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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.

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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

Full March 2013 Top 36 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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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

Full February 2013 Top 38 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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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

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

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Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW best-seller for 2nd year running

January 17th, 2013 1 comment

BMW 7 Series

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After ending almost one decade of Toyota domination last year, BMW is once again the most popular carmaker in Singapore with 5,038 sales, up 2% on 2011. In fact the entire Top 5 is unchanged on 2011, with Mercedes taking the 2nd spot at 4,323 units (+4%), Toyota rounding up the podium with 4,272 sales (+20%), Volkswagen at #4 and 3,567 units (+11%) and Audi at #5 with 1,679 sales (-20%). Volvo is up 28% to #7 and Peugeot is one of the Top 10 best-selling brands in the country for the first time ever, up 22% and 3 spots to #10.

Bentley Continental GT

Further down, Porsche remains at an extraordinary 12th place with 507 sales, Land Rover is up 65% to #14, Ford up 49% to #17, Opel up 60% to #23 thanks to a relaunch of the brand this year, Bentley is up a fantastic 55% to #24 and Infiniti is up to #27 for its first full year in market. 3 carmakers appear in the ranking this year: McLaren sells 33 units at #35, Foton is #43 with 9 sales and Tesla sells one unit.

Previous post: Singapore November 2011: Toyota and Volkswagen shoot up

Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

Full Year 2012 Top 56 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Singapore November 2012: Toyota and Volkswagen shoot up

December 17th, 2012 1 comment

Toyota Crown. Toyota holds 19% of the Singaporean market in November.

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In November, 2,273 new vehicles found a buyer in Singapore, bringing the year-to-date total to 25,742. The Singaporean new car market is unique in the world because it is heavily influenced by Certificates of Entitlement, a government program meaning Singapore residents have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle, with the number of certificates deliberately restricted. In November COEs prices hit a mind-boggling S$77,200 for cars under 1,600cc and S$92,400 for cars over 1,600cc, which in most cases corresponds to double the car price itself! Only the very rich can afford to buy a new car in Singapore these days…

VW Passat. Volkswagen grabs 17.5% of Singaporean new car sales in November.

As a result, in 2011 BMW ended 9 consecutive years of Toyota domination to become the most popular manufacturer in Singapore for the first time and it looks like it could reiterate that feat in 2012. At end-November, BMW is #1 in the country with 4,368 sales and a world-best 17% market share, followed by Mercedes at 4,108 units and 16%. However in November it’s Toyota that takes the lead in Singapore with a brilliant 431 sales and 19% share, partly due to a promotion that lets you upgrade to the next model up for the same price! For example for the price of a Toyota Vios you can get a Toyota Corolla… Volkswagen also shines at #2 with 397 units and 17.5%.

Bentley Continental GT. Bentley sold nearly as many cars as Ford in Singapore this month.

Other great performers in Singapore this month include Mazda up 4 spots on October to #9 with 40 sales and 1.8%, Land Rover up 9 to #11 at 33 units and 1.5%, Bentley up 5 to an outstanding 17th position with 21 sales and 0.9%, Opel up to #19 and Alfa Romeo up to #23.

Previous month: Singapore October 2012: Mercedes and BMW on top

Previous year: Singapore 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

Full November 2012 Top 35 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Singapore October 2012: Mercedes and BMW on top

November 14th, 2012 4 comments

Mercedes CLS

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Singaporean sales figures are only accessible by brand so far in 2012 and 2,270 new vehicles found a buyer in October in the country, bringing the year-to-date total to 23,469. In 2011, BMW ended 9 consecutive years of Toyota domination to become the most popular manufacturer in Singapore for the first time and it looks like it could reiterate that feat in 2012. After 10 months and thanks to 373 sales and 16.4% share in October (#2), the German brand has sold 3,989 units for a 17% share in Singapore. Mercedes ranks #1 this month with 403 sales and a massive 17.8% share, bringing its year-to-date total to 3,760 units and 16% at #2.

Lamborghini Aventador

Volkswagen, #1 last month, is down to #3 in October but with 369 sales it is still at a very high 16.3% of the market vs. 12.6% and #4 year-to-date. Toyota ranks #4 this month with 341 units and 15% vs. 3,489 and 14.9% year-to-date (#4). Notice also Audi up one spot to #5 and 6.5%, Peugeot up to 2.7%, Ford up 4 ranks to #11, Renault up 8 to #18, Skoda up 18 to #19, Bentley and Maserati each up one to #23 and #27 and Lamborghini up 7 to #28.

