Colombia First Half 2017: Sandero #1, Alaskan above Amarok, Ranger

The Renault Alaskan has landed in Colombia. 

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The Colombian new car market is back on BSCB with detailed First Half 2017 data. June sales are down 3.8% year-on-year to 19.841 leading to an H1 total down 3.5% to 113.101 units. If Chevrolet still leads the brands ranking over the period, it drops 12% and its advantage over Renault (-2%) goes from 4.3 percentage points in H1 2017 to 1.9 now. Worse: Renault was the most popular manufacturer in Colombia in June at 4.173 sales (+0.5%) vs. 4.158 (-16%) for Chevrolet, both commending a 21% share of the market. Thanks to the new Kicks, Nissan shoots up 23%, two spots and almost two percentage points of market share to land on the podium at #3 and 8.7% share. In contrast, Kia tumbles down 19% to #4. Other great performers over the period include Volkswagen (+37%), Toyota (+18%), BMW (+60%), JAC (+56%) overtaking Chery (-41%) and Foton (+5%) to take the lead of Chinese carmakers, Dodge (+25%), Peugeot (+256%) and Citroen (+135%), the latter two making a long overdue reappearance inside Colombia’s Top 30.

The Renault Sandero remains the most popular model in Colombia. 

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Sandero is headed towards a second consecutive annual win and third in total (add 2012) with H1 2017 sales up 41% on the same period last year to 8.3% share. It is followed by the Chevrolet Spark (+22%) and Sail (+25%) while the Renault Logan (+19%) overtakes the Renault Duster/Oroch (-24%) to soar to 4th place. The Kia Picanto is up three spots and 38% to #5. Among recent launches, the Nissan Kicks lands at #17, the Renault Captur at #22 and the Suzuki Vitara at #32. The Chevrolet N300 is the best-selling “hidden” Chinese model (it’s a rebadged Wuling Rongguang) in 29th place overall while the official #1 Chinese title goes to the JAC S2 at #51.

The JAC S2 is the best-selling Chinese-branded nameplate in Colombia so far in 2017. 

Colombia is the first country where the new Renault Alaskan pickup is available, since October 2016. Accordingly, it makes its first appearance in any world sales charts here in Colombia in 62nd position with just under 300 sales. Although it appears minimal, this score already ranks the Alaskan among the best-selling pickups in Colombia: below the Nissan Frontier (#14), Toyota Hilux (#40) and Chevrolet D-Max (#44) but above the VW Amarok (#65), Ford Ranger (#68), Mitsubishi L200 Sportero (#83), Ford F150 (#84) and Mazda BT-50 (#88). Note Renault Oroch sales aren’t separated from Duster figures.

Previous post: Colombia January 2017: Chevrolet drops 5%, Renault up 15%

One year ago: Colombia June 2016: Renault, Mazda and Ford shine in market down 8%

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Colombia January 2017: Chevrolet drops 5%, Renault up 15%

The Chevrolet Spark is the best-selling vehicle in Colombia in January. 

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The Colombian new car market is up 3% year-on-year in January to 17.215 registrations. Building on a trend we witness all across 2016, the two most popular carmakers in the country evolve in opposite ways: Chevrolet continues to decline at -5% to 4.123 registrations and 24% share whereas Renault gains another 15% to 3.692 and 21.4% share vs. 20.1% in FY16. Nissan (+38%) and Mazda (+25%) frankly outpace the market, both overtaking Kia (-19%) while Ford (+23%), Toyota (+45%) and Volkswagen (+26%) also shine inside the Top 10. Suzuki tumbles down 24% and Hyundai continues to implode at -72%.

The Renault Captur breaks into the Colombian Top 15.

At #11 overall, JAC (+169%) is the most popular of the 23 Chinese brands present on the Colombian market, distancing Foton at #15 (+63%), Chery at #17 (-32%), Dongfeng at #18 (+10%) and Changan at #26 (+5%). Overall, Chinese carmakers account for 4.2% of the Colombian market in January. In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Spark (1.175) and Sail (1.039) pass the Renault Sandero (1.022) to take the lead of the charts, with the Renault Duster/Oroch strong at #4 and the Mazda3 up two spots on its FY16 ranking at #5. Notice also the Renault Clio up to #8 vs. #15 in FY16, the Nissan Frontier up to #11 vs, #14 and the Chevrolet Onix (#12) and Renault Captur (#13) breaking into the Top 15.

