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World 2011: Updated Top 100 now available!

March 25th, 2012 11 comments

Sales of ChangAn Taurus may be counted as ChangAn Mini Bus, #44 in the world in 2011

* See the updated 2011 World Top 105 best-selling models here *

Just a quick update to let you know that I have amended the Worldwide Top 100 models ranking I published yesterday with a couple more details, it is now actually a Top 105! This ranking will likely be updated a few more times over the next days/weeks as more official data keeps pouring in so I will let you know each time this happens. If you have access to official data that can make this ranking more accurate please do comment on here!

I have added a couple of Chinese LCVs that slipped through the cracks yesterday: the Foton Forland at #30 with an estimated 403,000 sales worldwide, the ChangAn Mini Bus which could include the ChangAn Taurus pictured above at #44 with an estimated 354,000 units and the DongFeng Mini Bus at #66 with an estimated 253,000 sales. The Mazda3 is now #39 at 381,780 units.

Also, thanks to the official Skoda Press Release provided by Robbie I have amended the Skoda Octavia sales to 389,000 which brings it up to #34.

You can see the amended World 2011 Top 105 article here

I have also published the amended Top 105 Ranking Table below for your reading pleasure.

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North Korea: Pyeonghwa Samchunri should lead the ranking

March 25th, 2012 7 comments

Advertising billboard for the Pyeonghwa Samchunri. Picture by Eric Lafforgue. All Rights reserved.

* See the North Korean capital Pyongyang’s streets as if you were there by clicking on title! *

The North Korean car market is very limited but seems to have enjoyed a mini-boom over the last couple of years as more cars can be seen in the formerly deserted streets of Pyongyang. Pyeonghwa Motors (meaning ‘Peace’ in Korean) was founded in 1999 and has the exclusive rights to car production, purchase and used car sales in North Korea and is only one of two car manufacturers in the country with Pyongsang Auto Works. Pyeonghwa produced an estimated 1,000 vehicles a year.

Pyeonghwa Motors is also currently the only company in North Korea, all sectors put together, to have got the right to advertise. A series of billboards and TV commercials (such as the one above) have been made in an effort to show residents that their country is able to produce products such as motor vehicles. The official Pyeonghwa website is here.

Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II

Pyeonghwa Hwiparam III

The Pyeonghwa Samchunri is a rebadged Jinbei Haise van (itself based on the 1989 Toyota Hiace), assembled under license from Brilliance China Auto. It should be by far the best-selling vehicle in North Korea, followed by the Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II, a rebadged Brilliance BS4, and the Pyeonghwa Premio CUV, a rebadged Huanghai Shuguan (with a Hyundai Santa Fe front and an old gen Kia Sorento back!). The Pyeonghwa Hwiparam III, based on the Brilliance FSV, is the brand’s most recent model and has gone on sale in 2011.

Pyeonghwa Premio 

As far as imports are concerned, the best-sellers seem to logically be two popular models from neighbouring countries: the BYD F3, a success in China, and the Lada Priora, #2 in Russia. But no Japanese cars: in 2007, Kim Jong-Il ordered the confiscation of all Japanese-built vehicles… Export-wise, the Pyeonghwa sells the Premio pick-up in Vietnam through Mekong Auto.

More pictures and rare street scenes and videos below.

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Chile January 2012: Hyundai Accent & Chevrolet Sail shine

March 25th, 2012 No comments

Hyundai Accent

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Excellent start of the year for the new generation Hyundai Accent: it takes the lead of the Chilean passenger cars ranking in January with 1,016 sales and is followed by the China-imported Chevrolet Sail at 979 units and the Nissan Tiida, leader in 2011, with 808 sales. The Kia Rio also excels thanks to the new generation now on sale and ranks 4th with 745 units sold in January.

Kia Rio

There are a couple of other newcomers in the Top 10: the Nissan March climbs to a very respectable 5th position with 685 sales and the Nissan Versa is #7 at 541 units. We welcome the Toyota Yaris back within the Top 10 thanks to its facelift at #6 with 656 sales while the Chevrolet Spark GT manages a solid 9th place at 495 units.

