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USA Coast to Coast 2014: Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

Albert Monument Valley 1Albert all set for his first Hollywood movie.

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Many thanks to David Curry for the photos in this report.

I think most of you will agree that a Coast to Coast trip wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory stop at the very photogenic Monument Valley. So after pausing in New Mexico at Albuquerque and Gallup, we now drive north on US 163 to reach the legendary set of so many Hollywood western movies, located across the Arizona/Utah state line. The vehicle landscape analysis, official sales data, a special feature on the most popular rental cars in the country, and update on how my valiant Ram 1500 ecoDiesel (Albert) is behaving and a healthy amount of spectacular and oh-so American pictures are below.

Gallup Las VegasToday’s New Mexico-Arizona-Utah-Nevada stretch, courtesy of Google Maps.

Ford F-150 ArizonaFord F-150 in Arizona

Crossing Arizona on the way to Monument Valley, the ratio of pickup trucks in the traffic goes up to 70% compared to around 60% in New Mexico before crossing the Arizona state line, logically as this is one of the most remote and desolate part of Arizona. The new generation GMC Sierra is stronger than usual, Ram pickups are now almost exclusively the Tradesman base model identical to the one I am driving (Albert) and there is a strong heritage of previous generation Chrysler 200 but no new gen yet. The Ford F-150 2-door base model like the one pictured above rules Arizona roads as it does in the majority of U.S. states.

Nissan Altima Monument ValleyNissan Altima in Monument Valley AZ

The most recent Arizona sales data I managed to get my hands on dates back from the first half of 2012, courtesy of MSN Autos. I will update this article if/when JATO Dynamics communicates more recent data. At the time, the Ford F-150 logically topped the sales charts with 5,839 sales, but the two other nameplates on the podium are a bit of a surprise: the Ford E-250 at #2 makes its first appearance that high in a sales ranking so far in this Coast to Coast trip, and the Nissan Altima ranks third, confirming the trend that dictates U.S. states close to the Mexican border to particularly favour Nissans.

Dodge Ram Monument ValleyDodge Ram 1500 in Monument Valley AZ

Even though we only crossed the Utah state line to enter the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, with the valley drive located entirely in Arizona, I thought it’d still be worthwhile sharing some official Utah models sales data, as this is what BSCB does after all! Here too most recent is H1 2012 until a different source comes forward, and based on these figures (surprise surprise) the Ford F-150 once again tops the charts thanks to 1,662 units sold. And once again the two other nameplates on the podium are a surprise: the Ram 2500 (not 1500) takes 2nd place ahead of the Hyundai Sonata!

Monument Valley 1Monument Valley AZ

From halfway between Gallup and Monument Valley onwards, the majority of the traffic is composed of rental vehicles as this is among the most touristic areas in the country. Most popular are the Chevrolet Captiva, Equinox and the ever-present Impala, Nissan Versa, Sentra and Kia Sorento. The Ford Explorer seems to be the only legit Arizona success on our journey. Not long ago, The Truth About Cars published info about America’s top rental cars and this confirms my observations in and around Monument Valley.

America Top rentals. Picture courtesy of Polk Automotive

In 2013, almost all Chevy Captivas (now discontinued) went to rental fleet and nearly 75% of GMC Yukon XL also did. This is indeed a model I have encountered at a very high rate since the start of this Coast to Coast trip, along with the GMC Yukon coming at #7 and a bit above 40% and the Chevrolet Suburban at #8 and 40%. Unsurprisingly, the Chevrolet Impala is 4th in the list of cars with the highest sales ratio to rental fleets at just under 60% and the Chrysler 200 ranks 6th, while 3 Dodge close the Top 16: the Avenger, Caravan/Grand Caravan and Charger.

Monument Valley 2Monument Valley AZ

Now that we have cleared the sales aspects of both Arizona and Utah, let’s get into some Monument Valley trivia. This is the second time I visit this breathtakingly beautiful region, the first time was exactly 20 years ago. I will never forget how shocked I was that the area was actually so small, with in fact only a handful of these striking-looking buttes. These have featured in so many movies, ads and TV shows that if you have never visited the area it is easy to imagine that the entire country looks like this. In the words of movie critic Keith Phipps: “its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.”

