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Uruguay May 2015: Suzuki cements leadership

June 13th, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay May 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukSuzuki Celerio

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The Uruguayan new car market is down a harsh 17% year-on-year in May to 3.834 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total into negative territory at 21.201 units, down 1% on 2014. Suzuki cements its newfound leadership thanks to 621 sales and 16.2% market share vs. 14.9% year-to-date, with the entire Top 4 delivering higher market shares than their 2015 levels: Volkswagen at 12.3%, Chevrolet at 11.9% and Renault at 6.9%. Peugeot is up 4 spots on April to #6 with 5.3% share vs. 3.6% so far this year, while the Chinese (18.6% of the overall market) are led by BYD (4.1%), Lifan, FAW (both at 2.5%), Geely (2.4%), Chery (1.9%), Dongfeng (1.5%) and Chana (1%).

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet #1, Suzuki Celerio best-seller

Previous month: Uruguay April 2015: Suzuki and Volkswagen on top

One year ago: Uruguay May 2014: Suzuki on podium

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Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet #1, Suzuki Celerio best-seller

June 2nd, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay 2014Uruguay is the first country in the world to crown the Suzuki Celerio

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The Uruguayan new car market struggles in 2014, down 8% year-on-year to 52,678 registrations. Chevrolet keeps the lead of the brands ranking despite sales down a very harsh 27% to 6,353 units and 12.1% – down for 25% share in 2010. This year’s winner is without a doubt Suzuki, increasing its deliveries by an excellent 50% year-on-year to 4,937 and 9.4% share in 2nd place vs. 5th and 5.8% in 2013, thanks to the arrival of the new generation Celerio which has become in the space of one year the best-selling nameplate in the country. Suzuki has also been very reactive in its Uruguayan product launches, for example making the new generation Alto K10 available here only two months after its launch in India where it is imported from. As a result Volkswagen (-23%), Fiat (-7%) and Nissan (-18%) all lose one spot whereas Renault (+16%) is up three to #6.

BYD New F3 Uruguay 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.com.uyThe BYD F3 is the 7th best-selling nameplate in Uruguay in 2014.

One of the particularities of the Uruguayan car market is exceptional strength of Chinese manufacturers, holding 22.2% of the market in 2014 (vs. 23.1% in 2013) which is a world-best outside China. No less than 24 Chinese carmakers appear in the 2014 Uruguay sales charts out of 55 brands in total. Chery is the most popular once again but sees its sales drop 20% to #8, whereas BYD almost doubles its deliveries to #10 (+93%), ahead of FAW (#12), Geely (#14), Lifan (#18), Great Wall (#19), Dongfeng (#21), JAC (#22), Chana (#23) and Gonow (#26). These are not insignificant as a brand like BYD outsells Ford, Toyota, Citroen, Mitsubishi and Kia here…

VW Gol Uruguay 2014The VW Gol is the #2 best-seller in Uruguay.

Thanks to www.autodata.com.uy and www.autoanuario.com.uy I can now share with you the 10 most popular nameplates in Uruguay for the Full Year 2014 and it paints a completely different picture year-on-year. Boosted by the new generation, the Suzuki Celerio sees its sales rocket up almost 3-fold to 2.014 units, enough to top the overall sales charts above the VW Gol and Suzuki Swift. Leader in 2013, the Chevrolet Spark tumbles down to #5 this year, while the Chery QQ is the best-selling Chinese model in Uruguay once again at #4 with 2.9% market share, followed by the BYD F3 at #7 and the BYD F0 at #8, both at 2% share.

One year ago (models): Uruguay Full Year 2013: Now with Top 10 best-selling models

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

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Uruguay April 2015: Suzuki and Volkswagen on top

May 13th, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Swift Uruguay April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frSuzuki Swift

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 3% year-on-year in April to 4.142 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 16.937 registrations, a 1% drop on a record total at the same time last year. Suzuki is not looking back and cements its newfound leadership of the market with another 579 sales and 14% market share, placing the Japanese manufacturer above Volkswagen (11.9%) and Chevrolet (9.8%) with Nissan (6.7%) and Renault (6.5%) rounding up the Top 5. Chery leads Chinese manufacturers at #7 and 5% above BYD (4.8%), Lifan (2.5%), Geely (2.2%), FAW (1.7%), Chana (1.3%) and Dongfeng (1.2%). All-in-all, Chinese carmakers represent 21.1% of the Uruguayan new car market in April vs. 20.6% so far in 2015.

