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Netherlands October 2010: Polo takes the lead

The Dutch car market is growing fast in 2010: +23% vs. 09 in October (43,920 registrations) and +24% vs. 09 over 10 months (434,604 registrations).

The VW Polo leads in the Netherlands: thanks to a phenomenal month of October at 2,751 sales and 6.3% market share, the Polo now tops the year-to-date ranking with 16,310 sales and 3.8%, passing the Peugeot 107.

One of the particularities of the Dutch market is the flat-out success of the “Kolin sisters”: the badge engineered Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. Virtually the same car with different badges, produced in Kolin in Czech Republic. All 3 models are hits in the Netherlands: the Peugeot 107 is #2 year-to-date with 15,886 sales (3.7%), the Toyota Aygo is #3 at 14,154 sales (3.3%) and the Citroen C1 is #5 at 10,477 sales (2.4%). All in all, the Kolin sisters amount to a staggering 40,517 registrations over 10 months, or 9.3% of the Dutch market!

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Indonesia 2009: Avanza #1

Very particular model ranking in Indonesia where the Top 10 is saturated with SUV’s and MPV’s.

In 1st with 100,065 registrations and a whopping 20.6% market share is the Toyota Avanza, a mini MPV designed and produced in Indonesia, and sold in emerging countries around the world, along with its twin brother the Daihatsu Xenia, #2 here with another 43,409 sales and 8.9% market share. Together the 2 twin models account for nearly 30% of the Indonesian market! For more details about these 2 models click here.

Closing the podium is the Toyota Innova, a larger MPV also produced in Indonesia and sold in all of South-East Asia and the Middle-East. With nearly 36,000 sales it grabs 7.4% of the market. More info here.

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Belgium January-June 2010: C3 up to #3

The Belgian car market is up a healthy 17% during the first semester 2010 with 320,203 registrations.

The VW Golf is #1 by a large margin with nearly 12,000 units sold and a strong 3.7% market share, up from 2.9% in 2009. The Ford Fiesta is #2 like in 2009 with 2.8%. 3rd and Belgium’s performer of the year is the Citroen C3 with 2.7% of the Belgian market. It is however unclear whether this figure includes the C3 Picasso.

In spite of a slight market share improvement at 2.6%, the Peugeot 207 drops to 4th, ahead of the Renault Clio at 2,4%.

Interesting to notice the Citroen Berlingo in 9th and the Peugeot Partner in 17th, whereas the Renault Kangoo is nowhere to be seen… Also, the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 20, just: it is 20th with 4,398 units sold for a 1.4% market share.

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Italy October 2010: Polo #4

Steep drop for the Italian market in October: it is 28% below Oct 09 at 140,944 sales. The year-to-date score is 1,692,472 registrations, -8% over 2009.

The Fiat Punto still leads the way at 7.3% vs 7% in September, ahead of the Fiat Panda at 6.6%. The Punto sales include the Punto Evo, Grande Punto and Punto Classic versions so it safe to say that in actual fact the Fiat Panda has been leading the Italian car sales for most of the last 3 years.

This month’s best performance goes to the VW Polo in 4th at 3%, the highest score so far for this new generation in Italy. Among foreign models, only the Ford Fiesta does better, still sliding down though at 3.6% (3.9% in Sept). The Fiat 500 is down to 5th.

There are a couple of other very strong performers this month: the Nissan Qashqai storms back into the Top 10 in 9th with 3,022 registrations and 2.1%, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has another fantastic month in 12th with 2,636 units sold, and the Mini is up again in 14th with 2,070 sales and 1.5%, the incremental sales coming fairly and squarely from the Countryman version at 954 registrations alone.

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Algeria January-September 2010: Symbol grabs 10%

Very strong month of September in Algeria at 17,686 registrations (+45% over 2009), whereas the year-to-date score is 171,207 sales, still down 8% over 2009.

The 2010 year-to-date model ranking sees the Renault Symbol grow 19% over last year to reach a very impressive 10.4% market share and stay #1 with 17,733 registrations. Also growing, the Dacia Logan is #2 with 12,384 registrations, including 1,304 MCV versions.

