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Iran 1st Quarter 2015: Exclusive imports data now available

July 30th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Santa Fe Iran March 2015. Picture courtesy bartarinha.irThe Hyundai Santa Fe accounts for almost 1 in every 4 new vehicles imported into Iran.

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Today we can share with you exclusive data for Iranian imports. This is only the second time ever BSCB has published this information which helps understand this market a lot better at a critical time in the history of the country. One word: Korea. Hyundai holds a mammoth 45.3% share of all imports over the First Quarter of 2015, and with Kia in 2nd place at 13.7%, the combined market share of Korean manufacturers within Iran imports shoots up to 59%. Among the Japanese, only Toyota (13.4%), Mitsubishi (3.1%) and Lexus (1.3%) manage a market share higher than 1%.

Changan CS35 Iran March 2015. Picture courtesy pedal.irThe Changan CS35 is the best-selling Chinese vehicle in Iran.

Changan (7.6%), BAIC (4.3%) and MG (2.9%) replace Geely as the best-selling Chinese manufacturers in Iran. BMW and Mercedes are both solid whereas Audi is inexistent. Over in the models ranking, Hyundai unsurprisingly monopolises the podium with the Santa Fe (just under 24% share), Elantra and ix35 (both above 13%) best-sellers above the Kia Sportage, Toyota Corolla and RAV4. The Changan CS35, BAIC Sabrina (aka E-Series), Changan Eado, MG3 and MG6 manage to snap a spot inside the Top 20 while the Mercedes E-Class (#14), BMW X4 (#23) and Lexus ES (#26) shine.

Previous post: Iran May 2015: Saipa Tiba spectacularly shoots up to #1

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling German models

July 29th, 2015 No comments

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As far as German nameplates are concerned, Volkswagen unsurprisingly rules the roost in this ranking, placing six models inside the Top 7: the VW Golf is sovereign thanks to sales up 18% to 922.800, followed by the VW Polo (+3%), Passat (-2%) and Jetta (-1%) while the Tiguan (+10%) and Lavida (+22%) rank 6th and 7th respectively. Add to this the Gol (#12), Santana (#15) and Chinese Jetta (#17) and you have ten VW nameplates within the German worldwide Top 20.

BMW 5 Series World 2014. Picture courtesy largus.fr373.000 BMW 5 Series found a buyer in 2014.

The Opel Astra remains in 5th place despite sales down 2% to 534.000 units, that includes the Vauxhall Astra and Buick Excelle XT/GT/Verano. BMW manages to place two nameplates inside the Top 10: the 3 Series is down 4% due to the renaming of its Coupe variant to 4 Series and the 5 Series is up 2% to an impressive 373.000 deliveries. The Audi A4 is #12, the Mercedes C-Class #13 and the E-Class #19. The Opel Mokka (#18) is the only new entrant in the Top 20.

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling American models

July 29th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus World 2014. Picture courtesy of Focus

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After France and Italy, we now have a look at the best-selling American nameplates in the world in 2014. Note only American brands are listed in this chart, meaning Ford is in (even Ford Germany models) but Opel is out. In this context, the Ford Focus, F-Series and Fiesta dominate the U.S. worldwide ranking above the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Kuga. Ford places a total of seven nameplates inside the Top 20, adding the Fusion (#8), Ecosport (#17) and Explorer (#18).

GMC Sierra World 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGMC Sierra

Chevrolet totals seven nameplates as well with the Silverado (#6), Malibu (#10), Aveo (#12), Sail (#13), Spark (#14), Onix (#19) and Equinox (#20) the most popular. FCA places the Ram Pickup in 7th place with 547.000 sales, up 21% on 2013 which is the largest improvement in the U.S. Top 15, the Dodge Grand Caravan incl. Chrysler Town & Country at #9 and Jeep Grand Cherokee at #15. Notice also the GMC Sierra at #17 and the fact that all Top 20 best-selling U.S. nameplate fit within the World Top 100 best-sellers…

