Iran September 2017: Exclusive production and imports data available

The Chery Tiggo 3X is now among Iran’s 10 most produced nameplates. 

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Thanks to our partnership with CE Auto newsletter we can share with you today exclusive production and imports figures for Iran. 96.718 light vehicles were produced in Iran during the sixth month (Shahrivar) of the Persian year 1396, which roughly corresponds to September 2017, up 4% year-on-year which indicates a slowing down of the explosive growth we have seen so far in 2017. Year-to-date after nine months in 2017, Iranian light vehicle production is up 24% to 1.062.962 units. In the detail, passenger cars are up 5% in September to 90.759 with pickups down 9% to 5.959 while year-to-date passenger cars are up 26% to 1.011.062 but pickups are down 6% to 51.900.

Production of the Saipa Tiba/Saina is up 50% year-on-year in September.

Brand-wise, Peugeot cements its domination of the Iranian market with a 31.3% production share this month (+3%) vs. 30.6% so far in 2017. Saipa edges up 1% to 28.9% share, identical to its YTD level. Below, we have two surging manufacturers: Renault is up 29% to a splendid 12.2% share vs. 10.3% in 2017 (+63%) while Chinese Chery is up 38% to 6.1% vs. 4.7% so far this year (+42%). Both manufacturers benefit from the freefalling of Iran Khodro whose Samand has had its production interrupted and as a result plunges 74% to just 3% share this month vs. 10.4% year-to-date. At the end, Renault should pass Iran Khodro next month to end 2017 in third place. Notable improvers in the Top 10 also include Dongfeng (+351%) and Kia (+108%). All-in-all, 14 of the 24 brands produced in Iran this year are Chinese and their share is up to 17.1% thanks to volumes up 59% in September, to be compared with 14.4% (+88%) so far this year.

Local production of the Dongfeng S30 is up 468% year-on-year this month. 

The Saipa Pride (a rebadged 1986 Kia Pride) remains the most produced (and best-selling) nameplate in Brand but is down 19% this month. It is followed by the 1998 Peugeot 206 (+3%), the Saipa Tiba/Saina (+50%) and the 1987 Peugeot 405 (+1%). All four nameplates were produced at more than 10.000 units this month. The Renault Tondar 90 (aka Logan) is up 22%, the Renault Sandero up 38% and the Iran Khodro Dena up 45%, while we welcome two Chinese newcomers in this month’s Top 10: the Dongfeng Fengshen S30 (+468%) and the new Chery Tiggo 3X at #10, up from #15 year-to-date. Six additional Chinese nameplates were produced at more than 1.000 units in Iran this month: the Brilliance H330, JAC S5, Chery Tiggo 3, Chery Tiggo 5, Haima S7 and Changan CS35.

The Renault Koleos is the best-selling import in Iran in September. 

6.982 light vehicles were imported in Iran in September, lifting the year-to-date total to 67.745. Exceptional performance of the Renault Koleos this month: it is the #1 import with a 22.6% share vs. 2.9% and #16 so far this year. Renault manages to place three nameplates in the Top 4 imports: the Captur is up to #2 with 12.8% share vs. #3 and 6% year-to-date and the Talisman is up to #4 and 6.6% vs. #10 and 4.1% so far in 2017. The Nissan X-Trail also excels this month at #3. Leader in 2017, the Hyundai Tucson is down to #5 this month ahead of two crossovers: the Ssangyong Tivoli and Renault Duster. The Nissan Juke and Peugeot 508 also manage to crack the Top 10. Notice also the Toyota Prado (#15), Maxus V80 (#17) and MG GS (#18).

Previous post (1): Iran imports July 2017: Toyota C-HR breaks into Top 10

Previous post (2): Iran July 2017: Exclusive production figures available

One year ago: Iran October 2016: Exclusive production and imports figures available

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Pakistan October 2017: Suzuki Mehran best-seller, market up 46%

The Suzuki Mehran is the best-seller in Pakistan for the first time in over three years. 

