Archive for January, 2009

Hungary 2008: Suzuki Swift and SX4 on top, Splash arrives

January 31st, 2009 No comments

Suzuki SX4

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At 152,884 registrations, the Hungarian car market is starting to feel the effects of the economic crisis, down 14% on 2007. For the fourth consecutive year, the Suzuki Swift is the best-selling car in the country but this year its sales fall by a worrying 45% to 8,684 units or 5.7% market share. Reversely, the Suzuki SX4 is up 7% on 2007 to 8,499 sales and 5.6%…

Suzuki Splash

The Opel Astra Classic continues its prolonged life, now 10 years on since its original launch, and gains one spot on 2007 to reappear on the podium at 5,914 units and 3.9%. It is followed by the Ford Focus at 3.8%, the Opel Astra new gen at 3.7% and the new Suzuki of the year: the Splash, making a… splash already and landing directly in 6th place with 5,046 sales and 3.3% for its very first year on sale.

Full year 2008 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Hungary

Luxembourg 2008: VW Golf back to #1, BMW 1 Series up to #2!

January 30th, 2009 No comments

BMW 1 Series

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After two years dominated by the Renault Clio, the Luxembourg car market returns to its default position: with the VW Golf on the throne. In a market up 3% to 50,905 registrations, Golf sales are up 8% to 2,051 units and a very robust 4% market share. 4 years after its original launch, the BMW 1 Series shoots up to #2, up 123% to an amazing 1,767 units sold. Luxembourg is the 1 Series’s best country in the world in terms of ranking.

The BMW 3 Series stays 3rd only two units below its little sister, making it 2 BMW’s on the podium this year! #1 for the past two years, the Renault Clio is down 17% to #4 this year, followed by the Peugeot 207 (+15%) and Audi A4 (+42%).

Full Year 2008 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Luxembourg

Israel 2005-2008: Mazda3 invincible

January 30th, 2009 4 comments

I don’t have any figures before 2005, but from 2005 all the way through to the present time, the Mazda3 has dominated the Israeli car sales, sometimes delivering market shares well above 10%. If you have more information please make sure to get in touch.

Categories: Israel

Lithuania 2007-2008: Skoda Octavia reigns

January 30th, 2009 No comments

Skoda Octavia

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Very robust market in Lithuania over the period with 21,605 registrations in 2007 and 22,217 in 2008, up 3%. The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling model in the country both years with 1,162 sales in 2007 and 1,207 in 2008, staying at 5.4% market share both years.

The Opel Astra drops down to #2 in 2007 (701 units) then to #3 in 2008 (650 units), passed by the Nissan Qashqai landing directly at #2 in 2008 with 678 sales. Other successful models over the period include the VW Caddy #3 in 2007, the Fiat Panda #4 in 2008, the Honda Civic #4 in 2007 and the Toyota Avensis #5 both years.

Full Year 2007 and 2008 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Lithuania

Estonia 2008: Mazda6 in command

January 29th, 2009 No comments


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The Estonian car market drops by 20% this year at 24,591 registrations. Bucking the trend thanks to the new generation now on sale, the Mazda6 takes the lead of the models ranking with 1,082 sales and 4.4% share, up 10% year-on-year.

The Honda Civic stays 2nd and behaves exactly like the market at -20% and 854 units, it is followed closely by the Toyota Avensis at 851 units, down just 10%. The Honda CR-V, down 47%, completes a 100% Japanese Top 4. The Skoda Octavia is up 3 spots to #5, the Citroen Berlingo stays #6 while the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Cee’d make their very first appearance in the annual Estonian Top 10.

Full Year 2008 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Estonia

Iceland 2008: Toyota Yaris and Land Cruiser head to head

January 29th, 2009 No comments

Toyota Land Cruiser 120

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During the second half of the year, the Icelandic car market was hit full frontal by the economic crisis and all but stopped. Over the full year, car sales are down a dramatic 45% on 2007 to 10,585 registrations. In these troubled times however, Toyota has kept its stranglehold over the market, monopolising the Top 2 positions and placing 5 models in the Top 7. The Yaris is the favourite model in the country for the fourth year running but the fight was intense with the Land Cruiser 120: only one single unit separates the two at year-end! The Yaris totals 486 sales (-50%) vs. 485 (-24%) for the Land Cruiser, both grabbing a 4.6% share.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200

Down one spot and 50% on 2007, the Skoda Octavia ranks third with 420 units and 4%, ahead of the Toyota Auris (+4), RAV4 (+5), Subaru Legacy (+1) and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 directly at a very impressive 7th place for its first year of sales. Other great performers in 2008 include the Suzuki Grand Vitara up 6 ranks to #8, the Hyundai Getz up 16 to #11, the Nissan Qashqai up 13 to #13, the Subaru Forester up 9 to #14 and the Hyundai i30 up a massive 75 spots to #15.

