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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

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

December 6th, 2013 3 comments

Suzuki SX4 Israel November 2013Suzuki SX4

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The Israeli new car market is up by a shy 1% year-on-year in November to 16,691 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 200,996 units, up 3% on 2012. The Toyota Corolla confirms it’s the new darling of Israeli customers, holding onto its pole position for the third month in a row thanks to 838 sales and 5% share. The Corolla is now up to #3 year-to-date at 7,959 units and 4%, and while the Kia Picanto is now unassailable at 8,976 sales and 4.5%, the Ford Focus, #9 this month with 353 sales and 2.1%, may have to give up its year-to-date 2nd spot to the Corolla by the time 2013 comes to an end. The best performer this month is the Suzuki SX4: boosted by the new S-Cross model, it is up a further two ranks on October to land in 2nd place only 50 units below the Corolla at 788 sales and 4.7%…

Toyota Corolla Israel November 2013. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilToyota Corolla

Just outside the podium we have 3 Hyundais in a row: the i35 (aka Elantra), i30 and i25 (aka Accent) while the Skoda Octavia remains very solid at #7 and 2.6% vs. #13 year-to-date. The Mitsubishi Space Star continues to impress, up 6 spots to #12, as does the Mitsubishi Outlander at #14 vs. #20 year-to-date and the Honda Jazz at #15 vs. #41. Notice also the Toyota Auris up 18 ranks to #20, the Mazda3 slowly but surely getting back into shape now that the new generation is here, up 36 spots to #26, the Suzuki Grand Vitara up 62 to #46, Peugeot 301 up 51 to #49 and Renault Captur up 31 to #72.

Previous month: Israel October 2013: Toyota Corolla #1, Kia Picanto leads year-to-date

Previous year: Israel Full Year 2012: Ford Focus runaway leader

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Israel October 2013: Toyota Corolla #1, Kia Picanto leads YTD

November 5th, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Corolla Israel October 2013. Picture courtesy of icar.co.ilToyota Corolla

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New car sales in Israel are up a brilliant 14% year-on-year in October to 19,594 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 184,305 units, up 4% on 2012. The new generation of the model has definitely struck a chord with Israeli car buyers: the Toyota Corolla tops the sales charts for the third time in a row, and by far,  thanks to 1,441 sales and 7.4%. The Corolla is slowly climbing up the year-to-date ladder, now #4 with 7,121 units and 3.9%. Talking about year-to-date, we witness a very important leadership changeover this month: plagued with weak sales (it is down to #10 this month), the Ford Focus loses the pole position to the Kia Picanto, very regular at the highest level and #2 once again in October at 986 units and 5%. The Picanto adds up to 8,273 sales and 4.5% so far in 2013 vs. 7,995 and 4.3% for the Focus which led the Israeli models ranking over the Full Year 2012.

Kia Picanto Israel October 2013Kia Picanto

Another excellent performer this month in Israel is the Suzuki SX4, potentially boosted by the arrival of the new S-Cross model, up 23 spots on September to land at #4 with 628 sales and 3.2% share. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 3 ranks to #7, the Suzuki Alto maintaining itself inside the Top 10 at #9 vs. #28 year-to-date, the Mitsubishi Outlander at #13 vs. #20 so far in 2013, the Hyundai i10 up 38 spots to #17 and the Mitsubishi Space Star up 3 to #18 vs. #36 year-to-date.

Renault Latitude Israel October 2013. Picture courtesy of carsguide.com.auRenault Latitude

Further down, the Renault Latitude has an amazing month, up 65 spots on September to #31 with 189 sales and 1% share. I’m not taking too many risks in saying this will be the Latitude’s highest ranking in the world by far this month, way above its ranking at home in France as the Renault Latitude has struggled to succeed anywhere it has launched so far. Notice also the Chevrolet Impala breaking into the Israeli Top 100 for the first time at #94 and the BMW 4 Series making its first appearance in the ranking at #205.

