USA May 2017: Market down 0.5% despite strong light truck sales

The Toyota RAV4 now outsells the Camry year-to-date. Picture caranddriver.com

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The U.S. new light vehicle market has yet to post a positive month this year with May sales down slightly at -0.5% to 1.519.175, bringing the year-to-date tally down 2% to 6.978.089. This time passenger cars are solely responsible for the market’s drop with a 9% year-on-year decline to 584.005 units whereas light trucks are up 6% to 935.170 or 61.6% market share. In the detail, pickup trucks are up 9.3% to 236.429, crossovers are up 5.2% to 449.046 and SUVs up 2.8% to 155.855. Once again, the crossover+SUV category outsells passenger cars at 604.901 (+4.6%). Year-to-date, passenger cars are down a harsh 11% to 2.682.955, light trucks are up 4.7% to 4.295.134 with pickup trucks up 4.1% to 1.095.974 and crossovers/SUVs the everlasting engine of growth at +7.3% to 2.799.085.

The Ram Pickup outsells the Chevy Silverado for the third consecutive month. 

Group-wise, Ford Motor Co. takes the lead this month thanks to deliveries up 2.3% to 240.250, overtaking General Motors down 1.3% with Toyota Motor Co (-0.5%) and FCA (-1%) also in decline. Honda Motor (+0.9%) and Nissan Motor (+3%) buck the trend and post positive results as do the Volkswagen Group (+4.1%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+13.9%). Hyundai-Kia (-11.5%) and the BMW Group (-11.1%) suffer this month.

Ford is also the most popular brand in the U.S. this month, up 2.2%, distancing Toyota up 3.7% and Chevrolet down 3.8%. Honda and Nissan round up the Top 5, with Kia (-7%), Jeep (-15%) and Hyundai (-18%) falling heavily whereas Subaru (+12.1%) and Ram (+18%) continue to climb up. Subaru still has the lowest average incentives in market and is headed towards a 9th consecutive record year. Further down, Volvo (+12%), Infiniti (+15.6%), Buick (+28.5% thanks to the Envision), Maserati (+33.9%), Tesla (+37.3%), Jaguar (+43.9%) and Alfa Romeo (+1988.6% thanks to the Giulia) all post spectacular gains.

The VW Atlas has landed in the U.S. sales charts… 

Over in the models ranking, the Ford F-Series surges 13% to post its strongest May figure in 13 years at 76.027. It is followed for the third consecutive month by the Ram Pickup up 16% to once again outsmart the Chevrolet Silverado (-3%). The Silverado remains #2 year-to-date for now. The Toyota RAV4 jumps 19% to land in 4th place overall, overtaking the Camry year-to-date to become the brand’s best-seller in the U.S. If the RAV4 keeps this spot until the end of the year it would be a first. The Honda Accord (+5%) is the best-selling passenger car in May ahead of the Corolla (-10%) and Camry (-12%). The Nissan Rogue (+19%) and Honda CR-V (+10%) retreat to the bottom of the Top 10 but still post very strong figures. They rank #4 and #5 respectively year-to-date.

…as well as the Lexus LC. 

Notice also the Ford Explorer up 18%, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 14% and the Toyota Highlander up 23%, all strong performing SUVs inside the Top 20. The Chrysler Pacifica nudges up to #35 with a record 11.720 sales, the Hyundai Tucson is up 44%, the GMC Acadia up 38%, the Chevrolet Camaro up 35% and the VW Golf up 61%. The Kia Niro is now the most popular recent launch (<12 months) at #127 but the Toyota C-HR (#150) and Hyundai Ioniq (#153) are catching up fast. We welcome two new nameplates inside the U.S. ranking this month: Volkswagen’s long awaited seven-seat SUV, the Atlas directly at #160 and the Lexus LC at #227.

