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Uruguay (brands) June 2014: Surprise – Fiat takes the lead

July 18th, 2014 No comments

Fiat Strada Uruguay June 2014Fiat Strada

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4,623 new light vehicles found a buyer in Uruguay in June, adding up to 26,050 year-to-date. Shock in pole position: in a market dominated by Chevrolet for years, Fiat becomes the most popular manufacturer in the country potentially for the first time ever thanks to 515 sales and 11.1% sales, edging past Chevrolet at 501 units and 10.8%. Volkswagen and Suzuki are kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively while Chery jumps 5 spots on May to a brilliant 5th place with 300 sales and 6.5%. With BYD (#9), Geely (#11), Lifan (#14) and FAW (#15) also in the Top 15, Chinese manufacturers hold a gigantic 24.1% of the Uruguayan market this month vs. 23.7% year-to-date and 23.3% over the Full Year 2013

Previous month: Uruguay (brands) May 2014: Suzuki on podium

Previous year: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

Full June 2014 Top 46 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay (brands) May 2014: Suzuki on podium

June 19th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Alto 800 Uruguay May 2014The Suzuki Alto 800 is on sale in Uruguay, imported from India

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 10% year-on-year to 4,635 registrations in May, bringing the year-to-date total into negative at 21,427 units, down 2% on 2013. Chevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in the country with 611 sales and 13.2% share this month vs. 12.4% year-to-date, ahead of Volkswagen at 9.2%. Suzuki is up 3 spots on April to land on the podium at #3 and 7.6%, passing Fiat (7.3%), Nissan (6.8%) and Hyundai (6.4%) while Renault (6.7%) is up 4 ranks to #6. BYD is the best-selling Chinese brand for the 2nd month running at #9 (5.3%) above Chery at #10, FAW at #11, Geely at #14 and Great Wall at #15. That’s 4 Chinese in the Top 15 vs. 3 year-to-date, and this month Chinese carmakers hold 22.7% of the Uruguayan car market vs. 23.6% year-to-date and 23.3% in 2013.

Previous month: Uruguay (brands) April 2014: BYD passes Chery to #1 Chinese carmaker

Previous year: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

Full May 2014 Top 47 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay April 2014: BYD passes Chery to #1 Chinese carmaker

May 14th, 2014 No comments

BYD New F3 Uruguay April 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.com.uyBYD markets the L3 as the ‘New F3′ in Uruguay.

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New car sales in Uruguay may have plateaued for a bit: they are down 2% year-on-year in April to 4,281 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still up 2% on 2013 to a record 17,140 units. Chevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in the country with 511 sales and 11.9% share, slightly below its 2014 level (12.5%) while Fiat lodges a second consecutive month in 2nd position above Volkswagen (10.2% share vs. 9.5%) but remains below the German manufacturer year-to-date (8.6% vs. 9.4%). Nissan is up one spot on March to #4 and Hyundai up two to #5.

Chevrolet Prisma Uruguay April 2014. Picture courtesy of munoautomotor.comChevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in Uruguay.

Jumping from #11 and #3 Chinese in March to #8 and #1 Chinese in April is BYD with 220 sales and 5.1%, two units above Chery in 9th place. Notice also Mitsubishi shooting up from #27 to #11 potentially thanks to the arrival of the Mirage and Chana up 11 spots to #20. Chinese manufacturers are down to 21.1% of the market in April after holding 26.4% in February, but their year-to-date share still stands at an incredible 24.9% so far vs. 23.3% in 2013 and 19.5% in 2012.

Previous month: Uruguay (brands) March 2014: Fiat up to 2nd place

One year ago: Uruguay 4 months 2013: Chevrolet down, Chery and FAW up

Full April 2014 Top 44 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay (brands) March 2014: Fiat up to second place

April 24th, 2014 No comments

Fiat Siena Uruguay March 2014The Siena was Fiat’s best-seller in Uruguay in 2013.

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New car sales in Uruguay are stable in March to an estimated 4,151 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 12,977 units, up 5% on 2013 which was already a record year. Chevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in the country with 502 sales and 12.1% share, but this month Fiat is only 11 units below at 491 and 11.8%. Volkswagen remains #3 at 8.7% but #2 year-to-date at 9.3% while Suzuki is up one spot on February to #4. Up to a record 2nd place last month, Chinese carmaker Chery is back down to #8 in March but still ranks at an excellent 5th place so far in 2014. FAW (#10), BYD (#11), Geely (#13) and Dongfeng (#15) are the other Chinese brands inside the Uruguayan Top 15 this month.

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2013: Now with Top 10 best-selling models!

Previous month: Uruguay February 2014: Chery up to 2nd place and 9.3% share!

Full March 2014 Top 45 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay Full Year 2013: Now with Top 10 best-selling models!

March 25th, 2014 No comments

Chery QQ Uruguay 2013. Picture courtesy of autoblog.com.uyThe Chery QQ is #2 in Uruguay, its best annual ranking in the world in 2013.

