Taiwan June 2016: Luxgen S3 just outside Top 20

Luxgen S3 Taiwan June 2016The S3 is now Luxgen’s 2nd best-seller at home. 

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 4% year-on-year in June to 42.751 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 3% to 222.209 units. Perennial leader Toyota is more dominant than ever at 30.5% share thanks to 13.035 sales (+3%) almost three times as much as the next most popular carmaker, Mitsubishi/CMC at 10.4% (+1%). Nissan is down 1% in third place while Mercedes surges up 44% to land in 4th position overall with 2.612 sales and Mazda is up 29$ to #5 and 2.380. Honda (-16%), Ford (-20%) and BMW (-29%) struggle but home-grown Luxgen shines with sales up 24% to 1.850 thanks to the gearing up of the small S3 sedan going from #90 in May to #21 this month. The Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling nameplate in the country with 9.4% share, followed by the RAV4, Wish, Yaris and CMC Veryca as per the year-to-date order.

Previous month: Taiwan May 2016: Podium 100% Toyota in market up 10%

One year ago: Taiwan June 2015: Nissan X-Trail stays in Top 5

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Taiwan May 2016: Podium 100% Toyota in market up 10%

Luxgen S3 Taiwan May 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twThe Luxgen S3 has already hit Taiwanese dealerships after its unveiling in Beijing. 

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 10% year-on-year in May to 37.878 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total back into positive territory at +2.5% to 179.458 units. Toyota is once again master in command with 10.786 sales and 28.5% share, well above Mitsubishi/CMC at 11.9% (+25%) and Nissan/Infiniti at 10.6% (+5%). Mercedes is up 16% in 5th place, Mazda up 41% in 7th position and Hyundai up 57% to #9. Local manufacturer Luxgen remains inside its home Top 10 at #10 with 1.070 sales.

Mercedes GLE Taiwan May 2016. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twThe Mercedes GLE is now one of Taiwan’s 50 best-selling nameplates. 

Model-wise, the Corolla dominates a podium 100% Toyota ahead of the Yaris and Wish. The CMC Veryca continues to sell at much higher rates than last year at +34% year-on-year and #4 in May. The RAV4 (#5) and Vios (#7) make it five Toyotas in the Top 7. The all-new Hyundai Tucson lands at #17 with 669 sales, the Mercedes GLE breaks into the Top 50 at #42 and two new Luxgen nameplates hit Taiwanese dealerships: the S3 sedan (42 sales) and the V7 Turbo MPV (7 units).

Previous month: Taiwan April 2016: RAV4 teases Corolla, Lexus RX just outside Top 10

One year ago: Taiwan May 2015: Nissan X-Trail lands 47 units off 2nd place

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Taiwan April 2016: RAV4 teases Corolla, Lexus RX just outside Top 10

Lexus RX Taiwan March 2016. Picture courtesy response.jpThe Lexus RX misses out on a Top 10 ranking in Taiwan by just 150 sales this month.

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 3% year-on-year in April to 34.953 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 0.7% to 141.580 units. Toyota drops 9% to 25.4% share vs. 27.5% year-to-date, followed by Mitsubishi/CMC (+12%), Nissan/Infiniti (+16%), Mazda (+50%) and Mercedes (+1%), with local fare Luxgen holding its head inside the Top 10 at #10 with 1.051 sals and 3% market share (+10%). Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla (8.1%) is for once teased for pole position by the Toyota RAV4 (6.6%) with the Wish rounding up a podium 100% Toyota. The Mazda3 posts a stunning 4th place with 1.286 sales, up 9 spots on March, the CMC Veryca stays at very high levels in 5th place, the Lexus RX is up 9 spots to an outstanding 11th rank an the Mazda CX-3 is up 17 spots on last month to #28.

