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World Full Year 2014: Discover all the #1 models in 167 countries

May 21st, 2015 No comments

The Toyota Hilux is #1 in an estimated 43 countries in 2014 (2015 model pictured).

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Today the new generation Toyota Hilux was unveiled simultaneously in Thailand and Australia. What better day then to recap on all the #1 best-sellers in 167 countries around the planet, a list topped once again by the Toyota Hilux in 2014 with a record-breaking estimated 42 pole positions worldwide. This list is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find it anywhere elseTo refresh your memory you can see the 2013 Report hereNote this is not a reflection of the highest worldwide sales volumes which will be the object of another report very shortly, only how many countries a specific model ranked #1 in. If no FY2014 data is available, the most recent data is used, and for about 60 countries (mostly in Africa) the #1 spot is estimated based on thorough observations of the streets of those countries via local BSCB contacts and/or recent YouTube videos.

Toyota Corolla Singapore 2014The Toyota Corolla tops 14 countries in 2014, like in 2013.

Toyota places 9 different nameplates in pole position in at least one country in 2014, compared to 11 in 2013 and 10 in 2012. This also means 77 countries in the world have a Toyota as their best-selling nameplates, nearly half of all markets in the world. As it has now been the case for over a decade, the Toyota Hilux is by far the most popular nameplate in the world in terms of countries where it ranks #1: an incredible 43 this year compared to 35 in 2013 and 31 in 2012. However 31 out of these 43 countries are in Africa where the volumes are still extremely low. Most significantly, as African data becomes more readily available, we now have a total of 13 countries where the Hilux is confirmed #1 with official data vs. only 8 last year – notable additions are El Salvador, Iraq, Malawi and Uganda.

Skoda Octavia World 2014. Picture courtesy autobild.deMost improved: the Skoda Octavia at 10 pole positions.

Like in 2013, the Toyota Corolla comes in second place at a stable 14 countries, including 8 confirmed (vs. 4 in 2013). It is followed by the VW Golf losing one country to 12, all in Europe and including 9 confirmed. This is a milestone as up until 2013 the VW Golf had the most officially confirmed #1 countries (10 vs. 8 for the Hilux) but this year the Hilux is ahead as far as confirmed countries are concerned (13). The ‘most improved’ award for 2014 goes to the Skoda Octavia landing in 4the place overall with 10 countries (9 confirmed – as many as the VW Golf), whereas it only topped 5 in 2013. The Toyota Land Cruiser adds one to 7, and the Dacia Logan and Prado both manage four pole positions each.

Dongfeng Rich World 2014The Dongfeng Rich (2015 model pictured) is the only Chinese nameplate to officially top an overseas market in 2014.

We welcome a dozen new nameplates in the list of worldwide top rankers, most notably the Peugeot Pars/405 jumping to #1 in Iran despite its valiant 27 years of activity, the Daihatsu Tanto outselling the Toyota Aqua to claim the #1 spot in Japan, the Chevrolet D-Max snapping up the Egyptian pole position and its Isuzu twin the KB doing the same in Zimbabwe, the Mini reclaiming the Monaco throne it last held in 2012, the Fiat Palio crowned for the very first time in Brazil, the Nissan Qashqai in Cyprus, Suzuki Super Carry in Myanmar, Seat Leon at home in Spain in a change of guard with the smaller Ibiza and, last but not least, the Dongfeng Rich becoming the first and only Chinese nameplate to officially top an overseas market in 2014: Venezuela. The other two are unofficial: the Geely CK in Cuba and the Hawtai Lusheng E70 in North Korea.

Previous year: World Full Year 2013: Discover the #1 models in 160 countries

Two years ago: World Full Year 2012: All the #1 in 170 countries

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First Quarter 2015 updates for the Top 12 markets in the world

May 4th, 2015 No comments
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World 1st quarter 2015: Toyota keeps worldwide crown, just

April 25th, 2015 No comments

Toyota LevinToyota unveiled the Levin HEV at Auto Shanghai this week.