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Full Year 2008 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Iceland

Latvia 2006-2008: Skoda Octavia reigns

January 29th, 2009 No comments

Skoda Octavia

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The Latvian car market is extremely strong in 2006 at 25,626 registrations and 2007 at 32,497 units but plunges in 2008. The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling model in the country all through the period, selling 1,085 units in 2006 for a 4.2% market share, 1,420 units in 2007 (4.4%) and 703 in 2008. The Hyundai Getz misses the pole position for only 20 units in 2006, #2 with 1,065 sales followed by the Toyota Corolla at 1,038 units, the Ford Focus and Opel Astra.

Honda CR-V

In 2007 the Honda CR-V gains 103% thanks to the new generation and takes the 2nd spot with 960 sales and 3% share, ahead of the Honda Civic, up 167% to 837 units, the Skoda Fabia and Toyota RAV4 at 2.3%. In 2008 it’s the turn of the Mazda6 to hold the #2 spot with 676 sales, with the Skoda Fabia #3 followed by the VW Golf and Toyota Land Cruiser.

Full Year 2006 Top 40, 2007 Top 25 and 2008 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Latvia

World 2006-2008: Toyota Corolla should stay on top

January 28th, 2009 No comments

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla should continue to deliver outstanding worldwide production and sales numbers over the period, probably over a million units. I have no official sales or production data here, so if you do please get in touch!

Before 2006, the worldwide and US Corollas were very different models. This all changed in October 2006 when Toyota launched the tenth generation Corolla in Japan. By the time it launched in the US in January 2008, all new Corollas were the same model everywhere around the world.

Corolla’s last 10 years US sales: click on ‘Read more’ below the picture.

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Categories: World

Czech Republic 2008: Fabia #1, Ford Fusion up to #3

January 27th, 2009 No comments

Ford Fusion

The Czech market is up a healthy 8% in 2008 at 143,661 registrations. No surprises on top: the Skoda Fabia is #1 for the 9th consecutive year, and its share decreases continues, minus 4 percentage points this year to 16.5% (sales down 14% at 23,659). The Skoda Octavia is also down, by 15% at 12,711 units and 8.8% share.

Astounding performance of the Ford Fusion: it kicks the Skoda Roomster out of the podium with sales up 74% at 5,067 units and 3.5% market share! The Roomster is down 8% at 4,131 sales and 2.9% share… Two cars in strong progess follow: the Peugeot 207 in 5th at +37% and the Kia Cee’d in 6th at +60%, and two cars make a remarkable comeback into the Top 10: the VW Polo in 8th (+75%) and the Skoda Superb in 10th (+74%).

Full Year 2008 Top 60 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Czech Republic

Argentina 2006-2008: VW Gol, Chevy Corsa & Peugeot 206 on top

January 27th, 2009 No comments

VW Gol –  Picture by Mario Amati, all rights reserved.

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Argentinean car sales and going gangbusters over the period: up 17% at 450,040 units in 2006, up 26% at 567,850 sales in 2007 and up 8% at 610,780 registrations in 2008.

ACARA’s ranking methodology changes in 2006: Sales of the VW Gol are now split between Gol and Gol Country (station wagon, aka Parati), the Chevrolet Corsa is split between Corsa, Corsa SW and Corsa II, the Peugeot 206 is split between 206 and 206 SW, the Palio between Palio and Palio Weekend (station wagon), etc…

However this doesn’t impact the top of the models ranking, with the podium unchanged from 2005 and over the period. The VW Gol is still the best selling car in the country, albeit with weaker and weaker market shares: 8.1% in 2006, 7.8% in 2007 and 6.9% in 2008. The Chevrolet Corsa is #2  (5.3%, 5.9% and 5.8%) and the Peugeot 206 #3 (5%, 4.9% and 4.3%). The Renault Clio is #4 in 2006 and 2007 and is passed by the Renault Kangoo in 2008. The VW Suran breaks into the Top 10 in 2007 (#10).

2006, 2007 Top 40 and 2008 Top 50 Ranking Tables: see ‘Read more’ below the 206 pic.

 Peugeot 206

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Categories: Argentina