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Malaysia October 2011: Perodua MyVi above 20% market share

November 30th, 2011 2 comments

Perodua MyVi

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The Malaysian car market is up 2% this month at 51,516 registrations, bringing the 2011 10 months total to 482,580 units, down 1%. The Perodua MyVi, 5 months after the launched of its facelifted version, literally explodes in October at an amazing 10,364 sales for an outstanding 20.1% market share, possibly the highest share reached by the MyVi nameplate since its launch in 2006…

This performance enables the MyVi to reclaim the top spot over the first 10 months of 2011 with 65,783 sales and 13.6%, vs. 63,615 and 13.2% for the Proton Saga, down to 5,853 sales and 11.3% in October. The rest of the Top 8 is also unchanged on September, with the Perodua Viva ranking 3rd followed by the Proton Persona, Perodua Alza, Toyota Vios, Hilux and Proton Exora.

Naza Forte

Other great performers this month include the Naza Forte, up 7 spots to #17, the Suzuki Swift up 9 ranks to #20, the Toyota Innova up 8 spots to #23 and the Toyota Fortuner up a massive 24 ranks to #28. For its second month the Nissan Livina X-Gear is down 11 spots to #26.

Previous month: Malaysia September 2011 Nissan Livina X-Gear directly to #15

Link to full October 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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France 14 to 21 November 2011: Renault Twingo up to #2

November 27th, 2011 3 comments

Renault Twingo

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The French car market is holding surprisingly well at -2% this week with 41,000 registrations. The Renault Clio leads the way at 5.5% market share thanks to 2,266 sales, followed by the revamped Renault Twingo at 1,722 units and 4.2%. The Peugeot 207 rounds up the podium, a bit flat now that the Peugeot 208 has been revealed, at 1,671 sales and 4.1%.

The Citroen C3 is solid at #4 and 3.9% share, ahead of the Renault Scenic at 3.5% and  the Megane at 3.4%. The Dacia Duster continues to impress at #7 and 3% share while the Citroen C4 Picasso shines at #8. The VW Polo is the best-selling import at #10 and 2.4%.

Previous post: France 1 to 7 November 2011 Two Dacias in Top 10 for the first time

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: France

Germany: Nameplates’ Records now available!

November 26th, 2011 No comments

The VW Golf sold 414,132 units in Germany in 1992 – a record year.

* Click on the title for the Top 30 best-selling nameplates & Top 25 foreign nameplates! *

* Many thanks to Florian for making this post possible! *

We now have detailed data for Germany from 1946 onwards, with the 2000-2006 Annual Top 100 Rankings to be uploaded shortly. With all that data available I can share with you the best-selling nameplates in Germany, ranked based on their record year in volume.

You will see that only 28 nameplates managed to sell upwards of 100,000 units in a single year, among them only one foreign model, the Skoda Fabia. Only 3 nameplates delivered at least one year above 300,000 sales: the VW Golf, Beetle and Opel Astra, and only 6 were above 200,000: adding the Opel Kadett, VW Passat and Mercedes W123.

The VW Beetle’s record year was 1961 with 348,929 sales

Among foreign models, the Renault 19 is #2 with a record 97,262 units in 1991 but it never managed to break into the year-end German Top 10, peaking at #11. The legendary Renault 4 is #3 and was the best-selling import in Germany for a whopping 14 consecutive years between 1967 and 1980, peaking at 84,900 sales in 1970 for an estimated 5th place overall that year. There are 4 more Renaults in the Top 20.

The Renault 4 was the best-selling import in Germany without interruption from 1967 to 1980 

Peugeot is also very well represented with the 206 holding the record for the brand’s highest single model annual sales volume at 63,426 units in 2003 (#12), ahead of the 205 (61,220 in 91) and 207 (58,222 in 09). Fiat’s highest seller is the Punto with 60,197 units in 1995. The Toyota Corolla leads all Japanese models with a high of 52,870 in 1991, followed by the Mazda 323 and 626.

Top 30 best-selling nameplates and Top 25 best-selling foreign nameplates below.

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Categories: Germany

Portugal September 2011: Megane leads, Mercedes C Class excels

November 26th, 2011 3 comments

Mercedes C Class

* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks Tuga for the data *

Portuguese car sales are down 10% in September at 12,455 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 130,364 units, down 20%. The Renault Megane is back in pole position this month at 376 sales and 3% share, reinforcing its 2011 leadership at 6,843 units and 5.2%.

Despite average performances this month, the Seat Ibiza, Renault Clio, VW Polo and Opel Corsa all hold their position in the year-to-date ranking, respectively #2, 3, 4, and 5.

Great September performers include the Ford Fiesta at #2 (#8 YTD), the VW Golf at #3 (#6 YTD), the Mercedes C Class at #4 (#13 YTD) and the Ford Focus at #5 (#14 YTD). Notice also the Nissan Juke at an excellent 17th place year-to-date with 1,767 sales and 1.4% share.

