Romania 2005: Dacia Logan at 41% of the market!

The Romanian car market is up a whopping 49% in 2005 at 215,532 registrations, probably boosted by the outstanding success of the new Dacia Logan: with 88,275 sales over the period, it reaches a 41% market share, unheard-of levels in ever more fragmented times, and was at 43.2% at half-year.

The Daewoo Matiz drops 35% and halves its market share at 6.1% but stays 2nd, followed by the Renault Clio at 5.7% (+160%), the Skoda Octavia at 4.7% (+129%) and the Renault Megane at 3.8% (+65%).

Full Year, 6 and 9 months 2005 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden 2004-2005: Volvo V70 #1, V50 arrives

Volvo V70

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The Swedish car market is pretty stable over the period at 264,212 registrations in 2004 and 274,301 in 2005. The Volvo V/C70 stays comfortably on top of the sales ranking with ever strong market shares of 9.9% in 2004 and 10.2% in 2005.

The Saab 9-5 sees its share drop to 5.5% in 2004, then it falls to #3 in 2005 at 4.3%. It is passed by the new smaller Volvo station wagon, the V50: launched in 2004 (#7 at 3.1%), it climbs to #2 in 2005 at 12,484 sales (4.6%). The Saab 9-3 loses ground, going from 3rd in 2004 to 5th in 2005. The VW Golf is 4th both years and the best-selling foreign model, followed by the Peugeot 307 in 2004 and the Ford Focus in 2005.

Previous post: see the Swedish 2002-2003 Top 30 best-selling models here.

Full 2004 & 2005 Top 30 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below the Saab 9-5 picture.

Volvo V50

Saab 9-5

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Morocco 2004-2005: Renault Kangoo leader, Logan gears up

In 2004, the Renault Kangoo is the best selling vehicle in Morocco with 3,500 sales, and keeps the lead in 2005 with 6,435 sales in a market up 17% at 63,655 units. The big 2005 event in Morocco is the start of Dacia Logan manufacture in the Casablanca factory. At the end of 2005, it had already sold 2,500 units in the country in its 5 first months of sale.


Vietnam 2003-2005: Toyota Zace in the lead

Toyota Zace

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In 2003, the Toyota Zace is the best selling car in Vietnam in a market totaling 42,557 units. Its stays leader in 2004 and 2005, until its replacement by the Toyota Innova in January 2006.

In 2005 the Zace leads by far with 5,634 sales, ahead of the Toyota Vios at 2,192 and the Daewoo Matiz at 2,069. Other strong sellers include the Ford Everest at #4 and Mitsubishi Jolie at #5.

Full 2005 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Norway 2005: Toyota Corolla climbs back to top, Passat #3

Toyota Corolla

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In a market slightly down at -5% and 109,907 registrations, the Toyota Corolla, leader in 2002 and 2003, climbs back onto the top position with 6,241 sales and 5.7% (+20%).

VW Passat

The VW Golf stays 2nd at 5,105 sales and 4.6%, and the VW Passat gains two spots in 3rd with 4,901 sales and 4.5%. Renewed at the end of the year, it even reached 10.3% market share in December, setting it as the favourite for the race to the Norwegian top in 2006.

Previous post: Norway 2004: Toyota Avensis new leader

Next post: Norway 2006-2007: VW Passat clear leader

Full Year 2005 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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South Africa 2004-2005: Corolla #1, Citi Golf and Tazz in Top 5

The Toyota Corolla is the best selling vehicle in South Africa in 2004 and 2005.

The VW Citi Golf celebrates its 20th anniversary with a very solid 3rd position in 2005.

* See the Top 15 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Vic Mouton! *

In 2004, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in South Africa, and in the passenger car ranking it is followed by either the VW Polo or the Toyota Tazz, a South African oddity exclusive to the region (and very successful in neighbouring Botswana and Namibia) which is none other than a 1988 Toyota Corolla almost identical to the original. The Tazz is even #1 in June with 2,904 sales.

In 2005 the South African market gains 25% to reach 537,605 units. The Toyota Corolla holds the pole position  again, establishing itself at 7.3% of the market in the Full Year 2005 ranking. The VW Polo, boosted by its Classic (sedan) version, climbs up to #2 in 2005 with 32,781 sales and 6.1%, and the Toyota Hilux is stable at #4 (5.1%).

