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Thailand August 2014: New gen Nissan Navara starts to climb

October 6th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Navara Thailand August 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auNissan Navara

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Traditionally with a little bit of delay I can share with you detailed information about the Thai new car market for August, and the news continue to be pretty bad with new car sales on a race to the bottom: down another 31% year-on-year this month to 68.835 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 579.273 units, down 38% on 2013. The Thai brands ranking shows monolithic stability with the August Top 9 best-sellers identical to year-to-date. Toyota holds double the market share than any other manufacturer at 36.4% vs. 18% for Isuzu with Honda (12.8%) and Mitsubishi (7.3%) in tow. Ford is once again the most popular non-Asian brand at #6 ahead of Chevrolet at #8.

In the models ranking, stability reigns also with the Top 9 unchanged on July. The Toyota Hilux (15.7%) and Isuzu D-Max (14.3%) are slightly below their year-to-date market shares while the Toyota Vios (6%) is frankly above in third place. The Mitsubishi Triton is also a notch higher at 4.3% and #6 while the Honda Fit simply doubles its 2014 share in 8th position with 2.8% vs. #17 so far this year. The Nissan Navara is up to #12 vs. #20 year-to-date, potentially helped by the new generation’s production kick-off, while the Mazda3 is up a further two spots on July to #16 and the Chevrolet Sonic is up 11 to #22.

Previous month: Thailand July 2014: Toyota Vios back on podium

One year ago: Thailand 7 months 2013: Discover the Top 50 best-selling models!

Full August 2014 Top 50 models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Thailand July 2014: Toyota Vios back on podium

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Thailand July 2014. Picture courtesy of manager.co.thToyota Vios

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Sadly the free fall continues for the Thai new car market: down 35% year-on-year in July to just 69,527 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 510,438 units, down a dramatic 40% or 344,000 sales on 2013. Toyota (36% share) and Isuzu (18%) dominate the brands ranking head and shoulders once again this month with the Toyota Hilux (16.9%) and Isuzu D-Max (14.3%) topping the models charts as usual. But there is some movement below. The Toyota Vios is up one spot on June to reclaim its place on the podium thanks to 3,923 sales and 5.6% ahead of the Toyota Yaris at 5.4%. This also means the Vios overtakes the Honda City year-to-date to climb to #4 below the Yaris.

Mitsubishi Attrage Thailand July 2014. Picture courtesy of attrageclubthailand.comMitsubishi Attrage

Boosted by the new generation, the Honda Jazz confirms it is now Top 10 material, up one rank on last month to a splendid 8th position with 1,992 sales and 2.9% vs. #19 and 1.2% year-to-date. The Mitsubishi Attrage is up a cool 9 spots on June to stop just short off a Top 10 ranking at #11 with 1,237 units, passing its hatchback sister the Mirage year-to-date at #16 vs. #17. Notice also the Honda Civic up to #12, the Mazda3 holding itself inside the Top 20 at #18, the Mazda CX-5 up to #22, Ford Ecosport up to #24 (and now above its main competitor the Nissan Juke) and the recently launched Suzuki Celerio breaking into the Thai Top 30 for the first time at #30.

Previous month: Thailand June 2014: New generation Honda Jazz breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Thailand 7 months 2013: Discover the Top 50 best-selling models!

Full July 2014 Top 50 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

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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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