According to Bloomberg and Automotive News, Toyota was still the largest carmaker in the world during the first 3 months of 2015 in spite of sales down 2.5% year-on-year to 2.52 million vehicles. Reversely both VW Group (2.49 million) and General Motors (2.42 million) saw deliveries improve over the period. This means the Top 3 carmakers in the world all fit within a mere 100,000 units at this stage and confirms the race to the top of the sales charts will be intense all the way through 2015. Volkswagen now expects to grow at a slower pace during the remainder of the year however, due to stagnant sales in China where it missed the budget SUV craze. Toyota for its part is counterbalancing declining sales at home in Japan by ending a 3 year-expansion freeze, green lighting new factories in China and Mexico that will add 300,000 annual units of capacity.

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Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

March 26th, 2015 No comments

Tehran IranIran is the best performing market in the Top 50 this year. Photo © Ricardo Fernandez

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Thanks to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), I can share with you the overall Full Year 2014 sales figures for 144 countries/markets in the world. Below the jump you will find the Top 50 biggest markets in the world, however please note – as it was the case last year – this ranking classifies countries based on their overall vehicle sales. That’s Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, including Light, Medium and Heavy ones, putting all countries on a level-playing field, as some countries traditionally report monthly PC car sales only and other overall sales. The files released by the OICA (and linked to below) also feature Passenger Cars only and Commercial Vehicles only figures so you can see the split.

Beijing ChinaChina hits 23.5 million units in 2014, an all-time record for any single country.

For the 5th consecutive year, worldwide new vehicle sales hit an all-time record: up 3.2% on 2013 to 88.164.642 units. Previous all-time bests were 75.06 million (in 2010), 78.20 million (2011), 82.20 million (2012) and 85.47 million (2013), keeping worldwide sales on track to hit 90 million in 2015 and 100 million in 2017 potentially. Already the dominant region in the world, Asia/Oceania/Middle East is getting closer to accounting for half of worldwide new vehicle sales thanks to sales are up 5.1% to reach 42.65 million or 48% of the worldwide marketplace. Africa is the 2nd most dynamic region with sales up 3.3% to 1.56 million, America is up 1.8% to 25.48 million (NAFTA up 6.1% contrasting Central & South America down a harsh 11.1%), and finally Europe is up just 0.8% to 18.48 million, the region’s first year of growth since 2011.

London UKThe UK is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10. Photo © Matthew Roberts

Looking into the ranking by country, China continues to reign supreme, exploring new heights for any single market in the history of automobile: thanks to sales up 7% (still a very dynamic growth rate despite a lot of pessimistic analysts), China hits 23.5 million units and is still on track to reach 25 million this year. The USA impress with +6% to 16.8 million units and should in all likelihood get back above 17 million units for the first time since 2006 this year. Japan increases by 3% in third place (5.56 million) but Brazil (-7%), India (-2%) and most strikingly Russia (-15%) all lose ground in the Top 10. The UK continues to show insolent health: it is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10 in 2014 at +10% to 2.84 million units.

Halong Bay VietnamVietnam new vehicle sales are up a fantastic 38% in 2014. Photo © Badz Manaois

Rounding up the Top 10 is Canada with a record 1.89 million units, but the most significant breakout in 2014 is the return to shape of Iran: back up a spectacular 60% year-on-year to 1.29 million sales at #13 vs. 0.8 million and #20 in 2013. The record to beat for Iran is 1.69 million units in 2011. Other notable improvements – following the ranking order – include South Korea (+12%), Spain (+20%), Saudi Arabia (+10% to a record 833,711 sales), Egypt (+18%), Philippines (+27%), Czech Republic (+16%), Portugal (+36%) and Vietnam (+38%). At the other end of the scale, a few countries fall flat in 2014: the hardest hit at the top is Ukraine (-55%) leaving the Top 50, followed by Argentina (-36%) and Thailand (-33%).

