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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

Full November 2013 Top 206 All-models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full October 2013 Top 200 All-models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full September 2013 Top 207 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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.

Previous post: Argentina: 1962-2012 More detailed Historical Data now available!

Previous month: Argentina July 2013: Renault most popular brand!

One year ago: Argentina August 2012: Ford Ranger up to #5, beats Toyota Hilux

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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%

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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%

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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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