Media post: Dodge Done Right! The Durango Does It Again!

The 2017 Dodge Durango always gets great reviews. And why not! It’s a roomy and classy crossover SUV that has a lot of style and a big and very competent V8 engine that will get you and all of your family members wherever it is you want to go. The three rows of seats in this big, comfy transporter make sure everyone is taken care of and that everyone has plenty of arm, head and leg room. It can tow just about anything and its 8.4-inch touchscreen allows the driver to safely manage any controls with peace of mind. The nice thing about the new Durango is that it is built to be user friendly.

Friendly it definitely is, so don’t let its muscular appearance and its power fool you into thinking that the Durango is all work and no play. It was built tough so you could enjoy yourself and not have to worry about your SUV not doing its job, which is to serve you and get you to your destination safely. The Durango has plenty of standard features to make your travelling more enjoyable: three-zone climate control, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, an SD card reader and a USB connection, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lamps, keyless entry and ignition, load-leveling rear suspension, heated mirrors, seven passenger seating, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, height adjustable driver seat, 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row seat and a 50/50 split-folding third row seat.

The new Durango comes standard with a V6, 3.6-liter engine, which puts out 290 horsepower along with 260 pound-feet of torque. Rear wheel drive and an eight speed automatic transmission are also standard equipment and all-wheel drive is an option. Fuel economy for the V6 is 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway or about 21 miles per gallon combined. The Durango V6 can tow up to 6,200 pounds and can hit 60 miles an hour from a dead stop in 7.8 seconds.

Antilock brakes, stability and traction control along with a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags and front side airbags are some of the safety features in the new Durango. The rearview camera and rear parking sensor are other standard safety features. Bodwell Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge has the new 2017 Durango for you to test drive.

Media post: Wouldn’t you rather be driving an Audi?

That’s not only a good question – it should be a statement of fact. In other words, when an Audi drives by or should we say, flies by, don’t you always turn your head and follow that beautifully designed car with your eyes until it is out of sight? Of course you do, Everybody does. The reasons are simple: Audi’s have presence and they have a quiet, but extremely confident personality that says to all its watchers “I’m here.”

The Audi A7 is in a class all its own. It is a refined car, that has all the elegance of the most luxurious cars in the world and the sportiness of a quick racecar that is always ahead of the pack. The Audi A7 gets 24 miles per gallon combined city and highway driving and it can hit 60 miles an hour from a dead stop in 4.8 seconds. It comes standard with a V6, 3.0-liter engine that puts out 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The Audi A7 comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The Premium Plus trim level offers a lot of standard equipment such as, leather upholstery, an 8-inch pop-up display screen, rearview camera, heated eight-way power seats, drive memory settings, four-zone automatic climate control system, Audi Connect, which provides Google Earth enhanced navigation, Google search functions, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability, MMI infotainment system, Bluetooth, satellite radio and USB connectivity, CD player and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system.

If that’s not enough then here’s more: 19-inch wheels, auto-dimming power folding heated mirrors, an adaptive rear spoiler, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, blind spot warning, automatic LED adaptive headlights, Audi Drive Select with adjustable settings for accelerator, steering and transmission response, to name a few.

The safety features on the Audi A7 are also impressive. Some more standard equipment on the A7 include: Anti-lock brakes, stability controls, rear side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and Audi Pre Sense Basic and Rear system that warns the driver, if a collision is detected. This system also tightens seat belts, closes the windows, apply the brakes as necessary and use the rear brake lights to warn any cars behind you to slow down. If you do have to stop fast, the Audi A7 can stop from a speed of 60 miles an hour in only 106 feet. Safety is just one more thing that makes people say they would rather drive an Audi. See your Audi at Audi Valencia.

Media Post: The Calming Silence That is The Prius

A quieter car we haven’t seen or heard. A more economic fuel user we haven’t seen either. The extremely comfortable driving experience is also one of the best we’ve experienced. All these qualities and more make the 2017 Toyota Prius a real dream car. Maybe that’s why this universally known and loved hybrid gets five star reviews so frequently and is one of the most popular of all the quiet, fuel efficient cars.

