China November 2017: Geely and Baojun push forward with new records

The Baojun 510 is the fastest nameplate to reach 300.000 sales in the history of automobile.

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With a very high base in November 2016 as customers rushed to benefit from the last couple of months of advantageous tax regime (5% on vehicles powered by engines 1.6L and under), light vehicle sales drop 0.03% year-on-year in China this month to 2.589.500 units according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It is the second time this year that light vehicle sales are down after last January (-1.1%). Note the tax, lifted to 7.5% in January 2017, will go up to 10% in January 2018. In the detail, passenger cars are down 4.9% to 1.229.961 sales, SUVs up 8.3% to 1.108.182 units, a new all-time volume record for the segment eclipsing the 1.089.565 of December 2016, MPVs are down 5.5% to 214.574 and microvans down 21% to 41.300. However truck sales are up 5.6% year-on-year in November to 313.600 units and bus sales up 18.3% to 54.600, lifting the total market up 0.6% to 2.957.600.

Geely posts a third consecutive all-time volume record with 6 nameplates – including the Boyue – at record levels 

Year-to-date, sales of light vehicles in China remain at record heights with a 1.9% improvement to 22.041.400 units. This includes 10.648.000 passenger cars (-2.3%), 9.090.000 SUVs (+14.5%), 1.857.400 MPVs (-16.5%) and 495.200 microvans (-20%). Add to this 3.753.500 commercial vehicles (+14.8%) and the total market is up 3.6% year-to-date to a record 25.844.900 units. Chinese-branded light vehicle sales are up 5% to 1.186.200, representing a 45.8% market share up from 44.1% a year ago. Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars continue to greatly outperform the rest of the market with a 83% surge in November to 119.000 units, including 102.000 EVs (+75%) and 17.000 plug-in hybrids (+154%). Year-to-date, combined sales are up 51% to 609.000 units. The Chinese government is set to introduce a California-style carbon credit trading program in 2019 to force automakers to expand EV production, and expects EV sales to top 2.5 million by 2020. The market leader, the BAIC EC-Series, breaks a new volume record (15.719) as does the #2, the JAC iEV (5.660).

The Baojun 310 is only the second Chinese passenger car to ever cross the 30.000 monthly sales mark.

Some manufacturers officially announce Chinese retail sales including imports which differ from the data tables we provide further down in the article (locally produced wholesales), and the next few paragraphs are dedicated to these announcements – model sales remain locally-produced wholesales. Retail sales of the Volkswagen Group shoot up 15% year-on-ear to an estimated 429.000 with the Volkswagen brand up 16% to 331.100 (stable wholesales at 293.000), Skoda up 23% to 37.000 and Audi up 6.5% to 56.208 vs. 55.293 for BMW (+12%) and 50.813 for Mercedes (+22%). Year-to-date, the Volkswagen brand retail sales are up 5.2% to 5.63 million while Audi remains in negative at -2.1% to 528.706. It looks like Audi will lose the #1 premium spot in China to BMW up 15% 542.362 with Mercedes in 2nd place at 539.728 (+27%). Model-wise, if the Lavida is back up from #11 overall in October to #3 this month, it loses the YTD top spot. The Tiguan is the only foreign SUV among the segment’s Top 8 best-sellers while the Teramont breaks its monthly volume record for the third month running, delivering its first 5-digit month at 11.238, as does the Skoda Kodiaq at 6.747.

General Motors also frankly outpaces the market with a 13% lift to 418.225 units, adding up to 3.55 million year-to-date (+3.3%), with Baojun retail sales distancing Buick for the first time at 113.711 (+52%) vs. 112.738 (+3%). Wholesales put Baojun at an all-time high 128.486 (+41%), the third consecutive all-time record, while Buick is up 2% to 125.037, its second best-ever result below the 128.049 of December 2015. It is the second time Baojun is above Buick wholesale-wise after last February. Buick is helped by new monthly records by its two MPVs the GL8 (14.332) and GL6 (6.892). Chevrolet retail sales are up 17% to 61.228 with a new record by the Equinox (7.592) and Cadillac is up 23% to 16.629 (new record for the XT5 at 6.100) whereas Wuling is down 6.3% to 113.919 but the Hongguang reclaims the top spot both in November and YTD despite 17% drops each way.

