Archive

Archive for the ‘Thailand’ Category

Thailand March 2015: Honda HR-V and Toyota Camry shoot up

May 1st, 2015 No comments

Honda HR-V Thailand March 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.co.idThe Honda HR-V jumps to 7th place overall in Thailand this month.

* See the Top 55 best-selling models and Top 35 All-brands by clicking on the title *

The recession is still not over for the new light vehicle market in Thailand: sales are down another 12% year-on-year both in March (74,117 registrations) and over the First Quarter (197,787), noting that Q1 2014 was itself down 46% on 2013… The brands ranking is remarkably stable once again: Toyota leads by far with 37% share above Isuzu at 17.5% (with only two models!), Honda at 14.2%, Nissan at 8.1% and Mitsubishi at 6.1%. Ford (#7 and 3.4% share) and Chevrolet (#9 and 2%) are the only two non-Japanese brands in the Top 10, while BMW overtakes Mercedes to snap the premium crown this month.

Toyota Yaris Thailand March 2015. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe Toyota Yaris is now the best-selling passenger car in Thailand in 2015 to-date.

Model-wise, below the two untouchables local pickups Hilux (16%) and D-Max (14.3%), the Toyota Yaris reclaims the passenger car pole position over its sedan variant the Vios thanks to 4,736 sales in March, bringing its Q1 total to 10,869 vs. 10,579 for the Vios. But the main event in the Thai Top 10 this month is the thunderous arrival of the Honda HR-V in 7th place with 2,500 deliveries and 3.4% share, more than 3 times the level of its nearer competitor the Nissan Juke. Boosted by its facelift, the Toyota Camry shoots up 22 spots on February to #12 and 2.1% share while the Nissan X-Trail improves again at #18.

Previous month: Thailand February 2015: New Mitsubishi Triton lands

One year ago: Thailand First Quarter 2014: New vehicle sales down 46%

Full March 2015 Top 55 models and Top 35 All-brands below.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand February 2015: New Mitsubishi Triton lands

April 2nd, 2015 No comments

Mitsubishi Triton Thailand February 2015. Picture courtesy autospinn.com947 new Mitsubishi Triton found a buyer in Thailand in February.

* See the Top 37 All-brands and Top 50 best-selling models by clicking on the title *

The Thai new car market has not bottomed out yet: down another 10% year-on-year in February to 63,949 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 123,670 units, down 11% on 2014. Toyota is ultra-dominant in the brands ranking once again with 22,470 sales and 35.1% above Isuzu (18.4%) and Honda (13.8%) while Nissan (7.5%) and Mitsubishi (6.8%) round up the Top 5. Mazda is above Ford unlike in 2014. The Toyota Hilux reaches 18.6% share vs. 16.5% for its archenemy the Isuzu D-Max, the Toyota Vios is back up to third place thanks to 3,612 units and 6%, overtaking both the Toyota Yaris (5.2%) and Honda City (4.4%). Although it is immobile at #7 and 3.4%, the Mitsubishi Triton welcomes the arrival of its new generation, accounting for 47% of its total sales for the month. The Mitsubishi Attrage knocks at the Top 10’s door at #11 and a strong 2.4% share, while the Honda HR-V steps out of it at #12 but delivers another impressive month at 1,440 sales.

Previous month: Thailand January 2015: Honda HR-V in Top 10 again

One year ago: Thailand (pick-ups) February 2014: Ford Ranger stays afloat

Full February 2015 Top 37 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand January 2015: Honda HR-V in Top 10 again

March 3rd, 2015 No comments

Honda HR-V Thailand January 2015Runaway success: the Honda HR-V in Thailand.

* See the Top 50 best-selling models and Top 9 brands by clicking on the title *

Sadly, the Thai new car market continues to sink deeper into recession with another harsh 13% year-on-year drop in January to just 59,721 registrations. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer by far with 33.6% share but Honda now threatens Isuzu for 2nd place at 16.9% vs. 18.8%, thanks to exceptional results by the brand’s all-new small SUV: the HR-V. After reaching an out-of-this world 7th place in December for its 2nd month in market, the HR-V ranks #10 in January with another very strong 1,718 sales and 2.9% share.

Mazda2 Thailand January 2015. Picture courtesy paultan.orgThe Mazda2 is the brand’s best-seller in Thailand this month.

The Toyota Hilux keeps the lead of the models ranking with 16.5% share vs. 15.6% for the Isuzu D-Max, the Honda City climbs back into third place with 5.4%, overtaking the Toyota Yaris (5%) and Vios (4.7%) to reclaim the passenger car crown, the Nissan Navara shoots up to #8 vs. #12 in FY2014 thanks to the new model, the Mitsubishi Attrage is back to #12, the Mazda2 benefits from the new model to reach #13 and become the brand’s best-seller in Thailand and the Nissan X-Trail confirms the success of the new generation at #26.