Previous post: Colombia Full Year 2016: Renault keeps strong momentum, places Sandero #1

One year ago: Colombia January 2016: Chevrolet resists on top, Mazda up to 4th place

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Colombia Full Year 2016: Renault keeps strong momentum, places Sandero #1

Renault Sandero Colombia 2016. Picture courtesy f1latam.com:autosThe Renault Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in Colombia in 2016. 

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The Colombian new car market suffers a second consecutive year of double-digit decline in 2016 at -10.5% to 253.698 registrations. Market leader Chevrolet follows the market at -11% to 60.089 deliveries with a stable 23.7% market share, but direct follower Renault once again improves leaps and bounds: from 15.5% share in 2014 to 17.3% in 2015 to 20.1% this year thanks to sales up 4% to 50.944. Kia (-7%) and Nissan (-10%) remain at #3 and #4 respectively while Mazda gains a splendid 15% to climb up to 5th place overall. Hyundai implodes 66% from #5 to #10 and outside the Top 10 Hino (+13%), JAC (+6%), Subaru (+11%), Changan (+48%), Peugeot (+28%) and Brilliance (+24%) are among the rare manufacturers managing year-on-year gains.

Renault Duster Oroch Colombia 2016. Picture courtesy youtube.comThe Oroch pickup variant helps the Renault Duster remain at #4 overall in Colombia. 

Model-wise, illustrating the French carmaker’s strong momentum in Colombia, the Renault Sandero takes the annual lead for the first time since 2012 thanks to sales up 15% to 18.961 including 7.345 for the Stepway crossover-looking variant. The Sandero is the only Renault to have managed an annual pole position in Colombia in the past 30 years. The Chevrolet Spark lands at #2 with 6.8% share ahead of last year’s leader, the Chevrolet Sail down 14% to 6.1% of the market. The Duster (+4%) and Logan (+9%) make it three Renaults inside the 2016 Tp 5, not the Duster Oroch pickup variant is included in Duster sales are accounts for more than 2.200 units. The Kia Picanto surges 76% to #6, the Mazda3 is up a market-beating 21% to #7, the Chevrolet Tracker remains the best-selling SUV in the country, the Kia Rio is up 20% to #9 and the Nissan Frontier soars to #14, becoming the most popular pickup in Colombia.

Previous month: Colombia November 2016: Renault up 28%, Changan up 542%

Previous year: Colombia Full Year 2015: Chevrolet Sail #1, Renault gains two points share

Two years ago: Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail tops record market

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Colombia November 2016: Renault up 28%, Changan up 542%

changan-minivan-colombia-november-2016Changan sales are up 542% in November to #11. 

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New vehicle sales in Colombia are up 7% year-on-year in November to 22.415 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains in negative territory at -13% to 220.230 units. Chevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in the country and evolves roughly like the market at +5% to 5.203 sales and 23.2% share. Renault continues to frankly outperform the Colombian market with a 28% surge in November to 4.857 sales and 21.7% share while Kia struggles in third place, dropping 3%. Other great performers include Volkswagen (+20%), Suzuki (+54%), Ford (+63%), JAC (+71%), Honda (+71%), BMW (+77%) but most spectacularly Chinese carmaker Changan, up 6-fold on November 2015 and 19 spots on last month to soar to an incredible 11th position overall.

Previous month: Colombia October 2016: Kia and Ford improve in market down 14%

One year ago: Colombia November 2015: Kia and Mazda up in market down 18%

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Colombia October 2016: Kia and Ford improve in market down 14%

Ford Ecosport Colombia October 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukFord sales are up 19% in October in a market down 14%, partly due to the success of the Ecosport.

