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

August 4th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki SX4 Israel July 2014Suzuki SX4

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The Israeli new car market is impacted by the deepening of the conflict the country is involved in with sales down 16% year-on-year in July to 18,469. The year-to-date total now stands at 153,977 units, up 15% on 2013. Hyundai continues to dominate the brands ranking with 2,496 sales and 13.5% share and while Toyota is back above Kia in 2nd place, it’s only thanks to 23 units (2,200 vs. 2,177)… Mazda and Skoda are solid below, followed by Suzuki back up 3 spots on June while Honda is up 5 to #8 and 5% share vs. 3.7% ytd and Renault passes Nissan to break into the Top 10.

Honda Insight Israel July 2014Israel is one of the last countries in the world to still buy the Honda Insight in reasonable volumes.

Model-wise, after seeing 10 consecutive months in pole position interrupted by the Kia Picanto last month, the Toyota Corolla reclaims its crown thanks to 1,041 sales and 5.6% share, knocking the Picanto down to #2 at 729 units and 3.9%, even threatened by the Suzuki SX4 previous generation at #3 and 716 sales, fully benefiting from its price cut since the arrival of the SX4 S-Cross, named Crossover in Israel. Notice also the Mazda3 consistent atop the ranking at #4, the Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) up to #5, the i10 up to #7 thanks to the new model, the Kia Sportage up to #8 vs. #20 year-to-date, the Honda Civic up 15 ranks on June to an excellent 10th spot, the Subaru Impreza up 9 to #14 and the Honda Insight up a surprising 26 spots to #31.

Previous month: Israel June 2014: Kia Picanto ends 10 months of Toyota Corolla domination

One year ago: Israel July 2013: Kia Picanto in charge

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Israel June 2014: Picanto ends 10 months of Corolla domination

July 7th, 2014 2 comments

Kia Picanto Israel June 2014. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilKia Picanto

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The Israeli new car market is up 29% year-on-year in June to 23,088 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135,511 units, up 21% on 2013. All very good results for this part of the world. After dominating the models sales charts for almost one full year (10 consecutive months), the Toyota Corolla drops to #2 in June, overtaken by the Kia Picanto at 1,207 sales and 5.2% share vs. 1,163 and 5%. The Corolla is of course still leader year-to-date at 8,319 units and 6.1% vs. 5,945 and 4.4% for the Picanto which, let’s remind ourselves, led the overall Full Year 2013 ranking. The Mazda3 is also back onto the podium from #8 in May to #3 this month thanks to 1,155 sales and 5% share, well above its year-to-date level (3.8%). Notice also the Ford Focus back up 9 ranks to #5, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 5 to #10, Kia Sportage up 18 to #12 and Chevrolet Spark up 78 to #17.

Previous month: Israel May 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Hyundai i10 and i35 on podium

One year ago: Israel June 2013: Hyundai i35 leads, podium 100% Korean

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Israel May 2014: Corolla leads, Hyundai i35 and i10 on podium

June 3rd, 2014 No comments

Hyundai i10 Israel May 2014. Picture courtesy of honestjohn.co.ukHyundai i10

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The Israeli new car market continues on its excellent trajectory this year: up another 12% in May to 21,701 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 112,425 units, up a magnificent 20% on 2013. Brand-wise, Hyundai takes off in May to just under 17% share thanks to 3,678 sales, and manages to place two models on the podium: the i35 (aka Elantra) ranks #2 with 861 sales and 4% and the i10, boosted by the arrival of the new generation, is third at 856 units and 3.9% vs. #12 and #14 respectively year-to-date. Toyota is back down to #2 brand with 2,548 sales and 11.7%, 54% of which are for the Corolla which manages to hold the monthly top spot for the 10th consecutive time!

Hyundai i35 Israel May 2014Hyundai i35

Kia is the third most popular brand in the country once again with just under 10% share and the Picanto down to #4 but still #2 year-to-date. The Suzuki SX4 is down one spot on April to round up the Top 5 while the Hyundai i20 is back up 11 o #6 and the Skoda Octavia up 3 to #7. Excellent month for the Mazda CX-5 up 14 to break into the Israeli Top 10 for the 2nd time after last February at #10, the Opel Astra up 24 to #16, Renault Kangoo up 45 to #22 and the Peugeot 2008 up 22 to #50. We welcome the Opel Mokka at #128, the BMW 2 Series at #162, the Mercedes GLA at #224 and the Porsche Macan at #225.

