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Argentina: 1962-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

August 26th, 2013 5 comments

The Ford Falcon was a regular fixture atop Argentina’s ranking in the sixties and seventies

NOW UPDATED with 11 additional articles for the 1962-1989 period and the most produced models in Argentina since 1951

The direct links to 29 Historical articles are below!

Thanks to Bruno, I can now give you Historical Data for Argentina spanning exactly 50 years! We now have the #1 model for each year since 1962 except 1964, 66, 67 and 68. For 1988 and each year from 1994 onwards there is at least a Top 10 best-selling models ranking!

Renault 12 Alpine Argentina. Picture courtesy of testdelayer.com.arThe Renault 12 topped the Argentinean sales charts 9 times between 1976 and 1988!

The IKA-Renault Dauphine is the oldest known best-seller in Argentina (in 1962) with the sixties dominated by the Fiat 600 (in 1969 and 1970). An Argentina-specific Ford Falcon manages to hold the pole position for 6 years, the first time in 1965 and the last nearly two decades later in 1983… The Renault 12  does even better, best-seller 9 times between 1976 and 1988…

Fiat Duna Argentina 1995. Picture courtesy of testdelayer.com.arThe Fiat Duna was #1 in Argentina from 1990 to 1994.

The Peugeot 504, launched in 1969, is the most produced car in the country’s history at 494,693 units and still ranked inside the Top 10 in 1996 in a facelifted version only sold in Argentina! It however never managed to rank #1 at year-end… Argentinean consumers are big fans of sedans and made the Fiat Duna, a Uno Sedan, their favourite from 1990 to 1994 whereas at the same time the Uno hatchback struggled to break into the Top 10… At first, the VW Senda (sedan) was also more successful than its hatchback version, the Gol…

1996 is the first year the VW Gol ranked #1 in Argentina (1987 in Brazil)

This changed from 1996 onwards, when Volkswagen’s best seller in South American started a reign that would last for 11 years until 2008, only interrupted in 1997 by the Renault 19 and in 2001-02 by the Renault Clio, before the Chevrolet Corsa took the lead in 2009 and hasn’t looked back…

You can see the ranking of all models produced in Argentina here: www.cocheargentino.com.ar

Argentina – Historical Data:

Argentina 1962: Locally produced IKA-Renault Dauphine most popular

Argentina 1963: IKA Rambler takes the lead

Argentina 1965: Ford Falcon instant best-seller

Argentina 1969-1970: Fiat 600 sovereign

Argentina 1971-1972: Ford Falcon reclaims leadership

Argentina 1973-1975: Fiat 128 and Ford Falcon fight it out

Argentina 1976-1978: First years of Renault 12 reign

Argentina 1979: Ford Falcon comes back

Argentina 1980: Renault 12 best-seller

Argentina 1981: Last hurrah for the Fiat 128

Argentina 1982: The only year the Ford Taunus tops the charts

Argentina 1983: Swan song for the Ford Falcon

Argentina 1984-1988: Renault 12 dominates for 5 years in a row (with Top 10 for 1988)

Argentina 1989: Fiat Spazio surprise (and quick) leader

Argentina 1990-1993: Fiat Duna leads the way

Argentina 1994: Fiat Duna and Spazio on top

Argentina 1995: Renault 9 and Fiat Duna fight it out

Argentina 1996: VW Gol takes the lead

Argentina 1997: The only year the Renault 19 finished #1

Argentina 1998-1999: VW Gol, Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Corsa on top

Argentina 2000: VW Gol leads, Peugeot 206 on podium

Argentina 2001-2002: Renault Clio on top

Argentina 2003-2005: VW Gol dominates

Argentina 2006-2008: VW Gol, Chevrolet Corsa and Peugeot 206 on top

Argentina 2009: Chevrolet Corsa new leader, Peugeot 207 Compact #2

Argentina 2010: Chevrolet Corsa Classic best-seller

Argentina 2011: Chevrolet Classic #1 in record year

Argentina 2012: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Duster shines

Argentina 2013: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Clio Mio on podium in record year

Source: ADEFA and ACARA

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Argentina July 2013: Renault most popular brand!