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Sales of locally assembled light vehicles in Pakistan surge 46% year-on-year in October to 23.341 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 18.3% to 199.397 sales. Suzuki outpaces the market with a stunning 53% rise to 58.8% share vs. 53.2% so far this year, Toyota lags behind at +28% to 21.9% and Honda shines at +50% to 19.3%. Big event atop the models ranking: for the first time since July 2014, the Suzuki Mehran snaps the pole position off the Toyota Corolla thanks to volumes up 41% to 18.7% share while the Corolla edges up 7% to 18.1%. Meanwhile the Suzuki WagonR shoots up 141%, the Honda BR-V posts its first four-digit sales month, the Toyota Hilux is up 1221% and the Fortunes up 1772%.

Previous month: Pakistan September 2017: Suzuki Mehran, WagonR shine in market up 17%

One year ago Pakistan October 2016: Honda gains 60%, market down 19%

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Thailand September 2017: Isuzu D-Max soars, Toyota Yaris Ativ up to #4

The Toyota Yaris Ativ is the best-selling passenger car in Thailand in September.

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The Thai new vehicle market shoots up 21.9% year-on-year in September to 77.592 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 11.5% to 620.712 units. Brand leader Toyota struggles at -7% to 26.6% share, whereas the rest of the Top 8 brands all lodge gains of 21% or more: Isuzu is up 61% to 21.6% vs. 19.1% so far this year, Honda is up 21% to 13.7%, Mitsubishi up 25% to 7.2%, Nissan up 94% to 6.7%, Ford up 33% to 6.4%, Mazda up 23% to 5.7% and Suzuki up 33% to 2.8%. Further down, notice BMW up 31%, Hino up 52%, MG up 42%, Hyundai up 31%, Kia up 32%, Scania up 64% and Volkswagen up 2950% (!).

In the models ranking, the Isuzu D-Max continues to impress with deliveries surging 74% to 18.6% share just as its archenemy the Toyota Hilux dives 17% to 11.2% share. The D-Max increases its advantage over the Hilux to a staggering 21.241 units after nine months and is now almost assured to snap the annual lead for the first time in 12 years. The performance of the month is delivered by the newly launched Toyota Yaris Ativ up 15 spots on its inaugural month in August to land in 4th place with 4.3% share. Unfortunately, the Yaris (-65%) and Vios (-78%) are hit full frontal by this new arrival. Other models posting spectacular gains this moth include the Mazda2 (+40%), Honda Jazz (+33%), Nissan Navara (+112%), Toyota Commuter (+202%) and Honda CR-V (+255%).

Previous month: Thailand August 2017: Isuzu D-Max leads, Toyota Yaris Ativ lands

One year ago: Thailand September 2016: Toyota Hilux (+17%) aims at annual #1 spot

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Photo Report: Driving a Volvo V90 through the Norwegian fjords – Part 2: Stavanger and Bergen

Lars in Stord

This is Part 2 of our exploration of the Norwegian fjords in a Volvo V90 Cross Country. Check out Part 1: Stockholm to Preikestolen here. The breathtaking exploration of Preikestolen (aka Pulpit Rock) om Lysefjord has left an imprint on my retina and I’m constantly reliving the seconds where I walked towards the edge of the 600m-high cliff. This vision will stay with me for years and will most likely fuel a lot of dreams (nightmares?).

The itinerary for Part 2 of this trip takes us from Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) to Ulvik via Stavanger and Bergen.Lars on the Tau-Stavanger ferry

Rather than turn around and take the same route to reach Stavanger, which Lars’ GPS tells me is the fastest, I opt for the 40min Tau-Stavanger ferry and enjoy the sunset on deck.

Über charming Gamle (Old) Stavanger

I originally didn’t plan to stop in Stavanger, and only did so when I found out Preikestolen was nearby. The consensus was this is an oil town, ugly and industrial with no interest. Even the Lonely Planet Norway is borderline passive aggressive with the city: “it can’t compete with Bergen on looks but is far from unlovely”… Turns out this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although relatively big at 125,000 inhabitants, Stavanger gives the feeling of a welcoming, friendly small village and is covered with absolutely stunning whitewashed wooden houses, especially in the Old Town, Gamle Stavanger. I decide to stay two nights.

