World October 2012 Round up: China, Japan and Austria in focus
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With most October data now in, it’s time for our much anticipated monthly rendezvous: the World roundup, now in its 8th instalment. Last month the Ford Focus’ success in China made the headlines and in October it does again while the Japanese fall deeper down the ranking with only one Nippon in the Chinese October Top 50: the Nissan Sylphy. In fact, the 3 main events of September repeat themselves this month: the Ford Focus beats its record again in China, the Lada Granta is #1 anew in Russia and the Skoda Octavia stays above the VW Golf in Switzerland…
Now that we have cleared this up, let’s have a look at other worldwide events in October…
First let’s go to Japan, where the Toyota Aqua frankly takes the lead. It sells 24,192 units vs. 18,116 for the Prius which was the last nameplate to rank #1 for the first time in Japan in May 2009 just after the Honda Insight in April 2009…
Next we land in Austria, another country feeling the consequences of the transition towards the 7th generation VW Golf along with Switzerland. The VW Tiguan grabs the Austrian pole position for the first time ever, making it the first time in 3 years that the Golf is not #1 in the country, since June 2009 exactly when the Seat Ibiza ranked #1.
A few recent newcomers are starting to make waves worldwide: the Renault Clio IV pushes the Clio nameplate to #1 in Spain for potentially the first time in 20 years and is up to #4 in France and Switzerland, the Skoda Citigo is up to #2 in Denmark, the Volvo V40 is up to #5 in Sweden and to an even better #4 in the Netherlands…
…the Kia K3 up to #6 in its native South Korea, the Luxgen5 Sedan up to #10 in Taiwan, the Skoda Rapid up to #12 in Czech Republic, the Hyundai HB20 lands directly at #28 in Brazil and the Seat Toledo up to #42 in Spain.
On October 30, BestSellingCarsBlog celebrated its 2nd anniversary and passed the 100,000 monthly unique visitors mark for the first time in the history of the site, and on October 29 superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern coast of the USA with a significant impact on new car sales in the country predicted…
Read the rest of the World October 2012 Roundup by clicking on ‘Read more’ below!
(Including more highlights from Australia, Russia, India, Bulgaria, Japan, Denmark, Germany, France, Portugal, Croatia, Europe, Finland, Argentina, Italy, UK, Norway, South Africa, the Gulf region and the USA)
Previous World Roundups:
The Duster continues to test uncharted territories for Renault: it breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time at #7 and is up to #15 in India.
In Bulgaria, local producer Great Wall is now up to a fantastic 2nd position in October and places the Voleex C10 and Steed both on the podium!
In Japan, the VW Up! many be Volkswagen’s most successful launch with 3,000 orders taken in 3 weeks, it hits a world-best 9.7% market share in Denmark while it is Up! to #12 in Germany with 4,490 sales and 1.7% share: ranking, volume and share records for the model at home.
The Peugeot 208 is #1 in France, Croatia and Portugal (September figures) and back up to #3 across Europe, the Nissan Qashqai leads in Finland for the 4th consecutive time, Ford Ka up to a best-ever #2 in Argentina, In Italy, the Fiat Panda breaks the 10% market share barrier for the first time since 1989, pushing it to #9 in Europe, the BMW 1 Series is up to a best-ever #8 in the UK and the Nissan Leaf breaks into the monthly Top 10 in Norway and for the first time in the world.
While timid in India and Brazil to date, the Toyota Etios climbs onto the South African podium for the first time ever at #3 , smashing its ranking, volume and market share records in the country all at once. In other news for the Japanese manufacturer, the Toyota Hilux breaks its all-time volume record in the Gulf region at 13,910 sales (September figures) and Toyota places 7 models… in the Top 7 that month!
Finally in the USA, Subaru breaks its all-time annual sales record after just 10 months at 271,582 units, Volkswagen is up 22% and delivers its best October since 1972 and the Ford C-Max manages to pass its direct competitor the Toyota Prius V as early as for its first full month of sales in the country.
Source: all usual sources for each country.