The Toyota Tazz is a slightly amended 1988 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

At #3 in 2005 we find another South African curiosity: the VW CitiGolf with 27,928 sales (5.2%). The CitiGolf is exclusive to South Africa and its region and is a restyled 1st generation Golf produced locally and launched in 1985 in the country. The Toyota Tazz is still valiant in 2005, ranking 5th with 23,601 sales and 4.4% share.

6 months 2004, Full Year and 6 months 2005 Ranking Tables below.

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China 2005: Tianjin Xiali and Hyundai Elantra take the lead

Tianjin Xiali

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After consolidating its growth in 2004 at +8%, the Chinese car market is back to extravagant expansion: +23% this year to reach 2.77 million units. New legislation to contain sales growth by restricting car credit has the effect of reshuffling the models ranking entirely, bringing to an end two decades of Volkswagen domination…

The disputed fight for the first place goes on all year between the Hyundai Elantra and the Tianjin Xiali, based on the Daihatsu Charade and facelifted at mid-year. The Xiali finishes the year #1 with 179,681 sales and 6.5% of the market, up 56% and the Hyundai Elantra is #2 at 176,589 units (6.4%), up 72%.

The Buick Excelle gains 3 spots to climb onto the podium at 150,859 sales (5.4%), up 64%, ahead of ex-leader the VW Jetta, #4 with sales down 8%. The Chery QQ is the best new entrant in the Top 10 in 5th place with 115,980 sales. The Honda Accord at #6 (+4%) and VW Santana at #7 (-30%) suffer from the new legislation.

Note the Nissan Tiida, launched in March, is already #1 in September with over 13,700 units sold. It finishes the year in 18th position at 55,548 sales.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Chery QQ picture.

Chery QQ

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Russia 2005: Lada Samara holds onto pole position

Lada Samara

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I only have official figures for the first 8 months of the year in Russia, so if you have more complete data please make sure to get in touch!

Over the period, the Lada Samara is the most popular car in Russia with 140,189 sales and a very strong 16.8% share. The Lada 2104-7 gains one place and comes in at #2 with 119,379 sales (14.3%), ahead of the Lada 110 at 116,385 sales and 13.9%. The three Lada stars add up to 45% of the market…

The best selling foreign model is the Hyundai Accent in 6th place with 25,662 sales (3.1%), ahead of the Daewoo Nexia imported from Uzbekistan (3%) and Mitsubishi Lancer (2.8%). Notice the Lada Kalina breaking into the Top 20 in August 2005 (#19) for its 3rd month of sales.

Previous year: Russia 2004: Lada Samara leader, 110 and 2104/5/7 follow

Next year: Russia 2006: Lada 2104-7 back on top, Ford Focus #4

Full 8 months 2005 and August 2005 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Indonesia 2005: Toyota Kijang Innova strong leader

Toyota Kijang Innova

At 534,000 units, the Indonesian car market is extremely dynamic in 2005 and one of its particularity is to be very MPV-heavy. The locally-built Toyota Kijang Innova takes the top spot by far with 93,114 sales and 17.4%, ahead of the smaller Toyota Avanza at 54,893 sales and 10.3%.

Full 2005 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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India 2005: Maruti Alto takes the lead, Santro & Indica on podium

After beating the Maruti 800 over the second half of 2004, the Maruti Alto officially takes the title of best selling car in India over the Full Year 2005. I don’t have any data for the whole year, just for the period April-November 2005 so if you have any more data please get in touch!

Below the Alto at 102,970 units, the Hyundai Santro (aka Atos), built in India, takes the 2nd spot over the period at 73,822 sales and the Tata Indica is 3rd with 70,267 sales. The Maruti 800 is down to #4 at 58,897 units, just ahead of the Maruti Wagon R. The Maruti Swift, launched in June 2005, is already #6 in November with an impressive 7% market share.

Full Top 20 April-November 2005, Top 10 Fiscal Year 2004-2005, and monthly Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Hyundai Santro

Tata Indica (note: 2007 model pictured)

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