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Taiwan July 2013: Honda CR-V on podium

August 7th, 2013 No comments

Honda CR-V Taiwan July 2013Honda CR-V

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New car sales in Taiwan are down a slight 2% year-on-year in July to 39,968 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 222,295 units, also down 2% on 2012. The Toyota Corolla remains sovereign at 4,203 sales and 10.5% share, almost double the score of the #2 the Toyota Wish very robust at 2,128 units and 5.3%, while the Honda CR-V is up 2 spots on June to land on the third step of the podium with 2,005 sales and 5%. Notice also the Toyota Camry up to #5, the Nissan Rogue up to #25 vs. #40 year-to-date and the Mitsubishi Grunder (aka Galant in China) at #57 with 116 sales.

Mitsubishi Grunder Taiwan July 2013Mitsubishi Grunder

Previous post: Taiwan June 2013: Now with Photo Album!

Previous month: Taiwan June 2013: Nissan Livina up to #2

One year ago: Taiwan July 2012: Toyota Corolla at 12%, 4 Toyotas in Top 4

Full July 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan June 2013: Now with Photo Album!

July 17th, 2013 2 comments

Tobe W'Car Taiwan. Picture courtesy of u-carThe Gleagle Panda GX2 is/was sold in Taiwan as the Tobe W’Car

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Thanks to Rutger van der Maar who recently travelled to Taiwan, I can share with you a Photo Album of the car landscape there. This is just a selection, check out Rutger’s Flickr page for the entire 391 photos!

Luxgen 7 SUV Taiwan June 2013bLuxgen 7 SUV. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.

The first striking observation going through this album is how Taiwanese consumers have started tuning the local Luxgen models, meaning these cars, although they have been relatively discreet in the sales rankings…

Luxgen 5 Sedan Taiwan June 2013Luxgen 5 Sedan. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.

…are entering the vernacular of the car culture in Taiwan, logical in retrospect given they are the only true local models available, but interesting nonetheless.

Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis Taiwan June 2013Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.

This is also the opportunity to pick up on a few Taiwanese specificities from today, like the Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis…

Yue Loong Stanza Taiwan June 2013Yue Loong Stanza. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.

…or from yesteryear when local brand Yue Loong used to sell Datsun models like this Stanza.

Tobe W'Car Electric. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twTobe W’Car Electric

Let’s also notice the presence of a few Chinese cars: the Gleagle Panda is sold in Taiwan as the Tobe M’Car and its ‘cross’ version the Panda GX2 as the Tobe W’Car, including a plug-in electric version. But local brand Tobe apparently stopped selling the Panda because of poor sales.

Yue Loong logo Taiwan June 2013Former Yue Loong logo (before the brand was simplified to Yulon in 1992). Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.

You will also notice the Chery using yet another nameplate for both its A3, called Apola in Taiwan and A1, called Fresh…

Previous post: Taiwan June 2013: Nissan Livina up to #2

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Taiwan June 2013: Nissan Livina up to #2

July 2nd, 2013 No comments

Nissan Grand Livina Taiwan June 2013Nissan Grand Livina

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New car sales in Taiwan are up an encouraging 7% year-on-year in June to 32,579 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 182,327 units, down 2% on 2012. No surprise in pole position: the Toyota Corolla hangs on even though the new generation was unveiled worldwide this month, selling more than twice as much as its closest competitor at 3,341 sales and 10.3% share, adding up to 17,997 and 9.9% year-to-date. The 2nd place is shared by the Toyota Wish and the Nissan Livina (potentially boosted by runout pricing before the arrival of the new model), both selling 1,567 units for a 4.8% share.

Below the Nissan Tiida at #4 and 4.6%, the Honda CR-V impresses and is up one spot on May to #5 with 1,437 sales and 4.4%. Notice also the Ford Focus up one rank to #9, the Mitsubishi Colt Plus up 3 to #10 and the VW Golf up 7 to #22. Finally, local manufacturer Luxgen places its entire range inside the Top 40 this month: the Luxgen 5 Sedan is #35 ahead of the 7 SUV at #36 and the 7 MPV at #37.

