Archive for September, 2011

Switzerland August 2011: VW Golf and Polo strong UPDATED

September 30th, 2011 26 comments

Subaru Legacy

* Now updated with the Top 50 best-selling models! See ‘Read more’ at end of post *

Over the first 8 months of 2011, the Swiss car market is up 5% year-on-year at 201,821 registrations. The VW Golf is still the market leader by far, even reaching 5.3% share over the last 2 months (L2M). The Skoda Octavia is #2 year-to-date at 3% and reaches 3.7% over L2M with 1,602 sales, however this is not enough to stay above the VW Polo, excelling at 1,617 units.

VW Golf and Polo

The Ford Focus is #4 in L2M just above the VW Passat, both at 1.9% share, the Audi A4 is back within the year-to-date Top 10 at #8 with 2,947 sales and 1.5%. Other great performers over the last 2 months include the Renault Scenic at #8, the Subaru Legacy at #13 and the Audi Q5 at #23.

Previous post: see the Swiss 6 months 2011 Top 100 best-selling models here.

Full 8 months 2011 Top 50 and L2M Top 40 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Switzerland

Australia August 2011: Mazda3 reclaims leadership UPDATED

September 30th, 2011 6 comments

Toyota Land Cruiser 70

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For the first time since November 2010, the Australian car market is up year-on-year at +7% and 88,082 registrations in August. Year-to-date, car sales in Australia are down 4% at 665,309 units.

Yet another change atop the ranking: the Mazda3 delivers its best-ever monthly volume in Australia with 4,234 sales and 4.8% share, ranking #1 for the 2nd time ever, and reclaiming the year-to-date pole position over the Holden Commodore at 28,736 units and 4.3% share. The Commodore is #2 in August with 3,682 sales and 4.2%, not a bad performance in itself.


The Holden Cruze, now locally produced, is back on the podium for the third time this year at #3 with 3,234 sales and 3.7%, its second-best volume ever (behind June 2011 at 3,387) and second-best market share ever (behind July 2011 at 3.9%). With the hatchback version coming later this year, the Cruze could become Holden’s best-seller by the end of 2011…

At #4 the Toyota Corolla slowly returns to its traditional level after earthquake-induced stock shortages at 3.5%, followed by the Toyota Hilux (3.2%) and Hyundai i30 (2.7%). It’s an excellent month for Mazda (#3 brand behind Toyota and Holden and above Ford) with the Mazda2 also lodging its best-ever monthly volume at 1,966 sales and 2.2% for an excellent 7th place. The Ford Territory stays #9.


Further down the ranking, the Hyundai i20 finally takes the relay of the Getz, up 31 spots on July to a best-ever #20 while the Toyota Land Cruiser Wgn is up 22 spots to #21 and the Ute version up 23 spots to #38. Other great performers include the VW Tiguan, up 30 spots to #32, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 22 spots to #50, the Suzuki Kizashi up 39 spots to #72 and the VW Jetta up 78 spots to #75.

The new generations Hyundai Elantra and Accent are gearing up in 37th and 66th positions respectively while the Great Wall V200 (#141) and Peugeot 508 (#150) both make their first appearance in the Australian Top 150.

Previous month: see the July 2011 Australian Top 150 best-sellers here.

Full August 2011 Top 175 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Australia

Iran August 2011: Saipa Pride invincible

September 30th, 2011 9 comments

Saipa 132/Pride

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The Iran Vehicles Manufacturers Association (IVMA) production data for August is now out. Total production is up 4% at 95,406 units and up 2% year-to-date at 533,508. The Saipa Pride (a facelifted 1987 Kia Pride) continues to dominate the ranking by far with 38,565 units produced this month (up 4%) and 205,306 year-to-date (-6%).

Peugeot 206

The Peugeot 405/Pars/Roa stays 2nd but is hit hard this month at -20% year-on-year with 17,883 units. The year-to-date total is down 18% at 109,544 units. The Peugeot 206 is back onto the podium at #3 with 10,790 units (+4%).

The Iran Khodro Samand is down 9% at 7,787 units, threatened this month by the Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan), up another 97% at 6,578 units. The Saipa Tiba is struggling, down 27% on July at 2,268 units, and the Mazda3 is back in the Top 10 at #8.

Previous month: see the Iranian July 2011 Top 10 models here.

Full August 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Iran

China LCV’s August 2011: Wuling achieves 1-2

September 28th, 2011 No comments

Wuling Rongguang

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The Light Commercial Vehicle market continues to struggle in China, down 6% year-on-year in August at 339,387 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,290,918 units, also down 6%.

Both Wuling models go against the trend: the Wuling Sunshine leads the way for the 8th consecutive month and reaches its highest volume since March at 59,395 units, up 8% year-on-year. This is to be compared with the 48,795 sales of the Ford F-Series in the USA this month and the 31,434 units of the VW Golf sold all over Europe…

Wuling Sunshine

The Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang does even better, up 28% year-on-year with 31,068 sales to reach the 2nd spot for the first time ever. It is also the first time Wuling manages to places two models in the first two ranks. The Foton Forland closes up the podium (-5%) while the DongFeng Mini Bus reaches a best-ever #4.

