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Moscow November 2011: Lada weak, Focus & Logan shine

December 31st, 2011 9 comments

Ford Focus

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Thanks to Enrique from es.autoblog.com I can share with you the best-sellers in Moscow, Russia for November 2011 when 35,820 new cars were registered. The Muscovite car landscape is totally different than the rest of Russia and this is why it is fascinating. For starters, brand-wise, Lada is not even #1! It ranks third with 2,422 sales below Nissan (2,602) and Kia (2,442). Hyundai is #4 with 2,005 units and Toyota #5 at 2,004.

Renault Logan

The Lada 2104-5-7 however is still the best-selling model in Moscow even though it plunged to a lowest-ever #10 in the national ranking. With the Lada Priora at #10, it is the only Russian model in the Muscovite Top 10! The Ford Focus comes at a very strong 2nd with 568 sales, followed by the Renault Logan at 547, the VW Polo at 544, Opel Astra at 542 and Kia Cee’d at 516. Respectively #1 and #2 nationally, the Lada Samara and Kalina only rank #12 and #11 in Moscow.

Lifan Solano

Further along the ranking, you can see a few Chinese models: the Great Wall Hover is #45, the Vortex Tingo (aka Chery Tiggo) is #91 and the Lifan Solano a favourite with Moscow Police is #154.

Mercedes GL Class

But the most interesting feature of the Muscovite models ranking is the omnipresence of luxurious and expensive models. See for yourself: Lexus RX at #60, Infiniti FX at #70, BMW X6 at #79, Mercedes GL Class #80, Range Rover Sport #87, Mercedes S Class #106, Audi A7 #108, BMW 7 Series #112, Audi A8 #124, Porsche Cayenne #128, Audi Q7 #133 and Porsche Panamera #166…

National Russia post: Russia November 2011: Hyundai Solaris on podium Kia Rio #6

Full November 2011 Top 165 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Russia

Even More Historical Data uploaded for 12 countries!

December 31st, 2011 No comments

The Opel Corsa was #1 in Portugal in 2001

* See the direct links to these 52 new posts by clicking on the title! *

While it may not seem like it given there has only been a couple of new posts in the last few days, I have been working really hard backstage, uploading loads of historical data for 12 countries. Given I backdate these historical posts so they appear in the right order in each country, you won’t see them on the home page, hence this update.

The Fiat Punto was #1 in Ireland from 1998 to 2000

I have uploaded all-new historical information for 12 countries: the most extensive being Spain from 1998 to 2009: you now have access to a Top 10 for each year with the MPV versions (Scenic, Xsara Picasso…) separated which is really rare data. And as a result some new info: the Renault Megane broke the 100,000 annual sales mark in 2004 and the Seat Ibiza became the country’s best-seller for the first time in 2006, not in 2009.

The Renault Megane II is the only model to have sold over 100,000 units in a single year in Spain

Other countries are Estonia from 2005 to 2009, Hungary from 2002 to 2009, Iceland from 2001 t 2009, Ireland from 1998 to 2006, Latvia from 2005 to 2009, Lithuania from 2006 to 2009, Luxembourg from 2001 to 2009, Norway for 1998, Poland for 2005 and 2006, Portugal from 1998 to 2007 and Switzerland from 1998 to 2004.

See the direct links to these 52 new/revised historical posts below.

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Categories: World

Portugal November 2011: VW Passat and Audi A4 shine

December 30th, 2011 2 comments

Audi A4

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The climate is getting worse and worse for Portuguese car sales, down a worrying 49% this month to 9,519 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 142,195 units, down 27%. The Top 4 is unchanged compared to October, with the Renault Megane leading the way both this month with 5.1% share and year-to-date at 5.5%. Renault manages a 1-2 again with the Clio at #2 with 4.1% of the market in November, #3 year-to-date at 3.8%.

Follow the VW Golf at 3%, #6 year-to-date at 3.3% and the VW Polo at 2.7%, #5 YTD at 3.4%. It seems like every country I write about sees very strong sales of the VW Passat this month, and Portugal is no different! It gains 8 spots on October to land in 5th place with 241 sales and 2.5%, but is still #15 YTD at 1.7%.

Other great performers this month include the Audi A4 up 14 ranks to claw its way back in the Top 10 at #10 with 2.2% vs. #20 and 1.3% YTD, the Peugeot 308 up 10 spots to #13 and the new generation Toyota Yaris in the Top 20 for the 2nd month in a row at #18. Notice the Seat Ibiza, #2 YTD, down to #15.