Previous month: Israel September 2013: Toyota Corolla confirms pole position

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Israel September 2013: Toyota Corolla confirms pole position

October 6th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Corolla Israel September 2013. Picture courtesy of icar.co.ilToyota Corolla

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New car sales in Israel are down 3% year-on-year in September to 11,734 registrations, however the year-to-date total remains in positive at 164,712 units, up 3% on 2012. Now that the new generation is well established in this market, the Toyota Corolla confirms the top spot it grabbed last month by selling another 967 units for a 8.2% market share, almost double the sales of the #2, the Kia Picanto at 502 and 4.3%. The Corolla is up 2 spots year-to-date to #5 and will finish the year on the podium if it continues at that rate. The 2013 leader, the Ford Focus, is back up to a still very shy #9 this month. A lot of movement in the models rankings, starting with the Suzuki Alto up 37 spots on August to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 321 sales and 2.7%.

MG350 Israel September 2013. Picture courtesy of msc.wcdn.co.ilThe MG350 captures 1.3% of the Israeli market this month

The Skoda Rapid is up 5 ranks on last month to break into the Israeli Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 300 units and 2.6%, with the Seat Ibiza up 9 to #7 and the Skoda Octavia back up 40 ranks to #10. Further down, the Renault Clio is up 34 spots to #15, the Subaru Impreza a further 5 to #16, the Honda Insight up 29 to #17, the Chinese-made MG350 is up a spectacular 65 ranks to land at a best-ever #24 spot with 149 sales and 1.3%, the Renault Captur is up 59 to break into the Top 50 for the first time at #42 and the Chevrolet Trax lands at #77 for its first month in market.

Previous month: Israel August 2013: Toyota Corolla above 10% share

One year ago: Israel September 2012: Toyota Corolla & Hyundai i35 pass Ford Focus

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Israel August 2013: Toyota Corolla above 10% share

September 5th, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Corolla Israel August 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.co.ilBoosted by the new generation, the Toyota Corolla shoots up to 10.1% share this month.

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The Israeli new car market is up 5% year-on-year in August to 19,550 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 152,978 units, up 3% on 2012. Israel is the second country in the world after Turkey (where it is produced) to see the full effects of the new generation Toyota Corolla coming into market: it is up 5 spots on July to lodge a spectacular 1,969 sales and 10.1% share this month, meaning it is now #7 year-to-date after ranking #2 in 2012… The Kia Picanto delivers another excellent month at 1,231 units and 6.3% and is now #2 year-to-date at 6,785 sales and 4.4% below the Ford Focus at 7,345 units and 4.8% but down to #14 this month. The Renault Fluence brilliantly rounds up the podium thanks to 684 sales and 3.5%.

Mitsubishi Space StarMitsubishi Space Star

The second hero of the month is the Mitsubishi Space Star (aka Mirage), up 13 ranks on July to rank 5th for its third month in market at 514 units and 2.6%. There are 4 Hyundais in the Top 8 in August like in the year-to-date ranking: the i30 (#4), i35 (#6), i25 (#7) and i20 (#8). The Skoda Rapid remains inside the Top 10 for the 2nd month running at #10, the Mazda CX-5 is up 8 spots to #11, the Suzuki SX4 up 6 to #15 and the Subaru Impreza up a further 7 to #21 vs. #56 year-to-date and #179 in 2012. Finally, notice the Seat Toledo, struggling everywhere else in the world, up 41 ranks to #57, making Israel one of the last countries in the world to still love sedans.

Previous month: Israel July 2013: Kia Picanto in charge

One year ago: Israel 8 months 2012: Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i35 up

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Israel July 2013: Kia Picanto in charge

August 14th, 2013 2 comments

Kia Picanto Israel July 2013. Picture courtesy of kml.co.ilKia Picanto

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New car sales in Israel are up a shiny 10% year-on-year in July to 21,543 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 133,402 units, up 3% on 2012. Having ranked #4 in April, #3 in May and #2 in June, the Kia Picanto ‘logically’ takes control of the Israeli models ranking in July and for the first time this year thanks to an excellent 1,213 sales and 5.6% share. It however remains #3 year-to-date at 5,554 units and 4.2%, while the Ford Focus, back up 7 spots on June to #2 this month with 1,138 sales and 5.3%, keeps the lead in the 2013 ranking at 7,037 units and 5.3%. The Hyundai i30 is stable at #3 and 5% in July, above the 4.2% it holds year-to-date.

