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Singapore September 2013: BMW only 14 units below Merc ytd

October 25th, 2013 2 comments

BMW 3 Series Singapore September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frOne in every 4 cars sold in Singapore this month is a BMW!

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Another weak month for new car registrations in Singapore, down 12% year-on-year in September to 1,964 units which brings the year-to-date total to 17,102 sales, down a painful 19% on 2012. BMW is the most popular brand in the country for the second consecutive month and the 4th time in the last 6 months with a huge 465 sales and 23.7% share. Yep, that’s one in every 4 cars sold in Singapore this month! Mercedes follows at 17% (exactly its year-to-date share) but now only has a 14-unit advantage over BMW year-to-date! Toyota is strong at 15.7% vs. 14.4% year-to-date as is Volvo at 6.2% (vs. 4.4%).

Previous month: Singapore August 2013: BMW tops the charts with 20% share

One year ago: Singapore September 2012: Volkswagen leads, BMW #1 year-to-date

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Singapore August 2013: BMW tops the charts with 20% share

September 14th, 2013 No comments

BMW 5 Series Singapore August 2013BMW 5 Series

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New car sales in Singapore are down 11% year-on-year in August to 1,747 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 15,138 units, down a tough 20% on 2012. Down to #5 last month, BMW is the best-selling brand in August thanks to 349 sales for a round 20% share. It is however still #2 year-to-date at 2,423 units and 16% vs. 2,569 and 17% for Mercedes, down to #4 in August with a paltry 11.7% share.

Toyota is down one spot on July to #2 at 312 units and an excellent 17.9% share (compared to 13.9% year-to-date) while Volkswagen remains third at 13.3% and Audi falls to 5th at 6.3% vs. 7.9% year-to-date. Notice also Mazda up to #6 and 4.3% vs. 2.7% YTD, Honda up to #7 and 3.1% vs. #12 and 1.8%, Kia up to #8 and 2.7% vs. #16 and 1.3% and Subaru up to #13 and 1.4% vs. #17 and 0.9%.

Previous month: Singapore July 2013: Toyota/Lexus leads, Datsun (re) appears

One year ago: Singapore August 2012: Toyota #1 but BMW leads year-to-date

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Singapore July 2013: Toyota/Lexus leads, Datsun (re)appears

August 16th, 2013 6 comments

Lexus LFA Singapore July 2013Lexus LFA

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In July, new car sales in Singapore are down a horrid 27% year-on-year to just 1,702 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 13,391 units, down 21% on 2012. For the first time in almost one year (since August 2012), Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in the country this month (Lexus sales included) with 367 sales and 21.6% but remains #4 year-to-date at 1,786 units and 13.3%. Mercedes stays #2 with 288 sales and 16.8% and keeps its pole position year-to-date at 2,365 units and 17.7%.

Datsun Go Singapore July 2013Was the first Datsun Go registered in Singapore in July? Get in touch if you know.

Both Volkswagen at #3 and Audi at #4 are up one spot on June to 15.9% and 9.2% share respectively, both significantly higher than their year-to-date levels of 13.9% and 8.1%. Leader last month, BMW falls to #5 in July at just 7.2% share vs. 15.5% year-to-date (#2). Notice also Mazda at #7, Hyundai and Kia both up 5 ranks to #8 and #12 respectively, Subaru at #14 and Datsun (re) appearing in the ranking at #30 with 1 unit sold which could be a freak event or the very first Datsun Go registered in the country.

Previous month: Singapore June 2013: BMW leads with 20.2% market share

One year ago (almost):  Singapore August: Toyota #1 but BMW leads year-to-date

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Singapore June 2013: BMW leads with 20.2% market share

July 16th, 2013 2 comments

BMW 7 Series Singapore June 2013BMW 7 Series

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New car sales in Singapore are back down a harsh 15% year-on-year to 2,197 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 11,689 units, down a steep 20% on 2012. While last month we thought the market’s decline was coming to an end (-5%), another hike in the price of certificate of entitlement (the equivalent to buying your licence plate) for cars below 1,600cc  to US$57,900 (yes you read that well) has brought the market down once again. As a reminder, in Singapore certificates of entitlement costs as much as the car itself, which has skewed the market towards luxury brands, the only ones worth buying anymore.