Previous month: Taiwan March 2016: Toyota Corolla leads, CMC Veryca on podium

One year ago: Taiwan April 2015: Mazda3 improves again to #7

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Taiwan March 2016: Toyota Corolla leads, CMC Veryca on podium

CMC Veryca Taiwan October 2015. Picture courtesy carstuff.com.twCMC Veryca

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Taiwan is back on BSCB after a two-month hiatus. March volumes are up 11% year-on-year to 37.589 units, however the year-to-date total is down 0.2% to 106.627 registrations. Toyota remains master in command with 26.6% share in March (+13%) and 28.2% year-to-date (+2%), followed by Mitsubishi/CMC (+25%) and Nissan/Infiniti (+6%). Honda (+17%) and Mercedes (+13%) shine while Mazda (-12%) and Ford (-23%) struggle. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla is out of reach as usual with 10.4% share so far this year, distancing the Toyota Yaris (+3%), Wish (+10%) and RAV4 (-13%). The local mini truck, the CMC Veryca, shoots up to third place overall in March with 1.396 units and gains 32% year-to-date at 3.527 in 5th position overall. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail at #8, the Lexus RX at #20 and Mercedes GLC at #35.

Previous post: Taiwan Full Year 2015: Toyota monopolises Top 4, Mazda3 shoots up

One year ago (Jan): Taiwan January 2015: Luxgen U6 Turbo and Mazda3 shine

One year ago (Feb): Taiwan February 2015: Lexus NX breaks into Top 10

One year ago (Mar): Taiwan March 2015: CMC Veryca and Delica push up

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Taiwan Full Year 2015: Toyota monopolises Top 4, Mazda3 shoots up

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The Taiwanese new car market is down 0.7% year-on-year in 2015 to 420.780 registrations, and still dominated by Toyota at 28.3% share despite sales down 5% to 119.098. Toyota sells more than the next three manufacturers combined: Nissan at 10.3% (-9%), Mitsubishi/CMC at 10% (-3%) and Honda at 6.6% (+12%). Notice also Mercedes up 12% to 21.542 sales, Mazda up 48% to #7 with 21.311 deliveries and BMW up 15% to  19.533. Local carmaker Luxgen holds its spot inside the annual Top 10 even though it drops 20% to 13.375 units.

Mazda3 Taiwan 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twThe Mazda3 is up 239% year-on-year in Taiwan. Picture u-car.com.tw

The Toyota Corolla remains the most popular nameplate in the country by far with a round 10% market share (-6%) followed like in 2014 by the Toyota RAV4 (+9%). With the Yaris up 14% to third place and the Wish down 12% to #4, Toyota monopolies the Top 4 in 2015, knocking the Nissan Tiida (-23%) down to #5. The CMC Veryca is up three spots to #7, the Mazda3 is up 3-fold on its 2014 score to #8 thanks to the new models and the Luxgen U6 Turbo holds its Top 10 spot at #9. The Nissan X-Trail is the best-selling all-new model, landing directly at #16 with 7.794 sales, followed by the Honda Odyssey at #43 and 2.112 deliveries and the Suzuki SX4 Crossover at #50.

CMC Zinger Taiwan 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twCMC Zinger. Picture u-car.com.tw 

The Mercedes C-Class leads the luxury charge at #21 with 5.321 units (+10%) ahead of the Mercedes E-Class (#24) and BMW 5 Series (#27). The CMC Zinger is up 21% to #20, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 51% to #22, Mazda CX-5 up 72% to #23, Lexus NX up 166% to #29 for its first full year in market, the Luxgen M7 Turbo is up 54% to #36, the BMW 2 Series up 252% to #42 thanks to its MPV variants, the Volvo S60 up 33% to #47 and the Porsche Macan up 57% to #51.

Previous month: Taiwan November 2015: Top 4 is 100% Toyota, Nissan X-Trail up to #5

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

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

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Taiwan November 2015: Top 4 is 100% Toyota, Nissan X-Trail up to #5

Nissan X-Trail Taiwan November 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twNissan X-Trail

