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Algeria May 2013: New Renault Symbol on top, Peugeot 301 #2

June 12th, 2013 1 comment

Renault Symbol Algeria May 2013. Picture courtesy of www.arabam.comRenault Symbol

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It’s turning out to be a fascinating year to follow new car sales in Algeria, with plenty of new models making big waves in the ranking. Launched last month, the new generation Renault Symbol is up 75% on its April score and simply manages to take the lead of the Algerian sales charts in May for its 2nd month in market thanks to 3,592 sales. It is now #10 year-to-date at 5,648 units. In 2nd place for the 4th time in a row we find the Peugeot 301, down 17% on April to 2,279 units. With the Dacia Logan (#2 in 2012) hit full frontal by the Symbol and absent from the Top 10 for the last 3 months, the 301 is actually fighting for the year-to-date pole position already, adding up to 13,666 sales so far in 2013 vs. an estimated 14,000 for the Logan. Told you, fascinating.

Peugeot 301 Algeria May 2013Peugeot 301

On top last month, the Renault Clio IV is down to a still very impressive third position in May at 2,060 units and also ranks third year-to-date. The Seat Ibiza continues on its incredible run and remains 4th with 1,992 sales, a position it also holds year-to-date at 10,756 units. The VW Polo is down 2 ranks to #5, the Toyota Hilux up 3 to #6 while both the Peugeot 207 (#8) and Hyundai Accent (#9) reappear in the monthly Algerian Top 10… Brand-wise, thanks to the Symbol Renault is by far the most popular carmaker this month with 8,860 sales but still trails Peugeot year-to-date at 42,023 units vs. 42,909. Notice Dacia down to #6 vs. #3 year-to-date.

Previous month: Algeria April 2013: New Renault Symbol lands in 5th place

One year ago: Algeria May 2013: Renault breaks records

Full May 2013 Top 10 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria April 2013: New Renault Symbol lands in 5th place

May 15th, 2013 4 comments

Renault Symbol 2013Renault Symbol

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Algerian car buyers continue to lap up all the new models coming into the market this year. In April (like in March but I don’t have official data), the new generation Renault Clio is the most popular vehicle in the country with 3,476 sales. The Peugeot 301 confirms Algeria is by far its best performing market in the world so far, ranking #2 for the third consecutive month thanks to 2,734 units sold after a peak of 4,081 in March! The VW Polo rounds up the podium followed by the Seat Ibiza.

Peugeot 301 Algeria April 2013Peugeot 301

We welcome a newcomer in the Algerian models ranking this month: the new Renault Symbol lands directly in 5th place with 2,056 sales, a promising start that coincides with the disappearance of the Dacia Logan from the Top 10. Given the two models are basically the same with a different ‘face’, it will be interesting to see how they co-exist in market over the next few months. The Logan should however keep its pole position year-to-date with over 13,500 units. Helped by the success of the Clio and Symbol, Renault is the best-selling brand in April (10,229 sales) but Peugeot holds onto its top spot YTD at 35,564 units.

Previous month: Algeria February 2013: Renault Clio IV and Peugeot 301 impress

Full April 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria February 2013: Renault Clio IV and Peugeot 301 impress

April 30th, 2013 8 comments

Peugeot 301 Algeria February 2013Peugeot 301

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Fascinating months for the Algerian new car market, with recent launches being met with instant success in the country. The overall market is up a whopping 64% year-on-year in February to 44,360 registrations and up 47% year-to-date. The Dacia Logan is once again the runaway leader thanks to a huge 5,522 sales and 12.4% share, now adding up to 10,425 units after just two months. Astonishing start for the Renault Clio IV landing directly in 2nd place at 3,083 units (this includes a few Clio III as well).

The ‘low-cost’ Peugeot 301 confirms it is a serious contender for the title of Algeria’s most popular model in 2013: after lodging a world-best 5th position in January, it is up a further two spots this month to land on the Algerian podium at #3 with 2,530 sales and 5.7%, and now #4 year-to-date at 4,572 units. The other Peugeot newcomer, the 208, also fares well: it ranks #6 this month with 2,085 sales and 4.7% share. Brand-wise, Peugeot stays on top with 8,970 sales and 18,231 year-to-date (thanks to the 301 and 208), followed by Renault at 7,275 and Dacia at 6,026. Hyundai is back in the Top 5 at #4 and 4,914 units with the Accent back up to #4 with 2,109 sales.