To illustrate this trend, for the third time in the last 4 months BMW takes the lead of the Singaporean sales charts thanks to 443 sales and 20.2%, its strongest market share so far in 2013, adding up to 1,952 units and 16.7% year-to-date. This is still not enough to catch up with Mercedes though at 2,077 sales and 17.8%. Toyota lodges a very strong month at #3 and 15,9% vs. #4 and 12.1% year-to-date, kicking Volkswagen down to 4th place. Nissan is in great shape at #6 and 4.6%, as is Mazda at #7 and 2.9% and Subaru at #12 and 1.6% vs. #21 and 0.7% year-to-date.

Previous post: Singapore May 2013: BMW leads, Bentley in Top 10

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Singapore May 2013: BMW leads, Bentley in Top 10

June 13th, 2013 5 comments

Bentley Continental GT Singapore May 2013Bentley Continental GT. Picture by MDL 2011, all rights reserved.

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As predicted last month, sales of new cars in Singapore slow down their fall in May at -5% year-on-year to 2,186 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 9,492 units, down 21% on 2012. The reason for this is the lowering of the price of Certificates of Entitlement (the equivalent of buying your licence plate). These are still however more than the actual price of the car, which explains the very particular brands ranking we have been observing in Singapore for the last couple of years.

Koenigsegg CCX-R Singapore May 2013Koenigsegg CCX-R. Picture by Murphy Photography, all rights reserved.

For the second time in the last 3 months, BMW tales the lead of the brands sales charts thanks to a fantastic 414 sales and 18.9% share, way above Mercedes at 292 units and 13.4%. However Mercedes is still in pole position in the year-to-date ranking with 1,719 sales and 18.1% vs. 1,509 and 15.9% for BMW. The 4 following brands are identical to the year-to-date ranking: Volkswagen rounds up the podium ahead of Toyota, Audi and Volvo.

But the most impressive performance this month in Singapore is delivered by Bentley, up 13 spots on April to land inside the Singaporean Top 10 at #10 with 52 sales and 2.4% share! Only one other country in the world allows Bentley such a strong presence: Monaco, where it finished 2012 in 16th position with 2.2% market share… Notice also Ferrari up 3 ranks to #17 vs. #26 in 2012, Rolls Royce up 2 to #20 vs. #33 in 2012 and Koenigsegg selling one unit!

Previous month: Singapore April 2013: Mercedes back on top

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Singapore April 2013: Mercedes back on top

May 14th, 2013 No comments

Mercedes CLA Singapore April 2013Mercedes CLA

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New car sales in Singapore are down 16% year-on-year in April to 1,919 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,306 units, down a worrying 26% on 2012. This fall may recede soon though, as the price of Certificates of Entitlement (the  equivalent of buying your licence plate) has gone down significantly in April for most categories of cars, cars above 1,600cc dropping the most: by almost S$7,000 to S$67,010. This is still more than the actual price of the car, which explains the very particular brands ranking we have been observing in Singapore for the last couple of years.

Passed by BMW last month, Mercedes is back on top in April thanks to 335 sales and 17.5% while its Bavarian rival is being threatened by Volkswagen at #2 with 267 units and 13.9% vs. 262 and 13.7%. Toyota ranks 4th at 12.1% share ahead of Audi at 10.1% and Volvo at 5.8%, meaning the Top 6 brands in April are identical to the 2013 year-to-date ranking. Notice also Nissan up 4 spots to #7, Honda up 2 to #10, Mini up 5 to #14, Ferrari up 7 to #20 and Rolls-Royce up 3 to #22.

Previous month: Singapore March 2013: BMW back to #1, Volvo up to #5

One year ago: Singapore April 2012: Toyota reclaims leadership

Full April 2013 Top 40 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Singapore March 2013: BMW back to #1, Volvo up to #5

April 13th, 2013 1 comment

BMW 7 Series Singapore March 2013BMW 7 Series

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1,744 new vehicles found a buyer in Singapore in March, bringing the year-to-date total to just 5,387 units, down 28% on 2012. BMW reclaims the brands pole position for the first time since December with 343 sales and 19.7%, but Mercedes, #2 this month at 288 units and 16.5%, remains #1 year-to-date with 1,092 sales and 20.3% vs. 828 and 15.4% for BMW. Volkswagen stays #3 at 14.4% share ahead of Toyota at 11.9% while Volvo is up one spot to #5 at an excellent 6.3% share, Jaguar up 4 to #6 at 4.6%, Porsche up 3 to #8 at 2.8%, Land Rover also up 3 to #9 and 2.6% and Bentley is up 7 ranks to #17 and just under 1% share.