August 5th, 2013 6 comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina July 2013Renault Clio Mio

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The Argentinean new car market continues at records levels, up 15% year-on-year in July to 85,271 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to a best-ever 585,011 units after 7 months, up 9% on 2012. The big surprise this month is the first position of Renault in the brands ranking. Traditionally third, the French carmaker bypasses both Volkswagen and Chevrolet in July thanks to 13,956 sales and 16.4% share, and places 3 models inside the Top 6: the Clio Mio is up 2 spots on June to #3 at 2,906 units and 3.4%, the Sandero up 4 to #5 at 2,310 sales and the Duster up one to #6 and 2,291 units, both at 2.7% share. The Logan is also up 11 ranks to #17 at 1.6% vs. #41 and 0.7% year-to-date. Given the new gen Sandero and Logan have not arrived yet in Argentina, this is most probably the result of aggressive pricing to get rid of the current generation stock.

Peugeot 208 Argentina July 2013The Peugeot 208 breaks into the Argentinean Top 10 for the first time.

Back to the top of the models ranking where the Chevrolet Classic tells everyone who’s Boss by selling 3,448 units for a 4% market share, ahead of the VW Gol Trend at 2,921 sales and 3.4%. The other big news is the thunderous arrival of the Peugeot 208 inside the Argentinean Top 10: up a whopping 71 spots on June to #9 at 2,059 units and 2.4%. Notice also the Chevrolet Prisma and Onix but up 7 ranks to #23 and #24 respectively.

Previous post: Argentina 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Classic under siege

Previous month: Argentina June 2013: Ford Ecosport confirms 2nd place

One year ago: Argentina July 2012: Renault places 4 models in Top 10

Full July 2013 Top 198 All-models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Classic under siege

July 15th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina June 2013Could the Peugeot 207 Compact dethrone the Chevrolet Classic by the end of the year?

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After the USA, China and Spain, we continue on our exploration of the Top 20 biggest car markets’ year-to-date rankings halfway through 2013. Next: Argentina, one of 6 markets in the Top 20 with China, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia to lodge all-time record sales over the period. Argentinean new car sales are up up 8% on 2012 to reach 498,620 units, which would prompt one to wonder whether the symbolic million annual registrations could be reached this year. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the case, as car sales in Argentina are traditionally weaker in the second half of the year. If we apply the 8% growth rate to the Full Year 2012 result we come to 908,000 units which would still be a new record.

Ford Ecosport Argentina June 2013The Ford Ecosport is up 29% year-on-year to #3.

The Chevrolet Classic, a facelifted 1993 Opel Corsa sedan, has been the most popular vehicle in Argentina for the last 3 years running, and is still the best-seller over the first 6 months of 2013 with 19,870 sales, but it drops 13% year-on-year and loses over one percentage point of market share (from 5.1% last year to 4%). And it’s getting some heat from a couple of models. Firstly the Peugeot 207 Compact (aka 206+): whereas it had only topped the monthly sales charts once before this year (in January 2011), it does it 3 times in the space of 5 months this year! It ranked #1 in JanuaryApril and May and totals 19,194 units and 3.8% over 6 months, only 676 sales below the Classic…

Renault Clio Mio Argentina June 2013The Renault Clio Mio lands directly in 4th position.

But wait there’s more: the Top 5 best-sellers get a big reshuffle over the period. The Ford Ecosport is boosted by the new model and gains 29% year-on-year to reach #3 with 17,026 sales and 3.4%. Launched last December, the Renault Clio Mio (a facelifted 1998 Clio II) lands directly in 4th position at 16,088 units and 3.2% and the Renault Duster is up 10 spots and 68% to #5 with 15,881 sales and 3.2%. Notice also the Toyota Hilux up 33% to #7 and the Ford Fiesta Kinetic exactly doubling its sales year-on-year to gain 16 ranks to #10.

Chery QQ Argentina June 2013Chery QQ sales are up 36% year-on-year in Argentina.