A selection of cars in Stavanger: BMW i3, Mitsubishi Outlander, Tesla Model S, Renault Zoe, Peugeot 3008, VW Caddy, Kia Soul, Nissan Leaf and VW e-Up.

The cars of Stavanger

Although I knew that Oslo would be littered with eco-friendly cars, I was yet to find out whether regional Norwegian towns had also succumbed to the frenzy. If anything, there are way more eco-friendly cars here as a percentage of the total car park than I saw in the capital Oslo. The BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf are clear favourites, with the Kia Soul EV and Renault Zoe also making a mark. Tesla is here in force with both the Model S and X.

Lars in Stord, between Stavanger and Bergen

There is a direct way from Stavanger to Bergen: the E39 which only has one ferry route within it. The itinerary is one of the most picturesque so far in the trip, especially around Stord where bright red or white boathouses embellish the shore, as pictured above and at the top of this article.

Awaiting the ferry to Bergen

There are no less than six lanes in the waiting bay for the ferry to Bergen, by far the largest in the trip so far. The E39 highway ferry is different from the ones I have taken before in the way that you must get out of your car during the ride. There are indeed two categories of ferry you get to take in this part of the world: the official, get-out-of-your-vehicle ones where there is most likely a pay station to go through before you can onboard, and the relaxed stay-in, drive-through ferries where staff comes to you to charge your credit card at the window. In the latter ones, it’s a little weird to step out of your vehicle as there are no passenger decks as such and you unmistakably draw confused looks from fellow drivers… A very entertaining experience in both cases.

Unesco World Heritage site Bryggen in Bergen

Reversely to Stavanger, I arrived in Bergen with high expectations. Described as an “utterly beguiling city” and the capital of Norway during the 12th and 13th centuries, this was supposed to be my trip’s culminating point in terms of city architecture. And like in Stavanger, my perception ended up being 100% the opposite of my expectations. I found Bergen oppressive, too modern and impersonal. The Bryggen area seemed to me very limited and Disnelyland-like. I had much preferred isolated bright red wooden houses in the countryside than this overrated harbour quay. Harsh? Perhaps. But I have never been a city person. What didn’t help was the fact that at the time I visited, Bergen was gearing up to the UCI Road World Championships of Cycling (16-24 September) with many streets blocked off rendering city centre driving virtually impossible. The Bergen car landscape is heavily skewed towards Light Commercial Vehicles with the VW Transporter and Caddy champions as per the national sales charts.

Lars in Steinstø, on the way from Bergen to Ulvik.

I had not planned to stay overnight in Bergen and had already reserved a room in a hotel in Ulvik, a good 200km east, so only a couple of hours after arriving in town, I was departing already. I did not regret it as the drive along the Hardanger fjord was spectacular, and getting more so as the sun was setting. But the real core of fjord country is yet to be displayed in front of my eyes, and this will be covered in Part 3 of this Photo Report. Stay tuned!


Vietnam October 2017: Mazda CX-5 soars to #3, market down 22.7%

The Mazda CX-5 is up 35% to land in third position in Vietnam in October.

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The Vietnamese new car market is down a harsh 22.7% year-on-year in  October to just 21.868 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 9.1% to 220.121 units. Thaco-Kia retains the manufacturers lead but drops a heavy 35% to 20.8% share, a mere 157 sales above Toyota down 21% to 20.1%. Mazda drops just 7% to a very strong 11.89% share vs. 9.4% year-to-date, Ford is down 6% to 10.4% and Honda down 19% to 4.6% Hyundai gains 61%, Mercedes is up 48% and Mitsubishi up 28%. Model-wise, the Toyota Vios remains in the lead in spite of a 13% drop, but its immediate followers both post great performances: the Ford Ranger is up 25% to #2 and the Mazda CX-5 up 35% to #3 thanks to the new generation. Below, the Toyota Fortuner (-16%), Mazda3 (-17%) and Kia Morning (-54%) all tumble down whereas the Honda City (+12%), Chevrolet Colorado (+307%), Mitsubishi Triton (+47%) and Outlander (+176%) all post robust gains.