The Prius is the standard by which hybrids are measured. It’s been around since the 1990s and is considered to be the first mass-produced hybrid electric automobile in history. There have been over six million of these great cars sold worldwide and the quality and performance of the Prius has only gotten better with the passage of time. Prius, by the way, is a Latin word that means “to go before”, or “first’, and that, of course, is what Toyota usually does – it does things before other manufacturers do them.

The 2017 Toyota Prius is no different; it is first among all hybrids and besides its ability to get you 52 mpg in combined driving (electric motor and gas engine) it can hit 60 miles an hour in less than ten seconds. That may not seem like het speed to some people but it is extremely fast for a hybrid electric car.

The comfort level of the Prius is incredible. It seats five very easily with plenty of head, leg and shoulder room. It comes standard with 15-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, height adjustable driver seat, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, tilt and telescoping steering wheel,  60/40 split folding rear seat, rear view camera, voice recognition with Siri Eyes Free, auxiliary audio jack, a CD player with a six-speaker audio system and USB port, among other things. Standard safety equipment includes automatic high beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning and intervention.

The 2017 Prius also comes standard with anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, along with passenger seat cushion airbags, driver knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Brake testing shows the Prius stopping to a standstill from 60 miles an hour in 120 feet, which is great for its class. This dream car can be seen at Atlantic Toyota.

Romania July 2017: Dacia monopolises podium, VW up 67%

Dacia Duster sales are up 47% in July.

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New car sales in Romania slow down their growth in July: after +47% in June, they edge up 5% to 11.335 this month, leading to a year-to-date tally up 22% to 56.343 units. Homegrown market leader Dacia drops 12% but holds a round 30% market share, well above its YTD level of 25.8%. Volkswagen surges 67% to 10.3% in second place while Skoda is up two spots on June to #3 thanks to deliveries up 27%. Ford (+32%), Hyundai (+18%), Mercedes (+40%) and Suzuki (+45%) also beat the market inside the Top 10. Further down, notice BMW (+25%), Nissan (+45%), Fiat (+162%), Seat (+96%), Volvo (+105%), Jeep (+50%) and Lexus (+167%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains. Model-wise, Dacia monopolises its home podium for the first time since August 2016 with the Logan one month away from celebrating 13 consecutive years (156 months) in pole position, the Duster up 47% to 2nd place and the Sandero up 3% to #3. The Skoda Octavia soars 46% to #4, the VW Golf is up 73% to #5, with the VW Polo (+66%), Renault Megane (+110%), VW Jetta (+105%), Passat (+81%) and Ford Kuga (+321%) also impressive.

Previous month: Romania June 2017: Dacia up 109%, Logan up 163% in market up 47%

One year ago: Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

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France July 2017: Peugeot 3008 on podium for the first time

First ever podium ranking for the Peugeot 3008 nameplate at home. 

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For the third consecutive month, the growth of the French new car market (+10.9% in July to 147.519 registrations) is spread relatively evenly across distribution channels. Private sales are up 11.1% to 75.423 units and are back above the symbolic 50% share mark at 51.1%. Company sales (including long-term rentals) also beat the market at +12.7% to 36.230 units, and demo sales are up 15.4% but stock sales are down 17%. As it has become ethnic routine, given Renault loads up its end of quarters (March, June, September and December), itfalls to 2nd place in July despite gaining 18.2% to 16.3% share vs. 19.9% YTD. Peugeot (+12.6%) is in the lead at 18% share and Citroen (+17.9%) holds onto the third spot at 10.5% share. Note all three French manufacturers see even larger private sales gains: Renault is up 34% to 11.607 through this channel, Peugeot up 16.7% to 11.593 and Citroen up 13.3% to 7.185. Overall, 49.1% of Renault sales are private this month, with this ratio dropping to 46.2% for Citroen and 43.6% for Peugeot. Peugeot is the most generous to long-term leases (14.5% of its sales), with Renault at 7.9% and Citroen 8.5%. Finally when it comes to business sales, Renault gives them 21.% of its sales vs. 16.7% for Peugeot and 15.7% for Citroen.

Volkswagen sales are up 13.4% year-on-year in July. 