Previous post: Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

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

Full January 2015 Top 50 models and Top 9 brands Ranking Tables below.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

February 2nd, 2015 No comments

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

* See the Top 50 models and Top 40 All-brands by clicking on the title *

Catastrophic year for new car sales in Thailand: as soon as the government’s “first car” incentive program was ditched in mid-2013, the market has fallen back to 2011 levels. If a very strong first half in 2013 (+31% over the first 5 months) limited the slump to 8% at 1.32 million units, 2014 is hit full frontal at -33% to 881,832 registrations. Toyota is still king of the (battered) castle by far, with sales down ‘just’ 27% it even manages to markedly improve its market share further: from 33.6% in 2013 to 37.1% in 2014. The combination of a very successful launch for the Isuzu MU-X SUV and the crumbling apart of Honda’s main passenger cars means Isuzu is back to #2 manufacturer in the country with sales down 23% to 160,286 vs. -50% and 106,482 for Honda. Ford is up two spots to #6, Mercedes and BMW are the only brands to post year-on-year volume gains in the Top 25 and Chinese MG lands at #24 with a discreet 204 MG 6 sold.

Toyota Hilux Thailand 2014The Toyota Hilux is once again the best-selling vehicle in Thailand.

The market implosion mainly affecting affordable passenger cars, both the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max reinforce their domination of the Thai market by losing less ground and improving their market shares to 16.4% and 14.6% respectively, selling more than double any other nameplate. Now that its new generation is (logically) priced under the Vios, the Toyota Yaris becomes the best-selling passenger car in Thailand for the first time and for this generation’s first year in market, selling 2.5 times more than in 2013 at 52,809 units. The Toyota Vios (-54%) and Honda City (-52%) follow.

Isuzu MU-X Thailand 2014Total success for the Isuzu MU-X in Thailand.

Boosted by the new generation, the Toyota Corolla gains two spots and 4% to land at #6, the Ford Ranger breaks into the Top 10 at #9 and the Isuzu MU-X closes an outstanding first full year in Thailand inside the Top 10 at #10 with 19,040 sales. Helped by the new generation launched mid-year, the Nissan Navara is up 4 spot stop #12 but will feature in the 2015 Top 10, the Mitsubishi Attrage is up 10 ranks to #17 and the Nissan Juke closes its first full year in market at an excellent 20th place. There are 5 all-new nameplates landing in the 2014 Thai Top 50: the Ford Ecosport at #27, the Honda HR-V at #34 (but #7 in December!), Honda Mobilio at #38, Suzuki Celerio at #42 and Nissan Livina at #48.

Nissan Navara Thailand 2014. Picture courtesy headlightmag.com60% of all Nissan Navara sold in Thailand in 2014 are space cab bodied.

Finally, for the first time on BSCB I can share with you a split by body for all the best-selling pickup trucks produced locally. We discover that the most popular body for pickups in Thailand, and by far, is the “Space cab” with 2 doors and enlarged space in the cabin. For example, 59% of all Toyota Hilux sold in Thailand in 2014 were space cab variants, with the double cab representing 24% of sales and the single cab just 17%. Similarly, the Isuzu D-Max sells best as a space cab (58%), followed by double (30%) and single cab (12%). The Chevrolet Colorado (74%) and Nissan Navara (60%) display a particularly high space cab sales ratio, with the Ford Ranger the exception to the rule at a dominant 73% double cab sales ratio.

Previous month: Thailand November 2014: Honda HR-V lands at #14

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

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

Full Year 2014 Top 50 models and Top 40 All-brands below.

Full December 2014 Top 20 models and Top 40 All-brands below.

The rest of this content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand November 2014: Honda HR-V lands at #14

December 31st, 2014 No comments

Honda HR-V Thailand November 2014Honda HR-V

* See the Top 50 best-selling models and Top 35 brands by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Thailand just can step out of a nightmarish year so far in 2014: down another 21% year-on-year in November to just 73,068 registrations after drops of 20% in October, 26% in September, 31% in August and 35% in July. The year-to-date total now stands at 792.328 deliveries and should settle around 865.000 for the Full Year 2014 vs. 1.32 million in 2013 and 1.44 million in 2012… Very tough times indeed for the new car market in Thailand, just as local production continues to evolve at stratospheric levels. No surprise in the models sales charts: the Toyota Hilux remains the most popular nameplate in the country with a gargantuan 17.8% market share ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 13%, Toyota Yaris at 6.9% and Toyota Vios at 5.8%. A spectacular new arrival is the Honda HR-V (aka Vezel) directly landing at #14 and leading its segment with 1,122 deliveries vs. 605 for the Ford Ecosport and 367 for the Nissan Juke. Notice also the Nissan Navara solid again at #8 and 3% share, the Toyota Fortuner up to #9 and 2.6%, the Honda Mobilio confirming it is a Top 20 blockbuster at #18 and the Nissan X-Trail jumping up to #44 thanks to the new model.