Previous month: Uruguay March 2015: Suzuki and Chery post robust results

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

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Uruguay March 2015: Suzuki and Chery post robust results

May 4th, 2015 No comments

Chery Fulwin 2 Uruguay March 2015. Picture courtesy youtube.comChery is the 6th most popular carmaker in Uruguay in March.

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The Uruguayan market is back into positive territory in March: up a very solid 17% year-on-year to 4,865 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 12,795 units, now down just 1% on 2014. Suzuki confirms the new order in Uruguay by holding a very impressive 16.3% share of the market thanks to 794 sales while Volkswagen snaps the 2nd place away from Chevrolet at 10.4% vs. 10.3% share. Chinese carmakers are back above 20% share this month, with Chery leading the way at #6 and a robust 264 units and 5.4%, and a total of 12 reps inside the Top 30: BYD, Great Wall, FAW, Geely, Lifan, Dongfeng, Chana, Gonow, Changhe, Foton and JAC…

Previous month: Uruguay February 2015: Suzuki takes off, cements new leadership

One year ago: Uruguay (brands) March 2014: Fiat up to 2nd place

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Uruguay February 2015: Suzuki takes off, cements new leadership

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Alto K10 Chile February 2015. Picture courtesy topspeed.inSuzuki affirms itself as the new market leader in Uruguay.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 13% year-on-year in February to 3,972 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,930 units, down 10% on 2014. We are now witnessing a rare and momentous change of guard atop the Uruguyan brands ranking: Suzuki is the most popular manufacturer in the country for the 4th straight month, taking an extremely impressive 5 percentage point advantage over traditional leader Chevrolet in February. The Japanese brand sells 620 units for a 15.6% market share vs. 417 and 10.5% for Chevrolet, and cements its year-to-date lead at 14.6% share vs. 11.8%. Chevrolet had been leading Uruguay sales charts since at least 2010. Below, Volkswagen (9.1%) and Fiat (8.1%) are solid, while Chinese manufacturers drop below the 20% market share milestone at a still world-best 19.4%, placing 6 reps inside the Top 20: Chery (#8), BYD (#11), Lifan (#13), FAW (#14), Geely (#18) and Chana (#20).

Previous month: Uruguay January 2015: Suzuki snaps top spot again

Previous year: Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads, Suzuki up 50% to #2

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

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Uruguay January 2015: Suzuki snaps top spot again

February 19th, 2015 No comments

Maruti Alto K10 Uruguay January 2015. Picture courtesy of cartrade.comThe Suzuki Alto K10 is imported to Uruguay from India.

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Shy start of the year for new car sales in Uruguay, down 6% on January 2014 this month to 3,958 registrations. As it did over the last two months of 2014, Suzuki takes the lead of the brands ranking off Chevrolet thanks to 539 deliveries and 13.6% share vs. 521 and 13.2% for the American manufacturer. Volkswagen rounds up the podium at 10.2%, followed by Nissan and Renault, both overtaking Fiat compared to the FY2014 ranking. The particularity of the Uruguayan new car market is the impressive show of strength of Chinese carmakers, and this month is no exception: they add up to a massive 20.3% share and have no less than 8 reps in the Top 20 (vs. 6 in 2014): Chery (#8), FAW (#10), Lifan (#12), Geely (#15), BYD (#16), Great Wall (#18), Dongfeng (#19) and Chana (#20).

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January 25th, 2015 No comments
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Uruguay November 2014: Suzuki takes the lead

December 20th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Swift Uruguay November 2014. Picture courtesy of larevueautomobile.comSuzuki topples Chevrolet to become Uruguay’s most popular manufacturer this month.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down a steep 25% year-on-year in November to just 4,095 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 47,208 units, down 8% on 2013. The harsh declines of the past two months don’t reflect the real situation of the market though but a strike in the government office that has disrupted the reporting of sales.

