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Spain LCV April 2012: Kangoo up to #2 in devastated market

May 24th, 2012 No comments

Renault Kangoo

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The shape of the Light Commercial Vehicles market this year in Spain shows how bad the economic situation is for Small and Medium Entreprises in the country. Spanish LCV sales are down 31% year-on-year in April to 3,477 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 15,874 units, down 24% on 2011. The Citroen Berlingo is still in the lead with 716 sales but is followed this month by the Renault Kangoo at 693 units with the Peugeot Partner rounding up the podium with 681 sales. Notice also the Ford Transit Connect up to #4 with 250 units.

Previous month: Spain LCV March 2012: Citroen Berlingo shines

Full April 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Netherlands LCV April 2012: Volkswagen continues to dominate

May 24th, 2012 No comments

VW Caddy

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In April 4,219 Light Commercial Vehicles were sold in the Netherlands, bringing the year-to-date total to 24,017 units. The models ranking is very stable this month with the entire Top 8 identical to the 2012 year-to-date ranking. The VW Caddy continues to dominate with 505 sales and 12% market share, and is followed by the VW Transporter at 404 units and 9.6% and the Mercedes Sprinter with 329 sales and 7.8%.

The Ford Transit is down one spot on March to #4 but reaches an excellent market share at 7.4%, ahead of the Mercedes Vito at 6%, the Opel Vivaro at 5.8% and the Renault Trafic at 5.2%. Other good performers this month include the Peugeot Expert up 3 spots to #12, the Ford Transit Connect is up 4 to #15 and the Nissan NV200 up to #24.

Previous month: Netherlands LCV March 2012: New Opel Combo on the up

Full April 2012 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Switzerland April 2012: VW Tiguan and Mercedes C-Class shine

May 23rd, 2012 No comments

Mercedes C-Class

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Swiss consumers bought 28,834 new cars in April, bringing the year-to-date total to 107,964. No surprises on top: the VW Golf leads the way with 1,121 sales and 3.9% ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 956 units and 3.3%. The VW Tiguan climbs onto the podium for the first time ever thanks to 513 units sold for a 1.8% market share. The Mercedes C-Class also excels, up 2 spots on March to #4 with 466 sales and 1.6%, as well as the Ford Fiesta, up 7 ranks to #5 and leading its category ahead of the VW Polo.

It’s an excellent month for Ford with the Focus up a massive 20 spots on last month to #9. Other great performers include the Suzuki Swift also up 20 ranks to #11, the VW Transporter up to #15, the BMW 3 Series up 17 spots to #17, the Audi Q3 up to a best-ever 26th place, the Hyundai i20 up 21 ranks to #31 and the Audi A1 up 27 to #32.

Previous month: Switzerland March 2012: Range Rover Evoque in Top 20!

One year ago: Switzerland March 2011: Golf and Octavia on top, Honda Jazz #11

Full April 2012 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Europe March 2012: Now available with Top 316 models! UPDATED

May 22nd, 2012 6 comments

VW Tiguan

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Thanks to Lancia Lover from Autoweek.nl, I can now share with you a Top 100 models ranking for Europe in March. We have covered the Top 10 already, with the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris delivering record-breaking performances, so let’s focus on the ranking below. The BMW 1 Series is up 12 spots on its 2011 ranking to #17 with 18,110 sales while the VW Tiguan is up 14 to #21 at 17,027 units and the Nissan Juke is up 12 to #27 with 14,183 sales.

Mercedes B Class

Good performance of the Mini up 6 ranks to #30 and 13,903 units, the Audi A6 up 13 to #33, the Mercedes B Class up a massive 40 spots to #34, the Opel Zafira up 26 to #36, both thanks to  thanks to new generations now available in dealerships. The Hyundai ix35 is up 12 spots on its 2011 ranking to break into the Top 50 at #46. Last newcomer in the European Top 50: the VW Up! landing directly at #47 with 9,986 sales.

Kia Rio

Kia is in great shape in this start of the year: the Sportage is up 17 spots to #52 and the Rio is up 61 to #58. Other great performers in the European Top 100 include the BMW X3 up 17 ranks to #60, the Range Rover Evoque up 111 to #71 and 7,437 units and the Audi Q3 up 134 spots on its 2011 to #72 with 7,193 sales.

