Archive for January, 2005

Hungary 2004: Suzuki Ignis in pole position

January 31st, 2005 No comments

Suzuki Ignis

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Building on an excellent start in 2003, the locally produced Suzuki Ignis becomes the best-selling car in Hungary in 2004 thanks to sales up 58% year-on-year to 19,005 units, still to this date the highest volume achieved in Hungary by any model in a single year.

The Opel Astra grabs the 2nd spot with 13,358 sales, up 12% ahead of the Skoda Fabia, down 2 spots to #3 and 12,564 units (+4%). The Chevrolet Kalos is up 4 ranks to #4 with 8,294 sales, up 22% and is followed by the Opel Corsa (-20%), Renault Megane (+5%) and VW Polo (-14%).

Full Year 2004 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Hungary

USA 2004: Best year ever for the Ford F-Series!

January 30th, 2005 No comments

Ford F-Series

2004 will be remembered as the year the Ford F-Series reached its best-ever volume. At 939,511 units, Ford’s best-selling truck is up 11% on 2003 and lodges a record year for the nameplate, on sale since 1948 in the country. So a benchmark year for the automobile industry in the US! This is however not an all-time record, with the Chevrolet Impala still holding the title of biggest yearly volume in the US with over 1 million units in 1965. The F-Series reached 99,720 sales in September and 95,392 in December, its 2nd and 3rd best months ever.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado stays #2 with sales down 1% at 680,768 units. The Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the country for the 3rd year in a row and back on the podium at #3 with 426,990 sales (+3%). The Dodge Ram is down 1 spot to #4 (-5%) while the Honda Accord (#5), Ford Explorer (#6) and Toyota Corolla (#7) all hold onto their 2003 ranking.

Notice the Ford Taurus kicked out of the Top 10 for the first time in…actually probably ever! Newcomers in the Top 30 include the Chevrolet Malibu up 13 spots to #20, the Toyota Sienna up 21 spots to #25 and the Dodge Durango up 12 spots to #30.

Previous year: see the 2003 USA post here.

Full Year 2004 Top 55 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: USA

Iran 2002-2004: Saipa Pride & Paykan most popular

January 30th, 2005 No comments

Saipa Pride Saba

Production numbers are available for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 periods in Iran, giving a pretty accurate idea of which cars are the best-sellers in the country. The Saipa Pride, a 1986 Kia Pride in hatchback (Nasim) and sedan (Saba) versions, is the most popular model in the country with 206,263 units produced, up 51% over 2002-2003.

With 145,532 units produced in 2003-2004, the Paykan is not #1 in Iran, probably for the first time in 35 years! The Paykan is the iconic Iranian car, based on the 1966 Hillman Hunter, and produced by Iran Khodro since 1967. By 1972 nearly all cars in the country were Paykans and the streets are still filled with this model nowadays. More details on the Paykan here.


The Peugeot 405 is #3 with 143,934 units (up 78%) ahead the Peugeot 206 with 60,465 units (up 75%). For its first full year of production, the first 100% Iranian car, the Iran Khodro Samand, comes in at #5 with 58,197 units.

Full 2002-2003 & 2003-2004 Production Ranking Table and more pictures below.

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Categories: Iran

Luxembourg 2004: Controversial Renault Megane a big hit

January 30th, 2005 No comments

Renault Megane

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This year the very bold new Renault Megane takes the Luxembourg models ranking out of a Golf-induced torpor, increasing its sales by 21% on 2003 to reach the magic number 2,222. The VW Golf for its part loses its crown and 9%, falling to #2 with 1,869 sales.

The Renault Scenic also impresses and jumps onto the podium thanks to sales up 76% to 1,771 units. The Peugeot 206 (-20%), Renault Clio (+15%) and BMW 3 Series (-3%) follow while the Hyundai Getz breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #7 (+111%).

Full Year 2004 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Luxembourg

Portugal 2004: Edgy Renault Megane hits the mark

January 30th, 2005 No comments

Renault Megane

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Boosted by the arrival of the controversial new generation that clearly convinced Portuguese consumers, the Renault Megane takes the lead of the models ranking with 14,575 sales, up 44% on 2003. The Peugeot 206 climbs back into 2nd place at 9,715 units, down 7%, while the Opel Corsa is up 2 ranks to #3 and 9,692 sales (-1%).

Follow the Peugeot 307 (-10%), last year’s leader the Renault Clio, down a worrying 26%, the VW Polo stable at #6 and the Opel Astra up a massive 61% on last year thanks to the new gen. The Seat Ibiza breaks into the annual Top 10.

