Pakistan March 2015: Suzuki Ravi progresses further to 2nd place

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Suzuki Ravi Pakistan March 2015Suzuki Ravi sales are up a stunning 248% year-on-year in Pakistan in March.

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Only sales of locally-produced nameplates are available for Pakistan for now, however this is a fairly good representation of the best-sellers in the country as very high import taxes make new imports relatively rare. The market for new locally-produced models is up an explosive 72% year-on-year in March to 21,147 registrations, lifting the first quarter total to 56,212 deliveries, up 44% on 2014. The Toyota Corolla seems unbeatable atop the sales charts with 5,196 units and 24.6% share, however the Suzuki Ravi is making great progress: up a stunning 248% year-on-year to 3,784 sales, stealing the 2nd spot away from the Suzuki Mehran (3,184) while the Suzuki Bolan is also in great shape at 3,521 units, up 205% on March 2014. The Mehran remains #2 year-to-date for now at 9,572 sales vs. 7,674 for the Ravi and 7,245 for the Bolan.

Previous month: Pakistan February 2015: Toyota Corolla #1, Suzuki Ravi up

One year ago: Pakistan March 2014: Honda City and Sigma Defender shine

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Chile March 2015: Nissan up to #2 in market down 23%

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Nissan X-Trail Chile March 2015Nissan X-Trail

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No sign of recovery for the Chilean new car market, down another 23% year-on-year in March to 21,469 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to 63,593, down a harsh 27% on 2014. Chevrolet cements its leadership of the market with 3,415 sales and 15.9% share and we have a surprise in 2nd place this month: Nissan is up 3 spots on February and on its year-to-date ranking thanks to 2,233 sales and 10.4% share vs. 7.8% so far in 2015. Kia is kicked down to #3 at 10.2% but overtakes sister company Hyundai year-to-date, the latter being down to a paltry 5th place with 7.1% share in March. Suzuki ranks 4th with a strong 8.4% share, Mitsubishi is back up to #7, while the Chinese add up to 1,760 sales and 8.2% share, led once again by Great Wall (#19) followed by ChangAn (#20) and Chery (#21).

Mitsubishi L200 Chile 2015The Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling nameplate in Chile so far in 2015.

We now have access to rare models data for Chile over the 1st Quarter 2015, and there are a few surprise atop the sales charts: the Mitsubishi L200 brilliantly takes the overall lead thanks to 2,381 sales and 3.7% share (vs. #5 in 2014), potentially thanks to reduced prices as the current model enters runout time. The L200 is now followed by the Hyundai Accent at 2,253 units, the Kia Rio at 2,193 and the Toyota Hilux at 2,099. #2 in 2014, the Chevrolet Sail drops to #5 so far this year whereas the 2014 leader the Chevrolet Spark falls to #17. Notice also the Nissan Versa at #10 and the Hyundai Grand i10 at #15.

Previous month: Chile February 2015: Chevrolet reclaims top spot in market down 29%

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

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Argentina March 2015: Ford Focus edges past Toyota Hilux to #1

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Ford Focus III Argentina March 2015. Picture courtesy cuyomotor.com.arThe Ford Focus is #1 in Argentina for the first time.

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The Argentinean new car market gets a breath of fresh air in March with sales down just 7% year-on-year to 48,236 registrations – on a very low March 2014 base though, meaning the 1st Quarter 2015 ends on a 28% drop at 155,784 units. Volkswagen (#1, +15%), Ford (#2, +5%) and Chevrolet (#4, +21%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground year-on-year in the March Top 8. Reversely, Peugeot (-25%), Citroen (-28%) and Renault (-39%) sink. Mercedes triples its sales compared to March 2014 to 888 units, Nissan is up 113%, Iveco up 203%, Hyundai up 123% and Audi up 259%… Some pretty good news indeed.

Mercedes C-Class Argentina March 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukMercedes sales in Argentina are up a gigantic 199% year-on-year in March.

The best-selling model in Argentina this month is a novelty: the Ford Focus III edges 6 units past the Toyota Hilux to snatch the pole position for the first time in its two year-career, its previous best being #3 last August. The Focus sells 2,080 units for a 4.3% market share and climbs to #7 year-to-date vs. #12 over FY2014. The Hilux for its part is also #2 so far in 2015, as it was in 2014. The Fiat Palio is back up 5 spots on February to #3, the Ford Ecosport is down two to #4, the Fiesta Kinetic makes it 3 Fords in the Top 5 and the VW Gol Trend drops 5 ranks on last month to #6 but remains #1 year-to-date with 6,697 sales so far. Further down the ranking, we welcome the Nissan Note directly at #107.