Among foreign manufacturers, Volkswagen impresses at +13.4% but remains down 3.4% YTD, with Toyota (+22.7%), Nissan (+19.7%), Opel (+19.4%), Kia (+24.5%), Seat (+13.8%), Suzuki (+25.6%) and Skoda (+18.3%) all posting double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+72%), Porsche (+66.1%), Smart (+38.8%) and Lexus (+21.2%) also shine. Looking at sales by channel, 27.3% of Nissan sales are demo sales this month (new Micra and facelifted Qashqai), for Opel this ratio is 23.4% due to the start of the Crossland X and for Volvo it is 22.5% due to the XC60. Fiat, up 7.3% to #9 overall, only has a 39.4% private sales ratio and 24.9% are demo sales in July. Audi (#7) is by far the most popular premium brand in France this month with sales up 6.9%, distancing Mercedes (#10) up 0.4% and BMW (#13) down 12.2%. Only 37.8% of BMW sold this month are private sales vs. 46.5% for Mercedes and 49.2% for Audi. 20% of Mercedes sales are demo sales vs. 14.9% for BMW and 12.5% for Audi.

The Dacia Sandero remains #1 with private buyers in July. 

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio soars 28.5% to 7.065 registrations and 4.8% share, reclaiming the July pole position off the Peugeot 208 down 1.3% to 6.571 units and 4.4% share. But the big news come from the Peugeot 3008: ranked #1 halfway though the month, Peugeot’s new best-selling SUV breaks all records in July. It climbs to a best-ever third position – the first time the 3008 is on the podium at home – beating both this generation’s previous best (#4 in January and in June) and the last one’s (#4 in March 2013). At 6.139 sales, the 3008 even teases the 208 for 2nd place and hits 4.2% market share, an all-time high for both generations. The 3008 is even #1 in the company sales channel at 2.841 or 46% of its July sales above the Renault Clio (2.001). It ranks 8th with private buyers (3.325 or 38% of its sales), a channel still controlled by the Dacia Sandero (4.077). As a result the Renault Kadjar freefalls 31%, plus the larger 5008 is also headed towards solid success, at #17 this month with 2.219 sales, 48% for companies and 29% for private buyers. All-in-all, Peugeot SUVs represent 8.7% of the French market this month, when accounting for the 2008 (4.465).

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Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

The VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in Europe but drops 11.6% on 2016.

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The European new car market (27 countries) gains 4.2% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 8.356.704 units, that’s an additional 336.000 vehicles compared to the same period a year ago. This growth, although superior to the two other large markets in the world (China is up 1.6% and the U.S. down 2.1%), is a clear slowdown compared to the +9.1% it sported at the same time last year. This H1 2017 result is the best since 2007, meaning the European market has returned to its pre-crisis level, and may stabilise around this level from now onto the next couple of years.

Up 6%, the Renault Clio consolidates its 2nd place in the European sales charts. 

Among the top five markets on the continent, Germany (+3.1%) and France (+2.6%) trail the overall growth and are showing signs of levelling up, the UK is down 1.3% amidst Brexit uncertainty, and it’s mainly Italy (+8%) and Spain (+7.1%) lifting the overall result. The largest gains are the work of smaller Eastern European markets such as Romania (+27%), Croatia (+24.3%), Lithuania (+19.7%), Hungary (+19%), Poland (+17.7%), Estonia (+13.5%), Slovenia (+11.6%) and Slovakia (+11%). The Netherlands (+16.2%) is the only Western European market to post a double-digit gain over the period.

The Nissan Qashqai ranks at a highest-ever #6 in Europe.

As it is the case in China and the U.S., the engine of growth of the European market so far in 2017 is the SUV segment, up a whopping 19.7% year-on-year to 2.386.178 units and now representing a dominant 28.3% share vs. 24.7% a year ago. Small cars are up 5% to 1.813.941 units and 21.5% share but compact cars are down 1.3% to 1.605.337 and 19% share vs. 20.1% a year ago. MPVs see the harshest decline at -14.8% to 689.288 and 8.2% share vs. 10% in H1 2016, mini cars are down 1.7% to 678.301 and large cars down 6.2% to 662.784.

The VW Tiguan is headed towards its first ever annual Top 10 ranking in Europe. 

The Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market growth at +2.5% to 1.95 million units, as does PSA-Opel edging up just 0.2% to 1.36m. Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi on the other hand improves its share of the European market with a 5.5% up on H1 2016 to 1.24m sales. FCA does even better at +10.1% to .6m units., overtaking Ford Motor (+2.5%). The BMW Group (+2.1%) is getting caught up by Daimler AG (+8.6%) just as Hyundai-Kia follows the market at +4.5%. Rounding up the Top 10, both Toyota Motor (+14.8%) and Geely/Volvo (+7.2%) frankly beat the market.

The new Citroen C3 has lifted the nameplate’s European monthly ranking record to #9.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen goes against the grain and posts a 0.2% decline to just under 900.000 units whereas the next two best-sellers are gain ground: Renault gains share thanks to a 4.9% up while Ford is more discreet at +2.5% but Opel/Vauxhall drops 2.7% in 4th place. Peugeot remains in 5th place with a 4% gain in line with the market. In 6th place overall, Mercedes (+10.8%) confirms it is the new premium king of Europe while Audi drops 0.7% and BMW edges up just 2% at #9. Fiat (+10.2%) and Toyota (+15.8%) are the only other manufacturers managing a double-digit gain inside the Top 10. Further down, only Seat (+16.8%) and Suzuki (+22.9%) do the same, with Dacia just missing out at +9.4%. AlfaRomeo (+39.4%), Jaguar (+24.3%), Tesla (+78%), Abarth (+39.9%), Maserati (+66.2%) and Aston Martin (+92.2%) are among the most dynamic smaller brands.

The Dacia Sandero delivered its first ever monthly Top 10 ranking in Europe in May.

In the models ranking, despite a steep 11.6% drop, the VW Golf is headed towards a 10th consecutive year atop the European sales charts. The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive months of VW Golf reign in March but that was due to an exceptionally high UK market and the Fiesta is in fact down 1.5% over the period in 4th place. The Renault Clio (+6%) and VW Polo (+2.8%) hold onto the 2nd and 3rd spots, and with the Opel Corsa (-6.3%) at #5, there are four small cars in the European Top 5. The Nissan Qashqai is up a very robust 8.4% to gain two spots to 6th place overall, if maintained until the end of the year – very possible given its recent facelift – it would be its highest ever annual ranking in Europe (previous best: #7 in 2015), the highest annual ranking for an SUV in Europe and also the highest ranking for a Japanese model in Europe. So many records at stake! The Opel Astra is up 3.2% and remains 7th while the Peugeot 208 drops 4.5% and two spots to #8.

The Toyota C-HR is the best-selling new launch in Europe at #42. 

After breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in August 2017 (#6) and the Top 5 in January 2017, the Tiguan lifted its monthly European ranking record to a stunning #4 in April. As a result, for the first time in a half-year ranking, the Tiguan is inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to sales up 74.6% with the new generation. Also boosted by a new model, the Citroen C3 is up 62.1% to #12 and broke the nameplate’s monthly record at #9 in April. Another star of the period is the Dacia Sandero, up 14.4% to #17 but inside the European Top 10 for the first time in May. The Mercedes C-Class (+10.5%), Renault Megane (+32.6%), Peugeot 3008 (+144.3%), Ford Kiuga (+24.2%), Fiat Tipo (+246.7%), Mercedes E-Class (+36.7%), BMW X1 (+29.3%) and Volvo XC60 (+34.7%) also impress in the Top 50 thanks to new models or facelifts. The Toyota C-HR (#42) is the most popular newcomer over the period, ahead of the Audi Q2 (#63), Ford Ka+ (#103), Suzuki Ignis (#110) and Skoda Kodiaq (#120). The new Opel Crossland X (#208 but #113 in June) should settle inside the Top 100 before the end of the year.

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Europe June 2017: First Top 5 ranking for the Renault Captur

The Renault Captur breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time despite sales down 6.1%.

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New car sales in Europe 27 countries are up a timid 1.8% year-on-year in June to 1.519.332 registrations, the highest volume for the month in a decade and only 22.000 units short off the June record established in 2007. 21 of the 27 countries included in this dataset show a positive year-on-year result for June, with Romania (+_47%), Lithuania (+40.7%), Estonia (+34.9%), Slovenia (+16.4%), Slovakia (+14.9%) and Greece (+14.6%) the most dynamic. At the other end of the scale, Belgium (-0.3%), Germany (-3.5%), the UK (-4.8%), Ireland (-14%), Luxembourg (-15%) and Latvia (-17.9%) post declines. Among the Top 5 markets, Italy (+12.5%), Spain (+6.5%) and France (+1.1%) are gaining ground vs. June 2016.