Stagecoach. Picture courtesy nytimes.comA scene of Hollywood movie Stagecoach set in Monument Valley.

Monument Valley has been featured in at least 50 Hollywood movies. The first one, John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, has had an enduring influence in making the Valley famous. John Ford shot a whopping nine additional Westerns in the Valley, including My Darling Clementine (1946), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Wagon Master (1950), Rio Grande (1950), The Searchers (1956) and How The West Was Won (1962).

Albert Monument Valley 3Albert in Monument Valley AZ

Other notable Hollywood movies featuring Monument Valley include Billy the Kid (1941), Angel and the Badman (1947), Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Easy Rider (1968), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Thelma & Louise (1991)Forrest Gump (1994) and Mission: Impossible II (2000). Most recently, in 2014’s most popular movie at the worldwide box-office Transformers: Age of Extinctionthe scene in which the surviving Autobots reunite was shot in Monument Valley.

Monument Valley 3Monument Valley AZ

Monument Valley pickup trucksMonument Valley pickup trucks

The implied association with John Wayne’s tough, macho character also made the Monument Valley buttes a natural choice as the background for the Marlboro Man from the 1950s onwards. Finally, the rugged desert scenery for the Coyote and Road Runner cartoons takes much of its inspiration from Monument Valley.

Albert ArizonaAlbert getting some Love’s after being pushed hard.

This is also the part of the trip where we pushed Albert a little more than before: the Monument Valley drive is 100% unsealed and at time rather abrupt climbs or drops. For the first time in this trip I was glad to be driving a pickup truck with a 4WD option rather than a standard sedan rattling its bumpers on scorched rocks. The way to and from Monument Valley had very little traffic so we pushed Albert to 100mph and he seemed to enjoy this newfound freedom to its fullest. The result upon arrival in Las Vegas NV: a fuel economy shooting back up to 28.8mpg average! Well done Albert.

Albert mpg Vegas NVAlbert’s fuel economy after a day at high(er) speeds.

Toyota Camry Ford Escape Monument ValleyFord Escape, Toyota Camry and Albert at John Ford’s Point in Monument Valley AZ

A more detailed description of Monument Valley will be added to this post shortly.

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France 1-12 November 2014: Volkswagen above Renault

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

VW Polo France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is only 22 sales below the Renault Clio IV so far this month in France.

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Still no sign of improvement for the French new car market whereas the rest of Europe is taking off: sales are down 7% year-on-year over the first 12 days of November, with local manufacturers hit the hardest: they only account for 40% of the overall market. Peugeot is down 6%, Citroen down 15% and Renault down 21% to fall below Volkswagen at 3,430 sales vs. 3,570. However intermediary rankings such as this one are always to be taken with a grain of salt as they are heavily influenced by promotions and specific manufacturers policies about front or back-loading their sales during the month. Typically Volkswagen front-loads and Renault back-loads, and there is no way the German carmaker will stay above Renault by the time November comes to an end. An interesting state of affairs nevertheless.

Toyota Yaris France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe locally-produced Toyota Yaris is among France’s 10 most popular nameplates.

In spite of an overall downward trend, Dacia is still up an insolent 30% on the same period last year to 2,020 sales, Toyota is up 3%, Nissan up 10%, Opel up 20% and BMW up 3% to make a rare appearance in the Top 10. Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 for once doesn’t lose ground on a year ago, leading the pack for now but with a very slim 11 unit-advantage over its big sis the Peugeot 308, up a fantastic 86% YOY. Leader last year, the Citroen C3 tumbles down 38% to #3, still ahead of the Renault Clio which outsells the VW Polo by just 22 units! Dacia places the Sandero (-1%) at #7 and the Duster (+165%) at #9 while the Toyota Yaris (+8%) makes a remarkable comeback inside the French Top 10 at #8.

Previous month: France October 2014: Now with the Top 300 models and All-brands

Previous weekly post: France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

One year ago: France 1-11 November 2013: Citroen C3 on top

Full 1-12 November 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Europe October 2014: Polo up 28%, Peugeot 308 just off Top 10

November 21st, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 308The Peugeot 308 misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 239 units.

