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Egypt August 2011: Hyundai Verna & New Elantra on top

September 24th, 2011 7 comments

Hyundai Elantra new generation

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Egyptian new car sales are down 25% year-to-date in August at 16,396 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 111,108 units, down 33%. The Hyundai Verna reclaims the pole position this month with 2,037 sales and 12.4% share, while the Hyundai Elantra new generation drops to #2 at 1,199 units and 7.3% after an exceptional month of July (#1 with 1,966 sales and 11.1%).

Geely Panda

The Chevrolet TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max), Chevrolet Lanos, Hyundai Elantra previous generation and Chevrolet Optra follow. The Kia Carens is up 3 spots to #7 and the Renault Logan is up 8 spots to #9. The Speranza Tiggo is the best-selling Chinese model in the country in August at #18 with 1.1% share. Other great performers include the Speranza M11, up 32 spots to #23, the Geely Panda, up 7 spots to #28 and the VW Golf , up 19 spots to #29.

Previous post: see the Egyptian June/July 2011 Top 50 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 50 and 8 months 2011 Top 100 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Egypt

Romania August 2011: Dacia Duster & Renault Symbol solid

September 24th, 2011 4 comments

Renault Symbol

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Romanian car sales are back in shape in August, up 3% year-on-year with 8,747 registrations. The year-to-date total is down 12% at 49,006 units. The Dacia Logan celebrates 7 years – 84 consecutive months – on top of the Romanian models ranking with 1,429 sales and 16.3%, its weakest market share since March this year.

Mercedes GLK

The Skoda Octavia is back up to #2 at 611 units and 7%, ahead of the Dacia Duster at 532 units and 6.1%, its third best score. The Renault Symbol reaches its best market share since November 2010 at 4.6% thanks to 403 sales. Notice the Hyundai Elantra (#41), Audi Q5 (#44) and Mercedes GLK (#50) jumping into the Top 50.

Previous month: see the Romania July 2011 Top 50 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Romania

Denmark August 2011: Kia Picanto in pole position

September 22nd, 2011 3 comments

Kia Picanto

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Car sales in Denmark are up 4% this month at 12,256 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 113,120 units, up a massive 16%. For the first time since the launch of the new generation, the Kia Picanto takes the models ranking’s lead with 429 sales and 3.5% share.

The VW Golf, #2 at 361 units, and Hyundai i10, #3 with 360 sales, also perform very strongly in August, both at 2.9% share. The Chevrolet Spark, still #1 year-to-date, ranks 4th at 355 units. Follow the VW Polo at #5 and then the 3 ‘Kolin sisters’ one after the other: Toyota Aygo (2.8%), Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 (both at 2.4%).

Notice also the Citroen C3 up 23 spots on July to #10 and the Hyundai i40 landing directly in 48th position with 86 sales for its very first month.

Previous month: see the Denmark July 2011 Top 50 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Denmark

Brazil mid-September 2011: Renault Sandero up to best-ever #7

September 20th, 2011 7 comments

Renault Sandero

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The Brazilian car market is up 2% over the first half of September at 142,490 registrations. The Top 6 best-selling cars are identical to the year-to-date ranking: the VW Gol leads at 8.7% ahead of the Fiat Uno (8.1%), Chevrolet Celta (4.6%), Chevrolet Corsa Sedan (3.9%), Fiat Strada (3.7%) and VW Fox (3.6%).

The Renault Sandero comes in at #7, its highest ranking ever, also reaching its highest market share ever at 3.1% thanks to 4,460 sales. The VW Voyage is also solid at #8 with 2.7%.

Fiat 500

Further down the ranking, the Chery QQ improves again at #38 and the Kia Picanto new generation is a huge hit, up no less than 108 spots on August to an impressive 40th place with 804 sales. Notice also the JAC J3 dropping out of the Top 50 (#52), the Renault Fluence delivering its best ranking ever by far at #54 and the JAC J6 up 20 spots to #77.

Other great performers include the Fiat 500 up 59 spots to #84 at 307 units and the Chevrolet Cruze up 75 spots to #89 with 297 sales, the first time in the Brazilian Top 100 for both models. The newcomers: the Fiat Freemont landing directly at #95 with 267 units sold, the VW SpaceCross at #107 with 187 sales and the Renault Duster at #143 and 72 units.

Previous month: see the Brazil August 2011 Top 150 best-selling models here.

Mid-September 2011 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Europe August 2011: Ford Focus on podium for 1st time in 3 years

September 19th, 2011 13 comments

Ford Focus

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Very healthy numbers this month for the European market, up 8% year-on-year at 781,500 registrations. The year-to-date total is however still down by 1% at 9,158,095 units. The VW Golf goes from strength to strength this year, up a massive 18% to reach 4% of the market thanks to 31,434 sales over the continent. It is at 3.5% and 324,557 units year-to-date.

The VW Polo takes the 2nd spot for the 8th time in the last 14 months and is rewarded by passing the Ford Fiesta to establish itself in 2nd place year-to-date with 241,142 sales. The Ford Focus climbs onto the podium for the first time since October 2008, ranking 3rd with 17,859 sales, up a massive 40% year-on-year. Other good performers this month are the Opel Astra at #6, up 31% and the VW Passat at #7, up 89%.

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

Full August 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Europe

United Arab Emirates August 2011: Toyota rules, Ford Edge robust

September 19th, 2011 No comments

GMC Sierra and Toyota Land Cruiser in Dubai, September 2011

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I was lucky enough to stop over in Dubai over the weekend for the second time in 2 months, so I can now venture an estimated Top 15 based on my observations there. As expected, Toyota reigns with the Land Cruiser and Corolla on top and the Camry at #4. The Nissan Altima does very well and could even find its way onto the podium, with the Nissan Tiida perhaps in the Top 5.