Previous month: USA April 2017: Fourth consecutive month of year-on-year decline

One year ago: USA May 2016: Market down 6%, largest drop since August 2010

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Japan May 2017: Toyota Prius back to top spot, C-HR #2

Toyota Prius Japan June 2016. Picture courtesy car.watch.impress.co.jpThe Toyota Prius reclaims the title of best-selling vehicle in Japan. Picture car.watch.impress.co.jp

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The Japanese new car market posts a very solid 12.4% year-on-year gain in May to 372.576 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.4% to 2.305.072 units. Regular cars are up 6.1% to 237.512 but it’s kei cars that really pull the market up at +25.3% to 135.064. Partly explaining this rebound: the stop sale in April 2016 of the Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi ek, both selling no units that month. Accordingly, below Toyota up 9% to 32.4% share, Nissan catches up on lost time with a 75.7% gain to 14.2% share – also helped by the success of the Note – and Mitsubishi is up 110.9% in 8th place. Daihatsu (+25.5%) and Subaru (+28.9%) are the other winners this month. Mercedes (#10 overall) continues to top foreign carmakers above Volkswagen (-3.7%), BMW (+4%) and Audi (-13.1%). Renault (+94.1%), Smart (+70.3%) and Maserati (+58.3%) also make themselves noticed.

Toyota Alphard sales are up 65% year-on-year in May. Picture autoc-one.jp

After the Toyota C-HR historically took the lead of the models ranking last month, in May the Toyota Prius returns to the pole position for only the second time this year after last February and despite sales down 30% year-on-year. With the Nissan Note below 10.000 sales, the Prius also reclaims the year-to-date lead at 73.300 units (-36%) vs. 72.610 (+66%) for the Note. The C-HR, although not #1, remains at a very high level just under 13.000 sales in 2nd place. The Honda Freed is once again the brand’s most popular car with deliveries flying off 254% thanks to the new model. It ranks 4th this month and 5th so far this year, now getting dangerously close to toppling the Toyota Aqua year-to-date, down another 33% this month.

The new model boosts Suzuki Swift sales up 166%. Picture autoc-one.jp

The Toyota Vitz (+39%) and Subaru Impreza (+81%) lodge the other two impressive year-on-year gains inside the Top 10 whereas the Toyota Sienta struggles at -37%. Further down, the Toyota Roomy (#13) and Tank (#16) both retreat five spots on last month but remain at satisfying levels. The Honda Fit (-44%) tumbles down to #14 overall vs. #4 over the FY2016 and now desperately needs a facelift. Toyota’s MPVs are in great shape this month: the Noah is up 21%, the Vellfire up 24% and the Alphard up 65%. Other impressive gainers inside the Top 30 include the Toyota Harrier (+39%), Mazda CX-5 (+44%) and Suzuki Swift (+166%), the latter two boosted by new models.

The Daihatsu Mira is up 96% thanks to its facelift. Picture autoc-one.jp 

In the kei minicars aisle, the Honda N-BOX remains in the lead, improving 14% year-on-year to 13.118 units. The big event is the ascension of the Daihatsu Mira from #10 in April to #2 this month with sales up 97% year-on-year thanks to a long-awaited new model. The Mira stays #10 year-to-date for now. It distances this month the Move (+106%) and Nissan Dayz, the only two other kei car nameplates to post five-digit figures for the month. Helped by a new model as well, the Suzuki Wagon R gains 54% on April 2016 but drops two spots on last month to #6. The Toyota Pixis (+23%), Subaru Pleo (+44%) and Mazda Flair (+46%) also shine this month.

Previous month: Japan April 2017: Toyota C-HR climbs into pole position

One year ago: Japan May 2016: Nissan (-26%) and Mitsubishi (-51%) sink

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China May 2017: Focus on the All-new models

Lifan Xuanlang

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As is the case every month, we pay special attention to the new locally produced launches in China so you stay aware of the latest development in the fastest-evolving car market in the world. May marks the second consecutive month of year-on-year decline for the light vehicle market in China, and fittingly it is a very slow month for newcomers with only three new nameplates this month, all Chinese.

