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Brazil January 2018: VW Polo storms into 4th place in market up 22.3%

The VW Polo outsells the Fiat Argo for the first time in Brazil. 

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New car sales in Brazil enjoy their 9th consecutive month of year-on-year growth in January at +22.3% to 175.554 units, the 7th double-digit gain in the past 9 months. Brand leader Chevrolet follows the market at +23% but is at much higher level than FY2017 at 19.3% share vs. 18.1%. Volkswagen more than double the market growth at +45% to 15% share vs. 12.5% in 2017, climbing back into #2 for the second time in the last 3 months as it overtakes Fiat (+18%). In the remainder of the Top 10, only Nissan (+26%) and Renault (+23%) beat the market, albeit slightly, with Hyundai (+20%), Ford (+19%), Jeep (+19%), Honda (+15%) and Toyota (+10%) all losing share year-on-year. Beyond, Volvo (+53%), BMW (+31%) and Mercedes (+27%) shine whereas Citroen (-6%) is the only Top 20 carmaker in negative. Chery is the only Chinese brand in the Brazilian Top 20 for January, replacing JAC.

VW Virtus 

The Chevrolet Onix easily remains the most popular nameplate in Brazil, selling more than double any other model in market even though its share thaw from a record 9.7% a year ago to 9.1% this month. In 2nd place, the Ford Ka outsells the Hyundai HB20 for the third time in the past four months but the hero of the month is the new VW Polo storming into 4th place for its third month in market and becoming the German carmaker’s best-seller in Brazil for the first time. The Chevrolet Prisma leaps up 46% to #5, the Fiat Argo stays at a record 8th place above the Fiat Mobi (+48%) and Jeep Compass (+47%). The Nissan Kicks is up 69% to #14, the Renault Kwid tops all recent launches (<12 months) at #21 above the Honda WR-V at #32 (+13 on December) and the Chevrolet Equinox at #65 (+6). We welcome the Fiat Cronos at #129 just as the VW Virtus (a Polo sedan) gains 10 spots to #109.

Previous post: Brazil Full Year 2017: Chevrolet Onix threepeats in market back up 9.4%

One year ago: Brazil January 2017: Modest 4% drop; Chevy Onix, Jeep Compass shine

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Argentina January 2018: Renault & Chevy Onix topple perennial leaders VW & Gol in all-time record market

First monthly win for the Chevrolet Onix in Argentina.

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The Argentinean new car market starts 2018 with a bang: up a whopping 27.9% year-on-year, January sales shoot up to 118.924 units, the highest monthly volume in Argentinean history, eclipsing the previous record of 112.607 established back in January 2012. In the brands ranking, Renault (+58%) outsells 14-year leader Volkswagen (+20%) for the second time in the past 7 months after last July, with Chevrolet (+47%), Ford (+21%) and Toyota (+23%) also above the symbolic 10% market share mark. Jeep (+172%), Suzuki (+152%), Agrale (+91%), Nissan (+74%), Mitsubishi (+49%) and Audi (+39%) all post spectacular gains but the most impressive improvement comes from Chinese brands: up 164% year-on-year as a whole to 1.3% share, all Chinese carmakers score extravagant growth this month: Chery is up 72%, Lifan up 208%, Geely up 4633% (!), JMC up 47% and Dongfeng up 400% while BAIC makes its very first appearance in the Argentinean sales charts at #30 and newcomer Foton is up to #33 vs. #37 over the FY2017.

The locally-produced Fiat Cronos is a sedan version of the Argo.

Over in the models charts, after ranking on the podium for 7 of the last 8 months of 2017, the Chevrolet Onix – the overall best-seller in Brazil for the past three years – scores its very first monthly win in Argentina thanks to deliveries soaring 84% year-on-year. The Toyota Hilux (+13%) trails the market in 2nd place, distancing the Toyota Etios (+45%), Ford Ka (+95%) and 2017’s leader the VW Gol (+32%). In the Top 50, notice also the Jeep Renegade (+152%), VW Polo (+146%), Renault Captur (+125%), VW Up (+102%), Fiat Mobi (+93%), Renault Duster Oroch (+81%), Chevrolet Tracker (+80%) and Renault Kangoo (+80%) all in extremely good shape. The Chery Tiggo at #47 (+73%) is the best-selling Chinese nameplate above the Chery QQ at #64 (+79%), the Lifan Foison at #75 (+169%) and Lifan Myway at #91. The Renault Kwid tops all recent launches (<12 months) at #20, ahead of the Fiat Argo (#29), Nissan Kicks (#51) and Peugeot 301 (#52). New arrivals for January include the Fiat Tipo (#119), Cronos (#123), BAIC X35 (#134), Fiat 500X (#142) and BAIC X55 (#159).