Previous month: Portugal August 2011 VW Golf and Ford Focus shine

Full January-September 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below. Read more…

Categories: Portugal

Germany: 1990-1999 Detailed Historical Data now available!

November 25th, 2011 4 comments

Opel Astra

* See each year’s Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to the amazing work of Florian from Germany, I can now share with you a Top 100 Models Ranking Table for Germany for each year from 1990 to 1999!

The decade started with the 1991 reunification and a new record for German car sales at 4.2 million units, still unbeaten to this day. 1991 also marked the launch of the VW Golf third generation which would bring the nameplate to an all-time volume record in 1992 at 414,132 units, beating its own 378,856 sales record from 1987 and the Beetle’s 348,929 units from 1961.

While in 1991 the Opel Kadett nameplate hit its highest volume ever at 261,308 sales for its last year of activity, its replacement the Opel Astra went nuts in 1992 and sold 300,804 units, the highest volume ever achieved in Germany by a new nameplate for its first full year… The Beetle took 13 years to reach that annual figure and the Golf took 11!

BMW 3 Series

But wait there’s more records. In 1991 the VW Passat passed the 200,000 annual sales mark for the first time and therefore became the 6th nameplate to do so in Germany since the invention of the automobile. In 1991 also the Renault 19 sold 97,262 units, the highest annual volume ever reached by a foreign model in Germany and a record that would last up to 2009 and the scrappage scheme-boosted Skoda Fabia sales.

Other events that happened in the nineties include the first appearance of a BMW model on the German podium since the Isetta in the fifties: the 3 Series is #3 in 1993, 1995 and 1999, peaking at 148,257 sales in 1992. The progression of the new generation Opel Corsa to a best-ever 157,421 units in 1996, same for the VW Polo to 145,117 sales that year, and still robust: the Opel Vectra, Audi 80 then A4, Mercedes C Class, and many more…

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Categories: Germany

Nigeria 2011: Toyota Corolla king of the roads UPDATED

November 24th, 2011 6 comments

Toyota Corolla in Lagos, Nigeria May 2010

* Now updated with 2011 info – many thanks to nami for your insights! *

Even though Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with 155 million inhabitants, only 45,000 new cars were sold in the country in 2010. That’s 1 new car per year per 3,400 inhabitants, compared to 1 for 75 in China and 1 for 22 in Australia!

Toyota holds one third of the Nigerian new car market, with Hyundai, Kia and Honda following in the brands ranking. The best-selling car in the country is the Toyota Corolla and it has been so since 2005. Based on observation of the country’s streets through recent YouTube videos, the model should secure a market share of at least 12% in Nigeria.

Toyota Camry

The podium should be 100% Toyota with the Hilux in 2nd place and the Camry at #3. Note the Hilux was the best-selling vehicle in Nigeria ahead of the Honda Civic, before the Corolla snapped that title away 6 years ago.

Kia Rio

The rest of the Top 10 could be composed of the Toyota Hiace, Kia Rio & Cerato, Hyundai Accent & Elantra and Honda Civic & Accord.
Other successful models in Nigeria include the Mitsubishi Pajero, VW Passat, Toyota Prado (with a nice career ahead judging by the number of old gens on the roads), Yaris Sedan, RAV4, Sienna and 4Runner.

This speculation is based on the insights of nami from Nigeria and the observation of the streets of the main cities in the country through recent YouTube videos. If you have more information about the Nigerian market please make sure to get in touch!

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Germany: 1980-1989 Detailed Historical Data now available!

November 23rd, 2011 No comments

The Mercedes W123 was #1 in 1980

* Click on the title for each year’s Top 100 best-sellers! – Thanks to Florian for the data *

I have now uploaded detailed data for West Germany all through the eighties! The decade started with a big surprise and the Mercedes W123 passing the VW Golf to become the country’s best-seller in 1980! This was the last year another model than the Golf was #1 in Germany, prefacing over 3 decades of Golf domination…

The VW Golf hits 378,856 sales in 1987

Looking at the sales figures in detail, you will notice that it is in fact the second generation Golf that took the nameplate’s sales to record levels, passing the 300,000 sales mark for the first time in 86 and reaching 378,856 units in 87, its best score so far and better than the Beetle’s best year. Same story for the Opel Kadett: the 1985 and last generation took the nameplate above 200,000 annual units for the first time in 86 and improved to almost 240,000 in 87.

The Mercedes 190 was #3 in 1984 and 85

For the first time in Germany, a BMW sells upwards of 100,000 units in a single year: it is the 3 Series in 84. Other successful models through the period include the Mercedes 190, #3 in 84 and 85, the Mercedes 200/300, #3 from 86 to 88 when it peaked at 156,293 sales, the VW Passat, #3 in 89 at 155,835 units and the Audi 80, #4 in 80, 87 and 88.

