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World March 2012 round-up: Toyota Prius breaks a leg

Toyota Prius c

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Let me introduce a new monthly update on Best Selling Cars Blog: the World round-up. Now that most countries models rankings are in, let's cast a global view on which cars were the stars of the month around the world... and March had its lot of highlights...

There is one model, or more precisely family, that stands out this month: the Toyota Prius. Massively boosted by the arrival of the MPV and c versions, the Prius family lodged record-breaking volumes in Japan and the USA. In Japan, the Prius c is marketed as Aqua and is up to an outstanding 29,156 sales, while the 'standard' Prius sold a record 45,496 units including the MPV version, up 131% year-on-year. In the US, sales are not split and the Prius family as a whole sold a record 28,711 units for a best-ever 6th place.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V new generation enables the nameplate to reach record heights in both the USA where it ranks at a best-ever #5 with 30,068 units sold and in China where it is #4 with 21,124 units. Nissan lodges two historical performances this month: even though it is about to be replaced with a new generation, the Altima breaks its monthly volume record in the USA with 41,050 sales, while the Nissan Qashqai has its best European month ever in 7th place with 30,237 units, thanks to best-ever performances in GermanyFrancethe UKIreland (#1)PolandSlovakiaSwitzerlandCzech Republic and ranking #2 in Spain.

Nissan Qashqai

Another milestone passed in March: for the first time ever, there were two Japanese models in the European Top 10 with the Toyota Yaris climbing into 10th position with 22,856 sales, helped by a record-breaking showing in the UK. India is the new China: in March 281,831 new vehicles found a buyer in the country, up 20% year-on-year and a new all-time record! The Maruti Alto has its 2nd best month ever at 35,245 sales and no less than 12 models break their monthly record, including the Maruti DZire, Hyundai Eon, Tata Nano and Honda Brio delivering the best month ever for a Honda model in India at 6,355 sales.

VW Up!

Other highlights this month include the pole position of the VW Up! in Denmark only a few months after its launch, the Fiat Uno beating the VW Gol in Brazil for only the third time ever, the Lada Granta up to #4 in Russia, the Dacia Duster reaching 10% share in its native Romania, the all-new Peugeot 208 landing at #16 in France, the Mazda CX-5 reaching a world best #18 in the Netherlands and the Range Rover Evoque breaking into the Swiss Top 20,

Other big figures include the Ford F-Series selling 58,061 units in the US followed by the Toyota Camry at 42,567 sales, the Wuling Sunshine stuck in pole position in China with 54,546 units, the Buick Excelle now China's favourite passenger car with 24,134 sales and the Daihatsu Mira Kei car at 29,721 units in Japan.

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  1. Steam
    May 14th, 2012 at 00:25 | #1

    ausrutherford :

    Miguel :Well, the Golf is the third because sold almost 30.000 examples only in Germany. German market represents more than 30% of world golf sales!!!!

    That includes Golf plus and Jetta sales. Only once Autonews europe releases numbers in Feb of every year can one split them out.

    Are You sure? In other statistics of world-market in this blog Golf and Jetta are counted extra.

  2. April 30th, 2012 at 19:00 | #2

    Prius overtake the corolla, Toyota keeps the first two positions.

  3. April 29th, 2012 at 16:28 | #3

    I think Ford and Chevrolet is quality,safe cars. Now, Toyota is not good.

  4. ausrutherford
    April 29th, 2012 at 10:49 | #4

    Miguel :
    Well, the Golf is the third because sold almost 30.000 examples only in Germany. German market represents more than 30% of world golf sales!!!!

    That includes Golf plus and Jetta sales. Only once Autonews europe releases numbers in Feb of every year can one split them out.

  5. April 29th, 2012 at 07:08 | #5

    Well, the Golf is the third because sold almost 30.000 examples only in Germany. German market represents more than 30% of world golf sales!!!!

  6. ausrutherford
    April 29th, 2012 at 06:33 | #6

    mohamed :
    @ausrutherford
    so that means that the focus is selling better than the corolla and the golf ?

    Better than Gulf…but too early to say about the Corolla

  7. mohamed
    April 29th, 2012 at 05:21 | #7

    @ausrutherford
    so that means that the focus is selling better than the corolla and the golf ?

  8. ausrutherford
    April 29th, 2012 at 04:52 | #8

    So far, I have the Focus over 95k for the month. I do have Prius numbers split for the US, but they are useless until I get the split numbers from japan in a couple days.

  9. mohamed
    April 28th, 2012 at 19:12 | #9

    can you put them into a chart please ?

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