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

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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%

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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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Colombia April 2016: Market slows down its fall, Chevy breathes

Chevrolet Sail Colombia April 2016Chevrolet holds 26.3% of the Colombian market in April. 

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The Colombian market slows down its fall in April with sales down “just” 7% to 20.309 units, meaning the year-to-date total is now down 15% to 77.128. After being seriously threatened by Renault last month, Chevrolet takes its distance again thanks to sales up 1% to 5.339 and 26.3% share vs. 4.020 and 19.8% (+13%) for the French carmaker. Mazda (+35%), Hino (+97%), Honda (+13%) and Subaru (+37%) beat the market while Hyundai (-49%), Suzuki (-43%) and Chery (-51%) disappoint.

Previous month: Colombia March 2016: Renault just one percent share below Chevrolet

One year ago:: Colombia April 2015: Kia Sportage on podium, market down 16%

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Colombia March 2016: Renault now just one percent point share below Chevrolet

Renault Logan Colombia March 2016Can Renault overtake Chevrolet to dominate Colombia this year?

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2016 is shaping up to be a year to forget for the Colombian new car market: after -21% in January and -11% in February, new car sales plunge back down 20% in March to just 19.762 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 17% to 56.819. Chevrolet holds onto its traditional #1 spot yet drops even faster than the market this month at -26% to 22% share. As a result, Renault edges even closer to overtaking the American manufacturer: thanks to stable sales due to a renewed lineup, the French carmaker leaps to 20.8% share in March and adds up to 20.5% so far in 2016 (+2%) vs. 24% for Chevrolet (-16%). Mazda is the other brand to shine with sales up an outstanding 53% to 1.409 and 7.1% share in 5th place overall. Nissan (-11%) and Volkswagen (-6%) are the only other carmakers to improve their share year-on-year inside the Top 10. Further down, Hino (+47%), Subaru (+38%) and Chinese manufacturer BAIC (+14%) are the only gainers in the Top 30.

Previous month: Colombia February 2016: Renault edges closer to #1 Chevrolet

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

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Colombia February 2016: Renault edges closer to #1 Chevrolet

Renault Logan Colombia 2015Renault is up 10% in a market down 11% in February.

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After losing a harsh 21% in January, the Colombian new car market slows down its decline in February at -11% to 20.294 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 37.057 units, down 16% on the same period in 2015. Perennial leader Chevrolet remains in the top spot, even improving its market share slightly at 24.4% thanks to sales down 9% to 4.949. But the Renault threat is getting more pressing each month: thanks to a renewed lineup, the French carmaker manages to lift its sales by 10% to 4.300, resulting in a much improved 21.2% share. Kia and Nissan both drop 7% but Mazda impresses once again at +23% to 1.433 sales in 5th place. Mercedes (+23%), Hino (+6%) and Volvo (+97%) are the only other manufacturers gaining ground in February.

Previous month: Colombia January 2016: Chevrolet resists on top, Mazda up to 4th place

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

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

Mazda 3 Colombia 2015. Picture courtesy f1latam.com:autosMazda is the only manufacturer in the Top 10 to gain ground year-on-year.

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The Colombian new car market continues its freefall at -21% in January to 16.763 registrations. Chevrolet keeps the led and improves its share thanks to sales down “just” 11% to 4.324 units, followed by Renault (-5%) and Kia (-14%). At +10%, Mazda is the only manufacturer in the Top 10 to gain ground year-on-year. Notice also Mercedes down just 3% at #11, Hino up 13% to #12, Subaru down 3% to #23 and ChangAn up 19% to #25. Other Chinese brands are suffering, with Chery down 59% (#13), Foton down 61% (#15) and JAC down 70% (#20).

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