Outside the Top 10, great performers in Argentina include the Peugeot 308 up 89% to #11, the Fiat Siena up 28% to #12 thanks to the addition of the new gen ‘Gran Siena’, the Ford Ranger up 83% to #16, Fiat Palio up 123% to #18 and VW Bora up 129% to #29. As far as newcomers are concerned, salute the arrival of the Citroen Nuevo C3 at #31, Chevrolet Spin at #36, Chevrolet Cobalt at #52 and Chevrolet Onix at #58. Finally, there are two Chinese inside the Argentinean Top 60 vs. none last year: the Chery QQ up 36% to #53 and the Chery Tiggo up 18% to #57.

Previous post: Argentina June 2013: Ford Ecosport confirms 2nd place

One year ago: Argentina June 2012: Chevrolet Classic on top, market down 19%

Full 6 months 2013 Top 75 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina June 2013: Ford Ecosport confirms 2nd place

July 6th, 2013 2 comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina June 2013Ford Ecosport

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Argentinean new car sales continue on their record run: June is up 5% year-on-year to 74,349 registrations, which means the market is up 8% on 2012 halfway through the year to deliver a new 6 month-record at 498,620 units. With a bit of luck, Argentina could become the 5th American country to pass the 1 million annual sales milestone after the USA, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. After two months away, the Chevrolet Classic reclaims the models top spot in June thanks to 2,870 sales and 3.9% share. It is the 15th time in the last 20 month the Classic tops the Argentinean sales charts and it creates a little bit of distance with the #2 in the 2013 year-to-date race at 19,870 units and 4% vs. 19,194 and 3.8% for the Peugeot 207 Compact, down to #4 this month.

Chevrolet Classic Argentina June 2013Chevrolet Classic

The Ford Ecosport brilliantly confirms it is now a serious contender for the monthly title of best-selling vehicle in Argentina: after missing out on the top spot for just 17 units in May, it is 90 sales below the pole position this month with 2,780 sales and 3.7% and scores a 2nd #2 spot in a row after peaking out at #3 no less than 5 times in the past: in September 2010, JanuaryFebruary and April 2011 and February 2013… Notice also the Renault Clio Mio back up 2 spots to #5 and now #4 year-to-date, the Renault Sandero back inside the Top 10 at #9, Ford Focus II up 6 to #11, Chevrolet Prisma up 17 to #30 and the Chevrolet Onix up 8 to #31.

Previous month: Argentina May 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact and Ford Ecosport on top

One year ago: Argentina June 2012: Chevrolet Classic on top, market down 19%

Full June 2013 Top 205 All-models and Top 37 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina May 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact & Ford Ecosport on top

June 5th, 2013 3 comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina May 2013Ford Ecosport

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It does look like we are headed towards a record year for new car sales in Argentina in 2013. May is up 17% year-on-year to 89,644 registrations which is the best-ever monthly figure for any month other than January and the fourth best-ever below January 2012 (112,607), January 2013 (107,091) and January 2011 (100,964). The year-to-date total is up 8% on 2012 and up 17% on 2011 to 422,225 units. If we compare the evolution of the market for the rest of the year for 2011 (362,180 after 5 months for a record 857,983 total) and 2012 (389,909 at 5 months, 840,679 total) and apply this to 2013, we come to a forecast for the Full Year 2013 between 910,000 and 1 million units… If Argentina crosses the 1 million annual sales milestone this year it could become the 5th American country to do so after the USA, Brazil, Canada and Mexico.

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina 2013Peugeot 207 Compact

Onto the models ranking, and it’s another surprising bunch on top of the sales charts this month: the Peugeot 207 Compact is in pole position for the 2nd consecutive time and the 4th time ever after January 2011January 2013 and April 2013 with 3,424 sales and 3.8% share, meaning it is now only 424 units below the Chevrolet Classic (#4 this month) in the 2013 year-to-date ranking…

However the best performer this month is the Ford Ecosport, up 2 spots on April to reach a record second place, even missing the top spot for only 17 units at 3,407 and 3.8%. Its previous best was #3, hit in September 2010, January, February and April 2011 and February 2013. It is now #3 year-to-date with 14,246 sales and 3.4% vs. #11 over the Full Year 2012. Other great performers this month in Argentina include the Renault Duster up 2 to #5 and now #4 year-to-date vs. #12 in 2012, the Renault Sandero up 13 to #13, Chevrolet Cobalt up 17 to #33, Onix up 48 to #39 and Prisma up 39 to #47. We also welcome the new generation Mercedes A-Class (#87) and the Peugeot 208 (#112) in the ranking.

