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Argentina April 2015: VW Gol Trend back in charge

May 10th, 2015 No comments

VW Gol Trend Argentina January 2015The VW Gol Trend is back to #1 in Argentina.

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The Argentinean new car market seems to be slowly stabilising: down just 4% year-on-year in April to 51.371 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 207.155 units, down 23% on 2014. Volkswagen takes a clear advantage over all other brands this month thanks to sales up 13% on April 2014 to 9.513 units, while Ford is down 16% in 2nd place at 6.907 deliveries. Chevrolet (+13%) and Toyota (+5%) follow but Fiat (-33%), Renault (-39%), Peugeot (-33%) and Citroen (-24%) all plummet down. Nissan (+61%), Chery (+66%), Audi (+167%) and Kia (+183%) all post extremely satisfying results. Model-wise, the VW Gol Trend is back in charge for the 4th time in the past 6 months thanks to 2.621 deliveries, just above the Toyota Hilux (2.441) with the Ford Fiesta Kinetic (1.961) and Ford Focus III (1.887) rounding up the Top 4. The Chevrolet Spin jumps 14 spots to #16 and the Nissan Note is up 43 ranks to #64 for its 2nd month in market.

Previous month: Argentina March 2015: Ford Focus edges past Toyota Hilux to #1

One year ago: Argentina April 2014: VW Gol Trend consolidates leadership

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Argentina March 2015: Ford Focus edges past Toyota Hilux to #1

April 14th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus III Argentina March 2015. Picture courtesy cuyomotor.com.arThe Ford Focus is #1 in Argentina for the first time.

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The Argentinean new car market gets a breath of fresh air in March with sales down just 7% year-on-year to 48,236 registrations – on a very low March 2014 base though, meaning the 1st Quarter 2015 ends on a 28% drop at 155,784 units. Volkswagen (#1, +15%), Ford (#2, +5%) and Chevrolet (#4, +21%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground year-on-year in the March Top 8. Reversely, Peugeot (-25%), Citroen (-28%) and Renault (-39%) sink. Mercedes triples its sales compared to March 2014 to 888 units, Nissan is up 113%, Iveco up 203%, Hyundai up 123% and Audi up 259%… Some pretty good news indeed.

Mercedes C-Class Argentina March 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukMercedes sales in Argentina are up a gigantic 199% year-on-year in March.

The best-selling model in Argentina this month is a novelty: the Ford Focus III edges 6 units past the Toyota Hilux to snatch the pole position for the first time in its two year-career, its previous best being #3 last August. The Focus sells 2,080 units for a 4.3% market share and climbs to #7 year-to-date vs. #12 over FY2014. The Hilux for its part is also #2 so far in 2015, as it was in 2014. The Fiat Palio is back up 5 spots on February to #3, the Ford Ecosport is down two to #4, the Fiesta Kinetic makes it 3 Fords in the Top 5 and the VW Gol Trend drops 5 ranks on last month to #6 but remains #1 year-to-date with 6,697 sales so far. Further down the ranking, we welcome the Nissan Note directly at #107.

Previous month: Argentina February 2015: Gol Trend and Ecosport top market down 28%

One year ago: Argentina March 2014: Toyota Etios up to world-best #2

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Argentina February 2015: Gol Trend & Ecosport top market down 28%

March 5th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com

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The Argentinean new car market is showing no sign of recovery: down another 28% year-on-year in February to 41,998 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 107,548 units, down 35% on 2014. Volkswagen (-23%), Ford (-19%) and Chevrolet (-8%) top the brands ranking, all managing to lose less ground than the market despite pretty heavy falls. It’s another story for Peugeot (-32%), Fiat (-38%), Citroen (-45%) and Renault (-52%)… Some rare brands do manage to improve year-on-year in February: among them Kia (+118%), Chery (+101%), Hyundai (+90%), Nissan (+67%) and Audi (+43%).

Chery Tiggo Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy of autocosmos.comChery sales are up 101% year-on-year in Argentina in February – the Tiggo ranks #41.

The VW Gol Trend holds onto the pole position it held over the FY2014 and in January thanks to 1,841 sales and 4.4%, exactly one percentage point above the next-best-seller, the Ford Ecosport up two spots on January to #2 and 1,427 units. The Ford Fiesta Kinetic is also up two ranks to #3 while the Toyota Hilux is down one to #4 but now ranks #2 year-to-date like it did in 2014. The Renault Clio Mio is back up 8 spots to #7 but #13 year-to-date vs. #3 in 2014, the VW Fox is up 13 to #20, the VW Vento up 29 to #27, the new generation VW Golf lands directly at #35 and the Chery Tiggo is up one further spot to a record #41.

