Portugal April 2017: Renault Clio and Captur on top

The Renault Captur ranks 2nd in Portugal in April. Picture largus.fr 

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The Portuguese new car market is up a fantastic 18% year-on-year in April to 18.830 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 6% to 78.699. Renault continues to dominate the brands ranking head and shoulders with a 53% surge to 15.3% share this month and up 27% year-to-date. The French manufacturer is followed by another one, Peugeot, also outpacing the market with a 22% gain in April. Volkswagen on the other hand drops 3% in third place ahead of Mercedes (+12%), BMW (+1%) and Fiat posting the largest gain in the Top 25 at +57%. Nissan (+43%) and Citroen (+23%) also shine inside the Top 10, and beyond it’s Ford (+45%), Volvo (+36%), Mazda (+56%) and Suzuki (+138%) that post some of the largest year-on-year gains.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is on top once again thanks to deliveries up 39% year-on-year, distancing this month the Renault Captur up 53% to edge past the Peugeot 208 (+58%) for just two units. With the Nissan Qashqai up 86%, the Citroen C3 up 91% and the Renault Megane up 36%, the entire Top Six frankly outpaces a market already galloping pretty fast. The Opel Astra (+28%) and VW Golf (+22%) complete the high performing picture in the Top 10. Further down, the Peugeot 2008 is up 40% in 12th place and the Fiat Tipo is up to #15. Among recent launches (<12 months), the Audi Q2 (#58), Toyota C-HR (#59), Renault Kadjar (#60) and Seat Ateca (#68) are the most popular.

Previous post: Portugal February 2017: Renault Clio leads, Fiat Tipo in Top 20

One year ago: Portugal April 2016: End of 34 consecutive months of double-digit gains

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Australia April 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger cement leadership

The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Australia this month.

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According to VFACTS figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the Australian new car market continues its decline in April with registrations down 5.1% to 83.135, bringing the year-to-date tally down 2.8% to 362.480. The fall would have been much significant were it not for business sales up 1.7% and overtaking private sales down 13% while government sales are down 15% and rental sales up 26%, the latter two with small volumes. After two months of SUV domination, passenger cars are back above SUVs even though they fall 12% while SUVs are up 1%. Light commercial vehicles are up 3%. Of note within segments are medium SUVs up 10% and 4×4 utes (Australian slang for pickup trucks) up 11.1%.

Looking at the origin of vehicles sold in Australia, the most popular locations are Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Germany and Australia. Looking at sales by state, all states and territories are in negative with the two largest selling states, New South Wales (Sydney) and Victoria (Melbourne) losing the least ground at -2.8% and the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and Western Australia (Perth) losing the most. Tony Weber, the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, said that market activity during April was affected by the impact of the Easter long weekend break, Anzac Day and national school holidays. “There were two less selling days overall in April this year compared with last, but added to this was the dampening effect that the holiday period had on dealership traffic as many families headed off to enjoy a final break before winter,” Mr Weber said.

In the brands ranking, both Toyota (-3%) and Mazda (+2%) do better than the market but Hyundai (-21%), Holden (-13%) and Ford (-15%) fare worse. Note Holden is only two meagre units above Ford this month while a year ago in April 2016 Ford was ahead. Subaru (+22%), Mitsubishi (+31%) and Kia (+36%) go against the grain inside the Top 10 with fantastic increases but Nissan (-17%) and Volkswagen (-18%) struggle. Outside the Top 10, Honda (+34%), LDV (+50%), Alfa Romeo (+36%) and Maserati (+34%) make themselves noticed.

Over in the models ranking, for only the fourth time ever after last OctoberNovember and March, two utes dominate the ranking: the Toyota Hilux (+1%) and Ford Ranger (+5%). The big news this month is the fact that these two nameplates are now also in the lead year-to-date thanks to a 9% and 17% increase respectively. The Toyota Corolla (-14%) and Mazda3 (-8%) are relegated in third and fourth places like last year. Potentially helped by the new generation of the model, the Mazda CX-5 is up 29% to 5th place and remains the best-selling SUV in the country. The Hyundai i30 tumbles down 52% just as stocks of the previous generation model dry up in the wake of the arrival of the new one. At #12, the Holden Commodore slips outside the Top 10 for the first time since January 2016 and is outsold this month by the Colorado. Notice also the Mitsubishi ASX up 58%, the Outlander up 125% and the Subaru Impreza up 177% while the Toyota C-HR breaks into the Top 50 at #47.