Previous year (All data): World Full Year 2013: Total sales now available for 143 countries

Previous year (Top 20): World Full Year 2013 – The 20 biggest cars markets

Full Year 2014 Top 50 biggest car markets and data for 144 countries below.

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Historical Data available for 100 markets

March 18th, 2015 3 comments

The Wartburg 353 was among the best-sellers in East Germany in the sixties.

Best Selling Cars Blog now covers detailed Historical Data for a round 100 markets.

Highlights include France since 1894Germany for each year since 1946UK for each year since 1965, Sweden since 1950Brazil since 1954 and Norway and Italy since 1956. The next batch of updates will include complete USA data all the way up to the 1920s, complete France data since 1950, and much more.

Below you will find direct links for you to explore all Historical Data available for the countries listed.

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Algeria since 2004

Argentina since 1965

Australia since 1948

Austria since 1977

Bahrain since 2005

Belarus since 1970

Belgium since 1989

Bosnia & Herzegovina since 2008

Botswana since 1985

Brazil since 1954

The VW Beetle was #1 in Germany from 1946 to 1973.

Bulgaria since 1980

California (USA) since 2011

Canada since 1984

Chile since 2004

China since 1980

Colombia since 1990

Croatia since 2003

Cyprus since 2005

Czechoslovakia 1969-1993

Czech Republic since 1993

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

Denmark since 1992

Dominican Republic since 2005

Ecuador since 2006

Egypt since 2005

England (UK) since 2013

Estonia since 1970

Europe since 1972

Europe (Central & Eastern) since 2002

Finland since 1971

France since 1894

The Moskvitsh Elite was #6 in Finland in 1971

Germany since 1946

Greece since 1932

Gulf Cooperation Council since 2005

Hong Kong (China) since 2010

Hungary since 1998

Iceland since 2001

India since 1950

Indonesia since 1976

Ireland since 1974

The Hindustan Ambassador is likely to have been #1 in India from 1950 to 1984

Iran since 1967

Israel since 2005

Italy since 1956

Japan since 1969

Kazakhstan since 1970

Kenya since 1997

Kuwait since 2005

Latvia since 1970

Lithuania since 1970

Luxembourg since 2001

The Ford Model T was #1 in the US (and the world) potentially from 1910 to 1926

Macedonia (Rep of) since 2007

Malawi since 2013

Malaysia since 2000

Mauritius since 2011

Mexico since 2003

Moldova since 1970

Monaco since 2011

Morocco since 2004

Netherlands since 1982

New Caledonia (France) since 2003

The Saab 96 was #2 in Sweden from 1966 to 1970

New Zealand since 2000

Northern Ireland (UK) since 2011

Norway since 1956

Oman since 2005

Pakistan since 1995

Paraguay since 2011

Peru since 2005

Philippines since 1995

Poland since 1992

Portugal since 1989

The Lada 2101-3 was #1 car in USSR in the seventies

Puerto Rico (USA) since 1990

Qatar since 2005

Romania since 1969

Russia/USSR since 1970

Saudi Arabia since 2005

Scotland (UK) since 2008

Serbia since 2007

Singapore since 2006

Slovakia since 1993

Slovenia since 2003

The Chevrolet Chevette was the last Passenger Car to dominate the US ranking – in 1981.

South Africa since 1973

South Korea since 1997

Spain since 1973 

Sweden since 1950

Switzerland since 1970

Taiwan since 2005

Tanzania since 2009

Thailand since 2004

Tunisia since 2010

Turkey since 1993

The Austin Mini ranked within the UK Top 10 up until 1981

Uganda since 2013

UK since 1965

Ukraine since 1970

United Arab Emirates since 2005

Uruguay since 2010

USA since 1908

Venezuela since 1997

Vietnam since 2003

Wales (UK) since 2013

World since 1960

Zimbabwe since 1958

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World January 2015: Audi and Mercedes overtake BMW in luxury sales

February 11th, 2015 No comments

Audi S3 January 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comAudi S3

Audi and Mercedes managed a coup for the first month of 2015, both overtaking BMW, the traditional luxury sales leader, worldwide. Thanks to sales up 10% year-on-year, Audi takes the lead of luxury brands with 137,700 sales worldwide, followed by the Mercedes brand at 125,865 deliveries (up 14%) and BMW at 124,561 units (+6%).