1. Lifan Xuanlang: 2.541 sales

With the recently launched Myway 7 seat SUV, Lifan had started to reassure us that they were back in the race. Unfortunately, here comes the Xuanlang. No, this is not a Ford S-Max, but an almost identical clone, up to the crease lines in the door and the alloys. The S-Max isn’t currently sold in China so unlike the Range Rover Evoque and its Landwind clone we can’t make a price comparison. The Xuanlang signals the fact that cloning is still very much present in the Chinese auto industry and not limited to Landwind and Zotye which we thought were the latest culprits of this dubious practice.

Lifan Xuanlang interior. Picture autohome.com.cn  

Seating seven and powered by a choice of three petrol engines:  1.8 (133hp), 2.0 (141hp) and 1.5T (141hp), the Xuanlang is priced very competitively from 69.800 to 106.800 yuan (US$10.250-15.700). This places it squarely against the #2 best-seller in the segment, the Baojun 730, as well as the Dongfeng Fengxing S500, Chana Ousheng and Changan Linmax. Already by far the most successful entrant this month with over 2.500 sales, this is unchartered territory for Lifan that hasn’t had a similar offering before. Doubling this initial monthly score would cement the Xuanlang as a force to be reckoned with in the MPV market.

Bar for success: 4.500 monthly sales

2. Zotye T700: 107 sales

Just as Lifan tests the murky waters of cloning, Zotye seems to have emancipated from it with this T700. Agreed, there is an air of Range Rover in the silhouette but the latest Zotye offerings had been almost identical clones so there is progress. Cue the Damai X7 (VW Cross Coupe GTE concept), T600 (Audi Q5), Damai X5 (VW Tiguan), SR7 (Audi Q3) and SR9 (Porsche Macan). The T700 is the new flagship of the brand and impresses with sharp design both exterior-wise and inside the cockpit featuring a 14 inch-touch screen.

Zotye T700 interior. Picture autohome.com.cn

The T700 is powered by a choice of three turbo engines a 1.8 (177hp) and two 2.0 (190 and 220hp) mated with a five-speed manual or six-speed DCT for the 1.8 and six-speed DCT for the two 2.0. It is priced from 106.800 to 155.800 yuan (US$15.700-22.900) and will aim at taking some business away from Haval. Zotye has been struggling lately with overall sales down 25% in May and its best-seller the T600 only gathering 3.654 deliveries, so our bar for success for the T700 is lowered down to 4.000 which would place it as the brand’s best-seller this month.

Bar for success: 4.000 monthly sales

3. Geely Yuanjing X1: 104 sales

Going from strength to strength with sales up 87% year-to-date thanks mainly to a series of new SUVs, Geely launches its smallest SUV to-date, the Yuanjing X1, unveiled at the last Shanghai Auto Show in April. Unfortunately, under a new nameplate and a seemingly new car hides a hastily facelifted version of the Geely Panda. The interior is its best asset with a huge 11.6 inch touch screen.

Geely Yuanjing X1 interior. Picture autohome.com.cn 

The X1 keeps the Panda’s 1.0 68hp engine and replaces the 1.5 by a 1.3 88hp engine, and its price range is at a tiny 39.900-57.900 yuan (US$5.850-8.500). It seems everything Geely launches is a success these days, but this X1 will have a tougher job in a segment that has traditionally struggled with big volumes. It will compete with the Baojun 510 (that proved this struggle wrong), the Haval H1 and the JAC Refine S2mini.

Bar for success: 5.000 monthly sales

Previous month: China April 2017: Focus on the All-new models

One year ago: China May 2017: Focus on the All-new models

China May 2017: Second consecutive month of decline at -2.6%

The VW Tiguan hits its highest ranking in two years at #6. Picture qq.com

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The Chinese light vehicle market is starting to really feel the effect of a 5% to 7.5% tax hike on vehicles with engine displacements up to 1.6L last January. For the second consecutive month, overall sales of locally-produced light vehicles are down, this time dropping 2.6% to 1.75 million units according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The continued strength of SUVs and crossovers, up 12% to 719.455 units, isn’t enough to compensate for the other segments’ losses anymore. Sedans drop 9% to 840.661, MPVs are down 14% to 142.665 and microvans down 25% to 48.100. Most tellingly, sales of small engine vehicles (1.6L or less) affected by the tax hike are down 9.2% year-on-year to 1.15 million units, representing 66% of the overall light vehicle market. Thanks to a relatively strong first quarter, the Chinese market is still in positive year-to-date though, at +1.5% to 9.42 million units.