Previous month: Australia March 2017: Hilux leads, SUVs beat passenger cars again

One year ago: Australia April 2016: Hyundai i30 #1 again, Ford above Holden for first time in 17 years

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Slovenia April 2017: Volkswagen up 21%, Skoda Octavia leads

The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling vehicle in Slovenia this month.

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New car sales in Slovenia are up a comfortable 10% year-on-year in April to 6.001 registrations, allowing the year-to-date tally to climb 11% to 24.691 units. Market leader Volkswagen outpaces the market at +21% to a stunning 17.2% share vs. 15.9% so far this year. It distances Renault (-3%), Skoda (+8%) and Opel (-3%) all losing share year-on-year. Reversely the next 8 best-selling brands all post double-digit gains, with the largest going to Dacia in 5th (+36%), Toyota in 11th (+64%) and BMW in 12th (+30%). Further down, Suzuki (+68%), Mitsubishi (+42%), Jeep (+540%), Honda (+80%) and Alfa Romeo (+375%) post some of the most spectacular improvements, albeit with smaller volumes. For the first time since February 2016, the Skoda Octavia leads the models ranking thanks to sales up 53% to 302. It distances the Renault Clio (-27%), VW Golf (-2%) and VW Polo (-2%). Just below, a series of four nameplates post spectacular gains: the Renault Megane (+151%), Dacia Duster (+89%), VW Passat (+36%) and Hyundai Tucson (+94%) while the VW Tiguan tops them all with a 27-fold increase to #11.

Previous post: Slovenia February 2017: Renault up 67%, Hyundai Tucson on podium

One year ago: Slovenia April 2016: Clio and Captur shine, Hyundai up 60%

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Denmark April 2017: Volkswagen and Suzuki up in market down 11%

The Suzuki Ignis is getting close to a Top 10 ranking in Denmark.

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New car sales in Denmark mark a pause in April at -11% to 17.610 registrations, yet thanks to a great start of the year the year-to-date tally remains in positive territory at +7.5% to a record 77.531 units. Market leader Volkswagen goes against the grain with a 21% year-on-year gain to 14.3% share thanks to the Polo (+64%), Touran (+28%) and Tiguan (+7650%). The next five brands all decline: Peugeot (-17%), Toyota (-23%), Ford (-2%), Citroen (-12%) and Skoda (-14%). Sin fact, Suzuki is the only other brand in the Top 10 to manage to gain ground at +40%. Further down, Seat (+8%), Mercedes (+11%), Jaguar (+14%), DS (+62%), Land Rover (+82%) and Alfa Romeo (+182%) are among the rare other manufacturer posting a year-on-year increase. The Peugeot 208 remains the best-selling nameplate in the country despite a 7% drop, distancing the VW Polo, Opel Astra (+12%) and VW Up (-14%). The Citroen C3 shines at +24% in 7th place thanks to the new generation but the performer of the month is the Suzuki Ignis rising to 14th place vs. #50 so far this year, with the Suzuki Baleno also an instant hit in Denmark at #17.

Previous post: Denmark February 2017: Renault up 86% in market up 6%

One year ago: Denmark April 2016: Peugeot 208 dominant in record market

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Media post: Why won’t my car start

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Is your car not starting? There are loads of reasons why this can happen. You may hear a range of noises when you place the key into the ignition – from nothing at all, a hard clunk to a dodgy clicking noise. Here’s how to spot what could be wrong with your motor and how to fix it.

Dead battery

If you stick the key into the ignition and there is no sound or lights on the dashboard, then your battery is dead as a doornail and your car won’t start. You will need to flag down a fellow motorist with a working car, ten minutes to spare and some jump leads!

Batteries go flat or die when you leave your lights or the radio on and return to your motor hours later. It may be that you left your car unused for a while in very cold weather.

Restarting the car is easy. The working car should be parked bumper to bumper to allow you to connect the jump leads from your dead battery to the working car. Connect the jump leads, with the positive end to the positive battery terminal, and likewise with the negative ends, to ‘jump’ the vehicle.

Once connected, start the working car and run until the dead car can start. Whatever you do, don’t stop the engine of the dead car until you have driven around for a while to power it up!

Dirty or corroded battery connection

It may look sinister but a dirty battery connection can be easily cleaned up. Simply turn the car engine off and use a spanner to loosen the battery terminals.

A toothbrush is a great tool to scrub those parts up and can be helped along with a simple homemade solution – one cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda to get them looking and functioning as good as new.

Once you‘ve done this, you’ll need to check your battery for any leaks or cracks.

Out of fuel

You usually get a petrol can warning light flashing up on your dashboard to let you know you are nearly out of fuel. When this happens, you’ve normally got around 50miles left in your tank.

