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Taiwan April 2015: Mazda3 improves again to #7

May 5th, 2015 No comments

Mazda3 Taiwan April 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twMazda3

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The Taiwanese new car market is down 1.3% year-on-year in April to 33,790 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 140,601 units, up 5% on 2014. Toyota holds the fort as usual with a mammoth 28.9% market share above Mitsubishi/CMC (10.3%) now also #2 year-to-date, Nissan/Infiniti (9.3%), Honda (6.2%), Mercedes (5.8%) and BMW (5.5%). Local manufacturer Luxgen is knocked outside the Top 10 to #12. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla posts a particularly strong month at 10.6% share and is one of 4 Toyotas in the Top 4 along with the RAV4, Yaris and Wish, all holding 3.4% of the market. The Mazda3 continues its fantastic run, up a further 3 spots on March to 7th overall with 3% share whereas it ranked #34 over the Full Year 2014.

Previous month: Taiwan March 2015: CMC Veryca and Delica push up

One year ago: Taiwan April 2014: Toyota Vios and Nissan Livina shoot up

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Taiwan March 2015: CMC Veryca and Delica push up

April 14th, 2015 No comments

CMC Veryca Taiwan March 2015. Picture courtesy of news.u-car.com.twThe CMC Veryca is up to 5th place overall in March.

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New car sales in Taiwan are down slightly year-on-year in March at -1% to 33,892 registrations, however first quarter results are frankly into positive territory, up 7% on 2014 to 106,811 units. Toyota leads the way as usual with 26.2% of the market, followed by Mitsubishi/CMC at 10.6%, Nissan/Infiniti at 10% and Honda at 6.4%. Mercedes is up to a fantastic 5th place with 5.8% share, BMW is up to #8 and 4.6% and local manufacturer Luxgen remains inside the Top 10 with 1,205 sales and 3.6% share. In the models ranking, below the Toyota Corolla (weak at 7.5% share), the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Tiida round up the podium while the two CMC models (the LCV arm of Mitsubishi Taiwan) spark up this month: the Veryca is up to 5th place with 1,074 deliveries while the Delica is up to #10 thanks to 823 units sold. The Luxgen U6 Turbo ranks #13, the Mercedes C-Class is up to #16, the Lexus NX at #23 and the Hyundai Santa Fe at #25.

Previous month: Taiwan February 2015: Lexus NX breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Taiwan March 2014: Toyota Corolla up to 13% share

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Taiwan February 2015: Lexus NX breaks into Top 10

March 4th, 2015 No comments

Lexus NX Taiwan February 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twLexus NX

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The Taiwanese new car market is up a superb 19% year-on-year in February to 24,933 registrations, still half the January figure due to Lunar New Year celebrations, therefore bringing the year-to-date total to 72,919 units, up 12% on 2014. A very good start of 2015 in Taiwan. While the Top 3 brands are unchanged on January and FY2014 (Toyota-Nissan-Mitsubishi), the big story this month is the 4th place of premium Japanese carmaker Lexus with 1,981 sales and a mammoth 7.9% market share, whereas it did not rank inside the January Top 10. This performance is partly due to the launch of the cheaper 200t variant of the NX SUV, hithertoo only available as a 300h hybrid, propelling the Lexus NX nameplate to a record-breaking 10th place in the overall Taiwanese models ranking with 528 sales and 2.1% share.

Toyota Corolla Taiwan February 2015. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twUnstoppable: the Toyota Corolla

In other news, Toyota monopolises the podium once again with the Corolla (8.7%), RAV4 (4.2%) and Wish (3.6%) followed by the Nissan Tiida (3.5%) whereas the Nissan Sentra is back up to 6th place with 2.9% of the market. The Luxgen U6 Turbo slips out of the Top 10 at #12 and the Honda Fit (#13) and Mitsubishi Outlander (#15) both maintain themselves at levels much higher than a year ago thanks to new models.

Previous month: Taiwan January 2015: Luxgen U6 Turbo and Mazda3 shine

One year ago: Taiwan February 2014: Luxgen U6 Turbo resists at #6

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Taiwan January 2015: Luxgen U6 Turbo and Mazda3 shine

February 10th, 2015 No comments

Luxgen U6 Turbo Taiwan January 2015. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twLuxgen U6 Turbo

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a beautiful 8% year-on-year in January to 47,986 registrations, the best January score since 2011. Toyota is above 30% share thanks to 14,571 sales, followed by Nissan (11.1%), Mitsubishi (10.7%), Honda (6.6%), Mazda shooting up to #5 and 5.2% share thanks to the Mazda3 up to #11 while local manufacturer Luxgen is up to #7 and 4.8% share. The Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling nameplate in the country by far with a mammoth 12.2% share ahead of the Toyota RAV4 and Yaris like in December. The Luxgen U6 Turbo is back up to a splendid 6th place with 1,460 sales and 3% share, the Mitsubishi Outlander continues its progression at #15, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up to #21, the Volvo S60 up to #37 and the Lexus NX up to #43.

