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BestSellingCarsBlog celebrates 2 million visitors since creation!

November 27th, 2013 24 comments

Cheering Mongolia styleCheering the 2 millionth BSCB visitor!

Today is an important day for BestSellingCarsBlog: after celebrating 1 million visitors in the past year last July and the site’s third anniversary one month ago, we now celebrate the fact you have now been over 2 million unique visitors to check out BSCB since I have set up Google Analytics in May 2011! That’s as many as places like Havana in Cuba, Cape Town in South Africa and the city of Paris, France intra-muros! The 2 million of you have checked out the site a total of 3.3 million times, viewing over 9 million pages. Yes this is big, and it’s all thanks to you dear readers. So I wanted to express my gratitude for your visits and for making BSCB what it is today. Thank you!

2 million visitors Google Analytics 261113Google Analytics said it first!

If we delve a little bit deeper into the stats, we can see that the country delivering the most visits to BSCB over the period is the USA with 368,471 visits, followed by France (186,826), Italy (161,724), the UK (150,686), India (145,979), Germany (121,482) and Malaysia (101,335). City-wise, the winner is Paris France with 42,940 visits, ahead of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (40,152), London UK (38,965), Sydney Australia (35,106), Milan Italy (33,339), Singapore (31.775), Cairo Egypt (30,018), Athens Greece (27,607) and New York USA (25,176).

Once again, thanks to all of you for visiting BestSellingCarsBlog and coming back day after day, month after month, year after year.

A look into the car buyer of the future: introducing Jack MacKenzie

November 27th, 2013 2 comments

Matt Jack

If you are a regular BSCB reader, you may recall my visit to the Randwick Primary School in Sydney, Australia back in July. One pupil in the class I spoke with proved to be as passionate about cars as I am, if not more: Jack MacKenzie, 10. Jack’s love of cars reminds me of myself at that age, except unlike me, he already has created a YouTube Series called Have you speed your pants loaded with car reviews (check it out here)! Jack’s knowledge of cars is so astounding for his young age and his interest in the blogging world so intense that we came to this realisation: what if we let Jack express his views here on BestSellingCarsBlog so we can all understand what’s in the mind of the car buyer of the future?

1989 Mazda MX-5The 1989 Mazda MX-5, Jack’s first car if he could drive today.

Granted, Jack is one of many future car buyers in the world, but his passion and fluency give us a unique opportunity to easily delve into the mind of a 10 year-old car fanatic, which is not something I’ve seen too often online yet. So Jack will soon start to intervene on focused subjects in line with BestSellingCarsBlog’s sales data niche. Before I give Jack his first mission I thought I’d introduce him properly to you all. Jack’s passion for cars started when watching car chases in James Bond movies (sounds familiar? to me too), and already stems from the feeling of being inside a car: the touch, design, materials used… If he was able to, he’d drive a first generation Mazda MX-5 as his first car today. Very discerning tastes already…

Being 10, Jack was virtually born with an iPad in his hands, so he is used to having everything at his fingertip in real time, for example all the info about the car he would be reviewing on a certain day. This is typically the type of attitude I want Jack to spend some time explaining to us dinosaurs when he starts writing for BSCB. A new attitude towards car buying means different cars will be snapped up by the next generation and for us car sales analysts, being familiar with these changes early on is invaluable.

Toyota 86The 86 changed Jack’s perception of Toyota.

When I last spoke with Jack we had time to briefly touch on his perception of some of Australia’s best-selling carmakers. Years of price-driven advertising have already taken their toll on Jack’s perception of the only truly Australian brand, Holden, which he thinks is cheap. Toyota was seen as “way too common”, until the 86 (aka Scion FR-S) was released. “That really changed my views about the brand. I would happily buy an 86 today if I could” he said. Interestingly, Mazda, doing extremely well sales-wise in Australia, is seen as a lot of spin. “They have stylish cars but they portray themselves as sporty where in fact they are just like any other brand in that regard” (except for the MX-5 of course). Harsh… Hyundai gets a better wrap: “I didn’t care too much about Hyundai until I saw the new i30. It is a much nicer car than its predecessor and it made me start to notice Hyundai a little more”.

Based on his quotes above, you will have noticed Jack’s elocution is already better than most of us, but this is only the beginning! So please join me in sending Jack a warm welcome into the world of BestSellingCarsBlog.

BestSellingCarsBlog celebrates its third birthday!