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling Italian models

July 29th, 2015 No comments

Fiat Palio VW Gol Brazil 2014. Picture courtesy of Palio

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After detailing the best-selling French nameplates worldwide in 2014, we continue on our study of the nationality rankings with Italy. Note are listed here Italian brands, and therefore the American brands under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group will be listed under the American nameplates ranking. Expectedly, the Italian nameplates sales charts is dominated by Fiat which holds 13 of the Top 15 spots. However a quick look at the best-sellers shows how critical Fiat’s sales outside of Europe are. The best-selling Italian nameplate in the world in 2014 is, like in 2013, the Fiat Palio – just crowned in Brazil – with just under 360.000 sales including the Siena sedan variant and the Dodge Forza and Vision rebadges. That’s a good 115.000 units above the 2nd best-seller, the Fiat 500 up 8% on 2013 despite its advanced age.

Iveco Daily World 2014The Iveco Daily is the best-selling non-Fiat Italian model in the world in 2014.

A Light Commercial Vehicle, the Fiat Ducato, takes the third spot with 223.000 sales including its Ram, Peugeot and Citroen twins. In fact, there are five commercial vehicles inside the Italian Top 15, demonstrating the manufacturers’ strength in this segment: the Strada (#4), Doblo (#9), Fiorino (#10) and Iveco Daily (#11) join the Ducato in the ranking. The Panda (+3%) improves while the Punto (-19%) and Uno (-36%) tumble down. The Fiat 500L ranks #8 for its first full year in market, and should be joined by the 500X in 2015. Finally, notice the China-exclusive Fiat Viaggio/Ottimo at #12.

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World 1st Half 2015: Volkswagen outsells Toyota for the first time

July 28th, 2015 No comments

VW Passat World June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new generation Passat helped Volkswagen become #1 worldwide so far in 2015.

The long-term trends made us anticipate it and it has now happened: over the first six months of 2015, the Volkswagen Group overtook Toyota Motor to become the largest automaker in the world in volume, putting the company on track to achieve its target of becoming the worldwide sales leader by 2018 a full three years in advance. Volkswagen Group deliveries over the period are down 0.5% to 5.04 million units including the MAN and Scania truck brands. Very dynamic sales at home in Europe were tarnished by a first-in-a-decade decline in China but the small drop still enabled the German group to outsell Toyota, down 1.5% to 5.02 million vehicles including the Daihatsu cars and Hino heavy truck brands. General Motors for its part is down 1.2% to 4.86 million sales.

Toyota Tacoma World June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comToyota could slip to #2 worldwide in an annual ranking in 2015 for the first time since 2011.

This change of guard atop the worldwide sales charts is a very rare event and the first time the Volkswagen Group snatches the top spot halfway through the year. If it maintains its lead until the end of 2015, it would be the first time Toyota Motor isn’t the worldwide best-seller since 2011 when production constraints linked with the Asian natural disasters that year limited its sales and had Toyota gave way to General Motors. The American manufacturer held the worldwide pole position from 1931 to 2007, with Toyota taking over from 2008-2010.

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Belgium June 2015: Renault Scénic leaps to pole position

July 28th, 2015 No comments

Renault Scenic Belgium June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Scénic is the best-selling model in Belgium in June.

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It’s a very dynamic new car market in Belgium with sales up 17% year-on-year in June to 55.900 units including commercials. This means the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 is now in positive territory, up 2% on 2014 to 325.087 units. The Renault Scénic brilliantly takes the top spot this month thanks to sales up an astounding 454% year-on-year to 1.717 deliveries and 3.1% share. It is the 2nd time this year after February that the Scénic is the best-selling nameplate in Belgium, enjoying a much greater success here than at home in neighbouring France. The Scénic is however still #2 year-to-date below the VW Golf at 7.662 deliveries vs. 8.379.

Mercedes C Class Belgium June 2015The Mercedes C-Class ranks 5th in Belgium this month.

