Archive for March, 2011

New Zealand February 2011: Suzuki Swift takes the lead

March 29th, 2011 No comments

In a market up a healthy 13% at 4,844 units, the Suzuki Swift grabs the pole position with 351 sales and 7.2% share, perhaps showing the effects of the new generation coming through dealerships already.

The Hyundai i30 is also very impressive in 2nd place at 310 sales and 6.4% share, whereas the Toyota Corolla (4.4%) and Holden Commodore (3.9%) are weaker than usual.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: New Zealand

World: 1960-2008 Historical Info now available

March 28th, 2011 No comments

VW Beetle

1980 Toyota Corolla

Historical Info on the best selling cars around the globe since 1960 has now been posted.

Pretty straight forward really, with the VW Beetle in the lead all through the sixties and into the mid-seventies, then losing its top spot when production dropped due to the arrival of the VW Golf. The Toyota Corolla then took the relay. It never looked back and still is the world’s best selling car today.

Click on ‘Read more’ below to check out these 7 new posts.

Note world models ranking are very rare to come across so if you have any official information relating to this from anytime before 2009 please make sure to get in touch on here by writing a comment. Thanks!

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Categories: World

Croatia January-February 2011: Skoda Octavia new leader

March 25th, 2011 No comments

The Croatian car market is on its way to recovery over the first 2 months of 2011, up 20% at 6,652 registrations. After 6 years of domination of the Opel Astra (albeit challenged by the VW Polo last year), 2011 looks like it will be the stage for a massive change atop the models ranking: the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with no less than 9% of the market!

That’s 3 times its 2010 market share (it was 6th then), and exactly double the sales of the Opel Astra, down to #2 at 4.5% share. The Renault Megane takes the 3rd spot at 276 sales and 4.1%. There are two newcomers in the Top 10: the Dacia Sandero in 8th place at 2.6% and the Renault Fluence in 10th at 2.4%.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Renault Fluence picture.

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Slovenia February 2011: Clio and Megane stay on top

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The car market is up 11% in Slovenia in February at 5,317 registrations. It’s a pretty uneventful month, with the usual models on top: the Renault Clio in 1st place with 326 sales (6.1%), ahead of the Renault Megane at 260 sales and 4.9%.

The VW Polo (3.9%) and Golf (3.4%) follow, while the Opel Astra gains 6 spots over January in 5th place, the Peugeot 207 gains 7 spots in 6th and the Citroen Berlingo gains 11 spots in 8th.

Full Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Slovenia

Venezuela February 2011: Chevy Aveo at 19%, Dodge Caliber #8

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

Dodge Caliber

Car sales are up 2% this month in Venezuela at 9,698 registrations. The Chevrolet Aveo stays at an impressively high level at 19% share with 1,842 sales, ahead of the Chevrolet Optra at 1,191 sales (12.3%). The Ford Fiesta takes the 3rd spot at 940 sales and 9.7% share.

In 4th place the Chevrolet C3500 grabs 7% of the market over the first two months of the year, compared to only 0.9% over the full year 2010. The Dodge Caliber delivers the best performance of the month in 8th position with 292 sales and 3% share, up from only 20 last month.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Venezuela

Germany February 2011: Volkswagen monopolises podium again Now with the Top 200 best selling models

March 21st, 2011 2 comments

* See ‘Read more’ below for the full Top 200 best selling models! Thanks Ausrutherford for the tip *

German car sales are up for the second month in a row at +15% and 224,226 units. Volkswagen monopolises the podium again with the Golf at #1 (7.6%), the Passat at #2 (3.8%) and the Polo at #3 (2.8%). Plus this month it places the Tiguan at #7 (1.9%), with sales starting to see the effect of the new generation arriving in concessions.

The Opel Astra stays strong at #4 (2.7%) as does the BMW 5 Series at #6 (2.1%). The Hyundai i30 is in the Top 20 at 3,096 sales (1.4%) and the Honda Jazz gains 65 spots over January at #31 and 1,858 sales. Notice the new Peugeot 508 up 117 spots at #75 with 742 sales.

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Germany

Brazil mid-March 2011: Fiat Uno confirms pole position!

March 18th, 2011 No comments

* Thanks to Titus for the tip – see ‘Read more’ below for the Top 100 best selling models *

Growth in Brazil seems to slow down slightly this fortnight at ‘only’ +8% and 142,369 registrations. After making history last month by passing the VW Gol for the first time, the Fiat Uno confirms its new Brazilian king status midway through March with 12,139 sales (8.5%) vs. 10,939 (7.7%) for the Gol.

If this stays the same until the end of the month and the Uno tops the ranking for 2 months in a row, it will be only the second time in 15 years any model apart from the Gol does so…with the Fiat Palio in 2006.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Algeria February 2011: Symbol #1, Duster in Top 10

March 18th, 2011 No comments

Car sales are up 8% in Algeria in February at 18,733 registrations. The Renault Symbol stays on top at a pretty high 1,884 sales figure and 10.1% of the market. The Peugeot 207 has a strong month at #2 with 1,227 units (6.5%).

The Dacia Logan is down to 3rd at 1,134 sales (6.1%) but its big brother the Dacia Duster breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in Algeria with 429 units and 2.3% share.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Europe February 2011: Clio #2, Passat back in Top 10

March 18th, 2011 1 comment

European car sales are on the up (+1%) for the first time since March 2010 at 1,008,512 registrations. The VW Golf leads, however at -8% with 33,954 units sold. The Renault Clio is #2 at 27,293 sales, boosted by a record month in France.

The VW Polo takes the 3rd spot, and the Opel Astra is strong in 5th position at +9%. The VW Passat returns to the Top 10 for the first time since April 2009 in 10th place with 17,748 sales (+36%).

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Europe

China February 2011: VW Lavida #1, Tiguan in Top 10, Sunny up

March 18th, 2011 No comments

VW Tiguan

* See the Top 150 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ below the Nissan Sunny pic! *

Chinese vehicles sales were up ‘only’ 5% in February at 1.26 million units, penalised by the week-long Lunar New Year festivities. The VW Lavida takes the lead for the fourth time in 10 months with 16,483 sales, however due to weaker Feb figures is only #4 year-to-date at 40,340 sales.

The BYD F3 falls to #8 but stays #1 year-to-date at 42,108 units. Two models that have quietly crept up the ranking recently reach their best-ever position this month: the Chevrolet Cruze is #2 at 15,181 units and the VW Bora is #4 with 14,408 sales.

The best performance of the month goes to the VW Tiguan, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time ever in China at #9 with 11,680 sales. The Nissan Sunny has a stellar second month of sales with 9,321 units moved at #17, + 21 spots on January.

Full Top 150 Ranking Table and Top 5 LCV’s below, many thanks to DC from for sharing the data!

Nissan Sunny

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Categories: China