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New Caledonia (France) June 2014: Pick-ups monopolise Top 4

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Navara New Caledonia June 2014The new generation Nissan Navara is sure to be a hit in New Caledonia when it launches.

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The new car market in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia, continues to struggle: down 14% year-on-year in June to 861 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 4,785 units, down 9% on 2013. This month and for the first time we have been following this market monthly at BSCB (2 years) the Top 4 best-sellers are 100% pick-up trucks – all foreign, in stark contrast with the metropolitan French market: the Ford Ranger reigns supreme with 69 sales and 8% share ahead of the Toyota Hilux at 7.3%, the Nissan Navara up 15 spots on May at 5.1% and the Kia K2700 up 28 to #4. The Dacia Duster is knocked down to #5 as a result while the Hyundai ix35 is up 22 ranks to #6 and the Hyundai H1 is up 21 to #9. Notice also the Citroen C3 at #10 and the Great Wall Wingle leading the Chinese charge at #21 vs. #37 year-to-date – as a reminder Chinese cars are not sold in metropolitan France but are in New Caledonia due to more relaxed anti-pollution and security laws in the territory.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) May 2014: Renault Clio jumps to #2

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) June 2013: 4 pick-ups in Top 5

Full June 2014 Top 50 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) May 2014: Renault Clio jumps to #2

June 11th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio IV New Caledonia May 2014. Picture courtesy of hamms.ruRenault Clio

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No improvement in sight for new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia: down a harsh 25% year-on-year in May to just 639 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 3,924 units, down 8% on 2013. The Ford Ranger remains the most popular vehicle on the territory by far with 41 sales and 6.4% but whereas the top of the models sales charts is traditionally dominated by pick-up trucks due to advantageous tax for this type of vehicle, this month the Renault Clio jumps 3 spots on April to land in 2nd place with 3.6% of the market vs. #9 and 2% so far this year. The Dacia Duster remains third while the Toyota Hilux is down two ranks to #4. Other great performers this month include the Kia Sportage up 13 to #6, the Peugeot 208 up to #9 and the Toyota Land Cruiser up to a fantastic 10th spot.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) April 2014: Big surge for Renault Twingo

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) May 2013: Peugeot 301 up

Full May 2014 Top 40 models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) April 2014: Big surge for Renault Twingo

May 21st, 2014 No comments

Renault Twingo New Caledonia April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Twingo

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New car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia, are back into negative in April: down 8% year-on-year to 761 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 3,285 units, down 4% on 2013. The Ford Ranger remains the most popular vehicle on the island by far thanks to 72 sales and 9.5% share while the Toyota Hilux passes the Dacia Duster to reclaim a 2nd spot it held over the Full Year 2013. The Ford Fiesta is up one rank on March to #4, the Renault Clio up 5 to #5 and the Renault Twingo shoots up to #6 vs. #31 year-to-date, potentially due to runout prices linked to the imminent arrival of the new generation of the model. Notice also the Dongfeng Utah at #27 as Chinese models have reached this part of France.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) March 2014: 4 pick-up trucks in Top 5

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) April 2013: Renault Captur lands

Full April 2014 Top 30 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) March 2014: 4 pick-up trucks in Top 5

April 5th, 2014 No comments

Isuzu D-Max New Caledonia March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frIsuzu D-Max

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Finally! The New Caledonian new car market is in positive in March, something that had not happened in at least one year, at +1.5% to 904 registration which brings the 1st Quarter total to 2,524 units, down 3% on 2013. Ford remains the most popular carmaker with 12.9% of the market this month, but Dacia is catching up: up 2 spots on February to 2nd place with a superb 10.6% share, earning it a 2nd spot year-to-date as well (8.1%). Nissan (9.1%) follows, ahead of Hyundai (8%) and Toyota (7.7%). French manufacturers are surprisingly weak: Peugeot is 6th (6.1%), Renault 7th (5.8%) and Citroen 8th (5%). Notice also Great Wall back up to #14 with 2% share: whereas Chinese manufacturers have not tried their luck yet in Metropolitan France, they have been present in New Caledonia for some years already.

Dacia Sandero New Caledonia March 2014Dacia Sandero. Dacia holds 10.6% of the New Caledonian market this month.

This month New Caledonia confirms it is a market of pick-up trucks: there are no less than 4 of them in the Top 5! The Ford Ranger dominates as usual with 8.3% share, the Toyota Hilux ranks third at 5.4%, the Nissan Navara 4th at 4.4% and the Isuzu D-Max 5th at 4%. The Dacia Duster is the only ‘non-pick-up’ to manage to find its way into the Top 5 at an excellent 2nd place with 6.9% share. In fact, Dacia has the two best-selling passenger cars this month with the Sandero up 10 spots on January to #6 at 3.1%. Notice also the Hyundai i20 up to #13, the Nissan X-Trail up to #20, Peugeot 301 up to #24, Citroen C-Elysée at #27, Great Wall Wingle at #28, Renault Captur #29, Great Wall Voleex C20R at #31 and the Peugeot 2008 at #33.