BAIC makes its entrance on the Argentinean market just as Chinese carmakers gain 164%. 

Previous post: Argentina Full Year 2017: Gol, Sandero and Onix top market up 27%

One year ago: Argentina January 2017: Renault Sandero leads passenger cars for 1st time

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Turkey January 2018: Renault Megane up 66% to towering 8.1% share

The Renault Megane hits a record market share in Turkey for this generation.

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New light vehicle sales in Turkey edge down 0.7% year-on-year in January to 35.076 registrations. Renault (+6%) and Fiat (+8%) remain the most popular carmakers in the country, easily beating the market while on the contrary Volkswagen (-4%) and Ford (-26%), although holding onto their FY2017 ranking, post negative results. Toyota is up 8% to remain in 5th place vs. #7 in 2017, Mercedes almost doubles its sales year-on-year (+98%) to shoot up 4 spots to #7 and Skoda is up 69% and 5 ranks to #8. Land Rover (+147%), Jaguar (+100%), Ssangyong (+63%), Audi (+62%), Volvo (+61%), Subaru (+28%), Seat (+24%) and Peugeot (+23%) also lodge spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Alfa Romeo (-71%), Citroen (-48%), Nissan (-35%), Porsche (-35%), Dacia (-30%) and Isuzu (-30%) implode.

The Mercedes X-Class posts a second consecutive month inside the Turkish Top 100.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Megane is the best-seller for the second time in the past three months thanks to the sedan variant representing 97.5% of its total sales this month, up a stunning 66% year-on-year to 8.1% share, a record for this generation. Leader in 2016 and 2017, the Fiat Egea is relegated at a distant 2nd place at 4.6% of the market despite itself being up 48% year-on-year. The Ford Courier (-26%) takes the third spot above the Fiat Fiorino (+23%) and Honda Civic (+9%) up 13 spots on December to #5. The VW Transporter is up 50% to #10, the Skoda Octavia up 77% to #12, the Toyota C-HR up 129% to #15, the Mercedes C-Class up 143% to #19, the Skoda Superb up 127% to #25, the Peugeot 3008 up 510% to #31 and the Ford Kuga up 586% to #37. The Skoda Kodiaq is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) at #68, followed by the Mercedes X-Class (#90) and Opel Grandland X (#94).

Previous post: Turkey Full Year 2017: Fiat Egea and Renault Megane top market down 2.8%

One year ago: Turkey January 2017: Renault places Clio and Megane on top

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Sweden January 2018: Volvo S/V90 triumphs, XC40 lands at #44

The Volvo S/V90 sells double any other nameplate in market in January.

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After two successive record years in 2016 and 2017, the Swedish new car market starts 2018 on the wrong foot: down 1.3% in January to 22.980 units. Homegrown brand leader Volvo manages a meagre 0.3% year-on-year increase to lodge a 20.6% share, symbolically above both the 20% mark and the 19.9% it commended over the Full Year 2017. In contrast Volkswagen plunges 20% to 15% vs. 15.2% in 2017, while Toyota surges 24% to 3rd place, distancing Kia (+8%) that managed to snap the 2017 #3 spot in-extremis. Skoda soars 41% year-on-year and four spots on December to #5, but Peugeot (+15%) is the only other double-digit gainer in the Top 10, with Ford (-13%), BMW (-5%), Mercedes (-4%) and Audi (-4%) all posting declines. Further down, DS (+350%), Ssangyong (+200%), Jaguar (+67%), Dacia (+46%), Suzuki (+43%), Subaru (+35%), Nissan (+30%), Jeep (+19%) and Lexus (+15%) impress whereas Tesla (-82%), Citroen (-42%), Fiat (-27%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Opel (-23%), Renault (-19%), Mazda (-17%), Land Rover (-16%) and Hyundai (-14%) disappoint.