Previous post: Chile July 2011: Nissan Tiida, Terrano & Chevrolet Sail on top

Full January 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Nepal 2012: Hyundai i10 should lead the way, Eon arrives

March 25th, 2012 No comments

Street scene in Kathmandu, Nepal

The next country under the spotlight this week is Nepal, where Hyundai has managed to establish itself solidly along with neighbours Maruti and Tata.

Hyundai i10

The last Nepalese official car sales figures date back to 2002 when the Hyundai Santro overtook the Maruti Alto to become the best-selling car in the country. If the Nepalese market has continued in the same vein during the last years, the Hyundai i10 could be leading the models ranking in 2011.

Hyundai Eon

Hyundai Santro, Eon and i10: the trio that should dominate Nepalese car sales

The Maruti 800, Swift, Wagon R, Tata Indica, Kia Rio and Hyundai Verna are also very well represented in the streets of Kathmandu (based on the observation of YouTube videos). Building on the success of the Santro and i10, it is reasonable to assume that the all-new Hyundai Eon should be starting with a bang right now. Nepal was also one of the first countries with Bhutan to import the Tata Nano a few months after it launched in India.

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France 13-19 March 2012: Last days of glory for the Peugeot 207

March 25th, 2012 No comments

Peugeot 207

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New car sales in France are frankly in negative year-on-year again this week at 36,230 registrations, down 25%. Peugeot leads the manufacturers ranking with 16.2% share, ahead of Renault at 15.9% and Citroen at 14.4%. With the official launch of the Peugeot 208 imminent (29 March), it’s the last hurrah for its predecessor the Peugeot 207, #1 again this week with 1,922 sales and 5.3% share, just above the Renault Clio at 1,911 units.

VW Golf

The Citroen C3 rounds up the podium at 3.4%, followed by the Renault Megane at 3% and Scenic at 2.8%. For once, the VW Golf passes its little sister the Polo to become the best-selling foreign model in 6th position with 991 sales and 2.7%. Month-to-date the VW Golf has sold 2,566 units at 2.9% share for a 5th position that would be its highest ever in France if it manages to keep it until the end of the month, which is doubtful… Notice the Peugeot 3008 back in the Top 10.

Previous post: France 1-12 March 2012: 4 foreigners in Top 10

Previous month: France February 2012: Mercedes B Class and Kia Rio impress

One year ago: France March 2011: Citroen C3 and Dacia Duster beat records

Full 13-19 March 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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World 2011: Now with the Top 100 best-selling models!

March 24th, 2012 22 comments

Toyota Corolla

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Who else but Best Selling Cars Blog will give you the a worldwide Top 100 models ranking for 2011? I can share this exclusive ranking with you now, mixing up my own estimates with the hard work of Austin from Ford Inside News and some official 2011 Annual Reports.

You can see my original World 2011 Top 35 article here (note some figures have changed since)

The top of the ranking is unscathed up to #18 compared to my last update, with the Toyota Corolla leading with 1,141,709 sales, followed by the Ford Focus at 882,551 units, the VW Golf at 864,462, the VW Polo at 788,789, Ford Fiesta at 767,465, Hyundai Elantra at 751,967 and Wuling Sunshine at 731,689. The Chevrolet Cruze, Ford F-Series and VW Jetta complete the Top 10.

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is now #19 with 541,519 sales followed by the best-selling SUV in the world the Honda CR-V at an estimated 530,000 units. The Toyota Hilux, #1 in 34 countries, is still #22, while the Hyundai Tucson/ix35 now appears at #28 with 420,649 sales. Excellent showing of the Suzuki Swift/Dzire at #31 with 399,446 units.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is the best-selling luxury model at #36 and 384,464 sales and should improve vastly in 2012 thanks to the new generation. The Mercedes C-Class is #41, the BMW 5 Series #46 and the Audi A4 #48. Best year ever for the Nissan Qashqai at #38 and 382,741 units. With the Peugeot 207 at the end of its career at #57, the 24 year-old Peugeot 405/Pars produced in Iran should be the brand’s best-seller this year at #52 and an estimated 306,000 sales!