Subaru XV

Further down, notice the Peugeot 208 landing at #108 with 4,058 units, the Citroen DS4 up 21 ranks to #116, the Hyundai i40 up 80 to #117, the Mazda CX-5 landing at #143, the Citroen DS5 at #145, the VW Beetle at #184 and the Subaru XV at #192. Electric cars are progressing: the Opel Ampera is up 89 spots compared to its 2011 ranking to #215 and the Nissan Leaf is up 47 to #217. A few very prestigious models do really well: the Ferrari FF is up 25 ranks to #281, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is up 19 to #289 and the Lamborghini Aventador is up 15 to #295.

Previous March post: Europe March 2012: Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris break records

Most recent post: Europe April 2012: BMW 3 Series in Top 10 for first time since 2008

One year ago: Europe March 2011: VW Golf strong, Fiat Punto back in Top 10

Full March 2012 Top 316 Ranking Table below.

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Monaco 2011: Now available with Top 50 brands!

May 21st, 2012 2 comments

Mercedes SLS 6.3 AMG. Picture by Damdusud, all rights reserved.

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Building on my original post about Monaco, I am now able to share with you much more than just a podium and no less than the 50 best-selling brands in the Principality in 2011, in other words absolutely all brands sold there last year!

2 x McLaren MP4 12C. Picture by Raphael Belly, all rights reserved.

Quick reminder: the market is up 13% in 2011 to 2,524 registrations et BMW takes the lead with 15.1% of the market, partly thanks to 200 units registered by Prince Albert for his Royal Wedding. Leader in 2010, Audi is down to #2 with a stable share at 14.1% thanks to 356 sales and is followed by Mercedes at 12.2%.

Porsche Carrera GT. Picture by Alex Penfold, all rights reserved.

Volkswagen is stable at #4 and 6.1% just one unit above Mini very strong at +38% year-on-year thanks to the Countryman. Porsche reaches most probably its highest ranking in the world at #6 but is down 26% and one spot on 2010 to 113 sales and 4.3% share. Land Rover breaks into the Top 10 thanks to the Evoque at 73 units and 2.9%, up 46% on 2010.

Bentley Mulsanne. Picture by Raphael Belly, all rights reserved.

It was the title of my original post on Monaco and it is confirmed: with 49 sales and in spite of a 14% fall vs. 2010, Ferrari ranks #12 and sells more cars than Peugeot (48) and Citroen (43) even though Monaco is virtually in France… As expected, a number of prestigious brands find their way high up the ranking: Bentley ranks within the Top 20 most popular manufacturers with 32 units and 1.3% share, up 19%…

Maserati GranCabrio. Picture by Kristof Farkas, all rights reserved.

…Aston Martin is up a massive 29% to #24 with 22 sales, Maserati ranks #26 (-35%), Rolls-Royce is #31 (at a worrying -58%), Jaguar is #32 (-43%). Finally, notice two brands of supercars reappearing in the ranking this year: McLaren sells 3 units and Bugatti 2.

Stay tuned for a full models ranking shortly!

Previous post: Monaco 2011: Royal wedding puts BMW #1, Ferrari more popular than Peugeot and Citroen

Full 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Mexico April 2012: Chevrolet Aveo from strength to strength

May 21st, 2012 9 comments

Chevrolet Aveo

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The new car market in Mexico continues to shine, up 7% year-on-year in March to 69,890 registrations and bringing the year-to-date total to 303,464 units, up 10% on 2011. The Chevrolet Aveo has cemented its leadership and is extremely regular around the 6% market share mark, selling 4,114 units at 5.9% in April, its 5th consecutive month in pole position. The Nissan Versa also seem to have found its place in Mexico at #2 for the third time in a row with 3,472 sales and a solid 5% share.

The Nissan Tiida Sedan is up one spot on March to land on the third step of the podium at 2,959 units and 4.2%, followed by the VW Clasico, also slightly up on last month to 4.1% thanks to 2,890 sales. The Nissan Tsuru falls to #5, its lowest monthly ranking in at least a decade… Reversely the VW Nuevo Jetta delivers a robust month, up 3 ranks on March to #6 with 3.1%. Notice also the Honda CR-V staying in the Top 10 at #10 thanks to the new generation.

Previous month: Mexico March 2012: Chevy Aveo #1, Nissan Versa #2 year-to-date

One year ago: Mexico April 2011: VW Clasico on top again!

Full April 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Canada April 2012: Kia Optima & Chrysler 200 shine UPDATED

May 21st, 2012 2 comments

Kia Optima

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Very stable models ranking in April in Canada with the Top 5 best-selling models unchanged compared to last month. The Ford F-Series leads the way with 8,691 sales followed by the Dodge RAM at 6,136 units, the Honda Civic at 6,007, the Hyundai Elantra at 5,372 and the Dodge Grand Caravan at 4,906. The Toyota Corolla gets a runout kick, up to #6 both this month and year-to-date vs. #10 over the Full Year 2011.

