France 6 months 2014: Hybrid and electric market share down

July 29th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Zoe France June 2014Renault Zoe sales are down 42% year-on-year in France so far this year.

We now have access to a little more detail on the French new car market over the first half of 2014 with data by alimentation. Quite a few interesting (and counter-intuitive) developments in the market over the period. Firstly, diesel vehicles continues their decline: in a market up 3% year-on-year they are down 2% to 65.2% market share vs. 68.7% a year ago and 77.3% over the Full Year 2012 (a record). The Renault Clio IV is the most popular diesel model in the country by far with 5.9% share. Reversely, petrol engines are up 17% to pass the 30% market share for the first time in almost a decade (since the 30.4% lodged in 2005) at 31.9% after an all-time low of 22% in 2008. The Peugeot 208 reigns in the petrol war at 6.8% share just above the Renault Clio IV and Twingo.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid France July 2014The Toyota Yaris is still the best-selling hybrid model in France.

But most surprisingly of all, it’s alternative alimentations, heralded as the way of the future, that struggle the most in France this year. Hybrids are down 7% to just 2.2% share: the Toyota Auris’ impressive surge in second place (+28%) is counterbalanced by a harsh drop for the Peugeot 3008 (-26%) while the Toyota Yaris is stable in pole position. The situation is even worse for all electric cars: down 10% over the period to a minimalistic 0.5% share. The entire segment is dictated by the fortunes of the Renault Zoe which held a 75% share among electric vehicles one year ago but is down to 48% this time around (-42%).

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Previous month: France May 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

One year ago: France 6 months 2013 hybrid/electric cars: Toyota Yaris & Auris on top, Renault Zoe #3

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Serbia June 2014: Skoda Rapid and Dacia Sandero lead the way

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Dacia Sandero Serbia June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Sandero

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 2,090 new cars were sold in Serbia in June, bringing the year-to-date total to 10,805 units, up 2% on 2013. Complete reshuffle in the Serbian models ranking this month: the Skoda Rapid takes the lead for the first time ever thanks to 87 sales and 4.2%, only one unit above the Dacia Sandero also reaching its best-ever ranking in Serbia at #2 and 4.1%. Leader last month, the Skoda Fabia is down to #3 this month and remains #2 year-to-date at 603 sales and 5.6% below the Fiat 500L at 651 units and 6%, the latter down to a paltry 6th place in June. Notice also the VW Polo up to #4, the Renault Clio up to #5 and the Fiat Punto Classic slowly but surely climbing back up the ladder to #8.

Previous month: Serbia May 2014: Skoda Fabia holds off Fiat 500L

One year ago: Serbia 6 months 2013: Locally produced Fiat 500L pops up at #1!

Full June 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina June 2014: Opel Astra & Dacia Logan on top

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Opel Astra Bosnia June 2014Opel Astra

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 509 new cars found a buyer in Bosnia & Herzegovina in June, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,186 units, up 14% on 2013. A few events this month in Bosnia: the Opel Astra is the most popular model thanks to 41 units and 8.1% share, the Dacia Logan is up a further two spots to 2nd place and 5.3% share whereas it still doesn’t appear in the year-to-date Top 10 and the Skoda Octavia is down to #3 but now leader year-to-date (like in 2013), overtaking the VW Golf. Notice also the Renault Clio at #4, the VW Polo back up to #5 and the Skoda Yeti making a rare appearance inside the Top 10 at #8.

Previous month: Bosnia & Herzegovina May 2014: Dacia Duster & Renault Clio up

One year ago: Bosnia 6 months 2013: Skoda Octavia just under 10% share

Full June 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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FYR of Macedonia June 2014: Skoda Rapid now #1 year-to-date

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Skoda Rapid FYR of Macedonia June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Rapid

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Based on data communicated by Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 392 new cars found a buyer in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia in June, adding up to 2,112 units year-to-date. Pretty interesting milestone this month in the country: thanks to 28 sales and 7.1% share, the Skoda Rapid overtakes the VW Golf to lead the year-to-date ranking (112 units and 5.3% vs. 106 and 5%), making the FYR of Macedonia the first country in the world to crown the Skoda Rapid year-to-date. Skoda also places the Octavia in 2nd position this month. Notice also the Hyundai ix35 up to #4, the Fiat Linea at #7, Citroen C1 at #8 and Toyota Corolla at #9.

