Qatar June 2014: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser

July 25th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux Qatar June 2014. Picture courtesy of Flickr

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The Qatari new car market is up a splendid 21% year-on-year in June to 7,967 registrations, bringing the half-year total up 12% to 47,461 units. While the Toyota Land Cruiser still holds the models ranking crown year-to-date (8.9% share) as it did over the Full Year 2013, this month the Toyota Hilux jumps into pole position thanks to 536 sales and 6.7%, 7 meagre units above the Land Cruiser. The Toyota Corolla is up to third place at 358 units and 4.5% vs. #5 year-to-date, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX is up to #4 vs. #8 year-to-date and the Toyota Camry up to #7 vs. #10. Other great performers in Qatar this month include the Hyundai Elantra up to #15 vs. #26, the VW Jetta up to #29 vs. #69 and the BMW 3 Series up to #31 vs. #62.

Previous post: Qatar March 2014: Nissan Patrol and Hyundai Santa Fe shine

One year ago: Qatar June 2013: 3 Nissans in Top 6, Patrol up to 5th place

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Bahrain June 2014: Toyota Prado beats Land Cruiser

July 25th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Prado Bahrain June 2014Toyota Prado

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After a couple of months hiatus, Middle-Eastern data is back on BSCB and we start with Bahrain, up 8% year-on-year in June to 5,038 registrations and 22% year-to-date to 31,608 units. Like in March, the Toyota Prado is the most popular vehicle in the country this month thanks to 575 sales and 11.4% share, however it still hasn’t managed to replicate the #1 spot it held over the Full Year 2013 into the 2014 year-to-date rankings, still lagging in 2nd place below the Toyota Land Cruiser at 3,081 sales and 9.7% vs. 3,373 and 10.7%. The 5 best-sellers are all Toyotas, with the Hilux (8.7%), Corolla (4.4%) and Yaris (3.6%) following, while the Hyundai Santa Fe is up from #9 year-to-date to 6th place in June at 187 units and 3.7%. Notice also the Toyota Camry up to #9 vs. #22 year-to-date, the Hyundai Elantra up to #11 vs. #18, BMW 5 Series at #20 vs. #50 and the Toyota Avanza up to #25 vs. #83.

Previous post: Bahrain March 2014: Toyota Prado reclaims leadership

One year ago: Bahrain June 2013: Toyota Prado shoots up to 13.6% share

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Colombia 6 months 2014: Chevrolet, Renault and Kia on top

July 23rd, 2014 1 comment

Chevrolet Sail Colombia June 2014Chevrolet Sail

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Thanks to Juan Felipe I can now share with you brands data for the first half of 2014 in Colombia, when the market grew 3% year-on-year to 143,900 units. Hopefully models data will follow shortly. The Top 7 best-selling manufacturers are unchanged compared to the same period last year but evolve in different ways. Chevrolet stays ahead by far in spite of sales down 1% to 36,349 and 25.3% market share, Renault is up a splendid 13% to 21,806 and 15.2% and Kia up 7% to 14,497 sales, now above 10% market share at 10.1%. Notice also Ford up 22% at #6, Mazda up 16% to #8, Suzuki up 53% to #10, Mercedes up 60% to #12 and Dongfeng up 40% to #14. Chinese manufacturers are led by Chery (#11) and follow the market at +3% to 9,296 units and 6.5% share vs. 6.4% one year ago.

Previous post: Colombia Full Year 2013: Chevrolet Sail takes the lead

One year ago: Colombia 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Sail new leader, Tracker in Top 10

Full 6 months 2014 Top 93 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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South Africa June 2014: VW Polo takes the lead for the first time

July 22nd, 2014 2 comments

VW Polo South Africa June 2014VW Polo

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The South African new car market continues to slide in June at -1% to 52,837 registrations which brings the half-year total to 308,573 units, down 4% on 2013. Manufacturer-wise, Toyota is ahead with 9825 units, followed by Volkswagen at 9,020, Ford-Mazda at 6,110, General Motors-Isuzu at 5,491, Hyundai-Kia at 4,906 and Nissan at 3,943. But the big event lies in the models sales charts this month: for the first time in history, the VW Polo (new generation) is the most popular vehicle in the country thanks to 2,994 sales and 5.7% share, a 55 unit-advantage over the Toyota Hilux at #2. The Polo had ranked 2nd numerous times but had never been able to top the charts before, traditionally outsold by the previous generation model still on sale in South Africa in a facelifted variant and sold as the Polo Vivo (#3 this month at 5% share).

Mercedes C Class South Africa June 2014The locally produced Mercedes C-Class is up to #8 in South Africa this month.