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New car sales in Europe register their strongest year-on-year gains since last March at +7% to 1.12 million units, lifting the year-to-date total up 5.7% to 11.02 million deliveries, the first time since 2007 that over 11 million European new cars find a buyer in 10 months. 25 of the 29 countries included in these statistics lodge year-on-year increases and all the Big 5 do so as well except France (-4%) as detailed in a previous BSCB update. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+6%) and Ford (+4%) stay on top but slightly under-perform the market while Renault is back on the podium in spite of sales up just 6% vs. 10% for Opel/Vauxhall down one spot on September, a month boosted by the strong UK market. Mercedes (+10%), Audi (+8%) and BMW (+7%) all shine and Skoda posts another Top 10 month above Fiat.

VW Polo Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSales of the VW Polo are up 28% year-on-year Europe-wide.

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate on the continent by a country mile but being now one year past the launch of the 7th generation, its YOY growth decelerates to 5% to 45.522 sales. That’s 18.000 more than the #2 best-seller, lil sis the VW Polo taking full advantage of its refresh with sales improved by a huge 28% year-on-year. It remains #4 year-to-date below the Ford Fiesta down to #4 this month and the Renault Clio back up two spots to #3. The Opel Corsa continues to be boosted by strong rebates all across the continent on the outgoing model, up 23% on October 2013 to #5, the Skoda Octavia is back up 6 spots on last month to #6,  now threatening the Nissan Qashqai for 8th place YTD and the Audi A3 is up a beautiful 14% at #8.

Peugeot 308 France 2009The first generation Peugeot 308 peaked at a so-so #10 in Europe. Can this record be beaten?

A significant move happens just outside the Top 10: while the Peugeot 208 is down another disappointing 11% to #10 and 16,057 units, its compact stablemate the Peugeot 308 posts a 50% year-on-year increase to stop just 239 units short off both the 208 and a Top 10 ranking, up 6 spots to September to #11 and 15,818 sales. It’s only a matter of time before the 308 reclaims a spot among the 10 most popular nameplates in Europe, as the very successful station wagon reaches its cruising rhythm across the continent. For the record, the first generation 308 only managed to break into Europe’s Top 10 twice: in June and July 2009 when it ranked #10 each time. This generation has the potential to improve on these scores over the next couple of years. Note also the Renault Captur (+10%), Peugeot 2008 (+12%) and Dacia Duster (+72%) continuing their seemingly unstoppable progression.

Previous post: Europe 9 months 2014: Now with Top 350 models and Top 60 brands

Previous monthly post: Europe September 2014: Now with Top 340 models and All-brands

Previous month: Europe September 2014: VW Golf and Polo biggest gainers in Top 10

One year ago: Europe October 2013: Skoda Octavia breaks into Top 5 for the first time

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Coming soon… The Top 10 Ugliest Cars of 2014

November 20th, 2014 2 comments

2016 Toyota MiraiIs the Toyota Mira one of the ugliest cars of 2014?

Ever wondered how a car you’re stuck behind at a red light ever made it into production past hundreds of approvals, so unsightly it is? I wonder this every day, and thought it would bring us all some relief to elect the Top 10 ugliest cars of 2014.

Pontiac AztekThe Pontiac Aztek: the ugliest car ever made?

To be eligible, a car needs to be available as new in at least one country in the world, or have been launched during the 2014 calendar year for an on-sale date in 2015 in at least one country in the world. It doesn’t need to have been launched in 2014, just on sale this year. t will be compiling this very subjective Top 10 over the next couple of weeks for a grand unveiling in December.

Are there any cars you would absolutely want to see in this list? Either comment on this teaser article or contact us here to vote!

Toyota Mirai Auto Plus Nov 2014French publication Auto Plus agrees with me and asks: is the Toyota Mirai the ugliest car of the moment? 

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USA Coast to Coast 2014: New Mexico

November 20th, 2014 No comments

1. Dodge Dart Albuquerque 2The Dodge Dart is the hero in town in Albuquerque NM

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Many thanks to David Curry for the photos in this report.

After detailing the history and milestones of the Old Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico, we now pause in New Mexico to analyse the vehicle landscape in Albuquerque and Gallup. This, a special feature on ethnic car buyers’ preferences and state-wise sales data below.