Mini posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +18.1% 

The Top 4 brands in the region all drop year-on-year: Volkswagen is down 0.6%, Renault down 0.4%, Ford down 2.9% and Opel/Vauxhall down 9.2%. Below, Peugeot (+7.7%), Mercedes (+6.1%), Fiat (+8.1%) and Skoda (+4%), compensate somehow but BMW (-5%) and Audi (-2%) also decline. Just outside the Top 10, Toyota post the largest gain in the Top 15 at +13.7%, with Dacia (+10.9%), Seat (+17.8%), Mini (+18.1%) and Suzuki (+16.4%) also sporting double-digit gains within the Top 20. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+34.5%), Porsche (+24.8%), Tesla (+70.1%), Abarth (+77.5%), Cadillac (+108.5%) and McLaren (+107.7%) are among the most dynamic whereas Smart (-14%), Lancia (-19.8%). Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group (+2.5%) dominates above PSA-Opel (-0.1%), Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi (+2.9%), FCA (+7.8%) and BMW Group (-2.9%). Daimler AG (+4.6%) and Toyota Motor (+12.3%) also impress.

The Peugeot 3008 breaks into the European Top 20 for the first time. 

The VW Golf holds onto the European models pole position but drops 3.4% while the Renault Clio (+0.2%) and VW Polo (+5.3%) both manage a positive result on the podium. The Opel Astra shoots back up 8 spots on May to land at a beautiful 4th place despite sales down 9% year-on-year, but the big surprise this month is the 5th place of the Renault Captur, up from #21 in May in spite of deliveries declining 6.1% on June 2016. This is the first time the Renault Captur ever breaks into the European Top 5, taking advantage of the freefalling of the Ford Fiesta (-23.5%) down to #9 and the Opel Corsa (-22.4%) down to #11. The Ford Focus on the other hand is back up 12 spot on last month to #12, and the Dacia Sandero, which broke into the European Top 10 for the very first time last month – is down to #12 but up 19.6% to end June just 625 sales off a second consecutive Top 10…

Nissan Micra European sales are up 114.3% thanks to the new model. 

The Citroen C3 is up 59.1% to #13 thanks to the new model, the VW Tiguan is u another 45.6% but slips outside the Top 10, going from #8 in May to #14 this month, the Peugeot 3008 soars 168.8% to break into the European Top 20 for the first time, and possibly the first time for the 3008 nameplate as a whole. Other great performers include the Fiat Tipo up 215.7% to #26, the Renault Scenic up 34.7% to #27, Ford Kuga up 26.7% to #28, BMW 5 Series up 49.7% to #41, Nissan Micra up 114.3% to #45 and the Mercedes GLC up 50.2% to #49. The Toyota C-HR (#50) leads recent launches ahead of the Audi Q2 (#61), Skoda Kodiaq (#87), Ford Ka+ (#105) and the Opel Crossland X up 88 spots on May to #113.

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UK First Half 2017: Now available with Top 150 models (BSCB Exclusive)

The Nissan X-Trail is up 62% to #30 in the UK so far this year. 

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We now have access to an H1 2017 Top 150 models ranking for the UK which normally restricts its model info to the Top 10. We learn that the Kia Sportage (+5%), Nissan Juke (+7%) and Ford Kuga (+11%) are nipping at the heels of the Top 10, all within 1.600 units. The Vauxhall Mokka on the other hand has slipped out of the Top 10, down 14% to #16 despite the arrival of the new Mokka X. The Fiat 500 (-12%) is also losing touch with the 10 best-sellers at #18 over the period. In contrast, they Hyundai Tucson is up 15% to #19, the VW Tiguan up 55% to #22, the Hyundai i10 up 17% to #25 and the Nissan X-Trail up 62% to #30.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport breaks into the UK Top 25. 