The Octavia (+70%) helps Skoda soar 41% this month.

Model-wise, the race is obliterated by a stellar performance by the Volvo S/V90 up 43% to just under 2.000 sales and a record 8.7% share, the nameplate’s third consecutive month at #1 and 5th consecutive month-on-month market share increase from a low of 3.3% last August. The S/V90 sells double the amount of the #2, the Volvo S/V60 down 9% to 4.8%, with the VW Passat (-6%) rounding up the podium ahead of the VW Golf (-31%) and Volvo XC60 (-41%) both on steep descents. The Volvo V40 (+1%) and VW Tiguan (-14%) replicate their 2017 rankings at #6 and #7 respectively while the Nissan Qashqai (+60%), Skoda Octavia (+70%) and Mercedes E-Class (-7%) close the Top 10.

The Volvo XC40 lands directly at #44 at home.

Notice also the Toyota C-HR (+247%), Kia Optima (+242%), Subaru XV (+194%), Kia Niro (+86%), Peugeot 3008 (+81%), Toyota RAV4 (+58%), BMW 3-Series (+50%) posting spectacular gains and the Skoda Kodiaq up to #22 vs. #49 in FY2017. For its very first month in its home market, the Volvo XC40 lands directly atop of all recent launches (<12 months) at #44. It is followed by the VW T-Roc at #58 (+84 spots on December), the Kia Stonic at #73 (-5), the Skoda Karoq at #100 (+56), Citroen C3 Aircross at #112 (+18) and the Seat Arona at #124 (+28).

Previous post: Sweden Full Year 2017: Volvo reclaims #1 models spot with old gen XC60

One year ago: Sweden January 2017: Volvo S/V90 now has VW Golf in sight

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Namibia Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Nissan NP300 Hardbody on top

The Toyota Hilux remains by far the best-selling new vehicle in Namibia.

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Thanks to our partnership with Lightstone and NAAMSA, here is official data for Namibia in 2017. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country, with the Top 6 unchanged on last year: Volkswagen, Nissan, Ford, Isuzu and Chevrolet follow. Renault, Mazda and Suzuki break into the Top 10. Looking at passenger cars only, Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford dominate while Renault (#5), Mazda (#8) and Datsun (#9) appear in the Top 10. After dropping 19% in 2016, the Toyota Hilux loses another 18% this year but remains by far the best-selling vehicle in Namibia by a factor of 3.5 to 1 on the Nissan NP300/Hardbody, itself down 16% but up two spots to #2. The Ford Ranger (-24%) rounds up the podium ahead of the Toyota Fortuner (+7%) and Isuzu KB (-40%) making it four pickups in the Top  5 vs. 4 in the Top 4 in 2016. Both the VW Polo and the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup advance one rank to #6 and #7 respectively while the Toyota RAV4 and Corolla Quest break into the Top 10. In the Passenger cars charts, the VW Tiguan leaps up to #8 and the Nissan X-Trail replaces the Ford Ecosport in the Top 10.

Previous year: Namibia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger & Isuzu KB on top

Two years ago: Namibia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux crosses 20% share mark

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Botswana Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux down 23% but still #1

The Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling vehicle in Botswana. 

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We can share with you detailed 2017 sales info for Botswana today thanks to our partnership with Lightstone and NAAMSA. Below Toyota, perennial brand leader, Nissan overtakes Ford to claim the #2 spot while Volkswagen, Isuzu, Chevrolet and Mazda hang onto their 2016 ranking. Land Rover is up one rank to #8 and Honda breaks into the Top 10 at #9 while Audi remains at #10. In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux is once again the most popular nameplate in the country despite a harsh 23% year-on-year decline, followed at a distance by the Nissan NP300/Hardbody (+53%) and the Toyota Fortuner (+26%). The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup implodes down 55% to #4, with the Isuzu KB and Ford Ranger making it 5 pickups in the Top 6. The Toyota Corolla Quest (+19%) and VW Polo (+29%) also progress. The Toyota RAV4 (#6) and Honda Brio (#9) make their entrance in the passenger cars Top 10.