Previous month: Argentina February 2015: Gol Trend and Ecosport top market down 28%

One year ago: Argentina March 2014: Toyota Etios up to world-best #2

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Bulgaria March 2015: Dacia Dokker leads, Lada Niva in Top 10

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Dacia Dokker Bulgaria March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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The Bulgarian new car market is up an estimated 14% year-on-year in March to 2,694 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to an estimated 6,489 units, up 8% on 2014. The Renault Group places its two brands atop both the March and first quarter sales charts: Dacia leads with 351 units and 13% ahead of Renault at 336 and 12.5% in March, 766 and 749 respectively over the first 3 months of 2015. Toyota rounds up the podium at 9.7% followed by Ford at 9.1% and Skoda at 7.3%. Local manufacturer Great Wall is stuck at a paltry 18th spot with just 35 sales, down 57% over Q1 2015…

Renault Captur Bulgaria March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur is #4 in Bulgaria in March.

In the models ranking, the Dacia Dokker has now well and truly grabbed the reins of the sales charts with 222 sales and 8.2% share in March, almost double any other nameplate on sale in the country. The Renault Clio IV is up to 2nd place with 118 units, just above the Ford Fiesta at 110 and the Renault Captur at 106. Excellent performance of the Toyota Auris at #7, Lada Niva at #9 and Renault Fluence at #11. As a reminder Bulgarian sales data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria February 2015: 3 Dacias in Top 4

One year ago: Bulgaria March 2014: Renault Clio and Nissan Qashqai on top

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Switzerland March 2015: Skoda Octavia takes the lead year-to-date

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Skoda Octavia Switzerland March 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Octavia is now the best-selling nameplate in Switzerland for 2015.

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Thanks to sales up by a bright 20% year-on-year in March to 31,487 units, the Swiss new car market finishes the first quarter 2015 in positive at +6% to 72,275 deliveries. Once again Volkswagen underperforms (+5%) but stays in the lead at 3,385 sales, followed by Mercedes up a spectacular 50% to 2,546 units, Skoda up 37% to 2,417 and BMW up 33% to 2,230. Notice also Renault up 50% to #7, Citroen up 30% to #9, Hyundai up 28% to #11, Subaru up 62% to #15, Fiat up 47% to #16, Mitsubishi up 104% and Porsche up 110%. In the models ranking, the Volkswagen Group can claim a cannibalistic victory with the Skoda Octavia taking the overall lead year-to-date over the VW Golf thanks to a 2nd month in pole position with 1,519 sales and 4.8% share vs. 1,131 and 3.6% for the Golf. First quarter tallies are 3,414 and 3,050 respectively, so a solid advantage for the Octavia for now.

Mercedes AMG GT Switzerland March 201547 Mercedes AMG GT S found a buyer in Switzerland in March.

The Top 5 best-sellers are unchanged on February and year-to-date, with the VW Polo rounding up the podium at just 2% share, and all 346 other nameplates at 1.6% share or less, Switzerland confirming its title of most fragmented car market in the world. The Mercedes C-Class ranks 4th, the Audi A3 5th, the Renault Clio is up 17 spots on February to #7, the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #9, the Mercedes GLA is extremely robust again at #15, the Opel Corsa is up 20 ranks to #17, the Subaru Forester up 56 to #26, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 29 to #30 and the BMW 2 Series up 30 to #32. Further down, the Fiat 500X is up to #52, the Suzuki Vitara lands at #82 with 147 sales and the Mercedes AMG GT S ranks #158 with 47 units sold.

Previous month: Switzerland February 2015: Skoda Octavia one step above VW Golf

One year ago: Switzerland March 2014: Mazda3 up, Mercedes GLA at world-best

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Turkey March 2015: Toyota Corolla tops market up 75%

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Toyota Corolla Turkey March 2015. Picture courtesy toyotaclubtr.comThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in Turkey in March.