Previous post: Singapore April 2013: Photo Report

Previous month: Singapore February 2013: Mercedes #1, Audi up to 11.2% share

One year ago: Singapore Q1 2012: Mercedes new leader, podium 100% German

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Singapore April 2013: Photo Report

April 4th, 2013 6 comments

Singapore April 2013aHonda Stream and Toyota Alphard in Singapore, April 2013.

On my way to the Manila Auto Show I had the luck to do a quick stopover in Singapore and as you can expect my eyes were locked on the streets… It’s always a exhilarating feeling to see the sales rankings I publish every month being brought to life in front of my eyes every time I travel. So yes I can confirm that the majority of new cars on Singaporean streets are luxury German models, however my time here was too short to really be able to guess which of these models is the best-seller in the country.

Singapore April 2013fMercedes E-Class in Singapore, April 2013

The only thing I can say is that I wouldn’t bet on the ‘obvious’ choice the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class as these last two models, although very popular, were only at most as numerous in the streets of Singapore than their larger, more expensive counterparts, namely the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and Mercedes E-Class. If I had to absolutely give you an answer I would go for the Mercedes E-Class as the best-seller in Singapore in 2012.

Singapore April 2013eNot one but two Hyundai Sonata Taxi in Singapore, April 2013.

This stopover also enabled me to make a few additional observations. The traditional Toyota Crown taxis (still very popular in Hong Kong) that I got used to see everywhere each time I came to Singapore have all but disappeared from the streets of the country, replaced by a stream of previous gen Hyundai Sonata – not very relevant for our 2013 sales but striking enough to report here.

Singapore April 2013bHonda Crossroad in Singapore, April 2013

Among other interesting picks I saw quite a lot of Toyota Alphard and Honda Stream (as pictured in the main photo in this article), a VW Scirocco, many Lexus and Porsche models, and even one car that I actually had forgotten even existed: the Honda Crossroad. I even had to read its name on the back of it… Yes, there are still cars I can’t recognise straight away in the streets. Who would have thought? :)

Previous post: Singapore February 2013: Mercedes #1, Audi up to 11.2% share

Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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Singapore February 2013: Mercedes #1, Audi up to 11.2% share

March 13th, 2013 No comments

Audi A5 Singapore February 2013Audi A5

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The Singaporean new car market is down a painful 49% year-on-year in February to just 1,354 registrations, potentially disturbed by the Lunar New Year celebrations. Mercedes remains the most popular brand in the country but is back to a more realistic 15.9% share this month with 215 sales. BMW is up to #2 at 196 units and 14.5% but stays #3 year-to-date for now at 13.3% behind Volkswagen at 15%. Audi is the best performer atop the ranking in February: it is up to #4 with 152 sales and 11.2% vs. 6.1% over the Full Year 2012. Notice also Volvo up to #6 and 5.4%, Mazda up to #7 and 2.8%, Jaguar at #10, Ferrari at #20 and Maserati at #22.

Previous month: Singapore January 2013: Mercedes grabs 26% market share!

Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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Singapore January 2013: Mercedes grabs 26% market share!

February 15th, 2013 4 comments

2013 Mercedes E Class Singapore January 20132013 Mercedes E Class

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In January, 2,289 new vehicles found a buyer in Singapore, a unique market mainly due to Certificates of Entitlement, a government program meaning Singapore residents have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle resulting in cars costing more than double their normal price. Another element put in place by the Singaporean government in January will influence the ranking this year:  a new Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) means diesel vehicles get up to S$20,000 rebate. This month’s ranking does not reflect this yet as most manufacturers are scrambling to add diesel variants to their range given in 2012 diesel models only accounted for 1.3% of total sales…

Jaguar XFR-S Singapore January 2013Jaguar XFR-S

Suffering the aftershock of an artificially boosted month of December, BMW, leader in 2011 and 2012, is down to #3 this month with 289 sales and 12.6%, leaving the pole position to Mercedes up to an out-of-this-word 589 units and 25.7% market share! Volkswagen takes the second spot with 352 sales and 15.4% while Toyota drops to #4 at just 9.5% vs. 15.2% in 2012. Other great performers this month include Jaguar up to #6 with 3.5% share vs. #15 and 1.4% in 2012, Porsche up to #9 vs. #12, Mazda up to #11 vs. #18 and Bentley up to #19 vs. #24.

Previous post: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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