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Previous post: Taiwan Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Luxgen shines

One year ago: Taiwan January 2014: Luxgen U6 Turbo lands in third place!

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Taiwan Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Luxgen shines

January 13th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Taiwan 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Corolla

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Very dynamic marketplace in Taiwan with new car sales up 12% on 2013 to 423,829 registrations, the first time Taiwanese consumers purchase more than 400,000 new vehicles in a single since 2005 when the market topped 510,000 units. Toyota keeps the lead of the brands ranking but slips just under 30% share at 29.7% because of sales up ‘only’ 8% on 2013. Nissan and Mitsubishi follow like in 2013 while Ford overtakes Honda for just 104 units to #4 and both Mercedes (+15%) and BMW (+17%) outperform the market. But the star manufacturer in Taiwan this year is local brand Luxgen storming into the Top 10 at #8 thanks to sales up 129% to a record 16,687.

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota RAV4

Model-wise, no surprises on top: the Toyota Corolla reigns supreme and even improves its market share to 10.6% thanks to the new model and sales up 21%. Below the Corolla’s overwhelming position, the Taiwanese market fragments further this year: while in 2013 there were 3 additional nameplates above 4% share, in 2014 there are none and the monthly #2 spot was held by successive new launches du jour. The Toyota RAV4, #2 in May and December, sees its regularity rewarded by the annual #2 spot, up from #4 in 2013. The Nissan Tiida, #2 in February and June, follows with the Toyota Wish, #2 in March and in 2013, falls down to #4.

Toyota Vios Taiwan 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Yaris

The success story of late 2013, the Nissan Sentra is up fourfold on 2013 to finish its first full year in market at an excellent 5th position with 13,318 deliveries. It ranked #2 in January but struggled to reach the podium for the remainder of the year. The Toyota Yaris (#6) and Vios (#7) were completely overhauled halfway through the year to great success: the Vios ranked #2 in May, July and August as the Yaris took the relay at #2 in September, October and November.

Luxgen U6 Turbo Taiwan 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twThe Luxgen U6 Turbo ranked #3 in January.

Illustrating the record year of local manufacturer Luxgen, the U6 Turbo landed with a big splash in January directly to #3 with 5% share and is the best-selling all-new model of 2014 in Taiwan, ending the year at #12 with 10,443 sales, with the U7 Turbo at #46 and the S5 Turbo at #47. Notice also the Ford Kuga more than doubling its sales year-on-year and up 20 spots to #19, the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #27, the Subaru Forester up to #29 and the Ford Ecosport climbing its way into the Top 50 for its first full year of sales.

Previous month: Taiwan November 2014: Toyota Corolla and Yaris on top

One year ago: Taiwan Full Year 2013: Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V storm into Top 5

Two years ago: Taiwan Full Year 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

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Taiwan November 2014: Toyota Corolla and Yaris on top

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Taiwan November 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Yaris

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The Taiwanese new car market is down 2% year-on-year in November to 33,947 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 382,030 units, still up a very healthy 13% on 2013. The Toyota Corolla remains untouchable in the models ranking with an even stronger than usual 11.4% market share, while the Toyota Yaris lodges a 2nd month in a row in 2nd place (realistically the best ranking any nameplate outside the Corolla can hope for) thanks to its new generation – Taiwan gets the Chinese Yaris – with 1,638 sales and 4.8% share vs. #9 and 2.9% YTD. The RAV4 in third place makes the podium 100% Toyota. Other great performers this month in Taiwan include the Honda Fit at #13, the Ford Fiesta at #20, Subaru Forester at #22 and the Lexus NX down 13 ranks on October but still #30. We welcome the BMW 2 Series in the Taiwanese Top 50 for the first time at #31 with 265 sales while the Porsche Macan is back up 11 ranks on October to #39.

Previous month: Taiwan October 2014: Lexus NX now up to #17

One year ago: Taiwan November 2013: Nissan Sentra #2 for first full month!

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Taiwan October 2014: Lexus NX now up to #17!