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The Colombian new vehicle market isn’t getting any better: down another 14% year-on-year in October to 19.193 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 15% to 197.815. Chevrolet stays at the realm but skids down 22% to 4.740 units and 14.7% market share, with Renault down just 6% to 3.825 and 19.9% in second place and Kia actually up 7% to 2.131 and 11.1% in third position. Ford does even better with a 19% improvement to 6.5% share in 6th place. Suzuki (+5%), BMW (+15%), Honda (+7%), Audi (+32%), Ssangyong (+6%) and Mitsubishi Fuso (+83%) are the only other gainers in the Top 30, in ranking order.

Previous month: Colombia September 2016: Renault Sandero takes charge

One year ago: Colombia October 2015 (brands): Mazda, Foton and Hino up, market down 29%

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Colombia September 2016: Renault Sandero takes charge

Renault Sandero Colombia September 2016. Picture courtesy f1latam.com:autosThe Renault Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in Colombia so far in 2016. 

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The Colombian new car market continues to struggle this year with a harsh 14% year-on-year drop in September to 21.391 registrations leading to a 15% year-to-date decline to 178.622 deliveries after 9 months. However according to local sources, the upcoming Bogota Auto Show, scheduled for November, may put a brake to the sharp sales decline we have been witnessing so far this year. For once market leader Chevrolet manages to outperform the market at -11% to 23.6% share while #2 Renault falls faster at -18% to 19.1% of the market. Kia posts a stunning 13% increase to cement the third position it holds year-to-date with 11.4% share, ahead of Mazda (7.6%) and Nissan (7.4%). Toyota (+26%), BMW (+27%), JAC – best-selling Chinese marque in Colombia (+104%), Hino (+5%), Foton (+66%), Honda (+5%), Dodge (+12%) and Ssangyong (+1%) are the only other manufacturers gaining ground in the Top 30 this month.

chevrolet-sail-colombia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-mtonline-clThe Sail is knocked out of its pedestal after 3 years at #1, but Chevrolet still reigns. 

At the opposite end of the stick, Hyundai continues to freefall at -88% to just 179 sales in 16th place. The reason for this dismal performance is the ongoing legal battle in which the Korean manufacturer has embroiled in Colombia for almost a year. Last December, Hyundai ended its contract with Hyundai Colombia Automotriz, the brand’s distributor in the country for the past 23 years, awarding distribution rights to Neocorp. Hyundai Colombia Automotriz, facing liquidation, sued Hyundai for arbitrary termination. Since, an April court ruling prevented any distributor other than Hyundai Colombia Automotriz from selling Hyundai cars in Colombia, in effect keeping the brand out of the market. A second court ruling in August by a different legal body ordered exactly the contrary, allowing Neocorp to proceed with sales. There has been no progress since.

kia-eko-taxi-colombia-september-2016The Kia Eko – exclusively sold as a taxi – climbs into the overall Top 10 in September.

First official 2016 data by model shows a momentous shift: after three consecutive years of reign by the Chevrolet Sail, the Renault Sandero snaps the pole position both in H1 (which we show in a separate table) and in September thanks to 1.663 deliveries and 7.8% share including 644 Stepway. In comparison, the Sail sells 1.406 and the Chevrolet Spark 1.245 in third place. Renault manages to also place both the Logan (5%) and Duster (4.7%) within the Top 5 best-sellers. The Mazda3 is up two spots on its FY2015 ranking to #6, the Kia Picanto up 3 to #7 and the Chevrolet Tracker down two to #8. Kia has the Rio at #9 and the Eko Taxi at #10 – basically a bare-bones variant of the Picanto assembled solely for taxi companies. The Mazda2 misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 42 sales while the Chevrolet Onix makes its first appearance inside the Colombian Top 20 at #13.

Previous month: Colombia August 2016: Concentration around four top selling marques

One year ago (1): Colombia September 2015: Renault and Mazda impress

One year ago (2): Colombia September 2015: Now with Top 50 best-selling models

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Colombia August 2016: Concentration around four top selling marques

Chevrolet Spark Life Colombia August 2016According to ANDEMOS, the Chevrolet Spark is the best-seller in Colombia so far in 2016.

