down 47%

The Lada 4×4 is the new leader of the Azerbaijani market. 

This update was compiled in partnership with our correspondent in Azerbaijan Farid Nurizade.

After losing 58% in 2015, new vehicle sales in Azerbaijan crumble down another 47% in 2016 to just 5.519 units, a level not seen since the early 2000’s. The deterioration of the local currency in a difficult economiic context has sent new vehicle prices skyrocketing and inflated local inventory stocks. Unprecedented marketing campaigns to clear these stocks pushed the market back into positive territory in both June and July.

The LX accounts for 3 out of 4 Lexus sales in Azerbaijan in 2016. 

Lada is the best-selling brand in the country in 2016 with 1.797 official sales, down 50% but still commanding a 32.6% market share, head and shoulders above Hyundai in second place with 10.9%. Toyota and Kia hold onto their ranking above Lexus up 10 spots on 2015 to a stunning 5th place with sales up 38% year-on-year, the only brand in positive territory this year. Chevrolet and Ford outperform the market to gain share.

Chinese carmaker Lifan assembles in Azerbaijan in partnership with NAZ. 

On the other hand, Nissan sales crashed 79% to just 149 units at #10, while Mitsubishi (-66%) and Honda (-60%) fall heavily. Local producer NAZ-Lifan (aka Lifan) sell 165 cars, the majority being government sales. Renault is down 51% to 110 units, Audi is the #3 premium brand below Lexus and Mercedes with 100 sales. Subaru registered the largest decline at -84% to just 17 units. Note Peugeot, Citroen, Seat and some Chinese brands ceased operations in Azerbaijan in 2016 due to low sales.

Hyundai is the #2 brand in Azerbaijan with 10.9% market share. 

In the models ranking, Azerbaijan has a new leader in 2016: the valiant Lada 4×4 – unofficially known locally as Niva – snapping the first spot here with 1.441 registrations despite approaching 40 years of age. Leader in 2015, the Lada Priora is down due to the arrival of the new Vesta. The new generation Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage made their first appearances in that capital Baku this year. The Mitsubishi L200 leads all pickups in Azerbaijan, while the Toyota Land Cruiser 200, once the star of the local market, is going out of fashion due to a significant price increase in prices. The Lexus LX accounts for 3 out of 4 Lexus sales in the country.

Note: Only sales by official dealers are counted, parallel imports not included

Previous year: Azerbaijan Full Year 2015: Lada Priora #1 in market down 58%

Vietnam January 2017: Toyota, Mazda shine in market down 13%

The Toyota Fortuner is back up to 4th place in Vietnam. 

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After surging 24% to hit a record 304.427 sales in 2016, the Vietnamese new vehicle market hits the brakes in January at -13% to 20.232 units. Toyota manages to outsell traditional leader Thaco-Kia with 5.318 units and 26.3% share vs. 17.9%, roughly swapping their FY16 levels. Mazda (14.2%) and Ford (12.6%) for their part are frankly above their FY16 of respectively 10.5% and 9.5%. Honda remains 5th while Chevrolet, Mitsubishi and Mercedes all climb one spot, taking advantage of Isuzu’s plunge to #12. Model-wise, the Toyota Vios remains the most popular choice ahead of the Ford Ranger up three spots on December to #2, the Mazda3 up one to #3 and the Toyota Fortuner up 5 to #4. Reversely, the Toyota Innova and Kia Morning both drop 3 spots to #5 and #6 respectively. Notice also the Ford Ecosport up to #10, the Mitsubishi Triton up 12 ranks on last month to #16, the Honda Civic returning to the ranking at #20 and the Chevrolet Trax landing at #43.

Previous post: Vietnam Full Year 2016: Toyota Vios leads market above 300.000 units

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Poland January 2017: Toyota C-HR up to 11th place

The Toyota C-HR misses out on a Top 10 ranking for 66 sales this month.

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The Polish new car market soars 17% year-on-year in January to 41.962 registrations.  After dropping to an uncharacteristic third place in December, traditional market leader Skoda reclaims the top spot its held over the Full Year 2016 in spite of trailing the market at just +13% to 5.337 sales and 12.7% share. Toyota (+30%) and Volkswagen (+28%) follow, with Opel (+14%), Ford (+15%), Renault (+4%) and Kia (+7%) in tow but more timid. Fiat (+41%), Peugeot (+33%), Mercedes (+24%) and Hyundai (+23%) post the largest year-on-year gains among the remaining carmakers in the Top 15. Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia overtakes the traditional leader the Octavia to take the lead, both nameplates gaining 7% on their January 2016 score and therefore losing market share. The Opel Astra (+30%) confirms it has settled on the Polish podium, distancing the Toyota Yaris (+14%), VW Golf (+18%), Toyota Auris (+10%) and Skoda Rapid (+22%). The Hyundai Tucson soars 27% to #10 but the big event atop the Polish sales charts this month is the arrival of the Toyota C-HR at #11, up 29 spots on last month. The Fiat Tipo is the other recently launch to elbow its way into the Top 20, up 13 ranks on December to #16.