Previous month: Argentina April 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact and Renault Clio Mio dominate

One year ago: Argentina May 2012: Market back up, peak may not be reached?

Full May 2013 Top 197 All-models and Top 36 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina April 2013: 207 Compact & Clio Mio on top

May 7th, 2013 No comments

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina April 2013Peugeot 207 Compact

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New car sales in Argentina are back on track big time, up a whopping 34% year-on-year in April to 81,411 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 332,173 units, up 6% on 2012. For only the third time ever after January 2011 and January 2013, the Peugeot 207 Compact takes the lead of the Argentinean models ranking with 3,566 sales and 4.4% share and is now #2 only 602 units below the Chevrolet Classic year-to-date. Interesting, given this is actually a facelifted 1999 Peugeot 206 also known as 206+ in most markets. In fact two veterans top the sales charts this month in Argentina: the Renault Clio Mio, a facelifted 1998 Clio, is up one spot on March to a record 2nd place at 3,246 units and 4%…

Novo Renault Clio no Rio de Janeiro - 08/09/2012./ Foto: Luiz Costa / La ImagemRenault Clio Mio

Both the Ford Ecosport (#4 this month and year-to-date) and Renault Duster (#7 in April and #5 YTD) continue to impress while the Fiat Siena is up 6 spots to #11 thanks to the ‘Grand Siena’ version. The Chevrolet Cobalt breaks into the Argentinean Top 50 for the first time, up a massive 93 ranks on March to #50, the Chery Tiggo remains 53rd and becomes the best-selling Chinese model in the country while the Chevrolet Onix lands directly at #87 with 91 units sold.

Previous month: Argentina March 2013: Renault Clio Mio up to third place

One year ago: Argentina April 2012: Has the market peaked out?

Full April 2013 Top 200 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina March 2013: Renault Clio Mio up to third place

April 7th, 2013 5 comments

Renault Clio Mio Argentina March 2013Renault Clio Mio

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New car sales in Argentina are down 9% year-on-year in March to 75,138 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 247,804 units, down 2% on 2012. The Chevrolet Classic remains the most popular model in the country thanks to 3,701 sales and 4.9% share this month, followed by the Peugeot 207 Compact at 3,206 units and 4.3%, also #2 year-to-date at 3.9% share. The big event this month is the arrival of the Renault Clio Mio (in fact a facelifted 1998 Clio) on the podium at #3 with 2,633 sales and 3.5%, beating its previous best of #4 reached last January. Notice also the Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster both very solid at #5 and #8 respectively, with the Duster at #3 year-to-date. Finally, the Chery QQ writes history this month by becoming the first Chinese model to break into the monthly Argentinean Top 50 at #47 with 392 sales and 0.5%.

Previous month: Argentina February 2013: Ford Ecosport on podium

One year ago: Argentina March 2012: Ford Escosport up to 4th place

Full March 2013 Top 200 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina February 2013: Ford Ecosport on podium

March 6th, 2013 2 comments

Ford Ecosport Argentina February 2013Ford Ecosport

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Argentinean new car sales are up 5% year-on-year in February to 61,107 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 170,817 units, down just 0.1% on 2012. Leader in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Chevrolet Classic reclaims its traditional pole position this month after the Peugeot 207 Compact passed it in January. It sells 2,935 units for a 4.8% market share and is now also #1 year-to-date with 7,105 sales and 4.2% while the VW Gol Power is back up 6 spots on last month to #2.

