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Singapore 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

2012 BMW 3 Series

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 40 best-selling brands: click on title to see! Thanks Michael *

The strength of the Singapore car market is dictated by the price of Certificates of Entitlement (COEs), a program initiated by the government in 1990 to limit car ownership and the number of vehicles on the country's roads. The system means residents of Singapore have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle (including motorcycles), with the number of certificates deliberately restricted. In 2011 even fewer COEs were made available, resulting in higher premiums reaching over S$70,000 for a larger car, almost as much as the car price itself.

As a result the Singapore car market is down 33% on 2010 at 28,270 registrations, and premium makes behaved much better, buyers of such cars being less sensitive to the price increase.

Volvo S60

For the first time since 2002, Toyota is not the best-selling brand in Singapore, dethroned this year by BMW with sales up 5% to 4,959 units and a huge 17.5% market share. Mercedes ranks 2nd with sales down just 11% to 4,166 units and 14.7% share. The BMW 5 Series is the best-selling car in the country with 1,830 sales. As far as I know, Singapore is the only country in the world where BMW is #1.

Toyota is down 49%, from 6,930 sales and 15.7% share in 2010 to 3,562 and 12.6% this year. It is followed by VW and Audi faring rather well at -8% and -4% respectively, Hyundai at -47%, Kia at -67% and Honda at -71%. Volvo is only the 2nd brand in the Top 10 to see its sales increase at +2% and 835 units at #9.

Jaguar XJ

Notice also Porsche at #12 with 584 sales and 2.1% share, Jaguar at #14 with 389 units and 1.4%, Ferrari at #25 with 92 sales, Maserati at #26 with 91 units, Bentley at #30 with 60 sales, Lamborghini at #31 with 49 units, Rolls-Royce at #35 with 39 sales and Aston Martin at #38 with 25 units.

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  1. michael abbey
    April 27th, 2012 at 03:34 | #1

    article from Friday, Apr 20, 2012 for Singapores March car sales. I cannot find the original that they quote but here are the numbers. You need to click on the pictures which give you both the percentage of the market (from volvo on down) and the total number of cars (20 pictures, two per mark with first giving % and 2nd giving numbers)

    10. Porsche. 143 units registered
    9. Kia, 195 units registered
    8. Nissan, 230 units registered
    7. Volvo, 276 units registered, 3.7%
    6. Hyundai, 402 units registered, 5.4%
    5. Audi, 468 units registered 6.2%
    4. Volkswagen, 860 units registered 11.5%
    3. Toyota, 888 units registered 11.8%
    2. BMW. 1,237 units registered 16.5%
    1. Mercedes-Benz,1,385 units registered 18.4%
    http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story20120419-340797.html

    another article about Certificate of Entitlement prices, new high…
    http://www.onemotoring.com.sg/1m/coe/coeDetail.html
    http://cars.st701.com/resources/articles/cars/motoring-news/coe-prices-continue-steep-climb/a/61996

    thanks Matt for all your time and effort.

  2. February 25th, 2012 at 13:29 | #2

    Hey. Singapore is one of the places in finding cars. Whether you want a new or 2nd hand car, it could be easier for you to find one. A piece of advice, just go to reputable car companies and never forget to check the background of the company. Hmm…. I’m wondering when will be the next sales?

  3. Dario
    January 22nd, 2012 at 01:40 | #3

    wow! i guess it is the only country where ferrari sells only 30 cars less than fiat :)

  4. January 20th, 2012 at 20:29 | #4

    Singapore marque sales 2011 -source: http://www.forocoches.com
    1. BMW 4.959
    2. Mercedes 4.166
    3. Toyota 3.562
    4. VW 3.204
    5. Audi 2.111
    6. Hyundai 1.289
    7. Kia 953
    8. Honda 942
    9. Volvo 835
    10. Nissan 800
    11. Chevrolet 645
    12. Porsche 584
    13. Peugeot 460
    14. Jaguar 389
    15. MINI 381
    16. Citroën 346
    17. Suzuki 275
    18. Mazda 265
    19. Renault 263
    20. Ford D 238
    21. Land Rover 233
    22. Subaru 215
    23. Mitsubishi 201
    24. Fiat 129
    25. Ferrari 92
    26. Maserati 91
    27. Proton 75
    28. Skoda 65
    29. Opel 62
    30. Bentley 60
    31. Lamborghini 49
    32. Alfa Romeo 48
    33. Saab 42
    34. Daihatsu 40
    35. Rolls Royce 39
    36. Chrysler 29
    37. Chery 28
    38. Aston Martin 25
    39. SsangYong 19
    40. Jeep 17
    41. Perodua 15
    42. Lotus 14
    43. Infiniti 7
    44. Smart 0
    45. Otros 25

