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New Caledonia (France) March 2013: Toyota Hilux leads

April 5th, 2013 1 comment

Toyota Hilux New Caledonia March 2013 Picture courtesy of topcar.co.za 2Toyota Hilux

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In March, new car sales in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory North-East of Australia, are down 1% year-on-year to 891 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,607 units. Surprise on top: the Toyota Hilux takes the advantage over traditional leader the Ford Ranger for just 2 units however at 55 sales and 6.2% vs. 53 and 5.9% for the Ranger. The Dacia Duster rounds up the podium at 51 units and 5.7%, followed by the Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max, making it no less than 4 pick-ups in the Top 5 this month! Notice also the Nissan Micra up 30 spots to #8, the Citroen C1 up 34 to #11 and the Citroen C-Elysee landing directly at #22 for its first month in market.

Previous month: New Caledonia February 2013: Ford Ranger just below 11% share

Full March 2013 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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

March 5th, 2013 No comments

Ford Ranger New Caledonia February 2013Ford Ranger

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New Caledonia is a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia and in February 819 new vehicles found a buyer in the archipelago, down 9% year-on-year and bringing the year-to-date total to 1,716 units, down 1% on 2012. The Ford Ranger is more dominant than ever, hitting a remarkable 10.9% market share this month thanks to 89 sales. The 3 models on the February podium are the same as in the Full Year 2012 however not in the same order: the Toyota Hilux is #2 this month at 47 units and 5.7% while the Dacia Duster rounds up the podium with 37 units and 4.5% share.

Isuzu D-Max New Caledonia February 2013Isuzu D-Max

The Renault Clio is up 6 spots on January to #4, the Kia Sportage is up 22 to #5, Citroen C3 up 12 to #6, Suzuki Swift up 2 to #7, Isuzu D-Max up 5 to #10 vs. #38 over the FY 2012, Kia Rio up 23 to #11, Chevrolet Spark up 30 to #15, Toyota Land Cruiser up 27 to #19, VW Amarok up 37 to #27 and the Ford F150 is up 41 ranks to #29.

Previous month: New Caledonia January 2013: Last hurrah for the Peugeot 206+?

One year ago: New Caledonia January-February 2012: Dacia Duster shines at #1

Full February 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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

February 9th, 2013 No comments

Peugeot 206+ New Caledonia January 2013Peugeot 206+

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In January 2013, 898 new vehicles found a buyer in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. The Ford Ranger confirms it is the crowds’ favourite by selling 70 units this month for an excellent 7.8% market share, more than two percentage points above its FY2012 share of 5.7%. Another model that performs extremely well this month on the archipelago is the Peugeot 206+, up to #2 at 42 units and 4.7% vs. 2.7% in 2012. This is probably due to a large order from rental companies and as the 208 is now well and truly in market it should be one of the last strong months for the 206+…

Great Wall Florid New Caledonia January 2013Great Wall Florid

The Toyota Hilux rounds up the podium with 41 sales and 4.6%, followed by the Nissan Navara at 4.3% and the Dacia Duster at 3.5%. Let’s also salute the great performances of the Citroen Berlingo at #6 vs. #14 in 2012, Suzuki Swift at #9 vs. #20, Isuzu D-Max at #15 vs. #38, Citroen C3 at #18 vs. #26, Peugeot 308 at #20 vs. #34, Great Wall Florid at #21 vs. #40 and the Citroen DS3 at #25 vs. #48.

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

One year ago: New Caledonia January-February 2012: Dacia Duster shines at #1

Full January 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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New Caledonia Full Year 2012: Ford Ranger keeps pole position

January 4th, 2013 No comments

Ford Ranger

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New Caledonia is a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. In 2012, 11,072 new vehicles found a buyer there, down 6% year-on-year. The Ford Ranger is the most popular model in the territory for the 4th year in a row with 633 sales and 5.7%, but if it weren’t for the new generation, responsible for 170 sales this year, the title would have gone to the Dacia Duster, brilliant in 2nd place at 524 units and 4.7%, up 14%. The Toyota Hilux rounds up the podium with 453 sales and 4.1%, down 6%.

