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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

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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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