Previous month: Portugal October 2011: BMW 3 Series up to #6 

Full November 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Portugal

Denmark November 2011: VW Passat in pole position

December 28th, 2011 No comments

VW Passat

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15,044 new cars were registered last month in Denmark, bringing the year-to-date total to 154,660 units. For the first time since the current generation has gone on sale, the VW Passat leads the way in the models ranking with a very solid 770 sales and 5.1% share. It jumps from #7 to #4 year-to-date at 3,865 units and 2.5%. In fact, it’s an outstanding month for the Volkswagen brand, placing 4 models in the Top 8: the Polo at #3, Touran at #6 (+16 on October) & Golf at #8.

As usual the Danish market is very volatile and the other great performers this month show impressive growth. They include the new gen Toyota Yaris up 19 spots to #4, the Ford Mondeo up 20 ranks to #7, the Citroen C5 up 35 spots to #9 and the Citroen C3 up 22 ranks to #11. The Chevrolet Spark is down to #10 but stays #1 over the first 11 months of 2011 with 5,480 sales and 3.5%, followed by the Toyota Aygo (#5 this month) at 2.9% and the Opel Corsa (#12 this month) at 2.7%. Notice the new Kia Rio landing directly in 35th place with 171 units sold for its first month.

Previous month: Denmark October 2011: Kia Picanto #1, VW Passat and Polo follow

Full November 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Denmark

Malaysia November 2011: VW Passat and Lexus CT impress

December 27th, 2011 2 comments

Lexus CT

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Malaysian car sales are up a healthy 8% this month at 46,816 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total back into positive at 532,847 units, up 0.6% year-on-year. As it is usually the case in this market, the entire Top 8 is absolutely frozen-immobile, whether it be compared to October or the 2011 year-to-date ranking. Not much fun…

VW Passat

So the Perodua MyVi is in pole position in November with, again, an extravagant market share at 16.2% thanks to 7,574 sales, and #1 YTD at 73,357 units and 13.8%. Follow the Proton Saga at 11.7% in November and 13% in 2011, the Perodua Viva at 10.9% and 10.3% and the Proton Persona at 7% and 8.1%. The Perodua Alza misses the 4th spot by just one unit at 3,272 sales, delivering a 7.1% market share well above its 2011 level of 6.3%.

Proton Inspira

It’s further down the ranking that things get a little more animated. The Proton Inspira, a badge-engineered Mitsubishi Lancer, is up 6 spots on October to climb into the Top 10 for the first time since January at 711 units and 1.5%, the Toyota Prius is up 18 ranks to #15 and 1%, the VW Passat breaks into the Malaysian Top 20 for the very first time, up 12 spots to #20 with 417 sales and the Lexus CT200h is up a huge 29 ranks to land in 23rd place at 330 units.

Previous month: Malaysia October 2011: Perodua MyVi above 20% market share

Full November 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Malaysia

More Historical Data now uploaded for 10 countries!

December 27th, 2011 No comments

The VW Passat was #2 in Austria in 2001

* View the links to these 23 new posts by cliking on the title! *

I am taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to upload more historical data for various countries. For the first time on Best Selling Cars Blog you can now access official data for Cyprus and a Top 10 for 2005 and 2006 there.

The Citroen C5 was #3 in Denmark in 2002 – its highest year-end ranking in the world

I have also uploaded all-new historical information for 10 countries/territories: Austria in 2001 and 2002, Belgium from 1998 to 2009, Czech Republic in 1998 and 1999, Denmark from 1998 to 2005, Finland from 1998 to 2003, Hungary in 1998 and 1999 and Japan in 1998 and 2000. The first half of the noughties was a very successful period for Peugeot, placing both the 206 and 307 on top of the models ranking in Belgium and Denmark, so now you can witness this in detail…

The Toyota Avensis was #1 in Finland in 2001, interrupting a decade-long domination of the Corolla

I have also added more detail to already existing data: a Top 75 Passenger Cars ranking for the USA in 1998 and 1999, a Top 30 for Western Europe in 1998 and 1999 and a Light Commercial Vehicles Top 20 for Europe in 2004 and 2005.

Click on the title or ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 23 posts. Enjoy!

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Categories: World

Algeria November 2011: Hyundai Atos keeps the lead

December 27th, 2011 No comments

Hyundai Atos

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Another outstanding month for car sales in Algeria, up a massive 61% year-on-year to 23,598 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 270,451 units, up a very respectable 32%. For the third consecutive month, Hyundai is the best-selling brand ahead of Renault, a very rare occurrence. It sells 4,510 units vs. 4,475 for the French brand. And for the 2nd month in a row the Hyundai Atos is the most popular car in the country with a very solid 2,177 sales and 9.2% market share. It is still #2 year-to-date however at 18,103 units and 6.7%.

