Australia July 2016: Corolla back to #1, Hilux and Ranger fight

Toyota Corolla Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auDespite sales down 4%, the Toyota Corolla is back to #1 in Australia in July.

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The Australian new vehicle market marks a pause in July with deliveries down 1% to 91.331 units, yet the year-to-date tally is still evolving at record heights, up 3% over the same period last year to 689.471. More worryingly, private sales cripple the overall market at -13% to 41.594, with the minimal fall only due to very dynamic sales for business fleets (+12% to 38.222) and rental (+35% to 5.797) while government sales are down 7% to 3.111. SUVs (37% market share) and LCVs (18.5%) continue to be the sole engines of growth, with passenger cars down from 44.9% share a year ago to 41.6%.

Toyota Hilux Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Hilux is up 22% to #2… 

All Australian states/territories post year-on-year declines, albeit mostly moderate: New South Wales (Sydney) is down 0.4% to 30.219, Northern Territory (Darwin) down 0.6% to 831, Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) down 0.7% to 1.486, South Australia (Adelaide) down 0.9% to 5.210, Western Australia (Perth) down 1.3% to 8.234, Queensland (Brisbane) down 1.4% to 18.445 and Victoria (Melbourne) down 1.5% to 25.517. Only Tasmania (Hobart) posts a significant 3.9% drop to 1.389 registrations. Illustrating to “ute” sales boom (Australian slang for pickup truck), Australia’s #1 car country source in July is Thailand for the first time at 23.803 sales (+26%), bypassing traditional leader Japan at 23.359 (-11%), both ahead of South Korea at 12.782 (+16%), Australia at 6.945 (-11%), Germany at 6.598 (-10%), the U.S. at 4.139 (-9%) and the U.K. at 3.019 (+8%).

Ford Ranger Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.au…but the Ford Ranger is threatening: up 43% to #3 in July. 

Brand-wise, Toyota goes against the grain and manages a 4% year-on-year lift to 17.465 sales and 19.1% share, well ahead of the 17.4% it commends year-to-date. Mazda (-10%), Hyundai (-11%) and Holden (-10%) follow, replicating the YTD order but all losing market share. Reversely, Ford surges 20% to 6.894 sales and 7.5% share, distancing Mitsubishi (+4%), Nissan (+7%) and Volkswagen (-15%). When only looking at passenger cars, the best-selling brands are Toyota (7.232), Hyundai (5.059), Holden (3.597), Mazda (3.227) and Volkswagen (2.796) whereas in the popular SUV aisle it’s Toyota (5.869), Mazda (4.116), Mitsubishi (2.885), Nissan (2.767) and Hyundai (2.079).

Kia Cerato Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auKia is up 30% to a record #9. 

Further down, Kia stuns, posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 with deliveries up a huge 30% to 3.555 for a 3.9% market share in 9th position. To BSCB’s knowledge, this is Kia’s highest ever Australian monthly ranking. Other impressive carmakers include Isuzu Ute (+20%), Foton (+20%), Volvo (+22%), Ferrari (+42%), LDV (+56%), Bentley (+75%), Jaguar (+250%) and McLaren (+260%). At the other end of the scale, struggling manufacturers include Renault (-32%), Fiat (-35%), Chrysler (-47%), Jeep (-57%), Ssangyong (-67%), Alfa Romeo (-69%), Dodge (-76%) and Proton (-90%).

Volvo XC90 Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auVolvo is up 22% thanks to the XC90.

After an incredible four consecutive months of Hyundai i30 reign, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling vehicle in Australia for the first time since last February even though it drops 4% year-on-year to 3.427 sales. The Toyota Hilux follows in 2nd place with deliveries up a solid 22% thanks to the new generation, but the Ford Ranger gains more ground at +43% despite now being “older” than the Hilux. In the more profitable 4×4 ute aisle, the Ranger even outsells the Hilux at 2.357 vs. 2.311… With stock of the current generation now clearing, the Hyundai i30 drops 3 spots on June to #4 and 19% y-o-y to 2.216 sales but retains the YTD crown for now at 25.073 (+35%) vs. 24.307 (+14%) for the Hilux and 23.971 (-5%) for the Corolla.

