UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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The UK new car market continues to defy the Brexit odds with a stable February score at -0.3% year-on-year to 83.115 units. This leads to a year-to-date tally of 257.679 units, still up 1.8% on the record pace established in 2016. Once again fleet sales stir the market up at -3.3% to 45.699 whereas private sales are down 4.4% to 36.018 and business sales down 5.3% to 1.398. Diesel is down 5.9% to 115.759, petrol up 7.9% to 131.333 ad alternative fuel vehicles up 27.7% to a still reserved 10.587 units and 4.1% share vs. 3.3% a year ago.

Source: SMMT

Brand-wise, Ford still reigns supreme in spite of a 14% drop to 9.909 units and 11.9% share vs. 12.7% year-to-date. Volkswagen climbs back up to 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.236 and 8.8%, in the meantime overtaking Vauxhall (-20%) both this month and, historically, year-to-date at 20.293 sales vs. 20.169. Mercedes (+17%) drops to spots on a freak January score to #5, Kia (+12%), Skoda (+12%), Toyota (+25%) and Hyundai (+12%) all fare very well inside the Top 12 while below, let’s notice Mini (+19%), Suzuki (+26%), Land Rover (+39%) and Infiniti (+337%) pushing forward whereas Mazda (-18%), Fiat (+26%), Citroen (-30%), Mitsubishi (-50%) and DS (-54%) all crumble apart.

The Ford Fiesta is down 5% but stays Nb.1 in the UK. 

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country despite a 5% year-on-year drop to 4.282 units. It distances the VW Golf lodging another outstanding score at +15% to 2.949 and the Ford Focus doing even better at +21% to 1.971 registrations. The Vauxhall Astra (-8%), Mercedes C-Class (-29%) and VW Polo (-27%) all struggle year-on-year but the Nissan Qashqai is up 3 spots on January to #5, the VW Polo is back inside the Top 10 at #7 and the BMW 3 Series is back inside the Top 10 for the first time since last October despite a 12% year-on-year drop.

Previous month: UK January 2017: Mercedes C-Class soars 40% to record 4th place

One year ago: UK February 2016: Kia Sportage breaks into Top 10 for the first time

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Media post: A quick look at the Kia Optima

Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima is waiting for you. Its well-appointed interior will thrill you with its luxurious look and feel. This sedan has something for everybody and once you take a test drive at Monroeville Kia you will see what we mean. Get behind the wheel and then reach over to the infotainment touchscreen interface. See, isn’t that nice? It’s so close and so easy to use. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen interface is large enough to see what you need at a glance. That’s why they call it user-friendly – because it is. It comes with a smartphone interface and a navigation system to let you where you’re going and how to get there.

Now start it up. Wow, hardly any vibration and the cabin remains as quiet as before the 2.0-Liter turbocharged engine turned over. The interior was designed to keep the fun in and the noise outside and the designers succeeded very nicely – once again. Now you can sit back and look around and one of the first things you may notice is that there is ample headroom. The next thing will be the legroom and then the amount of space there is for shoulders and viewing out the windows. For a mid-size car, the Optima offers a lot of luxuries.

Kia is a South Korean company that started making bicycle parts in 1944. It branched out to making motorcycles in 1957, trucks in 1962 and then began manufacturing cars in 1974. Trying to catch up with carmakers who had been building cars 70 years before Kia jumped into the industry was tough but obviously not impossible. Kia has caught up with them and is now the second largest car manufacturer in South Korea, right behind Hyundai.

Kia and Hyundai are related in a sense: each one owns part of the other’s company. Kia owns over $8 billion worth of stock in companies owned by Hyundai and Hyundai owns a little more than a third of Kia’s stock. Kia has over 700 dealers in the United States and operates a manufacturing plant, where the Optima is built, in the state of Georgia. The Optima is one of Kia’s best sellers in this country and after sitting in it, starting it and taking it for a test drive, we understand why the Kia Optima is so popular.

Media post: Love at First Sight: The 2017 Challenger

Dodge Challenger 

Love that 2017 Dodge Challenger! It’s comfortable, it’s fast and it’s great looking! In fact, its look can be intimidating to some people – to those people who aren’t driving a Challenger, that is. Yes, it is a muscle car, to be sure and even though some cars try to look like a muscle car, the Challenger is the real thing.