The big story here is, like last month, Baojun’s unprecedented success. Two nameplates break new volume records this month: the 510 SUV soars to 49.866 units and, as predicted last month, becomes the fastest nameplate to reach 300.000 sales (10 months), beating the Baojun 560 (11) and the Baojun 730 before it (12), both in China and in the world. But it doesn’t end here for Baojun: boosted by the new station wagon variant, the 310 surges 107% year-on-year to land at #10 with a record 31.022 sales, becoming the first Chinese passenger car to rank in the overall Top 10 since November 2013 (Geely Emgrand EC7) and only the second Chinese passenger car to top 30.000 monthly sales, the only other one being the BYD F3, last in March 2010 with 36.046 sales which remains to this day the Chinese passenger car monthly volume record. With the 730 back up to #7 in spite of a 28% year-on-year drop, Baojun displays three nameplates in this month’s Top 10, a first, vs. just two for Volkswagen.

The other Chinese brand to break records this year is Geely, and November extends the trend: the private company sees its deliveries soar 38% year-on-year to a best-ever 141.312 units, the brand’s third consecutive all-time monthly volume record and lifting its YTD cume to 1.086.869 compared to its 2017 annual sales objective of 1.1 million. Geely remains in 2nd place in the overall brands ranking below just Volkswagen, and this for the second month running (and ever). No less than six Geely nameplates post a new all-time volume record in November: the Boyue (30.884), Emgrand GS (17.487), Emgrand GL (14.211), Vision SUV (13.647), Vision X3 (10.102, first five-digit month) and Vision X1 (3.320).

Nissan Motor is up 22% to 165.656 with a new record for the Kicks (10.959), Honda Motor is up 11% to 140.972 with new records for the Avancier (10.007, first five-digit result) and UR-V (6.586) while Toyota Motor is dow 1.3% to 109.600 mainly due to the Camry generation changeover (-98% to #396). Ford Motor continues to struggle at -8% to 117.593 units despite a 70% surge at Lincoln (6.006), leading to a 6% decline YTD at 1.06m, Hyundai seems to slow down its fall at -25% to 95.012 but Kia suffers again at -38% to 49.132 in spite of a new record by the KX Cross (7.947). Among other foreign manufacturers, Mazda is up 7% to 32.655, Peugeot is down 20% to 29.836 despite a new record by the 4008 (7.273), but Citroen has stabilised (-1%) thanks to the new C5 Aircross posting a new record also (6.759) while Mitsubishi drops 44% despite a new record by the Outlander (9.284). Jaguar (+38%), Volvo (+21%), Land Rover (+15%) and Renault (+9%) also progress but DS (-67%) continues to implode.

There are a lot of very good results among Chinese carmakers also. Not part of them is Changan (-3%) which continues to slip away in spite of a record performance by the CS55 (15.457). The brand now consistently ranks third local below Geely and Baojun. Standing out once again is Great Wall’s new semi-premium fare WEY, with both the VV5 (10.277) and VV7 (10.183) simultaneously crossing the 10.000 monthly unit-milestone for the first time and lifting the brand to a record 20.460 units for the month and a stunning 65.078 since launch. Overall Great Wall Motor sales are up just 1.5% to 131.062 however due to a 17% drop at Haval (97.209) despite the first five-digit score of the M6 (10.059) and despite a 26% surge to 11.777 Great Wall pickup sales. YTD Great Wall Motor sales are up 2.2% to 944.576.