October 30th, 2013 37 comments

BSCB 3 year celebration by MariaGobi desert happiness (with me in the background). Many thanks to Maria for the picture.

Today marks the third anniversary of Best Selling Cars Blog! It’s pre-school time for my blog… On October 30th, 2010 I wrote the very first post on here and since that day I have published almost 4,000 articles (3,915 to be precise). Yessir, that’s an average of 3.5 articles per day! I have been hard at work but it has been an absolute pleasure to keep you all updated on car sales statistics from around the world. In fact, the longest period this site has been without an update was earlier this month when I spent a week in the Gobi desert in Mongolia… I know a lot of you started to show withdrawal symptoms and I can assure you it was the same here!

Yosemite USA. Picture courtesy of National GeographicOver 200,000 visits to BSCB have come from the USA in the past year…

This blog would not be what it is today if it weren’t for you readers, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you very, very much for visiting the site and coming back day after day, month after month, year after year. Since I have set up Google Analytics in May 2011 you have been no less than 1.93 million unique visitors to check out BSCB! In particular I want to thank everyone who has participated in the building up of this blog in any way, shape or form, be it by sharing some data or by simply encouraging me to continue on this adventure.

St Pierre and Miquelon. Picture courtesy of bjtonline.com…while one came from St Pierre and Miquelon.

An adventure it has been, as this blog has now been my full-time job for a little bit more than one year. This has enabled me to spend more time giving you more precise analysis of all the countries covered and chasing organisations through the world to add countries to the list of monthly updates – Kazakhstan and Portugal being some of the latest ones for example.

London. Picture courtesy of statravel.com23.376 visits to BSCB came from London, second only to Paris.

I have also been able to attend a few International Auto Shows like Manila last April and Frankfurt last month, but the main new element on BSCB over the past year as far as I am concerned is the launch of Long-Term Photo Reports like the one I am still currently writing about my Trans-Siberian experience. I have received tremendous positive feedback from you on this Photo Report which has been nothing short of overwhelming, and has encouraged me to try my best to continue in this direction. So stay tuned for more exotic Photo Reports in the coming year…

Once again, thank you very much for visiting BestSellingCarsBlog, I hope you will continue to enjoy the site and please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything you think I could do better.

BestSellingCarsBlog visits stats below.

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New BestSellingCarsBlog Introduction video!

August 16th, 2013 6 comments

You can now view a new Introduction video for BestSellingCarsBlog, with good old me featuring in it. Check it out, I speak about the site and its functionalities, and it’s the opportunity for me to thank you all for your visits and for you to see/hear that I still have a little bit of a French accent when I speak! The video will feature in the “Who am I and how to contact me” tile on the top left corner from today onwards. Hope you like it! A huge thank you to my friend David Curry and Con Filippidis for producing this video.

BestSellingCarsBlog in the Brazilian media!

August 16th, 2013 6 comments

Vrum.com.br

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This week BestSellingcarsBlog is the source of a series of articles about the best-selling cars around the world in the Brazilian car media: one article in the car website vrum.com.br and two in the press in Correio Braziliense and Estado de Minas. Many thanks to Marcus Celestino who took the time to patiently read all my answers to his questions and translate them all into Portuguese. You can check out the online article (in Portuguese) by clicking on the title of this post or on ‘Read more’ below.

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BestSellingCarsBlog goes to school!

August 1st, 2013 12 comments

BSCB goes to school 1Good old me revealing all the secrets behind my blog…

Yesterday I had the honour and pleasure to talk about BestSellingCarsBlog with super-bright kids at Randwick Primary School in Sydney, Australia. I was welcomed by thunderous cheers that would have made One Direction end their singing career right there and then out of jealousy… Didn’t know I had so many young fans already! The experience was extremely enjoyable, and I was literally bombarded with very focused questions at the end of my little blurb: how long I spend each day on the blog, how I generate income, how many visitors I get daily and from where, whether I cover Lamborghini and Aston Martin sales, whether I will ever get bored of it (nope!)…

I think it’s fair to say BSCB doesn’t have any secrets anymore for this classroom! Oh and I now have one milestone to hit by the end of the year: to bring the list of countries covered from 177 to 200. These kids are working me hard! A big thank you to Mr Beeby who organised this visit and to all the kids for your interest and enthusiasm.

BSCB goes to school 2I was definitely on the day’s agenda – even got myself a new nickname!

BestSellingCarsBlog reaches 1 million visitors in last 12 months!