The Renault Clio, Nissan Navara and Peugeot 206+ are stable whereas the Ford Fiesta is up 38% and 8 ranks to #7, the DongFeng Utah is up 4% and 5 spots to #15 but the Great Wall Wingle remains the best-selling Chinese model in the territory at #13 with 184 units (-18%). Other great performers this year include the Ford Focus up 312% to #18, Kia Rio up 40% to #22, VW Golf up 89% to #24, Hyundai i10 up 61% to #28, Hyundai i20 up 215% to #37.

Nissan Juke

Newcomers in the Top 100 include the Nissan Juke landing at #23 with 123 sales, the Chevrolet Colorado at #35 and 84 units, the Range Rover Evoque up 1800% to #53 and the Subaru XV at #71.

Previous month: New Caledonia November 2012: Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger strong

Full Year 2012 Top 100, December Top 10 models and Top 43 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia Nov 2012: Nissan Navara & Ford Ranger strong

December 6th, 2012 No comments

Nissan Navara

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Thanks to Stéphane, this month I can share with you once again detailed new car sales data for New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. The New Caledonian market is stable in November at 920 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 10,338 units, down 4% on 2011. The Ford Ranger reinforces its newly (re)acquired year-to-date lead at 543 sales and 5.3% vs. 487 and 4.7% for the Dacia Duster thanks to an excellent 82 units and 8.9% in November.

The Ranger is however not the #1 vehicle in New Caledonia this month, this title goes to the Nissan Navara with a formidable 96 sales and 10.4% share, enabling it to go up to #5 year-to-date at 343 units and 3.3%. The Toyota Hilux and Renault Clio, #3 and #4 YTD respectively, both lodge solid scores this month, while the VW Golf (#6) and Ford Focus (#11) also excel. The Great Wall Wingle is still the #1 Chinese model in the territory this year at #13 but the DongFeng Utah is catching up, now #14.

Previous month: New Caledonia October 2012: Ford Ranger reclaims YTD crown

One year ago: New Caledonia November 2011: Great Wall Wingle leads overall!

Full November 2012 Top 60 and year-to-date Top 100 Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia October 2012: Ford Ranger reclaims YTD crown

November 27th, 2012 No comments

Ford Ranger

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Thanks to Stéphane, this month I can share with you once again more detail on new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. New car sales in New Caledonia are up an encouraging 8% year-on-year in October to 998 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 9,418 units, down 4% on 2011. Already #1 last month, the Ford Ranger confirms in October with 90 sales and 9% share to  snaps up the 2012 year-to-date crown away from the Dacia Duster at 461 units and 4.9% vs. 447 for the Duster which sold a very solid 61 units in October. It now looks like the Ranger will manage a 4th consecutive year atop the New Caledonian models ranking

Peugeot 208

In October the Nissan Navara ranks third for the 2nd month in a row thanks to 46 units, the Peugeot 206+ up 7 spots to #4, the Kia Sorento up 15 to #7, the Great Wall Wingle up 9 to #11, the Peugeot 208 landing directly in 12th place with 20 sales for its first full month of sales in New Caledonia (while it has been #1 in metropolitan France for a few months now),  the Range Rover Evoque up to a brilliant 18th place vs. #58 year-to-date, the Citroen DS3 up to #30 vs. #47 YTD, the Dacia Lodgy already up to #32 for its 2nd month in the territory and the Chevrolet Colorado up to #36 vs. #48 YTD.

Previous month: New Caledonia September 2012: Ford Ranger catches on

One year ago: New Caledonia October 2011: Dacia Duster and Hyundai H1 strong

Full October 2012 Top 60, 10 months Top 100 brands and Top 20 models Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia (France): See my article in L’Automobile Magazine

November 15th, 2012 4 comments

A few days ago the December issue of French magazine L’Automobile Magazine was released in newsstands all across France and its overseas territories including New Caledonia. Don’t miss the first article I wrote for the magazine on page 25, it’s a special report on New Caledonia and how different anti-pollution and security legislations enable the commercialisation of Chinese models that would otherwise be unfit for metropolitan French roads…

And as a bonus I give you a vintage New Caledonian photo, courtesy of Stéphane who made this article possible in the first place. Merci Stéphane!