Previous month: Argentina January 2015: The freefall continues at -39%

One year ago: Argentina February 2014: Ford Fiesta Kinetic leader for the first time

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Argentina January 2015: The freefall continues at -39%

February 22nd, 2015 No comments

VW Gol Trend Argentina January 2015The VW Gol Trend is the best-selling model in Argentina in January.

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No sign of improvement for the Argentinean new car market, although the January figure, down 39% to 65,550 registrations, is made worse by boosted sales a year ago. Just as it sinks in neighbouring Brazil, Volkswagen remains the most popular manufacturer in Argentina thanks to 11,960 sales and 18.2% share, down 27% year-on-year. It distances Chevrolet (-28%), Ford (-15%), Fiat (-36%) and Peugeot (-41%) while Renault (-57%) and Citroen (-58%) plummet. Model-wise, the VW Gol Trend leads like it did over the Full Year 2014, the Fiat Palio is up to 2nd place above the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ecosport and Peugeot 208. Notice the Chevrolet Onix up to #14, the Renault Clio Mio, leader in December, down to #15, the Chevrolet Prisma up to #19, VW Up at a strong #22 and the Chery Tiggo leading the Chinese charge at #42.

Previous post: Argentina Full Year 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

One year ago: Argentina January 2014: Ford Ecosport leader for the first time

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Argentina Full Year 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

January 23rd, 2015 No comments

VW Gol Argentina 2014VW Gol Trend

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In 2014, the devaluation of the local currency, rampant inflation and increased taxation supposedly aimed at protecting local production have all combined to incur a 50% surge of the average price of new cars in Argentina (but up to +110% for luxury models), in turn pulling new car sales down 29% to 673,695 registrations. A further tax change for the more up-market models in place from January 2015 means some cars see their price double after tax, and this will certainly not help future sales. Even though the tax increases were originally aimed at high-end vehicles to protect local production – mainly focused on low-end models – against imports, the tax brackets are anything but progressive, meaning large price gaps were artificially created between taxed and non-taxed vehicles, and cheaper cars have seen their price skyrocket to fill these gaps even though they weren’t affected by the tax. This way a Renault Logan can now reach the equivalent of US$23.000.

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The graph on the left shows the year-on-year price evolution of the 10 best-selling models in Argentina in December, displaying 50% increases or more even though these models were not affected by the tax increase – an extremely rare situation for any car market in the world. To this situation needs to be added the fact that some locally-produced models (Citroen C4 Lounge, Renault Fluence, Ford Focus, Toyota SW4) are now affected by the higher tax brackets, which has prompted Mercedes to not commercialise in Argentina the Vito it will start assembling locally this year – dedicating it to export markets. According to Ernesto Cavicchioli, vice president of Hyundai Motor Argentina, the new tax changes will mean that “At best many models that are now offered at 240,000 pesos (the new tax-threshold) will see their price increase without having to pay the tax and models that are below them also have more room to go up. The only better alternative if you can not repeal the law is to modify the rates and make them more progressive. In late 2014, more than half of the range of models on the market is missing or endangered. We have an abnormal market that harms all auto consumers of Argentina.” More info (in Spanish) on this hot mess here.

Given the number of factors affecting the Argentinean market this year, it was difficult to expect a quiet year of sales, and agitated it has been. Brand-wise, if Volkswagen holds onto the pole position with 16.6% share by evolving like the market (-28%), the rest of the Top 5 is entirely reshuffled: Ford (-20%) dislodges Renault (-40%) from the 2nd spot, and Fiat (-18%) gains one rank to #4, knocking Chevrolet (-40%) off the podium in the process. Toyota brilliantly gains 21% thanks to the Etios (up 504% to integrate the Top 10 in 2014) but remains in 7th place, while Mercedes (-35%) is the least affected by the luxury tax increase: Audi (-84%) and BMW (-85%) both disintegrate.

Toyota Hilux Argentina 2014. Picture courtesy of topcar.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux is up to a best-ever #2 ranking in Argentina in 2014.