Nissan Juke

Fiat’s top seller is the South American Uno at #54 with 297,234 units, above the Punto at #58 and the Palio at #63. Dacia manages to place its 3 models within the worldwide Top 100 with the Logan at #45, the Sandero at #59 and the Duster at #99, compared to only two Renault models: the Clio at #26 and the Megane at #60! Notice also the Nissan Juke above 215,000 units at #79, the FAW Xiali N3/N5 at #83 with an estimated 207,000 sales and the BYD F3 at #92 with an estimated 190,000 units.

Note: There may be missing models, please comment if you have any additional data.

Previous version of this post: World 2011: Toyota Corolla ahead of Ford Focus and VW Golf

Full Year 2011 Worldwide Top 105 Ranking Table below.

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Brazil mid-March 2012: Fiat Uno leads with comfortable margin

March 24th, 2012 7 comments

Fiat Uno

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At mid-March 2012, 132,935 new vehicles were registered in Brazil, down 7% year-on-year. For the first time in 2012, the Fiat Uno leads the models ranking at mid-month and with 10,955 sales and 8.2%, it is nearly 1,000 units above the VW Gol, #2 at 9,973 sales and 7.5%. This is the Uno’s highest margin over the Gol at mid-month since exactly one year ago at mid-March 2011

VW Kombi

In third position the Fiat Palio stays at 4.9% share with 6,549 units, followed by the VW Fox/CrossFox solid with 5,893 sales and 4.4%, the Ford Fiesta Hatch previous generation at 3.9% and the Fiat Strada in great shape at 5,001 units and 3.8% share. The VW Voyage and Renault Sandero, both up 2 spots on February to #7 and #8 respectively, also have a great start of the month while the Chevrolet Cobalt is back up 5 ranks to #11 with 2,919 sales and 2.2%.

The VW Kombi celebrated its 1.5 millionth unit produced in Brazil in November 2011

The Chevrolet Montana is up 7 spots to #15, the Chevrolet Cruze beats its ranking record up to #17 with 1,826 units and 1.4% and the Nissan March stays robust at #21. The 62 year-old VW Kombi is back in the Top 30 for the first time since last October at #28 with 1,154 sales and 0.9%, an exceptional performance and the longest-running model still in production in the world. The first VW to be produced in Brazil in 1950, its career should end this year because of safety features like ABS and Airbag becoming compulsory on all new models on sale in the country.

Fiat Freemont

Further down, the Fiat 500 keeps climbing, up to a best-ever #31 over the period, and the Fiat Freemont also delivers its best position, breaking into the Brazilian Top 50 for the very first time and up 19 ranks to #36 thanks to 896 units sold. Notice the Dodge RAM landing directly at #122 with 102 sales and the JAC J5 at #149 and 45 units, after having its original launch delayed from August 2011 to March 19, 2012.

Previous post: Brazil February 2012: Fiat Uno, Palio and 500 strong

One year ago: Brazil mid-March 2011: Fiat Uno confirms pole position!

Full mid-March 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Denmark February 2012: Kia Rio #5, VW Up! at world best

March 24th, 2012 7 comments

Kia Rio

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The Danish car market continues on its record-breaking run, up a further 22% year-on-year in February at 14,180 registrations, bringing the 2012 year-to-date total to 27,055 units, up 13% on 2011. After leading the way in 2011, the Chevrolet Spark is the best-selling model in the country for the second month in a row in 2012 with 609 sales and 4.3% share. Chevrolet manages an impressive 1-2 it can’t even deliver in the United States with the Aveo taking the 2nd spot at 461 units and 3.3%!

