Archive for May, 2011

Denmark April 2011: Hyundai i30 jumps to number 1

May 17th, 2011 No comments

Hyundai i30

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New car sales in Denmark are up 9% in April at 13,059 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 53,808 units, up 19%. After 3 months of Chevrolet Spark domination, this month the #1 honours go to the Hyundai i30, up 30 spots with 405 sales and 3.1% share. The Toyota Aygo is up one spot to #2 at 370 units and 2.8%, and the Opel Astra rounds off the podium with 340 sales and 2.6%.

The Toyota Avensis is back on the up at #4, ahead of the Opel Corsa and the Chevrolet Spark, down 5 spots to #6 with 313 sales and 2.4%. The Spark however keeps the pole position in the year-to-date ranking by far at 2,569 units and 4.8%. Notice the Kia Picanto, up 10 spots at #12 and the Audi A3 at #20 with 229 sales and 1.4%.

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France April 2011: Peugeot 207 back on top, 508 in Top 20

May 16th, 2011 5 comments

Peugeot 508

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The cash-for-clunkers scheme is now well and truly over, and the French new car market is down 11% year-on-year at 169,451 registrations. The Peugeot 207 reclaims the pole position for the first time in 2011 with 7,917 sales and 4.7%, ahead of the Renault Clio at 4.4%.

The Renault Megane is up 2 spots at #3 (3.8%) and the Scenic is up 7 spots at #4 (3.3%), with the Peugeot 308 also in shape at #5 (3.2%). By now you all know that the Dacia Duster was #1 for one week during April. It ranks #6 in the full month with 5,328 sales and 3.1%, all new records for the model in France.

Now officially on sale, the Peugeot 508 has a stellar ‘true’ first month, up 18 spots to #17 with 2,567 sales, already leading its category ahead of the Citroen C5 (2,440 sales), Renault Laguna (2,285) and VW Passat (1,583).

Nissan Juke

Other good performers include the Peugeot 3008 (#8), Nissan Qashqai (#19) and Juke (#30) and the Mercedes C Class, up 52 spots at #37. Two models break into the French Top 100 for the very first time this month: the Chevrolet Orlando is #81 and the Lexus CT is #98.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: France

Japan Kei cars April 2011: Subaru stops, places Stella in Top 10

May 16th, 2011 No comments

Subaru Stella

The Japanese Kei car market is down 45% this month with 76,849 registrations, due to repercussions from the March 11 quake. On May 8, Subaru announced it would stop producing Kei cars with best-seller Stella being halted as early as the end of the month. Stock-clearing rebates could therefore be responsible for the Stella jumping up 6 spots on last month to #9.

Atop the ranking, the podium stays unchanged albeit at much lower levels than last month. The Suzuki WagonR leads at 7,919 sales, ahead of the Daihatsu Move at 7,468 (but still #1 year-to-date with 54,683 sales) and the Daihatsu Tanto at 6,164 units. The Honda Life is up one spot to #4 and the Suzuki Palette is up 2 to #8.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Japan

Algeria April 2011: Hyundai Santa Fe in Top 10 for the first time

May 15th, 2011 No comments

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Algerian car market continues on its amazing run this year, up 25% in April at 25,534 registrations and up 32% year-to-date at 100,315 units. The Renault Symbol improves on its already imposing market share to reach 11.7% in April thanks to 2,990 new sales.

Hyundai places 3 models in the Top 6: the Hyundai Atos is up 2 spots at #2 with 1,462 sales and 5.7%, the Hyundai Accent is up 1 spot at #4 with 1,266 units and 5% and the Hyundai Santa Fe delivers the performance of the month: it breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in Algeria at #6 with 931 sales and 3.6% market share.

The Peugeot 207 drops to 3rd place but stays solid at 5.7%. It is #2 year-to-date at 5.2%. The Renault Clio III is #5 at 3.9%, the Kia Picanto drops 6 spots to #8 but ranks 5th year-to-date at 3,819 sales, up 169% year-on-year. The Dacia Logan is stuck at a worrying 9th place, down 69% this month. It is #3 year-to-date with 4,023 sales and 4%, down 43%.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Argentina April 2011: VW Gol takes off

May 15th, 2011 No comments

VW Gol Trend

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The Argentinean car market is up for the 18th time in a row in April at +27% with 64,639 registrations. The year-to-date figure is up an impressive 28% at 295,272 units. Cumulative ACARA data still doesn’t split all versions so I’ve kept this month’s ranking like last month’s – no split. This means this the VW Gol takes off in the ranking with 4,948 sales and 7.7% (2,637 of which are Gol Trend) making it #1 year-to-date as well.

The Chevrolet Classic/Corsa is #2 at 3,452 sales and 5.3%. A ranking of versions would actually put the Chevrolet Classic in the pole position with 3,158 sales (4.9%). The Ford Ecosport has another very solid month at #3 with 2,479 units, just above the Peugeot 207 at 2,477 and the Renault Sandero at 2,094. The VW Bora continues to progress in 6th place at 3.1%.