Further down towards the end of the Top 50, we also have a series of big gainers: the Dacia Sandero is up 13% and 13 spots to #44, the Citroen C3 up 85% to #45, the Ford Ecosport up 10% to #46, the Volvo XC60 up 24% to #47 and the Peugeot 3008 up 118% to #48. Among locals, the Range Rover Evoque (+3%) is down one spot to #23, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is up 15% and 6 spots to #24, ahead of the Jaguar XE (#63), Jaguar F-Pace (#67), Land Rover Discovery (#68) and Range Rover Sport. As far as recent launches are concerned, the Toyota C-HR lands at #57, the Audi Q2 at #79, the Seat Ateca at #82 and the Fiat Tipo at #87.

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Russia First Half 2017: Now available with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

The Kuga (+36%), Explorer (+46%) and Focus (+21%) help Ford regain foot in Russia this year. 

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We now have access to All-models data for Russia over the First Half of 2017. As usual the best-selling light commercials slot into the ranking, with the GAZ Gazelle (+1%) remaining at #6 and the UAZ Bukhanka (+11%) down two spots to #24. Outside the well-known Top 25, a few nameplates impress with significant gains: the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 36% to #30, the Ford Focus up 21% to #33, the Ford Kuga up 36% to #34, the Kia Optima up 103% to #37, Mercedes E-Class up 35% to #47 and Kia Cerato up 46% to #48. Further down, the Toyota Corolla (+123%), Nissan Murano (+117%) and Ford Explorer (+46%) also make themselves noticed.

The Lifan X60 remains the most popular Chinese model in China in 2017.The Lifan Solano is up 196% over the period thanks to the new model. Picture

Russia is one market Chinese manufacturers are working hard at trying to crack, with numerous launches and facelifts happening over the period. The Lifan X60 (+6%), which has just benefited from a facelift, remains the most popular and the only Chinese fare to crack the Russian Top 50 at #45. Its smaller stablemate the X50 is in difficulty at -26% to #70 whereas the Lifan Solano is enjoying the benefits of its relaunch as the Solano II with sales up 3-fold to #78. Lifan is the only Chinese carmaker placing nameplates in the Russian Top 100 this year. The Changan CS35 (+163%) is very dynamic at #110, ahead of the Chery Tiggo 5 (+54%), Geely Emgrand X7 (-6%) and the newly launched Haval H6. Also new for 2017 are the Chery Tggo 2 (#151), FAW Besturn X80 (#193), Haval H2 (#195), Haval H9 (#208), Foton Sauvana (#221), Haval H8 (#236), Geely Emgrand GT (#240) and FAW Junpai D60 (#283).

The Chery Tiggo 5 is up 54% so far in 2017. Picture zr.ruThe Haval H6 lands at #122 in Russia over the First Half of 2017. Picture zr.ruDiscreet appearance of the Geely Emgrand GT in the Russian sales charts at #240. 

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Malaysia Full Year 2016: Models data now available (BSCB Exclusive)

The All-new Perodua Bezza lands at #6 in Malaysia in 2016. Picture

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We now have access to very rare models data for Malaysia over the Full Year 2016. The Perodua Axia is the most popular nameplate in the country for the second year running, following the market at -13% to a slightly improved 15.4% market share. Thanks to a contained 9% drop, the Perodua Alza is up two spots on 2015 to snap the 2nd place overall with 7.9% share, overtaking the Perodua Myvi (-23%) and Proton Saga (-36%). This way, Perodua monopolises the models podium for the first time. There is a big reshuffle in the best-selling foreign models: the Honda HR-V surges 59% to take the lead, breaking into the overall Top 5 at #5. It passes the Honda City (-29%), Toyota Vios (-40%), Nissan Almera (-29%) and Toyota Hilux (-32%).

The Proton Perdana is back inside the Malaysian Top 30 thanks to a new model. Picture

All-new for this year, the Perodua Bezza brilliantly lands directly in 6th place with 5.2% market share. The Proton Iriz (-4%) remains in the Top 10. Further down, notice the Honda Civic up 82% and 10 spots to #16, the Nissan Navara up 53% and 10 ranks to #19, the Nissan X-Trail up 77% to #24 and the Mazda2 up 82% to #33. The Proton Perdana is back inside the Top 30 thanks to a new model, the Toyota Sienta lands directly at #35. The Mitsubishi Outlander (#60), Proton Ertiga (#72), VW Vento (#93) and Chery H5 (#96) are the other new launches managing a Top 100 ranking in Malaysia in 2016.

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