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New car sales in Taiwan are up 3% year-on-year in November to 34.855 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still down at -1% to 378.085 units. Toyota is sovereign as per usual despite sales down 2% with 31.3% market share, while Nissan-Infiniti and Mitsubishi-CMC continue to cross each other over, this time Nissan winning with 3.762 sales vs. 3.213 and reclaiming the #2 spot year-to-date. Mazda stays strong in 5th place, Mercedes keeps BMW (+11%) at bay and local manufacturer Luxgen remains in 9th place with 1.191 sales. Model-wise, Toyota monopolises the Top 4 with the Corolla (11.3%), RAV4 (5.9%), Yaris (3.9%) and Wish (3.1%) while the Nissan X-Trail shoots back up 8 spots on October to land in 5th place with 999 deliveries vs. #16 year-to-date. Notice also the Ford Focus down 19 to #22, the Lexus RX up to #25, the Skoda Fabia at #32 and the Hyundai Verna making its first appearance inside the Taiwanese ranking at #43.

Previous post: Photo Report: The cars of Taipei, Taiwan

Previous month: Taiwan October 2015: CMC Veryca leaps to 2nd place

One year ago: Taiwan November 2014: Toyota Corolla and Yaris on top

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Photo Report: The cars of Taipei, Taiwan

1. Toyota Corolla Taipei 2Toyota Corolla taxi and Taipei 101 tower in background.

Today we interrupt the U.S. North to South series for a quick Photo Snapshot of Taipei in Taiwan, on my way to the Guangzhou Auto Show. At 423.829 registrations over the Full Year 2014, Taiwan is one of the smallest markets in the world to benefit from dedicated models and designs reserved for local car buyers. Its geographical status as an island off the coast of China has a lot to do with this situation. My 10 hour-layover in Taipei enabled me to take the High Speed Rail from the Taoyuan International Airport to the country’s capital city Taipei, home to 4 million inhabitants – out of the 23.5 million the country counts as of 2015. It’s a 20 minutes trip at a peak speed of 250kph.

4. Toyota Wish Taipei 2Toyota Wish and Mercedes A-Class in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Once in Taipei, the bias towards taxis is evident: they represent a little less than half the passenger cars streaming the busy streets of the capital. Among them, the Toyota Wish is by far the most popular. In fact, 4 out of every 5 Toyota Wish I spotted during the few hours I was in town was a taxi. The Toyota Corolla follows, 1 in 3 is a taxi – justifying its national sales pole position, ahead of the Toyota Camry.

6. Luxgen S5 Turbo TaipeiLuxgen S5 Turbo Police, Ford Transit in Taipei, Taiwan.The Taipei Police for their part are using a variety of vehicles, among them BMW scooters and Luxgen S5 Turbo sedans.

2. Taipei street scene 4Taipei 101 Tower

10. Luxgen U6 Turbo TaipeiLuxgen U6 Turbo

As far as local manufacturer Luxgen is concerned, it is established in the Taipei traffic, granted, but is by no means dominant. In the limited area I got the opportunity to observe, the M7 Turbo MPV was the most frequent by far, with a few lonely U6 Turbo SUVs also spotted.

3. Taipei street scene 2Taipei street scene

5. CMC Veryca Taipei 2CMC Veryca 2015

But the big surprise is the most frequent non-taxi vehicle in the streets of Taipei: hands down the CMC Veryca mini-truck, in both its van and pickup variants and including a fair amount of 2015 facelifted models. The Veryca was up to #2 overall in October but my observations denoted a long heritage of purchase patterns for the Veryca by most small businesses in the capital. Staying in the light commercial aisle, the Mitsubishi Delica comes at a close second below the Veryca, while the Zinger is also very frequent, as is the first generation Toyota Innova – still not replaced yet in Taiwan!

8. VW Transporter TaipeiVW Transporter Ambulance in Taipei, Taiwan.

The VW Transporter is also seen relatively frequently, notably as Ambulance. The Ford Transit is the other Western light commercial vehicle that has been met with strong success in Taipei, including the current generation.

9. CMC Veryca Taipei 4CMC Veryca

The Taipei (and by extension Taiwan) car landscape offers an interesting mix of ultra-dominant Japanese vehicles, a local manufacturer – Luxgen – slowly but surely imposing itself, and a healthy count of luxury European brands: Volvo is notably very successful, through the V40 and XC60 mainly. Finally, Taipei’s wealth is clearly apparent on the streets: in the space of a few hours I spotted multiple new generations Mercedes S-Class, as well as multiple Porsche Cayenne, Macan and Panamera.