The Baojun 510 is inside the Chinese Top 10 for the 2nd month in a row. 

According to retail sales data released by manufacturers themselves and including imports (this differs from the wholesale locally produced data provided in our data tables), General Motors posts stable sales at 294.425 units this month and shows very varied fortunes for its stable of brands: Cadillac is up 65% to 14.154 – the brand’s 15th consecutive double-digit year-on-year gain – and Baojun up 47% (wholesales up 72%), but the remainder of the brands are down: Buick (-6.8% to 94.023), Chevrolet (-1.4% to 37.571) and Wuling (-19% to 84.602 including microvans). Reversely, the Volkswagen brand manages to gain 4% to 241.600 units thanks notably to surging sales of the Tiguan (+71%) and Magotan (+77%). Adding Skoda, Audi and Porsche should make the Volkswagen Group the #1 Group in China although official figures aren’t available at this stage.

The Civic helps push Honda Motor Co. up 16%. Picture auto.sina.com.cn

Honda Motor Co. remains the best-selling Japanese carmaker this month thanks to a 16% year-on-year surge to 115.584 units, edging past Toyota Motor Co. up 12% to 112.800 and Nissan Motor Co. up 5.7% to 112.085. Brand locally-produced wholesales show a different picture with Honda brand sales up 18%, Toyota down 5% and Nissan up 27%. Honda benefits from the new Civic up 191% while the XR-V is up 4% and both the Vezel (-13%) and CR-V (-25%) struggle. Nissan has the Sylphy up 3% and the Qashqai up 22%. Japanese carmakers are likely to have benefitted from a sudden anti-Korean sentiment stemming from U.S. anti-missile defences deployed in South Korea. Hyundai (-65%) and Kia (-67%) both crumble this month. Ford Motor Co. for its part is down 3% to 87.733, adding up to a 11% loss year-to-date to 436.961.

Geely Vision SUV. Geely sales are up 87% so far this year. 

The luxury ranking continues to be reshuffled with the BMW Group taking first spot this month thanks to retail deliveries up 27% to 50.996, thanks to strong sales of the 3 Series (+57%) and X1 (+29%). Daimler AG is just below at 50.015, up 32% thanks to the new E-Class (+385%). Audi slows down its fall now that the dispute with its dealers over a new sales channel – postponed – is over but trails both its German rivals at -4% to 48.012.

Geely remains the star of Chinese brands with sales up 66% to 76.616 and up 87% year-to-date to 437.359. The brand outsells Changan (-26%) for the second consecutive month. Great Wall Motors on the other hand posts a second consecutive drop at -3.8% to 68.942 including 58.390 Haval sold (-6%). GAC Trumpchi surfs on the tremendous success of its GS4 and GS8 SUVs with sales up 47% to 44.148 but Dongfeng (-10%), Beijing Auto (-29%), Chery (-4%) and BYD (-21%) all retreat. Roewe is revived (+140%) thanks to the RX5 and the i6 sedan beating its sales volume record at 7.148, Soueast is up 43% thanks to the DX3 crossover and MG is up 87% thanks to the ZS crossover.

The Compass is now Jeep’s best-seller in China.

There are a few additional notable performances in the brands ranking: Jeep (+122%) stabilising around 20.000 monthly sales now has the Compass as best-seller (8.300), Mazda is up 24% mainly thanks to additional sales from the CX-4 and Mitsubishi is up 110% on the new Outlander. Just as French long-time local producers Peugeot (-38%) and Citroen (-63%) falter, newcomer on the China production scene Renault is gaining momentum above 6.000 sales for the third consecutive month. This places Renault only 1.500 units below Citroen in May.

