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Philippines June 2012: Hyundai Accent and Eon impress

July 26th, 2012 8 comments

Hyundai Eon

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Thanks to myk we have access to a Filipino monthly models ranking for the first time on BSCB! In June the new car market in the Philippines is up a very healthy 20% year-on-year to 16,609 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 88,673 units, up 8% on 2011.  No surprises in pole position: the Toyota Vios stays on top with 1,438 sales and 7,763 year-to-date for a 8.8% share. The Mitsubishi Montero delivers an excellent month in June and manages to climb into 2nd place with 1,201 units, above the Toyota Innova at 1,122. It stays #3 year-to-date though at 6.9% vs. 7.9%.

Hyundai Eon with some colourful locals

Below the Toyota Fortuner at 973 units, the Hyundai Accent impresses: up to #5 with 607 sales vs. #8 year-to-date. The other great performers this month are either Korean or models that had been handicapped by the Thai floods and are now catching on: the Toyota Hilux is up to #9 (vs. #12 year-to-date), the Hyundai Grand Starex is up to #11 (vs. #21), the Kia Rio at #12 (vs. #20), the Honda CR-V up to #19 (vs. #25) and the Toyota Camry is up to #22 (vs. #37).

Clearly the locals are having heaps of fun with the Eon!

Three newcomers are starting to make their mark in the Philippines: the most successful of them so far is the Hyundai Eon imported from India, up to a brilliant 24th place with 114 sales in June vs. #59 year-to-date. The Mazda CX-5 is up to #35 with 68 units this month (vs. #63) and the Subaru XV is up to #38 with 58 sales vs. #57 in the 2012 year-to-date ranking.

Previous month: Philippines May 2012: Toyota and Mitsubishi most popular

Full June 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Philippines

Vietnam June 2012: Ford Fiesta back in Top 10

July 26th, 2012 1 comment

Ford Fiesta

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At 5,858 units in June, Vietnamese new car sales are down 23% year-on-year while June 2011 was already down 25% on the previous year… This brings the year-to-date total to 35,725 registrations, down 32% on 2011. The Toyota Fortuner confirms it is the country’s new favourite car with 431 sales and 7.4%, up from 7.2% in May and 6.9% year-to-date.

It is followed by the Toyota Vios stable at #2 with 319 units and 5.4% and the Kia Morning up 2 spots to #3 with 296 sales and 5.1%. The Toyota Corolla Altis ranks #4 again, down from #2 year-to-date, while the Toyota Innova is down 2 ranks to #5 and the Toyota Camry is stable at #6. Ford had a very solid month: the Fiesta is up 5 spots to #10, the Focus up 6 to #11, the Everest up one to #12 and the Escape up to #18.

Previous month: Vietnam May 2012: Toyota Fortuner king of the roads

One year ago: Vietnam June 2011: Chevrolet Cruze on top

Full June 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Vietnam

Spain LCV June 2012: Citroen Berlingo & Nissan NV200 shine

July 25th, 2012 No comments

Nissan NV200

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The Light Commercial Vehicle market is down 36% year-on-year in June to just 3,857 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 23,576 units, down 27% on 2011. The Citroen Berlingo is back to #1 with 781 sales and 20.2% share, still down from its 2012 year-to-date level (24.2%).

The Peugeot Partner is also up one spot to 2nd place at 683 units and 17.7% but stays #3 year-to-date at 17% behind the Renault Kangoo at 17.4%. Further down, notice the Nissan NV200 up to 6.6% share at #5 thanks to 256 sales, the Fiat Doblo up to #6 with 227 units and 5.9% vs. 4.4% year-to-date and the Opel Combo up to #9 with 3.5% vs. 1.9%.

Previous month: Spain LCV May 2012: Renault Kangoo in pole position

Full June 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Spain

Netherlands LCV June 2012: Opel Vivaro strong again

July 25th, 2012 No comments

Opel Vivaro

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Dutch companies bought 5,324 new Light Commercial Vehicles in June, bringing the year-to-date total to 33,956. This month the entire Top 5 best-selling models stay unchanged on May. The VW Caddy and Transporter dominate again with 571 and 562 sales respectively, for a 10.7% and 10.6% market share. This is lower than its 2012 YTD level for the Caddy (11.9%) but higher for the Transporter (10.3%).

The Opel Vivaro ranks within the podium for only the third time in the last 7 months, improving on an already solid month of May at 7.3% share thanks to 391 units sold, ahead of the Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit. Other great performers this month include the Peugeot Partner up 6 spots on May to #9 with 181 sales and 3.4% and the Opel Combo Van at #15 with 149 units and 2.8%.