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After an abysmal 34% drop in July, the Colombian new car market stabilises in August at just -3% to 22.443 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains in great difficulty at -15% to 157.231 units. Strikingly, all four best-selling marques post year-on-year gains, resulting in a frank concentration of the market towards trusted fares. Chevrolet (+7%), Renault (+6%), Kia (+9%) and Mazda (+34%) add up to a mammoth 63.1% of total August sales vs. 55.5% a year ago. Toyota (+24%), Hino (+27%), Volkswagen (+43%), JAC (+56%) and Foton (+132%) all lodge spectacular gains inside the Top 30.

Previous month: Colombia July 2016: Mazda stays afloat in market imploding down 34%

One year ago: Colombia August 2015: Mazda and Mercedes lodge double-digit gains

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Colombia July 2016: Mazda stays afloat in market imploding down 34%

Mazda3 Colombia July 2016At -9%, Mazda is the best performing brand in the Top 10 in July. 

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The declining trend that has been hitting the Colombian new car market for the past year and a half is taking a dramatic turn in July with deliveries down an abysmal 34% year-on-year to 17.545. This is the sharpest decline since the market turned its back on a record 2014 year. Year-to-date, new car sales in Colombia are down 17% to 134.788. The brands podium is hit equally hard: Chevrolet (-30%), Renault (-26%) and Kia (-30%) all plunge. If Renault had been going against the grain and showing positive results for the most part of the past year, this month’s decline almost cancels its 2016 progression, with year-to-date sales now up just 1%. Mazda (-9%) resists very well in 4th place, as do BMW (+10%), JAC (-5%), Foton (+3%), Changan (+35%) and Volvo (+53%). At the other end of the scale, Toyota (-50%), Audi (-53%), Mercedes (-57%), Chery (-59%), Jeep (-62%), Dongfeng (-73%) and Hyundai (-78%) really struggle.

Previous month: Colombia June 2016: Renault, Mazda and Ford shine in market down 8%

One year ago: Colombia July 2015: Renault catches up on Chevrolet in stabilising market

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Colombia June 2016: Renault, Mazda and Ford shine in market down 8%

Mazda3 Colombia June 2016. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twMazda sales are up 17% year-on-year in June in Colombia. 

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At -8% year-on-year to 20.630 registrations and leading to a half year total down 14%, June marks only the second month of 2016 to limit the year-on-year decline to single digits in Colombia. While market leader Chevrolet continues to struggle at -10% to 4.959 deliveries and 24% share, the performers of the past few months continue on their positive run: Renault gains 13% at #2 where Ford and Mazda goth improve by 17% to rank at #4 and #5 respectively. Kia also returns to positive this month at +2% in third position, as do Toyota at +5% and #7, Hino (+38%), Honda (+24%) and Ssangyong (+11%). Foton leads the 7 Chinese carmakers present in the Top 30 despite sales down 32% to 160, ahead of JAC (-19%), Chery (-48%) and Dongfeng (-47%).

Previous month: Colombia May 2016: Renault and Ford post double-digit gains, market at -13%

One year ago (1): Colombia June 2015: Chevrolet leads, Mazda doubles sales

One year ago (2): Colombia 1st Half 2015: Discover the Top 10 best-selling models

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Colombia May 2016: Renault & Ford post double-digit gains, market at -13%

Ford Explorer Colombia May 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comFord sales are up 14% year-on-year in May in Colombia. 

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Colombia is back in hell in May: after -21% in January-11% in February and -20% in March there was a glimmer of hope in April at -7% but May volumes are back down 13% to 19.485 units, pulling the market down 15% year-to-date to 96.613 sales. Market leader Chevrolet (-22%) keeps its distance with fast-growing Renault (+11%) at 24.3% share this month vs. 18.6% for the French manufacturer, these figures to be compared with a respective 24.5% (-14%) and 20.1% (+6%) year-to-date. These two brands dominate the Colombian market head and shoulders so far this year, with Kia (-7%), Ford (+14%) and Mazda (+4%) rounding up the May Top 5. Notice also Mitsubishi (+4%), Toyota (+7%), Ssangyong (+21%), Honda (+27%), Hino (+38%) and Changan (+61%) all posting positive results inside the Top 30.

Previous month: Colombia April 2016: Market slows down its fall, Chevrolet breathes

One year ago: Colombia May 2015: Mazda and Suzuki stay afloat in market down 16%

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