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Thanks to Leandro and Autoblog Uruguay I can share with you today and for the very first time on BSCB a models ranking for Uruguay! Exciting times indeed. And in line with the exceptional strength of Chinese carmakers in the country (23.3% share in 2013, #2 in the world below Bolivia), we have 3 Chinese models inside the Top 8 best-sellers…

FAW N5 Uruguay 2013. Picture courtesy of mercadolibre.com.uyThe FAW N5 is the 8th best-selling model in Uruguay in 2013.

Another interesting observation is the extreme fragmentation of the market, with the #1 seller, the Chevrolet Spark, only holding a 2.4% market share at 1,355 sales. The Chery QQ is the 2nd best-seller in Uruguay thanks to 1,267 units and 2.2% with the VW Gol rounding up the podium. The BYD F0 ranks 5th at 1.5% share and the FAW N5 is 8th at 1.4%.

Previous post: Uruguay February 2014: Chery up to 2nd place and 9.3% share!

Previous FY2013 post: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in 4 new cars is Chinese!

Full Year 2013 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay February 2014: Chery up to 2nd place and 9.3% share!

March 21st, 2014 No comments

Chery Beat Uruguay February 2014Can Chery break the 10% market share milestone in Uruguay this year?

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Building on a record year in 2013, the Uruguayan new car market is up 17% year-on-year in February to 4,588 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total after two months to 8,768 units, up 7% on 2013. Once again the main piece of news in Uruguay is the strength of Chinese carmakers. Already holding a world-best (outside China) 23.3% market share over the Full Year 2013, they improve this score to 26.4% so far in 2014! Brilliantly illustrating this trend, Chery shoots up to 2nd place overall in February thanks to 425 sales and 9.3% share, an all-time record for the brand in Uruguay! Only Chevrolet at 504 units and 11% manages to sell more, and that’s a particularly weak market share for the US manufacturer… Chinese performances can also be seen further down the ranking: BYD is up to #9 and 5.2% in February vs. #15 and 2% over the Full Year 2013, FAW ranks 11th vs. 10th, Geely is #14 vs. #13, Great Wall #15 vs. #16, Lifan #17 vs. #18 and JAC #18 vs. #20.

Previous post: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

Full February 2014 Top 45 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in 4 new cars is Chinese!

February 11th, 2014 No comments

FAW S80 Uruguay 2013The S80 is one of 20 models Chinese manufacturer FAW sells in Uruguay.

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In 2013, Uruguayan new car sales reach an all-time record for the 4th consecutive year, up 8% on 2012 to 57,333 registrations. Let’s not beat around the bush: the main interest in Uruguay is how amazingly strong Chinese carmakers are here, carving themselves a place in the sun and even impacting the top sellers’ share. Leader Chevrolet has gone from 25% of the market in 2010 to just 15.1% this year, down 13% on 2012, while Volkswagen is down 12% to just 10.7% vs. 13% in 2012. Granted, Fiat (+38%) and Nissan (+11%) seem untouched but who else than Chery do we see pop up in 5th position overall, up 32% on 2012 to 3,364 sales and 5.9% share?

Geely LC Cross Uruguay 2013. Picture courtesy of gearheads.co.zaGeely LC Cross. Geely only sold 25 units less than Toyota in Uruguay in 2013.

As a whole, Chinese manufacturers hold a world-best 23.3% market share in Uruguay in 2013 (vs. 19.5% in 2012) thanks to sales up 29% to 13,359 units. This means one in every 4 new cars bought in the country is Chinese, making Uruguay by far the overseas market where the Chinese are the most popular. In fact, out of 54 brands selling at least one unit here in 2013, 26 are Chinese, 21 of them gaining ground on 2012! First Automobile Works (FAW) is up 20% year-on-year to become the 2nd Chinese brand to ever break into the Uruguayan Top 10 at #10 and 3.3%.

Zotye Hunter Uruguay 2013. Picture courtesy of all-carz.comZotye Hunter. Zotye is one of 6 Chinese carmakers to have launched in Uruguay in 2013.

Further down, Geely is up a spectacular 67% to pass Citroen at #13, only 25 units short off beating Toyota (!), BYD up 28% to #15, Great Wall up 7% to #16, DongFeng up 12% to #17, Lifan up a mammoth 158% to #18, JAC up 8% to #20, Haima up 113% to #22, ChangHe doubles its sales to #27 and Gonow is up 15% to #29. And the Chinese offensive is not slowing down: no less than 6 manufacturers make their first appearance in the Uruguayn annual sales in 2013: Zotye (#35), MG (#36), ZNA (#40), JMC (#47), Higer (#49) and BAIC (#53).

Previous post: Uruguay 4 months 2013: Chevrolet down, Chery and FAW up

Full Year 2013 Top 54 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Uruguay 4 months 2013: Chevrolet down, Chery and FAW up

May 30th, 2013 No comments

FAW V2 Uruguay April 2013. Picture courtesy of avtoed.comFAW V2. FAW is now among the Top 10 most popular brands in Uruguay.