Previous month: FYR of Macedonia May 2014: Opel Astra on podium

Previous year: FYR of Macedonia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Fiesta win

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Moldova June 2014: BMW X5 up to 4th place

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BMW X5 Moldova June 2014BMW X5

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 352 new light vehicles changed hands in Moldova in June, bringing the half-year total to 2,300 units, up a whopping 42% year-on-year. As it has been the case ever since BSCB started reporting sales for this country (2011), the Dacia Logan is by far the most popular model here with 45 sales and 12.8% this month and 323 and 14% year-to-date. The June ranking is unique once again, the benefit of dealing with a very small market: the Hyundai Santa Fe shoots up to 2nd place with 6.5% share ahead of the Lada Niva at 5.4% and the BMW X5 very impressive in 4th position at 4.3% of the market. Then again only 15 sales were needed to reach that level. Even though it is down to #6 in June, the Skoda Superb remains #2 so far in 2014 above the Santa Fe and Octavia.

Previous month: Moldova May 2014: Skoda Superb back up to 2nd place

One year ago: Moldova 6 months 2013: Dacia Logan #1, Porsche Cayenne in Top 10!

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Gulf June 2014: Toyota Corolla now #2 year-to-date

July 25th, 2014 3 comments

Kia Cerato GCC June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Kia Cerato is up to #17 in the region this month.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. New car sales in the region are up a very impressive 17% year-on-year in June to 147,198 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 872,466 units, up 12% on 2013. To give these figures a bit of perspective, let’s point out they slide in-between Italy (128,270/761,842) and France (196,257/958,776) – that’s how significant the new car market in this region is. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux logically reigns supreme at 12,251 sales and 8.3% share and the Toyota Corolla, #2 in June at 7,838 units and a strong 5.3% share, is now also #2 year-to-date (4.6%), overtaking the Toyota Prado (4.5%), down to #4 in June. The Toyota Land Cruiser for its part steps onto this month’s podium at #3 and 6,059 sales.

Toyota Yaris Gulf June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

The Hyundai Elantra is stable in 5th place and remains the best-selling non-Toyota model in the region thanks to a particularly strong score in Saudi Arabia (#2), while the Toyota Yaris benefits from the new model to pass the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Accent and rank 6th in June. The Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan D22 pick-ups round up the Top 10 as they do year-to-date. Further down, let’s salute the good performances of the Isuzu D-Max up to #12 vs. #16 year-to-date, the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #14 vs. #19, Kia Cerato up to #17 vs. #20, Kia Rio up to #22 vs. #26, Nissan Altima up to #26 vs. #30 and Renault Duster up to #30 vs. #47.

Audi S8 Gulf June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comAudi S8

The Toyota Avanza breaks into the Top 100 at #93 (#214 year-to-date) as it launched this month in most parts of the region as does the Dodge Dart at #108. Other particularities of this wealthy region is the good rankings (sometimes world-best) of expensive models. As such let’s notice the BMW 7 Series at #66, the Porsche Cayenne at #76, Mercedes S-Class at #85, Lexus LS at #117 and Audi A8 at #135.

Previous post: Gulf March 2014: Nissan Patrol slices ranking in two vs. 2013

One year ago: Gulf June 2013: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra in charge

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Saudi Arabia June 2014: Toyota Corolla up to second place

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Toyota Corolla Saudi Arabia June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Corolla

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After losing 5% in June last year, the Saudi new car market is back up a splendid 19% year-on-year this month to 71,609 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 408,073 units, up 12% on 2013. Below the Toyota Hilux untouchable in pole position with 6,380 sales and 8.9% share (8.8% year-to-date), the Toyota Corolla steps up to 2nd place thanks to the new generation and 4,945 units for a strong 6.9% market share vs. #4 and 5.8% year-to-date… As a result the Hyundai Elantra (#2 year-to-date) is knocked out to third place in June at 3,828 sales and 5.3% vs. 5.9% year-t0-date. The Toyota Yaris, also boosted by a new generation now on sale in the region, holds very well at #4 and 4.5%, overtaking the Hyundai Accent.

