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Thailand June 2014: New gen Honda Jazz breaks into Top 10

August 6th, 2014 No comments

Honda Jazz Thailand July 2014. Picture courtesy of posttoday.comHonda Jazz

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New car sales in Thailand continue to slam on the brakes: down 31% year-on-year in June to just 73,799 registrations, meaning the half year 2014 total stands at 440,911 units, down an abysmal 41% or over 300,000 sales on the same period last year. It also means Thailand is now way below Indonesia (almost 630,000 sales after 6 months) in the race for biggest South-East Asian market. Brand-wise: no surprises, Toyota continues to kill all competitors with a mammoth 37.3% market share this month thanks to 27,510 sales, ahead of Isuzu at 18.2% and Honda at a strong 12.3% vs. 10.7% year-to-date. The only change in the Top 9 is Suzuki overtaking Chevrolet for 8th place with 3.2%.

Suzuki Celerio Thailand June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrivia.comSuzuki Celerio

In the models ranking, below the Toyota Hilux (16.4%) and Isuzu D-Max (14.6%) stable at stratospheric levels, the Toyota Yaris confirms it now belongs to the podium by lodging another very solid month at 4,771 sales and 6.5% share, while the Toyota Vios is back above its archenemy the Honda City at #4. The big news in the Top 10 is the thunderous arrival of the new generation Honda Jazz, shooting up from #26 in May directly to #9 thanks to 1,956 units and 2.7%. Notice also the Mitsubishi Mirage at #11, the Suzuki Swift back up 6 ranks to #13, the Mazda3 at a strong #17, the Honda Amaze up 6 to #29 and the Suzuki Celerio making its entrance in the Top 50 at #33 for its first full month of sales.

Previous month: Thailand May 2014: Toyota Yaris back on podium

One year ago:  Thailand June 2013: Discover the All-brands ranking

Full June 2014 Top 50 models and Top 9 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Thailand May 2014: Toyota Yaris back on podium

June 30th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Thailand May 2014. Picture courtesy of cheshili.comToyota Yaris (Chinese model pictured)

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The Thai new car market continues its free fall: down another 38% year-on-year in May to just 69,681 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 367,112 sales, down 42% or 270,000 units on 2013. Toyota continues to reign supreme over Thailand new car sales with a 36.7% market share this month vs. 37.1% year-to-date, ahead of Isuzu at 19.6%, Honda at 12.4% and Mitsubishi above Nissan once again at #4 with 6.8% vs. 6.2% and now above Nissan year-to-date also. In the models ranking, both the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max are solid at 16.4% and 15.6% share respectively vs. 16.4% and 15.1% year-to-date.

Honda Accord Thailand May 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comHonda Accord

The Toyota Yaris is back up two spots to jump back onto the podium at #3 with 4,556 sales and 6.5%, the Honda City remains at #4 with 4.9% while the Toyota Vios is down two to #5 and 4.6% and the Toyota Corolla is stable at #6. Rare event: the #3 pick-up is the Ford Ranger this month and not the Mitsubishi Triton at 1,939 sales vs. 1,921. Notice also the Mitsubishi Mirage up 9 spots on April to #10, the Honda Civic and Accord both up 8 ranks to #13 and #17 respectively and the Ford Ecosport up 3 to #21 vs. #32 year-to-date. Finally the Suzuki Celerio sells its first 13 units in the country this month.

Previous month: Thailand April 2014: Honda City back in the game

One year ago: Thailand 5 months 2013: Discover the Top 35 best-selling models!

Full May 2014 Top 50 models and Top 9 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Thailand April 2014: Honda City back in the game

May 30th, 2014 No comments

Honda City Thailand April 2014. Picture courtesy of hondacitythai.comHonda City

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Handicapped by the unstable political situation and the end of incentives to first car buyers, the Thai new light vehicle market is down 33% year-on-year in April to 73,260 registrations. Although sharp, the drop is less than it has been year-to-date: so far in 2014 just 298,077 new light vehicles found a buyer in Thailand, compared to 522,929 at the same time last year, a horrendous 43% year-on-year drop. Toyota continues to dominate the brands ranking head and shoulders with 36.4% of the market in April and 37.2% year-to-date, levels comparable to Japan… Thanks to the D-Max pick-up, Isuzu remains the #2 manufacturer in Thailand with 18.4% in April and 18.8% year-to-date with Honda rounding up the podium just under 10% share.

Mazda3 Thailand April 2014The Mazda3 is up to #15 this month in Thailand.

The locally produced Toyota Hilux is the most popular vehicle in Thailand once again this mont thanks to 11,712 sales and 16% share vs. 14.9% for the Isuzu D-Max, while the Toyota Vios reclaims its traditional third spot at 3,585 units and 4.9% share. Boosted by its facelift, the Honda City is back in the game, only 15 sales below the Vios in 4th place and above the newly relauched Toyota Yaris. In fact, the City accounts for over 50% of Honda’s sales in the country so far this year. Notice also the Suzuki Swift at #9, Isuzu MU-X at #10, Mazda3 up 22 spots on January to #15, and the Ford Ecosport (#24) and Nissan Livina (#45) making their first appearance in the Thai ranking.

