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Brazil 1954-2013 Historical Data: now updated with more detail

April 20th, 2011 No comments

The VW Fusca was #1 in Brazil from 1954 to 1980

The direct links to 31 Historical posts are below!

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Brazilian car bible Quatro Rodas had the great idea to digitise each of their issues, revealing sales and production figures since 1962! Many thanks to Marcelo de Vasconcellos for the tip! I have therefore updated all Brazilian Historical Data, with yearly figures now available from 1962 to 2012.

The VW Brasilia was #1 in Brazil for 6 months between 1977 and 1979

You will discover that the 25-year long reign of the VW Fusca (aka Beetle) was threatened in 1977-79 by the VW Brasilia… that the Fiat 147 took the lead from 1981 to 1983 before giving the relay to the Chevrolet Monza up to 1986… and that the 25-year long domination of the VW Gol was interrupted in 1994 by the Fiat Uno for…486 units!

The VW Kombi was #2 in Brasil from 1966 to 1968

Brazil Historical Data:

Brazil 1954-1961: VW Fusca leads the way

Brazil 1962-1965: VW Fusca, Aero Willys and Willys Rural strong sellers 

Brazil 1966-1969: VW Fusca and Kombi dominate

Brazil 1970-1973: VW Fusca at its highest, Chevrolet Opala and Ford Corcel strong

Brazil 1974-1976: VW Fusca and Brasilia dominate 

Brazil 1977-1980: VW Fusca and Brasilia fight it out, Fiat lands

Brazil 1981: Fiat 147 takes the lead, Chevrolet Chevette strong

Brazil 1982: Fiat 147 and VW Voyage above VW Fusca 

Brazil 1983: Fiat 147, Chevrolet Chevette and VW Gol on podium

Brazil 1984-1986: Chevrolet Monza tops the charts 

Brazil 1987-1989: VW Gol takes the lead, Chevrolet Monza #2

Brazil 1990-1992: VW Gol, Fiat Uno and Chevrolet Monza on podium

Brazil 1993: VW Gol, Fiat Uno and Ford Escort on podium, VW Logus lands 

Brazil 1994: Fiat Uno edges out VW Gol!

Brazil 1995: VW Gol back to #1, Fiat Tipo leads for a month

Brazil 1996: Fiat launches Palio to challenge Gol domination

Brazil 1997: VW Gol and Fiat Palio at their highest 

Brazil 1998-2000: VW Gol keeps the lead, Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Corsa follow  

Brazil 2001: VW Gol and Fiat Palio dominate

Brazil 2002: VW Gol at 15%, Chevrolet Corsa #2

Brazil 2003: VW Gol, Chevrolet Corsa and Fiat Palio on podium

Brazil 2004: VW Gol leads, new gen Fiat Palio up to #2

Brazil 2005: new gen Gol on top, Corsa and Palio follow

Brazil 2006: VW Gol #1 for 20th year, Fiat Palio on top twice

Brazil 2007: VW Gol and Fiat Palio at 220,000+ sales

Brazil 2008: new gen Gol takes off, Palio and Uno follow

Brazil 2009: VW Gol above 300,000 sales

Brazil 2010: VW Gol resists new generation Fiat Uno assault

Brazil 2011: VW Gol leads for 24th year, Fiat Uno breaks record

Brazil 2012: VW Gol celebrates 25 years at #1, Fiat Palio on podium

Brazil 2013: VW Gol distant leader, Chevrolet Onix edges Hyundai HB20 out by 13 units

Categories: Brazil

Pakistan March 2011: Suzuki Alto up to #3

April 18th, 2011 No comments

Official sales data from the Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association indicate that the Toyota Corolla is still by far the best-selling car in the country this month with 3,397 sales and 21.6% share. It is also leader year-to-date at 12,103 units and 27.7%.

The Suzuki Mehran (aka Maruti 800) stays 2nd at 2,654 sales and a strong 16.9% share, or 17.1% year-to-date, compared to 15.6% in 2010. Excellent performance of the Suzuki Alto, climbing onto the podium in March at 1,957 sales and 12.5%. It is #5 year-to-date at 8.3% share.

The Suzuki Bolan follows in 4th, and the Honda City has a great year so far with 3,006 sales and 6.9% year-to-date, one percentage point above its 2010 share.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Poland February 2011: Skoda Fabia in the lead (or is it?)

April 18th, 2011 2 comments

CORRECTION: Official figures published by www.carmarket.com.pl put the Skoda Octavia in the lead with 1,319 sales vs. 1,103 for the Fabia.

21,763 new cars were sold in Poland in February, up 1% year-on-year. For the first time since 2009, the Skoda Fabia is the best selling car in the country, ahead of its big sister the Skoda Octavia with 908 sales (4.2%) vs. 856 (3.9%). The Octavia is still #1 year-to-date at 6.1% share, with the Fabia #2 at 5%, both well above their 2010 levels.

In 3rd position, the Opel Astra gains one spot on January at 789 sales (3.6%) and is also #3 year-to-date at 3.8% share. It is followed by the Fiat Punto and Ford Focus. Notice the excellent performance of the Chevrolet Aveo, outside the Top 20 in 2010 but #8 in 2011 year-to-date.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Poland

Japan Kei cars March 2011: Suzuki Wagon R reclaims pole position

April 17th, 2011 No comments

Suzuki WagonR

After two months under the leadership of the Daihatsu Move, the Suzuki Wagon R reclaims its title of best selling Kei car for the first time this year with 17,290 sales. It is however still #2 year-to-date at 42,764 units vs. 47,215 for the Move.