Beijing Auto hangs on and returns to positive thanks to its REV range as well as the Huansu S5 at a best-ever 5.057, as do GAC Trumpchi (+13%) with new records for the GS8 (10.082) and GS3 (5.138), Roewe (+14%) with a new record for the RX3 (4.740), Zotye (+16%) with new records for the T700 (10.510) and T300 (5.203), FAW (+7%) with new records for the Besturn X40 (10.671) and Jilin Xenia R7 (10.207) both posting their very first five-digit month and Leopaard (+16%) thanks to a new record by the CS9 (5.461). Qoros (+27%) thanks to a new record by the 5 SUV at 3.231), Karry (+42%), Hanteng (+46%), Zhi Dou (+62%), MG (+90%), Maxus (+104%), Hawtai (+236% thanks to a new record by the Shengdafei at 12.877) and Kandi (+294%) also post spectacular gains, but not as much as Soueast, up 179-fold (!) thanks to the success of the DX3, breaking a new volume record at 12.830 units. Finally, note that a fantastic score by the Song MAX (10.265, first five-digit score) doesn’t prevent BYD from falling 16%. Other struggling Chinese carmakers include Chery (-27%), JAC (-32%), Jinbei (-37%), Changhe (-40%), Haima (-41%), Cowin (-47%), JMC (-51%) and Landwind (-79%).

Previous month: China October 2017: Geely and Baojun post all-time record volumes

One year ago: China November 2016: One million SUVs lift market up 17%

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Austria November 2017: VW Golf & Renault Megane shine

Renault Megane sales are up 120% year-on-year in Austria in November.

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New car sales in Austria are up by a robust 12.5% year-on-year in November to 29.547 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 7.8% to 327.669 deliveries. The Top 4 best-selling brands all beat the market: Volkswagen is up 18% to 17.3% share, Skoda surges 53% to 7.3%, Renault is up 27% to 6.3% and Ford up 23% to 6.1%. In the Top 10, Hyundai (+30%), Seat (+19%) and Audi (+15%) also shine while beyond, Subaru (+113%). Peugeot (+63%), Jeep (+40%), Tesla (+40%), Toyota (+39%) and Mitsubishi (+21%) make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers outpace the market, led by the VW Golf (+67%), Tiguan (+30%) and Skoda Octavia (+33%) and followed by the Skoda Fabia (+52%), Audi A4 (+27%) and Renault Megane (+120%). The Renault Captur (+68%), VW Touran (+90%), Seat Alhambra (+75%), Ford Focus (+73%), Hyundai i30 (+143%), Ford Kuga (+129%) and Peugeot 5008 (+967%, outselling the 3008 almost 3-to-1) also shine. The Opel Crossland X (#38) leads newcomers ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq (#57), Karoq (63), Jeep Compass (#66), Suzuki Ignis (#74) and Hyundai Kona (#88). Produced locally, the Jaguar E-Pace makes its very first appearance in any sales charts of any country in the world with one lonely unit sold this month.

Previous month: Austria October 2017: VW Polo back up 55% to #2 thanks to new gen

One year ago: Austria November 2016: Mercedes up 52%, VW places 6 in Top 8

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South Africa November 2017: Toyota Hilux back in charge

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in November.

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The South African market is up 7.2% year-on-year in November to 49.754 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.2% to 516.954. Passenger cars gain 16.4% year-on-year to 32.821 sales, 19.8% of which are rental sales, while light commercials struggle at -7.4% to 14.587. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country with sales up 13% to 23% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group up 20% to 14.9% and Ford up 0.2% to 14.6%. Hyundai-Kia (+11%) and Nissan (+3%) round up the Top 5 with Mazda (+29%), Peugeot-Citroen (+37%), Jaguar Land Rover (+40%), Volvo (+48%), Fiat (+58%) and Suzuki (+108%) among the best performers.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (+30%) is back in charge after losing the top spot to the VW Polo Vivo in October and cements its year-to-date leadership. It is followed this month by the Ford Ranger remaining at #2 despite a 17% drop, while the VW Polo Vivo, VW Polo and Toyota Corolla round up the Top 5 in the same order as YTD. The Toyota Etios shoots up 53% to #6, the Ford Ecosport is up 46% to #9, the Kia Picanto up 95% to #13, Hyundai i20 up 40% to #14, Renault Kwid up 46% to #15, Toyota RAV4 up 62% to #16, VW Golf up 190% to #17 and Ford Everest up 86% to #18. The Hyundai Creta (#30) dominates recent launches, well above the Opel Mokka X (#61) and Suzuki Ignis (#68).