2. Ford F-250 GallupFord F-250 in Gallup NM

First a bit of trivia about New Mexico: this state is the 5th most extensive (121,589 sq mi or 315,194 km2), the 36th most populous (2.1 million inhabitants) and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas for centuries before European exploration, New Mexico then belonged to the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, then part of Mexico, a U.S. territory before finally becoming the 47th state in 1912. During World War II, the first atomic bombs were designed and manufactured at Los Alamos NM.

3. Ford F-150 GallupFord F-150 in Gallup NM

New Mexico is often mistakenly believed to have borrowed its name from the nation of Mexico. This couldn’t be further from actual facts: New Mexico was originally given its name in 1563 by Spanish explorers who believed the area contained wealthy Indian cultures similar to those of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire. It was only centuries later in 1821 that Mexico, formerly known as New Spain, adopted its name after winning independence from Spain. Interestingly, the two developed as neighbouring Spanish speaking communities, with relatively independent histories.

4. Chevy GallupVintage Chevrolet in Gallup NM

Population-wise, among U.S. states New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics (47%), including descendants of Spanish colonists and more recent Latin American immigrants. We will see a little further that this has an impact on new car sales in the state. It also has the second-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska, and the fourth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, and Arizona – notably Navajo, Apache and Pueblo tribes.

7. New Mexico License plateNew Mexico licence plate

As a result, New Mexico’s culture is unique in the United States for its strong Hispanic and Native-American influences, both of which translated into the state flag: the red and gold colours are inspired from the flag of Spain, while the ancient sun symbol comes from the Zia, a Pueblo-related tribe. Last bit of trivia more closely related to my Coast to Coast Photo Report: we have now driven 4.000 miles since departure from New York City… That’s it for the trivia, now let’s get into the car landscape in the state, with a focus on its largest city Albuquerque as well as Gallup, further down the Old Route 66.

5. Albert AlbuquerqueMy Ram 1500 ecoDiesel Albert in Albuquerque NM

The best-selling models in New Mexico over the Full Year 2013 were as follows:

Pos Model 2013
1 Ford F-150 4,757
2 Chevrolet Silverado 3,601
3 Ram Pickup 3,368
4 GMC Sierra 2,214
5 Ford F-250 Super Duty 1,837

Source: JATO

8. Ram Pickup AlbuquerqueRam Pickup in Albuquerque NM

These figures make New Mexico the second state only so far along my Coast to Coast trip to crown 5 pickup trucks as its Top 5 most popular vehicles, after Oklahoma. Again this can be attributed to the relative rurality of the state but is still a remarkable achievement. At some stages during our crossing of New Mexico in remote areas towards the border with Arizona, up to 60% of all vehicles in circulation were pickup trucks. In Albuquerque, the Ford F-250 lifts its game to almost come as high in popularity as the F-150 as it has sometimes been the case in a few towns so far in this trip. In Gallup NM, the Chevy Silverado seems even stronger than usual and the Ram Pickup’s most popular variant is the Tradesman base model like the one I have been driving (Albert), and this for the first time in this Coast to Coast adventure.

5. Ford Econovan AlbuquerqueFord Econovan in Albuquerque NM

Onto real-life observations in the busy streets of Albuquerque and Gallup. The age of cars is stuck at a much older level than I have been used to during this crossing of the nation, only difference is in New Mexico a lot of these vintage items reach levels of cool unheard of before. Cue 1970s Ford Econovan, 1980s Ford F-150, and a plethora of souped up older generations Dodge Ram Pickups and Chevy Silverados. They say New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment, I say it’s the Land of Car Coolness.

6. Hyundai Elantra AlbuquerqueHyundai Elantra in front of the legendary Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque NM

In a fascinating turn and in complete contrast to the Top 5 best-sellers state-wise, the most striking element of the car landscape in Albuquerque is the strength of smaller passenger cars, both in numbers and diversity, to a level that I had not seen since Washington DC. I will advance a very simple reason for this phenomenon:  the high ratio of students in town, which houses the University of New Mexico. I saw the first two Fiat 500L of this entire trip in this city, as well as very healthy numbers of Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Versa, Kia Soul, Toyota Corolla and VW Jetta.

8. Albert New MexicoAlbert on the New Mexico state line

But 3 passenger cars stand out even more, and on top of them a complete surprise: the Dodge Dart. A failure since its botched “manual only” launch 2.5 years ago, the Dart has struggled to break into the 50 most popular vehicles in the country. In Albuquerque however, it is as common as the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, up there among its competitors in its segment. This is also supported by a very strong heritage of Dodge Neon which was the predecessor to the Dart, discontinued in 2005. So we have an Albuquerque community clearly fond of compact Dodge sedans here, which is an extremely rare feat!