Over the period, foreign models reach levels not seen since the early seventies and the Renault 4: the Peugeot 205 hits #13 and 55,714 units in 86, the Fiat Uno peaks at #14 and 53,049 sales in 87 and the Mazda 626 is #16 at 48,911 sales in 88.

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Categories: Germany

Algeria October 2011: Hyundai Atos & Chevrolet Sail on top

November 23rd, 2011 No comments

Chevrolet Sail

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Whopping month for car sales in Algeria, up 60% year-on-year at 26,200 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 246,853 units, up 33%. For the second month in a row, Hyundai leads the models ranking (traditionally a Renault privilege) with 5,692 sales and 21% share, up 142% year-on-year (!) vs. 3,612 units and 13.8% share for Renault.

Hyundai Atos

For the first time, the Hyundai Atos takes the lead of the Algerian market with a very impressive 2,648 sales and 10.1% share. Another surprise follows: the new Chevrolet Sail, imported from China, improves again and gains 2 ranks on September to land in 2nd place with a record 2,028 units and 7.7% share. It is now #10 year-to-date with 5,975 sales even though it is only on sales since May.

Excellent performance for the Hyundai Accent at a very robust 1,909 sales and 7.3% share vs. 4.8% year-to-date, while the Renault Symbol, still #1 year-to-date by far at 26,109 sales and 10% share, is down to a humbling 5th place at 5.3% share. The Peugeot 207 is back in the Top 10 at #5, the Kia Picanto is solid again at #6 and the Dacia Logan is down to #7.

Previous month: see the Algerian September 2011 Top 40 best-selling models here.

Full October 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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France October 2011: Renault Twingo and Koleos up UPDATED

November 23rd, 2011 1 comment

Renault Koleos

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 150 best-selling models: click on the title to see *

At 176,203 registrations, the French new car market is up an encouraging 3% in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,837,474, up 0.4%. After two months of heavy promotions, the Renault Clio returns to its July level at 6.8% of the market and 11,933 sales, also leading the year-to-date ranking at 108,198 units and 5.9%.

The Peugeot 207 is back to #2 but lags way behind the Clio at just 4.8% share and 8,416 sales. It is also #2 year-to-date at 86,962 units and 4.7%. Now that the first pictures of its successor, the Peugeot 208, have been released, expect either a slow death until the 208’s March 2012 launch, or a second wind fuelled by end-of-stock promotions…

Renault Twingo

While the Renault Megane drops one spot to a still very impressive 4.2% share, the Renault Twingo, possibly boosted by the arrival of its facelifted version in dealerships, is up to 4th place with 6,980 sales and 4%, its best share in France since January this year. The Citroen C3 is up to #5 at 3.7% and stays #3 in 2011 year-to-date with 67,938 units. Excellent month for the Dacia Duster, up 4 spots on September to #7 with 2.9%, it breaks into the year-to-date Top 10 at #10 with 42,063 sales and 2.3%, just below the VW Polo at 42,720 units.

BMW 5 Series

The Dacia Sandero is also back in shape, up a massive 25 ranks on September to #15 with 2,766 sales and 1.6% and the Peugeot 508 is up 6 spots to #17. Further down the ranking, the BMW X1 is the best-selling BMW in France again at #52 with 841 units, the BMW 5 Series is up 13 spots to #62, the restyled Renault Koleos is up 20 spots to #68 with 553 sales and the Hyundai ix35 is up 22 spots to #69. Notice the Range Rover Evoque breaking into the French Top 100 for the very first time at #95.

Previous month: France September 2011 Renault Clio III and Megane III at their highest ever

Full October 2011 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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USA: 1976-1979 Historical Data now available!

November 21st, 2011 No comments

1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass S

* Click on the title for each year’s Top 10 best-sellers! – thanks to Adam for the data *

I can now share with you the best-selling passenger cars in America from 1976 to 1979! All throughout the period, two nameplates were consistently on top of the ranking: the Oldsmobile Cutlass started in pole position in 1976 before ranking 2nd for the rest of the period, peaking at 527,939 sales in 1977, while the Chevrolet Impala/Caprice started at #2 in 1976 before downsizing to a smaller version and becoming America’s favourite car from 1977 to 1979, also peaking in 1977 at 675,151 units.

1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

This period was also the time the Ford F-Series became the best-selling truck in the country (in 1977), it has stayed in this position for the 34 following years up to this date! Launched in 1978, the Ford Fairmont became “the best-selling new car ever introduced” with 405,780 units sold for its first year on sale. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford LTD and Chevrolet Chevette all hit the 3rd place at one stage during the period. Another event was the arrival of the Toyota Corolla among the Top 10 best-selling passenger cars in the US in 1979, the very first time (but not the last!) a Japanese car did so.

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Categories: USA