Previous month: Vietnam September 2017: Honda CR-V up to #2

One year ago: Vietnam October 2016: Toyota Vios back in charge, Nissan X-Trail lands

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Uruguay October 2017: Volkswagen back on top in market up 14.8%

VW Saveiro Uruguay October 2016. Picture courtesy is the best-selling carmaker in Uruguay in October and YTD.

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New car sales in Uruguay are up 14.8% year-on-year in October to 4.379 units, leading to the year-to-date volume up 24.4% to 43.369. After dropping to #2 in September, Volkswagen reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to deliveries up a market-beating 21% to 14.9% share. This is however the weakest gain in the Top 4, with Fiat up 77%, Chevrolet up 244% and Suzuki up 22%… Reversely Renault tumbles down 26% in 5th place, distancing Nissan up 57%. Citroen (+34%) also shines in the Top 10. Below, notice FAW (+46%), Honda (+445%), Great Wall (+33%), Subaru (+155%) and Haima (+600%). Overall, Chinese carmakers underperform with a 5% year-on-year drop to 11% share vs. 11.3% so far in 2017.

Previous month: Uruguay September 2017: Fiat snaps lead in market up 20.8%

One year ago: Uruguay October 2016: Volkswagen takes YTD lead, Renault up 74%

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Singapore October 2017: Hyundai, Kia, Mazda up in market down 8.3%

Mazda sales are up 39% year-on-year in October in Singapore.  

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New car sales in Singapore post a second consecutive month in negative at -8.3% to 7.158 registrations in October, while the year-to-date total remains in positive for now at +1.2% to 74.107 units. Toyota beats the market with a 2% decline to comfortably remain in the brands lead with 22.1% share, almost double that of Honda, down 58% year-on-year to just 11.9%. Mercedes gains 3% to #3 at 8.9% but Mazda (+39%), Hyundai (+251%) and Kia (+79%) do a lot better all within the Top 7. Further down, Opel (+323%), Peugeot (+27%), Mini (+72%), Renault (+45%), Ford (+57%), Maserati (+120%) and Perodua (+800%) all lift up significantly.

Previous month: Singapore September 2017: Hyundai and Kia defy market down 25.6%

One year ago: Singapore October 2016: Honda cements leadership over Toyota

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Chile October 2017: Toyota leads market up 17.9%

Toyota is the best-selling carmaker in Chile in October.

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The Chilean new car market is up a splendid 17.9% year-on-year in October to 30.114 registrations, resulting in a year-to-date volume up 19% to 291.681 units. Toyota climbs one step on September to land in pole position thanks to deliveries up 48% to 8.9% share vs. 7.6% year-to-date (+32%). It is followed this month by Nissan up six ranks on last month and a very solid 37% on October 2016. Chevrolet (+4%) remains third and holds onto the YTD top spot, Kia (-1%) is up one spot to #4 but Hyundai is down 7% and four ranks to #5. Inside the Top 10, Mazda (+30%), Peugeot (+37%) and Mitsubishi (+48%) shine while beyond, Volkswagen (+59%), Fiat (+38%), Chery (+97%), Honda (+52%), BAIC (+138%) and Maxus (+759%) make themselves noticed. Chinese carmakers are up a market-beating 39% to 10.1% share.

Previous month: Chile September 2017: Hyundai #1, Chinese up 77% in market up 9.5%

One year ago: Chile October 2016: Hyundai and Kia dominant

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Russia October 2017: Optima, Outlander shine in market up 17.3%

First ever Top 25 ranking for the Kia Optima in Russia. 