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Suzuki takes advantage of discounts related to the celebration of the 35th anniversary of its presence in the country to take the lead of the manufacturers ranking with 566 sales and 13.8% market share, to be compared to the 8.9% it holds year-to-date (#4). Chevrolet (11.7%) is knocked down to second place while Volkswagen resists at #3 and 10.1% share. Renault is up two spots on October to #4 and Fiat down 4 to #6.

FAW N5 Uruguay November 2014. Picture courtesy of sysmaya.netFAW is the 10th best-selling brand in Uruguay in November.

Uruguay is one of the countries in the world where Chinese manufacturers have managed to win the most significant market share, #2 to only Bolivia. In November the Chinese hold 21.1% of the Uruguayan market vs. 21.3% year-to-date and 3 of them find their way inside the Top 10: Chery is up two ranks to #7 and 5.6% share, BYD is up one to #9 and 3.1% and FAW up 10 to #10 and 3%. Notice also Geely at #13, Great Wall at #17, Dongfeng at #20, Chana at #21, Lifan at #22 and JAC at #25. In total, 24 of the 55 brands having sold at least one vehicle in Uruguay so far in 2014 are Chinese.

Previous month: Uruguay October 2014: Chevrolet and Fiat back on top

One year ago: Uruguay Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

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Uruguay October 2014: Chevrolet and Fiat back on top

November 14th, 2014 No comments

Fiat Strada Uruguay October 2014. Picture courtesy of autowebargentina.com.arFiat Strada. 57% of Fiat sales in Uruguay this month are commercial vehicles.

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The Uruguayan new light vehicle market is down a harsh 25% year-on-year in October to just 4,124 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date total to 43,113 units, down 6% on 2013. Below Chevrolet improving its market share to 12.6% vs. 11.9% year-to-date thanks to 521 sales, Fiat and Volkswagen return to their traditional respective 2nd and third spot after two months of exceedingly good sales from Suzuki, now back down to #4. If Fiat is pushed by its commercial vehicle sales – mainly the Strada pickup – which account for 57% of its total, both Chevrolet (86%) and Volkswagen (67%) rely heavily on their passenger car sales. Nissan is solid at #5 and 7.8% share followed by Renault at 5.8% passing Hyundai at 5.1%. After falling to 20.6% share last month, Chinese manufacturers are back up to 21.4% in October vs. 22.7% in 2014 YTD and 23.3% in 2013. They are led by Chery (#8), BYD (#10), Geely (#12), Great Wall (#15), Lifan (#18), JMC (#19) and FAW (#20).

Previous month: Uruguay September 2014: BYD best-selling Chinese at #8

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

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Uruguay September 2014: BYD best-selling Chinese at #8

October 15th, 2014 1 comment

BYD New F3 Uruguay September 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.com.uyBYD New F3

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 3% year-on-year in September to 4.280 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 38,989 units, down 4% on 2013. Chevrolet keeps the lead of the brands ranking with 11.7% share but Suzuki is decidedly becoming more and more threatening as the months come by, managing a third straight month in 2nd place thanks to 477 sales and 11.1%, and for now still #4 year-to-date below Fiat and Volkswagen, kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively in September. Below Mitsubishi up 7 spots on its year-to-date ranking at #7, we have a very rare event in Uruguay: BYD overtakes Chery to become the country’s most popular Chinese manufacturer in 8th position thanks to 207 sales and 4.8% share vs. #14 and 2.4% for Chery, in fact also passed by Lifan at #11 and 2.8% share. Notice also BAIC (Beijing Auto) selling its first 32 units of the year in Uruguay this month at #23. All-in-all, Chinese brands account for 20.6% of the Uruguyan new car market in September vs. 22.8% year-to-date and 23.3% in 2013.

Previous month: Uruguay August 2014: Suzuki remains in 2nd place with 10.8%

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

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