Suzuki MR Wagon
A bit of shake up in the Kei cars ranking this month: the Daihatsu Move, #3 in 2010, climbs to first place in January with 14,207 sales, well ahead of the two stars of last year, the Suzuki Wagon R at 11,119 units and the Daihatsu Tanto at 10,690.
There is a new entrant in the Top 10: the new generation Suzuki MR Wagon gains 12 spots to reach 3,231 sales and rank 10th. It was 19th in 2010 with 11,938 registrations.
Full January Top 20 Ranking Table below.
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The Central & Eastern European market is down 5% in 2010 at 880,043 registrations. The Skoda Octavia, #1 in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, gains 8% to improve its market share to a very solid 7.2%. Whereas it is now over 60,000 sales again, its little sister the Skoda Fabia drops under 40,000 at 39,862 (-12%) and 4.5% market share at #2.
#1 in 2008, the Dacia Logan suffers from the weakness of the Romanian market and drops 15% at 31,246 sales and 3.6%, followed by the VW Golf gaining 1 spot in 4th (2.8%). The Opel Astra (+34% in 6th) and VW Polo (+23% in 10th) deliver the best performances of the Top 10.
Previous year: Central & Eastern Europe 2009: Skoda Octavia new favourite
Full Year 2010 Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The VW CitiGolf was #3 in South Africa in 2005.
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In 2010, the Croatian car market is down 14% on an already slow 2009 with 38,587 registrations. The leadership of the Opel Astra, #1 for 6 consecutive years, is challenged this year: Croatian car websites have published an article saying the VW Polo is actually the best selling car in the country…because Astra figures include the 3 generations of the model (1998, 2004 and 2009) still on sale in Croatia.
However in the absence of available split numbers, I have stuck with the official data that still shows the Astra in pole position with 2,241 registrations and 5.8% and the VW Polo #2 with 1,821 units and 4.7%. The Opel Corsa rounds off the podium with 1,462 sales (3.8%), ahead of the VW Golf (3.4%) and Renault Megane (3.3%). Notice the Hyundai i20 climbing up the ladder at #18.
Full Year 2010 Top 20 Ranking Table below.
The Greek car market is still in recession, down 63% this month at 9,740 registrations. Recently refreshed, the Opel Corsa takes the lead with a very strong 6.6% market share and 647 sales, followed by the Toyota Yaris (6.3%) and VW Polo (5.2%), also very solid. Opel leads the compact category as well with the Astra in 4th at 357 sales (3.7%) ahead of the Toyota Auris (3.5%).
Good performances of the Citroen C3 up to #8, the VW Scirocco, 3rd best selling VW behind the Polo and Golf at #24, and the Nissan Juke up to #25 with 120 sales and 1.2% share.
Full Top 40 Ranking Table below.
Slovak car sales are up a shining 51% in January at 4,414 registrations. The two leading Skodas stay put, with the Octavia #1 at 480 sales and a very solid 10.9% share, and the Fabia very stable in #2 at 328 sales and 7.4%.
The surprise of the month is the arrival on the podium of the Kia Sportage with 151 sales and 3.4%! After finishing 5th in Poland in December, the new Korean SUV confirms its extraordinary success in Eastern Europe. Kia is reportedly working extra hard to keep up with demand. The Suzuki SX4 is stable in 4th at 3.1%.
Full Top 35 Ranking Table below.
Luxgen 7 SUV
The Taiwanese car market is simply euphoric this month: at 53,310 registrations it is the best monthly figure in 4 years! The Toyota Corolla holds onto its #1 spot with an even increased market share (10%) and the Nissan Tiida stays 2nd at a strong 5.6% share and just under 3,000 sales.
The Toyota Camry, #4 in 2010, jumps onto the 3rd place, ahead of a solid Nissan Livina at 4.4%. The local Luxgen 7 SUV delivers its best ever month in 6th with 2,244 sales and 4.2% of the Taiwanese market, more than double its 2010 share…
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.
Traditionally the weakest month of the year in Romania, January sales are however up 24% at 2,648 registrations. The Dacia Logan is 11 percentage points below its 2010 market share at 15.1%, followed by the Skoda Octavia (5.7%) and a Dacia Duster (4.6%) consolidating its presence on the podium.
Below the VW Golf (3.2%), the Dacia Sandero is also doing well in 5th with 2.7% share, and the new VW Passat gains 8 spots over its 2010 ranking in 7th place with 2.4%. The Suzuki Alto is #14 and the BMW X5 is #19.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.
Relatively good start of the year for the Mexican car market at +7% with 68,766 registrations. Nissan places two models on top: the Nissan Tsuru is #1 again, and even grows faster than the market at +13% with 5,366 sales (7.8%), and the Nissan Tiida Sedan continues its amazing progression at #2 with 4,279 sales (6.2%) and +74%.
Strong showings for the VW Jetta Clasico in 3rd (+32%) and the Chevrolet Aveo in 4th (+87%), but the real event this month is the arrival of two newbies in the Top 10: the Chevrolet Spark is #6 with 1,886 sales (2.7%) and the VW New Jetta is #7 with 1,816 units (2.6%).
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
VW Polo Sedan
Another exceptional month for the Russian car market, up 72% at 127,564 registrations! The Lada 2105/2107 claims the #1 spot back with 9,812 sales and 7.7% share, comfortably ahead of the Lada Kalina at 8,414 sales and 6.6%. The Lada Priora (6%) and Samara (4.8%) follow.
The Renault Logan leads the foreign models anew – although produced locally – with close to 5,000 sales and a strong 3.8% share. Good showing for the 34 year-old Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) in 6th at a solid 2.7%. This month’s best performance goes to the VW Polo, breaking into the Russian Top 10 for the very first time at #8 with 2,554 sales (2%), benefiting from the fondness of Russian consumers for sedans.
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.