Previous month: Taiwan May 2013: Toyota Corolla and Porsche Cayenne shine

One year ago: Taiwan June 2012: New gen Honda Civic up to #11

Full June 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan May 2013: Toyota Corolla and Porsche Cayenne shine

June 7th, 2013 No comments

Porsche Cayenne Taiwan 2013Porsche Cayenne

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Very solid month for Taiwanese new car sales: at 30,617 registrations the market is down just 2% on May 2012 which was 28% ahead of May 2011. Year-to-date, the total now stands at 149,748 units, down 4% on 2012. It’s a pretty uneventful top of the sales charts with the podium identical to the 2013 year-to-date ranking: the Toyota Corolla is very strong at 11.1% share in spite of the imminent arrival of the new model, the Toyota Wish ranks #2 at 4.7% followed by the Nissan Tiida at 4.5%. The Nissan Livina is down one spot to #4 and the Toyota RAV4 down 3 to #5. Notice the excellent hold of the Ford Focus at #10 and the exceptional month of the Porsche Cayenne knocking at the Taiwanese Top 30′s door at #31 with 237 sales and 0.8% share.

Previous month: Taiwan April 2013: Toyota Corolla and RAV4 on top

One year ago: Taiwan May 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

Full May 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan April 2013: Toyota Corolla and RAV4 on top

May 6th, 2013 No comments

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan April 2013Toyota RAV4

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a timid 1% year-on-year in April to 28,844 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 119,131 units, down 4% on 2012. After an unusually weak month of March, the Toyota Corolla is back to its traditional heights this month at 2,836 units and 9.8%, while the Toyota RAV4 continues to impress: it ranks #2 for the second month in a row with 1,480 sales and 5.1% and is now #4 year-to-date. The Nissan Livina is up 2 spots to climb inside the podium at #3 with 1,458 units and 5.1% also.

The Toyota Wish remains solid at #4 with 1,404 sales and 4.9% and is still #2 year-to-date. Notice also the Ford Focus holding itself within the Taiwanese Top 10 at #10, the Hyundai ix35 up 9 spots on March to #14 and the Mercedes C-Class stable at #15.

Previous month: Taiwan March 2013: Toyota RAV4 threatens Corolla

One year ago: Taiwan April 2012: Toyota Camry and Innova shine

Full April 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan March 2013: Toyota RAV4 threatens Corolla

April 7th, 2013 No comments

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan March 2013Toyota RAV4

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New car sales in Taiwan are down a worrying 17% year-on-year in March to 27,472 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 90,287 units, down 6% on 2012. If the Toyota Corolla stays on top this month with 1,526 sales and 5.6% share (vs. 9.3% year-to-date), it’s only by the skin of its teeth: the new generation RAV4 continues to progress and is up one further spot on February to land at #2 with 1,485 units and 5.4%. The Nissan Tiida is not far either in third position with 1,426 sales and 5.2%. Notice also the Ford Focus up to #8 with 3.3%, the Mercedes C-Class up to #15 and the Mercedes A-Class up to #27.

Previous month: Taiwan February 2013: Toyota Wish and RAV4 shine

One year ago: Taiwan March 2012: New gen Toyota Camry up  to #2

Full March 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan February 2013: Toyota Wish and RAV4 shine

March 4th, 2013 1 comment

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan February 20132013 Toyota RAV4 

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Traditionally weaker due to Lunar New Year celebrations, February new car sales in Taiwan are down 8% year-on-year to 20,816 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 62,815 or… 5 units above the 2012 tally at the same stage! Talk about a stable market… The Toyota Corolla is as strong as ever, if not stronger, grabbing a huge 12.8% market share thanks to 2,580 sales. Two additional Toyota models lodge an outstanding month: the Wish is up to #2 for the first time since last August at 1,192 units and 5.9% and the RAV4, boosted by the new generation, is up a further 3 spots to land on the third step of the podium with 1,033 sales and 5.1%, meaning it is now #5 year-to-date.

The Honda CR-V is down 3 ranks to #8 but still #6 year-to-date vs. #10 in 2012, the Ford Focus improves to 2.8% market share but drops 2 ranks to #10, the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy is up 27 spots to #13, the Lexus RX up 17 to #16, Lexus ES up 18 to #17, BMW X3 up to #26 and Mercedes B-Class up to #33.