Jaguar F-Pace Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Jaguar F-Pace is destined to a great career in Australia. 

The Toyota Camry is up two ranks on last month to #5, the Mazda CX-5 remains the best-selling SUV in the country at #6 overall ahead of the Toyota RAV at #8 (+18%) and the Mazda CX-3 at #9 (+36%), its highest ever ranking in Australia, also hit last April. The Hyundai Accent (+145%) continues to benefit from the discontinuation of the i20 and ranks #10, the Mazda3 halts (-47%) at #14, the Hyundai Tucson is back up to #15 and the Toyota Land Cruiser gains 55% to #19. Further down, the Honda Civic is up 222% to #24 thanks to the new generation, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is up 10 spots on June to #41, the Ford Mustang up 37 to #44, Toyota Fortuner up 18 to #50 and Audi Q7 up 23 to #66. For its second month in market, the Suzuki Baleno is up 168 ranks to #110 and we welcome two new nameplates in the Australian sales charts in July: the Jaguar F-Pace storming into the ranking at #152 and the Infiniti Q30/QX30 arriving at #228 with sales limited to Melbourne for now.

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Mexico July 2016: Kia steps up local presence in market up 18%

Dodge Neon Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe Dodge Neon lands in Mexico in July. 

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Nothing can stop the galloping Mexican new car market, up another 18% year-on-year in July to 131.772 registrations, lifting its incredible streaks to 27 consecutive months of year-on-year gains, 19 consecutive monthly records and 12 consecutive months above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally now stands at a record-breaking 853.670 deliveries, up 18% on the same period last year which was already an all-time record. As it has been the case for the past few months, market leader Nissan is struggling to keep pace with the market but still sign a very vigorous 16% gain to 33.201 sales and 25.2% share, distancing Chevrolet at 18.4% (+19%), Volkswagen at 13.3% (+19%) and Ford at 6.3% (+15%). Hyundai (+20%), Renault (+24%), Suzuki (+27%), Toyota (+39%) and Mercedes (+50%) are the most dynamic carmakers inside the Top 20.

Kia Forte Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comKia sells 1.010 Mexico-made Forte this month.

But the hero of the month is once again newcomer Kia celebrating one year of presence in Mexico with a 7th consecutive record month, up 6% on June to 5.510 units and overtaking Mazda to access a highest ever 7th place overall. For the first time, Kia also sells over 1.000 locally produced units (1.010 Forte) coming from its shining new Nuevo Leon factory. After relinquishing its crown to the Chevrolet Spark in June, the Nissan Versa resumes its domination of the Mexican models ranking thanks to sales up a whopping 51% year-on-year to 8.019 vs. 7.116 (+188%) for the Spark, knocked down to 2nd place. The Chevrolet Aveo remains in third place despite deliveries down 12%, ahead of the VW Vento (+13%), Nissan Pickup (+33%) and Chevrolet Sonic (+36%). Notice also the Nissan Sentra up 37%, the Kia Sportage up 80%, Toyota Yaris up 124% and Honda Fit up 140%.

Hyundai Creta Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comFirst month of sales for the Hyundai Creta in Mexico.

The Ford Figo is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) at #14 with 2.088 sales, distancing the Kia Rio at #20, Chevrolet Equinox at #30, Hyundai Tucson at #44, Kia Soul at #48, Mazda CX-3 at #50 and VW Up at #52. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in July in the Mexican sales charts. The Hyundai Creta (#76) isn’t an unknown nameplate if you are a regular BSCB reader: also known as ix25 in China, it has taken emerging markets by storm including India and Mexico should prove a fertile ground for the diminutive SUV. The Dodge Neon (#78), although not a new nameplate per se, is in fact a rebadged Fiat Tipo/Egea and fits the Mexican tastes for low-cost sedans. The Volvo S/V90 appears at #222 with a lonely two sales for now.

