Mercedes C Class, #2 in Germany in 2001
* Now with every Monthly Top 30 for 2010! *
After the 1946 to 2000 period, I have now uploaded Historical Data for years 2001 to 2010 in Germany. You can access at least a year-end Top 50 for each year and every single Monthly Top 10, 20 or 30 from January 2002 on! See the direct links to these 10 new articles by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of this post.
In 2001 and for the first time in 15 years, the #2 spot is not held by an Opel – Kadett or Astra – but by the Mercedes C Class. In fact, the Astra will rank 2nd only twice during the decade (2004 and 2005), giving way to the BMW 3 Series (2002, 2003), VW Passat (2006, 2007), Audi A4 (2008) and VW Polo (2009, 2010).
Audi A4, #2 in 2008
The noughties is a decade to forget for the VW Golf. Even though it stays on top the whole time, the arrival of the VW Touran in 2003 and Golf Plus in 2004 destabilise its sales. It stays below 7% year-end share, an all-time low, between 2003 and 2007 even dropping to 5.3% in December 2003. The 6th generation brings back the nameplate to a more familiar 9.6% share in 2009.
Skoda Fabia, #2 in February and September 2009
2009 is the year the German models ranking went mad due to a very vigorous scrappage scheme: the Skoda Fabia #2 twice! The Fiat Panda #4! Dacia Sandero and Fiat Grande Punto #7!
See ‘Read more’ for the direct links to these 10 new posts.
Thanks to Autoblog Español, I am able to share with you the best-selling models in Algeria in more detail than usual this month.
May 2011 will be remembered as the first month a Chinese import managed to rank within the Algerian Top 10. The Chevrolet Sail manages this feat for its very first month of sales in the country at #8 with 575 units.
The Top 4 is unchanged vs. April, with the Renault Symbol leader by far at 3,731 sales, ahead of the Hyundai Atos (2,011 units), Peugeot 207 (1,741) and Hyundai Accent (1,700). The Suzuki Alto has an excellent month at #5 with 1,234 sales and the Dacia Logan is up to a still shy 6th place.
Full May Top 35 and year-to-date Top 10 Ranking Tables below.
Street scene in Asuncion, Paraguay. Picture by AFS USA
* Thanks to Seba & Pablo, I can now shed more light on the Paraguayan car market! *
No official data available for Paraguay, only that Chevrolet dominates and should be placing the Chevrolet Classic in the first place of the models ranking. Looking at the streets of the capital Asuncion, the Fiat Siena also seems to be among the best-sellers, however the current generation is nowhere to be seen on Fiat Paraguay’s website. Strange. The VW Gol and Kia Rio are also popular.
Paraguay is land-locked, and an interesting fact about Paraguayan car sales is that 65% of used car imports arriving at Iquique, Chile are exported directly to Paraguay. That’s more than 43,000 cars over the last 12 months, however the rhythm has increased to 1,000 imports per day lately! 80% of theses used cars are right-hand drive Japanese models, therefore supposedly unfit for Paraguyan roads. Again, strange.
Asuncion street videos and information source: click on ‘Read more’ below the VW Gol pic.
VW Gol in Asuncion. Picture: Flickr
Car sales are down 7% this week in France at 48,750 registrations. The Peugeot 207 is back on top at 4.3% share, ahead of the Renault Clio at 4.1% and the Citroen C3 at 3.7%.
The Peugeot 308, boosted by its recent refresh, is up to #4 with 1,741 sales and 3.6%, ahead of the Renault Megane at 3.3% and the Scenic at 2.9%. Like in May, Peugeot is ahead of Renault at 8,733 sales vs. 8.066 this week, with Citroen a close 3rd at 8,028 units.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
Malaysian car sales are down 10% in May at 44,077 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 246,850 units, still up 4%. This month the Perodua Myvi is unusually low in the ranking (#4) due to low stocks in advance of the 2nd generation’s June launch.
This triggers a few landmarks: the Proton Saga takes off in 1st place at 15.1% market share, its best ever in the country, and is now #1 year-to-date with 33,649 sales and 13.6%. The Proton Persona climbs onto the podium for the first time since January 2008 (!) at #3 with 4,294 units and 9.7% share, its best ever also.
Proton decidedly makes the most of the situation, placing the Exora MPV up to #6, again possibly its best ever position. Other performers this month include the Proton Inspira, back on the up at #13 and 1.6% share, the Naza/Kia Forte, up 4 spots to #18 and the Chery Eastar, up 12 spots to #27.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
Dacia Logan, picture by Vaughan London
Moroccan car sales are up a very healthy 9% over the first 5 months of 2011 at 40,919 registrations, with May at 9,032 units. The Dacia Logan looks like it will be the best-seller in the country for a 6th consecutive year, holding its ground at a very solid 14.5% share.
