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

April 5th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Etios Argentina March 2014Argentina is now the country in the world where the Toyota Etios has ranked the highest.

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This is it: in January, Argentinean car dealers announced that the combined effect of a tax hike on imported models and the devaluation of the local currency meant the car market could drop by as much as 40% in 2014 after reaching a record 955,000 sales in 2013 (more on this – in Spanish – here). Dramatic? Perhaps not so much after all. March sales are down a horrendous 35% year-on-year to just 50,724 registrations, bringing the 1st Quarter figure down 13% to 217,407 units. Renault is the most popular brand in the country for the third time in the last 5 months thanks to 7,970 sales and 15.7% share, albeit only 15 units above Volkswagen this month! Ford (14%), Fiat (12.6%), Peugeot (10.1%), Toyota (9.9%) and Chevrolet (9.3%) follow.

VW Gol Trend Argentina March 2014. Picture courtesy of perezloizeau.comThe VW Gol Trend is the best-seller in Argentina so far in 2014.

With the VW Gol Trend, the Argentinean models ranking has a different leader for the 5th month in a row after the Renault Clio Mio in November, the Renault Duster in December, Ford Ecosport in January and Ford Fiesta Kinetic in February. The Gol Trend sells 2,496 units for a 4.9% share, is #1 year-to-date at 8,380 sales and 3.9% and has now ranked #1 four times over the past 8 months. But the big event in Argentina this month is elsewhere: in 2nd place where we find the Toyota Etios, launched last September and imported from Brazil, with 2,365 sales and 4.7%. This is the highest monthly ranking the Etios has ever reached anywhere in the world, beating the #3 spot it hit in South Africa.

Toyota Etios Argentina March 2014Toyota Etios, ‘my first Toyota’ says the Argentinean advertising campaign.

Leader last month, the Ford Fiesta Kinetic is down to a still very impressive third place in March, the Toyota Hilux is up one spot to #4 and remains #2 year-to-date and the Chevrolet Classic, #1 for 4 years in a row up to 2013, is back up 7 ranks to #5 but is still stuck at a paltry 13th place year-to-date. Other great performers this month include the Ford Focus III up 15 spots to #12, the Renault Nuevo Logan at #18 and the Fiat Punto up 10 ranks to #22. The Chery Tiggo is the best-selling Chinese model at #58 ahead of the Chery QQ (#69) and Fulwin (#82).

Previous month: Argentina February 2014: Ford Fiesta Kinetic leader for the first time

One year ago: Argentina March 2013: Renault Clio Mio up to third place

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Argentina February 2014: Ford Fiesta Kinetic leader for 1st time

March 9th, 2014 2 comments

Ford Fiesta Argentina February 2014. Picture courtesy of temusados.com.brFord Fiesta Kinetic

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New car sales in Argentina are down 8% year-on-year in February to 57,967 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 166,683 units, down 3% on 2013. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the country with 10,485 sales and 18.1% share ahead of Renault (15%), Ford (13.2%), Fiat (12%) and Peugeot (11.5%) while Chevrolet, traditionally #3, tumbles down to #6 and 9.4% share. For the first time, the Ford Fiesta Kinetic is the best-seller in Argentina thanks to 2,703 sales and 4.3% but it’s the VW Gol Trend, #2 at 2,629 units and 4.3%, that takes the lead year-to-date with 5,884 sales and 3.5%.

VW Gol Argentina February 2014VW Gol Trend

So far in 2014 the Gol Trend is above the Toyota Hilux (3.3%) and Ford Ecosport (3.2%), leader in January but down to #9 this month. Excellent performance of the Peugeot 208 up 3 spots on January to #3, the Renault Clio Mio is back up 6 ranks to #4 while the VW Suran is up two to #6. The VW Amarok resists at #11 whereas the Chevrolet Classic, #1 in 2013, is stuck at #12 and #16 year-to-date… The Toyota Etios progresses to #13, the Renault Nuevo Logan ranks #18,

Previous post: Argentina mid-February 2014: Importers crushed by new laws

Previous month: Argentina January 2014: Ford Ecosport leader for the first time!

One year ago: Argentina February 2013: Ford Ecosport on podium

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Argentina mid-February 2014: Importers crushed by new laws

February 20th, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina January 2014Peugeot saw its Argentinean sales double year-on-year over the period…

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The combined effect of a tax hike on imported models and the devaluation of the local currency could mean the Argentinean new car market will drop by as much as 40% in 2014, according to the country’s car dealers! For now, the overall market is not suffering with sales up 7% year-on-year over the first half of February at 25,942 registrations and up 0.2% year-to-date at 133,542. However there are already massive disparities between local producers and importers. Peugeot, assembling most of its range locally, gains 101% year-on-year and with the exception of Chevrolet (-28%), all local producers improve their sales result year-on-year. Reversely, all importers bar Nissan, Dodge, Smart and Ferrari see their sales decline! Most strikingly but not surprisingly, the luxury importers, the most affected by the tax hike, suffer the most: BMW is down 81% and Audi down 78%… According to local website Autoblog, one thing is certain in 2014 as far as new car sales in Argentina are concerned: uncertainty reigns…

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Argentina January 2014: Ford Ecosport leader for the first time!

February 6th, 2014 5 comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina January 2014Ford Ecosport

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New car sales in Argentina are down 2% year-on-year in January to a still formidable 107,945 registrations, January traditionally being the strongest month of the year in Argentina. It had been creeping up the sales charts ever since it first launched in 2003 and it now gets the coronation it deserves: the Ford Ecosport is the most popular model in Argentina for the very first time this month thanks to a record-breaking 3,902 sales. It is also the first time the Ecosport tops any ranking in the world. It previous best ranking was #2 last May and June but strangely enough but illustrating the increasing fragmentation of the Argentinean new car market, the 3.6% market share it commands this month is not its highest ever, and by far: it reached 4.4% back in December 2010 but at the time it was only good enough for 3rd place.

VW Amarok Argentina January 2014The VW Amarok reaches a record 9th place this month.

Could the Argentinean models ranking be on the verge of a massive reshuffle? Leader in FY2013, the Chevrolet Classic is down to a horrid #20 this month, while the VW Gol Trend (#2 in FY2013) is down to #4 and the Renault Clio Mio (#3) is down to #10… Another long-term trend we are going to witness in 2014 is a shift towards pick-up trucks as they have become cheaper as a result of a change in taxation for passenger cars starting in 2014 (more on this – in Spanish – here). Illustrating this, the Toyota Hilux jumps up to #2 with 3,501 sales and 3.2% share this month, already ranking and volume records for the nameplate in Argentina and 2nd best-ever share below the 3.5% it hit in April 2012.

Renault Logan Argentina January 2014. Picture courtesy of carplace.com.brRenault Nuevo Logan

Similarly, the locally-produced VW Amarok is up to a record 9th place with 2,598 sales and 2.4% share, beating its previous bests of #10, 2,336 units and 2.3% share reached in January 2011. Other great performers this month in Argentina include the Peugeot 308 amazingly up 10 spots to #3 (this is still the first generation), the Peugeot 208 back up 22 ranks to #6, the Fiat Palio up 13 to #11, Toyota Etios up 12 to a best-ever #14, Renault Nuevo Logan up 18 to #16 and Citroen C4 up 12 to #17 vs. #43 over FY2013. The Chery Tiggo (#60) leads the Chinese attack ahead of the Chery QQ (#70) and Fulwin (#99).

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

Previous month: Argentina December 2013: Renault Duster #1 in world first, podium 100% Renault

One year ago: Argentina January 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact, Renault Duster & Clio Mio shine

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

January 5th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina 2013. Picture courtesy of japosantos.com.arRenault Clio Mio. Picture by www.revistamovil.com

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Never before had Argentinean customers purchased that many cars in a single year: up 14% on 2012 to 955,023 registrations, almost 100,000 more than the previous record of of 857,983 reached in 2011! The symbolic 1 million milestone could well be passed in 2014… The Chevrolet Classic remains the most popular vehicle in the country for the 4th consecutive year, however it loses over one percentage point of market share and 13% in volume to 37,018 units and 3.9% and if it ranked #1 for 11 of 12 months in 2012, it led the way only 4 times this year, even dropping to #11 in December… This could be its last year on top! The VW Gol Trend remains #2 with 34,040 sales and 3.6% (+3%) and topped the monthly charts 3 times whereas it had never managed that feat before this year.

Ford Ecosport Argentina 2013The Ford Ecosport is up to a world-best 4th place in Argentina in 2013.

The superstar of the year is without contest the Renault Clio Mio, in actual fact a facelifted 1998 Renault Clio II, landing directly on the third step of the podium with 33,133 units and 3.5% share for its first full year in market. It led the ranking in November and will be a serious contender to the overall pole position in 2014… There are two other stars in the Argentinean models ranking this year are they are both inside the Top 5: the Ford Ecosport takes advantage of the launch of the new model to gain 53% and 7 spots on 2012 and reach #4 with 32,445 sales and 3.4% while the Renault Duster does even better, up 60% to #5 at 30,784 units and 3.2%, even topping the sales charts in December! The Peugeot 207 Compact also led the monthly rankings (3 times) but took a hit with the launch of the 208 and as a result is down 3 spots to #6.

Peugeot 208 Argentina 2013The Peugeot 208 is the most successful new nameplate in Argentina in 2013.

Other great performers this year in Argentina include the Fiat Siena up 51% to #11 thanks to the arrival of the Grand Siena, the Peugeot 308 up 45% yo #14, Ford Fiesta Kinetic up 74% to #16, Fiat Palio up 70% to #18, Citroen Nuevo C3 up to #27 and Chevrolet Spin up to #33. 5 all-new nameplates manage to make their way into the year-end Top 60 this year: the Peugeot 208 leads the way at #24 with 13,351 sales, peaking at #3 in August and September, followed by the Chevrolet Onix at #39, Chevrolet Cobalt at #47, Ford Focus III at #58 and Toyota Etios at #60. There are two Chinese models in the Top 100 vs. 3 in 2012: the Chery QQ at #58 (+29%) and Tiggo at #62 (+30%). Brand-wise, Volkswagen drops 3% and almost 3 percentage points to 16.6% while Renault gains 18% and one spot to #2 and 14.7% and could be a threat to the overall #1 spot in 2014 – the French manufacturer even debuted in the lead of the monthly brands ranking this year and repeated this feat twice.

Previous post: Argentina December 2013: Renault Duster #1 in world first, Renault monopolises podium

Previous year: Argentina Full Year 2012: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Duster up

Two years ago: Argentina Full Year 2011: Chevrolet Classic #1 in record year

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Argentina December 2013: Renault Duster #1 in world first, Renault monopolises podium

January 5th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Duster Argentina 2013Argentina is the first country in the world where the Duster tops the monthly charts.

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49,362 new vehicles found a buyer in Argentina this month, a new record for December and up 31% year-on-year. This means 2013 is a new all-time record for Argentinean new car sales: up 13% on 2012 to 955,023 registrations. Renault continues on its incredible run: it tops the brands ranking for the 2nd month in a row with 8,672 sales and 17.6% share vs. 15.2% for Volkswagen and 13.1% for Chevrolet, and the French manufacturer passes Chevrolet to rank #2 over the Full Year 2013. For the first time in the history of automobile in Argentina, Renault monopolises the podium this month and delivers a world-first: the Duster tops the sales charts with 1,940 sales and 3.9% share, the very first time the low-cost SUV ranks #1 in any country in the world! This comes after the Clio Mio topped the Argentinean ranking for the first time last month