Previous post: Thailand First Quarter 2014: New vehicle sales down 46%

Previous detailed sales post: Thailand January 2014: Toyota Yaris nails it, Isuzu MU-X #10

One year ago: Thailand 5 months 2013: Discover the Top 35 best-selling models!

Full April 2014 Top 50 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Thailand: 2004-2013 Historical Data now available!

May 29th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux in Phuket, 2009

Historical data spanning the past decade is now available for Thailand on BestSellingCarsBlog, however it is rather incomplete as detailed Thai new car sales info is notoriously difficult to obtain. If you have access to any data prior to 2004 and annual data from 2004 to 2009 please make sure you get in touch! All the direct links to Thailand historical data are below. When annual data isn’t available I have included a link to the next best thing below.

Thailand November 2004: new gen Hilux takes the lead

Thailand 6 months 2005: Isuzu D-Max resists new gen Hilux

Thailand July 2006: Toyota Hilux reclaims market leadership

Thailand 11 months 2008: Toyota Hilux still dominates at 20.4%

Thailand Full Year 2010: Toyota Hilux leads with 144,000 sales

Thailand Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max maintain stranglehold

Thailand Full Year 2012: Mitsubishi Mirage and Nissan Almera in Top 10

Thailand Full Year 2012: Top 40 best-selling models now available

Thailand Full Year 2013: Toyota, Isuzu and Honda on podium

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Thailand First Quarter 2014: New vehicle sales down 46%

May 26th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux Mazda BT50 Ford Ranger Thailand March 2014Pick-up sales drop slightly less than the overall Thai market so far in 2014.

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It’s a wretched year so far for the Thai new light vehicle market, with sales down a horrendous 46% over the First Quarter 2014, while pick-up sales are down 41% in March to 35,765 and down 39% year-to-date to 96,951. In an article written on the day of last week’s coup d’état, French organisation CCFA notes that the political instability in the country is finally catching up with the Thai economy in general (the GDP is down year-on-year over Q1 2014) and its automotive industry in particular.

Japanese manufacturers have helped make Thailand the pick-up factory of the world: Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mazda all produce 1 ton pick-ups locally, along with General Motors and Ford, and for the first time, they are expressing their concerns about the current situation in the country. A few hours after martial law was imposed last week, Japanese government’s spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said “we have great concerns regarding the Thai situation” which is Japanese terms is a remarkably strong choice of words. Japan is by far the first direct investor in the country, with $6.9 billion invested in the country in 2013 by Japanese companies, over half of the total amount invested in Thailand last year.

Previous post: Thailand (pick-ups) February 2014: Ford Ranger stays afloat

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups March 2013: Toyota Hilux reclaims throne

Full March 2014 Top 8 pick-ups Ranking Table below.

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Thailand (Pick-ups) February 2014: Ford Ranger stays afloat

April 6th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ranger Thailand March 2014Ford Ranger

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As is the tradition on BSCB we have a look at the Thai pick-up ranking each month. Why? Because Thailand is the 1 ton pick-up factory of the world and it’s always interesting to see how these fare ‘at home’. Sales of pick-up trucks in Thailand are down a very harsh 38% year-on-year in February to just 30,675 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 61,186 units, down 38.5% on 2013. Down to #2 at the same time last year, the Toyota Hilux is back in pole position thanks to 11,725 sales and 38.2% share, down 31% year-on-year while the Isuzu D-Max is down to 2nd place at 10,447 units, down 43%. Only one model stays afloat: the Ford Ranger is amazingly up 1% on February 2013 to 2,084 sales and 6.8% share.

Previous post: Thailand (pick-ups) Full Year 2013: Ford Ranger up 43%

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups February 2013: Isuzu D-Max beats Toyota Hilux

Full February 2014 Top 8 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Thailand Full Year 2013: Toyota, Honda, Isuzu on podium

March 21st, 2014 6 comments

Toyota Vios Thailand 2013Toyota holds one third of the Thai new vehicle market in 2013.

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After hitting a record 1.44 million registrations in 2012, new vehicle sales in Thailand are down 8% year-on-year in 2013 to 1,324,722 units. Toyota is still king of the castle by very far, adding up to 445,225 units for a 33.6% market share. Honda follows at 211,006 units and 15.9%, just above Isuzu at 207,257 and 15.6%. Far below we have Mitsubishi (7.8%), Nissan (7.2%) and Chevrolet (4.2%). Notice also Mercedes at #11, BMW at #12, Hyundai at #13 and 0.3% and DongFeng at #17.

Toyota Hilux Thailand 2013. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comThe Toyota Hilux still reigns supreme over Thai new car sales.

Now we also have a models ranking for the Full Year, and the entire Top 6 is unchanged vs. 2012, with the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max perennial leaders with 206,936 sales and 15.6% share and 178,437 units and 13.5% respectively. In third position, the Toyota Vios remains the only passenger car to sell more than 100,000 units this year, boosted by the new generation at 103,115 units and 7.8%, above the Honda City (7%), Mitsubishi Triton (3.2%) and Nissan Almera (3%). The Suzuki Swift makes its first appearance inside the Thai Top 10 at #7 and the Mitsubishi Mirage is up one spot to #9.

