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Brazil August 2013: Fiat Siena shines in market down 23%

September 7th, 2013 3 comments

Fiat Siena Brazil August 2013Fiat Siena

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Potentially the result of the social unrest that has characterised the country in the last couple of months, the Brazilian new car market falls deeper into recession in August, down a dramatic 23% on August 2012 (which was, granted, the strongest sales figure in history) to 312,722 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total into negative as well at 2,344,436 units, down 2% on 2012. Below the VW Gol #1 again with 22,621 sales and 7.2%, the Fiat Palio manages to rank above its lil sis the Uno for the 2nd month running but only the 4th time in the last 3 years after December 2012February and July 2013, thanks to 15,168 units and 4.9%. The Ford Fiesta lodges another extremely solid month at #4 with 13,541 sales and 4.3%, only 538 units away from the podium and the Fiat Uno!

Chevrolet Prisma Brazil August 2013. Picture courtesy of mad4wheels.comChevrolet Prisma

Outstanding month for the Fiat Siena, up 3 spots on July to #5 at 12,687 units and 4.1%, the nameplate’s highest market share in over 3 years (since July 2010) and its third best monthly volume ever behind March 2010 (12,913) and September 2009 (12,700). The Chevrolet Onix is back inside the Top 10, up 3 ranks to #8 with 10,327 sales and 3.3%, beating its archenemy the Hyundai HB20 (#11) for the third time in the last 4 months. Plus its sedan version, the Chevrolet Prisma, continues to progress, up 2 to #14 at 6,751 units and 2.2% vs. 4,057 and 1.3% for the HB20S, also up 2 to #21. Even though the new generation has still not arrived, the Renault Sandero is up to #9 and back inside the year-to-date Top 10 at #10 with 63,197 sales and 2.7%.

Previous month: Brazil July 2013: Fiat Palio confirms #2 spot, Ford Fiesta further up

One year ago: Brazil August 2012: Strongest month ever at 405,511 registrations

Full August 2013 Top 70 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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BestSellingCarsBlog in the Brazilian media!

August 16th, 2013 6 comments

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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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Brazil July 2013: Fiat Palio confirms #2 spot, Ford Fiesta further up

August 5th, 2013 4 comments

Ford Fiesta Brazil July 2013. Picture courtesy of blogauto.com.brFord Fiesta

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New car sales in Brazil are down year-on-year again in July at -8% to 323,916 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in positive after 7 months at 2,031,716 units, up 2% on 2012, marking the first year the Brazilian new car market passes the 2 million sales milestone in just 7 months. If the VW Gol is faitful to its traditional pole position with 22,123 sales and 6.8%, the Fiat Palio confirms the 2nd spot it held at mid-month thanks to 16,719 units and 5.2%, above its little sister the Fiat Uno at 15,878 sales and 4.9%. This is only the third time in the last 3 years after December 2012 and February 2013 that the Palio ranks above the Uno, which remains #2 year-to-date for now at 5.5% share vs. 5.3% for the Palio.

Toyota RAV4 Brazil July 2013Toyota RAV4

Another outstanding month for the Ford Fiesta, boosted by the new generation now widely available across the country: it is up one spot on June to #4 with 14,375 sales and 4.4% and is now within reach of the Fiat Uno for third place! This is only the third time in 8.5 years the Fiesta is that high in the Brazilian ranking after reaching #3 in January 2005 and #4 in May 2013… The VW Fox is kicked down to #5 as a result while the Chevrolet Classic lodges a surprisingly strong month, up 3 ranks on June to #6 at 10,973 units and 3.4%, and the Hyundai HB20 (up 2 spots to #9) and Chevrolet Onix (down 4 to #11) are progressively finding their long-term sales levels.

