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Venezuela February 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer & Toyota Corolla survive

March 11th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Venezuela February 2015The new generation Corolla hasn’t reached Venezuelan shores yet.

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Granted, the Venezuelan new car market is up a seemingly impressive 60% year-on-year in February, but this was an extremely low base and at just 1,304 registrations, new car sales in the country are down 84% on February 2013 which is a more realistic benchmark. Only 3 manufacturers manage to sell over 100 units this month: Mitsubishi (552), Toyota (493) and Chevrolet (114) with the Mitsubishi Lancer (225) and Toyota Corolla (213), both previous generations no longer available in the vast majority of worldwide markets, the only nameplates above 200 deliveries. The nightmare continues for Venezuela.

Previous month: Venezuela January 2015: Market at standstill again with 683 sales

One year ago: Venezuela February 2014: Mitsubishi Lancer #1 in market down 90%

Full February 2015 Top 10 All-brands and Top 30 All-models below.

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Venezuela January 2015: Market at standstill again with 683 sales

February 8th, 2015 No comments

Mitsubishi Lancer Venezuela January 2015The 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is the best-selling vehicle in Venezuela this month.

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Hopes that the Venezuelan new car market had turned the corner when 5,274 new vehicles were registered in December are squashed in January with only 683 units finding a new home. In this shrunk environment, only Mitsubishi with a gargantuan 45.3% market share, Ford (22.3%) and Toyota (19%) have managed to maintain somewhat of an activity. The previous generation Mitsubishi Lancer is the most popular nameplate in the country this month with a meagre 177 sales above the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Canter, Ford Explorer and Ecosport.

Previous post: Venezuela Full Year 2014: ZNA Rich up to #1 in market down 76%

One year ago: Venezuela January 2014: Mitsubishi and Toyota sole survivors in devastated market

Full January 2015 Top 8 brands and Top 22 models below.

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Venezuela Full Year 2014: ZNA Rich up to #1 in market down 76%

January 15th, 2015 No comments

Dongfeng Rich Venezuela 2014Civetchi Pickup aka ZNA Dongfeng Rich

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Unstable political climate and the ensuing economic recession have combined to make 2014 an annus horribilus for new car sales in Venezuela: down an abysmal 76% to just 23,707 registrations. Half the manufacturers present in the country even closed shop for months on end this year as selling new cars was a thing of the past. A dramatic situation that seems to have turned the corner in December with sales up year-on-year for the first time in 20 months, giving carmakers some hope for 2015. In this devastated context, only a handful of manufacturers (5) manage to sell over 1,000 units in the year: Chevrolet only owes its pole position to December sales which accounted for 45% of its annual tally of 5,810 units, commending 24.5% of the market but down faster at -81%.

Ford (-65%) follows at 20% vs. 13.9% in 2013, ahead of Mitsubishi (-67%) improving its market share to 15.7%, Chinese importer Civetchi (-62%) up to 14.2% vs. 8.9% the year before and Toyota (-71%) at 14%. Mercedes is down ‘just’ 27% and jumps from #16 to #10 while Audi is up to #12 but with just 16 units sold. Kia sold 5 cars, Fiat one, Mazda, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Nissan, Citroen and Renault sold none.

Giant earthquake atop the models ranking: the ZNA/Dongfeng Rich, sold as the Civetchi Pickup locally and none other than a 1997 Nissan Navara, is up 87% and 19 spots to leap into pole position with 3,181 sales and 13.4% share. Even more impressive: it took the year-to-date lead in May and has never been threatened since, finishing the year with a 1,400-sale advantage over all other nameplates in the market place. This coming of age is in fact a logical progression for Chinese importer Civetchi after the Dongfeng S30 took the year-to-date lead here in February 2013 on the back of leading the market for 3 consecutive months. This makes Venezuela one of only a couple of countries with a Chinese model at #1 along with China, Ukraine (Geely Emgrand 7 as at end-June 2014) and North Korea.