Previous month: South Africa October 2017: VW Polo Vivo snaps top spot, market up 4.6%

One year ago: South Africa November 2016: Renault Kwid lands inside Top 20

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Japan November 2017: Nissan, Subaru pull market into negative (-2.6%)

A minor facelift is enough to propel the Honda Fit back onto the podium.

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The Japanese new car market is down 2.6% year-on-year in November to 408.860 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive territory at +5.8% to 4.839.912 units. Once again the market is handicapped by the inspection scandal affecting Nissan: the carmaker freefalls 27.4% to just 8.5% share vs. 11.4% so far this year. Without Nissan, Japan-wide sales are up 0.6%. This month Nissan is joined by Subaru (-12.8%) who has also apologised for irregular inspections happening over decades and readying its largest recall plan in the country. Meanwhile Toyota is stable on top at +0.4% to 31.2% share vs. 30.3% YTD, followed by Honda up 4.4% to 14.9%, Suzuki up 2.6% to 12.8% and Daihatsu up 1.5% to 12.7%, reproducing the YTD order. Mazda struggles this month at -19.3% despite reporting no inspection irregularities. Lexus shoots up 28.1% to land inside the overall Top 10 for the first time since April 2016, also outselling all foreign premium brands including Mercedes (#12) and BMW (#13). Below, Renault (+24.6%), Audi (+28.6%), Ferrari (+42.1%), Peugeot (+43%), Citroen (+49.6%) and Alfa Romeo (+202.7%) are among the largest gainers this month.

Lexus (+28.1%) breaks into the Top 10 brands for the first time this year.

The Toyota Roomy/Tank tandem would be #1 in market this month.

The Toyota Prius returns to the top of the regular cars sales charts for the first time since last June and the fourth time this year despite a 12% year-on-year drop. It cements its YTD lead even though its deliveries are tumbling down 37% on the same period in 2016. The Toyota Aqua (-20%) follows while the Honda Fit shoots up 46% thanks to a mid-cycle facelift to land on the podium for the first time since March 2016 and the Toyota Corolla gains 28% to hit its highest ranking in two years at #4. Both the Toyota Roomy (#6) and Tank (#9) continue to post very solid scores, adding up to over 14.000 sales this month (which would earn them and by far the #1 spot), both outselling the Toyota C-HR (#12), the carmaker’s other recent launch at home. Their twin the Daihatsu Thor even makes another appearance inside the Top 30 at #29, it ranked #30 last April, May and June. The Nissan Note (#8) is slowly recovering fathom the brand’s inspection scandal but still drops 56% year-on-year. Other great performers include the Honda StepWGN (+50%), Toyota Camry (+936%), Mazda CX-5 (+180%), Toyota Land Cruiser (+68%) and Suzuki Swift (+206%).

Toyota Land Cruiser sales are up 68% year-on-year in November.

In the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOX remains the uncontested leader thanks to sales surging 42% year-on-year to 20.992 and is followed like last month by the Daihatsu Move (-7%), earning the third spot year-to-date off the Nissan Dayz (+12%). The Suzuki Wagon R is up 59% to #4 but remains #5 year-to-date, the Daihatsu Mira is up 45%, the Suzuki Spacia up 16%, the Mazda Flair up 55% and the Daihatsu Atrai Wagon up 115%. Reversely, the Daihatsu Cast is down 25%, the Suzuki Hustler down 27%, the Honda N-WGN down 33% and the Daihatsu Wake down 50%.