Mitsubishi Attrage Thailand 2013. Picture courtesy of attrageclubthailand.comThe Mitsubishi Attrage is the most successful all-new model in 2013 at #27.

However as January 2014 sales have shown, this ranking is about to be turned upside down with the arrival of the new generation Toyota Yaris, the Isuzu MU-X, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-5… Further down, notice the Ford Ranger up 9 spots on 2012 to #11, the Honda Amaze up to #15, the Mitsubishi Attrage landing at #27, Nissan Pulsar at #44, Chevrolet Spin at #47, Proton Exora at #49, Volvo V40 at #58 and the Proton Preve at #60.

Previous post: Thailand January 2014: Toyota Yaris nails it, Isuzu MU-X #10

Full Year 2013 Top 70 models and Top 38 All-brands Ranking Tables below. Read more…

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Thailand January 2014: Toyota Yaris nails it, Isuzu MU-X #10

March 1st, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Thailand January 2014. Picture courtesy of meithailand.comToyota Yaris

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As we await final Full Year 2013 figures for Thailand, thanks to Austin and Thai website headlightmag I can give you very detailed data for January 2014! 69,154 new vehicles found a buyer in the country this month, and below perennial leaders Toyota Hilux (17.3% share) and Isuzu D-Max (14.7%) we witness a once in a decade event: a changeover in the passenger car sales lead. Enjoying eco-car tax privileges, the new generation Toyota Yaris now costs less than the Vios and outsells it for the first time and, strikingly, as early as for its first month in market thanks to 4,070 sales and 5.9% share vs. 3,582 and 5.2% for the Vios!

Isuzu MU-XIsuzu MU-X

In fact Toyota places 4 models inside the Top 5 with the Corolla back up to #5 and 3.7% share thanks to the new generation. The Honda City and Nissan Almera are passed by the Mitsubishi Triton (#6) and Ford Ranger (#7) but we have a second new entrant in the Top 10 this month: the all-new Isuzu MU-X, an SUV version of the Isuzu D-Max, superbly lands directly at #10 with 1,808 sales and 2.6% share, pushing Isuzu to #2 brand with 18.6% share vs. 15.6% over the Full Year 2013. Notice also the Nissan Juke appearing at #12.

Previous post: Thailand (brands) Full Year 2013: Toyota, Honda and Isuzu on podium

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups January 2013: Isuzu D-Max 137 units off Hilux

Full January 2014 Top 50 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Thailand (Pick-ups) Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ranger up 43%

February 5th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ranger Thailand 2013Ford Ranger

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As is the tradition on BSCB we have a look at the Thai pick-up ranking each month. Why? Because Thailand is the 1 ton pick-up factory of the world and it’s always interesting to see how these fare ‘at home’. Pick-up sales in Thailand are down 17% year-on-year in December to 46,649 registrations, bringing the Full Year 2013 total to 529,169 units, down 11% on 2012. The Toyota Hilux remains by far the best-seller in the category (and the overall Thai market for that matter), evolving exactly like the market at -11% to 207,116 sales, maintaining its market share of the category above 39%.

Toyota Hilux Thailand 2013. Picture by GFWilliamsToyota Hilux

The Hilux is followed as usual by the Isuzu D-Max down just 6% to 178,437 units, improving its share to 33.7%. In third position, the Mitsubishi Triton dives down 31% to 8% share, whereas the Ford Ranger delivers the best performance of all pick-ups in Thailand this year: up a whopping 43% and 3 spots on 2012 to #4 with 28,287 sales and 5.3% share. The Mazda BT-50 (-11%), Chevrolet Colorado (-36%) and Nissan Navara (+6%) follow.

Previous month: Thailand (Pick-ups) November 2013: Toyota Hilux unreachable

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups December 2012: Isuzu D-Max takes the lead!

December and Full Year 2013 Top 8 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Thailand Pick-ups November 2013: Toyota Hilux unreachable

January 2nd, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux Thailand November 2013. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comToyota Hilux

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As is the tradition on BSCB we have a look at the Thai pick-up ranking each month. Why? Because Thailand is the 1 ton pick-up factory of the world and it’s always interesting to see how these fare ‘at home’. Sales of these vehicles slow down their fall in Thailand at a still harsh -24% year-on-year in November to 40,666 registrations. The Toyota Hilux displays a mammoth 15% market share advantage over the Isuzu D-Max this month at 43.5% vs. 28.4%, this is potentially the highest gap we’ve seen between the two models in a decade! The Mitsubishi Triton fares well at 9.1% vs. 8% year-to-date as does the Ford Ranger at 6% vs. 5.4%.

Previous month: Thailand Pick-ups October 2013: Market in crisis at -35%

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups November 2012: Isuzu D-Max catches up

Full November 2013 Top 8 pick-ups Ranking Table below.

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