The reason why so many premium brands appear atop the Singaporean ranking lies in the Certificates of Entitlement, a government program meaning Singapore residents have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle, with the number of certificates deliberately restricted. In October 2012 COEs prices up again to a mind-boggling S$77,200 for cars under 1,600cc and S$92,400 for cars over 1,600cc, which in most cases corresponds to double the car price itself! Only the very rich can afford to buy a new car in Singapore these days…

Previous month: Singapore September 2012: Volkswagen leads, BMW #1 year-to-date

Previous year: Singapore 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

Full October 2012 Top 40 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Singapore September 2012: Volkswagen leads, BMW #1 ytd

October 15th, 2012 1 comment

VW Passat 

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Only brands rankings have been accessible so far in 2012 for Singapore but the market is so unique it deserves its monthly update on BSCB. 2,242 new vehicles found a buyer in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,199. Last year BMW ended 9 consecutive years of Toyota domination to take the lead of the manufacturers ranking in Singapore for the first time and it now looks like BMW could rank #1 again in 2012. After a weak 4th place in August, it is back to #2 this month with 376 sales and a very solid 16.8% market share. This is only 3 units below Volkswagen, leadings the Singaporean brands ranking for the first time this month at 379 units and 16.9% share. VW Stays #4 year-to-date at 12.2%.

BMW 3 Series

After leading the market in August, Toyota is down 2 spots to #3 this month with 331 sales and 14.8% (also its 2012 year-to-date market share), ahead of Mercedes also down 2 ranks to #4 at 329 units and 14.7%. BMW now has a 259-unit lead over Mercedes with 3 more months to go before the end of the year. Within the Top 10 brands, a few more impress: Volvo is up 4 spots to #5, Porsche up one to #9 and Jaguar up 4 to break into the Top 10 at #10 with 43 sales and 1.9%.

Jaguar XKR

Notice also Opel at #21 with 15 units, SsangYong up 11 spots to #22 and 11 sales for its 2nd month of sales in 2012 and Bentley up 2 spots to #24 with 10 units. The reason why so many premium brands appear atop the Singaporean ranking lies in the Certificates of Entitlement, a government program meaning Singapore residents have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle, with the number of certificates deliberately restricted. In September 2012 COEs prices were down slightly but still at a mind-boggling S$68,000 for cars under 1,600cc and S$80,191 for cars over 1,600cc, roughly the same as the car price itself! Only the very rich can afford to buy a new car in Singapore these days…

Previous month: Singapore August: Toyota #1 but BMW leads year-to-date

Previous year: Singapore 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

Full September 2012 Top 40 Brands Ranking Table below.

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

September 13th, 2012 No comments

Singapore is the only country in the world where BMW is the #1 brand

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For Singapore so far only brands rankings have been accessible but the market is unique enough to warrant a full article on here… 1,956 new vehicles were sold in the country in August, the weakest month of 2012 so far and bringing the year-to-date total to 18,957. Last year BMW ended 9 years of Toyota domination to brilliantly lead the manufacturers ranking, and it looks like the premium German brand could reiterate this feat in 2012…

Toyota/Lexus is #1 in Singapore in August

After being passed by Mercedes over the first Quarter of 2012, BMW lodged a couple of amazing months, securing 22% of the Singaporean market in May and 20.6% in June. As a result, it is back to #1 year-to-date after 8 months in 2012 with 3,240 units sold for a 17.4% market share, even though it falls to #4 in August at 12.8%. Toyota (including Lexus) takes the lead this month thanks to 332 units and 17% share but is still a distant #3 year-to-date at 2,817 sales and 14.9%, below Mercedes at 3,028 units and 16%.

Maserati GranTurismo

The reason why the Singaporean market is dominated by such premium brands lies in the Certificates of Entitlement, a government program meaning Singapore residents have to bid for the right to buy a motor vehicle, with the number of certificates deliberately restricted. In August 2012 COEs prices were down slightly but still at a mind-boggling S$68,000 for cars of/under 1,600cc and S$80,191 for cars over 1,600cc, roughly the same as the car price itself. Only the very rich can afford to buy a new car in Singapore these days…

And this is reflected all through the manufacturers ranking, with Porsche up to #10, Jaguar at #14, Maserati at #21, Ferrari at #23, Bentley at #26, McLaren at an amazing 28th place with 6 units sold in August, Rolls Royce at #30, Lamborghini at #34 and Aston Martin at #36.

Opel Astra GTC

Another very interesting development this month in Singapore is the resurgence of Opel, selling 29 units in August alone compared to 15 over the first 7 months of the year. This is due to a very strong marketing push by new Opel dealer The Alpine Group which has invested in a spanking new S$25 million showroom, cable TV commercials and LED billboards in prime locations such as Orchard Road and Shenton Way.

Previous post: Singapore April 2012: Toyota reclaims leadership

Previous year: Singapore 2011: BMW ends almost a decade of Toyota domination

Full August and 8 months 2012 All-Brands Ranking Table below.

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