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Mongolia 2011: Hyundai Accent and Sonata possible leaders

July 31st, 2011 1 comment

Hyundai Accent

Yes, I know. Mongolia was the only major country not to be featured in BestSellingCars… until today! You’d think that given its geographical situation, Mongolia’s car market would be a mix of Chinese and Russian cars. Not so! Observation of the streets of Ulan Bataar through recent YouTube videos shows Hyundai has established a very solid grip on the Mongolian market, with various generations of Hyundai Accent and Sonata the most common.

Hyundai Sonata

So I will venture a – calculated – bet: the new generation Hyundai Accent and Sonata could lead the models ranking in Mongolia in 2011. Japanese brands are also appreciated there, especially Toyota. In that context, other models that should find their way towards the Mongolian Top 10 are the Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan X-Trail and possibly Nissan Qashqai and Tiida.

If you have any official car sales data for Mongolia please make sure to get in touch!

Mongolian street videos below.

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Categories: Mongolia

This is BestSellingCars’ post number 1,001!

July 30th, 2011 18 comments

Lada Granta

Exactly 9 months after starting this blog on 29 October 2010, we have passed a big milestone at BestSellingCars today: this is my 1,001st post! That’s an average of 3.6 posts a day…yep I have been hard at work! :-)

You have been more and more numerous – 54,500 unique visitors over the last 3 months – to check on the world’s best selling cars here each day, and I want to thank you very much for your support! Since the start of this blog, you have viewed 580,000 pages on here.

You came from 184 countries around the planet! That’s absolutely everywhere except Greenland, Chad, Niger, Somalia, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea and North Korea: please tell your friends who live there to come for a visit! 10,173 visits came from the USA, 968 from China, 523 from Saudi Arabia, 185 from Iraq, 17 from Botswana and 1 from St Vincent & the Grenadines…

The next 6 months promise to be even more exciting! I will finalise all Historical Data by adding USA and France figures. I will also soon call for ‘data donation’ for significant countries where I don’t have monthly figures so you can all add value. We will also follow the resurrection of MG in the UK, the arrival of the Lada Granta in Russia… and much more!

See below for the world map of BestSellingCars visits, countries and cities with most visits – and a special thank you to our regular visitor from Krasnoyarsk, Russia!

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Brazil mid-July 2011: VW Voyage at its best in 20 years

July 29th, 2011 1 comment

VW Voyage

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Car sales in Brazil are up 14% at mid-July with 143,874 units. The VW Gol and Fiat Uno find themselves head-to-head again, both at 8.9% market share over the period with 12,865 and 12,752 sales respectively. The VW Gol keeps the lead year-to-date with 158,120 units (8.9%) vs. 146,147 (8.2%) for the Uno.

While the Chevrolet Celta, Corsa sedan and Fiat Strada follow and all stay stable, the best performer over the period is the VW Voyage: up 4 spots over May to #6, the highest ranking the nameplate has managed since 1991…(Granted, it was discontinued between 1996 and 2008) With 4,438 sales the Voyage holds 3.1% of the Brazilian market at mid-July vs. 2.5% year-to-date (#10).

Quick update on the Chinese offensive: the JAC J3 is down 2 spots to #38, however its sedan version the JAC J3 Turin breaks into the Top 50 for the very first time, up 7 spots at #49. The Chery QQ seems to have peaked already, down 12 spots to #71. Not Chinese but progressing, the Citroen C3 Picasso is up 9 spots to #85.

Previous month: see the mid-June 2011 post here and the June 2011 post here.

Full mid-July 2011 Top 130 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Malaysia June 2011: Proton Saga hits record share

July 29th, 2011 2 comments

Proton Saga

* See the Top 50 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *

The Malaysian new car market is down again this month at -23% and 39,854 registrations, bringing the 2010 year-to-date total into negative for the first time at -1% and 286,705 sales.

As the Perodua Myvi’s sales are still disrupted by the arrival of the new generation (down to #6 this month!), the Proton Saga improves its market share further to reach a record-breaking 15.5% this month thanks to 6,192 sales. Its 2011 market share stands at 13.9% with 39,841 units, now largely in the lead ahead of the Myvi (11.6%).

Below the Perodua Viva stable at 10.9%, the Proton Persona stays 3rd and breaks the 10% market share barrier possibly for the first time in the nameplate’s life at 10.1% and 4,020 sales. The Perodua Alza also has a brilliant month in 4th place at 6.8% and 2,704 sales, ahead of the Toyota Yaris. The Proton Inspira is up 2 spots on May at #11.

Two hybrid models return to very high levels in the country after an off May: the Honda Insight is #18 (+34) and the Toyota Prius is #31 (+22). The VW Golf also does very well this month, up 10 spots on May to #26.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 50 here.

Link to full June 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Malaysia

Algeria June 2011: Chevrolet Sail confirms Top 10 spot – UPDATED

July 29th, 2011 1 comment

Chevrolet Sail

* Now updated with the Top 45 best-selling models! See ‘Read more’ at end of post *

Extremely healthy new car market in Algeria with sales up a massive 40% year-on-year in June at 27,215 units and up 28% over the 1st Half of 2011 at 149,174 registrations. The Renault Symbol stays distant leader with 3,703 sales and 13.6% share, 11.7% over 6 months.

In June the Peugeot 207 reclaims the 2nd spots it holds over 2011 with 2,275 sales and 8.4%, a much stronger share than in its native France! Its year-to-date figure for 2011 is up a whopping 114%. The prehistorical Hyundai Atos and Accent follow, the Toyota Hilux is strong at #5 and the Suzuki Alto stays robust at #6 with close to 5% of the Algerian market.