Previous month: Taiwan January 2013: First exploits of the new gen Toyota RAV4

One year ago: Taiwan February 2013: Toyota Innova up to #5

Full February 2013 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan January 2013: First exploits of the new gen Toyota RAV4

February 8th, 2013 1 comment

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan January 20132013 Toyota RAV4

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 4% year-on-year in January to 42,599 registrations. No surprise in pole position, the Toyota Corolla is extremely stable around 10% at 4,315 units and 10.1% this month. Now that the new generation has finally hit Taiwanese shores, the Nissan Tiida is back up 5 spots on December to #2 with 2,268 sales and 5.3%, while the Toyota Wish rounds up the podium with a robust 2,144 units and 5%.

Nissan Tiida Taiwan January 2013Nissan Tiida

It’s another outstanding month for the Honda CR-V, down one rank on last month to #5 but further improving its market share to 4.2% thanks to 1,779 sales. But the hero of the month is the new generation Toyota RAV4, already in sale in the country and  taking the nameplate from a bleak 6 sales in December to 1,754 units and 4.1% this month. Notice also the Ford Focus up 3 spots to #8.

Luxgen5 Sedan Taiwan January 2013Luxgen 5 Sedan

Local manufacturer Luxgen has an outstanding month, grabbing almost 4% of its home market and seeing all 3 models in its range frankly improving on December: the 7 SUV is up 15 ranks to #19 with 650 sales and 1.5%, the 5 Sedan is up 12 to #27 at 483 units and 1.1% and the 7 MPV up 10 to #28 with 479 sales and 1.1% also.

Previous post: Taiwan Full Year 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

Previous month: Taiwan December 2012: Toyota Yaris and Honda CR-V impress

One year ago: Taiwan January 2012: Corolla leads, Nissan March in Top 10

Full January 2013 Top 50 models and Top 6 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Taiwan Full Year 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

January 9th, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Camry

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New car sales in Taiwan are down 3% year-on-year in 2012 to 365,871 registrations, and the most popular model in the country is not a surprise: the Toyota Corolla is in the driving seat for the 7th consecutive time at least with 36,342 sales and just under 10% market share, behaving exactly like the market at -3% year-on-year. The best performer this year is the Toyota Camry, boosted by the new generation of the model and up 4 spots and 23% on 2011 to #2 at 17,064 units and 4.7%. It never threatened the Corolla for the top spot though. Down one rank on 2011, the Nissan Tiida rounds up the Taiwanese podium with 15,477 sales and 4.2%, down 15%.

CMC Mitsubishi Veryca

The next 3 models all drop one spot on last year as well: the Toyota Wish is #4 (-9%) followed by the Nissan Livina (-12%) and Toyota Yaris (-17%) while the Mitsubishi Veryca is up two ranks to #7 (-9%), ahead of the Toyota Vios (-19%). Two models make a brilliant first appearance in the year-end Top 10: the Toyota Innova is up 195% and 21 spots to #9 at 9,427 units and the Honda CR-V is up 15% and 15 ranks to #10 with 8,562 sales. Notice also the Mitsubishi Delica up 106% to #14, the Hyundai Elantra up to #16, Mazda5 up to #18 and Nissan March up to #23.

Previous month: Taiwan December 2012: Toyota Yaris and Honda CR-V impress

Previous year: Taiwan Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla #1, Toyota Wish & Nissan Livina up

Full Year 2012 Top 30 models and Top 6 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Taiwan December 2012: Toyota Yaris and Honda CR-V impress

January 9th, 2013 1 comment

Honda CR-V

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 12% year-on-year in December to 34,508 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 365,871 units, down 3% on 2011. The Toyota Corolla is still unbeatable: it ranks #1 for the 19th consecutive month in Taiwan with 3,589 sales and 10.4% share and logically finishes the year in pole position at 36,342 units and 9.9%. For the first time since last August and the 5th time this year, Toyota monopolises the Taiwanese models podium this month with the Yaris up 6 spots on November to #2 and the Wish up 3 to #3 .

The new generation Honda CR-V is a definite hit with Taiwanese consumers: it ranks #4 like last month thanks to 1,312 sales and 3.8% and finishes the year at #10. Other great performers this month include the Toyota Vios up 5 ranks to #6, the Honda Civic up 6 to #10, Honda Fit up 10 to #12, Ford Escape up 4 to #18 and the Lexus RX also up 4 to #15.

Full Year post: Taiwan Full Year 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

Previous month: Taiwan November 2012: Honda CR-V improves further to #4

One year ago: Taiwan Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla #1, Toyota Wish and Nissan Livina up

Full December 2012 Top 50 models and Top 6 brands Ranking Tables below.

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