Previous month: Netherlands LCV May 2012: Opel Vivaro back on podium

Full June 2012 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Netherlands

World: Toyota produces 200 millionth vehicle

July 25th, 2012 5 comments

The Model G1 Truck was the very first Toyota, produced in August 1935.

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Yesterday Toyota announced it had produced its 200 millionth vehicle after 76 years and 11 months of existence. The very first Toyota was a model G1 truck produced in August 1935 by Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd’s automotive department, which was spun off and later became Toyota Motor Corporation.

The 1936 AA was Toyota’s very first passenger car

Toyota’s first passenger car was the AA model which started production in 1936. Unlike other Japanese manufacturers, the AA was a proper Toyota model and not a licence of a Western car. The most produced nameplate over the world and still the best-selling car on the planet is the Toyota Corolla with over 39 million units spat out of various Toyota factories since 1966.

Almost 40 million Toyota Corollas have been produced since the nameplate’s launch in 1966.

Out of the 200 million Toyotas produced, 155 were in Japan and 45 million in other countries. It took 50 years for Toyota to produce its first 50 million vehicles, a milestone it passed in October 1985, but only 11 to reach 100 million (January 1997), 9 to reach 150 million (January 2006) and just 6 to produce its last 50 million vehicles to reach 200 million in June 2012.

1975 Toyota Land Cruiser 50

Thanks to Toyota Australia I can give you much more detail on Toyota sales since the brand landed in the country in the early sixties. A total of 5,542,804 Toyotas have been sold in the country to date, with nearly 1.2 million being Corollas. Other popular nameplates in Oz are the Camry (almost 800,000), Hilux (just under 740,000) and Land Cruiser (620,000) with 6 additional nameplates above 100,000 sales.

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Canada June 2012: Dodge Grand Caravan at highest since 2007

July 22nd, 2012 2 comments

Dodge Grand Caravan

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For the first time in 2012, new car sales are down year-on-year in Canada at -1% to 168,871. The year-to-date total is up a very healthy 7% to 862,830 units, making Canada the Top 10 car market in the world. The Ford F-Series dominates as usual with 9,867 sales, up 2%, followed by the Dodge RAM at 6,342 units. The Dodge Caravan is up one spot to climb back on the podium and with 6,103 sales it delivers its strongest volume in potentially 5 years as 2007 was the last year it sold at similar levels in Canada.

Ford Edge

Apart from the Honda Civic down to #4 but up 18% on June 2011, the rest of the Top 9 is identical to the 2012 year-t0-date ranking with the Hyundai Elantra at #5 and the GMC Sierra at #6. Further down, the Ford Edge is up 3 spots to #14 with 2,747 sales which could be its highest ever monthly volume in Canada! Notice also the Ford Fiesta up 6 ranks to #21 and the Mazda CX-5 at #36 with 1,284 units.

The Mazda6 is up 51 spots to #59, the GMC Acadia up 41 to #61, the Ford Flex up 15 to #64, the Honda Fit up 28 to #72, the Buick Enclave up 25 to #81, Chevrolet Traverse up 27 to #86 and the Audi A4 up 19 to #89. The Scion FR-S, aka Toyota GT86, lands directly within the Canadian Top 100 at #97 with 410 sales for its first month in the country while its twin the Subaru BRZ ranks #156 with 114 units.

Previous month: Canada May 2012: Ford F-Series up 46% year-on-year

One year ago (nearly): Canada July 2011: Dodge RAM and Hyundai Elantra shine

Full June 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Canada

Brazil mid-July 2012: Fiat Siena up to #7, Chevy Sonic in Top 50

July 22nd, 2012 1 comment

Fiat Siena

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Brazilian new car sales are up a very healthy 22% year-on-year at mid-July to 170,636 registrations. The Top 4 best-selling models are unchanged vs. June with the VW Gol leading the way with 14,565 sales and 8.5% share, followed by the Fiat Uno at 13,737 units and 8.1%, the VW Fox/CrossFox with 8,945 sales and 5.2% and the Fiat Palio at 8,728 units and 5.1%, all with shares significantly superior to their 2012 year-to-date levels.

Chevrolet Sonic

Thanks to the new model the Fiat Siena is up 2 spots on June to 5,810 sales and 3.4% at #7, the nameplate’s highest position since June 2011. The Fiat Strada is also in great shape, up 3 ranks to #8 while the Chevrolet Cobalt is up 2 to #12, the Chevrolet Montana up 5 to #16 and the Chevrolet S10 stays at a very solid 18th place. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Sonic sedan up 19 spots to break into the Brazilian Top 50 for the first time at #46 with 803 sales while the hatch version lands at #92 with 261 units.