Previous month: Israel April 2014: Toyota Corolla and Kia Picanto reign

One year ago: Israel May 2013: Hyundai i30 takes the lead

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Israel April 2014: Toyota Corolla and Kia Picanto reign

May 9th, 2014 1 comment

Kia Picanto Israel April 2014. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilKia Picanto

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The Israeli new car market is up 6% year-on-year in April to 18,332 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 90,724 units, up a fantastic 22% on 2013. In the brands ranking, Toyota manages to outsell Hyundai by a pretty impressive margin at 2,406 units and 13.1% vs. 2,054 and 11.2% and 1,862 and 10.2% for Kia. Year-to-date, Hyundai is still leader however with 11,311 sales and 12.5% vs. 10,480 and 11.6% for Toyota and 8,913 and 9.8% for Kia. More than half of Toyota sales this month are for the Corolla, in the models sales charts pole position for an astonishing 9th consecutive month thanks to 1,250 units and 6.8% share.

Citroen C-Elysee Israel April 2014The Citroen C-Elysée takes off in Israel in April.

In fact the models ranking is back to an ounce of stability this month: the Kia Picanto stays 2nd both in April (5.2% share) and year-to-date (4.3%) while the Ford Focus confirms it is back in the battle with a 2nd consecutive #3 ranking. The Suzuki SX4 and Mazda3 exchange their position to #4 and #5 respectively, the Nissan Micra is up 6 spots on last month to #6, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 7 to #7, Hyundai i35 back up 36 ranks to #8 and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 11 to #13. Notice also the Citroen C-Elysée up a huge 58 ranks to #21, the Chevrolet Malibu up 99 to #39, the VW Up up 109 to #102 for its 2nd appearance in Israel and the Opel Adam landing at #183.

Previous month: Israel March 2014: Toyota Corolla #1, Ford Focus back on podium

One year ago: Israel April 2013: Hyundai i35 edges past Ford Focus

Full April 2014 Top 235 All-models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Israel March 2014: Corolla #1, Focus back on podium

April 5th, 2014 No comments

Ford Focus Israel March 2014Ford Focus

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Euphoric times for the Israeli new car market: up 34% year-on-year in March to 23,924 registrations, bringing the first Quarter total to 72,392 units, up 26% on 2013. In the brands ranking, Hyundai reigns supreme with 3,618 sales and 15.1% share, well above its year-to-date level of 12.8%. It is followed by Toyota at 11.3%, Kia at 10.2%, Mazda at 6.6% and Skoda at 5.9%. Notice Ford at #7 vs. #10 year-to-date and Fiat at #13 vs. #18. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla celebrates 8 consecutive months in pole position thanks to 1,380 sales and 5.8% ahead of the 2013 leader the Kia Picanto at 1,087 units and 4.5%.

Hyundai ix35 Israel March 2014. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilHyundai ix35

Frank leader over the Full Year 2012, the Ford Focus had been wobbly of late in Israel (down to #68 in December!). Not anymore, in March it climbs back onto the podium for the first time since last July at #3 with 973 sales and 4.1%, and could fight with the Corolla and Mazda3 (down to #4 this month) for the 2014 pole position. The Suzuki SX4 is back up one rank to a fantastic 5th place, the Hyundai ix35 is up a huge 20 spots to #7, the Skoda Octavia is solid at #9, the Hyundai i10 up 10 to #13 and the Fiat 500 up 21 to #17. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 at #80 and the arrival of two newcomers in the ranking: the Maserati Ghibli at #180 with 7 units sold and the VW Up at #211 with two sales.

Previous month: Israel February 2014: Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 confirm domination

One year ago: Israel March 2013: Focus back to #1, Citroen C-Elysee in Top 20

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Israel February 2014: Corolla and Mazda3 confirm domination

March 10th, 2014 No comments

Mazda3 Israel February 2014. Picture courtesy of themarker.comMazda3

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Exceptional dynamism for Israeli new car sales in this start of 2014: up 19% year-on-year in February to 21,256 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 48,465 units, up 23% on 2013. Hyundai remains the favourite carmaker in the country thanks to 2,635 sales and 12.4% share however Toyota is only 17 units below this month at 2,618 sales and 12.3%! Mazda is up one spot on January to round up the podium at 2,009 units and 9.5%, kicking Kia down to #4 with 1,918 sales and 9% while Skoda is up a very robust 4 spots to #5.

