Israel April 2016: Hyundai up 52% to cement lead in market up 30%

Hyundai Avante Israel March 2016. Picture courtesy minyouhwa.comThe Elantra is now sold as such Israel: it is not called “i35″ anymore.

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Thanks to a partnership with cartube.co.il we can now share with you brands data for Israel in April – models data is now a quarterly occurrence. The Israeli new car market is up a whopping 30% year-on-year this month to 22.927 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 113.534 units, up 16% on the same period last year. Boosted by the new Tucson as we’ve witnessed last month, Hyundai is up 52% to a splendid 3.139 sales and 13.7% share, distancing sister brand Kia at 2.960 and 12.9% (+16%) while Toyota loses significant share at 2.549 units and 11.2% (+2%). Skoda (+63%), Mitsubishi (+53%), Chevrolet (+167%), Seat (+55%), Volkswagen (+47%), Peugeot (+92%), Fiat (+47%) and Ford (+201%) all frankly beat the market.

Previous month: Israel March 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps to 2nd place overall

One year ago: Israel April 2015: Kia Sportage soars to pole position

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Israel March 2016: Hyundai Tucson leaps to 2nd place overall

The Hyundai Tucson sells 4.105 units in 3 months in Israel

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Thanks to a partnership with cartube.co.il we can update you today on models data for the Israeli new car market, now a quarterly occurrence. But first to the brands ranking: in a market up 16% year-on-year in March (28.537) and up 13% year-to-date (90.607), Hyundai cements its newfound leadership thanks to sales up a whopping 42% this month to 4.423 units. Sister brand Kia (+1%) follows at 3.306 with Toyota (+10%) rounding up the podium at 3.153. Outstanding performance of Skoda in 4th place (+61%), with Mazda (+24%), Peugeot (+214%), Volkswagen (+93%), Ford (+273%), Mercedes (+58%), Audi (+50%) and Dacia (+61%) also performing very strongly.

Looking into the models ranking, we discover the main reason behind Hyundai’s access to the brands pole position: the all-new Tucson is an instant blockbuster here, as it has been the case in a growing number of markets. At 4.105 units in just three months, it outsells all nameplates in the country bar one: the Kia Picanto (4.693), and manages to overtake a perennial best-seller, the Toyota Corolla (3.697). The Kia Sportage, also boosted by a new generation, is up 55% to 4th place. Notice also the Mitsubishi Outlander (+48%), Skoda Rapid (+54%), Suzuki SX4 (+73%) and Skoda Fabia (+391%) delivering spectacular gains.

Previous month: Israel February 2016: Hyundai leads again but Kia catches up

One year ago: Israel March 2015: Kia #1, places Picanto two units below Corolla

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Israel February 2016: Hyundai leads again but Kia catches up

Hyundai i10 Israel February 2016. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilHyundai holds 14.4% of the Israeli car market in February.

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New car sales in Israel are up another 17% year-on-year in February, lifting the year-to-date total to 62.070 units after two months, up 12% on the same period in 2015. Only the brands ranking is available as models data are now a quarterly occurrence for Israel. Thanks to deliveries up a flamboyant 40% on February 2015 to 3.697 and 14.4% share, Hyundai remains atop the sales charts but this time it only has a 68 unit-advantage over sister brand Kia up an even more impressive 49% to 3.629 and 14.2%. Hyundai dominates year-to-date at 8.715 (14%) vs. 7.367 (11.9%) for Kia overtaking Toyota, down to #3 in February due to sales up just 2%. Skoda (+32%) is also in great shape at #4. Further down, Citroen is up 127% to #7, Nissan up 130% to #8, Volkswagen up 50% to #9 and Peugeot up 79% to #12. Dacia (+38%), Fiat (+53%), Audi (+76%) and Ford (+90%) also shine.

Previous month: Israel January 2016: Hyundai above Toyota and Kia

One year ago: Israel February 2015: Toyota Corolla back to #1, Mitsubishi Attrage up to #2

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Israel January 2016: Hyundai above Toyota and Kia

Hyundai i10 Israel January 2016. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilHyundai is the most popular carmaker in Israel in January. 