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World Full Year 2014: Toyota still #1, BMW leads luxury sales

January 23rd, 2015 1 comment

Toyota Tundra TRD. Picture courtesy of autotrader.comToyota sold 10 million vehicle worldwide for the first time this year.

Toyota keeps worldwide crown

Toyota Motor Corp. remained the the world’s biggest automaker in 2014 with sales up 3% to break the 10 million vehicles mark for the first time in the carmaker’s history at 10.23 million units, including its Daihatsu minicar subsidiary and Hino truckmaking affiliate. This was just enough to keep the worldwide pole position ahead of German rival Volkswagen Group, up 3% to 10.15 million sales and also above 10 million annual vehicles for the first time in its history. This is also the first time any carmaker sells more than 10 million vehicles in a single year, and a third automaker nearly crossed that symbolic barrier this year: in third position like in 2013, General Motors Co. saw its volume rise 2% to 9.92 million vehicles.

VW Passat Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new Passat will keep Volkswagen sales strong in Europe in 2015.

Toyota Motor Corp. thus keeps the lead for the third consecutive year after losing its crown in 2011 due to production constraints linked with the Asian natural disasters that year. General Motors previously held the worldwide pole position from 1931 to 2007, with Toyota taking over from 2008-2010. But Toyota’s lead may be at an end in 2015, with the Japanese giant forecasting sales to drop 1% to 10.15 million on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets. This should be sufficient for Volkswagen Group become the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer by the time 2015 comes to an end.

Chevrolet Colorado USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGeneral Motors stopped just short off selling 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2014.

The Volkswagen Group performance is all the more impressive when considering CEO Martin Winterkorn had been pursuing growth as part of a plan for the German automaker to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018, aiming at worldwide sales of 10 million units by then. VW is 4 full years ahead of schedule, such a rare performance in the chest-beating world of automobile.

World Full Year 2014 – manufacturers:

Pos Brand 2014 /13 2013 /12 2012
1 Toyota 10.23m 3% 9.98m 3% 9.69m
2 Volkswagen 10.14m 4% 9.73m 5% 9.27m
3 General Motors 9.92m 2% 9.71m 4% 9.34m

BMW M3 World 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comBMW has now been the world’s most popular luxury brand for 10 years in a row.

BMW still luxury leader in record year

In the luxury sales race, BMW outsold both Audi and Mercedes-Benz in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage. Deliveries by BMW’s core brand jumped 10% on 2013 to a record 1.81 million units, helped by strong demand in China and the United States. BMW group sales including BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini vehicles rose 8% to 2.11 million vehicles. Audi improved even faster with worldwide sales up 11% to 1.74 million cars, while Mercedes brand sales increased by yet another more dynamic 13% to 1.65 million units, with Daimler sales (including Smart) up 11% to 1.74 million cars.

Audi Prologue Concept. Picture courtesy motortrend.comAudi Prologue Concept

Some analysts said Analysts said BMW, Audi and Mercedes may keep growing sales further this year but pointed to signs of slowing momentum in North America and China. I disagree. These 3 carmakers are among the most prolific in terms of new product launches and some new or redesigned high sellers will keep the momentum going for all of them: the C-Class will reach cruise level, the A4 will be renewed and the 2 Series Active Tourer will be a hit in Europe.

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Full Year 2014 Reports: 104 markets now available

January 13th, 2015 No comments

2. Ford F-250 GallupThe Ford F-Series lodges its 33rd consecutive winning year in the US in 2014.

See last year’s Full Year 2013 Reports for 107 markets here

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2014 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. This list will be updated as new Reports get published.