Previous month: Algeria January 2013: Seat Ibiza #2, Peugeot 301 directly #5

Previous year: Algeria Full Year 2012: Peugeot 207 tops record market

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Algeria January 2013: Seat Ibiza #2, Peugeot 301 directly #5!

February 20th, 2013 2 comments

Peugeot 301 Algeria January 2013bPeugeot 301

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Fascinating start of the year in Algeria with both the models and brands ranking completely reshuffled. Only Peugeot in the lead of the carmakers sales charts holds onto its December position thanks to a huge 9,261 sales. It is now followed by Toyota, Dacia, Seat and Renault whereas none of them were within the December Top 5.

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan tops the ranking for the first time in over 6 months thanks to a massive 4,903 sales. The Seat Ibiza amazes, up to a record second place at 3,318 units, beating its previous best of #4 hit last October and ahead of the Toyota Hilux and 2012 leader the Peugeot 207, down to #4 with 2,045 sales. But the big news of the month in Algeria is the arrival directly in 5th place of the all-new Peugeot 301 at 2,042 units, making Algeria the first country in the world where Peugeot’s first low-cost model breaks into the monthly Top 5…

Previous post: Algeria Full Year 2012: Peugeot 207 tops record market

Full January 2013 Top 5 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria Full Year 2012: Peugeot 207 tops record market

January 17th, 2013 6 comments

Peugeot 207

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The Algerian new car market is up a whopping 50% year-on-year in 2012 to hit a record 433,320 registrations. Le Soir d’Algerie goes even so far as saying that when including about 60,000 non communicated sales by Chinese carmakers and 30,000 private imports, Algeria passes South Africa to become the #1 car market in Africa with over 520,000 units – except more than 620,000 vehicles were sold in South Africa this year… It is nevertheless an outstanding performance for Algeria, which comes just as Renault announced they will be the first carmaker to build production facilities in the country in 2014.

Will the 2013 model enable the Dacia Logan to take the lead in Algeria next year?

An interesting development atop the models ranking: after at least 3 years of Renault Symbol domination, the Peugeot 207 brilliantly takes the lead, boosted by end-of-life aggressive pricing and up a huge 132% on 2011 to 35,821 sales and 8.3%. This makes Algeria the only country in the world to crown the 207, given the model was last #1 in France in 2010. The Dacia Logan is up 4 spots and an equally impressive 113% to 28,952 units and 6.7% while both the Hyundai Accent and Toyota Hilux stay put at #3 and 26,331 sales and #4 and 20,870 respectively. #1 in 2011, the Renault Symbol is down 27% and 4 ranks to #5 at 20,552 units.

Great Wall Voleex C30

Further down, both the Renault Clio Campus and VW Polo triple their sales to #6 and #8 respectively, the Seat Ibiza is the most impressive of all with sales multiplied by 5 compared to 2011 at 10,876, the Toyota Yaris is up 122%, the Chevrolet Spark up 142% and the Peugeot 308 up 122%. Notice also the Dacia Duster up 99%, the Great Wall Voleex C30 at 3,871 units and the Great Wall Wingle at 1,720.

Previous post: Algeria October 2012: Peugeot 207 back to #1, Seat Ibiza up to #4

Previous year: Algeria Full Year 2011: Renault Symbol #1 again, Hyundai up 53%

Full Year 2012 Top 17 models and Top 15 brands + December Top 5 Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria October 2012: Peugeot 207 back to #1, Seat Ibiza up to #4

November 19th, 2012 3 comments

Seat Ibiza

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After dropping out of the Top 5 last month as the 208 was unveiled locally, the Peugeot 207 is back in pole position in October thanks to a massive 4,162 sales, reinforcing its 2012 year-to-date leadership at 29,646 units. The Dacia Logan is solid at #2 with 2,550 sales, adding up to 21,681 year-to-date (#3) while the Hyundai Accent is down 2 spots on last month to #3 at 2,335 units but stays #2 YTD with 22,162 sales, helped by the new generation which has been a real success in the country.