Previous year: Botswana Full Year 2016: Hilux leads, Land Cruiser Pickup up 60% to #2

Two years ago: Botswana Full Year 2015: Hilux in the lead, Datsun GO shines

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Swaziland Full Year 2017: Isuzu KB on top, 6 pickups in Top 8

The Isuzu KB is the best-seller in Swaziland for the third time in the past 4 years. 

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Thanks to our partnership with South African outlets Lightstone and NAAMSA we can share with you today 2017 sales data for Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa, neighboured by Mozambique and South Africa and home to 1.1 million inhabitants. The Top 3 best-selling carmakers remain unchanged on 2016: Toyota, Isuzu and Ford dominate the charts while Nissan overtakes Chevrolet to #4 and Mazda stays at #6. Opel is up three spots to #7, Mitsubishi one to #8 and both Tata and Volkswagen break into the Top 10.

The Mazda CX-5 is among the Top 10 passenger cars in Swaziland in 2017. 

Model-wise, the Isuzu KB resists in the lead in spite of sales down 6% while the Toyota Hilux is down 1% at #2 and the Toyota Quantum is also down 1% but up one spot to #3, dislodging the Ford Ranger (-28%) from the podium. Excellent performance of the Toyota Fortuner up 33% to #5 overall, while the Nissan NP300/Hardbody, Chevrolet Utility and Nissan NP200 make it an incredible 6 pickups in the Top 8. In the passenger car ranking, the Chevrolet Cruze freefalls 49% to #2, the Toyota Corolla Quest is up 6 ranks to #3, the Ford Everest and Toyota RAV4 break into the Top 10 in which Mazda places three nameplates: the 3, CX-3 and CX-5.

Previous year: Swaziland Full Year 2016: Isuzu KB reclaims lead off Toyota Hilux

Two years ago: Swaziland Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux overtakes Isuzu KB to claim top spot

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Lesotho Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux #1, Fortuner & Isuzu KB on podium

The Toyota Fortuner is up 28% to #2 overall in Lesotho in 2017.

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Thanks to our partnership with Lightstone and NAAMSA, we can share with you today 2017 sales details for Lesotho, a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa and home to 2 million inhabitants. Toyota and Ford remain the Top 2 best-selling brand in the country, but Isuzu edges up one spot to land on the podium, knocking Nissan down to #4. Volkswagen remains at #5, while Chevrolet overtakes Mazda and Land Rover climbs two ranks to #8. Smart and Audi break into the Top 10. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements its domination with sales up 28%, while the Toyota Fortuner, also up 28%, leaps up to #2 overall and the Isuzu KB gains three spots to climb on the third step of the podium. The Toyota Corolla (+81%) is up to #4 while the Ford Ranger (-38%) drops three spots to #5 and the Toyota Etios (-35%) is down two to #6. The Toyota RAV4 (#7) and Avanza (#10) break into the annual Top 10 for 2017. Toyota monopolises the Top 7 in the passenger cars ranking with the C-HR landing at #7 and bot the VW Polo and Golf inside the Top 10.

Previous year: Lesotho Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux ultra-dominant, Fortuner up to #3

Two years ago: Lesotho Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux stays on top, Ford Ranger up

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India January 2018: Tata up 55% to highest share in over five years

The Nexon breaks its volume record in January, helping to lift Tata up 55%. 

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After breaking a new record in 2017 at 3.23 million units, the Indian new car market hasn’t lost its mojo and advances a further 7.4% in January to 284.369 wholesale deliveries. Maruti has an iron fist on Indian sales charts with a gargantuan 48.9% share this month, albeit trailing the market at +4%. Below, Hyundai is up 8% to 16% and Mahindra up 14% to 7.7% but the hero of the month is Tata, surging 55% year-on-yera to 7.1% of its home market, the highest share for the brand in over 5 years – since the 7.4% of December 2012. This is to be compared with a low of 3.3% in March 2016. Tata is boosted by the Tiago (+53%) posting its 2nd best volume at 8.287 and breaking into the Top 10 for the first time, the Nexon breaking its volume record at 4.917 (#22) and the Tigor (3.172) at its best since last April. Honda (-5%) rounds up the Top 5 while Toyota (+19%) and Ford (+18%) impress but Volkswagen (-16%) and most critically Renault (-21%) implode.