Renault Koleos. Renault (+221%) is now teasing Citroen (-63%). Picture auto.lctongcheng.com

The VW Lavida/Gran Lavida is the best-selling nameplate in China for the third consecutive month despite deliveries down 12%. It distances the Wuling Hongguang down 19% and the Haval H6 down 6% in a podium strikingly 100% in negative. The Nissan Sylphy (+13%), GAC Trumpchi GS4 (+22%) and VW Tiguan (+71%) follow, trying to compensate for these losses. The Baojun 510 beats its volume record once again at 24.108 units and remains inside the Top 10, confirming it has all but “killed” the 560 (-46%), and the Geely Boyue posts another stunning month at 21.142 units just outside the Top 10 at #11. Among recent launches posting strong results, the FAW Besturn X40 racks up 8.781 sales for its third month in market, the Chevrolet Equinox is up to 6.278 units and the VW Teramont up to 6.033.

Previous month: China April 2017: Market marks a pause at -3.7%

One year ago: China May 2016: Price cuts lift market up 11%, Wuling Hongguang back to #1

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Mexico April 2017: First year-on-year decline in 3 years

The Nissan Versa is back to #1 in Mexico. Picture carros.ig.com.br 

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It had to happen one day: after 35 consecutive months of year-on-year gains and 27 consecutive monthly records, the Mexican new light vehicle market posts its first decline in 3 years at -3.3% to 114.486 registrations in April. Uncertainty about export tariffs to the U.S. has partly managed to slow down the Mexican market to the point of negative growth. The year-to-date tally remains frankly in positive however at a record 492.761 units after four months, up 5.8% on a the same period a year ago. It’s the best-selling manufacturers that pull the market down this month, with Nissan (-5%), Chevrolet (-15%) and Volkswagen (-14%) all falling faster than the market. Toyota on the other hand gains 17% to remain in 4th place while Kia (+79%) manages to rank at a splendid 5th place for the second time ever after last February. Mercedes (+16%), BMW (+11%), Fiat (+45%), Isuzu (+59%) and Smart (+49%) are among the rare brands posting a double-digit gain this month, in a market showing a very different outlook than what we got used to in the past few years.

The Kia Rio now ranks #11 in Mexico, with 61% or its April total produced locally.

In the models ranking, the Nissan Versa reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to sales up 10% to 5.8% market share, dethroning the Chevrolet Spark up 18% to 5.3% with the Nissan Pickup rounding up the podium at +32%. The Honda CR-V is up 123% to 7th place overall: the new model is receiving a warm welcome from Mexican buyers. Just outside the Top 10, the Kia Rio surges 154% to #11 with 61% of its April sales produced locally. The Sportage meanwhile is up 34% year-on-year and 9 spots on last month to #12 with the Ford Figo (+23%), Toyota Hilux (+53%), Chevrolet Cruze (+226%) and Kia Forte (+120%) also posting solid gains inside the Top 25. This month we welcome the Jeep Renegade at #92 and the Nissan GT-R at #196.

Previous month: Mexico March 2017: Chevy Spark, Nissan Pickup top market up 17%

One year ago: Mexico May 2016: Chevrolet teases Nissan in 17th straight record month

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Kuwait January-April 2017: Prado leads, Pajero and Patrol up

The Mitsubishi Pajero ranks #2 in Kuwait. Picture performancedrive.com.au 

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New car sales in Kuwait slow down their fall in 2017 at -8% over the first four months of the year to 35.089 units. Market leader Toyota underperforms at -22% to fall to a still ultra-dominant 26.4% share, with Nissan also falling heavily at -19% but lodging a 11.9% share, over two percentage points higher than its FY2016 level of 9.8%. Inside the Top 6, Mitsubishi (+2%), Kia (+2%) and Hyundai (+1%) manage to post small increases and improve their market share, but the most impressive in the Top 10 are Honda (+37%) and Ford (+45%) improving drastically. Further down, notice Dodge up 3-fold to #14, Volkswagen up 78% to #18, Peugeot up 41%, Isuzu up 43% and Jaguar up 65%.