The VW Polo is up 147% in June to land in third position and is now #6 YTD, Mercedes C-Class more than doubles its sales year-on-year to 869, earning it a fantastic 5th position, the Mercedes Sprinter is up 146% to #8, the Hyundai ix35 up 54% to #10, the VW Passat up 136% to #12, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 72% to #16 and the Mercedes CLA up 101% to #30. Further down, the Renault Espace is up 5-fold on the old model a year ago and 81 spots on May to #57, while the Fiat 500X (#78) and Land Rover Discovery Sport (#97) mark a pause. The four nameplates launched last month climb the ladder while remaining at discreet levels: the Renault Kadjar is up to #175, the Opel Karl up to #187, Mazda CX-3 up to #190 and Jaguar XE up to #213.

Previous month: Belgium May 2015: Photo finish for VW Golf, Renault Scénic and Clio

One year ago: Belgium June 2014: Renault Mégane #1, Captur on podium

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Slovakia June 2015: Skoda Fabia takes control

July 28th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Slovakia June 2015The Skoda Fabia is now #1 year-to-date in Slovakia

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New car sales in Slovakia are up 7% year-on-year in June to 7.908 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 40.321 units, up 4% on 2014. This month the Skoda Fabia shoots up to 7.9% share thanks to 625 sales, earning it the #1 spot year-to-date at 2.351 units and 5.8% vs. 2.249 and 5.6% for the Skoda Octavia down to #3 in June. The Rapid at #2 and 5.4% makes the podium 100% Skoda as usual. The Kia Cee’d (#4), Hyundai i30 (#5) and i20 (#6) are all one spot above their respective year-to-date rankings, knocking the VW Golf down to #7. The Opel Astra is up 5 spots on May to #9, the Renault Clio up 4 to #10 and the Suzuki Vitara maintains itself in Top 10 waters for the third consecutive month at #11. Notice also the Seat Leon up 29 ranks to #20, the Opel Mokka up 82 to #26 and the Nissan Pulsar up 70 to #52.

Previous month: Slovakia May 2015: Suzuki Vitara breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Slovakia June 2014: Skoda Fabia back in pole position

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China 1st Half 2015: Domestic carmakers regain ground in shy market

July 28th, 2015 No comments

Haval H6 China June 2015. Picture courtesy Haval H6 leaps to third place overall so far in 2015.

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If over the period the Chinese new light vehicle market is still up by 5% to 10.10 million units while sales of all new vehicles (including buses and commercial trucks) are up 1% to 11.85 million units, the unthinkable happened in June when the market actually declined year-on-year for the first time since December 2008. Imports are hit even harder at -22% over the first 5 months of 2015 to 434.423 units: SUV imports are down 20% to 278.022, sedan imports down 27% to 136.354 and MPV imports down 9% to 20.047, according to the China Automobile Dealer Association.

Wuling Hongguang China June 2015. Picture courtesy of cheshi.com2The Wuling Hongguang is still #1 in China but drops 19%.

However as Automotive News China points out, there is no need to panic. And this for 3 main reasons. First, Chinese sales look weak in 2015 because of an extraordinarily high base at the same time last year when sales where inflated by panic buying induced by rumors some municipalities would restrict car sales in order to ease traffic congestion and pollution. In Nanjing, panic buying pushed sales up 60% over H1 ’14 and that market is now down 19%. Second, the Chinese stock market has had a double negative effect: when it surged, consumers invested in it instead of buying a car, now that it is tumbling down, investors can’t afford to buy the luxury car they were planning.

VW Jetta China June 2015. Picture courtesy of Volkswagen Group, although down 4%, still has the 3 best-selling sedans in China.

Third, the method of Chinese sales reporting has changed this year, switching from wholesale to retail. Given Chinese laws allow automakers to set sales targets without consulting dealers, they have dumped excess car inventories on dealers, making wholesale deliveries higher than retail ones. With most automakers now reporting retail sales – closer to reality – the overall figure looks more disappointing that it really would if compared with retail sales in 2014. These 3 reasons will smooth themselves out over the next year or so and the market should start growing again, lifted by exceptional demand in more rural areas.

