Chile February 2016: Hyundai on top in market up 18%

Hyundai Elantra Chile February 2016The new Elantra has just launched in Chile. 

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The Chilean market confirms it is on the mend by lodging a second consecutive month in positive after a 16-month drought: February sales are up 18% to 21.571 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is now up 12% to 47.055 units. Perennial leader Chevrolet is toppled this month: Hyundai is up 51% to take the overall lead with 2.088 sales just as the American manufacturer tumbles 41% to 2.009 deliveries. Kia isn’t far below at 1.995 sales, down 1% on February 2015. Further down the ranking, Nissan (+42%), Ford (+87%), Peugeot (+59%), Mazda (+38%), Mitsubishi (+44%), Renault (+153%) and Fiat (+162%) frankly beat the market to deliver exceptional growth rates.

Previous month: Chile January 2016: Chevrolet down 18% but holds off Kia

One year ago: Chile February 2015: Chevrolet reclaims top spot in market down 29%

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Chile January 2016: Chevrolet down 18% but holds off Kia

Chevrolet Sail Chile January 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comChevrolet Sail

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The Chilean new car market hadn’t lodged a positive month since August 2014 (16 months), it is now done, with January sales up 7% year-on-year to 25.484 registrations. After topping the brands ranking for the 33rd consecutive year in 2015, Chevrolet confirms it is the most popular brand in Chile, but with sales down 18% to 2.483 and 9.7% share, the American manufacturer is only 47 units above Kia at 2.436 and 9.6% (+1%) while Hyundai is down 39% to 2.124. Below, Suzuki (+22%), Nissan (+40%), Toyota (+31%), Peugeot (+91%) and Ford (+38%) all display explosive growth, but none as much as Renault up 119% to #11.

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Chile Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Mitsubishi L200

Hyundai Accent Chile 2015The Hyundai Accent is the best-selling nameplate in Chile in 2015. 

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Bad news again for the Chilean new car market: down for the 2nd consecutive year at -16% to 282.232 registrations. Despite sales down an abysmal 31% year-on-year, Chevrolet remains the most popular manufacturer in Chile for the 33rd consecutive year, but is now under threat from Kia (-10%) and Hyundai (-22%) which took turns taking the lead for a couple of months each this year. Nissan (+7%) is up two spots to land in 4th above Suzuki (+2%), Toyota (-20%), Mitsubishi (-2%) and Mazda (+2%). Ford is the best-selling non-Asian brand in the country at a paltry 9th spots and 4.1% share. Renault (+44%), Subaru (+3%) and GAC Gonow (+213%) are the only other carmakers gaining ground in the Top 30. Great Wall is once again the best-selling Chinese brand but is down 45% and 6 spots to #19. It is followed by Chery (#21), JAC (#22), ChangAn (#24) and Dongfeng (#26). There are 25 Chinese brands in the ranking, adding up to 8.4% share vs. 10.6% in 2014.

SsangYong Actyon Sports Chile 2015The SsangYong Actyon Sports finds its way into the Chilean overall Top 10 in 2015. 

In the models ranking, the Hyundai Accent reclaims an annual title it last held back in 2010 by the tiniest of margins: it sells one single unit more than the #2, the Mitsubishi L200, at 9.988 vs. 9.987… The Kia Rio rounds out the podium, followed by the Chevrolet Sail and Suzuki Swift. Notice also the solid performances of the SsangYong Actyon (#9), Suzuki Grand Nomade (#11) and Mazda CX-5 (#13). The GAC Gonow Way (1.340 sales) fights with the Chevrolet N300 Max (1.423) for the title of best-selling China-made commercial vehicle.

GAC Gonow Way Chile 2015The Way is the reason why GAC Gonow is now a Top 30 brand in Chile.

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Chile October 2015: Hyundai edges past Kia to lead market

Hyundai Accent Chile October 2015Hyundai is the #1 brand in Chile this month

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The Chilean new car market is still evolving a notch below last year with October sales down 10% year-on-year to 22.887 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 18% to 228.670 units. After Kia took the lead last month, Hyundai jumps two spots to #1 thanks to 2.353 sales and 10.3% share, edging past sister company Kia at 2.306 and 10.1%. Chevrolet, #1 year-to-date, is down two spots to #4 and just 8.1% share vs. 11.8% year-to-date. Nissan leaps three ranks to #3, Toyota stays 5th and Suzuki is down two to #6. Chinese manufacturers, led by Chery (#16), hold a strong 9.3% market share vs. 8.5% so far in 2015.

Previous month: Chile September 2015: Kia passes Chevrolet and Hyundai to #1

One year ago: Chile October 2014: Chevrolet Spark reclaims top spot off Sail

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Chile September 2015: Kia passes Chevrolet and Hyundai to #1

Kia Rio Chile June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comKia is the most popular manufacturer in Chile in September.

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After falling 19% in July and 21% in August, the Chilean new car market is down just 4% in September to 28.669 units, the strongest monthly score of 2015 so far. The year-to-date total is still down a harsh 19% on 2014 at 205.783 units. For the second time in the past four months, Korean manufacturer Kia takes the lead of the Chilean brands ranking, however yet again this is due to a particularly weak performance by traditional leader Chevrolet at 8.2% share vs. 12.2% year-to-date, rather than an exceptionally strong performance by Kia, actually below its year-to-date level at 9.3% vs. 10.1%. Hyundai rounds up the podium at 8.9% share, while in the Top 10 Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford and Peugeot lodge significantly higher market shares than their respective year-to-date levels. Below, notice Ssangyong up to #11, Chery passing Great Wall as the #1 Chinese manufacturer in the country and Honda up to #21.