Dacia Logan

Just as we thought it had disappeared from the Algerian podium for good, the Dacia Logan is back with a vengeance, up to #2 with 2,052 sales and an excellent 8.7% share, by far its best score in 12 months. It is #5 year-to-date. The Hyundai Accent stays #3 with a robust 7.3% share, well ahead of its 2011 level at 5.8% (#3 also). The Peugeot 207 ranks 4th with a very strong 6.8% share, ahead of the 2011 leader the Renault Symbol at 6.2%. The Chevrolet Sail is down 4 spots to #6 and the VW Polo reappears in the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Algeria October 2011: Hyundai Atos and Chevrolet Sail on top

Full November 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Algeria

Iran November 2011: Peugeot 405 now #2 year-to-date

December 26th, 2011 No comments

Peugeot 405

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Car production in Iran is up 5% in November at 135,286 units and up 6% year-to-date at 942,888 units, November being the 8th month of the Iranian year. The Saipa Pride continues its solo race at 58,154 units produced this month and 425,815 year-to-date, even managing to improve by 5% vs. the first 8 months of 2010…

The 23-year-old Peugeot 405 ranks 2nd for the third month in a row at 20,703 units, enabling it to pass the Peugeot 206 (#3 this month at 14,052) in the year-to-date ranking to reclaim the #2 spot with 115,191 units (-15%) vs. 109,584 (+6%) for the 206. The Iran Khodro Samand stays 4th with 13,014 units, bringing its year-to-date total to 92,196, up a healthy 12% on 2010…

Renault Tondar 90

In 5th position, the Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) delivers a whopping 9,299 units, which could well be its highest month ever in Iran! It is now #5 year-to-date also at 58,315 units, up a massive 84% on 2010 and passing the Peugeot Pars at 58,180 (+3%).

Peugeot 207i

The Peugeot 207i’s production pattern is intermittent in Iran and November is on: 3,735 units were produced, bringing the model to #7, ahead of the Saipa Tiba, decidedly shy at 3,383 units, albeit up 17% on October.

Previous month: Iran October 2011: Peugeot 405 and Pars in good shape

Full November 2011 Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Iran

Gulf Cooperation Council November 2011: 9 Toyotas in Top 12!

December 25th, 2011 11 comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is composed of the states bordering the Persian Gulf: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Almost 100,000 vehicles (96,767 exactly) were registered in the region in November, placing it below Canada and above Australia, Mexico and Spain. It’s a demonstration of force from Toyota in the models ranking, with a 100% Toyota podium and 9 models in the Top 12…

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Hilux, #1 in UAE, also leads the region this month with 5,981 sales and 6.2% market share. It is followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser, #1 in Oman, Qatar and Bahrain, at 5,113 units and 5.3%. The Toyota Corolla, #1 in Saudi Arabia, ranks 3rd with 5,082 sales and 5.2%, ahead of the Hyundai Accent at 4.1% and the Toyota Prado, #1 in Kuwait, at 4%.

Nissan Sunny

The Toyota Camry is #6, the Hyundai Elantra #7 and the Nissan Sunny #9. Notice the 14th position of the Ford Crown Victoria thanks to Top 10 scores in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Chevrolet Tahoe at #17 and the Toyota FJ Cruiser at #29.

Full November 2011 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia November 2011: Hyundai Accent threatens Corolla

December 25th, 2011 No comments

Hyundai Accent

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Saudi Arabia is the biggest market in the Gulf Penisula region (GCC) with 44,320 registrations in November. Like in all other countries in the area, a Toyota leads the models ranking but this time it is struggling to do so. The Toyota Corolla is #1 in the country this month with 3,236 sales and 7.3% share but is threatened by the new generation Hyundai Accent at 3,182 units and 7.2%. The Toyota Hilux rounds up the podium with 2,628 sales and 5.9%.

Ford Crown Victoria

Hyundai strikes again at #4 with the new Elantra at 2,189 units and 4.9% share, followed by the Toyota Camry (4.2%),  Isuzu D-Max and Toyota Yaris sedan (both at 3.3%). The 13 year-old Ford Crown Victoria ranks 9th at 3.1% share and the Hyundai Sonata is #10. There are 2 more US models in the Saudi Top 20: the Chevrolet Tahoe at #14 and the GMC Yukon at #16.

Toyota Sequoia

Ford Expedition

Further down the ranking, the Hyundai Azera is #21, the Toyota Sequoia #25, the FJ Cruiser #26, the Ford Expedition #29, the Ford Taurus #36, the Renault Fluence #42 and Logan #44, the Chevrolet Sonic already #71 and the Ford Edge #90.

Full November 2011 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Saudi Arabia