For only its 2nd month of sale in the country, the Chevrolet Sail, directly imported from China, improves its May score by 57% to reach 903 sales and 3.3% share and maintain itself in the Top 10 in 10th place. Notice the Zotye Nomad 4WD at #41 with 150 sales.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 30 here.

Full June 2011 Top 45 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Germany June 2011: Mercedes C Class #2 for 1st time in 7 months

July 28th, 2011 1 comment

Mercedes C Class

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German car sales stabilise in June at 288,382 units (-0.3%), bringing the 1st Half total to 1,622,579 registrations, up 10.5%. The VW Golf is down one percentage point on May at 7.4% with 21,388 sales vs. 7.9% over 2011. The Mercedes C Class is up 3 spots to #2 for the first time since November 2010 at 8,756 sales and 3%.

Opel Ampera

Two more models hold 3% of the German market this month: the VW Passat and Opel Astra. They are followed by the VW Polo, #5 with 2.9%. The BMW 1 Series shines at #6 and 2.4%, up 4 spots on May. The electric Opel Ampera makes its first appearance in the German models ranking at #243 with 27 sales for its very first month in the country.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 250 here.

Full June 2011 Top 250 Ranking Table below.

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China June 2011: Nissan Sunny & VW Passat impress UPDATED

July 27th, 2011 1 comment

Lifan X60

Now updated with the Top 200 best-selling models: see ‘Read more’ at end of post! *

A few models to notice beyond #100: the new BYD S6 SUV up 31 spots to #103, the new Zotye Z200 (a restyled Fiat Siena) landing directly at #146 with 1,617 sales and the Lifan X60 (above) appearing at #200 for its very first month with 233 units. Full article below.

Nissan Sunny

New car sales in China are back on the up in June at +6%. The VW Lavida confirms its newfound grip on the models ranking: it is the best-selling car in the country for the third month in a row at 22,980 units, reinforcing its #1 position year-to-date with 131,626 sales.

The Buick Excelle comes at a close second, only 92 units below the Lavida at 22,888 sales, it is now #2 year-to-date too at 121,418 units. The Ford Focus climbs onto the podium, followed by the Chevrolet Cruze and VW Jetta. The VW Bora is back into the Top 10 at #6 and the Nissan Sunny continues to improve with 15,962 sales, ranking 7th again.

VW Passat

Good performers include the new VW Passat up 30 spots to #12, the Nissan Tiida at #14 (+76), the Nissan Qashqai at #20 (+23) and the Li Nian S1 breaking into the Top 100 for the very first time at #94. The VW Polo Jinqu/Jinqing, none other than a restyled version of the previous generation model, makes its first appearance in the Chinese ranking at #77 with 4,714 sales.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 200 here.

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

Denmark June 2011: Opel Corsa & Ford Mondeo shine

July 27th, 2011 No comments

Ford Mondeo

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At 17,008 units and up 17%, the Danish new car market impresses again in June, with the 1st Half total up 21% at 87,773 registrations. The Opel Corsa takes the lead this month with an excellent 565 sales and 3.3% share, maintaining its 3rd position year-to-date (2.7%).

The Toyota Aygo is #2 in June (2.9%) and year-to-date (3.1%), selling exactly the same amount (494) as its twin sister the Peugeot 107, now up to #7 year-to-date. With the Citroen C1 at 1.5% share, the ‘Kolin sisters’ add up to 7.3% this month. Excellent performance of the Ford Mondeo, up 14 spots on May to #4 with 493 sales and 2.9%, ahead of the Toyota Avensis and Peugeot 207 both at 2.8%.

Other great performers this month include the Peugeot 508 up 14 spots to #14 (its very first time in the Danish Top 15!), the Ford S-Max up 16 spots to #18 and the new gen Kia Picanto up 37 spots to #20.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 50 here.

Full June 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Denmark

Greece June 2011: Opel Corsa continues to dominate

July 25th, 2011 2 comments

Opel Corsa

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The Greek car market is back in trouble: after a ‘remiss’ in April (-18%) and May (-15%), sales are down 33% year-on-year in June at 9,739 units, with the 1st Half total down 44% at 55,261 registrations.

The Opel Corsa has definitely made its mark on Greek car sales this year: it leads the way for the 5th time out of 6 months with a very robust 6.6% market share thanks to 645 sales. The Nissan Micra is extremely solid: still #2 with 5.4% of the market, ahead of the Fiat Panda (3.8%) and VW Polo (3.6%), making the Top 4 identical to last month.

Other good performers this month in Greece include the Chevrolet Spark, up 11 spots to #8, the Mercedes A Class up 20 spots to #20, the Audi A3 up 15 spots to #22 and the Mercedes C Class up 20 spots to #31.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 50 here.

Full June 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Greece

Czech Republic June 2011: 5 Skodas in Top 8

July 23rd, 2011 No comments

Skoda Roomster

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Tough month for new car sales in Czech Republic, down 13% at 16,156 units. This means the 1st Half figure is now down too at -1% and 88,284 registrations.

Skoda places its entire range, all 5 models, within the Top 8 this month. Leading the way is the Octavia at 13.3% share ahead of the Fabia at a very robust 9.5% thanks to 1,528 sales. The Superb ranks 4th, up two spots on May, with 2.8% while the Yeti is stable at #7 and 1.9%, followed by the Roomster, up 9 spots to #8 at 1.9% as well.

The Ford Focus is the best-selling foreign model this month in 3rd place with a solid 4.5% share. The VW Golf drops 2 spots to #5 and the Hyundai i30 is up 4 ranks to #6.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 100 here.

Full June 2011 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Czech Republic