Chrysler 200

It’s further down that we find big moves: the Chrysler 200 is up 10 spots to a best-ever #18 with 2,328 sales, the Kia Optima also hits its highest Canadian ranking ever at #25 with 1,662 units up 7 ranks and the Kia Rio gets a boost thank to the new generation, up 15 spots to #28. Notice also the Mazda CX-5 down 5 ranks to #29 for its 2nd full month of sales in the country.

Scion xD

The Fiat 500 is down 3 spots to a still respectable #36, the Chrysler Town & Country has an exceptional month: up 64 spots to #46, the VW Passat maintains itself at a very high #55, the Ford Taurus is up 36 ranks to #80, the Acura RDX up 64 to #85, the VW Beetle up 35 to #88 and the Scion xD up 39 to #138. Finally, the entire Prius family is up this month: the Prius c is up 31 spots to #70, the Prius V up 6 to #81 and the Prius up 18 to #91.

Previous month: Canada March 2012: Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 take off

One year ago: Canada April 2011: Fiat 500 in Top 40 already!

Full April 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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World Q1 2012: Discover the Top 100 best-selling cars!

May 20th, 2012 11 comments

Toyota Prius c

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Now that we have had a precise look at March worldwide sales, let’s expand the ranking and explore the 100 models that sold the most worldwide over the first Quarter of 2012. And when you compare this ranking to the Full Year 2011 Top 100 there are A LOT of changes, so it’s a pretty fascinating adventure we are embarking on together…

In spite of a scare (or a historical loss, depending on which way you split the numbers) in March where it was neck and neck with the Prius family, the Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling model worldwide over the period with 285,352 sales, on its way to yet another 1 million+ year. The massive event in this start of 2012 is the thunderous take off of the Prius family, delivering an out-of-this world 242,947 units which means 1 million Priuses could find a buyer in 2012 alone…

Granted, this figure includes the 3 bodystyles that now compose the Prius family. But even when split, each version would find its way in the world Top 80: the Prius would rank #26 with 116,756 sales compared to #42 in 2011, the Prius c/Aqua would be #57 at 69,983 units and the Prius MPV #78 with 56,208.

VW Jetta

Down from #2 in 2011, the Ford Focus lodges an excellent quarter at 236,261 sales and is followed by the VW Jetta, up an impressive 6 spots on its 2011 ranking with 202,804 sales, including various generations of the model on sale in each corner of the planet which all sell very well at the same time and make the Jetta Volkswagen’s best-selling nameplate over the period.

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry, boosted by the arrival of its new generation, also has an excellent quarter, up 7 ranks on 2011 to #5 with 196,892 sales, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (-1) and VW Golf (-4). The Chevrolet Cruze stays #8 but with 188,863 sales it is General Motors’ best-seller (and not the Wuling Sunshine) for the first time ever. The Nissan Versa is also called Tiida and Sunny in its hatchback and sedan versions in different parts of the globe but it’s all the same model and it sells very well, up from #15 in 2011 to #9 with 187,867 units.

Nissan Versa

Further down, notice the Hyundai Accent up 4 spots to #15 thanks to astounding success in Russia notably where it is sold as Solaris, the Honda CR-V also up 4 ranks to #16, the Suzuki Swift/Dzire up 14 to #17 thanks to huge numbers in India, the Nissan Qashqai up 14 as well to #24 with record-breaking sales all across Europe, the VW Tiguan up 25 to #28 and the Kia Rio up a massive  59 spots to #35 with 101,059 sales.

Great Wall Haval H5

There are a few newcomers in the Top 100, among them the Daihatsu Mira Kei car up to #55 with 71,539 sales all in Japan, the  Wuling Hongguang up to #58 at 69,445 units and the Isuzu D-Max up to #72 with 57,497 sales. The best-selling Chinese vehicle is still the Wuling Sunshine but it is down 7 spots to #14. In the passenger car category, the FAW Xiali N3/N5 leads at #84 with 50,327 units, ahead of the Great Wall Haval H3/H5/H6, breaking into the World Top 100 for the first time at #95 with 45,775 sales.

Previous post: World March 2012: Is the Toyota Prius the #1 car in the world?

Previous year: World 2011: Updated Top 100 now available!