Mercedes A Class Brazil July 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto Motor und SportMercedes A Class

Further down, notice the Hyundai HB20S up one spot to #23 – here too it seems the model has found its long-term sales potential, the Ford Fusion up 6 ranks to #55 vs. #70 year-to-date, the Renault Kangoo up to #62 vs. #84, Toyota RAV4 up to #78 vs. #199 YTD thanks to the new generation, the Mercedes A200 up to #107 vs. #156 and the Lifan X60 up to #108 vs. #150. There are 3 Chinese models inside the Brazilian Top 100 this month: the JAC J2 at #82, JAC J3 at #89 and Chery QQ at #91.

Previous post: Brazil mid-July 2013: Fiat Palio passes Uno, Hyundai HB20 back up

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One year ago: Brazil July 2012: VW Fox hits highest monthly volume ever

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Brazil mid-July 2013: Fiat Palio passes Uno, Hyundai HB20 back up

July 17th, 2013 4 comments

Fiat Palio Brazil July 2013Fiat Palio

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After India and Russia, it looks like traditional high-performer Brazil could also be starting to cough a little. New car sales are down year-on-year for the third fortnight in a row halfway through July, and not by a little at -13% to 145,854 registrations. The year-to-date total is still ahead of 2012 but just, at +3% to 1,853,670 units. The VW Gol holds onto its pole position at 7.1% share, but for the 2nd time this year after February, the Fiat Palio passes its little sister the Uno to rank #2 thanks to 7,896 sales and 5.4% vs. 7,446 and 5.1% for the Uno.

Hyundai HB20 Chevrolet Onix Brazil July 2013Hyundai HB20/Chevrolet Onix: there is still some oomph under these bonnets…

The Ford Fiesta delivers another excellent month thanks to the new generation at #4 with 5,874 units and 4%, followed by the Fiat Strada at a strong 3.7% and the Chevrolet Classic impressive at #6 and 3.5% vs. #11 and 2.6% year-to-date. The Hyundai HB20 is not done speaking yet: after falling to #11 in June, it is back up inside the Top 10 over the period at #8 and 3.4% vs 3.6% year-to-date while the Chevrolet Onix is down 3 spots to #10 and 3.1% vs. 3.4% ytd. Notice also the Hyundai HB20S up 2 to #22 and the Renault Fluence up 17 to #42.

Previous post: Brazil June 2013: Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix pause

One year ago: Brazil mid-July 2012: Fiat Siena up to #7, Chevrolet Sonic in Top 50

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Brazil 6 months 2013: Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix shake up the ranking

July 16th, 2013 4 comments

Hyundai HB20 Chevrolet Onix Brazil June 2013bThe Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix have brought a bit of fresh air into the Brazil sales charts.

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After stagnating at the same stage last year (-0.3%), the Brazilian new car markets is back on track and reaches record heights anew halfway through 2013: up 5% to 1,707,814 registrations and now comfortably installed in 4th place worldwide above Germany and below only China, the USA and Japan. Normally very stable, the Brazilian models ranking had a bit of a shake up this year, thanks to the arrival of the Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix. Produced in Hyundai’s very first local factory inaugurated late last year, the HB20 single-handedly pushed Hyundai up 132% year-on-year to #6 with just under 100,000 sales and 5.8% share. It ranks #6 so far in 2013 at 61,837 units and 3.6% with the Chevrolet Onix close behind at #7 with 58,522 sales and 3.4%. However as we have seen in June these two models may have already reached their max… The second half of the year will give us the definite answer.

Fiat Uno Palio Brazil June 2013. Picture courtesy of Quatrorodas.abril.com.brThe Fiat Palio teases the Uno for 2nd place in Brazil.

Atop of the models sales charts the HB20/Onix effect can be seen with 3 of the Top 4 models taking a hit year-on-year. The VW Gol is in the lead once again but down 4% to 7% share, the Fiat Uno is down a more worrying 19% to 5.7% while the VW Fox is down 5% to 3.9%. Only the Fiat Palio, with the new model still gearing up, gains 17% to land in third place with 5.3% share. In fact the other two Fiat models in the Top 10 also post significant year-on-year increases: the Strada is up 18% to #5 and the Siena up a whopping 69% to #8.