But, you may underestimate how far you’ve driven and simply run out of gas. Hopefully you have a jerry can in your boot, which you will need to take (on foot!) to the nearest petrol station and fill up before getting back to your motor and filling up.

Faulty spark plugs

If your spark plugs have been well lubricated with WD40, then they should be in good working order. But an engine misfire is something you would instantly recognise. It’s when the engine stumbles, slows down and then appears to regain pace before stopping. Extremely worn spark plugs cause a vehicle’s ignition system to work harder and can stop the engine turning over as normal.

If one spark plug misfires, it can dump raw fuel into the exhaust, which eventually, will overheat the catalytic converter. The good news is, they don’t usually need to be replaced until you hit 100,000 miles, so inevitably, are easy to forget! However, if this is the issue, you’ll need to be towed to a garage.

Low oil levels

Low levels of oil put a great deal of strain on the battery when the car is started. You should always ensure your oil is topped up to the maximum line when you check with a dipstick. Never let the amount of oil drop below the minimum line as this will cause unnecessary wear on your engine and could cause it to blow up.

If you’ve often thought, ‘my car won’t start’, hopefully you have learned some of the reasons why, here. If you’re still not sure why your car is not starting or need to fix any other issues, it’s always a good idea to get a mechanic to check over your vehicle – including the battery and tyres. Even if you have managed to re-start your car with the existing battery, you should always get a professional to check it.

Romania March-April 2017: Ford, Kia and Hyundai impress

The Ford Focus is the best-selling foreign model in Romania so far in 2017.

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The Romanian new car market is up 5% in March to 6.915 registrations and up 7.5% in April to 6.640. However due to larger gains earlier in the year, the year-to-date tally jumps 22% to 28.916. Both March and April brands and models data tables are included below the jump but we will focus here on April results. Market leader and homegrown manufacturer Dacia logically continues to dominate the brands ranking but sees its volumes drop 5% to 24% share this month vs. 25.6% year-to-date. Skoda is stable at a strong 10% share vs. 8.8% so far this year, earning it the 2nd spot whereas it ranks 4th year-to0date. Ford jumps 36% in April and 56% year-to-date (#2), with Volkswagen (+8%) and Renault (+10%) rounding up the Top 5. Kia (+155%) and Hyundai (+49%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 while beyond, Fiat (+35%), Peugeot (+47%) and Seat (+58%) impress.

Kia sales are up 155% year-on-year in Romania this month, helped by the new Rio. 

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan leads once again but drops 3%, followed by the Skoda Octavia (+27%) and Dacia Duster (-17%). #2 in March, the Ford Focus gains another 58% to rank 4th this month and is up 97% year-to-date to #3 and best-selling foreigner. The new generation Dacia Sandero gains a solid 26% in 6th place, the Renault Megane is up 3-fold (+223%) thanks to the new generation and ranks 7th and the VW Polo is up 54% in 9th place. Justifying their respective brands’ progressions, notice also the Kia Sportage up 102%, Hyundai i20 up 91%, Kia Cee’d up 111% and the Kia Rio up 9-fold (+840%) thanks to the new generation.

Previous post: Romania January 2017: Market up 22%, Renault Megane up to #6

One year ago: Romania April 2016: Mercedes GLE solid again in market up 13%

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Netherlands April 2017: Renault and Clio dominate

The Renault Clio is the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands so far this year. 

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Netherlands is now back on BSCB and gains 6% year-on-year in April to 29.360 registrations, with the year-to-date tally improving frankly at +18% to 149.100. Renault stuns with a 27% year-on-year gain and takes the lead of the brands ranking with 11% share, distancing the YTD #1 Volkswagen (-10%) at 9.8%. Ford (+16%), Opel (+19%), Toyota (+35%), Kia (+92%) and Mercedes (+94%) also frankly beat the market inside the Top 10. Further down, the gains are more subdued, with Hyundai (+18%), Land Rover (+18%), Seat (+24%) and Alfa Romeo (+87%) making themselves noticed.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is the most popular both on April (+16%) and year-to-date with a 73% surge. It ranked #2 over the Full Year 2016. The Kia Picanto shoots up 233% to rank 2nd this month, distancing the VW Up (+3%), Opel Karl (+93%) and Renault Captur (+40%). The Toyota Aygo (+59%) and Renault Megane (+238%) also post spectacular gains inside the Top 10. Leader over the Full Year 2016, the VW Golf is down 32% to #12 this month and down 24% to #8 year-to-date. The facelift cannot come soon enough. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR ranks #19, the Volvo V90 is #29 and the Kia Niro #36.