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A change in reporting method means that unfortunately we will only get a models ranking for Israel every quarter. The monthly reports will now focus on brands. Overall the Israeli new car market is up by a dynamic 8% year-on-year in January to 36.481 registrations. Like in December, Hyundai is the most popular carmaker in the country by a large margin with 5.018 sales and 13.8% share vs. 4.009 and 11% for Toyota and just 3.738 and 10.2% for the 2015 leader, Kia. Skoda surges 48% on a year ago to land in 4th place with 8.5% share above Mazda (-9%) and Mitsubishi (-11%). Seat is up 17%, Renault up 30%, Audi up 19% and Opel up 35%. Further down, Mercedes gains 65%, BMW 49%, Dacia 67%, Isuzu 87%, Volvo 48% and Ssangyong 184%.

Previous post: Israel Full Year 2015: Kia most popular brand, Picanto reclaims lead

One year ago: Israel January 2015: Kia Picanto leads, Dacia Duster and Sandero inside Top 100

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Israel Full Year 2015: Kia most popular brand, Picanto reclaims lead

Kia Picanto Israel 2015. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilThe Kia Picanto reclaims the Israeli top spot in 2015. Picture cartube.co.il

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It’s time for the Full Year 2015 Reports, and the first cab off the rank is Israel, a market up a solid 6% year-on-year in 2015 to 254.748 registrations. Thanks to sales up a stunning 28%, Korean manufacturer Kia overtakes sister brand Hyundai (-0.4%) to lead the Israeli carmaker ranking at 13.2% share vs. 12.3% for Hyundai and 11.5% for Toyota (+7%). Mitsubishi (+28%) outpaces both Skoda (+13%) and Suzuki (-11%) to rank 6th overall. Nissan is up 21% to #8, Volkswagen is up 3 spots to break into the Top 10 despite sales up “just” 4%, and Seat (+22%), Subaru (+76%) and Peugeot (+42%) all post spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Chevrolet (-42%) and Ford (-75%) crumble down. Dacia spends its first full year in the Israeli market at a cool #22 and 1% share. Luxury German manufacturers Audi (+30%), Mercedes (+29%) and BMW (+40%) all improve significantly faster than the market.

Ford Focus Israel 2015Leader in 2012, the Ford Focus sold just three units in Israel in 2015…

As we detailed in the August 2015 post, the Israeli new car market is particularly influenced by fleet sales that are estimated to account for roughly 50% of the entire market, this ratio climbing to 60-70% in the C segment. The arrival of the new generation nameplate can mean its direct competitors see their sales brake to an almost complete halt as fleet orders ruthlessly shift to the new offer. It is this unique market behaviour – and not a sudden change of taste by private buyers – that explains the steep declines of such manufacturers as Chevrolet – handicapped by the Cruze (-36%), Trax (-36%), Spark (-59%) and Sonic (-61%) – and Ford which sees the Focus go from 4.855 sales in 2014 to just three in 2015 in the absence of new generation launch.

Suzuki SX4 Israel 2015. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilThe new model pushes the Suzuki SX4 up 83%. Picture cartube.co.il

After conceding to the Toyota Corolla in 2014, the Kia Picanto reclaims the Israeli models lead it held back in 2013 to make it two wins in the past three years, thanks to sales up 20% to 12.699 vs. -11% and 11.129 for the Corolla. The Sportage is the 2nd Kia on the podium, improving its sales 3-fold on 2014 to gain 16 spots and knock the Mazda3 down to #4. Other impressive gainers in the Top 20 include the Suzuki SX4 (+83%), Mitsubishi Outlander and Attrage (both at +30%), Toyota Yaris (+53%) and Subaru Impreza (+83%). The Nissan Almera is the only all-new model for 2015 to break into the annual Top 50 at #46.

Previous month: Israel November 2015: Kia Picanto and Sportage on top

Previous year: Israel Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Two years ago: Israel Full Year 2013: Kia Picanto best-seller for the first time

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Israel November 2015: Kia Picanto and Sportage on top

Kia Sportage Israel November 2015MG350 Israel November 2015. Picture courtesy of msc.wcdn.co.ilThe Kia Sportage and MG 350 are the heroes of the month in Israel.

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Thanks to www.cartube.co.il we have the monthly sales results for Israel. The market is up 7% year-on-year to 21.005 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 244.955 units, also up 7% on 2014. With sales up 33% on November 2014 and 29% year-to-date, Kia sails away in the brands ranking at 14.7% share vs. 10.9% for the #2, Toyota, and even places the Picanto (1.222 sales) and Sportage (913) atop the models ranking. Hyundai (-27%) is relegated to third position this month but remains 2nd year-to-date. Nissan (+52%), Volkswagen (+35%) and Subaru (+95%) take off. Model-wise, the Seat Ibiza shoots up 47 spots on October to #6, the Nissan Micra is up 13 to #7, the MG 350 is up 43 to a spectacular 12th place and the Hyundai Tucson is up 25 to already break into the Israeli Top 20 for its 2nd month on sale in the country.