After 4 consecutive years in the top spot, the Chevrolet Classic bows in 2014, dropping 31% to #5. The VW Gol Trend (current generation) takes the relay despite sales down 3% to 29,667 and 4.4% share. The 2014 tax changes advantaged pick-up trucks and Toyota Hilux sales are a clear illustration of this bias: up 1% and 5 spots on 2013 to #2 with 27,635 units and 4% share vs. 2.9% last year. The Renault Clio Mio is down 19% but stays third while the Ford Fiesta Kinetic (+34%),  Fiat Palio (+29% and #1 in May and June) and the Peugeot 208 (+55%) are the other stars of the Top 10 in a year that saw 6 different model leaders. The Toyota Etios is #10 for its first full year of sales and the Ford Focus III lands at #12 vs. #25 in 2013 for the previous generation.

Previous post: Argentina November 2014: Ford Ecosport back on podium

Previous year: Argentina Full Year 2013: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Clio Mio #3 in record year

Two years ago: Argentina Full Year 2012: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Duster up

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Argentina November 2014: Ford Ecosport back on podium

December 4th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina November 2014. Picture courtesy of motordrea,.uol.com.brFord Ecosport

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New car sales in Argentina are still stuck in hell: down 38% year-on-year in November to 38,573 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 643,741 units, down 28% on 2013. As opposed to Brazil where it is properly butchered by Fiat and Chevrolet, Volkswagen takes advantage of these troubled times in Argentina by dropping ‘just’ 12% and reaching a fantastic 21.5% market share, by far the most popular manufacturer in the country. It places the Gol Trend back in pole position both this month (5.9% share) and year-to-date (4.2%), the locally-produced Amarok up to a record 8th place with 3.2% share and the Up up to a best-ever #15… Toyota is simply the only passenger car brand to actually gain ground on November 2013 with sales up 8% to 4,238 and 11% share at #4. It places the Hilux at #2 with a strong 5.2% share vs. 3.9% YTD and the Etios at #6 with 3.3%.

VW Amarok ArgentinaThe VW Amarok breaks its ranking record this month in Argentina at #8 overall.

Previous month: Argentina November 2014: Toyota Hilux new leader

One year ago: Argentina November 2013: Renault #1, places 3 models in Top 4!

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Argentina October 2014: Toyota Hilux new leader

November 6th, 2014 No comments

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Yet another depressing month for new vehicle sales in Argentina, down a horrible 42% year-on-year in October to 47,608 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 605,168 units, down 27% on 2013. Volkswagen lodges an exceptional month at 21.8% share thanks to sales down ‘just’ 25% and compared to the 15.9% it commands YTD. Ford remains in 2nd place at 13.6%, ahead of Toyota up 3 spots to #3 and 12.5%, Peugeot at 11.9% and Chevrolet down 67% to 10.1%. For the first time ever, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country thanks to 2,652 sales and a massive 5.6% market share vs. 3.9% YTD. The VW Gol Trend is also well above its YTD level at 5.4% vs. 4.1% and cements its pole position in 2014 so far while the VW Suran brilliantly holds itself within the podium for the 2nd consecutive month whereas it only ranks 10th YTD. Other great performers in Argentina this month include the Peugeot 208 at #4 vs. #8 YTD, the Toyota Corolla at #7 vs. #17, VW Up up a further 5 ranks to #16 vs. #44 YTD and the Honda City at #27 vs. #51.

Previous month: Argentina September 2014: Ford Fiesta jumps to top spot

One year ago: Argentina October 2013: VW Gol Trend #1, Toyota Etios in Top 20

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Argentina September 2014: Ford Fiesta jumps to top spot

October 12th, 2014 No comments

Ford Fiesta Argentina September 2014. Picture courtesy of temusados.com.brFord Fiesta

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The Argentinean new car market continues to evolve at levels frankly below last year, down another horrendous 31% year-on-year in September to 58,516 registrations, bringing the year-to-date to 557,560 units, down 25% on 2013. Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking, delivering an excellent 18.3% market share in spite of sales down 20% year-on-year, that’s a full 3 percentage points above the manufacturer’s market share in Argentina so far this year. Ford is up 1% to 14.3% share, earning it the 2nd spot year-to-date above Fiat. Chevrolet tumbles down 50%, Renault is at -53%, and reversely Toyota is up a magnificent 46% and Nissan is up 28%.

VW Suran Cross Argentina September 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.com.uyThe VW Suran is on the Argentinean podium this month.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta Kinetic takes the lead  for the second time this year after last February thanks to 2,567 sales, edging past the VW Gol Trend back up 4 spots to #2 and 2,556 units. The VW Suran shoots up 5 ranks to round up the podium for the first time since November 2012 with 2,409 sales. Other great performers include the Toyota Corolla up to #11, Renault Fluence up to #20, VW Up up to a best-ever #21, Honda City up to #27 and Chevrolet Tracker up to #30.