In 4th position we find the Seat Ibiza, up from #6 in September to 1,715 sales and benefitting from the unavailability of the VW Polo to carve itself a spot in the Algerian Top 5, the highest it has ever been here. Brand-wise, boosted by the enormous month of the 207, Peugeot is the most popular in October and for the third time in the last 4 months at 7,876 units, ahead of Renault at 5,085 and Dacia at 3,732. #1 last month, Hyundai is down to #4 with 3,711 sales. Year-to-date, Renault is still in pole position at 67,132 units, followed by Peugeot and Hyundai.

Previous month: Algeria September 2012: Hyundai Accent reclaims top spot

One year ago: Algeria October 2011: Hyundai Atos and Chevrolet Sail on top

Full October 2012 Top 5 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria September 2012: Hyundai Accent reclaims top spot

October 12th, 2012 No comments

3 generations of Hyundai Accent are now sold simultaneously in Algeria.

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In September and for the first time in 2012, the Hyundai Accent is back in pole position of the Algerian models ranking with 3,356 sales. The last time the Accent topped the ranking in Algeria was in December 2011 when it reached a record 15.7% market share. Thanks to its September score the Accent is now #2 year-to-date like in 2011 at 19,827 units. The Dacia Logan stays very solid in 2nd place with 2,636 sales (it is #3 ytd vs. #5 in 2011) and is followed by the Toyota Hilux at 2,317 units.

Only #10 over the Full Year 2011, the Renault Clio Campus is up to #4 this month with 2,134 sales and #7 year-to-date at an estimated 8,053 units. Absent from the Top 5 over the last couple of months, the Hyundai Atos is back up to #5 in September thanks to 1,946 sales. Runaway leader year-to-date at 25,400 units thanks to huge scores in July (4,620 sales!) and August (3,030), the Peugeot 207 comes out of the monthly Top 5 this month, now that the Peugeot 208 has been unveiled in the country.

Previous month: Algeria August 2012: Peugeot 207 #1, dislodges Renault Symbol

One year ago: Algeria September 2011: Chevrolet Sail up to #4

Full September 2012 Top 5 Ranking Table below.

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Algeria August 2012: Peugeot 207 #1, dislodges Renault Symbol

September 20th, 2012 2 comments

Peugeot 207. Picture by Pixel Passion, all rights reserved.

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If you are a regular BSCB reader you would already know that Peugeot is doing wonders in Algeria this year. Newly available models rankings confirm this trend and even show that the Peugeot 207, about to be replaced by the 208 here, has taken the lead, passing the Renault Symbol which had been the favourite model in Algeria for the last 4 years. The 207 is #1 year-to-date over 6 months with 16,048 sales, up 75% on 2011, while the Renault Symbol totals 15,316 units, down 12% and the Hyundai Accent rounds up the podium at 12,766 sales (+85%).

Other great performers in Algeria over the first half of 2012 include the Toyota Hilux at #4 with 12,053 units (+25% but down 2 spots), the Dacia Logan at #5 with 11,786 sales (+86%), the Toyota Yaris at #7 and 4,692 units (+95%) and the Peugeot 308 at #8 and 4,198 sales (+102%). Note the Dacia Logan was #1 in June ahead of the Peugeot 207 and Hyundai Accent.

In August, the Peugeot 207 is back in the lead by far with 3,030 sales, up 155% year-on-year, followed by the Toyota Hilux (+39%), Renault Symbol (-42%), Hyundai Accent (-25%) and Renault Clio Campus (+159%).

Previous post: Algeria 6 months 2012: Peugeot up 96% in market up 49%

One year ago: Algeria August 2011: Chevrolet Sail up to #7

Full June, August 2012 Top 5 and 6 months Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria 6 months 2012: Peugeot up 96% in market up 49%

August 28th, 2012 1 comment

Can the 301 help Peugeot become the best-selling brand in Algeria? 