The Tata Tiago breaks into the Indian Top 10 models for the very first time. 

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire (+25%) is the best-seller for the 5th time in the past 6 months and will have a good shot at ending 13 consecutive years of Maruti Alto reign in 2018: it starts the year with a gap almost 3.500 units-wide with the Alto (-17%). Meanwhile the Maruti Baleno lodges a 7th month in a row on the podium and hits its 2nd largest ever volume at 17.770. As it was already the case over the FY2017, Maruti monopolises the Top 5 with the Swift (-1%) and Wagon R (-7%) in tow. The Maruti Vitara Brezza (+32%) isn’t far from making it 6 out of 6, ending the month just 324 units below the Hyundai Grand i10 (-7%). The Ford Ecosport (+82%), Toyota Innova Crysta (+30%), Mahindra Bolero (+24%) and Hyundai Creta (+17%) all post spectacular gains in the Top 15. The Renault Kwid falls 19% and drops 9 spots on December to #18 and the WR-V remains Honda’s best-seller in India.

Previous post: India Full Year 2017: Five Marutis in Top 5, market above 3 million units

One year ago: India January 2017: All-new Ignis helps Maruti across 50% share

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Japan January 2018: Nissan Note #1, Mazda CX-8 and Nissan Leaf shine

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan this month. Pictures autoc-one.jp

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The Japanese new car market edges down 0.5% year-on-year in January to 399.540 registrations, with the two best-selling brands in negative: Toyota drops 6.5% to 26.7% share vs. 30.3% over the Full Year 2017 and Honda is down 5.2% to 14.1%, albeit slightly better than the 13.8% it held in FY2017. Below is a string of four manufacturers gaining ground on a year ago: Nissan (+0.9%), Daihatsu (+11.3%), Suzuki (+5.4%) and Mazda (+4.5%). Lexus (+59.7%) and Mitsubishi (+13.4%) post the biggest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 while Subaru (-21.7%) endures the largest drop. Mercedes (+2.5%) remains the most popular foreign carmakers but drops four spots on December to #12, followed at a distance by Volkswagen (-10.8%), BMW (-19.5%) and Audi (-8.6%). Peugeot (+89%), Aston Martin (+78.6%), Chevrolet (+54.5%), Ferrari (+51.2%), Renault (+29.6%), Bentley (+21.4%) and Jeep (+20.5%) are the most dynamic further down the ranking.

The 2nd gen Nissan Leaf has already ranked inside the Top 30 three times vs. twice for the 1st gen.

Over in the regular car aisle, the Nissan Note returns to #1 for the first time since last September and the 6th in total for this generation, starting in November 2016. This month it has a 3.180 sales-advantage over the Toyota Prius, its largest gap on the #2 so far. The Toyota Voxy (+14%), Honda Fit (+12%) and Toyota Aqua (+6%) post robust gains while the Toyota Roomy (+5%) and Tank (+6%) tandem of twins continues to impress, adding up to 12.253 sales which would place them in 2nd position overall. It’s a bad month for SUVs: all leaders in the segment fall flat in January: the Toyota C-HR (-40%), Harrier (-31%) and Honda Vezel (-43%).

First Top 30 ranking for the all-new Mazda CX-8, now the brand’s best-selling SUV.

One SUV that has started its career flamboyantly is the Mazda CX-8 breaking into the Top 30 for the first time at #25. The Toyota Land Cruiser continues to feel the effects of its facelift, up 70% to #29 while the Camry is on another planet vs. the previous model: +966% to #30. But the hero of the month is the Nissan Leaf: up 163% on the previous gen to #19, its highest ranking at home also hit last October. It is the Leaf’s fifth time ever inside the monthly Top 30, including three for this gen – October 2017 (#19), December 2017 (#27) and January 2018 (#19) and two for the first gen – February 2011 (#25) and January 2016 (#28).

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Previous post (1): Japan Full Year 2017: Complete Japanese models data now available

Previous post (2): Japan Full Year 2017: Prius and N-BOX on top, C-HR wins one month

One year ago: Japan January 2017: Nissan Note leads, Toyota C-HR up to #4

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