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Croatia November 2010: Astra still strong

December 31st, 2010 No comments


In a market down 15% over 11 months at 35,382 registrations, the Opel Astra stays strong leader at 6% share, followed by the VW Polo at 4.8% and the Opel Corsa at 3.9%.

The Renault Megane is solid again in November in 3rd (4.7%) and gains one spot YTD in 4th. The Hyundai i20 now appears in the YTD ranking at #18.

Full Top 20 year-to-date and Top 10 November Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Croatia

China LCV’s November 2010: ChangAn Minibus takes the lead

December 29th, 2010 No comments

ChangAn Minibus

Chinese workers bought 467,639 new Light Commercial Vehicles in November, up 21% year-on-year. The total over 11 months 2010 is 4,829,785 units, up 25% on 2009.

Big movement this month: the ChangAn Minibus takes the pole position with 54,795 sales, up an impressive 52% over Nov 09, ahead of the Wuling Sunshine at 46,682 sales (-33%) which however stays #1 YTD at 708,941 units sold (+12%). The ChangAn is #2 at 478,425 (+24%).

This is to be compared with the 37,616 VW Golf sold in 27 European countries in November (458,258 over 11 months) and the 38,541 Ford F Series sold in the USA (473,461 in 11 months).

Full Top 5 Ranking Table here: Read more…

Categories: China

World 2010: Toyota Hilux #1 in 28 countries

December 24th, 2010 2 comments

Best Selling Cars now covers 154 countries around the world, so we can rank models by the number of times they appear #1 in any given country (more on the methodology below). This is exclusive to Best Selling Cars, you won’t find it anywhere else! Toyota places 4 models in the Top 5, showing how established the brand is all over the world.

The Toyota Hilux is the model that appears most often in #1: in 28 countries, including 21 in Africa. The Toyota Corolla follows: #1 in 18 countries, and the only one across the 5 continents: Europe (1 country), Asia (6), Africa (9), America (1) and Oceania (1).

Then come the Toyota Camry, VW Golf (both 8 countries) and Toyota Yaris/Vios (7). For the list of all 57 models that appear #1 and in which countries they do so, see below.

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Categories: World

Vietnam November 2010: Toyota Fortuner at 6.8%

December 24th, 2010 No comments

Toyota Fortuner in HoChiMinh City, November 2010. Picture by my dear Mum and Dad.

At 11,198 registrations this month, the Vietnamese market is down 9% year-on-year and 4% year-to-date at 99,798 sales. The Toyota Innova regains its first spot with 811 sales (7.2%) followed by the Toyota Fortuner at an excellent 6.8% (732 sales).

#1 last month, the Kia K3000 delivers another strong month at #3 with 6.5% of the market and jumps to #3 YTD (5.3%). Solid performances also for the Toyota Corolla (#4 at 5.9%), Kia Morning (#5 at 5.1%), Daewoo Cruze (#7 at 3.2%) and Kia Forte (#12 at 2.1%).

Full Top 25 Ranking Table below. Read more…

Categories: Vietnam

Europe November 2010: C3 in Top10 for second time this year

December 23rd, 2010 No comments

The European market is down 7% in November at 1,094,293 registrations and down 5% over 11 months at 12,666,595 sales, with some signs of recovery as Germany slows its decline.

The Top 5 best selling models are unchanged vs. October, with the VW Golf still #1 by far, ahead of the VW Polo, #2 for the 5th time this year, and the Ford Fiesta, #3 but holding on to its #2 position year-to-date. Only 1,000 sales separate the #5 (Peugeot 207) from the #9 (Opel Astra)…

The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 for the second time this year with 17,423 sales, but this figure includes both C3 and C3 Classic sales.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Europe

Mexico November 2010: Jetta closer to Tsuru again…

December 20th, 2010 No comments

Another good month for the Mexican car market, up 16% in November at 75,582 registrations and 8% year-to-date with 715,465.

While the Nissan Tsuru is still ahead with 5,112 sales and 6.8% this month, its advantage over the VW Jetta dropped to 194 units, vs. 334 units in October. Note the Jetta figures are combined sales of the new & Clasico models.

In third, the Nissan Tiida Sedan delivers strong results again at 3,749 sales and 5% of the Mexican market, as well as the Chevrolet Aveo at 3.7% in #4.

Full Top 12 Ranking table below.

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Categories: Mexico

Brazil mid-December 2010: Uno only 62 units behind Gol!

December 20th, 2010 No comments

The Brazilian market seems to have engaged in exponential growth: with 176,725 registrations in the first half of December it is up an enormous 41% year-on-year.

The slight under-performance of the new Fiat Uno over the last couple of months seems to have in fact been due to stock issues: there is a 20,000 units waiting line for the model (which has prompted Fiat to delay the 2-door version launch to 2011) and rumours that Fiat will have to open another factory in the country to keep up with demand. See great article about Fiat’s success in Brazil here.

In any case, December 1st Half figures show what the Uno is really capable of: with 14,793 sales, it reaches 8.4% of the Brazilian market (its best ever share), only 62 units behind the VW Gol in #1! December could very well be the Uno’s very first month on top of Brazilian sales.

Full Top 50 Ranking table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Germany November 2010: Mercedes C Class #2, BMW 5 Series #6

December 20th, 2010 No comments

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the German car market: November sales (262,262) are down only 6% year-on-year.

Behind the VW Golf (slipping 0.5 point to 7.7% share), the Mercedes C Class continues its great run and improves its market share again to 3.3%. It is 3rd Year-to-date, now ahead of the Opel Astra. The VW Polo slips to #3 but stays 2nd YTD at 3.4%.

The BMW 5 Series is the other very strong performer this month in 6th at 2.4%, the best-selling BMW model for the second month in a row. The Audi A1 is up 16 spots at #28 with 2,537 sales and 1% of the market (Mini: 2,624).

Apart from the two Skodas and the Seat Ibiza (99.5% owned by VW), the only foreign model in the Top 30 is the Nissan Qashqai (#30), the Dacia Duster coming at #3 in 33rd place.

For the full Top 150 (yes, 150!!) Ranking table, click on ‘Read more’ below.

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Categories: Germany

China November 2010: Cruze #3 with best-ever 23,843 sales

December 20th, 2010 6 comments

Very strong sales figures this month in China, with each of the Top 3 cars delivering yearly bests. The VW Lavida is #1 for the second month in a row at 25,072 sales and 227,087 year-to-date (#2). The FAW Xiali N3/N5 continues its impressive progression and gains one more spot to finish #2 with 24,253 sales (#6 YTD).

The Chevrolet Cruze is this month’s best performer, for the first time in the Chinese Top 3 with best-ever 23,843 sales – first month above 20,000 units in China. The Cruze is 7th year-to-date with 171,717 registrations.

The BYD F3 seems to have stabilised around the 6th place, a far cry from its early 2010 performance. It however remains #1 YTD (237,354 sales) and should keep the Lavida at bay for the year-end results. Further down the ranking, the VW Bora, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Sail, Honda City and VW Polo all deliver their best 2010 month.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

Algeria November 2010: Symbol #1, 207 #3 at 6.6%

December 20th, 2010 No comments

Good month of November in Algeria, up 10% year-on-year with 14,578 registrations, the year-to-date figure is still down 6% however, at 202,180.

The Renault Symbol reclaims the first spot with an excellent 12.6% share (vs. 10.3% YTD), ahead of the Dacia Logan at a still very strong 8.5% (vs. 6.8% YTD). The Peugeot 207 is third with 6.6% of the Algerian market, a higher market share than in its native France!

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria