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

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

Fiat Palio Argentina June 2014Fiat Palio

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The Argentinean new car market continues to crash and burn after a tax increase was implemented on January 1. In June it is down 31% year-on-year to 51,540 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 380,878 units, down 24% on 2013. The race for the title of most popular manufacturer in Argentina is very competitive with 5 brands above 12% share this month. Fiat takes the lead at 8,154 sales and 15.8% followed by Chevrolet (14.5%), Ford (14.3%) and Volkswagen (13.3%), remaining top dog year-to-date at 15.2% ahead of Renault (13.2%) and Fiat (12.9%).

The Fiat Palio is the most successful model in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to 2,896 sales and 5.6% share, now up to #7 year-to-date vs. #18 in 2013. The Chevrolet Classic, leader in 2013, remains #2 at 2,698 units and 5.2% and ranks 5th so far in 2014. The Toyota Hilux is up one spot on May to #3, staying #2 year-to-date, the Renault Clio Mio is back up 5 ranks to #4 while the Ford Ecosport is up 3 to #5, saving its third spot year-to-date. Notice also the Ford Focus III at #7, the Chevrolet Prisma at #17, Chevrolet Celta at #23 and the Fiat Nuevo Fiorino up to #51.

Previous month: Argentina May 2014: Fiat Palio leads in market down 39%

One year ago: Argentina June 2013: Ford Ecosport confirms 2nd place

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Argentina May 2014: Fiat Palio leads in market down 39%

June 3rd, 2014 No comments

Fiat Palio Argentina May 2014The Fiat Palio is #1 in Argentina for the first time this month…

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The combined effect of a tax hike on imported models put in place on January 1 and the devaluation of the local currency is sending the Argentinean new car market to hell: down 39% year-on-year in May to 55,931 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 326,239 units, down 23% on 2013. Gone are the days where Argentinean consumers bought more cars than ever before (the market reached an all-time high of 955,000 sales in 2013). The consequence of this free fall is a mess in both brands and models rankings. Ford is the most popular carmaker in the country this month and for the first time since BSCB started following Argentinean sales with 15% share ahead of Fiat (14.8%), Volkswagen (14.1%), Chevrolet (12.6%) and Renault (12.5%). Year-to-date, Volkswagen is ahead (15.7%) above Renault (13.5%), Ford (12.8%) and Fiat (12.6%).

Ford Focus Argentina May 2014. Picture courtesy of autocosmos.com.ar…while Ford dominates the brands ranking  for the first time as well.

It’s also a first in the models ranking with the Fiat Palio up 8 spots on April and 15 on March to take the lead thanks to 2,812 sales and 5%, however it is still only #10 year-to-date. The Chevrolet Classic,  #1 for 4 years in a row up to 2013, is up one further spot to #2 at 2,750 units and 4.9% and is now back inside the 2014 Top 10 at #6. Still leader so far in 2014, the VW Gol Trend is down 2 ranks on April to #3 with 2,414 sales and 4.3%, just above the Toyota Hilux at 2,410 units. The Hilux remains #2 year-to-date. Other great performers in Argentina this month include the Ford Focus up to #6, Ford Ranger up to #10 vs. #18 year-to-date, Toyota Corolla up 14 spots on last month to #12 and the Chevrolet Prisma up 20 to #22.

Previous month: Argentina April 2014: VW Gol Trend consolidates leadership

One year ago: Argentina May 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact and Ford Ecosport on top

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Argentina April 2014: VW Gol Trend consolidates leadership

May 9th, 2014 4 comments

VW Gol Argentina April 2014VW Gol Trend

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That’s it: the change in car tax in place since January 1 finally has a deadly toll on new car sales in Argentina, crashing down 35% year-on-year in April to 52,901 registrations and taking the year-to-date total with it: now down 19% to 270,308 units. The VW Gol Trend manages to top the Argentinean sales charts for the 2nd month running and the 5th time in the last 9 months with 2,644 sales and 5% share, cementing its year-to-date leadership at 11,024 units and 4.1% vs. 9,647 for the Toyota Hilux (#2) and 9,411 for the Ford Ecosport (#3). The Ford Fiesta Kinetic lodges another stellar month in 2nd place with 2,340 sales and 4.4% while the Chevrolet Classic returns to the podium for the first time since last October after leading annual sales in 2013. Notice also the Toyota Etios down 4 spots on March to a still very impressive 6th place, the Ford Focus III up 5 to #7 and the Fiat Palio up 7 to #9.

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

One year ago: Argentina April 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact and Renault Clio Mio dominate

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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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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…

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

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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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