Uruguay May 2016: Fiat up 154% to keep pole position

Fiat Uno Uruguay 2015Fiat sales go against the grain in Uruguay at +154% in May.

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The freefall continues for the Uruguayan new car market with May sales down another 15% year-to-date to 3.253 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 21% to 16.666 deliveries. Fiat is completely oblivious to the depressed context, improving by a whopping 154% year-on-year to hold onto the #1 spot for just two sales in May at 457 and 14% share vs. 455 for Volkswagen (-4%), also #2 year-to-date. Renault stays on the podium thanks to volumes up 15% while last year’s leader Suzuki tumbles down 57% to just 266 sales and Chevrolet is hit even harder at -60% to 183. Toyota doubles its May 2015 result to hit #8 while BYD (#11) , Geely (#12) and Lifan  (#13) lead Chinese carmakers on the whole down 36% in May and 40% so far this year due to the demise of Chery, down to a mere 3 sales this month.

Previous month: Uruguay April 2016: Fiat now #1 year-to-date, Lifan shines

One year ago: Uruguay May 2015: Suzuki cements leadership

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Uruguay April 2016: Fiat now #1 year-to-date, Lifan shines

Lifan 330 Uruguay April 2016Lifan 330 – Lifan sales are up 42% year-on-year in Uruguay in April. 

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Hellish figures continue to pop up month after month in Uruguay with April volumes down another 22% year-on-year to just 3.339 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 23% to 13.403 units. One manufacturer goes completely against the grain this month in Uruguay and it’s Fiat, up an incredible 76% on April 2016 to 455 units and 13.6% share and by the same token taking the lead year-to-date of the very first time thanks to sales up 57% to 1.589. The Italian manufacturer now distances Suzuki at 1.533 (-39%), Chevrolet at 1.362 (-26%) and Volkswagen at 1.345 (-24%) whereas these three carmakers all outsold Fiat last year. Renault (+29%) is also pulling very good numbers this year, up 5% year-to-date. Notice also Peugeot up 34% to #6 and Lifan up a spectacular 42% in 7th place, now by far the best-selling Chinese manufacturer in Uruguay.

Previous month: Uruguay March 2016: Fiat shoots up to #1 in market down 19%

One year ago: Uruguay April 2015: Suzuki and Volkswagen on top

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Uruguay March 2016: Fiat shoots up to #1 in market down 19%

Fiat Uno Uruguay 2015Fiat is the #1 brand in Uruguay in March.

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The Uruguayan new car market is stuck in hell in this start of 2016: March sales are down another 19% year-on-year to 3.921 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 20% to 10.236 units after three months. Fiat compensates for a particularly weak February volume (61 sales) by delivering 680 units in March of 17.3% share, up 233% on March 2015. That is not enough however to snap the year-to-date pole position off Suzuki, still leader with 1.194 sales and 11.7% despite sales down 39% on the same period last yea. Fiat is up 50% to 1.134 units and 11.1%, just above Chevrolet at 1.130 and 11% (-21%). Renault manages to gain ground in 4th place (+2%), as do Lifan (+85%), Geely (+60%), Honda (+119%) and JAC (+116%) in the Top 20. Despite these great performances by three of its reps, Chinese carmakers are down 36% in March to 629 sales of 16% share vs. 20.3% a year ago.

Previous month: Uruguay January-February 2016: Suzuki holds fort, market down 23%

One year ago: Uruguay March 2015: Suzuki and Chery post robust results

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Uruguay January-February 2016: Suzuki holds fort, market down 23%

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay February 2016Suzuki is #1 in Uruguay so far in 2016

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The Uruguayan new car market is in great difficulty in this start of 2016 with January sales down 21% to 3.225 units and February deliveries down 27% to 2.908, pulling the year-to-date total down 23% to 6.133. Suzuki holds onto the #1 spot it acquired for the first time last year at 12.3% share over the first two months of the year but drops to #2 below Chevrolet in February. Volkswagen (-6%) ties for 2nd place with the American manufacturer so far this year. Nissan and Renault are in positive in February, Chery (#7) returns to the top of the ranking with 5.6% share that month but was outsold by Geely in January, with BYD (#10), FAW (#15), Great Wall (#17), Dongfeng (#19) and JAC the other Chinese in the February Top 20. Chinese brands hold 17.4% of the Uruguyan market so far in 2016, in decline over the same period in 2015 when they commended a 20% share.

