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Taiwan: 2005-2013 Historical Data now available!

February 27th, 2014 No comments

Taiwan has been by far the Toyota Wish’s best performing country in the world over the past decade.

Today I can share with you Historical Data for Taiwan going back to 2005. If you have access to older data, please make sure you get in touch by clicking on the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of the page. Looking at detailed sales data over the period, Toyota’s ultra-dominance is very clear and no model has managed to toppled the Toyota Corolla from the models pole position over a Full Year. Other successful cars in the country include the Toyota Wish, Camry, Nissan Tiida, Livina and Honda CR-V…

Taiwan Historical Data:

Taiwan 2005-2009: Toyota Corolla Altis invincible

Taiwan 2010: Toyota Corolla leads ahead of Nissan Tiida and Toyota Yaris

Taiwan 2011: Toyota Corolla #1, Toyota Wish & Nissan Livina up

Taiwan 2012: Toyota Corolla and Camry on top

Taiwan 2013: Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V storm into Top 5

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

February 8th, 2014 No comments

Luxgen U6 Turbo Taiwan January 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twLuxgen U6 Turbo

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New car sales in Taiwan are up 4% year-on-year in January to 44,301 registrations. If the Toyota Corolla unsurprisingly keeps the lead of the Taiwanese models ranking this month with 4,660 sales and 10.5% share, the rest of the podium is totally unexpected. The Nissan Sentra confirms it is a force to be reckoned with by ranking #2 for the second time in the 3 months it has been in market thanks to 2,289 units and 5.2% but the big event comes next: the local Luxgen U6 Turbo lands directly in third place for its first month of sales at home with 2,237 units and 5% share! This is the highest ever ranking for a Luxgen model in Taiwan (and thus in the world), beating the #5 reached by the Luxgen7 SUV back in October 2010.

Luxgen U7 Turbo Taiwan January 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twLuxgen U7 Turbo

Taiwanese website u-car.com.tw however notes that U6 Turbo sales are the result of 2.5 months of orders (they started last November) and may be disrupted by the Lunar New Year celebrations in February. The next few months will tell whether local manufacturer Luxgen finally has a winner at home in the U6 Turbo. In any case, it’s a great month for Luxgen’s new range: the U7 Turbo is up 10 spots on December to #27 at 407 units and the S5 Turbo makes its very first appearance in the Top 50 at #44 with 200 sales, meaning Luxgen is the #4 brand in the country in January with 7% share. Other great performers in January in Taiwan include the Ford Kuga at #15 vs. #39 over the FY2013, the Nissan Rogue up 12 spots on December to #20 vs. #38 in 2013, the Ford Ecosport breaking into the Taiwanese Top 50 for its 2nd month in market at #37 and the Mercedes S-Class at #47.

Previous post: Taiwan Full Year 2013: Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V storm into Top 5

Previous month: Taiwan December 2013: Toyota Corolla and RAV4 reign supreme

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

Full January 2014 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Taiwan Full Year 2013: RAV4 and CR-V storm into Top 5

January 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Toyota RAV4 Taiwan 2013. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota RAV4 sales are up 85% in 2013 in Taiwan.

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New car sales in Taiwan are up 3% year-on-year in 2013 to 378,291 registrations. No surprise in pole position: the Toyota Corolla continues to reign supreme, even up 2% on 2012 thanks to the arrival of the new generation later in the year to 37,038 sales and just under 10% market share. Boosted by the 2013 model, the Toyota Wish is up 2 spots and 22% on last year to #2 at 17,477 units and 4.6% while the Nissan Tiida rounds up the podium like in 2012 with 17,191 sales and 4.5%, up 11%.

Toyota Wish Taiwan 2013. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twThe Toyota Wish is up to #2 in 2013.