Previous month: Israel October 2015: Kia Picanto overtakes Toyota Corolla to #1 year-to-date

One year ago: Israel November 2014: Seat Ibiza and Mitsubishi Attrage superstars

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Israel October 2015: Kia Picanto overtakes Toyota Corolla to #1 YTD

Kia Picanto Israel August 2015. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilThe Kia Picanto is now #1 in Israel in 2015.

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Thanks to www.cartube.co.il, we can go through the Israeli new car market in detail for October when sales are up a very dynamic 19% year-on-year to 20.390 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 223.950 units, up 7% on the same period in 2014. Thanks to sales up a stunning 35%, Hyundai climbs back to the brands pole position with 14% share, but remains below sister brand Kia year-to-date at 27.982 units vs. 29.368. Toyota (+9%) is down one spot on last month to #3, Skoda (+57%) is up three to #4 and Mitsubishi (+37%) down three to #6. Notice also Nissan (+61%), Subaru (+57%), Peugeot (+48%), Fiat (+58%) and Audi (+175%) all displaying impressive gains, while Dacia breaks into the Israeli Top 20 for the third time since it launched in January.

Hyundai i10 Israel October 2015Hyundai i10

In the models ranking, a momentous shift occurs in pole position: thanks to another outstanding month at 1.096 sales and 5.4% share, the Kia Picanto overtakes the Toyota Corolla to snap the #1 year-to-date spot at 11.032 units vs. 10.740. The Hyundai i10 soars 23 spots on September to land in 2nd place overall, the Kia Sportage is faithful to the third place it holds year-to-date (+208%), the Suzuki SX4 is back up 3 ranks to #5 above the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mazda3. Notice also the Skoda Fabia up 6 spots to #11, the Hyundai i20 up 27 to #12 and the all-new Suzuki Vitara landing at #29.

Previous month: Israel September 2015: Kia Picanto 15 units off year-to-date lead

One year ago: Israel October 2014: Mitsubishi Attrage back in Top 10

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Israel September 2015: Kia Picanto 15 units off year-to-date top spot

Kia Picanto Israel September 2015. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilKia Picanto

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The Israeli new car market is down a harsh 20% year-on-year in September to 14.927 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in positive territory at 203.560 units, up 6% on 2014. Kia cements its newfound leadership in the brands ranking with 2.237 sales and 15% share (+1%) vs. just 1.086 and 7.3% (-56%) for sister brand Hyundai, while Toyota remains #2 at 13.9% and Mitsubishi is up 39% year-on-year to round up the podium. Peugeot is up a mammoth 258% to 10th place, Subaru is up 64% to #12, Citroen up 116% to #14 and BMW up 28% to #18. At the other end of the scale, Renault is down 53%, Suzuki down 68% and Chevrolet down 62%. Over in the models ranking, thanks to another very solid month (+17%), the Kia Picanto is now irresistibly close to the year-to-date pole position at 9.936 sales vs. 9.951 for the Toyota Corolla, #2 this month. The Kia Sportage ranks third both this month and year-to-date (+206%) while the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 38 spots to #4, the Mitsubishi Space Star is up 28 to #13 and the VW Passat is up 23 to #21.

Previous month: Israel August 2015: Kia now #1 year-to-date, Picanto and Sportage on top

One year ago: Israel September 2014: Nissan Micra and Renault Fluence up

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Israel August 2015: Kia now #1 year-to-date, Picanto & Sportage on top

Kia Picanto Israel August 2015. Picture courtesy cartube.co.ilThe Kia Picanto is the best-selling car in Israel this month.

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The Israeli new car market is up 16% in August on a low basis a year ago to 21.240 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 188.633 units, up 9% on 2014. We witness a momentous change of guard in the brands ranking: thanks to sales up 17% to 3.023 and 14.2% share, Kia takes the year-to-date lead at 24.371 units and 12.9% (+31%), overtaking sister company Hyundai (down to #3 this month) at 24.039 and 12.7% (+3%), Toyota is up 25% in 2nd place, Mitsubishi up 27% at #5, Nissan up 130% to #7, Volkswagen up 27% to #8 and Peugeot up a whopping 244% to #9 vs. #15 year-to-date. Notice also Citroen (+156%), Subaru (+110%), Audi (+63%) and Fiat (+60%).