Baojun 730 China June 2015. Picture courtesy of Baojun 730 have hit Chinese roads in a year.

The Volkswagen Group is down 4% to 1.74 million units: the first time its First Half sales decline in China since 2005 when they fell 14%. General Motors is up 4% to 1.72 million deliveries, saved by SUV and MPV sales. In the detail: Buick is up 4% to 436.226 units, Chevrolet is up 0.6% to 317.408, Cadillac up 14% to 39.444, Baojun up 4-fold to 159.511 deliveries thanks to the 730 – this trend should continue in H2 with the arrival of the 560 SUV presented at Auto Shanghai, but Wuling is down 5.5% to 764.172 units.

JAC Refine S3 China June 2015. Picture courtesy JAC Refine S3 is the third best-selling SUV in China so far in 2015.

The Wuling Hongguang remains the best-selling vehicle in China by far but sees its volume reduced by 19% to 313.300 units above the VW Lavida at 233.200 (-11%). The top of the models ranking brings to light the return to form of domestic manufacturers in their home market rather spectacularly: the Haval H6 is up 20% to climb onto the podium with 172.000 deliveries while the Baojun 730 confirms its status of most successful nameplate launch in the history of automobile in China, adding up to 158.000 units so far in 2015 and 278.000 since introduction.

Haval H2 China June 2015. Picture courtesy H2

The VW Santana (-6%), Jetta (-2%) and Nissan Sylphy (-2%) follow. Note that if Volkswagen underperforms in China this year, the German carmaker still has the 3 best-selling sedans in the country and places 6 nameplates in the overall 2015 Top 12: Lavida (#2), Santana (#5), Jetta (#6), Sagitar (#9), Tiguan (#11) and Passat (#12). Keeping with sedans, notice also the Toyota Corolla (+156%), Geely EC7 (+56%) and ChangAn Eado (+35%) making sparks.

Top 10 best-selling SUVs in China – H1 2015:

Pos Model 2015 /14 2014 Pos
1 Haval H6 172,006 20% 143,119 1
2 VW Tiguan 131,563 3% 127,549 2
3 JAC Refine S3 91,859 new 0
4 ChangAn CS35 88,754 65% 53,712 8
5 ChangAn CS75 86,909 1356% 5,971 38
6 Haval H2 77,158 new 0
7 Beijing Auto Huansu S3 72,822 new 0
8 Nissan X-Trail 70,253 87% 37,515 17
9 Ford Kuga 68,396 3% 66,225 5
10 Buick Envision 65,851 new 0

The SUV segment is the one where the progress of domestic manufacturers is the most spectacular. As we have studied in the Chinese Q1 2015 update, the pace at which Chinese carmakers have launched successful and affordable SUVs represents an additional pressure towards foreign carmakers and has played a significant role in the struggling of Volkswagen so far this year. Over the period, 6 of the Top 7 best-selling SUVs in the country are Chinese vs. just one at the same time one year ago! The JAC Refine S3, ChangAn CS35, CS75, Haval H2 and Beijing Auto Huansu S3 have all hit the bullseye with Chinese customers, while in the foreign aisle the Nissan X-Trail (+87%) and Buick Envision have seen the most impressive surges.

Ford Escort China June 2015. Picture courtesy of auto.163.comFord Escort

All-in-all, it’s an astounding 76 all-new locally-produced nameplates that have made their entrance in the Chinese sales charts over the past 12 months. If the Baojun 730 evolves at stratospheric heights, Ford must be commended for the launch of the Escort which was a risky move that was bound to cut deep into Focus numbers (-32%). The Escort shines at #18 and just under 107.000 deliveries. Further down the ladder, the Toyota Levin (#45), BYD S7 (#46), Honda Vezel (#59) and its twin the XR-V (#63) as well as the Hyundai ix25 (#68), VW Lamando (#72), Haval H1 (#81), Kia K4 (#86), Citroen C3-XR (#106) and Venucia T70 (#112): all are instant blockbusters and a testimony of the incredible buoyancy the Chinese market is still enjoying.