But the best performers this year in Taiwan are without contest the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, both thanks to new models coming through and up 88% and 71% respectively to rank #4 and #5 at year-end. Other gainers in 2013 include the Ford Focus almost doubling its sales year-on-year to #9, the Hyundai ix35 and Honda Civic both up 22% to #17 and #18 respectively, the Mercedes E Class up to #23, Nissan Sentra landing at #31 and peaking at #2 in November and the Ford Kuga making its entrance at #39.

Previous post: Taiwan December 2013: Toyota Corolla and RAV4 reign supreme

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

Two years ago: Taiwan Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla #1, Toyota Wish & Nissan Livina up

Full Year 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Taiwan December 2013: Toyota Corolla and RAV4 reign supreme

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Toyota Corolla Taiwan December 2013. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Corolla

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* The complete Full Year 2013 report is here! *

New car sales in Taiwan are up a shiny 13% year-on-year in December to 39,003 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 378,291 units, up 3% on 2012. Boosted by the new generation, the Toyota Corolla improves to 11.4% of the market thanks to 4,444 sales, its highest market share in the country since last February. In second place, the Toyota RAV4 also impresses at 1,905 units and 4.9%, its highest since last April, while the Honda CR-V is up 3 spots on November to #3 and the Ford Focus is up 4 to #6. For its 2nd full month in market, the Nissan Sentra is back down from an incredible #2 last month to a still respectable #8, the Mazda5 is up a further 3 to #10, the Honda Fit up 13 to #13, Ford Kuga up 5 to #16 and BMW 3 Series up 6 to #18. Finally, notice the Ford Ecosport making its first appearance in the Taiwanese sales charts at #54 with 128 sales.

Previous month: Taiwan November 2013: Nissan Sentra #2 for first full month!

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

Full December 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

December 5th, 2013 1 comment

Nissan Sentra Taiwan November 2013. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twNissan Sentra

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The Taiwanese new car market is up an outstanding 20% year-on-year in November to 34,702 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 339,451 units, up 2% on 2012. While the Toyota Corolla confirms it is back to its sovereign self thanks to the 11th generation of the model at 3,777 sales and 10.9% share, the big surprise is in 2nd place: for its first full month in market, the Nissan Sentra (named Super Sentra here), grabs an amazing 5.1% market share thanks to 1,765 units sold! It therefore bypasses both the Tiida (#5) and Livina (#7) to become the brand’s best-seller in the country, and single-handedly enables Nissan to pass Mitsubishi in the year-to-date ranking to place at #2 below only Toyota! The Toyota RAV4 also shines, back onto the podium at #3 with 1,576 sales and 4.6%, as do the Mazda5 up 9 spots to #13 and 1.9% share, the Mercedes E-Class up a further two to #16 and 1.5% vs. #24 year-to-date and the Mercedes S-Class up to #47.

Previous month: Taiwan October 2013: Toyota Corolla back up to 11% share

One year ago: Taiwan November 2012: Honda CR-V improves further to #4

Full November 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

November 2nd, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Corolla Altis Taiwan October 2013. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Corolla Altis

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New car sales in Taiwan are up a very healthy 15% year-on-year in October to 32,207 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total into positive at 304,749 units, up 0.7% on 2012. After dropping to #4 last month while the new generation made its appearance on the market, the Toyota Corolla is back to its dominant self in October thanks to 3,572 units sold for an excellent 11.1% market share. The Nissan Tiida is down one spot to #2, the Toyota Wish up 2 to #3 and the Toyota RAV4 down one to #4. Add the Camry at #5, the Vios at #7 and the Yaris at #8 and you have no less than 6 Toyotas in the Taiwanese Top 8 this month!

Luxgen U7 Turbo Taiwan October 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.tw.msn.comLuxgen U7 Turbo

Further down, large German premium cars are having a great time: the Mercedes C-Class is up 7 ranks to #16, the E Class is stable at #18 vs. #25 year-to-date and the BMW 5 Series is up one spot to #20 vs. #28 year-to-date. Notice also the Ford Kuga at #19 and Mazda CX-5 at #36. Finally, we welcome two all-new models in the Taiwanese Top 30 this month: the Nissan Sentra landing directly at #26 with 332 sales and the Taiwanese Luxgen U7 Turbo, the replacement to the Luxgen 7 SUV, arriving just one unit below at #27 with 331 sales and already 1% market share.