Previous month: Japan October 2017: New Leaf can’t prevent Nissan’s freefall at -43%

One year ago: Japan November 2016: Nissan Note e-powers through to pole position

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Canada November 2017: Market down 1% but 2 million annual result now certain

The Honda CR-V is up 36% year-on-year in Canada to #3. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market is down year-on-year for only the second time in 2017 after last April with November sales at -1% to 159.014 units. However the year-to-date volume remains frankly in record territory at 1.918.827 deliveries, up 5.2% on the previous record established last year, headed towards a fifth consecutive annual record and now certain to break the 2 million annual unit milestone for the first time in history. According to local consultancy Desrosiers which has a slightly lower sales total due to the exclusion of a handful of luxury brands, light trucks gain 2.7% to 114.592 units or a gargantuan 72.2% share vs. 68.3% year-to-date whereas passenger cars freefall 10% to 44.061 units or just 27.8% share vs. 31.7% so far in 2017.

Ford Motor reclaims the top of the group ladder it holds year-to-date despite a 2.8% decline to 14.4% share, edging past General Motors down a harsh 17.2% (after a 26.5% surge last month) while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (-7.8%) rounds up the podium. The Volkswagen Group (+27.4%), Daimler (+7.9%) and Nissan Motor (+7.8%) are among the best performing groups. Brand-wise, Ford leads but is down 2.8% ahead of Toyota (+3.4%) while Chevrolet is back up to #3 despite a 13.6% drop, distancing Honda (+1.2%) and Nissan (+8%). Acura (+10.1%), Mercedes (+14.1%), Mitsubishi (+14.8%), Kia (+15.5%), Audi (+19.3%), Porsche (+30.3%), Volkswagen (+31.8%), Tesla (+44.6%) and Volvo (+61.1%) post the largest year-on-year gains and on the other end of the scale Smart (-91.5%), Bentley (-73.2%), Fiat (-66.1%), Chrysler (-43.6%), Buick (-36.5%), GMC (-20.1%) and Dodge (-16.6%) suffer the most.

Unsurprisingly the Ford F-Series is the best-selling nameplate in the country once again with sales up 11% to a new November record of 12.548, with the Ram Pickup (+3%), Honda CR-V (+36%), GMC Sierra (-11%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+3%) all up one spot on October, benefiting from the fall of the Honda Civic (-11%) from #2 last month to #7 in November. The Toyota RAV4 (+6%) becomes the best-selling Toyota in Canada year-to-date, passing the Corolla, while the Hyundai Tucson (+20%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+26%), VW Golf (+31%), Subaru Impreza (+38%), Kia Sorento (+45%), Mazda CX-3 (+51%), Subaru Crosstrek (+60%), Jeep Wrangler (+65%), Mercedes GLC (+66%), Toyota Camry (+73%) and VW Tiguan (+76%) are among the biggest gainers in the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai is up a further six spots to #26, cementing its domination of recent launches above the VW Atlas (#65), Toyota C-HR (#89), Chevrolet Bolt (#105), Kia Niro (#145) and Range Rover Velar (#154).

Previous month: Canada October 2017: General Motors shoots up 26.5%, market up 6.3%

One year ago: Canada November 2016: General Motors surges 31% in pickup market

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New Zealand November 2017: Hyundai Kona up to #12, annual record broken

The Hyundai Kona delivers a stellar start in New Zealand. 

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Thanks to deliveries up another 6.2% year-on-year to a new November record at 14.594 registrations, the New Zealand car market breaks its annual volume record with one month left in the year at 148.360 units, up 9.3% on the same period in 2016 and eclipsing the previous annual record of 146.753 set just last year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that new car sales in New Zealand break a new annual record, and the second time in a row that the record is broken by end-November. Thanks to extremely robust rental sales once again, Toyota sails off with a 42% year-on-year surge to 22.1% share vs. 19.8% so far this year. Ford is more timid at +4% to 10.6%, whereas Holden drops 6% to 10.2%. Mazda (+13%) and Mitsubishi (+16%) round up the Top 5, both outpacing the market while Hyundai (-16%) and Nissan (-14%) markedly underperform. Land Rover (+24%), LDV (+27%), Foton (+28%), Peugeot (+28%), Subaru (+35%), Jaguar (+45%), Fiat (+64%) and Citroen (+107%) are among the best performers further down.

