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Argentina March 2012: Ford Ecosport up to 4th place

The current gen Ford Ecosport is now in runout mode before the 2013 model (above) comes in.

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After losing ground for the first time in over 2 years last month, car sales in Argentina are frankly back in positive, growing by 35% year-on-year in March to 81,901 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 252,887 units, up 12% on 2011 which was already a record year. 2012 could well be the first time over 1 million vehicles are sold in Argentina in a single year!

Fiat Fiorino Qubo

No surprises on the podium, unchanged on last month: the Chevrolet Classic leads the way with 4,125 sales and 5% share, ahead of the VW Gol Trend (current generation) at 3,544 units and 4.3% and the Peugeot 207 Compact with 2,770 sales and 3.4%. The Ford Ecosport is back to levels it hadn't seen in a year and in particular since the launch of the Renault Duster, probably starting to be in runout mode before the 2013 model (pictured above) comes in. It is up to #4 at 2,746 units while the Duster is up 9 spots on February to #14 with 1,697 sales.

Audi R8

Other great performers this month include the Chevrolet Celta up to #8, the Peugeot 308 up 17 ranks on February to a best-ever #32, the Fiat 500 also reaching its highest position ever in Argentina at #54 and the Fiat Fiorino Qubo landing directly at #60 with 275 sales for its very first month in the country. Notice also the Audi R8 selling one unit this month.

Previous month: Argentina February 2012: Chevrolet Classic leads, VW Fox up to #7

One year ago: Argentina March 2011: VW Gol leads, Peugeot 408 lands

Full March 2012 Top 185 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Alex
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:06 | #1

    Chery is the only Chinese automaker in Argentina. Due to extreme protectionism most Chinese automakers don’t sell cars in Argentina yet.

  2. Augusto
    April 8th, 2012 at 11:22 | #2

    Only Chery made inroads in the market as they are produced at the Socma (formerly retooled SEVEL) factory in Uruguay. The others haven’t taken by storm the market as happened in neighboring countries.

  3. Paul
    April 8th, 2012 at 08:59 | #3

    Surprised. I thought the Chinese would have a couple in the lower reaches.

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