Moroccan consumers finally have access to the new generation Renault Kangoo, on sale along the previous generation, still available, adding up to 4,438 sales or 10.8% share year-to-date. Dacia is still the #1 brand in Morocco at 9,000 units and 22% share, with the Sandero estimated at 3.4% share and an excellent start for the Duster, selling 1,700 units over 5 months for a 4.2% share.
Ford breaks records in the country and achieves its best-ever month in May at 591 sales and 6.5% share, bringing its year-to-date figure to 2,503 units (6.1%), the #4 brand behind Dacia, Renault and Peugeot. The Ford Fiesta is the key to Ford’s success in Morocco. VW is #5 at 5.8%, ahead of Citroen, Hyundai (both at 5.3%), Kia (5.1%), Toyota (3.4%) and Fiat (3.1%).
Full Top 10 Brands Ranking Table below.
The new car market in Canada is down 4% this month to 149,034 units. The Ford F-Series keeps the pole position with over 7,500 sales and 5% share and is followed by two Dodge models: the RAM pick-up and Caravan, both very solid at 3.7%.
The Hyundai Elantra is the best-selling passenger car this month with a stellar 4,780 sales and 3.2% share, ahead of the Honda Civic, down 1 spot, and the Ford Escape, up 6 spots. The Chevrolet Cruze establishes itself in the Top 10 at #9 for the 2nd month in a row, the VW Jetta is up to #11 and the Ford Focus is back in the Top 15. Fiat sells 678 units of its new 500.
Full Top 15 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Dodge RAM picture.
* See the Top 50 best-sellling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
At 16,517 units, Danish car sales are up an impressive 28% in May, and the year-to-date figure is up 22% at 70,703 registrations. The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling model in the country for the 2nd month in a row with 537 sales and 3.3% share, now up to #9 year-to-date at 2.1%.
The Toyota Aygo stays #2 at 3.1%, virtually identical to its year-to-date situation, the Chevrolet Spark is back up to #3 and 3% share and still leads the year-to-date ranking with 3,067 units and 4.3%. Excellent 4th place for the Peugeot 107 while the Citroen C1 is up to #8, making the ‘Kolin sisters’ (Aygo, C1 and 107) reach an astounding 8.2% market share this month in Denmark.
Notice the Ford C-Max up 39 spots to #16 at 279 units and 1.7% and the Peugeot 508 breaking into the Top 30 for the first time in Denmark at #28 with 228 sales and 1.4%.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
* Now updated with the Top 250 best-selling models! See ‘Read more’ at end of post *
German consumers are buying new cars again: sales are up a massive 22% year-on-year in May at 304,543 registrations. VW continues to impress: for the 4th time in 5 months the brand monopolises the podium. The VW Golf/Plus/Jetta keeps the lead by far at 25,606 units and 8.4%.
The VW Passat ranks 2nd again with 10,075 sales and 3.3%. While this figure sounds rather unimpressive, it is in fact the first time since October 2009 (19 months!) and the Opel Corsa + Skoda Fabia that the #2 model sells over 10,000 units in a month in Germany…
2012 BMW 1 Series
Faithful to a 3rd place it has occupied all of this year, the VW Polo sees 9,796 units changing hands this month for a 3.2% market share, followed by the Opel Astra and Mercedes C Class, both improving their share to 2.9% and 2.6% respectively. Just as the 2012 generation (above) was revealed, the BMW 1 Series climbs back into the Top 10 for the first time since July 2010 at 5,483 units (1.8%).
Without counting Skoda and Seat models, there are only two ‘real’ foreigners in the Top 30: the Hyundai i30 at #25 and the Nissan Qashqai at #27. Notice the VW Caddy in the Top 20, the Audi A5 in the Top 30 and the Peugeot 308 up 20 spots to #39.
Full Top 250 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
The Maserati GranTurismo ranks #241 with 34 sales.
The European car market is looking brighter, up 7% year-on-year in May at 1,230,453 units. This brings the year-to-date total to 6,038,928, now only down 0.3%. 7 of the Top 10 best-selling models register year-on-year increases, compared to only 2 last month.
The VW Golf stays very strong at 3.7% share and 45,843 sales, up 9%. The Ford Fiesta is up to #2 for the 2nd time this year at 32,722 units (+3%) and consolidates its 2nd place year-to-date, albeit with sales down 21%. The VW Polo, Opel Corsa and Astra all post solid months too.
At #6, the Ford Focus is up 3 spots on April at 25,960 units (+19%), the VW Passat is down to #8 but still robust at +49% year-on-year and the Fiat Punto is back in the Top 10 for the first time since February with 20,577 sales.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.