July 11th, 2013 32 comments

Celebrating Filipino style. Picture courtesy of wordpressCelebrating 1 million unique visitors, Filipino style.

Today while looking around on Google Analytics, I realised that for the first time in the history of BestSellingCarsBlog, you were over 1 million unique visitors to have checked out the site over the past year! Exactly 1,043,211 between 11 July 2012 and 10 July 2013, a 85% increase over the previous year. Yes that is a lot, I am finding it hard to digest that info too! Never would I have thought when I created it in October 2010 that this site would interest so many people all over the world. So a huge THANK YOU to all of you, whether you have just discovered BSCB or you have been here from the start and became a regular reader. BestSellingCarsBlog wouldn’t be where it is if it weren’t for you.

Thank you for visiting BestSellingCarsBlog!Thank you!

Now given I know you love stats, here are a few more about where you guys came from. As a whole you came from 227 countries and territories around the globe! That is insane! The only two countries without any official visitors are North Korea and Chad, but this is likely due to the fact that these two nations do not share internet traffic with Google. So it’s fair to say that over the past 12 months you have come from absolutely every single country in the world!

Google Analytics BSCB 11 July 2013Google Analytics says it… 

The Top 10 countries where you visited the site from over the last year are the United States (196,319 visits), France (96,575), Italy (79,449), the UK (77,864), India (77,602), Germany (62,531), Malaysia (49,892), Australia (47,631), Turkey (38,409) and Poland (36,804). At the other end of the scale, 3 of you came from Greenland and St Martin, 2 came from Micronesia, Guinea Bissau, Comoros and Palau and one each came from Kiribati, Montserrat, St Pierre & Miquelon and Svalbard & Jan Mayen.

Stade de France1 million people is about 12 times this stadium at capacity…

Now onto who spent the most time on the site at each visit. Among countries with over 1,000 visits (so the data is not biased towards the behaviour of a few visitors), the ones with the longest average visit duration are Taiwan (24 mins 36), Romania (9:46), China (5:40), Luxembourg (5:31), Estonia (4:41), New Zealand (4:30) and Norway (4:22).

Paris. Picture courtesy of home-hunts.netParis is the city in the world with the most visits to BestSellingCarsBlog.

After 3 years, which countries is BestSellingCarsBlog most expanding in? 26 of the Top 50 countries have more than doubled their visits over the period. Leading the way is Ukraine with a 254% increase in visits, I have a funny feeling this is related to the fact that Ukraine became a detailed monthly update during that time… :) Then we find Venezuela at +170%, the Philippines at +164% (looks like my visit to Manila for the Auto Show was noticed!), Singapore at +148%, New Zealand at +145%, Serbia at +143%, France at +137%, Ireland at +133%, Russia and Poland both at +131% and Japan and Australia at +128%.

The city in the world with most visits over the past year is Paris (23,969), followed by London (21,089), Kuala Lumpur (18,933), Milan (18,378), Sydney (18,034), Singapore (16,598), Cairo (15,571), New York (14,169), Istanbul (13,770) and Melbourne (13,476).

BestSellingCarsBlog Premium Memberships now available!

May 25th, 2013 6 comments

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Support BestSellingCarsBlog and become a Premium Member here.

As you know I have been hard at work building BestSellingCarsBlog over the past 3 years, publishing over 4,000 articles during that time. The success of this site has encouraged me to make this blog my full-time job so I can give you ever more detailed sales data, analysis and photo reports for as many countries around the world as possible. To ensure BestSellingCarsBlog survives, I am now asking for a small contribution to visualise the site’s archives: you will now need to register as a Premium Member to access the data tables of articles older than 2 weeks.

It was not a decision I made lightly, and far from me the idea of closing down entire sections of the site. This is why I have priced BestSellingCarsBlog’s Premium Memberships low enough to ensure everyone can afford it: the equivalent to just two coffees a month. Premium Membership gives you unlimited access to all data on the site. There are 3 options for you to support BestSellingCarsBlog and become a Premium Member: 1 month (US$7), 3 months (US$15) or 1 year (US$50). You can register here.

I hope you’ll understand and continue to enjoy reading BestSellingCarsBlog as much as I do updating it every day!

Support BestSellingCarsBlog and become a Premium Member here.

Note 1: The first term of payment (1 month, 3 months or 1 year depending on your choice) is non-refundable, and recurring payments after the can be cancelled at any time.