Mitsubishi Attrage Israel February 2014. Picture courtesy of tshavit.co.ilMitsubishi Attrage

Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla enjoys its 7th month in a row in pole position with 1,515 sales and 7.1% share with the Mazda3 confirming its resurrection by remaining #2 thanks to 936 units and an improved 4.4% share. Other great performers this month include the Skoda Octavia up 4 spots on January to #4, the Ford Focus, leader over the Full Year 2012, back up 19 ranks to #5, the Mazda CX-5 breaking into the Israeli Top 10 for the first time at #10, the Mitsubshi Attrage up an impressive 21 spots to #11 and the Subaru Impreza up 6 to #13 vs. #53 over the Full Year 2013.

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Previous month: Israel January 2014: Mazda3 resurrects back to #2

One year ago: Israel February 2013: Toyota Corolla and Mazda6 impress

Full February 2014 Top 227 All-models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Israel: 2005-2013 Historical Data now available!

February 25th, 2014 No comments

The Mazda3 seemed invincible in Israel for the most part of the last decade, commending over 12% of the market…

I can now share with you Historical Data for Israel for almost a decade, up to 2005. If you have access to older data please ensure you get in touch! Over the period, we witnessed a fascinating turn of events, with the Mazda3 seemingly invincible all the way up to 2011 before being toppled by the Ford Focus, which then passed the relay to the Kia Picanto. However the new generation Mazda3 already ranks #2 in January 2014 so we could witness a total renaissance this year…

Israel Historical Data:

Israel 2005-2008: Mazda3 invincible

Israel 2009-2010: Mazda3 in the lead

Israel 2011: Toyota Corolla threatens Mazda3

Israel 2012: Ford Focus runaway leader

Israel 2013: Kia Picanto best-seller for the first time

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Israel January 2014: Mazda3 resurrects back up to #2

February 6th, 2014 No comments

Mazda3 Israel January 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.co.ilMazda3

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Excellent start of the year for new car sales in Israel, up 21% on January 2013 to 27,209 registrations. After falling to #5 in December, Hyundai is back to its traditional pole position in the brands ranking thanks to 3,004 sales and 11.4% share, although still way below its FY2013 level (15.1%). Toyota follows at 10.1% ahead of Kia at 9.9%, Mazda up 5 spots on last month to #4 and 8.7% and Suzuki at 6.6%. Notice also Mitsubishi up to 6.3% vs. 3% in 2013 and Chevrolet up to 6.1% vs. 3.1%. Further down, Audi lodges a mammoth 2.4% market share vs. 1.1% in 2013, while Mercedes is at #20 with 1.5% vs. 0.8%.

Toyota Corolla Israel January 2014. Picture courtesy of icar.co.ilToyota Corolla

Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla celebrates 6 consecutive months atop the sales charts but sees its market share drop from 12.2% in December to 6% in January at 1,633 units. But the big event is in 2nd place: whereas it led the overall Israeli market for 7 years in a row up until 2011, the Mazda3 had gone off the radar over the past couple of years, even disappearing from the ranking altogether from last June to last September! Now that the new generation is spreading into dealerships across the country, it’s resurrection time for the Mazda3: back up to #2 with 1,027 sales and 3.8%. It is followed closely by the Kia Picanto, leader in 2013, while the Suzuki SX4 delivers another astonishing month at #4 with 1,007 units and 3.7% share.

Mitsubishi Attrage Israel January 2014. Picture courtesy of wheel.co.ilMitsubishi Attrage

The Mitsubishi Space Star is up 16 spots on December to land in 5th position, its best so far in Israel and a ranking it also reached last August. Other great performers in the country this month include the Mazda CX-5 up 35 ranks to #14, the Chevrolet Trax up 56 to a best-ever #18, the Subaru Impreza up 14 to #19, Chevrolet Cruze up 12 to #20 and Chevrolet Spark up 24 to #22. For its first full month in market, the Mitsubishi Attrage shoots up to #32 with 289 sales and 1.1% share, and the Audi A3 is up 123 ranks to #38 this month.

Previous post: Israel Full Year 2013: Kia Picanto best-seller for the first time

Previous month: Israel December 2013: Toyota Corolla above 12% share

One year ago: Israel January 2013: Ford Focus #1, Hyundai i30 up to #2

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

January 5th, 2014 1 comment

Kia Picanto Israel 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.co.ilThe Kia Picanto is the most popular car in Israel this year and for the first time.