Wuling Hongguang V China April 2015. Picture courtesy Hongguang V

Zooming in on the Light Commercials market down a harsh 27% to 1.937.497 deliveries, the Foton Light Truck takes the lead thanks to sales down ‘just’ 15% to 135.000 while all microvans, once reigning supreme over the segment, implode: the Wuling Sunshine (#2) is down 29%, the Wuling Rongguang (#4) is down 43% and the Chana Mini Bus (#6) down 41%. The new LCV trend in China is towards micro pickups – with the Wuling Mini Truck up 10% to 109.400 sales and #1 in June – and larger minivans. Perfect illustration: the thunderous arrival of the Wuling Hongguang V, a step up from the Rongguang and in essence the commercial version of the best-seller Hongguang MPV. The V sells a huge 119.538 units in H1 but seems to already have lost some steam by June at 15.999 sales after hitting 30.000 units in March.

Baojun 560 China June 2015. Picture courtesy Baojun 560 could help keep SUV sales growing fast in H2 2015.

What’s next for China? We touched on this in STRATEGY: Where is China headed?. In the coming months, we should see MPV sales flatten further but SUV deliveries continue to rise, especially with the imminent arrival of the Baojun 560.

Previous post: China June 2015: First monthly year-on-year decline in over 6 years

Q1 2015 post: China 1st Quarter 2015: Baojun 730 and Ford Escort superstars

FY 2014 post: China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

One year ago: China 6 months 2014: Santana makes it 4 Volkswagens in Top 6

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China LCV June 2015: Wuling Mini Truck takes off at +66%

July 28th, 2015 No comments

Wuling Mini Truck China June 2015. Picture courtesy Wuling Mini Truck is the best-selling LCV in China in June.

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The June LCV rankings in China conform once again a trend we described in detail in April: the move away from bargain basement microvans towards micro pickups and larger minivans. The perfect illustration of this trend towards micro pickups is the pole position of the Wuling Mini Truck this month with sales up an incredible 66% to 27.026 units in an LCV segment down 16% year-on-year to 305.247 registrations. Its minivan variant the Wuling Rongguang is for its part up 4% to 2nd place at 24.545 units while the Foton Light Truck, #1 in May and year-to-date, is up 41% on June 2014 to #3 and 18.753 deliveries. Sovereign a year ago, the cheap Wuling Sunshine (-40%) and Chana Minibus (-64%) implode. Meanwhile the Wuling Hongguang V is steadily losing steam after an explosive start: down 11% on May to 15.999 sales.

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Latvia June 2015: Nissan Qashqai reclaims lead, Fiat 500 #3

July 28th, 2015 No comments

Fiat 500 Latvia June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500 is up to #3 in Latvia in June.

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The Latvian new car market is up a splendid 12% year-on-year in June to 1.465 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8.068 units, up 11% on 2014. Volkswagen is master in command once again with 15.3% share while Toyota reclaims the #2 spot it held in 2014 and holds in 2015 so far off Ford, down to its 2015 level at #5, below Nissan and Skoda. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai is back to the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 88 sales and 6% share, knocking May’s leader the Ford Focus down to a still very impressive 2nd place with 60 units and 4.1%. The Fiat 500 is up 13 spots to #3, the Skoda Octavia up 6 to #4, the antediluvian Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) impresses by lodging another Top 10 ranking at #10, the Dacia Duster is back up 48 ranks to #13, the Peugeot 3008 is up to #21 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up to #31.

Previous month: Latvia May 2015: Ford Focus shoots up to pole position

One year ago: Latvia June 2014: Peugeot 3008 leads, BMW X6 up to #3!

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