Previous month: Chile August 2015: Renault shoots up to 7th place

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Chile August 2015: Renault shoots up to 7th place

Renault Captur Chile August 2015. Picture courtesy automoviles.neonline.clRenault has just launched the Captur in Chile.

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The Chilean new car market accelerates its fall in August at -21% year-on-year to 24.374 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 177.114 units, also down 21% on 2014. Chevrolet keeps the lead despite a market share frankly below its year-to-date level at 11.2% vs. 12.8%, while Hyundai overtakes sister brand Kia for a mere 5 units at 2.408 vs. 2.403, both brands holding just under 10% of the Chilean market. Suzuki (9.5%), Nissan (7.7%) and Toyota (6%) follow as per the YTD order, whereas Renault shoots up four spots on July to land in 7th position with 1.049 sales, potentially helped by the launch of the Captur crossover. Fiat shines at #12 and 2.9% share vs. 1.7% YTD, while Great Wall (#16) leads the Chinese force ahead of JAC (#18), Chery (#19) and ChangAn (#23). All-in-all, Chinese carmakers represent 9.2% of the Chilean market in August vs. 8.5% year-to-date.

Previous month: Chile July 2015: Chevrolet resumes domination

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Chile July 2015: Chevrolet resumes domination

Chevrolet Sail 3 Chile July 2015The new Chevrolet Sail will reach Chilean shores shortly.

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The Chilean new car market is back to hell in July: down a harsh 19% year-on-year to just 22.247 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 152.740 units, down 21% on 2014. Full year 2015 forecasts now stand at 258.000 sales, or back to the recession levels of 2008-2009. After being toppled by Kia last month, Chevrolet resumes its traditional domination of the sales charts albeit still with a particularly weak market share at 10.4% and 2.322 sales vs. 13.1% year-to-date. Koreans Kia (9.5%) and Hyundai (9.4%) follow ahead of Suzuki, Nissan and Toyota, replicating the 2015 order. Mazda and Ford overtake Mitsubishi to rank #7 and #8 respectively, and Chinese manufacturers remain at a high level with 9% share thanks to 2.013 sales vs. 8.4% so far in 2015. They are led this month by Great Wall (#17), Chery (#19), Changan (#22), JAC (#23) and Dongfeng (#24).

Previous month: Chile June 2015: Kia overtakes Chevrolet to claim top spot

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Chile June 2015: Kia overtakes Chevrolet to claim top spot

Kia Rio Chile June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comKia is the best-selling brand in Chile in June.

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The Chilean new car market slows down its fall in June to -12% at 22.632 registrations, the smallest year-on-year decline thus far this year. The halfway tally stands at 130.493 units, down a sombre 21% on 2014 which was already down 9% on 2013. After finishing May only 42 sales below Chevrolet, Kia takes the advantage in June thanks to 2.385 sales and 10.5% above Chevrolet at 2.278 units and 10.1%. It’s important to note that this victory is more a weakness of Chevrolet (its 2015 market share is 13.5%) that a particular strength of Kia (10.5% is its 2015 share so far). Yet with Hyundai leading the way in January, cracks are definitely starting to show in Chevrolet’s perennial domination of the Chilean car market. Hyundai (9%) is back to #3 this month above Suzuki (8%), Nissan (7%) and Toyota (6.2%). Chinese manufacturers are improving: from 8.8% in May to 9.6% in June vs. 8.3% year-to-date, led by Great Wall (#18), Chery (#19), Dongfeng (#22) and Changan (#23).

Previous month: Chile May 2015: Kia threatens Chevrolet for #1 spot

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Chile May 2015: Kia threatens Chevrolet for #1 spot

Kia Rio Chile May 2015Kia Rio

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The Chilean new car market is still in difficulty in May: down a harsh 16% year-on-year to 21.184 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 107.861 units after 5 months, down 23% on 2014 which was already down 9% on 2013. Chevrolet remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, but just: at 2.301 units and 10.9% share the American carmaker is over 3 percentage points below its year-to-date level (14.3%) and just 42 units above Kia at 2.259 deliveries and 10.7%. Nissan rounds up the podium like in April thanks to 1.806 sales and 8.5% while Hyundai is back up 3 spots on April to 8% share and remains #3 year-to-date at 8.8%. Mazda is well above its YTD level once again at 5.2% vs. 4%, Volkswagen is up 7 ranks to #12, BMW is up 4 to #19 and Great Wall at #18 and 1.5% leads a Chinese contingent representing 8.8% of the Chilean market vs. 8.1% year-to-date.

Previous month: Chile April 2015: Chevrolet leads, Mazda up in market down 13%

Last year: Chile Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads in market down 11%

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Chile April 2015: Chevrolet leads, Mazda up in market down 13%

Mazda3 Chile April 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comMazda holds 5.1% of the Chilean new car market in April.

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New light vehicle sales in Chile slow down their fall in April at -13.5% to 23.084 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 86.677 deliveries, still down a harsh 24% on 2014. Chevrolet remains sovereign thanks to 3.268 sales and 14.2% share, above Kia back to the #2 spot it holds year-to-date at 2.426 and 10.5% while Nissan recedes to third place with a still above-average 8.3% share and Suzuki remains 4th at 7.6%. Toyota (7%) and Mitsubishi (6.3%) are both up one spot on March, overtaking a very weak Hyundai down to #7 and 6% vs. #3 and 9% year-to-date and #2 over the FY2014. Mazda is up two ranks to #8 and 5.1% share vs. 3.7% so far in 2015 and Great Wall (#17 at 1.4% share) leads a contingent of 23 Chinese brands adding up to 7.7% of the Chilean market in April vs. 7.9% so far in 2015.

Previous month: Chile March 2015: Nissan up to #2 in market down 23%

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