Previous post: Poland Full Year 2016: Opel Astra catches up with Skoda Octavia, Fabia

One year ago: Poland January-February 2016: Skoda Fabia edges past Octavia

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Portugal January 2017: BMW 1 Series leaps up to 2nd place

Only the Renault Clio outsells the BMW 1 Series in Portugal in January. 

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Portuguese new car sales are up 8% year-on-year in Portugal in January to 15.028 registrations. Peugeot gains 11% to step up to exactly the same level as traditional leader Renault (+35%): both French carmakers sell 1.475 units this month for a dominant 9.8% market share. Only 34 units below is Mercedes up 19% to 9.6% share, ahead of BMW (+9%), Volkswagen and Opel (+6%). Fiat (+17%), Seat (+21%), Ford (+27%), Alfa Romeo (+47%), Kia (+49%), Hyundai (+52%), Lexus (+59%), Porsche (+60%), Jaguar (+85%) and Maserati (+250%) are among the biggest gainers for the month.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is up 25% to 655 sales, remaining the most popular vehicle in the country, but the big surprise is in 2nd place with the BMW 1 Series surging 60% to 515 units and 3% share, distancing the VW Polo, Citroen C3 (both up 19%) and Opel Corsa (+18%). The Peugeot 2008 soars 135% to #6, becoming the brand’s best-seller in Portugal above the 208 (-32%) and 308 (-22%). Notice also the Fiat Punto up 118% to #15, the Mercedes E-Class up 200% to #17, Peugeot 3008 up 561% to #24, the Seat Ateca up 26 spots on December to #43, the Renault Kadjar up 17 to #58, the Toyota C-HR down 11 to #60 and the Audi Q2 up 11 to #74.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2016: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 top market up 16%

One year ago: Portugal January-February 2016: Renault Captur shines, market up 22%

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Venezuela January 2017: Jeep returns to market down 59%

12 new Jeep Grand Cherokee found a buyer in Venezuela in January.

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Each month the Venezuelan new car market sinks closer to full stalemate: down another 59% year-on-year to just 157 units in January. If Ford remains the #1 brand at 51% share, it drops 62% on its January 2016 score whereas Toyota is up 329% to 38.2% of the market. Jeep (7.6%) and Dodge (3.2%0 are the two only other carmaker managing to sell new vehicles in the country this month, note that this is Jeep’s return to market as the company didn’t sell a single car here throughout 2016. Down to #3 in December, the Ford Explorer reclaims the top spot it held over the FY16 with 19.7% share, just one unit above the Toyota Hilux (19.1%) and 6 above the Toyota Fortuner (15.9%). The Ford F-250, F-350 and Jeep Grand Cherokee follow.

Previous post: Venezuela Full Year 2016: Ford last man standing in market down 83%

One year ago: Venezuela January-February 2016: Ford last man standing

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Uruguay January 2017: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

Chevrolet is back in charge of the Uruguayan market. 

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New car sales in Uruguay leap up 17% year-on-year in January to 3.877 units. Once unquestioned market leader, Chevrolet had gone down to a paltry 5th place over the Full Year 2016. The American brand rallies back 61% in January to snap the top spot with 15.8% share, distancing Volkswagen at 13.7% (+27%), Suzuki at 10.9% and 2016 leader Fiat at 7.2% (-29%). The rest of the Top 10 outpaces the market: Renault (+19%), Nissan (+48%), Peugeot (+58%), Ford (+63%), Kia (+96%) and Hyundai (+134%). Further down, notice Great Wall (+92%), Dongfeng (+48%) and Mercedes (+50%) with Chinese carmakers (-19%) accounting for 11.3% of the Uruguayan market this month vs. 12.8% over FY16.

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2016: Fiat takes control in market down 8%

One year ago: Uruguay January-February 2016: Suzuki holds fort, market down 23%

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

The Toyota C-HR is up to #4 at home in January. 

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The Japanese new car market starts 2017 on a positive note with a 4.9% year-on-year gain to 401.650 registrations. Market leader Toyota edges past the market growth at +5.3% to 28.7% share, a full two percentage points below its FY2016 level. In contrast, Honda frankly outpaces the market at +16.2% to 15% share, as does Nissan up 10.6% to 14% share, followed by Suzuki up 5.9% and Daihatsu down 0.1%. Beyond the Big Five, Lexus (-14.8%), Mazda (-19.2%) and Mitsubishi (-21%) struggle whereas Subaru (+11.7%), Hino (+12%) and Isuzu (+12.7%) impress.