Over in the models ranking, the Ford Ranger reclaims the lead it holds year-to-date for the first time since last July thanks to sales up 12%, containing the efforts of the Toyota Corolla (+40%) of which 81% of sales have gone to rentals. The Toyota RAV4 (+177%) owes 62% of its September result to rentals while the Toyota Highlander (+324%) is 71% rentals. Notice also the Toyota Hilux up a very robust 28% but down to #3, while great performers also include the Mazda CX-5 (+46%), Mitsubishi Triton (+29%), ASX (+83% and 46% rentals)  and Honda CR-V breaking into the Top 10 thanks to the new generation. But the event of the month is the first appearance in the New Zealand Top 30 of the all-new Hyundai Kona directly up to #12 and the brand’s best-seller here for the months. It outsells such blockbusters as the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson while two other newcomers make it to the November Top 30: the Ford Escape (#25) and Holden Astra (#26).

Previous month: New Zealand October 2017: Rentals boost Toyota sales up 36% to 28.7% share

One year ago: New Zealand November 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps up to #5

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Vietnam November 2017: Toyota Innova on podium in market down 13%

The Toyota Innova is up 22% to rank #3 in Vietnam this month.

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New light vehicle sales in Vietnam lodge an eighth consecutive month of year-on-year declines at -13% in November to 24.752 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 9.5% to 244.873 units. For once, Toyota is the best-selling manufacturer in the country, following the market at -12% to 21.7% share and outselling YTD leader Thaco-Kia down 33% to 19.9% of the Vietnamese market. Inside the Top 10, Mazda (-10%), Ford (-7%), Suzuki (-6%), Chevrolet (-1%) beat the market with Isuzu (+8%) and Hino (+153%) posting gains. Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Vios (+4%) cements its lead, followed by the Ford Ranger (+9%) while the Toyota Innova leaps five spots on October to land on the third step of the podium with sales up 22%. The Mazda3 (-3%) and CX-5 (-4%) round up the Top 5. Notice also the Toyota Corolla Altis (+15%), Chevrolet Colorado (+229%), Toyota Camry (+54%) and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (+248%) all posting gains ranging from solid to spectacular.

Previous month: Vietnam October 2017: Mazda CX-5 soars to #3, market down 22.7%

One year ago: Vietnam November 2016: Toyota Vios and Kia Morning dominate

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Indonesia November 2017: Mitsubishi Xpander shoots up to #4, Wuling Confero in Top 20

The Mitsubishi Xpander soars to a stunning 4th place in Indonesia. 

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The Indonesian new light vehicle market is down 3.9% year-on-year in November to 96.191 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive territory at +2.1% to 993.683 units. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country but drops to 29.9%, followed by Daihatsu at 17% and Honda at 16.4%. The Toyota Avanza cements its market domination, despite a 19% year-on-year drop leading to a weak 10.5% market share compared to the 11% it commands year-to-date. The Avanza is followed like in October by the Toyota Kijang Innova (+41%) and Toyota Calya (-46%) but the main event of the month is below. For its second month in market, the Mitsubishi Xpander soars 9 spots and 108% on its inaugural score to a stunning 4th place and 5.1% share, This is by far the highest score by any Mitsubishi nameplate since BSCB started following Indonesia monthly in January 2012, with the best performance in recent years posted by the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in February 2016 at #8.

The Wuling Confero makes its entrance in the Indonesian Top 20.

The Honda Brio Satya (+23%) and Suzuki Ertiga (+33%) also shine, and there is a second momentous event in the Indonesian Top 20: the arrival of the Wuling Confero at #20 with 0.8% share, following its introduction in market as a local assembly last June. Under this nameplate hides none other than the ultra-successful Wuling Hongguang, the best-selling vehicle in China for the past four consecutive years (but in danger of losing its throne in 2017). This is the first time a Wuling nameplate breaks into the Top 20 of any nation outside of China, but also the first time a Chinese nameplate breaks into the Indonesian Top 20.