Previous month: see the Chinese LCV July 2011 Top 5 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 5 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

Malaysia August 2011: New gen Perodua MyVi confirms top spot

September 28th, 2011 8 comments

Perodua MyVi

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The Malaysian car market is back up by 7% in August at 56,555 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 391,476 units, down 1%. The Perodua MyVi new generation confirms the pole position it reclaimed last month at 13.9% market share, down from 16.8% in August.

On the contrary the Proton Saga is back in better shape at 12.8% share thanks to 7,214 sales. It is still #1 year-to-date at 52,288 units and 13.4% vs. 49,478 and 12.6% for the MyVi. The Perodua Viva stays in 3rd place and improves its share to 11.2%. In fact the entire Top 9 is unchanged vs. July, with the Proton Persona (8.9%), Perodua Alza (7%) and Proton Exora (4.5%) posting significantly higher market shares.

Further down the ranking, the Ford Fiesta delivers its best month to date in Malaysia in 17th position with 537 sales and 0.9% and the Lexus CT200h continues to impress, up 16 spots on July to #36 at 181 units.

Previous month: see the Malaysian July 2011 Top 100 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Malaysia

France 13 to 19 September 2011: Renault places 4 models on top!

September 27th, 2011 7 comments

Renault Clio

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The French market is down 9% vs. 2010 this week at 33,000 sales. Still boosted by heavy promotions, Renault manages the extraordinary feat (even in France) of placing 4 models atop the ranking! If it has happened before (which I’m not 100% sure) it has to be before the Peugeot 206 launched in 1998 so we’re witnessing a ‘once in at least a decade’ event…

The Clio leads the way by far with 2,979 sales for a whopping 9% market share, nearly doubling the score of the #2, the Megane at 1,535 units and 4.7%. The Scenic takes the 3rd spot with 3.7%, ahead of the Twingo at 3.6%. First non-Renault, the Peugeot 207 is 5th with a weak 3.5%. Notice the VW Polo at #7 and the Dacia Duster still valiant at #9.

Previous post: see the France August 2011 Top 130 best-selling models here.

Full weekly Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: France

New Caledonia August 2011: Peugeot 206+ surprises

September 27th, 2011 No comments

Peugeot 206+

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For the first time since April, the Ford Ranger is not the best-selling car in New Caledonia this month: it’s the Peugeot 206+ with 77 sales, above the Toyota Hilux at 71 units, bringing the Ranger down to 3rd position with 59 sales.

#1 in April, #2 in May and June but outside the Top 10 in July, the Dacia Duster is back with a vengeance in 4th position in August at 45 units. The Kia Sportage is also back in the Top 5 at #5 after a 3 month-absence. Notice also the DongFeng Utah at #9, its second time ever in the New Caledonian Top 10 after last April’s 7th place.

Previous month: see the New Caledonia July 2011 Top 10 best-selling models here.

Full August Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Spain LCV August 2011: Berlingo and Partner dominate

September 27th, 2011 5 comments

Peugeot Partner

* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 10 best-selling models! Thanks to Carlos for the data *

The Light Commercial Vehicle market is in great shape in Spain this month, up 15% year-on-year at 3,360 registrations. The year-to-date total is however still down by 16% at 40,556 units. The Citroen Berlingo is on top again with 671 sales but only 12 units above its twin brother the Peugeot Partner, #2 at 659 units. Both models are produced in Spain.

The Renault Kangoo is back to 3rd place with 589 sales, above the Ford Transit Connect, VW Caddy, Fiat Doblo and Nissan NV200, reflecting exactly the year-to-date ranking. The Fiat Fiorino is strong at 4.2% share in 8th position.

Previous month: see the Spain LCV July 2011 Top 10 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Spain

Algeria August 2011: Chevrolet Sail up to #7

September 26th, 2011 No comments

Chevrolet Sail

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Thanks to Autoblog Español I can share with you the best-selling models in Algeria: the Renault Symbol stays on top by far with 2,126 sales. In fact the podium is identical to July with the Hyundai Accent (from two generations ago) #2 at 1,589 units and the Hyundai Atos #3 with 1,439 sales.

The Peugeot 207 is up 3 spots t0 #4 at 1,190 units, passing the Dacia Logan (1,118 sales). The Suzuki Alto has an excellent month at #6 and the Chevrolet Sail, imported from China, reaches its best position yet in Algeria in 7th place with 907 sales. Other good performers this month include the Seat Ibiza (#17), Hyundai new Tucson (#19), Hyundai i10 (#20) and Suzuki Alto K10 (#22) imported from India.

Previous month: see the Algerian July 2011 Top 30 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 35 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Libya: Chevrolet Optra possibly #1- UPDATED with more pics

September 25th, 2011 1 comment

Mitsubishi L200 – picture by Al Hayat

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* Now updated with pictures from Emirati newspapers Al Khaleej and Al Hayat *

YouTube videos of the streets of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, show that in all likeliness, the Chevrolet Optra, old gen Mitsubishi Lancer, Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 should lead the models ranking in the country. It looks like they have been on top of the charts for a few years in Libya given the various generations present in the streets.

Libya street scene – August 2011 (picture by Al Khaleej)

Chevrolet Optra

Other successful models include the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Tiida and Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata & Accent.

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Categories: Libya