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Russian new car sales post an 8th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and 6th consecutive double-digit gain at +17.3% to 148.597 registrations. This is the longest positive streak in Russia since 2012, and it lifts the year-to-date volume up 11.3% to 1.277.938 units. Homegrown brand leader Lada celebrates an incredible 16th straight month of market-beating performances with sales up 23% to 19.3% share. The last time Lada fared worse than its home market was in June 2016. On the podium, Kia (+16%) and Hyundai (+11%) lose share while Renault (+18%) and Volkswagen (+15%) are zeroing in on the market growth. Toyota (-5%) and Nissan (+27%) complete a Top 7 identical to last month. Skoda (+24%) and Ford (+33%) both sign very robust gains in the remainder of the Top 10.

The Outlander (+91%) helps Mitsubishi up 140% in October. 

Below, Chevrolet (+25%), Datsun (+50%), Smart (+69%), Suzuki (+71%), Fiat (+91%), Mitsubishi (+140%), Honda (+166%) and Ravon (+631%) shine, while among Chinese carmakers Lifan edges up 1% to remain in the lead whereas Chery (+68%), Changan (+80%), Zotye (+176%), Foton (+525%) all advance frankly albeit from low bases. Newcomers Haval (up one spot to #36) and HTM/Hawtai (up two to #52) timidly go up.

The honeymoon period continues for the VW Tiguan in Russia: +83% this month. 

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio is the best-seller in Russia for the 11th time in the past 15 months in spite of sales down 2% year-on-year to 5.9% share. The Lada Granta catches up with deliveries up 20% to 5.5% but remains 6.400 units below the Rio year-to-date as Russia is headed towards a second consecutive year of foreign-dominated models charts after the historical win of the Hyundai Solaris in 2016. The Lada Vesta continues to gear up at +31% but is share is down to 4.5% in October, with the Hyundai Creta (+41%) breathing on its neck whereas its factory buddy the Solaris (-32%) freefalls again. Both the Lada Largus (+24%) and XRAY (+62%) beat the market. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Niva (+25%), Mazda CX-5 (+33%), Nissan X-Trail (+37%), VW Tiguan (+83%) and Mitsubishi Outlander (+91%), all SUVs posting market-beating gains. Finally, the Kia Optima makes its very first appearance among Russia’s 25 best-selling nameplates thanks to volumes up 87% on October 2016.

Previous month: Russia September 2017: Kia Rio back on top in market up 17.9%

One year ago: Russia October 2016: Kia Rio dominates again in market down just 3%

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Denmark October 2017: VW Golf up 125% to #1 in record market

The VW Golf surges 125% year-on-year in Denmark in October. 

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After dropping an alarming 22.2% in September, the Danish new car market rallies back up 8.7% year-on-year in October to 18.557 units, a record for the month. This leads to a year-to-date volume up 0.9% to a record 187.231 sales. Brand leader Volkswagen trails the market at -1% to 13.3% share, equivalent to its YTD level. Peugeot (+14%) is back above Toyota (+26%), with Skoda (+22%) and Opel (+4%) rounding up the Top 5. Just below, both Suzuki and Ford surge 39% while Audi is up 34% to #9. Further down, Nissan (+63%), BMW (+55%), Mini (+50%), DS (+2250!) and Alfa Romeo (+310%) make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the VW Golf more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+125%) and jumps six spots on last month to cling the top spot, dislodging the VW Up (-28%). The Peugeot 208 (+7%) is back up two spots to #3 and comfortably retains its YTD lead. The Nissan Qashqai soars 93% to #5, the Toyota Aygo is up 26% to #6, the Skoda Citigo up 37% to #10, the Peugeot 3008 up 232% to #13 and the Opel Insignia up 640% to #14. Like last month, the Opel Crossland X (#43) dominates recent launches above the Toyota C-HR (#47), Suzuki Ignis (#59) and Kia Niro (#83).

Previous month: Denmark September 2017: VW Up back on top, Kolin triplets at 15.3% share

One year ago: Denmark October 2016: Volkswagen (+26%) outpaces record market

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