World updates:

World Full Year 2014: Toyota still #1, BMW leads luxury sales

World Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

Big 3 world markets:

China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

USA Full Year 2014: Podium 100% pickup trucks for the first time in 11 years

USA Full Year 2014: Exclusive rankings State by State now available

California (USA) Full Year 2014: Now with detailed data available

Europe Full Year 2014: Sales up for the first time in 7 years, Octavia and A3 in Top 10

Europe Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 360 All-models and All-brands

All other markets available in alphabetical order:

Algeria Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan stays #1 in market down 20%

Angola Full Year 2014: Suzuki and Hyundai on top

Argentina Full Year 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

Australia Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot

Australia Full Year 2014: Discover the best-sellers State by State

Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Bahrain Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser edges Prado out

Belarus Full Year 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

Belgium Full Year 2014: VW Golf, BMW 3 Series and Renault Clio lead

Bolivia Full Year 2014: Suzuki Grand Vitara likely leader

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Astra above VW Golf

Brazil Full Year 2014: Fiat Palio ends 19 years of VW Gol reign

Brunei Full Year 2014: Toyota stays on top

Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Dacia Dokker tops again, Skoda Octavia #2

Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

Chile Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads in market down 11%

Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet and Renault tops in record market

Costa Rica Full Year 2014: Toyota market leader

Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

Cyprus Full Year 2014: Nissan Qashqai snaps last minute top spot

Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

Denmark Full Year 2014: VW Up leads in 4th straight record year

Ecuador Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail and D-Max on top

El Salvador Full Year 2013-2014: Toyota Hilux most popular

England (UK) Full Year 2014: Audi A3 even higher than in UK

Egypt Full Year 2014: Chevrolet TFR edges out Hyundai Verna

Estonia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia outsells Honda CR-V to #1

Finland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia overtakes VW Golf to pole position

France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot, Audi A3 shines

Germany Private Sales Full Year 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #4

Greece Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

Guatemala Full Year 2014: Pickup trucks gain momentum

Haiti Full Year 2014: Daihatsu Terios best-selling SUV

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2014: Toyota monopolises podium with Hiace, Noah & Crown

Hungary Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Mokka at world best

India Full Year 2014: Datsun Go underwhelms in market back up

Indonesia Full Year 2014: Toyota Avanza resists Honda Mobilio assault

Iran Full Year 1393 (2014/2015): Peugeot Pars/405 topple Saipa Pride

Ireland Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5

Israel Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for the 2nd time in 15 years

Japan Full Year 2014: Kei cars surge, Daihatsu Tanto outsells Toyota Aqua

Japan Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 189 All-local models

Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

Kenya Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 king of the savannah

Kuwait Full Year 2014: Toyota Prado dominates Hilux and Camry

Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Luxembourg Full Year 2014: VW #1, Renault jumps 16% to #2 overall

Malawi Full Year 2014: Toyota above 50%, Hilux on top

Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year

Martinique (France) Full Year 2014: Peugeot leads, Dacia on podium

Mauritius Full Year 2014: Toyota holds Nissan and Kia off

Mexico Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Aveo leads, VW Vento shines, Hyundai lands

Moldova Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan leads, Hyundai Santa Fe lands at #5

Monaco (brands) Full Year 2014: Mercedes #1, Porsche remains third

Monaco (models) Full Year 2014: Mini leads, Porsche 911 on podium

Morocco Full Year 2014: Dacia monopolises Top 4!