Previous post: Portugal 2002-2003: Renault Clio takes command

Next post: Portugal 2005-2006: Opel Astra climbs on top

Full Year 2004 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Portugal

Thailand 2004: new gen Hilux takes the lead

January 30th, 2005 No comments

Toyota Hilux in Thailand, December 2004

I only have official Thai figures for November this year, so if you have more complete data please make sure to get in touch!

4 of the 5 best selling vehicles in Thailand in November 2004 are pick-ups, cementing the country’s status as ‘pick-up heaven’. The Isuzu D-Max is the best seller over 11 months 2004 with 124,370 registrations, but the new generation Toyota Hilux sees its sales climb to 15,825 in November, vs. 12.751 for the Isuzu, or 27% and 21.8% market share respectively.

Therefore these 2 models command 49% of the Thai market! The Nissan Frontier is #4 and the Mitsubishi Strada #5, leaving the Toyota Vios in #3 and the only passenger car in the Top 5. Estimated Top 10 November 2004 below.

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Categories: Thailand

Italy 2004: Fiat Punto & Panda dominate, Lancia Ypsilon #4

January 29th, 2005 1 comment

Fiat Punto

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2,264,568 new cars were sold in Italy in 2004. The Fiat Punto is the best-selling car in the country for the 11th time in a row with 177,001 sales (-7%) and 7.8% share. It reached its lowest ever market share in November at 6.2%. The new generation Fiat Panda is very solid through the year and sells 112,128 units for a strong 5% market share.

Fiat Panda

The Ford Focus is back up to #3 (up 5 spots) with 75,946 sales and 3.4% share, ahead of the new Lancia Ypsilon which started the year with a bang at #3 with 4.5% share. It ends up with 73,687 sales and 3.3% over the Full Year. The Toyota Yaris reaches its best-ever year-end position in Italy at #5 with 73,092 sales. The Alfa 147 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in Nov at #8.

Previous year: Italy 2003: Fiat Punto, Citroen C3, Fiat Seicento on top, new Panda arrives

Next year: Italy 2005: Fiat Punto gives way to Grande Punto, Panda shines

Full Year Top 35 & every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below the Lancia Ypsilon pic.

Lancia Ypsilon

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Categories: Italy

Ireland 2004: Toyota Corolla interrupts Ford Focus reign

January 28th, 2005 No comments

Toyota Corolla

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After 3 consecutive years in pole position, the Ford Focus gives up its crown to the Toyota Corolla, best-seller in Ireland in 2004 with 6,857 sales, up 4% on last year. Granted it is only 148 units above the Ford Focus, #2 this year at 6,709 units (-12%), but still.

The VW Golf maintains itself on the Irish podium and sees its sales improve a very respectable 17% to 6,576 units, not far off the Focus now… The Toyota Avensis stays 4th but is up 25% while the Nissan Almera is still at a very solid 5th place and the Renault Megane is up a massive 68% to #6.

Previous post: Ireland 2001-2003: Focus, Almera and Corolla on top

Next post: Ireland 2005-2006: Ford Focus reclaims #1 spot

Full Year 2004 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Ireland

Czech Republic 2003-2004: Fabia, Octavia & 206 on top

January 26th, 2005 No comments

The car sales podium stays unchanged over 2003 and 2004 in the Czech Republic: the Skoda Fabia is still a distant best seller at 33.3% share in 2003 and 31.9% in 2004. The Skoda Octavia takes the 2nd spot and improves from a 12% market share in 2003 to 13.1% in 2004 at 16,445 sales.

The Peugeot 206 is the best selling import, #3 in both years at 2.9% in 2003 and 3% in 2004. Excellent performance of the Hyundai Getz going from #7 in 2003 to #4 in 2004 at 1.9%. The Skoda Superb goes from #4 to #6 in 2004, passed by the VW Golf.

Full Year 2003 and 2004 Top 50 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Hyundai Getz

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Categories: Czech Republic

Slovakia 2003-2004: Fabia, Octavia and 206 on podium

January 24th, 2005 No comments

The Slovak car market is very stable, at 57,413 registrations in 2003 and 57,430 in 2004. The Top 5 best selling models are unchanged, with the Skoda Fabia still by far the best selling model in the country, at 18,270 units sold in 2003 (or 31.8% of the market) and 14,897 in 2004 for a 25.9% share.

The Skoda Octavia takes the 2nd place with 5,425 units in 2004 (9.4%), followed by the Peugeot 206 (3.6% in 2004), Renault Thalia (3.5%) and VW Polo (3.2%). The VW Golf is trailing its little sister by only 24 sales at 1,834 units (3.2% also). Note the 7th place of the Citroen C3, the Renault Megane at #9 and the Peugeot 307 at #10, bringing the number of French models in the Top 10 to 5.

Full Top 5 2003 and Top 40 2004 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Slovakia