Chevrolet Aveo

The Toyota Aygo is back up 21 spots on January to close the podium, much closer to the 2nd place it reached in the Full Year 2011. Koreans are omnipresent in Denmark once again with the Kia Picanto holding a vey solid 4th position with 421 sales and 3%, ahead one of the two stars of the month, the Kia Rio, up another 10 ranks on last month to reach an outstanding 5th place, its highest so far in Western Europe, at 386 units and 2.7%. The Hyundai i30 at #6 makes it 5 Koreans in the Top 6 as the two Chevrolets were born in South Korea…

VW Up!

Excellent month for the Opel Insignia, up a massive 56 spots on last month to land #8 with 2.1% share. The other star of the month is the VW Up! Fitting perfectly the urban environment Denmark has to offer, VW’s mini lands directly in 15th position for its first true month of sales in the country with 249 sales and 1.9% share. Given its previous world best was #22 in Germany last December, this is the highest position the Up has reached anywhere in the world so far… Notice also the Citroen DS5 appearing for the first time in the Danish ranking at #66 with 73 sales.

Previous month: Denmark January 2012: Chevrolet and Koreans in great shape

One year ago: Denmark February 2011: Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai i10 on top

Full February 2012 Top 70 Ranking Table below.

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Thailand Pick-ups February 2012: Market now recovered

March 24th, 2012 1 comment

Isuzu D-Max

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The effects of floods in the country on pick-up production capacity have now well and truly passed and the ‘Pick-up hub of the world’ has its factories running at full throttle again, to satisfy planet-wide demand but also local purchases. Thai companies bought 46,205 locally-built pick-ups in February, up 447% on last November, 120% on last December and 8% on January. More significantly, the Thai pick-up market is up a massive 23% on February 2011!

Toyota Hilux

Losing its crown in November to the Mitsubishi Triton and in December to the Isuzu D-Max, the recently facelifted Toyota Hilux has reclaimed its supremacy over the last 2 months, selling 17,584 units in February, up 19% year-on-year. The all-new Isuzu D-Max is not far behind in second place with 16,379 sales this month while the Mitsubishi Triton rounds up the podium at 5,694 units, up an impressive 33% year-on-year.

Chevrolet Colorado

The most impressive progression is without contest delivered by the all-new Chevrolet Colorado at 2,587 sales this month which is up a huge 211% on February 2011. Chevrolet has a target of 85,000 overall sales in Thailand for 2012, triple the 2011 figure (!) and the Colorado will be key in achieving this bold prediction.

Previous post: Thailand 2011: Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max maintain stranglehold

Full February 2012 Top 8 Ranking Table below.

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Canada February 2012: Dodge Grand Caravan back on podium

March 24th, 2012 No comments

The Mazda CX-5 enjoys its first month of sales in Canada in February

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Trucks are back in the driving seat in Canada this month with the Ford F-Series leading the way by far with 6,626 sales followed by the Dodge RAM at 4,876 sales. In fact, there is no passenger car on the podium for the first time in at least 6 months with the Dodge Grand Caravan ranking third for the first time since last April with 3,986 sales.

Dodge Caravan

And there is a surprise at #4: the Hyundai Elantra reclaims the passenger car pole position at 3,356 units, ahead of the Honda Civic with 3,305 sales. Excellent performance of the new generation Honda CR-V, up 5 spots on January to a shiny 6th place thanks to 2,836 units sold. Other great performers in the Top 30 this month include the Hyundai Accent us 4 ranks to #14, the Toyota Camry up to #19 and, best of all, the Mazda2 up a massive 51 spots to a best-ever 23rd place.

Mazda2

Further down the ranking, the Kia Optima is up 28 ranks on January to #36, the VW Passat up 26 to #54, the Fiat 500 up 24 to #55, the Chevrolet Orlando up 18 to #60, the Infiniti G up 26 to #74, the all-new Buick Verano up 43 to #103 with 201 sales and the Mazda CX-5 makes its very first appearance in the Canadian ranking, landing directly in 118th place with 160 units sold.

Previous month: Canada January 2012: Ford F-Series and Honda Civic keep the lead

Full February 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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