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New Caledonia September 2012: Ford Ranger catches on

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

Ford Ranger

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Thanks to Stéphane, this month I can share with you more detail on new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. The New Caledonian new car market is down 10% year-on-year in September at 795 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,420 units, down 6% on 2011. Now that the new generation is available in dealerships across the island, the Ford Ranger, leader from 2009 to 2011 but dominated by the Dacia Duster so far in 2012, catches on. It sells 99 units in September for an out-of-this-world 12.5% market share, adding up to 371 sales and 4.4% year-to-date vs. 386 and 4.6% for the Duster.

Great Wall Voleex C30

The Toyota Hilux ranks third year-to-date at 346 units and 4.1%, ahead of the Renault Clio with 304 sales and 3.6%, the Kia Sportage at 225 units and 2.7% and the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 206+ both at 222 sales and 2.6%. While no Chinese manufacturer exports to mainland France yet, there are no less than 9 Chinese models in the New Caledonian Top 100 this year: the Great Wall Wingle at #13, Dongfeng Utah at #16, Great Wall Hover H5 at #31, Great Wall Florid at #41, JMC Pick-up at #57, Chery Tiggo at #66, BYD F0 at #77, ZX Auto Grand Tiger at #95 and Great Wall Voleex C30 at #99.

Ssangyong Korando

In September, the podium in 100% pick-up with the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara dominating the ranking. The Citroen C4 is up to #9 vs. #47 year-to-date, the Nissan Juke up to #15 vs. #24, the Hyundai i10 up to #16 vs. #27, the Ssangyong Korando up to #22 vs. #56 and the Chevrolet Colorado up to #25 vs. #51. Finally, notice the Ford F150 Raptor at #87 ytd and the Dacia Lodgy selling its first 3 New Caledonian units in September.

Previous post: New Caledonia May-August 2012: Toyota Hilux sovereign

One year ago: New Caledonia September 2011: Ford Ranger back on top

Full 9 months 2012 Top 100 and September 2012 Top 40 Ranking Tables below.

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New Caledonia May-August 2012: Toyota Hilux sovereign

September 26th, 2012 2 comments

Toyota Hilux

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After a 4 month-hiatus,  new car sales data for French territory New Caledonia are back on BSCB thanks to Yves. On the podium over the last couple of years but out of the Top 10 in early 2012 because of the Thai floods, the Toyota Hilux dominates the models ranking in New Caledonia over the May-August 2012 period with 238 sales. #1 over the first 4 months of 2012, the Dacia Duster is down to a still remarkable 2nd place with 171 units sold over the period, adding up to 380 in 2012 which should still secure it the year-to-date pole position.

The cousins Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 hold a brilliant respective 3rd and 4th spots with 131 and 127 sales, and are followed by the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 206+. #1 over the last 3 years, the Ford Ranger is in changeover mode, with the new generation arriving shortly in New Caledonia. As a result it is down to an unusual #8 over the period. Notice the Great Wall Wingle pointing its bonnet at #10 thanks to 61 sales.

Previous post: New Caledonia (France) April 2012: Dacia Duster confirms new leadership

Full May-August 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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New Caledonia April 2012: Dacia Duster confirms new leadership

June 6th, 2012 No comments

Dacia Duster

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New Caledonian info is now a bi-monthly thing on Best Selling Cars Blog and the Dacia Duster impresses over March/April with 82 sales, confirming the pole position it held in January/February. The Nissan Navara comes out of nowhere (or outside the Top 10) to land #2 over the period thanks to 64 units sold and is above the Ford Fiesta at 57 sales.

The Ford Ranger, #1 each year since 2009, is down to #4 at 53 units. The new generation arrives in July and should help the model reclaim at least a place on the podium, if not the top spot. Notice also the Peugeot 206+ very solid at #5 with 50 sales and #3 year-to-date at 101 units, and the Dongfeng Utah back inside the Top 10 for the first time since last August.

Previous post: New Caledonia Jan-Feb 2012: Dacia Duster shines in pole position

One year ago: New Caledonia April 2011: Dacia Duster passes Ford Ranger

Full March-April 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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