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One year ago (1): Mexico July 2015: Kia launches in record market up 16%

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Japan July 2016: Toyota up to 35.2%, Nissan Dayz & Mitsubishi eK back

Toyota Estima Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe facelifted Estima (+117%) helps Toyota gain 10% at home in July.

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New vehicle sales in Japan are down 2% in July to 415.606, once again – but less than in previous months – handicapped by weak kei car sales down 6% to 133.853 while regular cars are down just 0.2% to 281.753. Year-to-date, the Japanese market is now down 3.5% to 2.962.955 sales in 7 months, with kei cars down 13% to 1.039.327 and regular cars up 0.5% to 1.923.628.

Smart Forfour Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpAn all-new lineup propels Smart sales up 34-fold year-on-year in Japan in July. 

Toyota tightens its tight grip on its home market even further with deliveries up 10% to 146.328 for a mammoth 35.2% share vs. 30.5% so far in 2016. Honda (-11%) and Suzuki (-4%) follow while Daihatsu gains 11% in 4th place ahead of Nissan (-22%), Mazda (-21%) and Subaru (-13%) all posting heavy losses. Isuzu (+13%), Mercedes (+15%), Hino (+9%), BMW (+14%), Mini (+14%), Volvo (+5%) and Jeep (+41%) also deliver year-on-year gains inside the Top 20 while further down Porsche (+18%), Peugeot (+54%), Smart (+3338%) and Jaguar (+151%) impress.

Toyota Passo Japan July 2016The Toyota Passo (right) is up 118% thanks to two new models.

The Toyota Prius remains by far the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 3-fold on a year ago to 27.988 thanks to the new model. The Toyota Aqua (-11%) and Sienta (+48%) follow while the Nissan Note (+2%) gains two spots on June to #4. The Toyota Passo (+118%), Vitz (+7%), Honda Vezel (+8%) and Shuttle (+11%) are the only other cars gaining ground year-on-year inside the Top 15. Further down, notice the Suzuki Solio (+69%), Mazda Axela (+77%), Toyota Estima (+111%) helped by its facelift, Honda Odyssey (+117%) and Toyota Auris (+99%) posting spectacular gains. The Nissan Serena, #10 in June, steps out of the Top 30 while the new model spreads out into dealerships across the country.

Mitsubishi eK Japan July 2016Deliveries of Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK (pictured) have resumed in Japan. 

In the kei car aisle, both the Honda N-BOX (+10%) and Daihatsu Tanto (+9%) post positive year-on-year results atop the sales charts, but the big news is the return in the ranking of the Nissan Dayz (#4) and Mitsubishi eK (#13) whose sales were halted in the wake of the fuel economy scandal that engulfed Mitsubishi back in April. The Suzuki Alto (-16%), Daihatsu Move (-19%) and Suzuki Wagon R (-37%) all crumble down but the Suzuki Spacia (+34%) and Honda N-WGN (+2%) improve while the new Daihatsu Cast steps out of the Top 10 (#11).

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South Africa July 2016: Ford Fiesta shines in market down 17%

Ford Fiesta South Africa July 2016. Picture courtesy of temusados.com.brThe Ford Fiesta surges 84% to 5th place overall in July.

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The South African new vehicle market is falling further into recession in July with deliveries down a harsh 17% year-on-year to 44.883 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 11% to 317.357. Toyota manages to improve its market share to 22.8% thanks to sales down “just” 9% year-on-year to 10.224, distancing the Volkswagen Group (-20%), Ford (-7%), Hyundai-Kia (-18%), General Motors/Isuzu (-29%) and Nissan (-23%). Mazda (+18%), Mahindra (+44%) and Man (+20%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground inside the Top 20. In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-11%) reigns supreme above the VW Polo Vivo (-13%) and Ford Ranger (-12%) while the Ford Fiesta surges 84% and 11 spots on June to land at a stunning 4th place overall, taking the lead of its segment above the VW Polo (-23%). The Toyota Quantum (+28%), Fortuner (+98%) and Hyundai i20 (+75%) also impress.

