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New car sales in Brazil are up a very healthy 15% year-on-year over the first half of December to 181,623 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,472,285 units, up 7% on 2011. Traditionally extremely stable, the Brazilian models ranking is getting shaken over the period: the VW Gol holds onto its pole position with 15,170 sales and 8.4% but for the first time since the launch of the new gen Fiat Uno, it’s the Fiat Palio that ranks #2 at 9,944 units and 5.5% vs. 9.712 and 5.3% for the Uno.
More spectacularly, the Chevrolet Onix breaks into the Brazilian Top 10, up from #11 in November to #6 over the period thanks to 6,031 sales and 3.3%, while the Hyundai HB20 gains one further spot to land at a record (for the Korean brand) #8 with 5,660 sales and 3.1%. The Ford Ecosport is up 10 ranks to #14 and the Chevrolet Spin is up one to #25.
Further down, notice the Ford Focus up 12 to #30, the VW Amarok up a further 3 to #33 vs. #42 year-to-date, the Toyota Etios Hatch (+1 to #48) and Sedan (-1 to #69) seemingly finding their cruising rhythm already albeit at very low levels, the VW Fucsa (aka new Beetle) up 9 to #81 and the Chevrolet Trailblazer up 15 to #126. Also, for the first time since the introduction of the brand JAC in the country, by the end of the month there could be no Chinese model in the Brazilian Top 100, with the JAC J3 leading the way at #100 over the period (-6), followed by the JAC J3 Turin at #114 (-5) and the JAC J6 at #115 (-1).
Previous month: Brazil November 2012: Hyundai HB20 #9, Chevrolet Onix #11
One year ago: Brazil mid-December 2011: New Fiat Palio gears up
Full November 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.