Apart from this momentous change, the rest of the Top 7 is identical to May but the Mercedes C-Class surges 4 spots to 8th position with 1,421 sales and 2.7% share, a full percentage point above its year-to-date level. Notice also the Toyota Corolla solid at #5 and 4% share vs. 2.9% year-to-date and now #6, the Nissan Qashqai up a further 3 ranks to #21 vs. #33 so far this year, the Jeep Compass up to #34 and the Honda Ballade (aka City) up to #36.

Previous month: South Africa May 2014: Toyota Corolla and Renault Sandero up

One year ago: South Africa June 2013: VW Polo Vivo back in charge

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Indonesia June 2014: Honda Mobilio above 10,000 sales again

July 21st, 2014 No comments

Honda Mobilio Indonesia June 2014. Picture courtesy of autocarindia.comHonda Mobilio

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New car sales in Indonesia are up 4% year-on-year in June to 108,707 registrations, bring the halfyear total to 629,393 units, up 5% on 2013 and on track for another record sales figure over the Full Year. The fascinating battle atop the models ranking continues this month with the Honda Mobilio crossing the 10,000 monthly sales milestone for the 2nd time ever after March with 10,256 units and 9.4% vs. 7.3% year-to-date while the Toyota Avanza, while increasing its advantage slightly over the Mobilio compared to last month (4,646 units vs. 2,567), still evolves below its year-to-date level of 14.2% share with 13.7% this month.

The Daihatsu Gran Max is back up to a cool third place thanks to 7,195 sales and 6.6% while the Toyota Agya is strong again at #4 and 5.4% and the Daihatsu Xenia is back up 3 spots on May to #7 and 3.7%. The year-to-date ranking shows how the sales charts have been turned upside down compared to the same period last year: below the Toyota Avanza down 13%, the Honda Mobilio lands directly at #2 and the Toyota Agya at #3, the Toyota Kijang Innova is down 7% to #4, the Suzuki Ertiga down 23% to #6 and the Daihatsu Xenia down 37% and 7 spots to #9!

Previous month: Indonesia May 2014: Honda Mobilio hits 10%, Datsun Go+ lands

One year ago (June):  Indonesia June 2013: Chevrolet hits best-ever monthly volume

One year ago (6 months): Indonesia 6 months 2013: Suzuki Ertiga invites itself in 4th position

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France June 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands!

July 19th, 2014 4 comments

Peugeot 108 France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 108 lands at #71 for its first month in the French sales charts.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the Top 15 brands and Top 80 models in France in June, we now dig a little deeper to find out what’s happening lower in the ranking. But first a few adjustments on the initial Top 80 figures: we now have the detail by generation of Nissan Qashqai sales with the Qashqai II climbing to #16 and #3 foreign model below just the VW Polo and Golf VII with 1.3% share, the Mini third generation up a further 29 spots on May to an all-time high #57 with 778 sales, and the biggest new news of the lower end of the ranking: the arrival of the Peugeot 108 directly at #71 with 657 sales, mainly demo models for now. In fact all 3 twins land this month: the Citroen C1 II arrives at #93 with 451 units and the Toyota Aygo II is 117th with 305 sales.

Mercedes GLA France June 2014First Top 100 ranking in France for the Mercedes GLA this month (#77).

More recent launches shine this month in France: the Mercedes GLA breaks into the monthly Top 100 for the first time, up 44 spots on May to #77 with 585 units, the Ford Ecosport is up a further 6 ranks to a best-ever #119, as is the Porsche Macan to #136 and remaining by far the brand’s best-seller above the 911 at #185. The Mercedes V-Class starts off extremely well at #129 with 240 sales, the BMW X4 is up 74 spots to #161 with 124 units for its 2nd month in the ranking, the BMW M4 up 41 to #195, Renault Twingo III up 64 to #212 and the Ford Transit Courier lands at #213 with 43 sales.

Previous post: France 6 months 2014 – Private Sales: Dacia Sandero 800 units off #1 spot!

Previous June post: France June 2014: Renault Captur above 208, up to record #2 spot

Previous month: France May 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

One year ago: France June 2013: Renault Captur up to #4, Peugeot 2008 #11

Full June 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Table below.

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China 6 months 2014: Santana makes it 4 Volkswagens in Top 6

July 19th, 2014 6 comments

VW Santana new and old Kashgar April 2014Two generations of VW Santana in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur – China May 2014.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring in detail June sales in China we now look at the year-to-date ranking to try an extract longer-term trends. As a whole the market is up 11% on the same period in 2013 to 9.634 million units excluding commercial vehicles and imports. Including the latter, we are looking at another record year in 2014 in China with 24-25 million vehicles by the time December comes to an end. In comparison, the US market, in great shape this year, will finish just under 17 million. Very little change in the models Top 10 compared to last month: the Wuling Hongguang still reigns supreme (+49%) ahead of the VW Lavida (+24%) and Ford Focus (+8%) however the Focus overtook the Lavida for the first time in 2014 in June so the 2nd half could see the two models in a tighter race for the 2nd place.