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2015: Suzuki takes charge in market down 8%

One year ago (Jan): Uruguay January 2015: Suzuki snaps top spot again

One year ago (Feb): Uruguay February 2015: Suzuki takes off, cements new leadership

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Uruguay Full Year 2015: Suzuki takes charge in market down 8%

Suzuki Alto K10 Uruguay 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe best-seller Alto pushes Suzuki to its first annual pole position in Uruguay.

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Despite sales up 2% to the strongest month of the year in December (5.370), the Uruguayan new car market is down for the second straight year in 2015 at -8% to just 49.420 registrations, falling back below the 50.00 annual unit-mark for the first time since 2010. Yet 2015 is a historic year in Uruguay it marks the first-ever crowning of Suzuki in the brands ranking thanks to sales up a spectacular 40% to 6.928 units and 14% share vs. 9.2% a year ago. Let me also stress that Suzuki sold a lonely 22 units in Uruguay just 10 years ago in 2005… Models data will follow shortly but halfway through 2015 Suzuki placed the Celerio at #1 and Alto at #2 in the sales charts. Perennial market leader Chevrolet (-12%) falls not just to #2 but to #3, also overtaken by Volkswagen (+20%)… Renault (+4%) outpaces Nissan (-15%) while Kia is up a spectacular 8 spots to #9 thanks to volumes up 71%.

Lifan X50 Uruguay 2015Lifan has already launched the X50 in Uruguay.

The Chinese, traditionally very strong in Uruguay, are hurt by leader Chery (-45%) not disclosing its sales for four of the last five months of the year and therefore falling behind BYD which stays #10 but drops 31%. Lifan on the other hand is up a flamboyant 41% to #14, knocking FAW (-31%) and Geely (-33%) over. Dongfeng (-11%) makes it six Chinese manufacturers in the Top 20, and overall they add up to 16.6% share vs. 21.8% in 2014.

Fiat Uno Uruguay 2015The Fiat Uno lands at #2 in Uruguay in 2015.

Thanks to www.autodata.com.uy and www.autoanuario.com.uy, we can now share with you the 12 most popular nameplates in Uruguay for the Full Year 2015 as well as the Top 10 commercials for the same period, a first on BSCBThe Suzuki Celerio (2014 leader) is down to #3, giving way to its smaller counterpart the Suzuki Alto at 2.557 sales and 5.2% share, while the Fiat Uno lands directly in 2nd place with 1.935 deliveries. The Saveiro is Volkswagen’s best-seller in the country at #4 above the Gol (#5) and Up (#7) and there are no Chinese nameplates in the Top 10 this year with the Chery QQ falling 41% to #11.

Previous post: Uruguay November 2015: Fiat up 80% to 2nd place below Suzuki

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

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

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

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Uruguay November 2015: Fiat up 80% to 2nd place below Suzuki

Fiat Nuevo Uno Way Uruguay November 2015Fiat Nuevo Uno Way

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No signs of improvement for new car sales in Uruguay, down another 12% year-on-year in November to 3.645 registrations, still slightly handicapped by Chery not publishing data. This score pulls the year-to-date total down 7% to 43.937 units. Suzuki follows the market at -11% to 13.8% share and celebrates one full year (12 consecutive months) in the Uruguayan pole position: the Japanese carmaker became #1 for the first time here in November 2014 and never looked back. Fiat on the other hand is up a whopping 81% to 12.3% share, potentially thanks to the arrival of the Nuevo Uno Way (pictured above) and very far above its 8% year-to-date level. Volkswagen (-8%), Chevrolet (-29%) and Nissan (-39%) lose ground, but Renault (+10%), Kia (+89%), Peugeot (+35%) and BYD (+9%) impress.