#1 last month, the Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) is down to #4 in July but grabs 4,8% of the Israeli market, here again well above its 2013 level of 3.8%. Notice also the Renault Fluence strong at #5 and 3.8%, the Toyota Corolla back up 63 spots on June to #6, the Citroen Berlingo up 36 to #9, the Skoda Rapid breaking into the Israeli Top 10 for the first time at #10, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 5 to #18 for its 2nd month in market, the Ford Fiesta up 20 to #26 and the Subaru Impreza up a further 10 ranks to #28 vs. #78 year-to-date and #179 in 2012…

Previous month: Israel June 2013: Hyundai i35 leads, podium 100% Korean

One year ago (almost): Israel 8 months 2012: Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i35 up

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

July 3rd, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai i35 Israel June 2013Hyundai i35

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The Israeli new car market is down 2% year-on-year in June to 17,914 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in positive at 111,859 units, up 1.3% on 2012. The models ranking continues to vary widely from one month to another: in June the Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) takes the lead for the 2nd time in the last 3 months, but this time it does so frankly, with 832 sales and 4.6% share which is 100 above any other model in the market. The Ford Focus is down 7 spots to a paltry 9th place but keeps its 2013 year-to-date pole position by far at 5,899 units and 5.3%.

Kia Picanto Israel June 2013. Picture courtesy of carsforum.co.ilKia Picanto

Another Korean model to shine this month is the Kia Picanto, up one further spot on May to land in 2nd place with 731 sales and 4.1% share, and now #3 year-to-date. In fact this month and for the first time in 2013, the Israeli podium is 100% Korean with the Hyundai i30 down 2 ranks to #3 at 662 units and 3.7%. Another interesting fact: in the 2013 year-to-date ranking, the Ford Focus is the only non-Korean model inside the Top 5: the Hyundai i30 is #2, followed by the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i35 and Hyundai i20… Over the first half of 2013, Hyundai and Kia are the two best-selling brands in Israel, together holding 25.7% of the market.

Skoda Rapid Israel June 2013. Picture courtesy of allmag.co.ilSkoda Rapid

Within this month’s Top 10, notice also the Nissan Micra up 2 spots to an outstanding 4th place, the Renault Fluence remaining extremely solid at #5, the Mazda2 strong again at #7 vs. #14 year-to-date and the Kia Forte up 9 ranks to #8 thanks to the new generation. Further down, the Skoda Rapid is up 8 spots to an excellent 12th position and is now the brand’s best-seller in Israel, the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 6 to #13, the Mitsubishi Space Star lands directly at #23 with 210 sales and 1.2% for its first month in market, the Fiat 500 is up 29 to #28, the Subaru Impreza up 118 to #38 and the MG350 up 73 to #71.

Previous month: Israel May 2013: Hyundai i30 takes the lead

One year ago: Israel June 2012: Ford Focus and Hyundai i25 in command

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Israel May 2013: Hyundai i30 takes the lead

June 3rd, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai i30 Israel May 2013. Picture courtesy of carsguide.com.auHyundai i30

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New car sales in Israel are up 4% year-on-year in May to 19,418, pushing the year-to-date total just a little bit more into positive at 93,945 units, up 2% on 2012. If last month the Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) edged past the Ford Focus by just 16 units, in May only 17 sales separate the Hyundai i30 at 978 sales and 5% share and the Ford Focus, in second spot again at 961 units and 4.9%. However its regularity at the highest level means the Ford Focus remains by far the most popular model in the country so far in 2013 thanks to 5,473 sales and 5.8%, the Hyundai i30 taking the 2nd place at 3,855 units and 4.1%.

Skoda Rapid Israel May 2013Skoda Rapid

The Kia Picanto is up one spot on April to land on the third step of the podium with 758 sales and 3.9%, followed by the Hyundai i20 up 4 ranks to #4 and the Renault Fluence stable at #5. The Mazda2 is up a brilliant 25 spots to #6, the Nissan Micra stays in the Top 10 at #9, the Hyundai ix35 is up 6 ranks to #13, the Mazda CX-5 remains at an excellent 16th position and the Skoda Rapid is up 21 spots to break into the Israeli Top 20 for the very first time at #20 and 1.6% share.

Previous month: Israel April 2013: Hyundai i35 edges past Ford Focus

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