The Skoda 120 was #1 in Czechoslovakia in the 1980′s.
Looking at the rare new posts over the last week it doesn’t seem like I have done much work lately, but believe me I have! You can now check out Historical Data as far as 1969 for Czechoslovakia, split between Czech Republic and Slovakia from 1993 onwards.
Witness different Skoda models take the lead of these markets along the years: the 100 (1969), 120 (1977), Favorit (1988), Felicia (1995), Fabia (2000) and finally Octavia (2009 in Czech Republic, 2010 in Slovakia), most of them reaching 30%+ market shares…
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The Austrian market starts the year up 22% at 25,584 registrations in January. No surprises on top: like in Germany and the general European ranking, the VW Golf leads (4.5%) followed by the VW Polo (2.9%), however with shares lower than in 2010.
The Skoda Fabia climbs back onto the podium with 617 sales and 2.4%, ahead of a very strong Opel Meriva, 4th with 588 sales (2.3%). The Opel Astra and Skoda Octavia are the only two other models above 2% share. Notice the VW Sharan still strong in 8th with 1.9%, the Ford Galaxy at #11 and the Seat Alhambra at #27.
Full January Top 100 Ranking Table below. **Many thanks to Ausrutherford for the source tip!**
The Dacia Logan is Romania’s best seller since 2005, as the Dacia 1300 was from 1969 to 2000.
Witness the launch of the Dacia Logan in September 2004, instantly grabbing 33% of the market and growing to 44% share in 2005-2006. Watch the success of the Dacia SupeRNova and Solenza in the early 00′s, and follow the three decade-long domination of the Dacia 1300/1310, a rebadged Renault 12…
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 14 Historical articles.
Euphoric start of the year for the Algerian car market, up 29% at 23,641 registrations. The Renault Group monopolises the podium: the Renault Symbol leads the way with 2,613 sales and 11.1% of the market, ahead of the Dacia Logan (6.7%) and the Renault Clio III at a very solid 4.5% share.
The Peugeot 207 is 4th (4.1%) followed by the Kia Picanto (3.7%). VW places two models in the Top 10: the Golf in 6th (2.8%) and the Polo in 9th (1.9%).
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
Toyota Corolla in Sapa, Vietnam January 2011
The Vietnamese car market starts the year with a bang: it is up 48% with 10,424 registrations. Four Toyotas still dominate, but this time the Innova (6.7%) and Corolla Altis (6.5%) are on top, followed by the Fortuner (5.9%) and Vios (5.8%).
The Daewoo Lacetti (5.7%), Kia Morning (5.5%) and Kia Forte (4.2%) are all in very strong progression, ahead of the Kia Carens also very solid at 3.6%. The Mitsubishi Zinger jumps into the Top 20 at #16 (1.3%).
Kia Forte in Hanoi, Vietnam January 2011
Full Top 20 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
The European car market is stable in January, down only 1% at 1,070,231 registrations thanks to France and Germany holding well. The VW Golf is distant leader at 38,860 sales and 3.6%, and the VW Polo is back to #2 with 28,882 sals and 2.7%. Both are very close to their 2010 shares.
The Ford Fiesta is down 31% on January 2010 in 3rd, followed by the Renault Clio (-21%) and the Opel Corsa (-2%). The Opel Astra is up 7% in 6th place with 21,603 registrations and 2% of the market. The only other model to be up on January 2010 is the Ford Focus in 9th.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
After a weak January, the Fiat Uno is back in the race for #1 with a 8.4% share half-way through February, as the VW Gol drops to 8.8%. The VW Fox/CrossFox stays 3rd above 5%, and the Fiat Strada, a pick-up based on the Fiat Palio, climbs to #4 with 4,911 sales and 3.8%. Another successful pick-up is the Chevrolet Montana (based on the Chevrolet Agile), gaining 6 spots over January at #18 at 1,678 sales and 1.3%.
Other strong performances this month include the Honda City, up 6 spots at #22, the Citroen C3 Aircross continuing its progression at #42, the Kia Soul breaking into the Top 50 at #44 and the Mitsubishi ASX, up 15 spots at #64.
Full Top 85 Ranking Table: click on ‘read more’ below.
This month is the biggest month ever for Chinese car sales: 1.894 million vehicles changed hands including 1.529 million passenger cars, up 14% on an already record-breaking January ’10. This is also possibly the biggest single month ever in any country in the world. 47 models sold more than 10,000 units, the highest figure ever reached by any country on the planet.
Behind the BYD F3, #1 again with 29,731 registrations, 4 models beat their volume record: the FAW Xiali N3/N5 is at 29,267 sales, the Buick Excelle is at 28,149 units in #3, the Chevrolet Cruze moves 24,225 units at #5 and the VW Bora sells 23,949 at #6.
#3 in December, the Great Wall Tengyi C30 is strong again this month, ranking 11th with 18,283 sales. The Buick Excelle XT/GT and Kia Forte Furuidi both break into the Top 20, respectively at #16 with 16,343 sales and #19 with 13,947 sales. The new Nissan Sunny is above 10,000 units for its very first month of sales at #38 with 10,811 registrations.
Full January Top 150 and LCV Top 5 Ranking Tables below.
The Danish market is up 16% this month at 12,349 registrations, up 58% on January 2009 but still down 14% on January 2008.
Already #1 in November, the Chevrolet Spark takes the lead again in January with 903 sales and 7.3% share, well ahead of the Toyota Aygo, #2 at 532 sales and 4.3%. The Toyota Avensis rounds off the podium with 486 sales and 3.9%.
Notice the 13th place of the new Toyota Verso and the Suzuki Splash at #19. Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.
*Thanks to Enrique at Autoblog Espanol for sharing the best-selling models by segment! Check out the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ below*
The French car market is up 8% in January at 185,603 registrations, the result of orders made in December to benefit from the last day of scrappage schemes. The Renault Clio takes the lead just above 10,000 sales (5.4%) ahead of the Peugeot 207 at 5.1%, the Renault Twingo at 4.6% and the Citroen C3, strong again in 4th at 3.8%.
The Peugeot 206+ delivers the performance of the month with a best-ever 3.4% share and 5th position with 6,342 sales, an outstanding feat for what is after all a restyled 1998 model. The Citroen C4 II gains more ground at #13 with 4,016 sales (2.2%).
Two new French models appear in the Top 50 for the first time, albeit exclusively through dealership sales: the Peugeot 508 is 39th with 1,354 sales (0.7%) and the Renault Latitude is 49th with 971 sales (0.5%).
More commentaries and Top 100 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.