Ford Ecosport Renault Duster Brazil June 2013. Picture courtesy of midianews.com.brThe Ford Ecosport is up 126% year-on-year to pass the Renault Duster and rank #15.

Outside the Top 10, other great performers include the Fiat Ecosport up 126% to #15 thanks to the much-improved new model, the Chevrolet S10 is up 49% to #17, Fiat Punto up 39% to #21, Renault Clio up 70% to #33, VW Amarok up 61% to #36 and the Chevrolet Cruze hatch up 212% to #41. Apart from the HB20/Onix couple, there are 5 other newcomers in the Top 60: the Chevrolet Spin at #26, the Toyota Etios and Etios hatch disappointing at #29 and #34, the Hyundai HB20S (for sedan) at #46 and the Peugeot 208 at #53.

Rely Pick-up Brazil June 2013Rely Pick-up

This year the first wave of Chinese manufacturers present in the country take a serious beating: JAC is down 13% to 8,936 sales and 0.5% and Chery divides its market share by 6, down 73% to just 2,504 units and 0.1%. Not to worry, Chinese carmakers are resilient so they will try to crack this market again, and again, and again. For now we have 22 Chinese models inside the Top 200 but only 2 in the Top 100: the all-new JAC J2 at #77 and the JAC J3 down 54% to #91. Among the ones not losing ground, note the JAC J5 up 36% to #124, Jinbei Topic up 50% to #149, Chery Celer and Rely Pick-up both new at #162 and #163 and the Lifan X60 landing at #175.

Previous post: Brazil June 2013: Chevrolet Onix and Hyundai HB20 pause

One year ago: Brazil 6 months 2012: Fiat Palio up 63%, Chevrolet Cobalt best newcomer

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Brazil June 2013: Chevrolet Onix and Hyundai HB20 pause

July 3rd, 2013 7 comments

Chevrolet Prisma Brazil June 2013Can the new gen Chevrolet Prisma break into the Top 10 this year?

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Is Brazil getting contaminated by the European doom and gloom? New car sales in one of the (usually) fastest-growing markets in the world are down a shocking 12% year-on-year in June to 302,896 registrations. Halfway through the year however, we are still at record levels with 1,707,814 units, up 5% on 2012. The 2nd half of 2013 will determine whether Brazilian growth has come to a halt and will be extremely interesting to follow indeed. After a couple of wild months, the models ranking is back to its traditional stability in Brazil. The VW Gol dominates at 7.4% share, ahead of the Fiat Uno and Palio and the VW Fox, exactly reflecting the year-to-date ranking.

Hyundai HB20S Brazil June 2013Has the Hyundai HB20/HB20S tandem already peaked out?

The Ford Fiesta is down one spot on May but improves its share to an excellent 4.3% thanks to 12,995 sales. But the significant event this month in Brazil is the plateauing (some could say deflating) of this year’s two superstars: the Chevrolet Onix is up one rank on last month to #7 but down to 3.2% share vs. 3.4% year-to-date, while the Hyundai HB20 drops out of the Top 10 at #11 and 2.8% vs. 3.6% year-to-date, bringing it down from #4 to #6 so far in 2013. Have these two models already shown their full sales potential in Brazil or is this just a pause and the growth will resume shortly? My bet is on the first option, unless this pause is due to production capacities not following the demand. If you have more info on this, please comment on here!

Hyundai HB20 Chevrolet Onix Brazil June 2013Have the Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix reached their full sales potential already?

The other interesting fact is that the sedan versions of these models are behaving differently: on one hand the Chevrolet Prisma continues to improve, up to 1.9% share at #14 but on the other hand the Hyundai HB20S is already down 2 spots to #24 and 1.2% share for its 2nd full month of sales in the country… Seems like contrary to what their early careers indicated, Chevrolet turns out to have pulled out a more successful tandem than Hyundai.