Previous month: South Africa June 2016: Toyota Hilux maintains lead in depressed market

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Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co. back above FCA

Ford F-Series Canada July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is up 21% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market marks a pause in July at -2.5% year-on-year to 173.531 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains at a record high 1.166.227 units, up 5% on the same period a year ago. Ford Motor Co posts a very impressive 10% gain to reclaim its rank at Canada’s most popular manufacturer with 29.771 sales and 17.2% share, frankly outselling Fiat Chrysler Automobiles down a harsh 14% to 24.669 and 14.2%. This large advantage enables Ford to also overtake FCA year-to-date at 179.613 (+11%) vs. 177.108 (+1%) for FCA. In third place, General Motors (-7%) barely remains above Hyundai-Kia (+5%) at 21.255 sales vs. 21.127. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor follow, with Daimler up 11% further down.

Brand-wise, Ford (29.007) is up 11%, comfortably distancing Toyota (+0.1%), Honda (-3%), Hyundai (+1%), Chevrolet (-4%) and Nissan (-9%). Ram (-17%), Mazda (-16%), Mitsubishi (-22%) and Chrysler (-40%) struggle whereas Kia (+14%), Mercedes (+12%), Audi (+15%), Land Rover (+16%), Mini (+11%), Volvo (+33%) and Jaguar (+218%) shine. Model-wise, the Ford F-Series surges 21% to hit its 2nd largest ever monthly volume in Canada at 13.585 units (record: 13.957 last April), leading to a year-to-date tally up a fantastic 27% to an all-time high 85.818 after 7 months. The Ram Pickup remains #2 despite sales down 15% to 8.106, it is followed by the Hyundai Elantra (+1%) taking the lead of the passenger car race above perennial leader the Honda Civic (-16%). The Honda CR-V is up 53% to #5, the Ford Escape up 25% to #7, the Toyota RAV4 up 38% to #8, Ford Focus up 40% to #15 and Hyundai Tucson up 162% to #16.

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Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea & Renault Symbol in photo-finish

Opel Astra Turkey July 2016Fiat Egea Turkey July 2016. Picture courtesy ototest.tvRenault Symbol Turkey July 2016Only 15 sales separate the Opel Astra (2.241), Fiat Egea (2.232) and Renault Symbol (2.226) in July. 

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The country’s very unstable political situation in July leads to new car sales imploding down 30% to 58.533 units,  sinking the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -4% to 497.350 – both these figures include light commercial vehicles. The Top 3 brands are hit even harder than the market: Volkswagen (9.084) and Ford (6.370) are both down 36% while Renault (6.274) is down 40% and Fiat (5.929) follows the market at -29%. Opel stuns with a 3% gain in 5th place, while Hyundai reduces its fall to -6% but Mercedes tumbles down 52% at #10. Seat (+11%), Kia (+24%), Suzuki (+3800%!), Land Rover (+56%) and Jaguar (+13%) are the only other manufacturer managing a Turkish year-on-year gain in July.

The race to the models pole position is at its tightest in Turkey this month, with just 15 sales separating the #1 the Opel Astra at 2.241 (1.701 sedans, 539 hatches and 1 station wagon) from the #3 the Renault Symbol at 2.226 (all sedan) with the all-new Fiat Egea sliding into 2nd place at 2.232 units (1.925 sedans and 307 hatches). Note this is the Egea’s best monthly ranking so far “at home” in Turkey where it is manufactured. Now that its replacement the Renault Megane sedan has been unveiled, the Renault Fluence is falling into oblivion, down 67% to just 1.029 sales at #16. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on June but down 26% year-on-year to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 6 but down 35% to #5, the VW Polo up 15% to #6 and the Hyundai i20 Troy up 13% to #8. Notice also the VW Jetta down 64% to #19, the Renault Clio down 71% to #20 and the Kia Cerato up a further 27 spots on last month to a record #33.