Previous month: Venezuela November 2014: Ford F-350 shoots up to #1

One year ago: Venezuela Full Year 2013: Chevrolet Aveo and Mitsubishi Lancer on top

Two years ago: Venezuela Full Year 2012: Chevrolet Aveo leads, Cruze up to #3

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Venezuela November 2014: Ford F-350 shoots up to #1

December 8th, 2014 No comments

Ford F-350 Venezuela November 2013Ford F-350

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The Venezuelan new vehicle market is very slowly crawling back to a better place: up 26% on last month to a still very timid 2,793 registrations, down 53% on November 2013. The year-to-date total now stands at 18,433 units, down 81% on 2013. Ford reclaims the brand leadership it holds year-to-date thanks to 767 sales and a very strong 27.5% market share, partly due to a Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup in exceptional shape at 331 deliveries and 11.9% share. General Motors follows closely at 25.9%, with Toyota (19.3%), Chrysler (9.7%) and Chinese importer Civetchi (6.4%) rounding up the Top 5. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla is also strong at #2 and 10.6% share as is the Jeep Cherokee at #3 and 9.3% and the Chevrolet C-3500 pickup at #4 and 9.2%. The Civetchi Pick-up (aka Dongfeng Utah) keeps the year-to-date lead at 3,063 units and 16.6% but is down to #9 and 4.3% this month.

Previous month: Venezuela October 2014: Dodge Forza up to 2nd place

One year ago: Venezuela November 2013: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport inside Top 10

Full November 2014 Top 10 brands and Top 30 models Ranking Tables below.

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Venezuela October 2014: Dodge Forza up to 2nd place

November 8th, 2014 No comments

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The Venezuelan new car market is slowly shaking itself off from its torpor, down another 72% year-on-year in October but doubling its June volume at 2.221 deliveries. The year-to-date total after 10 months stands at 15,640 units, down 83% on 2013. Toyota takes the lead of the manufacturers ranking with 26.6% share above Ford at 23.3%, Chrysler returning to market at 19.5% and Chinese importer Civetchi at 13.1%. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla remains in pole position thanks to 348 sales and 15.8% share, the Dodge Forza – a locally-assembled rebadged previous generation Fiat Siena – lands back directly at #2 with 235 units and 10.6%, its highest ranking in Venezuela (previous best: #3 in December 2013 and April 2014). The Civetchi Pickup – aka Dongfeng Utah – rounds up the podium just under 10% share and cements its year-to-date leadership at 2,947 sales and 18.8% share vs. 1,385 and 8.9% for the #2, the Mitsubishi Lancer knocked down to #17 this month.

Previous month: Venezuela September 2014: Ford Ecosport lands at #5 in market down 75%

One year ago: Venezuela October 2013: Chevrolet Aveo at 20%, Dodge Forza up to 5th place

Full October 2014 Top 28 models and Top 8 manufacturers Ranking Tables below.

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Venezuela September 2014: Ford Ecosport lands at #5 in market down 75%

October 10th, 2014 1 comment

Ford Ecosport Venezuela September 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comFord Ecosport (UAE model pictured)

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New car sales in Venezuela are still knocked out at -75% year-on-year in September to just 1,917 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 13,419 units, down an abysmal 86% on 2013. Ford (39.1% share) and Toyota (27.1%) are the only manufacturers selling in significant figures, accounting for two-thirds of the market in September. The Toyota Corolla takes the leads of the models ranking thanks to 304 sales and 15.9% ahead of the Ford Explorer at 10.2% while the Civetchi Pickpup (aka Dongfeng Utah) is down two spots to #3 but remains #1 year-to-date at 2,728 sales and 20.8% share. An extremely rare event in the current depressed context, we welcome a newcomer in the ranking this month: the Ford Ecosport lands directly in 5th position thanks to 140 sales and 7.3% market share, a very encouraging debut.

Previous month: Venezuela August 2014: No improvement in market down 80%

One year ago: Venezuela September 2013: Mitsubishi Lancer holds onto #1 spot

Full September 2014 Top 28 All-models and Top 10 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Venezuela August 2014: No improvement in market down 80%

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Venezuela August 2014The Mitsubishi Montero Sport holds 9% of the Venezuelan market in August.