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While writing my summary article about how Chinese carmakers are setting themselves up for success in Latin America, I realised I hadn’t updated you about the Uruguayan car market for over a year. And a lot has changed since my last article so a new one is overdue. After gaining 3% in 2012 to reach a record 53,233 registrations, new car sales in Uruguay are up a further 9% to 16,744 units over the first 4 months of 2013. The big news is the fragmentation atop the market, with leader Chevrolet going from 25.3% share in 2011 to just 15.7% so far in 2013 while #2 Volkswagen has dropped from 12.1% to 10.9% in the same period of time.

Reversely, Nissan is up from 5.9% to #3 and 8.1% and Fiat is up from 6.6% to 7.6%. But the main source of interest in the Uruguayan car market is how well Chinese manufacturers are doing. In fact, Uruguay could potentially be the country in the world where they have the strongest market share at 25.3% of passenger cars so far in 2013! If a 6.6% share allowed Chery a world-best third position in 2011, it improves on this score in 2013 thanks to 1,136 sales and 6.8% but ranks “only” 5th. FAW is the second Chinese brand to ever break into the Uruguayan Top 10 at #10 so far in 2013 thanks to a market share up a full percentage point on 2012 to 3.9%.

Further down, Geely is up from #14 and 1.8% in 2012 to #12 and 2.6%, Great Wall is up from #16 and 1.6% to #14 and 2.2%, DongFeng up from #17 and 1.5% to #16 and 1.7%, Haima up to #19 at 1% and BYD down from #15 and 1.7% to 20 and 0.9%. 19 additional Chinese manufacturers are officially present in the country: Anchi, Brilliance, Chana, Changhe, Effa, Foton, Gonow, Hafei, JAC, JMC, Lifan, MG, Orient, Shineray, Wuling, Xinkai, Zna, Zotye and ZX Auto!

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2012: Chery now third best-selling brand!

4 months 2013 and Full Year 2012 Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Uruguay Full Year 2011: Chery now third best-selling brand!

January 28th, 2012 1 comment

Chery Fulwin 2

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Like Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, the new car market in Uruguay reaches record levels in 2011 at 51,443 registrations, up 21% on 2010 which was already a record year! There is no models ranking available, only the fact that the Chevrolet Classic is the top seller in 2011 as it has been for many years. However the brands ranking is a fascinating one as Uruguay is one of the few countries in the world where Chinese manufacturers have had a very significant impact to date.

FAW Vita. FAW sales are up 95% in Uruguay in 2011

If Chevrolet and Volkswagen still dominate the ranking head and shoulders with 25.3% and 12.1% market share respectively this year, who else but Chery claws its way on the podium in 2011! Manufacturing locally in the Oferol factory from Barra de Carrasco, Chery sees its sales jump by 71% in 2011 to reach 3,394 units for a 6.6% market share, 4 units above Fiat and also passing Nissan. It even reached an amazing 2nd place with 12.2% of the market in June!

BYD F6. BYD sales are up 78% in Uruguay in 2011. BYD also launched a swanky new website

Granted, there are no other Chinese brands in the Top 10 but no less than 9 in the Top 20 (vs. 6 in 2010), making Uruguay a comfortable nest for Chinese manufacturers and a cool jumping board for a further extension in South America. BYD is up 78% to #12, Great Wall up 12% to #13, FAW up 95% to #16, DongFeng up 1% to #17, Geely up 74% to #17%, Effa down 5% to #18, Chana up 19% to #19 and Lifan up 46% to #20.

Chana Mini Benni

In December, the trend is confirmed: Chevrolet is down to 24% share, VW to 8.7% while Chery is up to 7.9%. 6 of the other 9 Chinese brands in the Top 22 are on or above their Full Year 2011 levels with JAC appearing in the Top 20 for the first time and Chana the most impressive at #14 and 1.8% share.

Previous post: Uruguay July 2011: Chery QQ and Suzuki Celerio make their mark

Full Year and December 2011 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

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Uruguay July 2011: Chery QQ and Suzuki Celerio make their mark

August 20th, 2011 1 comment

Chery QQ and Suzuki Celerio

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New car sales in Uruguay are still buoyant at +43% in June, +6% in July and +30% year-to-date at 27,978 units. 2011 will be a record-breaking year for the Uruguayan market. Sales info by brand enables us to get a good idea of how the models ranking is behaving over the period.

If the Chevrolet Classic should in all logic stay on top, two brands have had amazing results over the last couple of months and this was due to their lead model. Chery managed an incredible 2nd place in the brands ranking behind only Chevrolet in June with an outstanding 12.2% of the market! By far the highest market share ever achieved by a Chinese brand in Uruguay (and possibly anywhere in the world outside China!)… The Chery QQ is the brand’s best-seller in the country.

Suzuki also impresses at #4 and 8.4% share in June and #3 at 7.1% in July, thanks to the new Celerio (aka Alto). Over the first 7 months of 2011 the brand has delivered 1,294 units, up a massive 159% year-on-year! Notice also BYD breaking into the Top 10 brands in July at #9 with 2.3%, mostly BYD F0s. Great Wall, Effa, Geely, Dongfeng, FAW and Lifan also rank in the Top 20.

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Full June, July and year-to-date Top 20 best-selling brands Ranking Tables below.

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