Previous month: Thailand October 2014: Toyota Vios, Nissan Navara up

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

Full November 2014 Top 50 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand October 2014: Toyota Vios, Nissan Navara up

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

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

* See the Top 50 best-selling models and Top 40 brands by clicking on the title *

As the demise of the Thai new vehicle market is approaching its one year anniversary, logically the year-on-year declines become smaller: from -35% in July to -31% in August, -26% in September and -20% in October to a still very modest 70,850 deliveries. Year-to-date, the Thai market is down a horrendous 36% or almost 400,000 sales on 2013, going from 1,118,225 to 719,260 sales in 10 months. Brand-wise, Toyota continues to be ultra-dominant with just under 38% market share ahead of Isuzu (17.6%), Honda (12.5%), Mitsubishi (7.1%) and Nissan (6.9%), replicating the YTD Top 5. Mazda (#6) is above Ford for the second straight month but below the American manufacturer YTD, with the rest of the Top 13 absolutely identical to the YTD ranking!

Toyota Vios Thailand October 2014. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comToyota Vios

The Toyota Hilux unsurprisingly tops the models ranking thanks to another mammoth month at 11,886 sales or 16.8% share, above its direct competitor the Isuzu D-Max just under 10,000 units for a 14.1% share. The Toyota Vios is only 9 units below its hatchback variant the Toyota Yaris, both models fighting for the third step on the podium, while the Honda City is stable at #5. Bolstered by its new generation, the Nissan Navara continues to climb the ladder, up one further spot on September to #8 with 3.1% share, almost double its YTD score of 1.6% (#14). The Honda Jazz brilliantly lodges a 5th consecutive month in the Thai Top 10 at #10, the Mazda3 is strong again at #14 and the Honda Mobilio breaks into the Top 20 at #18 for its 2nd month of sales in the country.

Previous month: Thailand September 2014: Nissan Navara in Top 10, Honda Mobilio lands

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

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

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

Thailand September 2014: Navara in Top 10, Mobilio lands

November 2nd, 2014 No comments

Nissan Navara Thailand September 2014Nissan Navara

* See the Top 50 best-selling models & Top 20 brands by clicking on the title *

The Thai new light vehicle market slows down its free fall slightly in September at -26% year-on-year to 69,137 registrations vs. -31% in August and -35% in July. The year-to-date total now stands at 648.410 units, down a harsh 37% on 2013. Below the traditional leaders the Toyota Hilux (15.7% share) and Isuzu D-Max (13.8%), the Toyota Yaris reclaims the third position it holds year-to-date off its sedan variant the Toyota Vios, with the Honda City rounding up a Top 5 identical to the year-to-date ladder.

Honda Mobilio Thailand September 2014. Picture courtesy of thairath.co.thThe Honda Mobilio directly tops its segment for its first month in market!

The Mitsubishi Triton is one percentage point above its YTD level at 4.7% share in 6th place and the Honda Jazz remains at stratospheric levels thanks to the new generation at #8 and 3.9% share vs. #13 and 1.7% YTD. But the big event inside the Thai Top 10 this month is the arrival of Nissan Navara at #9 with 2,046 sales and 3% share vs. 1.4% YTD thanks to the new model now spreading in dealerships across the nation. Other great performers include the Mazda3 up to #13, Honda Amaze up to #21, Ford Ecosport up to #23 and Nissan Pulsar up to #24.

MG 6 Thailand September 2014. Picture courtesy of manager.co.thMG 6

This month in Thailand we welcome the Honda Mobilio in 25th position with 533 sales which means it is also #1 in its segment above the Honda Freed (#31) and Toyota Avanza (#35)! The Mobilio already impressed in Indonesia where it ranks #2 overall so far this year and in India where it hit #11 for its 2nd month of sales last August, and Thailand looks like it will add to the list. Finally, let’s notice the arrival of Chinese manufacturer SAIC MG with the MG 6 ranking #51 in September with 33 units sold.

Previous month: Thailand August 2014: New gen Nissan Navara starts to climb

One year ago: Thailand September 2013: Discover the Top 50 best-sellers!

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

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

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

* See the Top 50 models and Top 34 brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Austin *

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.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

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

* See the Top 50 models and Top 40 brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Falkonz *

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.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand

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

* See the Top 50 best-selling models & Top 9 brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Austin *

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.

The rest of this content is for members only.
Log In Register
Categories: Thailand