15. Dodge Dart AlbuquerqueMercury Sable and Dodge Dart in Albuquerque NM

Decades of precise vehicle landscape observation in hundreds of cities around the world have given me a solid experience at estimating the best-sellers based on their frequency in traffic, and I rarely get it very wrong. I would see the Dart snapping up a spot in the overall Top 10 Albuquerque best-sellers, at least for a few months since launch. I was not able to confirm nor infirm this observation with hard figures, and if in fact the Dart is at its best in the USA in Albuquerque, this is the most well-kept secret in US car sales statistics as both Melloy Dodge and Larry H. Miller, the two Dodge dealerships in town, repeatedly refused to comment on this (positive) anomaly. Bizarre. If one town has unlocked the Dart’s sales potential, I’d have assumed they’d show off about it. I’m still making the Dodge Dart the Hero in Town in Albuquerque.

9. Toyota Tacoma AlbuquerqueToyota Tacoma in Albuquerque NM

The second passenger car standing out in town is the Chevrolet Impala, and although it is notorious that a large part of Impala sales are to fleets and rentals, Albuquerque is among the towns I have visited so far where it is the most popular, and being neither the most touristic nor the more corporate town of them all, a boost from ‘real’ private sales has to be in order. The third one is a new entrant in my long list of successful cars in various states, regions and cities along this Coast to Coast trip: the Ford Fiesta sedan. Very discreet up until now, a whole herd of them is bustling through the streets of Albuquerque as I write these lines. Here again a perfect student car which could explain its popularity in town.

14. Fiat 500L New MexicoFiat 500L in Albuquerque NM

These last 3 models were the most striking standouts compared to their national ranking, but a large majority of passenger cars are Japanese, with Toyota, Nissan and Honda the most common. I have already covered the fact that as we get closer to the border with Mexico where it is #1 overall with a world-best 26% market share, Nissan’s popularity rockets up. This is also true in New Mexico and Albuquerque, and a recent study of new car sales to ethnic buyers by IHS Automotive confirms it all.

Most ethnic brands - USABrands with the highest rate of ethnic buyers (Source IHS via Autonews)

According to IHS, new vehicle consumption among ethnic consumers, defined as African-American, Asian and Hispanic buyers, is up 8% year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2014 vs. 4% for the overall industry, with Hispanic consumption up an even more impressive 10%, in effect lifting the overall US car market up. Ethnic population growing faster than the national average, this is a very important trend in the U.S. new vehicle market as the share of ethnic buyers in the overall market is bound to become more and more prominent. The side-effect of this is manufacturers doing well with ethnic buyers have great chances to see their national market share outperform the market in the next decade. There should be a red flag here for the Detroit Big 3 as ethnic buyer patterns show a strong preference for foreign brands – albeit most of the cars they purchase still being made in the U.S.

13. Nissan Versa AlbuquerqueNissan Versa in Albuquerque NM. Nissan buyers are 36% ethnic, the highest of any brand.

Unsurprisingly based on our observations during this Coast to Coast trip so far, Nissan is the brand with the highest share of ethnic buyers in America at 36%, followed by Mitsubishi (35%), Toyota (33%) and Honda (31%) while Dodge is the only American brand in the Top 13 brands with the highest rate of ethnic buyers in 5th place with 30%. Could this partly explain the tremendous success of the Dodge Dart in Albuquerque? Notice the exceptional strength of premium marques such as Lexus, BMW both at 29% of ethnic buyers, Mercedes at 28%, Acura at 28% and Maserati at 27%.

Top 10 brands to Ethnic buyersBrands with the highest volumes to ethnic buyers (Source IHS via Autonews)

In terms of market share, Toyota holds almost 18% of the 1.6 million new vehicles ethnic consumers have bought over the first 6 months of 2014 vs. 12.2% share of the overall national market, followed by Honda at 12.2% vs. 8.1% and Nissan at 11.1% vs. 7.9%, Chevrolet at a timid 4th place with 8.6% share vs. 12.6% nationally, while Ford is at an even more unimpressive 8.4% share, that’s almost half the market share it has with the entire American population at 15%.