As we said, it is fast. The 2017 Challenger SXT with the V-6, 305 horsepower engine will get you to 60 in 6.4 seconds. That’s pretty good for any car. It’s bigger brother the Challenger SRT Hellcat, however, is a bit of a show off when it comes to pushing its speedometer clockwise. It has a powerful V-8 that will whoosh you to 60 in 3.6 seconds. That’s faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The Challenger is much roomier, however than the Porsche and it is more fun to drive because…hey, it’s American engineered and built. It was designed for the driver who knows what he or she wants and created for those who want a superior automobile, which is the same as saying: it was built for those who want an authentic muscle car.

And they don’t just call any car a muscle car. The 2017 Challenger harkens back to 1969, when Chrysler put the Dodge Challenger on the market. It was the first generation Challenger and the company produced it until 1974. They also built another generation of Challengers from 1978 to 1983 but they were built by Mitsubishi Corporation. Dodge got back into manufacturing Challengers again in 2008 and has been going strong ever since.

Back in the mid 60s and the early 70s muscle cars were extremely popular and just about all the big American car manufacturers built them. Now, however, one of the most valuable of all the original muscle cars is the Dodge Challenger. And the 2017 Dodge Challenger is no different. It is extremely popular today not only because of its speed, (the V-8 Hellcat can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds) but because it offers easy handling, great braking system, a user friendly touchscreen infotainment interface and it is one of the coolest looking cars that this century will ever see. Chrysler of Culpepper carries all the Dodge vehicles so you can pick whichever fits you best.

Media post: What American Muscle Can Best the Porsche 911?

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Hey, here’s a question for you: What American made muscle car is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S? No, it’s not a Fiat 500. Although the Fiat 500 isn’t an American muscle car it certainly is a great little car and a great little guess. Okay, give up? It’s the 2017 Dodge Charger. “Of course,” you’re saying to yourself. “The Charger is one of the original American muscle cars and it has always had the large reputation of being super fast and a super muscle car.”

Okay, enough with the talking to yourself. You’re right though, the Dodge Charger does have that rep and it has since the mid 1960s when it was first conceived and became the leader in stock muscle cars available at Chrysler/Dodge dealers all across the country. It still has that mystique about it because when people see it at a stop sign or signal light they always wonder if it is going to ‘lay rubber’ as they used to say and screech out from a dead stop to hit 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, which is faster than the aforementioned German import.

The Charger, besides being a really fast car, also has a luxurious interior and user friendly dash controls along with a large (8.4-inch) infotainment touchscreen interface. Everything was designed to make this “Hellcat” (the top of the line Charger) easy and most of all, fun to drive. Ask anyone at Puente Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep and they will not only tell you how great this car is but they will show you so you can see for yourself in a test drive.

Once you are behind the wheel of the Charger you will find out for yourself just how awesome this muscle car really is. You’ll also find out about all the safety features that the Dodge engineers and designers installed just to make sure you wouldn’t have to worry about anything except what you’re going to tell your wife when you didn’t come home for seven hours after buying your brand new Dodge Charger. Driving one of these wonderful cars is simply too much fun to go straight home, as you will soon find out. And don’t forget, we can only vouch for your whereabouts while you’re at the dealership. Good Luck!!

Media post: Always Fast & Never Out of Fashion

Dodge Charger 

What was that streak of lightning that just flew past us? That’s what a lot of people think when they see a 2017 Dodge Charger speed by them. The Charger is one of those muscle cars that just never seems to go out of fashion. They are fast (as lightning) and as comfortable as a luxury car and maybe that’s why drivers in the know are scooping these up so fast from DCH Auto Group in Temecula.

There could be other reasons too. Even though the Charger was conceived of as a powerful American muscle car, its designers also thought about safety. They put in so much safety gear and engineered it so meticulously that the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gave it their highest rating of five stars for overall safety. Yes, we said “Wow.” too. The NHTSA is an official agency of the Executive Branch of the United States government, so those five stars really mean a lot.

Some of the safety gear that comes with the Charger is: lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control and lane-assist control among others such as automatic emergency braking and 9-1-1 emergency assistance.