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Another depressing month for new car sales in Venezuela, down 80% year-on-year to 1,681 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 11,502 units, down 84% on 2013, all this due to the political and social trouble that is affecting the country at the moment. Toyota emerges as the most popular brand this month with 25% share ahead of Ford at 22.1%, Civetchi (the local brand for Dongfeng) at 20.5%, General Motors at 16.3% and Mitsubishi at 14.4%, the 5 above manufacturer being pretty much the only ones to have kept doing business over the period in the country. The Civetchi Pick-up (aka Dongfeng Utah) is the best-selling model in Venezuela in August at 20.3% share ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 13.9%, Mitsubishi Montero Sport at 9% and Ford F250 at 7.1%.

Previous month: Venezuela July 2014: Chevrolet Silverado #2 in market down 82%

One year ago: Venezuela August 2013: Chevrolet Cruze and Orlando break records

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Venezuela July 2014: Chevrolet Silverado #2 in market down 82%

August 8th, 2014 1 comment

Chevrolet Silverado Venezuela July 2014The 2014 Chevy Silverado is yet to reach Venezuela.

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In July the Venezuelan new car market is up an encouraging 46% on June but still down a devastating 82% year-on-year to just 1,585 registrations. We can see a couple of manufacturers starting to come back to life: General Motors is up 418% on June to top the sales charts with 451 units and 28.5% share, overtaking Civetchi (aka Dongfeng) at 410 units and 25.9% – all of them the pick-up which remains on top of the models ranking both for July and year-to-date. Toyota for its part is up 400% on last month to third place overall with 310 sales and 19.6% and Mitsubishi and Ford are both at 229 and 162 units respectively, holding 14.4% and 10.2% of the market. As that’s pretty much it as far as manufacturer still in activity in Venezuela in these troubled times. Model-wise, notice the Chevrolet Silverado up to #2 with 15.1% share while its commercial vehicle variant the C3500 is third at 9.1%, adding up to 24.2% which would earn the model the pole position above the Civetchi Pick-up. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Toyota Corolla and Fortuner are the only other nameplates to sell more than 100 units in Venezuela this month.

Previous month: Venezuela June 2014: Civetchi Pick-up holds almost 50% of market down 86%

One year ago: Venezuela July 2013: Chevrolet Orlando up to best-ever #5

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Venezuela June 2014: Civetchi Pickup holds almost 50% of market down 86%

July 10th, 2014 No comments

Civetchi Pick-up Venezuela June 2014Civetchi Pickup

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No sign of improvement for new car sales in Venezuela, still running on empty at just 1,089 registrations in June, a 86% year-on-year drop. The year-to-date total now stands at 8,236 units, also down 86% on 2013. Civetchi (the local distributor for Chinese brands including Dongfeng), Mitsubishi and Ford are the only brands selling over 100 units this month with the Civetchi Pickup holding almost half of the entire market (46% share)… The Mitsubishi Montero Sport follows at 12.2% share while the Mitsubishi Canter rounds up the podium at 5.4%. Only 32 nameplates found a buyer this month in Venezuela including 17 lodging less than 10 sales.

Previous month: Venezuela May 2014: Civetchi Pick-up #1 again in market down 76%

One year ago: Venezuela June 2013: Mitsubishi Lancer #1, Dodge Forza #4!

Full June 2014 Top 30 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Venezuela May 2014: Civetchi Pick-up #1 again in market down 76%

June 11th, 2014 No comments

Civetchi Pick-up Venezuela May 2014Civetchi Pick-up aka Dongfeng Utah

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The Venezuelan new car market is still stuck in a hole: down 76% year-on-year in May to just 2,637 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 7,147 units, down a horrendous 86% on 2013. As it is the case in Ukraine, in this chaos Chinese carmakers seem to be holding better. The Civetchi Pick-up (aka Dongfeng Utah) remains the most popular vehicle in the country for the 2nd month running with 448 sales and 17% market share, earning it the top spot year-to-date as well at 1,300 units and 18.2%, passing the Mitsubishi Lancer at 1,226 and 17.2%. The Ford Explorer (11.1%), Chevrolet C3500 (10.7%) and Ford F350 (10.2%) also command extravagant market shares.

Previous month: Venezuela April 2014: Civetchi Pick-up leads market down 90%

One year ago: Venezuela May 2013: Chevrolet Orlando shoots up to #7

Full May 2014 Top 20 models and Top 9 brands Ranking Tables below.

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