This is it for New Mexico, next stop is Monument Valley at the border of Arizona and Utah, so stay tuned!

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Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Portgual October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Portugal continue on their frank recovery, up another 30% year-on-year in October to 11,795 deliveries and bringing the year-to-date total to 119,201 units, up 35% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 7 best-sellers shuffle their way back to the same order as the YTD ranking, with Renault (+11%) in the lead, followed by Volkswagen (+29%), Peugeot (+32%), BMW (+39%), Mercedes (+40%), Opel (+53%) and Audi (+22%) while Seat (+82%) and Nissan (+72%) explode up. Dacia (+89%), Kia (+72%) and Mitsubishi (+112%) also shine.

VW Golf Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Portugal for the third month in a row in October.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf manages a first: staying in pole position for 3 consecutive months thanks to 663 sales and 5.6% share, above the Renault Clio at 5%. The Clio’s YTD pole position is safe though at 6,385 units sold so far this year vs. 4,459 (#3) for the Golf. The Nissan Qashqai is boosted by the new model up to a podium ranking at #3 and 3.2% share, the Peugeot 308 continues its seesaw career, back up 7 spots in October to #4 and both the Seat Leon and Toyota Yaris are up 8 ranks to #6 and #9 respectively.

Peugeot 2008 Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 in Portugal for the first time ever this month.

Outside the Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class is down 7 spots on last month to #13 which is still well above its YTD level (#21), the Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 for the very first time at #14 vs. #15, the Audi A1 is up 15 ranks to #18, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 24 to a best-ever #25, Peugeot 508 at #30 vs. #53 YTD, the Mini up a further 7 spots thanks to the new generation to #33 vs. #52 YTD, the Peugeot 108 up 27 to #36 and the BMW 4 Series up a further two to #37.

Previous month: Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

One year ago: Portugal October 2013: Peugeot 308 up 633% to land at #3

Full October 2014 Top 33 All-brands and Top 214 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria October 2014: Dacia holds 17%, places 3 models in Top10

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Sandero Stepway Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of dzairauto.com9 out of 10 Dacia Sandero sold in Algeria are the Stepway variant.

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New car sales in Algeria slow down their free fall in October, down 9% year-on-year to 24,500 deliveries. This brings the year-to-date total to 298,000 units, still down a harsh 22% on 2013. Algeria was among worldwide automotive headlines last week when Renault opened a new factory in in Oran on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of the country. Renault, which has two factories in Morocco, aims to boost sales in the North African markets of Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, where new-car sales are expected to increase to 880,000 units in 2015 from 759,000 units in 2012, according to IHS Automotive. It is the French manufacturer’s first factory in the country since it exited the market after Algeria gained independence from France in 1962.

Renault Symbol Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autonews.comRenault’s new Algerian plant is building the Symbol sedan.

The factory is building the Symbol from completely knocked down production (CKD) for the local market. Renault said the Symbol will offer a high level of equipment and will be the first vehicle in the country to feature a GPS navigation system. This event explains the disappearance of Symbol, best-seller in September due to runout prices on the imported model, from the October Top 10. Once production kicks in it should reappear among Algeria’s best-sellers with great fanfare and will threaten the Dacia Logan for top spot overall in 2015.

Dacia Logan MCV Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Dacia Logan is the best-selling model in Algeria this month and year-to-date.

Back to October figures, and the winner by far this month is Renault-owned low-cost manufacturer Dacia. For the first time since BSCB started following Algeria 5 years ago, Dacia places 3 models inside the Top 10: the Logan is back in charge of the models sales charts thanks to 2,344 sales and just under 10% market share, lifting it back to the 2014 YTD pole position with 18,900 units and 6.3% ahead of the Hyundai Accent at 18,412 and 6.2%. The Sandero, boosted by the new generation Stepway, is up 6 spots on September to land on the podium for the first time at #3 and 4.7% share, while the Duster breaks into the Top 10 at #10 and 2.5% share. Notice also the Renault Kangoo shooting up to #2 and 5.9% share, the Peugeot 301 back up to #5 and the Hyundai i10 holding its rank inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Algeria September 2014: Renault Symbol leads the way

One year ago: Algeria October 2013: Dacia Logan back in charge

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Iran October 2014: Saipa Tiba at highest, production up 61%

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Saipa Tiba Iran October 2014Saipa Tiba hachback

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After a one-month hiatus, Iran is back on BSCB with local production figures up a whopping 61% year-on-year in Mehr, the 7th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar, roughly equivalent to October 2014. The Saipa Pride is finally returning to its traditional head-and-shoulders domination with just under 30,000 units produced over the period, up 64% year-0n-year. Could this be because of the launch of a redesigned version called the Saipa 234? I am investigating this as I am writing these lines.