Previous post: Netherlands January 2017: Volkswagen monopolises Top 4

One year ago: Netherlands April 2016: Volkswagen and Golf back in control

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Bahrain January-April 2017: Land Cruiser #1, Kia up in market down 35%

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains the best-seller in Bahrain so far this year.

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The Bahraini new car market tumbles down 35% year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 to 11.837 registrations. Market leader Toyota is in freefall, losing almost half its sales year-on-year to drop to a still ultra-dominant 37% share. It is followed by Hyundai (-22%) and Nissan (-43%) while Kia manages to gain 3%, overtaking Lexus (-52%) to leap onto 4th place overall. Chevrolet (+6%) is the only other brand in positive territory inside the Top 10. Honda (-10%) and Mazda (-11%) manage to gain market share also. Further down, Infiniti (+1%), Audi (+5%), Dodge (+24%), Geely (+40%) and Ram (+244%) are among the rare brands posting positive results while Suzuki, Jaguar (both at -46%), Isuzu (-47%) and Ford (-51%) struggle.

In the models ranking, Toyota monopolises the Top 4 (Top 5 over the Full Year 2016) with the Land Cruiser in the lead but dropping to 7.3% share vs. 9% over the FY2016. The Prado (6.5%), Corolla (4.1%) and Yaris (4%) on the other hand all improve their share vs. FY2016. Add the Hiace, Hilux, Camry and RAV4 to make it 8 Toyotas in the Top 9 vs. 7 in the Top 8 in FY2016. Like last year, the Hyundai Accent is the best-selling non-Toyota nameplate, improving to 5th place. The Nissan Sunny is the only other non-Toyota nameplate inside the Top 10 at #10. Just outside, we witness some drastic improvements: the Kia Sportage jumps from #33 in FY16 to #13, the Honda City from #29 to #14, the Mitsubishi L200 from #31 to #17 and the Kia Picanto from #82 to #19.

Previous post: Bahrain Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado on top

One year ago: Bahrain January-April 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser soars to 13.8% share

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Vietnam April 2017: Ford Ranger leads market down 15%

Ford Ranger Vietnam May 2016. Picture courtesy napthungxebantai.vnThe Ford Ranger is the most popular light vehicle in Vietnam this month.

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The Vietnamese new vehicle market marks a pause in April with volumes down a harsh 15% year-on-year to 21.942 units, yet thanks to a solid Q1 score the year-to-date tally is up 1.5% to 86.671 deliveries. Thaco-Kia remains in the brands lead and follows the market at -15% to 30.5% as always earning its pole position to medium and heavy trucks. Thaco-Kia distances Toyota (-10%), Ford (+5%) and Mazda (-24%) with Chevrolet (+10%), Isuzu (+26%), Mitsubishi (+73%) and Mercedes (+103%) all going against the grain and among the best performing brands. Model-wise, as it was the case a year ago the Ford Ranger leaps to pole position despite deliveries down 3%, edging past the Toyota Fortuner (+31%) for 34 sales and the Toyota Vios (-8%) for 68. Year-to-date, the Toyota Vios (+14%) has a comfortable advantage at 6.1% share vs. 5% for the Ranger (-1%) and 4.9% for the Fortuner (+32%). Notice also the Honda City up 31%, the Chevrolet Colorado up 324% and the Mitsubishi Triton up 348%.

Previous post: Vietnam February 2017: Toyota monopolises podium in market up 50%

One year ago: Vietnam April 2016: Ford Ranger upsets Toyota Vios

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Venezuela April 2017: Toyota and Hilux top market down a further 20%

The Toyota Hilux – previous generation – holds 42% of an atone Venezuelan market. 

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Only 224 new light vehicles found a buyer in Venezuela in April, a further 20% drop on an already atone score a year ago. The year-to-date tally is down 26% to 889. Only two manufacturers manage to sell more than 10 units this month: Toyota with a 60.3% market share and Ford down 66% to 34.8% share. Jeep, Dodge and Mack add up to a mere 11 units. Model-wise, the previous generation Toyota Hilux holds 42% of the market this month, distancing the Ford Explorer (17%) and Toyota Fortuner (13.4%), with the Ford F-250 and Toyota Corolla also lodging double-digit sales figures. It’s fair to say Venezuela is now a used car market.

Previous post: Venezuela February 2017: Toyota and Hilux take charge

One year ago: Venezuela March-April 2016: Ford strengthens hold on atone market

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