Previous month: Taiwan September 2013: Nissan Tiida and Livina on top

One year ago: Taiwan October 2012: Luxgen5 Sedan lands at #10

Full October 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Taiwan September 2013: Nissan Tiida and Livina on top

October 5th, 2013 No comments

Nissan Tiida Taiwan August 2013Nissan Tiida

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The Taiwanese new car market is up a fantastic 32% year-on-year in September to 28,941 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 272,542 units, now down just 0.7% on 2012. The changover between two generations of Toyota Corolla Altis, with the new one due for Taiwanese release on October 7, has turned the models ranking upside down this month: the Nissan Tiida takes advantage of the situation to grab the pole position even though its September market share is only identical to its year-to-date one at 4.7% with 1,354 sales. Only 22 units below we have the Nissan Livina while for its part the Toyota RAV4 is only 36 sales off the top spot…

Toyota Vios Taiwan September 2013. Picture courtesy of p1.8891.com.twTaiwanese Toyota Vios

Down to 4th place this month at 1,213 units and 4.2%, the Toyota Corolla however maintains a unattainable lead year-to-date with 25,245 sales and 9.3% and should reclaim the top of the Taiwanese sales charts next month. Another model that has benefitted from the Corolla’s wobbly transition is the Toyota Vios, up 5 spots on August to #6 and 3.8% share vs. 2.2% year-to-date, even though the model produced and sold in Taiwan is still the 2002 one, two generations ago. Notice also the Ford Kuga down 6 ranks to a still excellent #15, the Mercedes E-Class stable at #18, BMW 5 Series up to #21, Lexus IS up 8 spots to #34, Porsche Cayenne up to #43 and the Audi A3 making a rare appearance inside the Top 50 at #48.

Previous month: Taiwan August 2013: Ford Kuga lands directly in Top 10!

One year ago: Taiwan September 2012: Nissan Tiida up to #2

Full September 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

September 4th, 2013 3 comments

Ford Kuga Taiwan August 2013. Picture courtesy of autonet.com.twFord Kuga

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The Taiwanese new car market is down a harsh 17% year-on-year in August to 21,306 registrations, which means the year-to-date total is now down 4% on 2012 at 243,601 units. No surprises in pole position: the Toyota Corolla celebrates 27 consecutive months at this level thanks to 1,832 sales and 8.6% share, adding up to 24.032 and 9.9% year-to-date. The Nissan Tiida is up 4 spots on July to land in 2nd position for the first time since last January, the Nissan Livina is up one to #3 and 4 Toyotas follow: the Wish (-2), RAV4 (+3), Yaris (+1) and Camry (-2).

CMC Veryca. Picture courtesy of news.u-car.com.twThe new model, just unveiled, should help the CMC Veryca stay in the Top 10 this year.

But the real hero this month is the Ford Kuga: for its very first appearance in the Taiwanese sales charts, it lands directly inside the Top 10 at #9 with 608 sales and 2.9%, confirming Taiwan’s taste for stylish SUVs after the success of the new generations Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Other great performers this month include the Mercedes C-Class up 13 ranks to #17, Mercedes E-Class up 8 to #18, BMW 5 Series up 6 to #22, BMW 3 Series up 7 to #24, Subaru Forester up 5 to #27 and the Mercedes S-Class reappearing in the Top 50 at #50.

Previous month: Taiwan July 2013: Honda CR-V on podium

One year ago: Taiwan August 2012: Toyota Wish #2, Lexus RX up to #13

Full August 2013 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

More tuned Luxgen, Taiwanese specificities and Yue Loong models below.

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