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan in January. 

Mercedes (+1%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker but this month the German brand stays outside the overall Top 10 at #11, ahead of Volkswagen (+4.7%), BMW (-4.6%), Audi (+7.6%) and Mini (-1.3%). A handful of other foreign manufacturers also register double-digit year-on-year gains in January in Japan: Volvo (+20.6%), Jeep (+26.1%), Renault (+41.4%), Maserati (+57.6%), Lamborghini (+64.7%), DS (+65.4%), Citroen (+70%), Abarth (+119.5%), Rolls Royce (+145.5%) and McLaren (+175%) are among them. At the other end of the scale, Cadillac (-58.7%) and Ford (-79.1%) implode.

The Nissan Serena shoots up to 2nd place overall. The new generation boosts the Subaru Impreza up 60% to #11.

The models ranking is suddenly and completely reshuffled in January. Boosted by the new generation and its e-Power variant, the Nissan Note reclaims the top spot it held in November with an imposing 14.113 sales (+69%). Nissan even manages a historical 1-2 with the Serena up 95% to 11.179 units in 2nd place. Leader over the FY2016, the Toyota Prius freefalls 53% year-on-year and is knocked down to #3, its lowest ranking since November 2015.

The Suzuki Swift gets a 77% lift from its new gen in January.

But the big news is the arrival in 4th place for its 2nd month in market of the Toyota C-HR at 9.144 sales vs. 6.013 for its rival the Honda Vezel (+8%). The C-HR could be positioning itself as a serious contender for the 2016 pole position at home. Also launched late last year, the Toyota Roomy (#9) and Tank (#13) post very solid scores again. Other great performers in January include the Honda Freed up 3-fold on its January 2016 score to #6, the new gen Subaru Impreza – Car of the Year 2016-2017 in Japan – up 60% on the previous one to #11, the Toyota Harrier up 55% to #15, Suzuki Swift up 77% to #21 and Mazda Axela up 63% to #25. In the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOCX (+28%) keeps the lead by far, followed by the Daihatsu Tanto (-13%), Move (+63%) and Nissan Dayz (-14%).

Volvo sales are up 20.6% year-on-year in Japan in January.

Previous post: Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

One year ago: Japan January 2016: New gen Toyota Prius cements new leadership

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Singapore January 2017: Honda #1, BMW up 100% to 4th place

BMW sales double year-on-year to 562 in Singapore this month. 

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The Singaporean new car market continues to progress: up 7% year-on-year to 7.539 registrations in January. Honda (+15%) confirms it is the new favourite in the brands ranking with 22.1% share thanks to 1.666 sales with Toyota (+5%) remaining in 2nd place at 20.5%. Mercedes jumps 19% to #3 and 12% share while BMW doubles its sales year-on-year to leap up to 4th place and 7.5%. Mitsubishi (+73%), Kia (+41%), Opel (+1180%), Jaguar (+264%) and Ford (+275%) impress whereas Mazda (-10%), Nissan (-43%), Volkswagen (-32%), Hyundai (-53%) and Volvo (-25%) lose ground.

Previous post: Singapore Full Year 2016: Vezel parallel imports push Honda to #1

One year ago: Singapore January 2016: Honda teases Toyota for pole position

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New Caledonia (France) January 2017: Ford and Dacia head to head

The Citroen C3 soars up to 4th place overall in January. 

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Sales in New Caledonia, a French Overseas archipelago located north-east of Australia, surge up 59% year-on-year in January to 809 registrations. Ford (+52%) holds on the pole position by just one unit above Dacia (+134%) at 97 vs. 96, both manufacturers evolving a step higher than their FY16 market shares. Renault also, up 124% to 76 units and 10.2% of the market vs. 7.8% in 2016. Citroen (+79%) and Hyundai (+150%) are the only other manufacturers outpacing the market inside the Top 10. Volkswagen (+100%), Fiat (+188%) and Mazda (+213%) also make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Dacia Duster confirms the pole position its snapped off the Ford Ranger last year, but here too by only one sale at 47 vs. 46 for the Ranger. The Ford Fiesta is up to #3, the Citroen C3 up 36 spots on its FY16 ranking to #4 thanks to the new generation, the Renault Clio up 10 to #6, the Hyundai Creta up 20 to #9 and the Peugeot 301 up 32 to #21. The Toyota Hilux, #3 in 2016, is out of the Top 20 in January.

Previous post: New Caledonia Full Year 2016: Dacia Duster ends 7 years of Ford Ranger domination

One year ago: New Caledonia January-February 2016: Fiesta surprise leader

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