Citroen C4 Cactus
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The recovery continues for new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia: up another 10% year-on-year in September to 811 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 7,523 units, now down just 2% on 2013. Ford remains the most popular manufacturer on the island at 12.1% share, followed this month by Peugeot at 10.1%, Citroen at 10% and Renault at 8.8% (vs. #4, #5 and #7 respectively year-to-date), an unusually French-biased ranking for this territory that traditionally does not purchase national brands en masse. Notice also Chinese manufacturer Great Wall up to #10 with 3.3% share vs. #16 and 2% so far in 2014. The presence of Chinese brands is another specificity of New Caledonia vs. metropolitan France, due to looser security and anti-pollution laws.
Great Wall C20R. Great Wall is the #10 brand in New Caledonia this month.
In the models ranking, the Ford Ranger is #1 again with 7.9% share, ahead of the Peugeot 208 surging from #13 in August and #10 year-to-date to second place thanks to 41 sales and 5.1% share and kicking the Dacia Duster down to third place. But the big event this month is the arrival in 4th position of the Citroen C4 Cactus at 22 units and 2.7% share, smashing the world-best ranking it hit last month at #12. This is the first appearance of the C4 Cactus in the Top 5 of any country or territory in the world, well ahead the #22 spot it holds in metropolitan France.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Further down, let’s salute the Toyota Land Cruiser up 33 ranks on August to #14, the Great Wall C20R up 9 to #17, Citroen C-Elysée up 30 to #18, Great Wall Wingle up to #29 vs. #43 year-to-date and the Dongfeng Utah back inside the Top 50 at #49. Finally, we welcome two newcomers in the New Caledonian Top 50 this month: the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #35 and the Porsche Macan at #44.
Previous month: New Caledonia (France) August 2014: Citroen C4 Cactus lands at #12
One year ago: New Caledonia (France) October 2013: Mitsubishi Montero almost in Top 10
Full September 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.