Peugeot 4008 Argentina December 2013Peugeot 4008

The Clio Mio is down one rank to #2 with 1,871 sales and 3.8% while the Sandero is up one to climb onto the Argentinean podium for only the second time ever after July 2012 at #3 with 1,688 units and 3.4%. Renault’s performance is all the more impressive as the new generation Sandero has not even launched yet here. The new Logan is already up to #34 with 479 sales for its first full month in market, adding up to 889 units (1.8%) for the Logan nameplate this month. The VW Gol Trend is the best-selling non-Renault model this month at #4 followed by the VW Suran while 2013′s best-seller the Chevrolet Classic is surprisingly down to a paltry #11. Finally, notice the new generation Ford Focus making sparks at #8 with 1,059 sales and 2.1% share, up 9 spots on November, the Peugeot 4008 up 42 to #75 and the Mercedes CLA up 12 to #78.

Previous month: Argentina November 2013: Renault #1, places 3 models in Top 4!

One year ago: Argentina December 2012: Ford Ecosport gets a boost

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

December 4th, 2013 8 comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina November 2013. Picture courtesy of autocosmos.comThe Renault Clio Mio is #1 in Argentina for the first time this month.

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The Argentinean new car market is up 4% year-on-year in November to 60,609 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 904,707 units, up 13% on 2012. Even though the year has not come to an end yet, this is already a new all-time annual record for new car sales in Argentina! The two previous best years were 2011 with 857,983 registrations and 2012 at 840,679… For the second time in the last 3 months, Renault is the most popular carmaker in the country thanks to 10,328 sales and a massive 17% share vs. 13.9% year-to-date. The French manufacturer manages the amazing feat of placing 3 of its models in the Argentinean Top 4 this month! The Clio Mio tops the sales charts for the first time ever, just over one year after its launch, with 2,314 sales and 3.8%, just above the VW Gol Trend at 2,273 units.

Ford Focus Argentina November 2013Ford Focus III

The Renault Duster is up 3 spots on October to round up the podium at #3 with 2,234 sales and 3.7% while the Renault Sandero is up to #4 at 2,175 units and 3.6%. As a result, the Chevrolet Classic is relegated to #5 but even though it has not ranked #1 since July, it is still by far the best-seller in 2013 with 34,549 sales vs. 31,048 for the Gol Trend at #2. Other noticeable movements further down in the ranking include the Ford Focus III up 12 spots to #16, the Toyota Etios down 8 to #26, Chevrolet Tracker down 6 to #40 and the Mercedes CLA up 61 to #95, its first time inside the Argentinean Top 100.

Previous month: Argentina October 2013: VW Gol Trend #1, Toyota Etios in Top 20

One year ago: Argentina November 2012: VW Gol Power takes the lead

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

November 6th, 2013 1 comment

Toyota Etios Argentina October 2013Toyota Etios

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Another exceptional month for new car sales in Argentina, up a beautiful 24% year-on-year in October to 87,014 registrations, the highest October figure on record and bringing the year-to-date total to an all-time high 842,159 units after 10 months, up 13% on 2012. For the first time this year, Chevrolet is the best-selling carmaker in the country thanks to 14,607 sales and 16.8% share vs. 13,745 and 15.8% for the traditional leader Volkswagen, however this month and for the third consecutive time the VW Gol Trend is the most popular model at 3,438 units and 4% vs. 3,100 and 3.6% for the Chevrolet Classic. The Classic’s advantage year-to-date is too big for the Gol Trend to hope to finish the year in pole position though.

VW Gol Trend Argentina October 2013The VW Gol Trend is the Argentinean best-seller for the third consecutive month.