As far as speed goes, the Charger Hellcat version is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in only 3.4 seconds, which is quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera S. Who would have known that? Porsches are nice and obviously fast but apparently the 2017 Dodge Charger is much roomier and nicer and faster. We’re not suggesting that when you buy your Charger that you start challenging all comers on the roadway. Just know that you will be behind the wheel of one fast and very safe car and if you need the extra speed to get you out of a tight spot, then go with confidence and have a great time doing it.

The 2017 Dodge Charger comes in several trim levels and optional engine sizes. The V-6 models are every bit as responsive as the more powerful and faster V-8s and you get the same beautifully engineered body design that will intimidate just about any other vehicle owner out there. The DCH Auto Group in Temecula has the 2017 Dodge Charger in the showroom just waiting for you to see how it fits. Take a test drive – you’ll find out what you’ve been missing.

Uruguay Full Year 2016 / models: Fiat Uno #1, Renault Oroch instant blockbuster

The Renault Oroch lands directly in 5th place and is the #1 LCV in Uruguay in 2016. 

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We now have access to models data for Uruguay, you can check out the Full Year 2016 brands article here. The Top 3 best-sellers surge ahead with the Fiat Uno more than doubling its sales year-on-year to 4.038 units and a very imposing 8.8% share. The VW Up gains an equally impressive 79% to step onto the 2nd position ahead of the Chevrolet Onix up 75% to #3. But the most impressive new arrival inside the Ururguyan Top 10 this year is without contest the Renault Oroch, a pick-up variant of the Renault/Dacia Duster. It lands directly in 5th place overall with 1.700 units sold, also placing it #1 among e Light Commercial Vehicles ahead of such household names as the Toyota Hilux, VW Saveiro and Fiat Strada… Other new entrants in the overall Top 15 this year include the Ford Ecosport at #9, the Kia Picanto at #12, Geely LC at #13 and Chevrolet Prisma at #14.

Previous 2016 post (brands): Uruguay Full Year 2016: Fiat takes control in market down 8%

Previous post: Uruguay January 2016: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

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Thailand January 2017: Isuzu D-Max reclaims king of Thai jungle title

 The Isuzu D-Max is the best-selling vehicle in Thailand in January.

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After a one-week hiatus when I was unfortunately and unexpectedly incapacitated, the market updates are back on BSCB! We start with Thailand January data, up 10.5% year-on-year to 57.254 registrations. Market leader Toyota slightly trails the market at +9% to 15.075 sales and 26.3% share, being caught up by Isuzu up 19% to 23% share and Honda up 40% to 13.7% share. Below, Mitsubishi is stable in 4th place, Nissan drops 17% to #5 and Ford delivers the largest jump inside the Top 10 at +35% to 3.469 sales and 6.1% share. Further down, notice Suzuki tumbling down 34% to #9, BMW up 22% to #10 and Nb.1 premium brand above Mercedes (#12) and Volvo (#17). Chinese brand MG, manufactured locally, advances 19% to 11th place with 725 sales, including 104 new GS SUV. Volvo (+40%), Kia (+64%), Scania (+56%), Volkswagen (+133%), Ssangyong (233%) also post spectacular gains.

The GS SUV helps MG to #11 brand overall in Thailnd this month. 

The models ranking offers a fascinating move: dethroned at the last minute by the Toyota Hilux which signed an 11th straight annual win, the Isuzu D-Max reclaims the title of king of the Thai jungle with sales up 20% year-on-year to 11.276 – 63% above the Hilux’s score at 6.920 units – and this despite a lower 13% share vs 15.6% over the Full Year 2016. The Ford Ranger gains 37% to #3 and the Mitsubishi Triton is up 27% to #4, making the Top 4 best-sellers in Thailand this ,month 100% pick-up trucks. The Toyota Yaris leads passenger cars with 2.243 sals, just above the Honda Civic up 3 spots on December to #5 and 2.129. Notice also the Honda HR-V up 46% to #12, the Toyota Corolla up 115% to #14, the Mitsubishi Attrage up 40% to #18 and the Ford Everest up 96% to #21. Among recent launches (<12 months), the Toyota Sienta (#22), Innova Crysta (#38) and MG GS (#40) also slide into the Thai Top 40 in January.

