Argentina October 2015: Toyota Etios up to 4th place in market up 21%

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The Argentinean new car market seems to have finally bottomed out: after gaining 11% in September it is up a by a beautiful 21% year-on-year in October to 57.817 units. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the country but improves at a slower rate than the market at +10% to 19,7% share, distancing Ford (+30%) while Renault more than doubles its sales year-ony-year to 7.680 units and 13.3% share. Chevrolet (+44%), Fiat (+61%) and Toyota (+6%) follow. Notice also Audi up 172% yet Honda down 51% and Hyundai down 59%. Model-wise, after two months of Chevrolet Classic reign, the VW Gol Trend reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 3.075 sales and 5.3% share with the Toyota Hilux stepping up to 2nd place and 4.4% of the market despite sales down 4%. The Toyota Etios is up 42% to hit its best Argentinean ranking since March 2014 at #4, the Fiat Palio is up 68%, the Ford Ecosport up 49% and the Ford Focus up 43%. The VW Amarok maintains itself inside the Top 10 at #9, the Renault Kangoo is up 60% and the Fiat Siena up 53%.

Previous month: Argentina September 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1 again

One year ago: Argentina October 2014: Toyota Hilux new leader

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Argentina September 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1 again

Chevrolet Classic Argentina September 2015The Chevrolet Classic is the best-selling nameplate in Argentina for the 2nd month running.

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Good news coming from Argentina this month, with the new car market actually up year-on-year at +11% to 65.138 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 485.876 sales, down 13% on 2014. Volkswagen (+14%) remains the most popular manufacturer in the country by far with 18.8% share, distancing Ford (+16%) while Renault (+37%) jumps on the podium at 12.9% of the market vs. 11.2% year-to-date. Chevrolet (+27%), Fiat (+21%), Audi (+231%), Agrale (+230%) and Mitsubishi (+30%) also impress. Model-wise, the Chevrolet Classic posts a second consecutive month in pole position – also the third time in the past four months – thanks to sales up 39% to 3.139, above the VW Gol Trend (+18%), Toyota Hilux (+24%) and Ford Fiesta Kinetic (-1%). The Fiat Palio (+54%), Ford Ecosport (+40%) and VW Amarok (+42%) also post impressive gains within the Top 10.

Previous month: Argentina August 2015: Chevrolet Classic dominates market down 12%

One year ago: Argentina September 2014: Ford Fiesta jumps to top spot

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Argentina August 2015: Chevrolet Classic dominates market down 12%

Chevrolet Classic Argentia August 2015The Chevrolet Classic is the best-selling model in Argentina this month.

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New vehicle sales are down 12% year-on-year in August to 50.230 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 420.738, down 16% on 2014. Volkswagen stays in charge of the brands ranking, even improving its volume 9% year-on-year to 9.513 and 18.9%, ahead of Chevrolet (-12%), Ford (-7%), Renault (-3%) and Toyota up 8%. Fiat (-33%), Peugeot (-51%), Citroen (-26%) and Honda (-33%) implode. Chery (+41%), Hyundai, Kia (both at +42%) and Audi (+55%) excel on the other hand. Over in the models ranking, the Chevrolet Classic manages to top the sales charts for the second time in the past 3 months thanks to 2,963 deliveries for a 5.9% market share vs. 2.314 and 4.6% for the #2, the VW Gol Trend. This performance earns the Classic the #2 spot year-to-date, overtaking the Toyota Hilux at 18.083 units vs. 17.639. The Gol Trend remains #1 so far in 2015 at 19.667 sales. Notice also the VW Amarok up 16% to #9, the Renault Duster up 61% to #16 and the Honda HR-V up 18 spots to a record #23 with 574 sales, already representing 73% of Honda sales in Argentina this month.

Previous month: Argentina July 2015: Volkswagen & Renault buck negative trend

One year ago: Argentina August 2014: Renault Clio Mio confirms top spot

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Argentina July 2015: Volkswagen and Renault buck negative trend

Novo Sandero 2015 - Foto: Luiz Costa / Agência La Imagem.Renault sales are up 23% in a market down 2%, mainly thanks to the new Sandero.