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Given my traditional source for Algerian sales has dried up and hasn’t been updated since last January, the only information I have about Algeria is patchy at best. If you have access to regular models figures please make sure to let me know by commenting on this post!

Over the first 6 months of 2012 the Algerian new car market is going absolutely gangbusters, up no less than 49% on the same period in 2011 (which was a record already) to 263,787 registrations. Now some of the previous year info published here conflicts with the data I got monthly in 2010-2011 but in any case we may be looking at a 500,000 unit Algerian market in 2012 which would be an all time record by far, up from around 400,000 in 2010 (or 289,385 according to my source). Exceptional times indeed… This astonishing growth is fuelled by a couple of government measures: substantial aids allocated to young entrepreneurs to create new companies with bank loans at zero credit and car price reductions, as well as significant salary increases granted to civil servants with 4-year retroactive effects.

The ageing Peugeot 207 is still the brand’s best-seller in Algeria

In this euphoric context, for once it’s the French brands that do best in the country. Renault leads the way by far with 63,221 sales including Dacia, up a massive 59% on the 39,659 it sold at the same time last year and nearly up to the 70,000 it sold in the Full Year 2011! Renault is even looking into building a brand new factory in Algeria to expand its very successful Moroccan operations. Expect the Renault Symbol to still lead the models ranking ahead of the Toyota Hilux.

In second place, while it is hit hard at home and having to cut jobs and close a plant, Peugeot is up a huge 96% year-on-year in Algeria to pass long-term runner-up Hyundai with 26,781 sales vs. 22.842 for the Korean. And this with an ageing range: the 207 is still Peugeot’s best-seller in the country as neither the 208 nor, most importantly, the 301 have launched there yet…

The Suzuki Swift Dzire is off to a great start in Algeria

Finally, the other brand going from strength to strength this year in Algeria is Suzuki, ranking in the Top 5 best-selling brands in January, breaking its monthly sales record twice this year in March (2,209) and June (2,591). Best-sellers over the first 6 months of 2012 are the M800 (4,585), Alto (2,764), Celerio (2,067) and Alto K10 (1,172), giving Suzuki a huge 41% market share in the mini segment. Plus the Swift Dzire, available since June 19, got 825 orders in July alone.

Previous post: Algeria May 2012: Renault breaks records

Previous year: Algeria Full Year 2011: Renault Symbol #1 again, Hyundai up 53%

One year ago: Algeria June 2012: Chevrolet Sail confirms Top 10 spot

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Algeria May 2012: Renault breaks records

June 17th, 2012 No comments

Algerian sales of Renault Clio Campus are up 160% over the first 5 months of 2012.

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My traditional source for Algerian sales has dried up and hasn’t been updated since January so my coverage of Algeria has become a little patchy. If you have access to regular models figures please make sure to let me know by commenting on this post. What I can share with you is the fantastic results Renault has been lodging each month of 2012. Sales of Renault Group cars (Renault and Dacia) have added up to 7,112 units in January, 8,312 in February, 11,125 in March, 12,052 in April and 12,402 in May, a new record for the Group and a huge 66% improvement on May 2011…

Over the first 5 months of 2012, Renault Group sold 51,003 vehicles, up 38% year-on-year. This is split between 37,052 Renaults (+39%) and 13,951 Dacias (+37%). If we go into the detail of models, the Renault Symbol is still the most popular model in Algeria with 13,817 sales, while the Dacia Logan is on the up in spite of its 8 years of age at 8,973 units or 10,389 if we add the LCV version.

The Renault Clio III is at 5,883 sales which is already 66% of its Full Year 2011 result and we are witnessing a total revival of the Renault Clio Campus (previous generation still available), selling 5,277 units in 5 months compared to 5,008 over the Full Year 2011… Notice also the Dacia Duster at 2,365 sales. In a more general sense, the Algerian car market has been booming in 2012. In April, sales were up a massive 52% to a record 39,639 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 136,414 units, up 43% on the same period in 2011 which was already up 25% on 2010…

Previous post: Algeria March 2012: Renault Symbol and Toyota Hilux on top

One year ago: Algeria May 2011: Chinese import Chevrolet Sail in Top 10

Full 5 months 2012 Renault sales below.

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