Renault Koleos

Other good performances this month include the Citroen C3 up 13 spots at #16 thanks to the Aircross version, the Peugeot 408 up 10 spots at #35 and the Renault Koleos up 21 spots at #63.

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Slovakia April 2011: Kia Sportage back to #3

May 15th, 2011 No comments

Kia Sportage

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The Slovak car market continues to shine, up 17% in April at 5,675 registrations and 29% year-to-date at 21,372 units. The Top 2 best selling models stay unchanged: the Skoda Octavia is lower than usual at 7.3% share vs. 8.9% year-to-date and the Skoda Fabia is solid at 6.4% vs. 6.9% year-to-date.

The locally produced Kia Sportage is up to a fantastic 3rd place with 225 sales and 4% share, a position it last held in January. The Sportage is now also #3 year-to-date with 674 sales and 3.2%, compared to #21 last year. The VW Golf is making up for a very shy start of the year by jumping up to 4th this month with 3% share, it is #8 year-to-date. The Suzuki SX4 is down to #5 but stays strong at 2.9%.

The Kia Cee’d is up to #6 with 2.6% and the Hyundai ix35 stands at a best-ever 7th place with 104 sales and 1.8%. Other great performances this month include the VW Passat, up 18 spots on last month to #11, the Seat Ibiza, up 15 spots to #16 and the Hyundai ix20, up 30 spots to #20.

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Categories: Slovakia

Bosnia & Herzegovina 2010: Skoda Fabia and Octavia dominate

May 14th, 2011 1 comment

Skoda Fabia

* Many thanks to Petar from Croatia who made this post update possible! *

In 2010 Bosnian consumers bought 9,202 new cars, down 6% on 2009. Skoda continues to dominate the market with the Skoda Fabia in first place with 979 sales and 10.6% share and the Skoda Octavia in 2nd place with 788 units and 8.6%. The VW Golf rounds off the podium with 476 sales and 5.2%

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Categories: Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vietnam April 2011: Daewoo Lacetti/Chevy Cruze takes the lead

May 14th, 2011 3 comments

Daewoo Lacetti in Hanoi, Vietnam December 2010

In April, the Vietnamese car market is down year-on-year for the first time in 2011 at -3% and 9,409 registrations. It is however still up 20% year-to-date at 37,305 units. The models ranking gets a bit of a shake this month: the Daewoo Lacetti/Chevrolet Cruze grabs the top spot in Vietnam for the first time with 549 sales and 5.8% share.

The Toyota Corolla is up 2 spots at #2 with 516 sales and 5.5%, just above the Toyota Innova, down 2 spots to #3 with 515 units but still #1 year-to-date with 2,372 sales and 6.4% share. The Toyota Fortuner is #4 at 5.1% and the Kia Morning is up to #5.

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Germany April 2011: VW Golf stronger

May 14th, 2011 6 comments

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The German car sales’ newfound growth is slowing down: up 3% in April at 266,251 registrations. For the third time in four months this year, VW monopolises the podium: the VW Golf/Plus/Jetta reaches its best share since September 2010 at 8.6% with 22,867 sales. The VW Passat ranks 2nd at 3.3% and the VW Polo is 3rd at 2.9%, all shares being close to their 2011 year-to-date levels.

The Opel Astra stays strong at #4 and 2.6%, the Mercedes C Class is back in the game at #5, its best position since November 2010 and the VW Touran is up 6 spots at #8. The Mini reaches its highest level in over a year in 18th place and 3,734 sales. The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling foreign model anew at #22, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (#26) and the Fiat Ducato (#28) in exceptional shape, up 20 spots over March.

Mercedes SLS

Notice the Mercedes SLK at #61 (1,112 sales), the Porsche 911 at #87 (683 sales), the Porsche Panamera at #157 (248 sales) and the Mercedes SLS AMG at #170 (162 sales).

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Romania April 2011: VW Golf on podium

May 13th, 2011 No comments

VW Golf

Although stronger than in March at 4,999 units, the Romanian car market is down 44% year-on-year in April and 17% year-to-date. The Top 2 best selling cars stay unchanged. The Dacia Logan stabilises around 17% market share and the Skoda Octavia confirms it is selling at a much higher rate than in 2010 with a solid 7.2% market share this month and 7.4% year-to-date.

The best performance of the month goes to the VW Golf, up to 3rd with a very strong 6.7% market share. It also passes the Dacia Duster to establish itself as the 3rd best selling car in Romania year-to-date at 4.6%, compared to 2.9% in 2010. The Duster stays relatively strong at #4 and 3.6%, ahead of the Opel Astra at 2.7%, making the April Top 5 identical to the year-to-date Top 5.

Good month also for the Renault Fluence, up to #6 with 134 sales and 2.7%, the VW Jetta breaking into the Top 10 at #10 and 1.9% and the Fiat 500 going from virtually no sales to 86 and #13.

Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Romania