Previous post: Thailand Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux snaps last minute 11th straight win

One year ago: Thailand January 2016: Market back down, Isuzu D-Max stays #1

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Spain February 2017: Market growth slows to +0.1%

Peugeot 2008 

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The Spanish new car market edges up just 0.2% year-on-year in February to 98.285 registrations – the largest February score since pre-recession  2008, lifting the year-to-date tally up 4.7% to 183.296, also the highest since 2008. In the brands ranking, Seat reclaims the top spot thanks to sales up 19% to 9.425 and 9.6% share, distancing Opel (+5%), Volkswagen (-14%) and Peugeot (-12%). Fiat (+16%), Suzuki (+38%), Jaguar (+44%), Abarth (+90%), Maserati (+138%), Infiniti (+175%) and Tesla (+633%) all post impressive year-on-year gains. Like in January, Seat monopolises the top two spots in the models ranking with the Ibiza (+9%) at #1 and the Leon (+3%) at #2. The Opel Corsa (+36%), Nissan Qashqai (+46%) and Opel Astra (+45%) follow, all bypassing the VW Golf (-2%). The Renault Clio gains 33% to #7, the Peugeot 2008 is up 40% to #10, the Opel Mokka up 28% to #11, the Citroen C3 up 43% to #15 and the Renault Mégane up 77% to #16. The Fiat 500X is up a gigantic 170% to #20, while the Seat Ateca (#21), Peugeot 3008 II (#29) and Toyota C-HR (#33) lead new launched.

Previous month: Spain January 2017: Opel leads, Toyota C-HR inside Top 25

One year ago: Spain February 2016: Seat Leon and Ibiza top market artificially up

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Hungary February 2017: Dacia Duster shines in market up 27%

Dacia Duster  

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New car sales in Hungary are up 21% year-on-year in February to 8.000 registrations, with Suzuki reclaiming the top spot it held over the FY2016 thanks to deliveries up 27% to 872. Opel gains three spots on last month to land in 2nd place, Skoda is up 25% year-on-year but stays in third place and last month’s leader, Ford, tumbles down to #4 despite deliveries up 24% on February 2016. Inside the Top 10, Dacia gains a gargantuan 167% to #5 while Toyota is up 53% to #5 but all other manufacturers underperform, with Volkswagen (-10%) and Kia (-12%) in negative. Model-wise, the Suzuki Vitara remains the top seller at 560 units but the Dacia Duster surges 289% to #2, knocking the Skoda Octavia (+22%) down to #3 ahead of the Ford Focus (+27%), The Opel Astra K is down three spots to #6 and the Renault Clio is up 4 to #10.

Previous month: Hungary January 2017: Ford up 27% to snap top spot off Suzuki

One year ago: Hungary January-February 2016: Suzuki Vitara sovereign

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Japan Full Year 2016: Now with exclusive Top 170 All-local models

Daihatsu Move Canbus

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As is the tradition at BSCB we can reveal today an exclusive All-local models ranking by variant for Japan, making the exploration of this unique market even more interesting. This year the Toyota Prius wins at this game with 221.000 sales (+193%) vs. #14 last year, and this despite the removal of Prius Alpha sales. #42 at -48%. The Honda N-BOX overtakes the Toyota Aqua to rank #2, followed by the Daihatsu Tanto, Toyota Sienta and Honda Fit.

Lexus RX

This ranking also unveils the lesser-selling “regular” cars outside of the familiar Top 30 published monthly. We then discover which nameplates just missed out on a Top 30 regular ranking in 2016, namely the Toyota Estima, Mazda CX-5, Toyota Spade and Mazda CX-3. A couple of Lexus nameplates have a fantastic year: the RX is up 5-fold to #53 and the GS is up 106% to #93. Notice also the Toyota Auris up 93%, the Nissan Leaf up 63%, Mitsubishi Delica D:2 up 89% and Toyota Pixis Mega up 150%.

 Suzuki Ignis

The best-selling 2016 launch is the kei-car Daihatsu Move Canbus landing directly at #40 with just under 30.000 sales, followed by the Suzuki Ignis at #43, Suzuki Baleno at #108, Toyota Pixis Joy at #135 and Subaru Chiffon at #158. Finally, the Toyota Mirai is up 131% to #148.

Previous 2016 post: Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

One year ago:  Japan Full Year 2015: Now with exclusive Top 184 All-local models

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