Overall France post: France  March 2014: Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 both in Top 4 for first time

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) February 2014: Dacia Duster up to #2

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) March 2013: Toyota Hilux leads

Full March 2014 Top 30 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) February 2014: Dacia Duster up to #2

March 6th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster New Caledonia February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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New car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia, are down 6% year-on-year both in February to 767 registrations and year-to-date at 1,620 units. If the Ford Ranger easily maintains its lead over the models ranking, the Dacia Duster passes the Toyota Hilux this month to rank #2 with 42 sales and 5.5%, however remaining #3 year-to-date. Spectacular progression of the Peugeot 207, up 9 spots on January to #4 compared to #33 over the Full Year 2013, with the other great performers of the month including the Renault Kangoo up 26 ranks to #7, the Suzuki Swift up 17 to #11, the Dodge RAM1500 up to #18 and Chevrolet Captiva up to #20. Ford dominates the brands ranking with 13.4% share above Peugeot (8.6%) and Hyundai (7.7%) while Dacia (#4 with 7.6%) is well above Renault (#9 at 5.7%).

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) January 2014: Citroen C3 shines

One year ago: New Caledonia February 2013: Ford Ranger just below 11% share

Full February 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) January 2014: Citroen C3 shines

February 13th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C3 New Caledonia January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frCitroen C3

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New car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia, are down 5% year-on-year in January to 853 registrations, and the models ranking is surprisingly stable for such a small market: the entire January Top 5 is identical to the FY2013 ranking: we have the Toyota Hilux in pole position at 9.1% market share, ahead of the Toyota Hilux, Dacia Duster, Nissan Navara and Ford Fiesta. Great performers this month include the Citroen C3 up to #10 vs. #22 in 2013, the Peugeot 207 up to #13 vs. #33, Peugeot 208 at #16 vs. #30, Renault Captur above the Clio at #17 vs. #19, the Hyundai Santa Fe at #18 vs. #35 over FY 2013 and the Kia Picanto at #20 vs. #42.

Previous post: New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2013: Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux dominate

One year ago: New Caledonia January 2013: Last hurrah for the Peugeot 206+?

Full January 2014 Top 40 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2013: Ford Ranger & Toyota Hilux dominate

February 5th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux New Caledonia 2013Toyota Hilux sales in New Caledonia are up 33% in 2013.

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New car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia, are down 10% year-on-year in 2013 to 9,923 registrations. The Ford Ranger lodges a 5th consecutive year atop the sales charts thanks to sales up a formidable 31% on 2012 to 832 units, bringing its market share from 5.7% in 2012 to 8.4% this year… But wait there’s better: the Toyota Hilux improves by a fantastic 33% this year to get up one spot in 2nd place with 601 sales and 6.1% share, two percentage points above its 2012 result. The Dacia Duster, even though it declines less than the market (-5%) and improves its market share to 5%, drops one spot to #3. The Nissan Navara (-9%) follows, making it 3 pick-up trucks in the Top 4, while the Renault Clio is down a catastrophic 38% to #6.

Isuzu D-Max New Caledonia 2013. Picture courtesy of news.com.auIsuzu D-Max

Further down the ranking, the Isuzu D-Max is up a whopping 181% and 31 ranks on 2012 to land in 7th place with 228 sales and 2.3%, the Citroen Berlingo is  up 6 spots to #8, the Mitsubishi Sportero up 9 to #10, the Toyota Yaris up 272% and a huge 69 ranks to #13, the Dacia Sandero up 19 to #25 and the Peugeot 208 up 51 to #30. There are 7 all-new models inside the New Caledonian Top 100 this year, led by the Peugeot 301 at #31 with 81 sales, the Great Wall Voleex C20R at #47, Chevrolet Aveo sedan at #48, Renault Captur at #58 and the Citroen C-Elysee at #65. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 landing at #102.

Great Wall Voleex C20R New Caledonia 2013The Great Wall Voleex C20R is the third best-selling Chinese car in New Caledonia in 2013.

One of the most interesting characteristics of the New Caledonian new car market is the presence of Chinese models, ‘forbidden’ in metropolitan France but allowed here by more lenient security and environmental laws. Sales of Chinese models here are down harshly in 2013 though: the Dongfeng Utah is down 50% to #27, the Great Wall Wingle down 60% to #40, Great Wall Hover H5 down 48% to #67, Great Wall Florid down 50% to #71 and BYD F0 down 47% to #104. Brand-wise, the striking element in the ranking is how relatively weak French manufacturers are here: below Ford (12.3% share) and Toyota (8.3%) we find Peugeot at 6.9% but Renault is down 28% to #6 and Citroen ranks 9th.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) November 2013: Peugeot 301 in Top 15

