Chile July 2016: Kia takes control with sales up 16%

Kia Sportage Chile July 2016Kia becomes the best-selling manufacturer in Chile so far this year. 

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The Chilean new car market is up 1% year-on-year in July to 22.528 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total up 6.5% to 162.675 units. After overtaking Chevrolet in the year-to-date ranking to snap the 2nd place last month, Korean carmaker Kia goes one step further in July: thanks to deliveries up 16% year-on-year to 2.467 for a 11% market share, it becomes the best-selling brand in Chile so far in 2016 with 15.546 units (-2%) ahead of Hyundai at 15.523 (+14%) and Chevrolet at 15.110 (-24%). Despite an overall market in positive, marques gaining ground year-on-year in July aren’t that numerous: Peugeot (+36%), Renault (+10%), Fiat (+28%), JAC (+117%), Mercedes (+46%), Dongfeng (+40%), Honda (+35%), BMW (+17%), Volvo (+20%), BAIC (+184%) and Foton (+242%) are among them. Chinese manufacturers hold 9.4% of the market in July vs. 8% year-to-date.

Previous month: Chile June 2016: Hyundai and Kia now both above Chevrolet year-to-date

One year ago: Chile July 2015: Chevrolet resumes domination

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Chile June 2016: Hyundai and Kia now both above Chevrolet YTD

Kia Sportage Chile June 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxKia overtakes perennial leader Chevrolet year-to-date in Chile. 

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Things are going in the right direction for new light vehicle sales in Chile, up 4% year-on-year in June to 23.636 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 7% to 140.147 units halfway through 2016. After Hyundai overtook perennial market leader Chevrolet in the year-to-date order last month, it is now the turn of sister brand Kia to do so, relegating Chevy to third spot overall. The June charts reflect this new order: Hyundai leads with 2.262 sales (+11%) above Kia at 2.204 (-8%) and Chevrolet at 2.155 (-5%). Nissan (+23%), Peugeot (+49%), Volkswagen (+93%), Fiat (+46%), Citroen (+30%) and Mercedes (+66%) shine but Mitsubishi (-20%), Ssangyong (-25%) and Subaru (-18%) struggle. At #18, the Great Wall Group (including Haval) leads Chinese manufacturers that add up to 8.1% share in June vs. 7.7% so far this year.

Previous month: Chile May 2016: Hyundai overtakes Chevrolet to snap #1 spot YTD

One year ago: Chile June 2015: Kia overtakes Chevrolet to claim top spot

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Chile May 2016: Hyundai overtakes Chevrolet to snap #1 spot YTD

Hyundai Creta Chile May 2016. Picture courtesy carsmagazine.com.arHyundai just launched its Creta in Chile along with the new Tucson. 

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After a 3% dip in April, the Chilean new car market is back into frankly positive territory this month at +13% to 24.002 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8% to 116.511 units. If Kia takes the lead in May with 2.362 sales and 9.8% share (+5%), the star of the month is sister brand Hyundai up a flamboyant 38% on its May 2015 score to hit 2.336 deliveries and 9.7% share, enabling it to overtake perennial leader Chevrolet to now rank #1 in the year-to-date ranking at 11.008 sales (+16%) vs. 10.875 for Kia (-4%) and 10.870 (-29%) for Chevrolet, under attack in most of Latin America. As far as BSCB is aware, Hyundai never ranked #1 in Chile in a Full Year and will be able to count on a new SUV offer with the Creta and new Tucson just launching in the country now. Other great performers in Chile this month include Toyota (+41%), JAC (+48%), Renault (+53%), Fiat (+60%), Mahindra (+68%), Peugeot (+77%) and Citroen (+79%). The Great Wall Group (including the Haval brand) leads Chinese manufacturers at #19 ahead of Chery (#21) and Dongfeng (#22) but all-in-all these are losing ground at -7% to 7.2% share vs. 8.8% a year ago.

Previous month: Chile April 2016: Hyundai up 57% to #1 but trails Chevrolet YTD

One year ago: Chile May 2015: Kia threatens Chevrolet for #1 spot

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Chile April 2016: Hyundai up 57% to #1 but trails Chevrolet YTD

Hyundai Elantra Chile April 2016

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After three consecutive months in positive, the Chilean market is back in troubled waters in April with sales down 3% to 22.401 units. The year-to-date total is still up 7% on the same period in 2015 at 92.509 units. Despite holding the top spot for the past three months with sales up 57% in April to 2.174 and 9.7% share, Korean manufacturer Hyundai still lags behind Chevrolet year-to-date at 8.672 deliveries (-9%) vs. 8.789 (-43%) for the American carmaker and 8.513 (-25%) for Kia in third place. In the Top 10, Suzuki (+11%), Peugeot (+50%) and Ford (+30%) gain ground.

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

One year ago (March): Chile March 2015: Nissan up to #2 in market down 23%

One year ago (April): Chile April 2015: Chevrolet leads, Mazda up in market down 13%

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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.

Previous post: Chile Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Mitsubishi L200

One year ago: Chile January 2015: Hyundai snaps #1 spot in market down 30%

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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.

Previous post: Chile October 2015: Hyundai edges past Kia to lead market

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

Two years ago: Chile Full Year 2013: Chevrolet Sail confirms top spot

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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

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

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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

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

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