#1 for the past 6 years, the Toyota Prado continues to dominate the Kuwaiti sales ranking with over 10% of the market so far this year, but it’s the only stable nameplate in the Top 10. The Mitsubishi Pajero is up two spots on its FY16 ranking to land at an excellent 2nd place with 4% share, the Nissan Patrol moves the same way to #3 and the Toyota Land Cruiser is up 3 to #4#4, making the Top 4 solely composed of largest SUVs. The Toyota Camry falls to #5 but is now teased for the title of #1 passenger car in Kuwait by the Nissan Altima up from #24 in FY16 directly to #6. The Nissan X-Trail also improve dramatically from #16 to #8, with the Nissan Sunny (#44 to #15), Ford Taurus (#90 to #28) and Mitsubishi Montero Sport (#128 to #32) very dynamic.

Previous post: Kuwait Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado and Camry top market down 26%

One year ago: Kuwait January-April 2016: Prado, Land Cruiser, Patrol and Pajero on top

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Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

The VW Tiguan is up 114% year-on-year in May. Picture autobild.de

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After dropping 8% in March, the German new car market rebounds back up 13% in May to 323.952 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5% to 1.459.333 units. Market leader Volkswagen slightly trails the overall growth at +9% but remains in negative year-to-date at -4%. Mercedes posts a very satisfying 25% gain to remain firmly in 2nd place at 9.7% share, followed by Audi (+1%) and BMW (+7%) both losing share year-on-year. Ford (+23%) and Fiat (+36%) are the other two great gainers inside the Top 10, while below let’s single out Toyota (+38%), Dacia (+49%), Mitsubishi (+29%) and Suzuki (+27%). Among smaller brands, Alfa Romeo (+47%), Tesla (+508%), Lexus (+129%) and Maserati (+119%) shine.

The Opel Crossland X makes its first appearance the German ranking this month. 

Model-wise, below the VW Golf down 3% it’s a podium 100% Volkswagen with the Passat at #2 with sales up 19% after dropping 31% in April and the Polo up 16%. The Mercedes C-Class drops two spots on April to #4 but gains 23% and the VW Tiguan rounds up the Top 5 with deliveries up 114%. The result: the year-to-date Top 4 is now 100% Volkswagen for the first time in history with the Golf, Polo, Tiguan and Passat dominating the ranking so far this year. The Mercedes E-Class is up 49% to 6th place, the Fiat Ducato continues to excel (+28%) thanks to camper-van sales ahead of Summer, the Ford Fiesta is up 29% to #17, the Opel Mokka up 35% to #21 and the Mercedes GLC up 79% to #24. Among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is down 14 spots on last month to #53, the Skoda Kodiaq is up 24 to #65 and the Seat Ateca down 5 to #67. This month we welcome in the German sales charts the Opel Crossland X (#163) and Grandland X (#236).

Previous month: Germany April 2017: VW, Mercedes, Audi struggle in market down 8%

One year ago: Germany May 2016: Volkswagen only brand down in Top 35, Audi up 28%

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Russia May 2017: Recovery sets in with sales up 14.7%

Lada sales are up 22% at home with the Vesta up 75% to third place. Picture zr.ru 

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This is it: the Russian new car market looks to be back on track. With a 14.7% increase in May to 124.990 units, it posts the largest year-on-year gain since August 2012. The year-to-date tally is now up 5.1% to 577.449 units. The good news is the fact that this growth is spread across most best-selling brands and is not reliant on a handful of high performing ones. Leaders Lada (+22%) and Kia (+26%) both frankly outpace the market to post stronger-than-YTD market shares, and are followed by Hyundai (+13%), Renault (+22%), Toyota (+15%) and Volkswagen (+28%). In fact, inside the Top 10 Nissan (+7%) and Skoda (+6%) are the only manufacturers not posting double-digit gains. The gains are slimmer further down the ranking but Mazda (+36%), Mitsubishi (+34%) and Volvo (+114%) shine. This month we welcome Haval in the Russian brands ranking as the company discloses sales since January in one go. The Chinese manufacturer lands at #35 with 173 sales and totals 687 units year-to-date.