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New car sales in Israel are up 4% year-on-year in 2013 to 212,581 registrations. After at least 7 years of Mazda3 domination got cut short by a Ford Focus seemingly unattainable in 2012, the Israeli models ranking leadership changes hands again in 2013, crowing the Kia Picanto for the very first time thanks to sales up a huge 60% to 9,659 units and 4.9% share. It can breathe a sigh of relief though because the Toyota Corolla came on extremely strong towards the end of the year, topping the monthly charts for 5 consecutive months and peaking at a gigantic 12.2% share in December but falling just short of the pole position at 9,370 sales and 4.4%. The Ford Focus falls from double the sales of any other model in 2012 down 47% to #3 and 8,393 sales this year, with the Hyundai i30 nibbling at its feet in 4th place, up 79% and 6 spots on last year to 8,017 units.

Hyundai i30 Israel 2013. Picture courtesy of autosport.co.ilHyundai i30 sales are up 79% in 2013 in Israel.

Other solid gainers inside the Top 10 include the Renault Fluence up 33% to #7 and the Nissan Micra up 23% to #9, while the Suzuki SX4 jumps 45% to #13 (peaking at #2 in November), the Mazda2 is up 33% to #17, Mitsubishi Outlander up 384% to #18, Opel Astra up 60% to #19, Mazda CX-5 up 50% to #20 and the Mazda6 up 313% to #26. The Skoda Rapid at #23 with 2,575 sales and Mitsubishi Space Star at #35 and 1,951 units are the most popular all-new entrants in the Israeli ranking this year.

MG 350 Israel 2013. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilThe MG 350 becomes the first Chinese-made model to break into the Israeli monthly Top 20.

Finally, notice the Mazda3 crumbling down 77% to #49 only two years after it last topped the annual ranking and the MG 350 up 334% to #69, even becoming the first Chinese model to break into the Israeli monthly Top 20 in December. Brand-wise, Hyundai remains the most popular carmaker by far with 32,089 sales and 15.1% share, which is almost 10,000 more than any other manufacturer. Toyota stays in 2nd place and crosses the 10% share milestone thanks to sales up 14% to 22,788 and 10.7%, while Kia is up one spot to round up the podium at 20,975 units and just under 10% share. Skoda impresses, up 17% to #4, Ford dives by 39%, Suzuki is up 3 spots to #6, Renault up a shiny 49% to #9, Mitsubishi up 148% to #14 and Opel up 29% to #16.

Previous post: Israel December 2013: Toyota Corolla above 12% share

One year ago: Israel Full Year 2012: Ford Focus runaway leader

Two years ago: Israel Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla threatens Mazda3

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Israel December 2013: Toyota Corolla above 12% share

January 4th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Corolla Israel September 2013. Picture courtesy of icar.co.ilThe Toyota Corolla hits its highest Israeli share so far for this generation.

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The Israeli new car market is up 9% year-on-year in December, traditionally a slower month, to 11,586 registrations, which brings the final 2013 total to 212,581 units, up a satisfying 4% on 2012. The new generation Toyota Corolla definitely strikes a chord with Israeli customers: it celebrates its 5th consecutive month atop the models ranking and hits its highest market share so far at 12.2% thanks to 1,411 sales, more than double any other car in the market! It is however not quite enough to enable to Corolla to take the lead in the annual ranking: the honour goes to the Kia Picanto thanks to another solid month at 683 units and 5.9% (#2), adding up to 9,659 and 4.5% over the Full Year vs. 9,370 and 4.4% for the Corolla. The Ford Focus is virtually dead at #68 this month, making it slip down to #3 this year.

MG350 Israel December 2013. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilThe MG 350 is the first Chinese car to break into the monthly Top 20 in Israel.

Helped by the new S-Cross variant, the Suzuki SX4 amazes again and lodges a second month in a row on the podium at #3 with 424 sales and 3.7%, while the Kia Rio is up a huge 33 spots on last month to land at #4 with 354 units and 3.1% vs. #13 and 1.9% in 2013. The other two great performers in the Top 10 this month are the Skoda Fabia up 21 ranks to #6 and the Suzuki Alto up 15 to #8, while the Skoda Octavia remains at an excellent 7th place vs. #14 this year. Finally, let’s salute the record-breaking performance of the Chinese-made MG350, up a mammoth 77 spots on November to become the very first Chinese model to break into the monthly Israeli Top 20 at #17 with 171 sales and 1.5% share. It finishes the year at #69 vs. #144 in 2012.

Previous month: Israel November 2013: Toyota Corolla leads, Suzuki SX4 up to #2

One year ago: Israel Full Year 2012: Ford Focus runaway leader

Full December 2013 Top 200 models and Top 39 brands Ranking Tables below.

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