Previous year: New Caledonia Full Year 2012: Ford Ranger keeps pole position

Full Year 2013 Top 110 models and Top 38 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) November 2013: Peugeot 301 in Top 15

December 11th, 2013 No comments

Peugeot 301 New Caledonia November 2013. Picture courtesy of autocity.comPeugeot 301

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New car sales in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory located North-East of Australia, are down a harsh 20% year-on-year in November to 739 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 9,095 units, down 12% on 2012. The Ford Ranger stays well above the competition with 64 sales this month and 770 year-to-date for a 8.5% market share, while the Dacia Duster passes the Toyota Hilux to rank #2 in November but remains below it year-to-date at 468 units vs. 547. The only movement in the year-to-date ranking is the arrival of the Mitsubishi Montero among the archipelago’s 10 most popular models at #10 with 133 sales. Notice also the Toyota Yaris up to #6 this month and the Peugeot 301 up to #15 whereas it is not even on sale in metropolitan France.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) October 2013: Mitsubishi Montero almost in Top 10

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) November 2012: Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger strong

Full November 2013 Top 15 and 11 months 2013 Top 100 models/Top 38 brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France) October 2013: Mitsubishi Sportero almost in Top 10

November 19th, 2013 No comments

Mitsubishi Sportero New Caledonia October 2013Mitsubishi Sportero (aka Triton)

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After a two month-hiatus, new car sales data for New Caledonia, an overseas French territory located North-East of Australia, is back on BSCB thanks to Stephane! Note October data is a little flawed by a blip in the registration system that affected a dozen days. It all will be back to normal in November. Over the first 10 months of the year, 8,356 new vehicle found a buyer in the region, down 11% on 2012. The Ford Ranger is by far the most popular model this year as it was in 2012 thanks to 706 sales and 8.4% share. It is followed by the Toyota Hilux at 506 units and 6.1% and the Dacia Duster with 419 sales and 5%.

Peugeot 301 New Caledonia October 2013Peugeot 301

Further down, the Ford Fiesta is up to #5 vs. #7 in 2012, the Isuzu D-Max remains #6 vs. #38 in 2012, but the most impressive progression in the year-to-date ranking is delivered by the Mitsubishi Sportero, outside the Top 50 at end-July but now #11 with 124 sales and 1.5% share. It ranked #19 over the Full Year 2012. Notice also the Dacia Sandero up to #23 vs. #44 in 2012, the Peugeot 208 up to #28 vs. 81, Peugeot 301 up to #33, Subaru Forester up to #34 vs. #57, the Peugeot 207 surprisingly up from #62 in 2012 to #38 this year, the Dacia Lodgy up to #51 and the Citroen C-Elysee up to #55.

DongFeng Utah New Caledonia October 2013Dongfeng Utah

One of the particularities of the New Caledonian car market is the presence of Chinese vehicles, whereas they cannot be sold in Metropolitan France due to stricter security and anti-pollution legislation. However their popularity is declining. The Dongfeng Utah leads the Chinese offensive at #25 (vs. #15 over the Full Year 2012), followed by the Great Wall Wingle at #32 vs. #13, the Great Wall Voleex C20R new at #48, Great Wall Hover H5 at #60 vs. #39 and the Great Wall Florid at #61 vs. #40.

Previous post: New Caledonia (France) July 2013: Dacia Duster in the lead

One year ago: New Caledonia October 2012: Ford Ranger reclaims YTD crown

Full 10 months 2013 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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New Caledonia (France) July 2013: Dacia Duster in the lead

August 7th, 2013 No comments

Dacia Duster New Caledonia July 2013Dacia Duster

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888 new vehicles found a buyer in July in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory North-East of Australia, bringing the year-to-date total to 6,169 units after 7 months. The Dacia Duster manages to take the lead of the models ranking this month thanks to 66 sales and an outstanding 7.4% share vs. 64 for the Ford Ranger which however remains the best-seller year-to-date by far at 499 units and 8.1%, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 362 sales and 5.9% and the Dacia Duster at 313 units and 5.1%.

Isuzu D-Max New Caledonia July 2013Isuzu D-Max

Now that we have access to a Top 50 models year-to-date, let’s have a look at the biggest gainers on the archipelago: the Isuzu D-Max is up 32 spots compared to its Full Year 2012 ranking at #6 with 146 sales and 2.4%, the Citroen Berlingo is up 6 to #8, the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #12, Peugeot Partner up 10 to #17, Toyota Yaris up 63 to #19, Dacia Sandero up 17 to #27, Nissan Micra up 56 to #29, Ford F150 up 29 to #32, Subaru Forester up 19 to #36 and the Peugeot 208 up 41 to #40. Notice also the Peugeot 301 lading at #39 with 44 sales.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) June 2013: 4 pick-ups in Top 5

One year ago: New Caledonia May-August 2012: Toyota Hilux sovereign

Full July 2013 Top 10 and 7 months 2013 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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