Chevrolet Impala Saudi Arabia June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comChevrolet Impala

Other great performers this month in Saudi Arabia include the Kia Cerato up to #11 vs. #16 year-to-date, the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #17 vs. #23, Ford Taurus up to #19 vs. #25, Chevrolet Impala up to #22 vs. #37, Ford Explorer up to #25 vs. #39, Renault Duster up to #32 vs. #47, Nissan Altima up to #33 vs. #53, Ford Ranger up to #58 vs. #95, Honda City up to #82 vs. #129 and the Toyota Avanza landing at #99 for its first month of sales in the country at 71 units.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia March 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris up to #2

One year ago: Saudi Arabia June 2013: Hyundai Elantra beats all Toyotas!

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United Arab Emirates June 2014: Nissan Tiida almost in Top 10

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Nissan Tiida UAE June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comNissan Tiida

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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up a spectacular 24% year-on-year in June to 32,760 registrations, bringing the half-year total to 199,277 units, up 20% on 2013. The Toyota Hilux keeps the lead of this very dynamic market indeed at 5.5% share in June and 5.1% year-to-date, followed by the Land Cruiser (5.1%) and Prado (4.7%), these two models exchanging positions year-to-date. The Nissan Patrol is extremely strong this year in 4th place with 1,208 sales in June and 7,365 year-to-date, both times grabbing 3.7% of the UAE market.

Nissan Patrol VVIP USE June 2014. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comThe Nissan Patrol is #4 this month and year-to-date in the UAE.

The Toyota Corolla (3.5%) and Mitsubishi Pajero (3.1%) are the only other models to sell over 1,000 units this month in the UAE. Further down, notice the Nissan Tiida up to #12 vs. #21 year-to-date thanks to the new model, the Mitsubishi L200 up to #20 vs. #44, Nissan Pathfinder up to #22 vs. #31, Toyota Innova up to #37 vs. #59 and the Dodge Dart making its very first appearance in the UAE ranking at #39 with 203 sales.

Previous post: United Arab Emirates March 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser back in the game

One year ago: United Arab Emirates June 2013: Hilux beats Prado and Land Cruiser

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Kuwait June 2014: Toyota Camry on podium

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Kia Kuwait June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comKia places 4 models inside the Kuwaiti Top 20 this month.

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The Kuwaiti new car market is up a cool 12% year-on-year in June to 12,091 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 78,829 units, up 7% on 2013. The Toyota Prado (11% share) and Hilux (8.3%) continue to dominate the sales charts, while the Toyota Camry jumps onto the podium this month thanks to 627 sales and 5.2% share, now only 44 units off a year-to-date podium ranking as the Nissan Patrol, #3 so far in 2014, is down to a paltry 6th place this month. This also benefits the Toyota Corolla (#4) and Land Cruiser (#5), making the Kuwaiti Top 5 100% Toyota for the first time in a while. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up to #8 vs. #17 year-to-date, the Kia Sportage up to #10 vs. #16, the Kia Sorento up to #13 vs. #22, Kia Optima up to #16 vs. #26 and the Chevrolet Silverado up to #21 vs. #48.

Previous post: Kuwait March 2014: Nissan Patrol up to second spot

One year ago: Kuwait June 2013: Toyota Prado leads, Chrysler 300C up to #5!

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Oman June 2014: Top 6 best-sellers 100% Toyota

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Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up Oman June 2014The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up hits its best ranking in the world in Oman.

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New car sales are up 5% year-on-year in June in Oman to 17,733 registrations, bringing the half-year total to 107,218 units, up a shy 1.5% on 2013. A relatively stable Omani models ranking this month: the Toyota Hilux remains on top with 2,075 sales and 11.7% share, adding up to 12,665 and 11.8% year-to-date and followed in both rankings by the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up, at its world-best in Oman, at 11.1% share in June and 10.3% year-to-date.

Hyundai Santa Fe Oman June 2014. Picture courtesy of drivemeonline.comThe Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-selling non-Toyota model in Oman this month.

The Toyota Prado (#3) and Land Cruiser (#4) exchange their position vs. year-to-date while the Hiace (#5) and Corolla (#6) hold onto them, making the Top 6 best-sellers 100% Toyota both this month and year-to-date. The Hyundai Santa Fe at #6 is the best-selling non-Toyota model in Oman in June with 412 sales and 2.3% vs. #10 so far in 2014, the Hyundai Tucson is up to #11 vs. #19, the Kia Rio up to #20 vs. #29, Renault Duster up to #26 vs. #42 and the Ford F-Series is up to #45 vs. #66.

Previous post: Oman March 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up challenges Hilux

One year ago: Oman June 2013: Toyota Hilux sovereign just under 13% share

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