    Parallel sales: Singapore 2011:
    1. BMW Serie5 461
    2. Mercedes Clase E 336
    3. Toyota Estima 204
    4. Toyota Alphard/Vellfire 101
    5. Honda Fit 77
    6. Audi A5/7 68
    7. Toyota Wish 67
    8. BMW Serie3 46
    9. Audi Q5 44
    10. Porsche 911 44
    11. Ford Focus 43
    12. Lexus CT 200 H – 40
    13. Mazda CX7 – 38
    14. Ford Mondeo – 35
    15. Honda Accord – 20

    • matgasnier
      January 22nd, 2012 at 00:28 | #5

      Thanks Miguel! I have updated my Singaporean post
      cheers
      Matt

  5. myk
    January 18th, 2012 at 00:02 | #6

    NismoBoy :
    Myk, valuable information! Thanks!

    The only info that I’ve compiled for 2011 are only Ford vehicles:
    Ford Fiesta – 3,401
    Ford Everest – 3,003
    Ford Ranger – 1,019
    Ford Escape – 974

    I’m trying to retrieve other data

  6. NismoBoy
    January 17th, 2012 at 23:02 | #7

    Myk, valuable information! Thanks!

  7. myk
    January 17th, 2012 at 22:49 | #8

    matgasnier :
    Hi Carlo,
    Thanks for the link! Any models info you have seen?
    cheers
    Matt

    No models data available… but i’ll try to retrieve them

  8. myk
    January 17th, 2012 at 21:09 | #9

    carlo :
    Hi there, The Philippines 2011 data is now available here: http://www.topgear.com.ph/news/toyota-mitsubishi-hyundai-lead-sales-in-2011 . I thought this might be helpful. By the way, local manufacturer sales are indicated, not brands. (some manufacturers build the same brand)

    Clarification though:
    Universal Motors Corp. sells Nissan Urvan/Patrol/Frontier/Murano. It would be wise to combine sales with Nissan Motors Philippines.
    Columbian Autocar Corp sells Kia vehicles
    Covenant Car Company sells Chevrolet vehicles
    CATS Motors sells Mercedes Benz/Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles
    Asian Carmakers Corp sells BMW vehicles
    Pilipinas Hino sells Hino trucks
    PGA Cars sells Audi and Porsche vehicles
    Scandinavian Motors Corporation sells Volvo vehicles
    Dreamco sells JMC Trucks (China made)
    British United Automobiles sells MINI vehicles
    Man Automobile Concessionaires sells MAN Trucks

    some clarifications though

  9. January 17th, 2012 at 20:31 | #10

    South Korea imported car sales in 2011:
    1. BMW 23.293
    2. Mercedes 19.534
    3. VW 12.436
    4. Audi 10.345
    5. Toyota 5.020
    6. MINI 4.282
    7. Ford 4.189
    8. Lexus 4.111
    9. Nissan 3.802
    10. Chrysler 3.316
    11. Honda 3.153
    12. Peugeot 2.636
    13. Infiniti 2.152
    14. Volvo 1.480
    15. Land Rover 1.383
    16. Porsche 1.301
    17. Jaguar 1.016
    18. Cadillac 742
    19. Subaru 664
    20. Proton 104
    21. Bentley 102
    22. Mitsubishi 34
    23. Rolls Royce 27
    24. Maybach 8
    25. Citroën 6

  10. carlo
    January 17th, 2012 at 20:03 | #11

    Hi there, The Philippines 2011 data is now available here: http://www.topgear.com.ph/news/toyota-mitsubishi-hyundai-lead-sales-in-2011 . I thought this might be helpful. By the way, local manufacturer sales are indicated, not brands. (some manufacturers build the same brand)

    • matgasnier
      January 17th, 2012 at 21:50 | #12

      Hi Carlo,
      Thanks for the link! Any models info you have seen?
      cheers
      Matt

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