Mitsubishi Attrage Israel August 2015. Picture courtesy auto.co.ilMitsubishi Attrage

Like in July, the two best-selling models in Israel are Kias this month, albeit in a different order: the Picanto is the most popular at 1.199 units and 5.6% above the Sportage at 971 and 4.6% with the Toyota Corolla rounding up the podium at 946 sales and 4.5%. Year-to-date, the Corolla (9.188) is now threatened on its throne by the Picanto (9.048) while the Sportage is up a spectacular 221% year-on-year to 8.008 deliveries. The Mitsubishi Attrage surges 11 spots on July to #4 overall with 764 sales, mostly to rental companies.

Peugeot 301 Israel August 2015. Picture courtesy gear.co.ilPeugeot 301

Notice also the Nissan Micra up to #7 vs. #14 year-to-date, the Peugeot 301 up 23 ranks to #14 and 405 sales (here too mostly rentals) vs. 48 YTD (+111%), the VW Golf up to #18 vs. #40 and the Subaru XV up 29 spots to #24. Among recent launches, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 19 ranks to #48, the Fiat 500X is up 60 spots to break into the Top 50 for the first time at #49 and the Dacia Lodgy is up 92 to #58.

Highest private sales ratios by segment – Israel January to August 2015:

sales-1-8-2015Source: Yediot/ynet.co.il – Udi Atzion

Finally, thanks to our correspondent in Israel at www.cartube.co.il we can now understand the specificities of the Israeli new car market and the “sudden death” of a few nameplates such as the Ford Focus. Fleet sales are estimated to account for roughly 50% of the entire market, this ratio climbing to 60-70% in the C segment. Above we can see most crossovers have a healthy private sales ratio, led by the Citroen C4 Cactus (92%), Toyota RAV4 (90%) and Nissan Juke (90%), with the VW Polo (96%) and Suzuki Swift (95%) leading the a-b segments. On the contrary in the c segment private sales are clearly weaker with only the VW Golf (92%), Seat Leon (70%) and Honda Civic (67%) above the symbolic 50% mark. The Hyundai i25 (15%), Opel Astra (10%), Peugeot 301 (7%) and Mitsubishi Attrage (5%) are almost fleet-only.

Previous month: Israel July 2015: Sportage and Picanto on top, lift Kia to #1 brand

One year ago: Israel August 2014: Hyundai i10 in Top 5, Mitsubishi Attrage in Top 10

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Israel July 2015: Sportage and Picanto on top, lift Kia to #1 brand

Kia Sportage Israel July 2015The Kia Sportage posts a fourth consecutive month atop the Israeli sales charts.

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New car sales in Israel are up 27% on a low base in July 2014 to 23.486 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 167.393 units, up 9% on 2014. Nothing seems to stop Kia this year: after topping the brands ranking in March and April, it does so again this month, and with a large margin with sales up 62% year-on-year to 3.527 and 15% share, vs. 2.818 and 12% (+28%) for Toyota and 2.800 and 11.9% (-1%) for Hyundai. The Sportage is the best-selling model in the country for the 4th consecutive time thanks to 1.338 sales and 5.7% share and the Picanto is up one spot to overtake the Toyota Corolla and make it a Kia 1-2 at 1.113 units and 4.7%. Hyundai is still #1 year-to-date but just: at 21.861 sales and 13.1% (+4%) vs. 21.348 and 12.8% (+33%) for Kia.

Skoda Fabia Israel July 2015The new Fabia helps push Skoda up to #4 brand in Israel.

Other great performers in Israel this month include (in sales order) Skoda up two spots to #4, Mitsubishi (+55%), Nissan (+84%), Volkswagen (+44%), Peugeot (+90%), Subaru (+68%), Citroen (+60%), Opel (+40%), Mercedes (+105%), Audi (+49%), BMW (+62%) and Lexus (+99%). A long list indeed! Back to the models ranking where the Toyota Corolla remains in the year-to-date lead despite sales down 12% to 8.242 units. The Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) and i10 round up the Top 5, while the Nissan Micra is up 10 spots on June to #8, the Toyota Yaris up 7 to #9, the Toyota Auris up 42 to #11, the Kia Forte up 16 to #13 and the Skoda Fabia up 10 to #14.

Previous month: Israel June 2015: Toyota Corolla catches up to Kia Sportage

One year ago: Israel July 2014: Toyota Corolla back to #1, Suzuki SX4 up

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