The Ford Escosport is back to a very robust third position with 3,005 sales and 3.5%, a ranking it holds year-to-date as well, while the Renault Clio Mio also reverts to its 2013 order at #4. Excellent month for the Peugeot 208 maintaining itself inside the Top 5 at #5 and 3% share, with the VW Amarok (#13) and Renault Logan (#16) also shining this month. We welcome an all-new model inside the Argentinean Top 20 in October: the Toyota Etios shoots up to #18 with 1,554 sales and 1.8% for its first full month in market! Other noticeable improvements include the Chevrolet Aveo up 13 spots to #24 and the Chevrolet Tracker up 15 to a best-ever #35.

Previous month: Argentina September 2013: VW Gol Trend confirms pole position

One year ago: Argentina October 2012: Ford Ka up to second spot

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Argentina September 2013: VW Gol Trend confirms pole position

October 3rd, 2013 19 comments

VW Gol Argentina September 2013VW Gol Trend

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Great news coming from Argentina: new car sales in the country are up a fantastic 28% year-on-year to 82,339 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to a record 752,724 units, up 11% on 2012. Whereas last month was the first time since the two generations of Gol are counted separately (January 2011) that the Gol Trend topped the Argentinean sales charts, it reiterates this feat in September, even improving its market share to 4.3% thanks to a round 3,500 sales. The Gol Trend therefore goes from #4 to #2 in the year-to-date ranking at 25,337 units and 3.4%, still a fair distance off the traditional leader the Chevrolet Classic still going strong this month at 4%, adding up to 29,676 sales and 3.9% so far this year.

Chevrolet Tracker Argentina September 2013The Chevrolet Tracker is already inside the Argentinean Top 50.

The Peugeot 208 confirms it is a new serious contender to the title of best-selling car in Argentina in 2014 by consolidating the outstanding third position it reached in August with 2,806 units and 3.4%. Even though the new generation has not reached Argentinean shores yet, the Renault Sandero is up a further 4 spots on August to #4 vs. #13 year-to-date while the Clio Mio is stable at #5, the Duster is back up 8 ranks to #7 and the Logan up 3 to #17 vs. #34, making Renault the #2 brand in the country this month, only 363 unit off Volkswagen. Notice also the Chevrolet Onix up 10 spots to break into the Top 20 for the first time at #20, the Chevrolet Spin up 13 to #25, the Chevrolet Tracker breaking into the Top 50 for its 2nd month of sales at #49 and the Toyota Etios making its first appearance in the Argentinean ranking at #70.

Previous month: Argentina August 2013: VW Gol Trend #1, Peugeot 208 on podium

One year ago: Argentina September 2012: Ford Ka and Ranger impress

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

September 4th, 2013 No comments

VW Gol Trend Argentina August 2013VW Gol Trend

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New car sales in Argentina are up a very healthy 7% year-on-year in August to 81,532 registrations, that’s nearly as much as in France (85,565) and twice as much as in Spain (39,931)! The year-to-date total is up 10% on 2012 to a record 669,606 units. For the first time since the two generations of Gol are counted separately in Argentina (January 2011), the VW Gol Trend (current gen) brilliantly takes the lead of the models ranking thanks to 3,220 sales and 3.9% share and is now #4 year-to-date. Note that with the Gol Power (previous gen), total Gol sales for the month amount to 5,044 units or 6.2% of the Argentinean market. The Chevrolet Classic is kicked down to #2 but remains leader by far year-to-date with 26,369 sales and 3.9%.

Peugeot 208 Argentina August 2013Peugeot 208

The other star of the month is the Peugeot 208: for its 4th appearance in the Argentinean ranking it achieves the fantastic feat of landing on the podium at #3 thanks to 2,898 units sold for a 3.6% share. The 208′s progression in Argentina has been meteoric: #112 in May, #80 in June, #9 in July and #3 in August! The pole position could be in sight sooner than everyone expected… Other great performers include the Renault Logan maintaining itself inside the Top 20 at #20 vs. #38 year-to-date and the Fiat Punto up 16 spots on July to #22. We welcome the Chery Fulwin at #91 with 83 sales.

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