November 4th, 2014 No comments

Lexus NX Taiwan October 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.tw

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a cool 7% year-on-year in October to 34,327 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 348,083 units, up a splendid 14% on 2013. Toyota is still the favourite car brand by very far at just under 30% share, above Mitsubishi at 10% and Nissan/Infiniti at 9.5%, with Honda (7.2%) and Mercedes (4.9%) strong this month. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla leads away at 9.7% ahead of the Vios, RAV4 and Wish in a Top 4 100% Toyota. Great performers also include the CMC Veryca at #6, Nissan Livina at #8 and Honda Fit shooting up to #10 vs. #25 year-to-date thanks to the new model. But the big event in Taiwan this month is the thunderous arrival of the Lexus NX inside the Top 20 for its 2nd full month of sales in the country! It ranks at an astounding 17th spot thanks to 483 sales and 1.4% share.

Previous month: Taiwan September 2014: Lexus NX up to world-best #22

One year ago: Taiwan October 2013: Toyota Corolla back up to 11% share

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Taiwan September 2014: Lexus NX up to world-best #22

October 10th, 2014 No comments

Lexus NX Taiwan September 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twLexus NX

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The Taiwanese new car market is up a round and very healthy 20% year-on-year in September to 34,746 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 313,756 units, up 15% on 2013. Toyota is king of the roads once again and by far just under 30% share at 10,280 sales, followed by Nissan/Infiniti (10.6%), Mitsubishi/CMC (10.3%), Ford (5.1%) and Mercedes (5%). In the models ranking, below the Toyota Corolla sovereign as usual at 9.9% of the market, the Toyota Yaris shoots up from outside the Top 50 in August directly into 2nd place this month thanks to the new model now available in dealerships across the country. But the big event is below, with the all-new Lexus NX making a spectacular arrival in the Taiwan Top 50 for its first full month of sales: directly at a splendid 22nd position with 432 sales and 1.2% share! So far the new nameplate’s best ranking anywhere in the world. Notice also the Porsche Macan down 19 spots to a still impressive #38, making it once again the brand’s best-seller in Taiwan.

Previous month: Taiwan August 2014: Porsche Macan in Top 20

One year ago: Taiwan September 2013: Nissan Tiida and Livina on top

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Taiwan August 2014: Porsche Macan in Top 20

September 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Porche Macan Taiwan August 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twPorsche Macan

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a solid 9% year-on-year in August to 23,183 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 279,010 units, up 15% on 2013. Toyota leads the brands ranking as usual, however with just 23.1% share vs. 29.3% year-to-date, followed by Mitsubishi (10%), Nissan (9%) and Ford (6.8%) while Mercedes and BMW both shine in 5th and 6th places respectively vs. #7 and #9 year-to-date. In the models ranking, below the Toyota Corolla weaker at 7.7% and the Toyota Vios strong at 4.5%, the CMC Veryca is up 6 spots on July to #6, the Mercedes C-Class is up a spectacular 32 ranks to #10, the Mercedes E-Class up 8 to #15, Hyundai Santa Fe up 10 to #16 and Ford Fiesta up 12 to #17. But the most impressive performance of the month is without a doubt the Porsche Macan landing directly at #19 with 300 sales for its very first appearance in the Taiwanese ranking!

Previous month: Taiwan July 2014: Toyota Vios now clear #2 below Toyota Corolla

One year ago: Taiwan August 2013: Ford Kuga lands directly in Top 10!

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Taiwan July 2014: Toyota Vios now clear #2 below Corolla

August 4th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Taiwan July 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twThe Toyota Vios breaks its volume and market share records in Taiwan this month.

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a very healthy 13% year-on-year in July to 45,143 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 255,827 units, up an equally satisfying 15% on 2013. Toyota maintains its stranglehold over the Taiwanese brands ranking: one in every 3 new cars registered in the country in July is a Toyota with the Japanese manufacturer clocking up 15,255 sales for an exceptional 33.8% share vs. 29.8% year-to-date. Mazda makes a very rare appearance inside the Top 10 at #6 with 1,720 sales and 3.8% just above local carmaker Luxgen at 1,710 units. Model-wise, below the Toyota Corolla unattainable at 11.2% share, the Toyota Vios is now comfortably installed in 2nd position with a record 2,795 sales and 6.2% this month. Notice also the Toyota Camry up 4 spots on June to #6, the Nissan Livina up to #10 vs. #14 year-to-date, the Ford Fiesta up a further 6 ranks to #29 and the Honda City landing at #37, its very first appearance within Taiwan’s Top 40 best-sellers.

Previous month: Taiwan June 2014: Toyota Vios on podium again

One year ago: Taiwan July 2013: Honda CR-V on podium

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