BMW Scooter police TaipeiIt’s BMW scooters all the way for the Taipei Police.

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Taiwan October 2015: CMC Veryca leaps to 2nd place

CMC Veryca Taiwan October 2015. Picture courtesy carstuff.com.twCMC Veryca

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The Taiwanese new car market is struggling for the 2nd month in a row: after losing 27% in September it drops 7% in October to 31.956 registrations. The year-to-date total is stuck at -1% on 2014 to 343.230 units. Toyota keeps the lead but uncharacteristically freefalls 22% to less than a quarter of the market (24.9% share). Reversely, Mitsubishi/CMC gains 6% to 3.641 units and 11.4% market share, reclaiming the #2 spot year-to-date off Nissan/Infiniti, down 13% to 2.838 sales and 8.9% this month, while Mazda jumps up 3 spots to #5. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla remains master in command with 9.9% share but the #2 is a surprise: the mini-truck CMC Veryca – dedicated to Taiwan – jumps four spots on September to #2 with 1.148 sales and 3.6%, after the Mitsubishi Delica hit #3 last month. The Ford Focus also shines at #3, as do the Mazda CX-5 at #9 vs. #21 year-to-date and the Honda Odyssey at #12 vs. #45.

Previous month: Taiwan September 2015: Mitsubishi Delica up to #3 in market down 27%

One year ago: Taiwan October 2014: Lexus NX now up to #17

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Taiwan September 2015: Mitsubishi Delica up to #3 in market down 27%

Mitsubishi Delica Taiwan September 2015Mitsubishi Delica

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Taiwanese new car sales crash and burn in September due to lunar year celebrations falling early in the month and resulting in just 11 working days: down a harsh 27% year-on-year to just 25.226 deliveries, pulling the year-to-date total into negative territory for the first time in 2015 at 311.274 units (-1%). Toyota remains master on board despite falling twice as fast as the market at -54% to 18.6% share, followed by Mitsubishi (-31%), Nissan (-38%) and Honda, going against the grain and up 16% to 1.849 sales and 7.3% share. Mercedes (+2%) and BMW (+3%) also lodge year-on-year gains. The Toyota Corolla is still the best-selling vehicle in the country but at a weak 5.8% share vs. 9.6% year-to-date, followed by the Toyota RAV4 (3%) while the Mitsubishi Delica jumps 9 spots on August to land on the third step of the podium. he Ford Focus remains at a strong 4th spot, the Mazda3 is up 4 ranks to #5, the Nissan X-Trail stays inside the Top 10 at #9, the Mercedes E-Class is up 6 ranks to #13 and the Honda Odyssey jumps 25 to #18.

Previous month: Taiwan August 2015: Runout deals push Ford Focus up to #4

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

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Taiwan August 2015: Runout deals push Ford Focus up to #4

Ford Focus Taiwan August 2015. Picture courtesy u-car.com.twThe facelifted Ford Focus hasn’t hit Taiwanese shores yet.

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Traditionally the slowest month of the year in Taiwan, August sees new car sales drop 1% year-on-year to 22.918 registrations, the culprit being Toyota lodging a surprisingly weak result: down 12% on August 2014 to 4.726 sales and 20.6% vs. 33.7% in July and 28.7% year-to-date. Reversely, Mitsubishi (+11%), Nissan (+19%) and Honda (+25%) all post significant year-on-year gains, with Ford (-12%), Mercedes (-1%) and BMW (+11%) following. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla keeps its throne by far but is a lot weaker than usual at 6.4% share vs. 9.9% year-to-date. It is followed by the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Tidda, with the Ford Focus the best performer of the month: up 11 spots on July to an outstanding 4th position with 2.8% share, potentially the result of runout deals in the wake of the facelifted model reaching Taiwanese shores. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up to #6, the Mercedes E-Class at #19 and the Luxgen M7 Turbo at #22.

Previous month: Taiwan July 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Mazda3 shine

One year ago: Taiwan August 2014: Porsche Macan in Top 20

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