The next three models are unchanged from February: the Daihatsu Tanto is #3 at 13,528, followed by the Suzuki Alto (8,652) and the Honda Life (8,332). The Daihatsu Mira is up one spot at #6 and the Mitsubishi eK is up 3 spots at #8, whereas the new Suzuki MR Wagon drops 2 places at #12.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Japan

Algeria March 2011: Renault Symbol leads, Kia Picanto #2

April 17th, 2011 No comments

Outstanding month for new car sales in Algeria: the market is up 40% year-on-year in March at 25,971 registrations, and 35% year-to-date at 74,781. The Renault Symbol keeps the lead with 2,469 sales and 9.5%, and this month it is followed by the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 207, both at 1,525 sales and 5.9%.

Hyundai stays strong with the Atos in 4th place at 5.2% share and the Accent in 5th at 4.7%. The Dacia Logan has a weak month in 9th place at 2.3%, it is however #3 year-to-date with 3,306 sales and 4.4%. The Peugeot 308 slips into the Top 10 at 510 units and 2% share.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Vietnam March 2011: Toyota Innova and Vios on top

April 16th, 2011 No comments

Toyota Vios in Hanoi, Vietnam December 2010

New car sales in Vietnam are up 1% in March at 9,513 units, and up 30% year-to-date at 27,896. The Toyota Innova holds onto its throne with 590 sales and 6.2%, and is followed this month by the Toyota Vios, up 2 spots at 475 registrations and 5% share.

The Chevrolet Cruze jumps onto the podium in 3rd place at 460 sales and 4.8%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Fortuner, both at 4.6%. Notice the Mercedes E Class at #20.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Vietnam

Taiwan March 2011: Toyota Corolla back to #1, RAV4 #3

April 16th, 2011 No comments

Toyota RAV4

New car sales in Taiwan are up an explosive 58% in the first Quarter of 2011 at 106,191 registrations, and in March alone, imports are up 70% at 9,411 units.

The Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling car in Taiwan with 3,862 sales and 10.9% share, ahead of the Nissan Tiida at 1,590 sales and 4.5%. The all-new Toyota RAV4 climbs onto the podium with 1,477 units and 4.2% whereas the Nissan Livina stays strong in 4th with 1,436 sales and 4%.

Other good performances include the Hyundai ix35, up 7 spots and #14 with 707 sales and 2% and the BMW 5 Series at #22 with 435 units and 1.2%.

Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Taiwan

Venezuela March 2011: Ford Fiesta leads, new Ranger #5

April 16th, 2011 No comments

Ford Fiesta

The Venezuelan car market is down 5% in March at 10,289 registrations, and down 7% year-to-date at 25,790 units. There is a bit of a reshuffle in the models ranking this month: after leading with nearly 20% share for a few months, the Chevrolet Aveo drops to #2 and let the Ford Fiesta access the pole position with 1,122 sales and 10.9% market share. The Venezuelan Fiesta is a restyled version of the 1999 European model identical to the Fiesta sold in Brazil.

The Aveo is still #1 year-to-date by far at 15.5% share, and the Chevrolet Optra ranks 3rd this month at 6.7%, but it is still #2 in 2011 with 2,582 units and 10%. Excellent performance of the Chevrolet Silverado, up 8 spots on February in 4th place with 532 sales and 5.2%.

The new Ford Ranger, a unique design for South American that has nothing to do with the US version, is an instant hit: already #5 for its very first month of sales with 488 units changing hands and 4.7% share.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Venezuela

Slovenia March 2011: Clio and Megane on top, Peugeot 508 arrives

April 16th, 2011 No comments


Peugeot 508

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Slovenian car sales are stable in March at 5,909 registrations. The podium is unchanged vs. February and 2010, with the Renault Clio in the lead at 6.2% share, followed by the Renault Megane (4.7%) and  VW Polo (3.4%).

The Opel Astra climbs to 4th place with 174 sales and 2.9%, ahead of the VW Golf at 2.7% and the Peugeot 207 at 2.4%. At #10 with 2.2% share, the Peugeot 308 gains 10 spots on February, the Renault Scenic gains 12 spots at #11, the Opel Insignia gains 29 at #12 and the VW Passat gains 15 at #23.

Notice the Peugeot 508 in the Top 50 for the first time at #49 with 37 sales and 0.6% of the market.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Slovenia

Latvia March 2011: Golf #1, Renault Scenic & VW Caddy in Top5

April 16th, 2011 No comments

VW Caddy

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At 1,902 units over the first 3 months of 2011, new car sales in Latvia are up 132% on 2010 and 45% on 2009 but are still a far cry (-68%!) from the 5,934 registrations achieved in Q1 2008.

Stable on top, the VW Golf leads the way again and improves its market share over last year at 5.2% thanks to 98 sales. The Renault Megane takes the 2nd spot at 4.7% share, followed by the Ford Focus at 3.6%.

3 models deliver explosive growth to land in the Top 10 over the period: the Renault Scenic is up 50 spots to reach the 4th place with 64 sales and 3.4%, the VW Caddy gains 30 spots to #6 at 59 sales (3.1%) and the Suzuki SX4 grows by 53 spots to #8 at 54 units (2.8%). Notice the Lexus RX at #17, the Nissan Juke at #18 and BMW X6 at #19.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Latvia