Saipa 234 Iran October 2014c Saipa 234 Iran October 2014a Saipa 234 Iran October 2014 interiorSaipa unveiled the 234 sedan in March – a replacement for the Pride?

The Peugeot Pars (+37%) and 405 (+59%) lose market share but both clock up 10,000+ units while the Peugeot 206 is up almost 4-fold to 9,899 units – definitely back to life. The Saipa Tiba continues to break its production record month after month, this time lifting it to 8,951 units, potentially thanks to the addition of a hatchback version, while the Iran Khodro Runna is stuck at a low 2,666 units, even going backwards year-on-year (-6%). Renault confirms it has stepped out of the country with the Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) down 49%.

Saipa S300 Iran October 2014a Saipa S300 Iran October 2014cSaipa S300

Saipa Renault Sandero Iran October 2014Saipa Renault Sandero

Saipa also unveiled the S300 (a rebadged Zotye Z300) and an Iranian production variant of the (previous generation) Renault Sandero, however these two models have not appeared in the production charts yet.

Previous post: Iran August 2014: Saipa Tiba above Iran Khodro Samand

One year ago: Iran October 2013: Lifan X60 lands in Top 10, Gonow G5 arrives

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Indonesia October 2014: Datsun GO+ just outside Top 10 again

November 18th, 2014 No comments

Datsun GO+ Indonesia October 2014. Picture courtesy of thegaspol.comDatsun GO+

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New car sales in Indonesia have plateaued this year with October down 6% year-on-year to 105,357 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still evolving at all-time high levels – for now: up 1.8% on 2013 to 1,038,298 deliveries in 10 months. The Indonesian model sales charts is back to ‘normal’ in October with the podium identical to the YTD ranking and all 3 models slightly below their YTD market shares: the Toyota Avanza is at 12.3% ahead of the Honda Mobilio at 6.8% and the Toyota Agya at 5.1% – once again way above its twin the Daihatsu Ayla at #9 and 3.1%. The Toyota Kijang Innova, once the overall best-seller in the country, is stuck in 7th position vs. #4 YTD, below the Daihatsu Gran Max Pickup, Suzuki Ertiga and Carry Pickup. For the second month in a row, the Datsun GO+ finishes the month one rank away from the brand’s first Top 10 ranking worldwide, selling a record 2,880 units for a 2.7% market share. It’s only a matter of time now…

Previous month: Indonesia September 2014: Datsun GO+ 114 sales off Top 10

One year ago: Indonesia October 2013: Toyota Agya up to #4, Daihatsu Ayla #5

Full October 2014 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Indonesia

Cyprus October 2014: Volvo XC60 back up to 4th place

November 18th, 2014 No comments

Volvo XC60 Cyprus October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60

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According to data provided by SEMO Cyprus and analysed by INNOSOFT, 707 new cars found a buyer in Cyprus in October (+35% on a year ago), bringing the year-to-date total to 7,057 deliveries, up 18% year-on-year and already just below the Full Year 2013 score of 7,101 sales. I give you the ranking for now, complete analysis will follow shortly. The Toyota Yaris is the top seller in the country both in October (7.2% share) and year-to-date (4.7%) and the Nissan Qashqai follows in both rankings as well with 5.5% and 4.4% share respectively. The VW Golf jumps on the October podium and is up one rank in the YTD ranking at #5, as is the Volvo XC60, #4 both this month (4.5% share) and YTD (3.4%). Other notable October performers in Cyprus include the Hyundai ix35 (#5 with 3.7% share) and Renault Captur (#6 at 3.1%).

Previous month: Cyprus September 2014: Toyota RAV4 leads, Nissan Note shines

Previous year: Cyprus Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta keeps lead in market down 32%

Full October 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Cyprus