Note 2: Once you subscribe, you need to clear your cache in order to access the Premium Membership content. Here are a few tips for troubleshooting were you to experience issues accessing the content:

- Quit your internet browsing software (Safari, Windows, etc depending on what you use). If you are on a mac you’ll need to force quit Safari/Firefox… then restart it. Note the Memberships seem to somehow not agree with Google Chrome so you’ll need to log out of Chrome and use a different browser.

- Actually clear the cache of your computer (you should have the option to do just that)

- Turn off you computer completely and turn it back on again

- When on the site and logged in, hold shift and refresh the web browser (click on the arrow on the right hand side)

- Log off then log back in using the log in button on the right hand side of the site below the list of countries and dates

- Once you’re logged in, click on ‘Visit site’ at the top left corner of the site (when you place your mouse on ‘BestSellingCarsBlog’

Enjoy!

Best wishes for the New Year! Plus my 50 questions for 2013…

December 31st, 2012 13 comments

It is time for me to send you all my best wishes for the New Year 2013, may it bring you and your loved ones all you ever wanted! 2012 was a fantastic year for BestSellingCarsBlog, going from strength to strength all thanks to you: You were 900,000 to visit BSCB at least once this year, 3.5 times more than in 2011! So a HUGE Thank You to all of you who have kept coming back to and made it what it is today by sharing some rare data.

Chery is creating a new brand for Europe: Qoros. Will it be a success?

Many new countries and territories have started being regularly updated this year on BSCB, I have to say it’s one of my favourite moments: when a country can finally be explored in detail. In particular Bulgaria, EstoniaIceland, Hong Kong (China), Macedonia, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Singapore have all become regular fixtures on the site, thanks to tips from you readers! If you have sales figures for any country or territory that doesn’t appear on the list please do not hesitate to get in touch by clicking on ‘Contact’ above!

The Lada Granta did end up dominating Russia this year after a few hesitant months…

If you were already a BSCB reader one year ago, you will remember I featured a list of world car sales questions for 2012, the first of which being ‘Will the Lada Granta dominate Russia?’ It did, but took a little more time than expected… You will find all the answers to these 25 questions for 2012 below the jump, as well as my 50 questions for 2013, starting with:

The Chevrolet Onix has the potential to threaten the VW Gol in Brazil. Will it? 

1. Will Chery crack Europe with the Qoros GQ3?

2. Will the Hyundai HB20 or Chevrolet Onix threaten the VW Gol’s supremacy in Brazil?

3. Which Passenger Car will top the Chinese year-end ranking?

4. Will General Motors, Toyota, Hyundai or any other major manufacturer announce the creation of a low-cost brand outside China? Will Nissan unveil a low-cost Datsun range as planned?

5. Will the new BYD F3 and Chery QQ make 2013 the year of the renaissance for local models in China?

6. Will Kaili, Volkswagen’s low-cost Chinese brand, finally be launched? If so will it be more successful than GM’s Baojun? Nissan’s Venucia? Honda’s Linian? Ciimo?

Opel Adam

7. Will the Mokka and Adam help Opel towards recovery?

8. Will a BMW or Mercedes break into the UK year-end Top 5 for the first time?

9. Will the Renault Duster break into the monthly Top 5 in Russia? India?

The Dacia Dokker could cannibalise sales of Renault Kangoo at home in France…

10. Will the Dacia Dokker dominate the French LCV market, the biggest in Europe?

See 40 more questions for 2013 and the answers to the 2012 questions below. What are your questions for 2013? Post some more by commenting on this article!

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Season’s Greetings from BestSellingCarsBlog!

December 25th, 2012 1 comment

BestSellingCarsBlog and I send you all our best wishes in this Holiday season, hoping you are all having a good time around the world in this end of year. I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how Santas celebrate Christmas in Australia where I live… You can watch the Aldi commercial above, created by Carlos and Laura who I would like to thank very much for all their support and encouragement this year.

Since my last Season’s Greetings, you have been more and more numerous to visit BestSellingCarsBlog month after month, with unique visitors increasing 3-fold in the space of a year to reach just under 120,000 in December 2012. Also, today BSCB is celebrating a notable milestone: 5 million page views since the creation of the site in October 2010!

So I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who have discovered BSCB over the last year and have made it a favourite of yours, to all of you who keep coming back regularly, to all of you who have participated in the improvement of the site by sharing tips and new data and to all of you who have been following BSCB from the start.

Thank you.