Haval H6 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comThe Haval H6 is the best-selling SUV in China with over 140,000 sales in 6 months.

The VW Santana up a gargantuan 134% and 26 spots year-on-year to #4 at 161,957 sales, the VW Sagitar (+13%) and Jetta (+35%) make it an unbelievable 4 Volkswagens in the Top 6 vs. just two one year ago. A 29% increase in sales to 145,214 enables the Nissan Sylphy to gain two spots and rank #8, remaining by far the best-selling Japanese model in the country and one of only two inside the Top 20 with the Honda CR-V (#19). Consistently excellent over the past 12 months, the Haval H6 accesses the 9th spot so far in 2014 vs. #19 one year ago with sales up 61% to 143,119, becoming the best-selling SUV in the country ahead of the VW Tiguan also in great shape at #12 (+27%).

Kia K3 China June 2014Kia K3

The Chevrolet Sail (-10 spots to #14) and VW Bora (-7 to #15) are penalised, whereas the Hyundai Verna, boosted by a very strong month of June (#11) becomes the brand’s best-seller in China at #16, overtaking the Elantra Langdong (#17). With the 7th generation now established in dealerships across the country, the VW Golf is up a spectacular 77% and 26 ranks to break into the year-to-date Top 20 for the first time at #20. Compared to last month, both the Kia K3 (#22) and K2 (#25) gain ground while the Honda Crider is not a newcomer anymore (launched in June 2013) but remains the brand’s best-selling sedan at #24 and 81,758 sales above the Accord (#82) and Civic (#101).

ChangAn EadoChangAn Eado in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur – China May 2014

Helped by the arrival of the hatchback variant, the ChangAn Eado is now #28 compared to #62 one year ago with sales up 81% to 74,553, earning it the #3 spot among Chinese vehicles. The Chana Honor follows at #29 (+91%) above the Dongfeng Future at #32 (+23%), Emgrand EC7 at #34 (-26%), Roewe 350 at #44 (+14%) and ChangAn CS35 at #47 (+64%). That makes it 8 Chinese models in the Top 50 vs. 11 one year ago.

Hyundai Mistra China June 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comThe Hyundai Mistra is the best-selling newcomer in China so far this year.

Despite being now by far the largest market in the world, China remains also the most dynamic and still among the ones with greatest potential to further increase. One proof: no less than 50 all-new locally produced models have made their appearance in the sales charts over the past 12 months! They are now led by the Hyundai Mistra which like the Honda Crider has created a new segment in-between the Elantra and Sonata, ranking at #35 with 63,222 sales and one of only two newcomers inside the Top 50 along with the Ford Mondeo at #48 and 52,320 units.

FAW Besturn X80 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of cheshi.comFAW Besturn X80

Beyond the #65 rank it gets a little crazy with newbies: the Chery Tiggo 5 is already #66 with 40,832 sales, the Toyota Yaris L lands at #69, the Chery E3 at #74, Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 at #75, Peugeot 301 at #79, Honda Jade at #97, Mazda CX-5 at #110, Brilliance H330 at #112 and Suzuki S-Cross at #118. Notice also the Toyota Vios up 4927% to #37 thanks to the new model, the BMW 3 Series up 44% from #81 to #57, the Audi Q3 from #158 to #64, Ford Ecosport up 102% to #71, Nissan X-Trail up 512% to #76 and the FAW Besturn X80 up 333% to 80.

Previous post: China June 2014: Audi breaks record in market up 11%

Previous month: China 5 months 2014: Wuling Hongguang tests new heights

One year ago: China 6 months 2013: VW Lavida reigns, Nissan Sylphy up 111%

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Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

July 19th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C4 Cactus Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is already #36 in Portugal.

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New car sales in Portugal are up another splendid 24% year-on-year in June, definitely on the mend and adding up to 75,780 units (+38%) halfway through the year. Brand-wise, Renault tests new heights: up 43% to a gigantic 17.6% share thanks to exceptional performances of the Clio (#1 with 8.5% share) and Captur (#6 and 3.3%), reflecting the general situation in Europe for the French manufacturer. Other brands doing well in Portugal this month include Opel (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), Seat (+57%), Nissan (+33%), Ford (+36%), Dacia (+92%), Honda (+87%), Mazda (+74%), Porsche (+117%) and Lexus (+200%).

Renault Clio Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frOnce again the Renault Clio is by far the most popular vehicle in Portugal this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Polo remains in 2nd place thanks to a strong 4.8% share vs. 3.7% year-to-date, above the Peugeot 208 and the Seat Ibiza up to 3.4% share vs. 2.6% so far in 2014. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 12 spots on May to #13, the Seat Leon up a further two to #14, Opel Astra up 4 to #15, Mitsubishi Space Star up 44 to #26, Citroen C4 Cactus up 115 to #36, BMW 4 Series up 20 to #39 and the Mercedes CLA holding onto its Top 50 spot at #50. Finally, the premium models that delivered incredible scores at the start of the year are starting to pant a little: the BMW 1 Series is down 10 spots on May to #16, the BMW 3 Series down 3 to #17, the Mercedes A Class is at #18 vs. #11 year-to-date and the Audi A3 is down 8 to #21.