Previous month: Uruguay October 2015: Suzuki up 70% in market down 8

One year ago: Uruguay November 2014: Suzuki takes the lead

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Uruguay October 2015: Suzuki up 70% in market down 8

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay September 2015The Celerio continues to help Suzuki to the top of the Uruguayan market.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 8% year-on-year in October to 3.917 units, however this month the fall is accentuaed by the fact Chery did not communicate its sales figures for October. With Chery, the market should fall by just 5%. Year-to-date the picture is similar with sales down 7% to 40.292 units. Suzuki (+70%) and Volkswagen (+52%) defy the odds with spectacular year-on-year gains in a lukewarm market. Fiat is also up this month (+13%) but falls hard year-to-date (-24%), while Chevrolet and Nissan implode, both down 37%.

Previous month: Uruguay September 2015: Suzuki, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

One year ago: Uruguay October 2014: Chevrolet and Fiat back on top

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Uruguay September 2015: Suzuki, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay September 2015Suzuki continues to lead the Uruguayan market, notably thanks to the Celerio.

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Nothing good coming from Uruguay this month: new car sales are down a harsh 15.5% year-on-year to 3.727 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 36.286 units, down 7% on 2014. Suzuki continues to dominate with 14.3% share, distancing Volkswagen (12.3%) and Fiat (10.1%) once again above Chevrolet (8.2%). Hyundai (+1 spot), Chery (+2%) and Kia (+5) progress and Chinese manufacturers account for a whopping 15.2% of the market, in line with the 15.7% they hold year-to-date and one of their highest share in the world.

Previous month: Uruguay August 2015: Suzuki leads, Fiat up to 11% share

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

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Uruguay August 2015: Suzuki leads, Fiat up to 11% share

Fiat Uno Way Uruguay August 2015. Picture courtesy carplace.uol.com.brFiat is up to third place overall in Uruguay in August.

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The Uruguayan new car market is stuck in recession with sales down 15% year-on-year in August to 3.584 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 32.653 units, down 6% on 2014. Suzuki confirms it is the new uncontested leader in the country with another strong month at 14.5% market share, distancing Volkswagen at 11.7% while Fiat is up one spot thanks to a very vigorous 392 units and 10.9% share. Chevrolet, #1 only last year, drops under 10% of the market to a paltry fourth position. Citroen jumps 5 spots on July to #9 with 4.2% vs. 2.3% so far this year and Geely is back up 10 ranks to #13. As a whole, Chinese carmakers hold 16% of the Uruguayan market in August as well as year-to-date.

Previous month: Uruguay July 2015: Suzuki holds strong in pole position

One year ago: Uruguay August 2014: Suzuki remains in 2nd place with 10.8%

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Uruguay July 2015: Suzuki holds strong in pole position

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay 2014Suzuki is the new king of the Uruguayan market.

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No improvement in sight for the new car sales in Uruguay, down 14% year-on-year in July to 3.816 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 29.033 units, down 5% on 2014. Suzuki remains the most popular choice in Uruguay with 584 sales and 15.3% above Volkswagen at 542 units and 14.2% while Chevrolet slips down further in third place at just 401 deliveries and 10.5%. Fiat stays at #4 with a market share two percentage points above its year-to-date level at 8.2%, Chery is back up 7 spots to #8 and 4.7%, leading the Chinese charge above BYD (#12), FAW (#15), Lifan (#16), Great Wall (#17) and Dongfeng (#18). Overall, Chinese manufacturers hold 15% of the Uruguayan market in July vs. 17.6% year-to-date.

Previous post: Uruguay 1st Half 2015: Suzuki Celerio and Alto on top

Previous month: Uruguay June 2015: Suzuki leads, VW overtakes Chevrolet year-to-date

One year ago: Uruguay July 2014: Suzuki #2, only 4 units below Chevrolet

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