Previous month: Turkey June 2016: Renault Fluence and Opel Astra advance

One year ago (1): Turkey July 2015: Renault Clio climbs up to 2nd spot

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Norway July 2016: Mitsubishi Outlander & VW Tiguan shine in market down 11%

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Norway July 2016Mitsubishi Outlander sales are up 338% year-on-year in Norway in July. 

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The Norwegian new car market is down 11% year-on-year in July to 11.040 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at +2% to 88.789 units. Volkswagen remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country despite sales down 14% to 2.076 and 18.8% share vs. -23% to 1.127 and 10.2% for #2 Toyota. Audi is down 9% year-on-year but back up 8 spots on June to #3, Mitsubishi gains 121% to #4 ahead of BMW (+3%), Volvo (-23%) and Mercedes (-13%). Beyond the Top 10, Opel (+32%), Hyundai (+27%), Citroen (+32%), Honda (+63%) and Jaguar (+188%) impress. The VW Golf is once again the best-seller in the country despite sales freefalling 37% year-on-year to 972 and 8.8% share, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander for its part up a whopping 338% to 552 units, 504 of which (91%) are the PHEV variant. The VW Passat (+25%), Tiguan (+101%) and Skoda Octavia (-12%) round up the Top 5 with the Opel Astra (+449%), Toyota Prius (+145%) and Skoda Superb (+492%) making themselves noticed inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Norway June 2016: Volkswagen leads, Toyota Prius up 3-fold to #12

One year ago: Norway July 2015: Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Tucson land with a splash

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Switzerland July 2016: Dacia superstar

Dacia Sandero Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy Autocar.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero is up 343% to #5 in Switzerland in July… 

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The Swiss new car market hits the brakes in July with sales down a sizeable 14% year-on-year to 26.074 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now down 4% to 184.111. Market leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -17% to 3.573 sales and 13.7% share whereas #2 BMW falls slightly slower at -12% to 1.990 and 7.6%. In fact, the entire Top 5 brands post volumes significantly down on a year ago, with Mercedes (-23%), Audi (-26%) and Skoda (-18%) following. The star of the month is low-cost brand Dacia, up a staggering 255% year-on-year and 12 spots on June to shoot up to #6 with 1.190 sales and 4.6% share, outselling parent brand Renault (4.5%) as well as Peugeot (3.2%) and Citroen (3.1%). Further down, Mini (+30%), Mitsubishi (+30%), Kia (+31%), Honda (+86%) and Infiniti (+790%) shine.

Dacia Duster Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…while the Duster is up 179% to #6.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the year-to-date pole position thanks to 1.078 sales this month (-37%!) vs. 921 for the Skoda Octavia (-22%) with the VW Polo also in freefall (-40%) at #3. The VW Tiguan is up 53% to #4 but the two heroes of the month are the Dacia Sandero at #5 (+343%) and the Duster at #6 (+179%). Notice also the Mini Cooper up 40%, the Audi A4 up 44%, VW Touran up 31%, Seat Alhambra up 33%, BMW X1 up 371%, VW T6 up 389% and Opel Astra up 90%.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2016: Skoda Octavia tops half-year charts

One year ago: Switzerland July 2015: BMW 2 Series and Mercedes GLA in Top 10

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Austria July 2016: Top 6 models from VW Group, Ford up 12%

Ford Galaxy Austria July 2016Ford sales in Austria are up 12% year-on-year in July.