Previous post: Brazil mid-June 2013: VW Fox up to best-ever #2, Lifan X60 lands

Previous month: Brazil May 2013: Ford Fiesta hits highest ranking in 8 years

One year ago: Brazil June 2012: Renault Duster and Nissan March at record heights

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Brazil mid-June 2013: VW Fox up to best-ever #2, Lifan X60 lands

June 19th, 2013 No comments

VW CrossFox Brazil June 2013VW CrossFox

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Brazilian new car sales take a breather over the first half of June, down 4% year-on-year to 167,891 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still up a very healthy 7% or 105,000 units over 2012 at 1,572,784 and 2013 is still on track to be another record year. Volkswagen has a stellar time: it is the most popular brand in the country over the period (a very rare event) with 21.4% share vs. 20.9% for Fiat, traditional leader, placing the VW Gol in the lead at a brilliant 8.3% share and the VW Fox in 2nd place at 5.3% share thanks to 8,926 sales. This is the Fox’s best share in Brazil since mid-September 2012 and its highest ranking ever. I don’t have mid-month results up to 2010 so the Fox may have reached that ranking before at mid-month but it never did at month-end. As a result both the Fiat Uno and Palio are kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively while the Fia Strada is stable at #5 and the Ford Fiesta is down 2 ranks to a still excellent 6th spot.

Lifan X60 Brazil June 2013The Lifan X60 has landed in Brazil…

The Chevrolet Onix seems to have stabilised at 3.4% share in 7th position (+1) with its sedan version the Prisma up to 2% share at #14, however the Hyundai HB20 is still sliding down, at #10 and 2.7% which is one full percentage point below its year-to-date level. Even the HB20S (for sedan) is down on May to #24 and 1.2% of the market… These poor performances cost Hyundai its 5th position in the year-to-date brand ranking, passed by Renault. Meanwhile the Renault Sandero is back inside the Brazilian Top 10 – even though the new generation is not here yet, up 3 ranks to #9 with 4,689 sales and 2.8%.

Chinese models continue to slip away in the sales charts: the JAC J2 is down 5 spots to #77 and is the only Chinese representation  remaining within the Brazilian Top 100 over the period. The JAC J3 is down to #105, followed by the Chery QQ at #109 and the JAC J3 Turin at #114. However, all may not be lost as we welcome the Lifan X60 in 115th position with 100 sales. It will be interesting to see up to what level this new low-cost SUV can find its way on the ladder…

Previous month: Brazil May 2013: Ford Fiesta hits highest ranking in 8 years

One year ago: Brazil mid-June 2012: VW Fox and Renault Sandero shine

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Brazil May 2013: Ford Fiesta hits highest ranking in 8 years

June 6th, 2013 13 comments

Ford Fiesta Brazil May 2013. Picture courtesy of blogauto.com.brThe new model pushed the Ford Fiesta to its highest ranking in Brazil since January 2005…

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New car sales in Brazil continue to evolve at record heights, with May up a very solid 10% year-on-year to 300,614 registrations. This means the year-to-date total now stands at 1,404,925 units, up 9% on 2012. At this rate, 2013 could well be the year the Brazilian market crosses the symbolic 4 million annual sales mark for the first time, a milestone that only 4 countries in the world have passed before: the USA, China, Japan and Germany (once in 1991)… The models ranking podium is unchanged and identical to both 2013 year-to-date and Full Year 2012 rankings: the VW Gol leads, followed by the Fiat Uno and Palio.

Peugeot 208 Brazil May 2013. Picture courtesy of carplace.virgula.uol.com.brPeugeot 208

The performance of the month is delivered by the Ford Fiesta hatch boosted by the new model: it is up 7 spots on April and 4 on mid-May to a brilliant 4th place with 11,395 sales and 3.8% share. This is the Fiesta’s highest ranking in Brazil since it hit the same spot at mid-April 2011 and its highest month-end position in over 8 years: it reached #3 in January 2005… The two stars of the previous couple of months are both taking a breather in May: the Chevrolet Onix is down 2 spots compared to the mid-May ranking to #8 and the Hyundai HB20 is down 5 ranks on April to #9 but remains #4 year-to-date. Notice also the Chevrolet Prisma up to #14, the Hyundai HB20S up to #22 and the Peugeot 208 up to #31.