Previous month: Indonesia October 2017: Mitsubishi Xpander lands inside Top 15

One year ago: Indonesia November 2016: Toyota Avanza reclaims #1 spot off Calya

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Romania November 2017: Dacia up to 29.8% share in market down 3.5%

The Dacia Duster is up 17% just as the new generation is about to hit dealerships. Picture largus.fr

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New car sales in Romania lose ground year-on-year for the second time in the past four months at -3.5% to 9.311 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains comfortably in positive territory at 98.116 units, up 14.6% on the same period a year ago. Homegrown market leader Dacia goes against the grain with a 1% improvement to 29.8% share, well above the 28% it commands year-to-date. Skoda remains in 2nd place despite a 10% drop, followed by Renault surging 27% to #3, Opel up 7% and Volkswagen imploding down 38% to #5. Ford (-11%) and Mercedes (-8%) also struggle whereas Toyota (+35%) and Suzuki (+50%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Below, Mazda (+21%), Nissan (+35%) and Fiat (+43%) impress while Hyundai (-24%), Porsche (-32%), Peugeot (-33%), Volvo (-36%), Land Rover (-41%), Honda (-47%) and Mitsubishi (-48%) are all in great difficulty.

Over in the models ranking, the Dacia Logan unsurprisingly holds onto the top spot in spite of a 9% year-on-year drop to 17.4% share. The Dacia Duster is enjoying a 17% revival just as the outgoing generation is getting discounted, selling more than double the next best-seller the Skoda Octavia (-6%) with the Dacia Samdero (-7%) and Opel Astra (-10%) rounding out the Top 5. The Renault Megane (+165%) is the big winner in the Tp 10, while below the Nissan Qashqai (+89%), Ford Kuga (+219%), Dacia Dokker (+309%), Kia Cee’d (+75%) and Fiat Tipo (+121%) shine. The Opel Crossland X (#40) dominates recent launches above the Toyota C-HR (#42), Skoda Kodiaq (#44) and Suzuki Ignis (#54).

Previous month: Romania October 2017: Dacia Duster up 55% in market up 26.2%

One year ago: Romania November 2016: Opel Astra on podium in market up 20%

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Slovenia November 2017: Renault (+81%), Fiat (+193%) shine in market up 17.9%

The Renault Captur is up 179% to rank #3 in Slovenia this month. 

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The Slovenian new car market is up anther 17.9% year-on-year in November to 6.292 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 12.2% to 66.853. Renault manages to remain atop the brands ranking thanks to deliveries soaring 84% year-on-year to 17.2% share, vastly outperforming YTD leader Volkswagen down 9% to 12.8%. The remainder of the Top 5 all beat the market: Skoda (+23%) distances Hyundai (+77%) and Dacia (+19%) but it’s Fiat (+193%) that deliveries the best performance in the Top 10 with Seat (+26%) also solid. Further down, Toyota (+50%), Mini (+75%) and Volvo (+100%) also shine. Model-wise, the VW Golf (+64%) holds onto the top spot for the third month running but still trails the Renault Clio (+37%) year-to-date while the Renault Captur is up 179% to land in third place for the month. The Skoda Octavia (-16%) struggles but the rest of true Top 10 all frankly beat the market: the Renault Megane (+73%), Hyundai Tucson (+43%), Dacia Sandero (+556%), Fiat Panda (+542%), Skoda Rapid (+100%) and Seat Alhambra (+144%) all post spectacular gains. Below, notice the Renault Kadjar (+203%), Scenic (+243%) and Hyundai i30 (+156%) also performing extremely well. The Kia Stonic (#27) leads all recent launches (<12 months) above the Opel Crossland X (#33), Skoda Kodiaq (#39), Hyundai Kona (#46), Citroen C3 Aircross (#75) and Skoda Karoq (#79) new for this month.

Previous month: Slovenia October 2017: Renault up 71% to 19.7% share, market up 23%

One year ago: Slovenia November 2016: Renault down 37%, Dacia up 139%

Full November 2017 Top 35 All-brands and Top 200 All-models below.

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