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In a surrounding European market oriented towards negative results in July, Austria limits its fall to a minuscule -0.1% year-on-year to 26.882 units, meaning a year-to-date tally up 5% to 198.652. Volkswagen outpaces the market at +5% to 4.624 sales and 17.2% share, distancing Opel (-22%), Ford in great shape (+12%), Skoda (-6%) and Seat (+4%) up 4 spots on June to #5. Other great performers include Fiat (+13%), Kia (+16%), Toyota (+16%), Mini (+30%), Alfa Romeo (+50%), Dacia (+59%), Land Rover (+59%) and Jaguar (+93%). Model-wise, the VW Golf of course holds onto the pole position despite sales down 11% to 1.099, leading a horde of six Volkswagen Group models atop the Austrian charts: the VW Polo (-10%), Tiguan (-18%), Seat Ibiza (-13%), Skoda Fabia (+8%) and Octavia (-21%). The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling non-VAG model at #7, the Audi A4 is up 40% to #9, the Opel Astra up 85% to #11, the VW Sharan up 92% to #13, BMW X1 up 10-fold to #15, the VW Touran up 287% to #18, Dacia Sandero up 96% to #20 and the Ford Galaxy up 43% to #23.

Previous month: Austria June 2016: VW Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson impress

One year ago: Austria July 2015: Volkswagen Group places 7 models in Top 8

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South Korea July 2016: Kia teases Hyundai for market lead, Volkswagen implodes (-86%)

Kia Carnival South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy of hankyung.comThe Kia Carnival ranks third overall in South Korea in July. 

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New car sales of domestic models in South Korea are down 12% year-on-year in July to 136.814 units, but the year-to-date total is still up 6% to 1.066.069. Local makes are down 11% but foreigners freefall 24% to 11.5% share vs. 12.4% so far this year. Market leader Hyundai take a 20% hit to lower its share to 35%, that’s only 2.8 points above sister brand Kia down a more measured 9% to 32.2%. One year ago Hyundai had a 8.7 points advantage on Kia. GM Korea is up a splendid 16% to 10.5% share, with Ssangyong down 8% to 5.5% and Renault Samsung up 10% to 5.4%. Mercedes reclaims the foreign crown thanks to sales up 5% to 4.184, a long shot above BMW at 2.638 (-33%) and Audi at 1.504 (-43%). Land Rover (+31%), Volvo (+44%) and Jaguar (+96%) for their part post spectacular gains.

Volkswagen South Korea July 2016. Picture courtest theguardian.com and Kim Hong Ji ReutersVolkswagen sales are down 86% year-on-year in South Korea in July…

On the other hand, Volkswagen is hit full frontal by its lineup-wide stop sale order at a devastating -86% to just 425 units. And the brand will fall to almost zero sales in the coming month, with South Korea suspending sales of 80 Volkswagen models as part of a widening investigation into the company’s emissions cheating scandal. The environment ministry said “As of August 2 we have revoked the certification of 83,000 vehicles of 80 models,” as the problem vehicles had fabricated documents for emissions and noise-level tests.

Ford Explorer South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.kr…while Ford Explorer sales are up 99%. 

Model-wise, the Hyundai Porter is back to the #1 spot it holds year-to-date despite sales down 13% year-on-year to 8.276, distancing the Hyundai Sonata (-18%) at 6.858 while the Kia Carnival jumps 8 spots on June to land on the third step of the podium in spite of deliveries down 5% year-onyear to 6.773. The Chevrolet Spark is up 91% to #6, the Kia K7 up 168% to #9, the Chevrolet Malibu up 172% to #11 and Hyundai Genesis up 49% to #12. The Samsung SM6 aka Renault Talisman, the instant blockbuster of the First Half of the year, is down to #13 in July. The Mercedes E-Class is back up 20 spots to resume its foreign model domination despite sales down 28% year-on-year to 1.215. It distances the BMW 5 Series (-31%), Mercedes C Class (+118%), Audi A6 (-42%) and Mercedes S-Class (-52%). The Ford Explorer (+99%), Mercedes CLS (+126%), GLA (+146%) and Toyota Prius (+81%) impress.

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