Previous post: Brazil 6 months 2012: Fiat Palio up 63%, Chevrolet Cobalt best newcomer

Previous month: Brazil June 2012: Renault Duster and Nissan March at record heights

One year ago: Brazil mid-July 2011: VW Voyage at its best in 20 years

Full mid-July 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Poland June 2012: Nissan Qashqai on podium for the first time

July 22nd, 2012 5 comments

Nissan Qashqai

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Polish new car sales are down 6% year-on-year in June to 26,478 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 168,853, up 7% on 2011. As usual two Skodas dominate the models ranking: the Octavia is in pole position with a solid 1,454 sales and 5.5% share followed by the Fabia at a shy 831 units and 3.1%, its lowest share in Poland since August 2011. In third place and for the very first time on the Polish podium we find the Nissan Qashqai with 709 sales and 2.7% share. Its previous record was #5 in July 2010, June 2011 and March 2012. The Qashqai is now #5 year-to-date vs. #8 in 2011.

The Opel Astra and Toyota Yaris are both down one spot to #4 and #5 respectively, while the Ford Focus is stable at #6 and the Fiat Panda is up 3 ranks to #7. Excellent performance of the Kia Cee’d up 12 spots on last month to knock at the Top 10′s door at #11 with 438 sales and 1.7%, ahead of the VW Passat (+12) and Fiat Punto (+18). The Honda Civic is stable at a shiny 16th place thanks to 371 units and 1.4%.

Further down, the Peugeot 208 is up 8 ranks on May to land at a best-ever 22nd place with 300 sales and 1.1% share, the VW Up! is up 43 spots to a record 26th position at 278 units and 1% share, the Skoda Citigo is getting closer to the Polish Top 50, up 33 ranks to #53 with 148 sales and the Mazda CX-5 is up 55 spots to #73 at 106 units.

Previous month: Poland May 2012: Dacia Duster higher and higher

One year ago: Poland June 2011: Opel Astra #2, passes Skoda Fabia year-to-date

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Thailand Pick-ups June 2012: Mazda BT-50 & Ford Ranger up

July 22nd, 2012 2 comments

Mazda BT-50

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Thanks to Austin Rutherford I have now made Thai Pick-up sales a monthly fixture on BSCB. It is a great indication of the future success of these vehicles worldwide, straight from the country where they are all produced and available first. And no less than 50,285 new pick-ups were sold in Thailand in June, bringing the year-to-date total to 274,333. As usual the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max lead the way by far: the Hilux is at 20,028 sales for a 39.8% segment share while the D-Max sells 15,327 units at 30.5%, both share very close to their 2012 year-to-date levels. The Mitsubishi Triton rounds up the podium at 9.8%.

It seems like the amazing progression of the Chevrolet Colorado linked to the arrival of the all-new models is pausing, with the model still delivering a very strong 3,449 sales for a 6.9% market share, slightly above its 2012 level of 6.7%. It is below that we find the two performers of the month: the Mazda BT-50 is up to 3,125 sales and 6.2% vs. 4.6% in May and 4% year-to-date while its cousin the Ford Ranger is up to 2,354 units and 4.7% vs. 3.1% in May and 3% year-to-date.

Previous month: Thailand Pick-ups May 2012: Toyota Hilux above 40% share

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

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Europe June 2012: Opel Corsa #2 for the first time in 18 months, Nissan Qashqai & BMW 3 Series back in Top 10

July 19th, 2012 5 comments

Vauxhall Corsa

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The European new car market is down 2% year-on-year in June to 1,258,035 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 6,918,643 units halfway through the year, down 7% on 2011. While the VW Golf keeps the pole position by far with 39,811 sales it is down 4% on June 2011. The Opel Corsa is up to #2 overall for the first time since December 2010 despite sales down 12% year-on-year to 29,490 units. It leads its category ahead of the VW Polo (-12%) and Ford Fiesta (-21%).

BMW 3 Series

Thanks to its outstanding performance in the Netherlands, the Renault Megane is up 3% to 5th place with 23,692 sales, its highest ranking since July 2010. The Opel Astra (-22%), Renault Clio (-15%) and Ford Focus (-30%) all fall heavily year-on-year. Reversely, the Nissan Qashqai is back in the European Top 10 for the third time this year after January (#9) and March (#7) with 21,682 sales, up a shiny 16% year-on-year. It is only the 5th time ever the Qashqai ranks in the Top 10 after July 2010 and September 2011. The BMW 3 Series is also back in the Top 10 for the second time in the last 3 months at #10 with 20,112 units, up 12%.

Previous month: Europe May 2012: Renault Megane back into Top 10

One year ago: Europe June 2011: Ford Focus back in Top 5 after 21 months

Full June 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Europe