Previous month: Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

One year ago: Portugal June 2013: Renault Clio up 159% to #1, Renault Captur, Citroen C-Elysee and Peugeot 2008 in Top 20

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Latvia June 2014: Peugeot 3008 leads, BMW X6 up to #3!

July 18th, 2014 7 comments

BMW X6 Latvia June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.fr2014 BMW X6

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The Latvian new car market is up a robust 13% year-on-year in June to 1,308 registrations, bringing the half-year total to 7,277 units, up 20% on 2013. Sales charts in Latvia are always very volatile and this month is no exception. The Peugeot 3008 is the best-selling model in the country with 4.5% and overtakes the Toyota RAV4 to grab the year-to-date pole position as well. The Dacia Duster is up 12 spots on May to a beautiful 2nd place but the big surprise of the month is the third place of the BMW X6 – yep, you read that right – reaching its highest ever ranking in any country in the world as far as figures BSCB could access are concerned.

The X6 accounts for almost 70% of all BMW sales this month and there is a simple explanation for this surge: BMW offered 25% discount for the previous gen (not the one pictured above) back in March and in June we are seeing the deliveries to consumers of orders taken at that time. Still, third place! Jesus. The Kia Sportage, Citroen C4, Toyota Verso and Skoda Fabia also shine while the Porsche Macan (#65) and Tesla (2 units) appear in the Latvian ranking for the first time.

Previous month: Latvia May 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti on top

One year ago: Latvia June 2013: Ford S-Max snaps up top spot

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Europe June 2014: Renault Captur first small SUV in Top 10 at #7

July 18th, 2014 14 comments

Renault Captur Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur is up to an all-time high 7th place in Europe this month.

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The European new car market celebrates a 10th consecutive month on year-on-year growth in June at +4% to 1,230,363 registrations, bringing the half year total to 6,851,552 units, up 6% on 2013 and matching an expansion from June 2009 through March 2010. Some analysts warn that this growth comes from a low base and is due to heavy discounting, with retail incentives across Europe’s top 5 markets increasing 10% year-on-year to 2,748€ ($3,700) per vehicle according to Autonews. For Hyundai’s European operations head Allan Rushforth: “After a six-year slump in the European car market, an inconsistent and heavily incentivised recovery is better than no recovery at all.” Well said.

Peugeot 2008 Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frIs the Peugeot 2008 next inside the European Top 10?

Rare but true, the market leader Volkswagen loses ground this month at -3% to 11.5% share vs. 12.1% year-to-date while the star of the month is without a doubt Renault, up a spectacular 21% on June 2014 and two spots on May and its year-to-date ranking to 2nd place with 105,469 sales and 8.6% vs. 6.8% so far in 2014. And the biggest news of the month is the very first Top 10 ranking of the Renault Captur, shooting up from #23 in May directly into 7th place this month thanks to a record 20,893 registrations, even outselling fellow countryman the Peugeot 208, down 15% to #8 and 19,373 units! This is the first time a small SUV manages to rank within the 10 most successful models on the continent and the final sign, if we needed any more, than this segment is sure to grow drastically over the next few years. Perhaps the most impressive fact is that the Captur’s success hasn’t been to the detriment of the Clio on which it is based whereas the Peugeot 2008 has definitely put a dent in 208 sales.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlEuropean Mitsubishi sales are up 44% year-on-year in June.

Other manufacturers to make themselves noticed this month are Opel/Vauxhall up 12% in third place, Skoda up 13% to #11, Nissan up 10% to #13, Dacia up 32% to #15, Seat up 13% to #17, Volvo up 15% to #18, Mazda up 12% to #20, Suzuki up 10% to #21 and Mitsubishi up a massive 44% but remaining in 25th place. In the models ranking, the Top 5 best-sellers are identical to last month with the VW Golf keeping its implacable stranglehold on the charts at 43,960 units (+7%) vs. 34,606 (+12%) for the Clio at #2, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (+1%), Opel Corsa (+3%) and VW Polo (-14%). The Ford Focus overtakes the 208 to rank #7 year-to-date and both the Nissan Qashqai (#9) and Opel Astra (#10) gain one spot on May.

Previous post: Europe 5 months: Opel Astra rebounds

Previous monthly post: Europe May 2014: Discover the Top 50 models and Top 57 brands

Original May post: Europe May 2014: Renault and Skoda shine in market up 4%

One year ago: Europe June 2013: Renault Clio now #2 year-to-date

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