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The Argentinean new car market confirms it is stabilising with sales down just 2% year-on-year in July to 59.777 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 370.508 units, down 16% on 2014. Volkswagen holds onto the brands pole position thanks to sales up an impressive 22% to 10.272 and 17.2% share with Renault also gaining a spotless 23% to land in 2nd place overall with 8.905 units and 14.9% vs. 10.7% (-31%) so far in 2015. The French manufacturer places the Clio Mio at #6, the new Sandero at #9, Duster at #16 and nw Logan at #19. Ford (-1%) and Chevrolet (-18%) are kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively, while Fiat remains 5th despite sales down 31%. Toyota (+16%), Mercedes (+35%), Nissan (+20%), Iveco (+44%), Chery (+76%), Kia (+99%) and Audi (+200%) also impress. Five of the Top 6 best-selling models frankly outperform the market: the VW Gol Trend (+37%) resumes its leadership above the Chevrolet Classic (+27%) and Toyota Hilux (+24%) while the Ford Fiesta Kinetic (+26%) and Toyota Etios (+12%) rank 5th and 6th. After Brazil, the Honda HR-V is sets its sights on Argentina, landing directly at #41.

Previous month: Argentina June 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Sandero in Top 10

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

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Argentina June 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Sandero in Top 10

Renault Nuevo Sandero Argentina June 2015. Picture courtesy motores332.comThe new generation Renault Sandero breaks into the Argentinean Top 10 this month.

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Finally! Argentinean new car sales are up year-on-year for the first time since December 2013 at +9% to 56.315 registrations, with the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 standing at 310.731 units, still down a harsh 18% on 2014. The Argentinean market could be on the wake of a new era with tax and foreign exchange access changes expected in July that could free sales up anew. Volkswagen lodges another excellent performance at +18% to 9.908 sales and 17.6% share ahead of Ford (-3%), Chevrolet (-16%), Renault (-4%) and Fiat (-30%). Further down, Mercedes (+22%), Hyundai (+24%), Chery (+39%), Kia (+79%) and Audi (+249%) impress.

Citroen C4 Lounge Argentina June 2015. Picture courtesy clicrbs.com.brThe Citroen C4 Lounge lands directly at #27.

Model-wise, the Chevrolet Classic returns to #1 for the first time in two years (since July 2013) thanks to 3.547 sales and 6.3% share and now ranks 4th year-to-date, the Ford Fiesta Kinetic remains at #2 above the VW Gol Trend (-2), the Fiat Palio (-1%) and Ford Ecosport, stable in 5th position. Last month we wondered whether the Nuevo Sandero would be able to save Renault: so far so good, it is up 28 spots on May to break into the Top 10 at #8 with 1.825 sales and 3.2%, instantly becoming the brand’s best-seller in Argentina above the Kangoo (#9). Notice also the VW Amarok up 7 ranks to #10, the VW Up solid at #15 and the Citroen C4 Lounge landing directly at #27 with 536 units sold for a round 1% market share.

Previous month: Argentina May 2015: Can the new Sandero save Renault?

One year ago: Argentina June 2014: Fiat Palio holds onto #1 spot in market down 31%

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Argentina May 2015: Can the new Sandero save Renault?

Novo Sandero 2015 - Foto: Luiz Costa / Agência La Imagem.The new generation Renault Sandero has just launched in Argentina.

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By losing just 7% in March and 4% in April, the Argentinean new car market seemed to be slowly stabilising – granted, at levels roughly 25% below 2014. It’s not. May takes new car sales Argentina down a further 16% year-on-year to 47.261 units and brings the year-to-date total to 254.416 deliveries, down 21.5% on 2014. Volkswagen stuns by improving 11% to 18.5% market share as Ford (-10%) and Chevrolet (-11%) outpace the market but Toyota (-23%), Peugeot (-29%), Fiat (-34%) and most of all Renault (-35%) crumble apart. Interestingly, 9 of the next 10 brands in the sales charts gain ground year-on-year – signalling a clear fragmentation of Argentinean sales – including Audi tripling its score year-on-year, Hyundai (+75%), Kia (+36%), Mercedes, Chery (+16%), Nissan (+14%) and Citroen (+3%).

Ford Ranger Argentina May 2015The Ford Ranger is among the 10 best-selling nameplates in Argentina this month.

This month the new generation Renault Sandero launches in Argentina, landing at #36 with 321 deliveries, and the French manufacturer will be anxiously examining its sales for the remainder of the year. If the outdated Kangoo surges to #7 this month, the Clio Mio is down 10 spots on April to #15 and the Nuevo Logan has failed to transform the nameplate into a hit, ranking at a low #53 so far in 2015. Really what Argentina needs is a sharply priced Renault Captur – even if it cannibalises the Sandero Stepway a little. The VW Gol Trend confirms it is back in charge of the model sales charts with 2.472 units and 5.2%, followed by the Ford Fiesta Kinetic and Fiat Palio. The Ford Ranger is up 8 spots to #9 and the VW Up gains 4 ranks to a best-ever #14 one year after its launch in the country.

Previous month: Argentina April 2015: VW Gol Trend back in charge

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

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Argentina April 2015: VW Gol Trend back in charge

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

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%

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%

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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