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Best wishes for the New Year! Plus my 50 questions for 2013…

It is time for me to send you all my best wishes for the New Year 2013, may it bring you and your loved ones all you ever wanted! 2012 was a fantastic year for BestSellingCarsBlog, going from strength to strength all thanks to you: You were 900,000 to visit BSCB at least once this year, 3.5 times more than in 2011! So a HUGE Thank You to all of you who have kept coming back to and made it what it is today by sharing some rare data.

Chery is creating a new brand for Europe: Qoros. Will it be a success?

Many new countries and territories have started being regularly updated this year on BSCB, I have to say it's one of my favourite moments: when a country can finally be explored in detail. In particular Bulgaria, EstoniaIceland, Hong Kong (China), Macedonia, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Singapore have all become regular fixtures on the site, thanks to tips from you readers! If you have sales figures for any country or territory that doesn't appear on the list please do not hesitate to get in touch by clicking on 'Contact' above!

The Lada Granta did end up dominating Russia this year after a few hesitant months...

If you were already a BSCB reader one year ago, you will remember I featured a list of world car sales questions for 2012, the first of which being 'Will the Lada Granta dominate Russia?' It did, but took a little more time than expected... You will find all the answers to these 25 questions for 2012 below the jump, as well as my 50 questions for 2013, starting with:

The Chevrolet Onix has the potential to threaten the VW Gol in Brazil. Will it? 

1. Will Chery crack Europe with the Qoros GQ3?

2. Will the Hyundai HB20 or Chevrolet Onix threaten the VW Gol’s supremacy in Brazil?

3. Which Passenger Car will top the Chinese year-end ranking?

4. Will General Motors, Toyota, Hyundai or any other major manufacturer announce the creation of a low-cost brand outside China? Will Nissan unveil a low-cost Datsun range as planned?

5. Will the new BYD F3 and Chery QQ make 2013 the year of the renaissance for local models in China?

6. Will Kaili, Volkswagen’s low-cost Chinese brand, finally be launched? If so will it be more successful than GM's Baojun? Nissan's Venucia? Honda's Linian? Ciimo?

Opel Adam

7. Will the Mokka and Adam help Opel towards recovery?

8. Will a BMW or Mercedes break into the UK year-end Top 5 for the first time?

9. Will the Renault Duster break into the monthly Top 5 in Russia? India?

The Dacia Dokker could cannibalise sales of Renault Kangoo at home in France...

10. Will the Dacia Dokker dominate the French LCV market, the biggest in Europe?

See 40 more questions for 2013 and the answers to the 2012 questions below. What are your questions for 2013? Post some more by commenting on this article!

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  1. Miguel
    January 31st, 2013 at 02:39 | #1

    Within 5 years Toyota stills the world best selling cars manufacturing followed by General Motors, Ford, Hyundai and a Chinese brand. You´ll see.

  2. Emi Ang
    January 5th, 2013 at 08:00 | #2

    Will Chevrolet with the Onix, Cobalt and Spin dethrone VW of the argentinian market after so many years, or the Up! and Gol restyling are enough to stop the threat?

  3. Steam
    January 4th, 2013 at 00:31 | #3

    Happy New Year to you, Matt and to all users of this blog.

    Thanks Matt for a phantastic job in 2012. This blog is getting better and better.

    I am looking forward to read this blog in 2013 again and again.

    • matgasnier
      January 4th, 2013 at 10:52 | #4

      Thank you very much Steam and I am glad you are enjoying the blog!
      Best,
      Matt

  4. Flying Brief
    January 2nd, 2013 at 05:34 | #5

    Happy New Year to you too, Matt!

    Keep up the fantastic work – it’s definitely one of my favourite websites…I visit at least once a day!

    So, thank you too.

    Best wishes.

    • matgasnier
      January 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 | #6

      Thank you Andy!
      Best,
      Matt

  5. Piotr
    January 1st, 2013 at 14:08 | #7

    Will Renault Clio be the best selling car in Europe in 2013?
    Will Opel/Vauxhall Adam outsell Mini in the UK?

  6. Paul
    January 1st, 2013 at 09:00 | #8

    The dog could get a job driving tourist buses here in Cairns. He would probably make the roads that little bit safer if he did.

  7. Miguel
    January 1st, 2013 at 03:40 | #9

    All the best for you Matt and your team for 2013 and please do not spoil your nice blog with so much VW Tendeny, A fantastic 2013!!

  8. January 1st, 2013 at 03:33 | #10

    25th 2012 question: None of them are successful, the only “french” SUV to succeed is the Renault/Dacia Duster;

    2013 questions:

    1 – Only in borderline markets like Bulgaria;
    2 – No, but they will be close;
    5 – BYD is coming strong, so for them a successful 2013 wouldn’t be a surprise;
    7 – Mokka: Yes. Adam: No, despite its cheeky looks, it’s too expensive and has out-of-date engines;
    9 – It looks to be a matter of time;
    10 – No, but it will be a major player;
    12 – No;
    13 – Yes, but only if the Focus keeps their momentum in China and the Corolla doesn’t rebound;
    16 – No, the Golf has Europe well guarded and it can even increase their market share by the year end;
    17 – Stagnation would be already good news;
    18 – The 1.000.000 € question;
    21 – Yes;
    23 – Oh yeah!
    24 – Yes for the Captur, maybe for the 2008;
    25 – Yes;
    27 – If they are smart, then yes. But it will depend on the success of the C-Elysée;
    28 – If there’s justice in the world, definitely;
    29 & 30 – Probably;
    32 – At least it would make sense;
    33 – They will help, but cannot support Fiat’s sales on their own. Now in Brazil and US…
    35 – One thing is for certain: Renault’s efforts to be a global player are paying off, now if they only could stop losing market share in Europe…
    36 – Definitely;
    37 – The Rapid sales aren’t taking off, so a big “maybe” here;
    40 – Yes, and i would bet on BYD to be a surprise here;
    41 – Maybe, Yes, Probably.
    42 – Only if it can fight VW Group rise;
    46 – That would be a smart move indeed, kind like a japanese Fiat 500;
    48 – Maybe its still too early, but they will make it there, there’s no doubt about it;
    50 – China.

  9. coolcat
    January 1st, 2013 at 01:59 | #11

    Here’s a question – Will Toyota recall more cars in 2013 than they build….?

  10. bmw dealers florida
    December 31st, 2012 at 19:51 | #12

    Its amazing !!

  11. Anthony
    December 31st, 2012 at 18:49 | #13

    Love the questions and answers, ponders alot of thoughts.

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