Infiniti FX in Dubai, September 2011

Big 4WDs are oblivious in this estimated Top 15 featuring the Ford Edge (#6), Mitsubishi Pajero (#8), Toyota FJ Cruiser (#9), Nissan Patrol (#10), Chevrolet Silverado (#11), Nissan Armada (#12) and GMC Sierra (#14). I also saw 3 Infiniti FX in a very limited time which would seem to indicate it is on its way to become one of the country’s best-sellers…

See the previous United Arab Emirates 2011 post here.

More images and Full estimated 2011 Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: United Arab Emirates

China August 2011: Buick Excelle & VW Passat shine

September 19th, 2011 16 comments

VW Passat

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Another upside down month for the Chinese models ranking… The Buick Excelle confirms its newly acquired year-to-date pole position by ranking #1 in August for the first time in 12 months with 23,700 sales and 163,501 units in 8 months. The new generation VW Passat is a huge hit in China, so much so that it is up to #2 this month with a very impressive 22,015 units sold, more than double its German sales figure.

Buick Excelle

The Toyota Corolla drops only two spots from its extraordinary month of July to #3 at 20,044 sales and the Chevrolet Cruze is now stable at the highest level at #4 and 19,910 units and is also now #4 year-to-date, passing the BYD F3. The Hyundai Elantra Yuedong also delivers a solid month at #5, while the VW Lavida is back from July’s hellish 87th spot to #6 and is still #2 year-to-date at 152,5210 sales.

A new brand is born: the Baojun 630 appears for the first time in the Chinese ranking.

Notice the Honda CR-V at an outstanding 8th place, the Audi A6L up 8 spots to #17 and the Kia K2 up a massive 37 ranks to #41 with 7,556 sales. A few high profile newcomers this month: the Peugeot 508 instantly becomes the best-selling Peugeot in China for its first month of sales at #72 with 4,544 units. Baojun, the low-cost brand from GM, places the 630 directly at #168 with 869 sales and the Brilliance H530 is at #162 and 1,077 units.

Previous month: see the China July 2011 Top 200 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 245 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

Germany August 2011: Opel Astra on podium UPDATED

September 17th, 2011 12 comments

Opel Astra GTC

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Excellent month for car sales in Germany, up 18% year-on-year at 237,561 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,121,047 units, up 11%. The VW Golf is strong at #1 just under 20,000 sales for a 8.4% market share, followed by the VW Polo at 6,826 sales and 2.9%.

The Opel Astra gains two spots on July to rank 3rd with 6,415 sales and 2.7%. While having the Astra on the German podium was a given a decade ago, it’s only the second time it happened this year after March and the third time in the last 12 months. The VW Passat is down to #4, ahead of the Mercedes C Class and A Class, resisting in 6th place with 2.4% share, its best in over 2 years!

Hyundai Veloster

The BMW 5 Series delivers an extremely solid month at #7, up 7 spots on July, as does the Renault Megane, #1 foreign model this month at #23 with 2,868 sales and 1.2%. Further down the ranking, the Kia Cee’d is up 37 spots on July to #61, the Chevrolet Orlando is up 46 spots to #100 and the Hyundai Veloster is up 117 spots to #117

There are a few newcomers this month: the Hyundai i40 lands directly in the Top 100 at #92 and 562 units, the Fiat Freemont is 153rd with 213 sales and the very first 71 units of the VW Up are delivered, making it #208.

Previous month: see the Germany July 2011 Top 300 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 303 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Germany

World: 1960-2011 Historical Data now available!

September 17th, 2011 3 comments

The VW Golf was the best-selling car in the world in 2000

* See the direct links to 17 Historical World posts by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to Florian and Interautonews I can now share with you the world’s best-selling models in much more detail for selected years during the 1997-2005 period. There’s even the Top 120 best-selling models in the world in 2000!

And a big surprise: while we were expecting the Toyota Corolla to fly over all other models all the way from 1974 to 2011, it’s not! The VW Golf in the most popular model in the world in 1979, the Opel Corsa is the best-selling car in the world in 1997 (the Corolla is #2) and the VW Golf is the world’s favourite in 2000 (the Corolla is…#10!). But the Toyota reclaims the pole position in 2005 up until today.

If you have any more detailed world models data please do get in touch! Blatant needs are for any year before 1980 and between 1981-89, so click away if you know more than I do!

See ‘Read more’ for the direct links to these 17 World posts.

The Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car in the world from as early as 1974

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Slovakia August 2011: Skoda Fabia back in pole position

September 16th, 2011 6 comments

Skoda Fabia Combi

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The Slovak new car market is stable again in August at 5,190 registrations, down 1% year-on-year. The year-to-date total is up 17% at 44,956 units. Big event this month: for the first time since 2009, the Skoda Fabia leads the market with 324 sales and 6.2% share, 44% of sales are the Combi version. This is however only 2 units above the Skoda Octavia which stays #1 year-to-date at 3,899 units and 8.7% vs. 3,307 and 7.4% for the Fabia.

The Suzuki SX4 is on the podium only for the second time this year after February with 153 sales and 2.9%, followed by the VW Golf at 2.8% and the VW Polo at 2.5%. The Kia Sportage is down to #6 this month but still #3 year-to-date at 1,310 units and 2.9%.

Further down the ranking, notice the Renault Megane up to #8 and the Citroen C3 up to #12. The Chevrolet Orlando excels in 31st position with 48 sales and just under 1% market share.

Previous month: see the Slovakia Top 50 best-selling models here.

Full August 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Slovakia