Previous month: Argentina August 2014: Renault Clio Mio confirms top spot

One year ago: Argentina September 2013: VW Gol Trend confirms pole position

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Argentina August 2014: Renault Clio Mio confirms top spot

September 4th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina August 2014Renault Clio Mio

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August marks the second month of the ProCreAuto program, an aid to the purchase for new local cars with credits from the Banco Nación   launched by the Argentinean government to boost flailing new car sales in the country. And the results so far are disappointing: instead of reviving sales, the program seems to have had no impact at all with the Argentinean new car market down 30% year-on-year in August to 56,953 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 499,044 registrations, down 25% on 2013. With a smaller market comes more volatility and this is also true in the brands ranking: Volkswagen is back up two spots on July to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date in spite of sales down 37% on August 2013, and it is followed this month by Chevrolet (-28%), Ford (-8%), Fiat (-21%) and Renault (-39%). Toyota bucks the trend with a beautiful 35% year-on-year increase mainly due to the great performances of the Etios (#11) and Corolla (#15).

The Renault Clio Mio manages to top the models ranking for the 2nd month in a row thanks to 2,834 sales and 5% share and is now #2 year-to-date at 18,499 units and 3.7% (vs. #4 one month ago). The Chevrolet Classic, #1 over the Full Year 2013, is back up to #2 with 2,561 units and 4.5% but still ranks at a low #6 year-to-date. First incursion in the Argentinean podium for the Ford Focus III at 2,418 sales and 4.2%, great show of the VW Suran up 4 ranks to #8, of the VW Up up 8 to #28 and of the Honda City up 12 to #32.

Previous month: Argentina July 2014: Renault Clio Mio tops market down 30%

One year ago: Argentina August 2013: VW Gol Trend #1, Peugeot 208 on podium

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Argentina July 2014: Renault Clio Mio tops market down 30%

August 6th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina July 2014Renault Clio Mio

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Not only is the Argentinean new car market struggling overall in the wake of import tax increases and galloping inflation (-30% in July to 61,213 registrations and -24% year-to-date at 442,091), its smaller size also means it is struggling to find itself a clear leader in the models sales charts. After 4 consecutive years of undisputed domination up to 2013, the Chevrolet Classic has sunk to a paltry 6th position so far in 2014, leaving an open field for new pretenders to the title of most popular model in Argentina. The VW Gol Trend leads the way for now at 17,448 sales and 3.9% but is down to #7 in July. The Toyota Hilux ranks 2nd in 2014 but only 5th this month, while the Ford Ecosport is third both year-to-date (3.6%) and in July but seems to be struggling to get to the next level. And this month two additional models top the ranking: the Renault Clio Mio delivers its best-ever market share in the country at 6.1% thanks to 3,704 sales, in pole position for the 2nd time ever after after November 2013 and knocking down the Fiat Palio (#1 in May and June) to 2nd place at 3,332 units and 5.4%. These scores enable each model to advance to #4 and #5 year-to-date respectively.

Ford Ecosport Argentina July 2014Can the Ford Ecosport finish 2014 in pole position in Argentina? Not likely.

Further down, let’s salute the good performances of the Ford Focus at #6, Toyota Etios at #8 and Chevrolet Celta at #18 while a few new models make themselves noticed: the Chevrolet Tracker is up 16 spots on June to #39, the Fiat Nuevo Fiorino up 21 to #30, the VW Up is up 72 ranks to #36 and 502 sales for its first full month in the country, the Honda City is up a further 6 ranks to #44 vs. #62 year-to-date and the Fiat 500L is up 50 to #143 for its 2nd appearance in the Argentinean ranking. Brand-wise, Fiat enjoys its 2nd month in a row in first place thanks to sales up 1% to 15.4% share and is now #2 year-to-date below Volkswagen, down a harsh 39% to #3 this month. Chevrolet is #2 but #5 year-to-date while Ford (-17%) and Renault (-48%) round up the Top 5. Notice also Toyota up a huge 35%, Honda up 8% and Nissan up 19%.

Previous month: Argentina June 2014: Fiat Palio holds onto #1 spot in market down 31%

One year ago: Argentina July 2013: Renault most popular brand!

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