The Kia Rio now has a firm grip on the Russian models ranking, once again ranking #1 but trailing market growth at +7%. The Lada Granta struggles at -8%, followed closely by the Lada Vesta (+75%) lodging its highest ever market share at 5.2%, also hit last January. The Hyundai Solaris (-24%) continues to skid, but the manufacturer makes up for it with the unwavering success of the Creta at #5 and holding onto the title of best-selling SUV in Russia, a position it has ranked ever since it launched in August 2016. The next best-selling SUVs are the Renault Duster (-17%) and Toyota RAV4 (+23%) with the Lada XRAY (+80%) now settling into the Top 10 at #9. Notice also the Toyota Camry up 20%, Kia Sportage up 60%, VW Tiguan up 241%, Nissan Almera up 78%, Lada Kalina up 60% and Ford Focus up 53%.

Previous month: Russia April 2017: Market confirms rebound at +6.9%

One year ago: Russia May 2016: Skoda and Ford escape overall gloom

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Lebanon January-April 2017: Prado leads, Datsun impresses

The Toyota Prado is the best-selling vehicle in Lebanon so far this year.

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Contrary to the majority of other markets in the region, new vehicle sales in Lebanon are actually up year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 at +1% to 16.248 registrations. Best-seller Toyota advances faster than the market at +10% and crosses the 30% share milestone at 30.8%. The Japanese manufacturer sells more than double the #2, Kia, down 7% to 13.3% while Nissan (-18%) and Hyundai (-17%) tumble down. Renault is also down at -8% but remains in 5th place. Suzuki (+24%) overtakes Mitsubishi (-39%) for 6th place overall with Chevrolet (+14%) and Mazda (+30%) the other two brands in positive inside the Top 10. The big surprise comes from Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun which manages a successful landing directly in 10th place with over 2% of the Lebanese market. Outside the Top 10, Infiniti (+92%), Honda (+180%) and GMC (+125%) post spectacular gains.

Datsun mi-DO. Picture courtesy zr.ru 

The Lebanese models ranking is dominated by two Toyotas both improving their market share year-on-year: the Prado lifts to an imposing 12.2% ahead of the Land Cruiser at 9.7%. The Nissan Patrol gains two spots on its FY16 ranking to land on the third step of the podium, overtaking the Kia Picanto (#4) and Toyota Yaris (#7). The Hyundai i10 also steps up two ranks to #5 while the Kia Rio remains at #6. Illustrating the brand’s strong debut, the Datsun mi-Do leaps directly to 13th place, outselling such tried-and-tested nameplates as the Hyundai Accent, , Renault Sandero, Suzuki Swift and Mazda2. Notice also the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s swan song, back up to #18 vs. #42 over FY16 and the Infiniti Q30 up 46 spots to #21.

Previous post: Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado snaps top spot

One year ago: Lebanon January-April 2016: Toyota cements domination, Yaris #1

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Qatar January-April 2017: Land Cruiser dominates market down 21%

The Toyota Land Cruiser holds 12% of the Qatari new car market so far in 2017. 

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The Qatari new vehicle market is down 21% year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 to 20.217 registrations. Toyota remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country but sees its market share drop to 29.4% due to sales freefalling down 33%. Nissan does better than the market at -14% and improves to 15.4% share in 2nd place but Mitsubishi plunges 37% to 6% share in third position. Kia manage to stabilises its sales to jump to 4th place and 6% share but the best performer in the Top 10 is Hyundai up 41% year-on-year to leap to #5 and 5.9% share. Below, Ford (-33%) and Lexus (-51%) struggle. Just outside the Top 10, a series of manufacturers post impressive gains: BMW (+32%), Suzuki (+57%), Land Rover (+23%) and Mazda (+33%) with Porsche also in great shape at +38%.

Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser continues to reign supreme, selling more than 2.5 times the amount of the #2, the Nissan Patrol up from #6 in FY2016. Both the Toyota Hilux and Prado are knocked down one spot to third and fourth places respectively while the Mitsubishi Pajero gains two ranks to #5 and the Toyota Camry overtakes the Mitsubishi Lancer EX to become Qatar’s best-selling passenger car at #6. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up 57 spots to #9, the Hyundai Elantra up 27 to #14 and the Nissan Navara up 7 to #16.

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