Following in the ranking, two old Hyundai models see their sales increase significantly over 2009: the 2003 Hyundai Atos grows 13% to 7,822 sales and 4.6% market share, and the 2000 Hyundai Accent (two generations ago) grows 10% to 6,889 registrations. An interesting trend that shows how Hyundai adapts its range to maximise sales in African markets.

Two French models follow: the Peugeot 207 is 5th with 6,835 units sold (+3%) and the Renault Clio III is 6th with 6,616 registrations (+32%).

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Norway October 2010

The Norwegian car market is on the up in 2010 with 10,683 registrations in October (+5%) and 105,710 sales over 10 months (+34%).

The VW Golf “owns” Norway with close to 7% market share in October and 6.4% year-to-date, nearly double the #2, the Volvo V70 which, thanks to a very satisfying 3.7% market share in October, passes the Toyota Avensis in the year-to-date rankings. The Nissan Qashqai also handles well with 2.9% in October (3rd) and 3.2% year-to-date (4th).

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New Zealand September 2010

Strong month for the New Zealand market with passenger car registrations up 13% at 6,298 units and commercial vehicles also up 13% at 1,646 sales.

The Toyota Corolla (the Auris name does not exist in Australia or New Zealand) is the best selling model by far with 631 registrations, ahead of the Toyota Camry (356) and the Ford Focus (280).


Ireland October 2010: Renault Fluence #1!

The Irish market follows a very particular pattern every year: it starts with all guns blazing in January (16,617 sales in 2010) and progressively dies away throughout the year (only 500 sales in Dec 09). Even if October 2010 is at +191% vs. Oct 09 it only totals 3,546 sales. Over 10 months, the market is up 63% vs. 2009 at 88,598 sales.

In this context, after a 1-2 in September (Megane/Clio), Renault scores an amazing 1-2-3 this month with the Fluence at 9.6%, the Megane at 8.3% and the Clio at 8.1%!

In the year-to-date rankings, the VW Golf edges to #1 thanks to a very weak month from the Ford Focus, and the Renault Megane grabs the 2nd spot at 3,879 sales, just one sale above the Focus. Three more cars are above 4% market share: the Ford Fiesta, the Toyota Avensis and the Nissan Qashqai.

Amazingly #1 in October, the Renault Fluence is still only 21st in the year-to-date ranking because its great performance occurred in a very weak month.

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China September 2010

Buick Excelle

True to its new status as the biggest car market in the world, China features 32 models above 10,000 sales this month, vs. 23 in the USA. Leading the pack is the Buick Excelle, confirming General Motors’ excellent shape in this part of the world. The hatchback version, the Excelle XT (aka Opel Astra), is also going strong in 24th at 11,404 sales.

Following very closely are the Hyundai Elantra Yuedong, a version of the Korean best-seller exclusive to China, and the VW Lavida, also a model built exclusively for the Chinese market.

After a couple of months at #1, the VW Jetta falls to 4th this month. It is based on the 1984 generation of the European VW Jetta and a 2010 restyling gave it a second wind in the last few months.

In 5th and getting stronger every month is the Chevrolet Cruze with no less than 17,264 sales this month, ahead of the the FAW Xiali N Series, with an excellent 17,243 sales thanks to the arrival of the new N5 model (pictured below the fold).

The #1 car in the year-to-date ranking, the BYD F3, is going through a bit of a rough time: it hasn’t been #1 since June and is only 14th this month. However, its domination during the first half of the year was such that it is still way ahead in the 2010 rankings with 198,388 sales.

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Germany September 2010

This year the German market is taking a hit due to the phasing out of the scrappage scheme. September is at -18% vs. 09 (259,748 sales) and the market is at -27% over the first 9 months of the year.

No surprise, the VW Golf leads the pack, as it has for the last 30 years. After a lukewarm summer its market share shoots up again to reach 8.9% thanks to 23,205 units sold (the Golf Plus and Jetta are included in this figure).

#2 most of this year, the VW Polo drops one spot behind the Mercedes C Class which delivers September’s best performance at 3% of the market and 7,912 sales. It’s a very strong month for Mercedes which places 2 more models in the Top 10: The E Class is 5th, followed by the A Class, both with 2.3% market share.

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