Full Q1 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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World March 2012 updated: is the Prius the #1 car in the world?

May 20th, 2012 1 comment

Toyota Prius

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In my March 2012 World round-up I had ventured a rough estimation of the Top 10 best-selling cars in the world for that month, with the Toyota Prius family at 106,522 units and the Corolla at 102,000, making it the first time ever a hybrid car topped the worldwide models ranking. Now that pretty much all splits and detailed data has come through and thanks to the work of Austin Rutherford I can share with you a Top 20 ranking for March that is a little less rough…

Toyota Corolla

Disappointment for Prius fans at first sight: with 106,909 units sold in March the Prius family trails the Corolla at 111,725. Still astounding figures for both nameplates, placing them at a rate of above 1 million annual units! As a reminder the Prius figure includes 3 different bodystyles: the Prius ‘standard’ sells 48,160 units, the Prius c aka Aqua sells 34,522 and the Prius MPV sells 24,227. However from the Corolla’s side, the total figure includes loads of Matrix sales (the two models are not split in the US), over 8,000 Auris and 13,411 previous generation Corollas sold in China. Without these, the Prius family is on top an by far… So it all depends which way you look at it…

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is very close to my original estimate and stays in third position with 97,365 sales which has to be one of the nameplate’s strongest worldwide months ever since it launched in 1998. Boosted by a huge market in the UK the Ford Fiesta is up one spot compared to my original estimate to #4 with 87,315 sales, followed by the VW Golf at 83,426. Very strong in the States, the Toyota Camry takes a remarkable 6th place with 77,431 sales vs.#12 over the Full Year 2011.

Honda CR-V

Extremely strong figures as well for the VW Jetta at #7 with 76,964 units, the Chevrolet Cruze at 75,200 and the VW Polo at 74,610. Helped by a successful launch in Brazil and India the Nissan Versa/Tiida/Sunny rounds up the Top 10 at just under 72,000 units. At 66,240 units, the Honda CR-V sells even more than what I had predicted (61,200) and should deliver the nameplate’s strongest worldwide month ever, but ranks #13 vs. #8 in my original estimate.

Honda Fit

The Hyundai Elantra drops from #6 in 2011 to #14 this month and the Wuling Sunshine goes from #7 to #17, reversely the Hyundai Accent is up to #16 with 56,645 sales while the Honda Fit, boosted by a best-ever score in Japan, goes from #32 to #18 and the Suzuki Swift/Dzire, helped by record-breaking sales in India, goes from #31 to #19. Now that production is back to normal in Thailand, the Toyota Hilux returns inside the Top 20 at #20 this month.

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

Previous year: World 2011: Updated Top 100 now available!

Full March 2012 World Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Poland April 2012: Dacia Duster & Kia Sportage at highest ever

May 20th, 2012 No comments

Dacia Duster. Picture by Ciprian Mihai, all rights reserved. 

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The Polish car market continues on its excellent run, up 7% year-on-year in April to 27,291 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 115,200 units, up 11% on 2011. This month the podium is identical to 2011’s and 2012 year-to-date’ rankings: the Skoda Octavia leads the way with 1,659 sales and 6.1%, followed by the Skoda Fabia at 1,035 units and 3.8% and the Opel Astra with 758 sales and 2.8%.

Kia Sportage. Picture by Malek Fayoumi, all rights reserved.

Below the Ford Focus very solid at #4 and 2.7%, no less than 3 SUVs deliver their highest Polish ranking ever, and they are all in the Top 8! With 630 sales and 2.3%, the Nissan Qashqai stays #5, a ranking it reached last month, in June 2011 and July 2010. The Dacia Duster is up one further spot on March when it broke into the Top 10 for the first time to reach a formidable 6th place thanks to 621 units sold. Finally the Kia Sportage, already a huge success in neighbouring Slovakia, makes its first inroad into the Polish Top 10 at #8 with 517 sales and 1.9%.

Mazda CX-5

Other great performers this month in Poland include the Honda Civic up 8 spots to #26, the Chevrolet Cruze up 10 to #30, the Peugeot 3008 up 25 to #34, the Peugeot 208 up to #59 with 132 sales and 0.5%, the Mazda CX-5 up 58 ranks to #64, the VW CC up 28 to #82 and the Audi Q3 up 24 to #92.

Previous post: Poland March 2012: Nissan Qashqai and Dacia Duster at best-ever

One year ago: Poland April 2011: Skoda Fabia holds top spot

Full April 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Poland