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One year ago: Brazil May 2012: VW Gol, Fiat Uno and Palio on podium

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Brazil mid-May 2013: 4 Fiats in Top 5, Hyundai HB20S up to #22

May 19th, 2013 6 comments

Hyundai HB20S Brazil May 2013. Picture courtesy of noticiasautomotivas.com.brHyundai HB20S

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A very healthy first half of May for new car sales in Brazil, up 6% to 155,653 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 1,259,979 units, up 8% on 2012. While the Brazilian models ranking is traditionally extremely stable to the point of being borderline boring, this year we have events every second week! If the VW Gol unsurprisingly stays on top with 10,586 sales and 6.8%, 4 Fiats follow for potentially the first time ever in the country… The Uno is back in great shape at 10,073 units and 6.5% (vs. 5.7% year-to-date), the Palio is #3 with 8,326 sales and 5.3%, the Strada is up 2 spots on April to #4 at 5,766 units and 3.7% and the Siena is up 3 to #5 with 5,612 sales and 3.6%. An extraordinary performance from Fiat indeed.

Fiat Strada Brazil May 2013Fiat Strada

A far as the two superstar newcomers, roles are reversed this month: the Chevrolet Onix is back up 3 spots to #6 at 5,362 units and 3.4%, however still below its year-to-date level of 3.5%, while its sedan version the Prisma is up 2 ranks to #15 with 2,794 sales and 1.8%. The Hyundai HB20 was tickling the Fiat Palio for 4th position a couple of months back, it is now down to #9 at 4,831 units but its sedan version the HB20S is up 37 spots to #22 with 2,104 sales and 1.4%. Notice also the Peugeot 208 up 12 ranks to #33.

Previous post: Brazil April 2013: Hyundai HB20 all set, now HB20S lands

One year ago: Brazil mid-May 2013: Chevrolet Celta #3, Montana at best-ever

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Brazil April 2013: Hyundai HB20 all set, now HB20S lands

May 5th, 2013 11 comments

Hyundai HB20S Brazil April 2013Hyundai HB20S

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The Brazilian new car market is up a whopping 29% year-on-year in April to 316,705 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,104,341 units, up 9% on 2012. This month the Top 6 most popular models are identical to the year-to-date ranking. The VW Gol leads at 6.8% share, followed by the Fiat Uno at 5.5% and the Fiat Palio at 5.3%. The Hyundai HB20 seems to have stabilised around (never-seen-before-for-Hyundai-in-Brazil) 4% market share and ranks 4th once again with 12,118 sales and 3.8%.

VW Voyage Brazil April 2013VW Voyage

The VW Voyage is up 3 spots on March to a brilliant 7th place, its highest ranking since the nameplate was reintroduced 4 years ago, while the Chevrolet Onix is down 4 to #9. The Ford Ecosport is up 3 to #13, the new gen Chevrolet Prisma is stable at #17, the Toyota Etios Hatch is up 4 to #25 and the Etios Sedan is up one to #31.

Peugeot 208 Brazil April 2013Peugeot 208

We welcome two new models in the Brazilian ranking this month: the Peugeot 208 directly breaks into the Top 50 at #45 with 1,659 units and 0.5% but the big event is the arrival of the Hyundai HB20S (for Sedan), landing at #59 with 967 sales and 0.3%. Notice also the JAC J2 up to #64 with the JAC J3 (#92) the only other Chinese model in the Top 100. Looks like increased import duties have done the trick of keeping Chinese models at bay so far…

Previous post: Brazil Mid-April 2013: Hyundai HB20 and VW Voyage shine

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One year ago: Brazil April 2012: VW Gol back with a vengeance

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