The big event in February in Argentina is the third place of the Ford Ecosport boosted by the new model and selling 2,181 units for a 3.6% market share, its first time on the Argentinean podium since April 2011… Other great performers include the Renault Duster at #4 with 3.4% share, the Ford Fiesta Kinetic up 14 ranks to #7, the Renault Clio Mio maintaining itself within the Top 10 at #10 and the Chevrolet S-10 (aka Colorado) passing the VW Amarok for the first time at #22. Two new models land: the Subaru XV at #160 and the Chevrolet Cobalt at #171.

Previous month: Argentina January 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact, Renault Duster & Clio Mio shine

One year ago: Argentina February 2012: Chevrolet Classic leads, VW Fox up to #7

Full February 2013 Top 187 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina January 2013: Peugeot 207 Compact, Renault Duster and Clio Mio shine

February 9th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina January 2013Peugeot 207 Compact

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New car sales in Argentina are down just 5% on the all-time record month of January 2012 to a still very impressive 107,091 registrations. Surprise on top of the models ranking: for only the second time ever after January 2011, the Peugeot 207 Compact takes the lead thanks to 4,329 sales and 4% share, kicking the Chevrolet Classic down to #2 at 4,170 units and 3.9%. In fact the Top 4 is full of surprises: the Renault Duster climbs onto the Argentinean podium for the very first time at #3 with 3,944 sales and 3.7%, smashing its previous records of #5 (November 2011), 2,660 units (January 2012) and 3.6% share (November 2011). An exceptional performance for the low-cost SUV.

Renault Clio Mio Argentina January 2013Renault Clio Mio

For its first full month of sales in the country, the Renault Clio Mio is up a massive 45 spots on December to a fantastic 4th position at 3,942 units and 3.7% share and could have a shot at the Argentinean pole position over the next few months… A very strong month for Renault indeed, up to #2 in the brands ranking in January. Other great performers include the Peugeot 308 up 16 ranks to a best-ever #6, the Fiat Siena up to #10, Fiat Palio up 10 to #14 and Citroen Nuevo C3 up 18 to #39.

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

Previous month: Argentina December 2012: Ford Ecosport gets a boost

One year ago: Argentina January 2012: VW Amarok above Hilux in record month

Full January 2013 Top 192 All-models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Argentina Full Year 2012: Chevy Classic #1, Renault Duster shines

January 6th, 2013 2 comments

Renault Duster

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After reaching an all-time record of 857,983 registrations in 2011, the Argentinean new car market is down just 2% in 2012 to 840,679 sales, its second best annual figure ever. The Chevrolet Classic is the best-selling model in the country for the third year in a row with 42,313 sales and 5% share, down 5% year-on-year. The Classic led the monthly ranking 11 months out of 12 this year, with the VW Gol Power accessing the pole positon in November only.

Chevrolet Classic

But it is the current generation Gol, the VW Gol Trend, that is up one spot to #2 in 2012 thanks to stable sales at 32,991 units and 3.9%, with the Peugeot 207 Compact down 14% to #3 and 30,451 sales and the VW Gol Power also stable at #4 and 29,734 units. The VW Suran is up 2 ranks to #5, the Renault Clio is up 8 and 32% to #6 and the Toyota Hilux is up one at 8% to #7. Excellent year for the Ford Ka up 29% to #9 and the Renault Kangoo up 14% to #10.

Chery Tiggo

Further down, the Renault Duster is up 295% to #12 with 19,201 sales and 2.3% for its first full year in market, the Chevrolet Celta is up 56% to #13, the Toyota Corolla up 42% to #19, the Peugeot 308 launched in late 2011 is up to #24 and the Peugeot 408 up 56% to #25. Notice also the Fiat Qubo landing directly at #41, the Fiat 500 up to #47 and Chevrolet Sonic at #54. The Chery QQ is the most popular Chinese model in Argentina in 2012 at #63 (+56%) followed by the Chery Tiggo at #66 (+18%) and Chery Face at #92 (+6%).

Previous post: Argentina December 2012: Ford Ecosport gets a boost

Previous year: Argentina Full Year 2011: Chevrolet Classic #1 in record year

Full Year 2012 Top 170 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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