Myanmar Full Year 2014: Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hiace estimated best-sellers

Netherlands Full Year 2014: VW Golf #1 for third time ever

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger cements lead

New Zealand Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Toyota Hilux as #1 ute

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2014: Renault Captur in Top 10

Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

Oman Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux resists Land Cruiser Pick-up assault

Pakistan Full Year 2014: New generation keeps Toyota Corolla #1

Panama Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris shoots up to #2

Paraguay Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux stays #1, Hyundai i10 on podium

Peru Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris stays on top in market down 8%

Philippines Full Year 2014: Toyota leads in record market up 27%

Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf is market up 35%

Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Mitsubishi Mirage #3

Qatar Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser leads, Nissan Patrol up 81%

Quebec (Canada) Full Year 2014: Honda Civic reclaims #1 spot off Hyundai Elantra

Republic of Macedonia Full Year 2014: VW Golf resists Skoda Rapid attack

Romania Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan celebrates one decade on top

Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

Russia Full Year 2014: Now with the Top 434 All-models ranking

San Marino Full Year 2014: Volkswagen reclaims #1 spot off Audi

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Yaris in Top 5

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Fiesta ends 6-year Vauxhall Corsa domination

Serbia Full Year 2014: Skoda Fabia overtakes Fiat 500L

Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

Slovakia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia holds off Fabia and Rapid for #1

Slovenia Full Year 2014: Renault Clio leads, Captur up to #5

South Africa Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla shine

South Korea Full Year 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for the Seat Leon

Sweden Full Year 2014: Volvo V70 celebrates 18 consecutive years on top

Switzerland Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia ultra-dominant

Taiwan Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Luxgen shines

Tanzania Full Year 2014: Pickups and Toyota Hilux rule

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

Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

Uganda Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ukraine Full Year 2014: Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux overtakes Prado

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

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

Vietnam Full Year 2014: Toyota Vios best-seller for the first time

Wales (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Kuga leaps up to 5th place

Zimbabwe Full Year 2014: Isuzu KB should be the favourite

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World September 2014: Volkswagen catches up on Toyota for #1

October 30th, 2014 11 comments

VW Lavida China March 2013. Picture courtesy of bitautoThe Volkswagen Group is getting closer to Toyota thanks to its strength in China.

Bloomberg News announced today that the Volkswagen Group, boosted by strong sales in China and despite a marked slowdown in the US, is catching up with market Toyota Motor Corp. for the much coveted annual global crown. Relating Bloomberg’s calculations, Automotive News said VW Group’s deliveries through September, including the Porsche and Audi luxury divisions and MAN and Scania heavy-truck units, trailed Toyota’s by 72,000 vehicles compared with 227,000 a year earlier. Both Toyota and VW plan in excess of 10 million deliveries in 2014, and for now VW is up 5% year-on-year over the first 9 months of 2014 to 7.54 million cars and trucks vs. 7.62 million vehicles (+2.8%) for Toyota, including the Daihatsu minicar and Hino truck brands. The difference is roughly equivalent to the 72,499 light trucks that Toyota sold in the U.S. last month. VW doesn’t sell trucks there. In third place, General Motors gets distanced with a 2% increase to 7.37 million vehicles.

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World September 2014: Toyota sells 7 millionth hybrid vehicle

October 27th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Prius 19977 million units later… (1997 Toyota Prius)

Toyota confirmed it sold its 7 millionth hybrid vehicle worldwide in September, 17 years after first launching the Prius in Japan in 1997. The total includes 3.3 million sold in Japan, 2.5 million in the United States, 770,000 in Europe and more than 67,000 in Australia. The latest one-million sales were achieved in record time – just nine months after Toyota (including Lexus) reached the six-million hybrid threshold in December last year, which doubled the three million total passed in February 2011.

Globally, Prius accounts for almost half the overall total with 3.36 million sales – making it the world’s best-selling hybrid vehicle. TMC estimates its hybrid vehicles have cut carbon-dioxide emissions by approximately 49 million tonnes and saved approximately 18 million kilo-litres of fuel compared with vehicles of similar size and driving performance using petrol-only engines. (Number of registered vehicles × distance travelled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor. Fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories.) Next year, Toyota will start selling its first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid vehicle in Japan, Europe and the United States.

See Toyota’s hybrid vehicle chronology below.

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