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New light vehicle sales in Turkey are up an explosive 75% year-on-year in March to 83,302 registrations – keeping in mind March 2014 was down 31% on a year before. First quarter sales are up a fantastic 50% to 115,272 units. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (15.5%), Ford (up 178% to 11.9%), Renault (11.8%) and Fiat (up 91% to 11.2%) dominate. In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla takes the lead for the first time in years thanks to 3,489 sales, followed by the Fiat Doblo at 3,276 and the Fiat Linea, #1 year-to-date, at 3,129. The Ford Transit/Tourneo Courier, manufactured locally, is down two spots to #4 but remains #2 so far in 2015. The Renault Fluence is back up 7 spots to #5 and the VW Jetta up 11 to #10.

Previous month: Turkey February 2015: Fiat Linea and Ford Courier on top

One year ago: Turkey March 2014: Renault Symbol reclaims leadership

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South Africa March 2015: Nissan NP200 and Ford Ecosport strong

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Nissan NP200 South Africa March 2015Nissan NP200 Stealth Special Edition

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Like in February, new vehicle sales in South Africa display remarkable year-on-year stability masking economic troubles and rising inflation: up 9 units (!) on March 2014 to 55,449 registrations and down 0.07% over the first quarter of 2015 to 160,059 deliveries. Toyota tops the manufacturer ranking with just under 20% market share ahead of Volkswagen Group (15.1%) and Ford (12.4%) while Hyundai-Kia (9.8%) and General Motors/Isuzu (9.2%) round up the Top 5. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements its domination this year with 3,625 sales and 6.5% above the Ford Ranger (5.6%) and VW Polo Vivo (5.1%) but the performer of the month is the Nissan NP200 (aka previous gen Dacia Logan pick-up) lifted by a Stealth Special Edition up to #4 with 1,956 sales and 3.5%. The Ford Ecosport for its part lodges a third consecutive month inside the Top 10, the Datsun GO is down 10 spots on February to #26 and the Opel Mokka makes its first appearance in the SA Top 100 at #54.

Previous month: South Africa February 2015: Toyota Hilux edges out Ford Ranger

One year ago: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Etios on podium

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New Zealand March 2015: 5 Pickups in the Top 6 in record market

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Holden Colorado NZ March 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Holden Colorado cracks the NZ podium for the first time this month.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to jump from record to record: up a further 5% year-on-year in March to 11,755 registrations, the best March score since 1984. This is split into 8,075 new passenger cars (best March since 1984) and 3,680 new commercial vehicles (best March since 1982), bringing the first quarter total to 33,299 units, up 8% on 2014. Toyota leads the way again with 1,788 sales and 15.2% share above Holden (9.8%) and Ford (9.3%), replicating the 2015 year-to-date order. Mitsubishi is up two spots to #4 and 8% share, knocking Mazda and Hyundai to #5 and #6 respectively. Mercedes is up 15% so far in 2015, Jeep up 29%, Isuzu up 31%, Foton up 68%, Fiat up 73% and Porsche up 103%.

Mitsubishi Triton NZ March 2015The new models should push Mitsubishi Triton sales even further up this year.

The NZ models ranking has a very particular taste this month: now that the Summer season is well and truly over and rental sales are down to insignificant figures, pickup trucks literally kill the ranking: there are 5 of them in the Top 6, with the Toyota Corolla the only passenger car at #4… The Toyota Hilux is in the lead like in February with 548 sales, but the Ford Ranger – #2 at 514 units – is still #1 year-to-date. Thanks to 346 deliveries, the Holden Colorado breaks into the NZ podium for the first time ever (previous best: #4 reached in June 2014), the Mitsubishi Triton is up 5 ranks on February to #5 and the Nissan Navara is down two to #4. Notice also the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #7 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 12 to #11.

Previous month: New Zealand February 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims lead

One year ago: New Zealand March 2014: Ford Ranger #1, now above Toyota Hilux year-to-date

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Austria March 2015: Ford Focus surges to 2nd place, Hyundai ix35 #5

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Ford Focus Austria March 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deFord Focus

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The Austrian new car market is up 5% year-on-year in Austria to 31,086 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to 75,154 units, still down a significant 7.5% on 2014. Volkswagen continues to reign supreme with 4,911 sales and 15.8% share, but is followed this month by Opel with 2,312 deliveries and 7.4%. Ford rounds up the podium at 2,112 units and 6.8% above Skoda (#2 year-to-date) at a round 2,000 sales and 6.4% and Hyundai at 1,923 and 6.2%. Peugeot is up to #10 and Mazda up to #11. In the models ranking, below the VW Golf still in the lead despite sales down 19% over Q1, the Ford Focus is up 8 spots on February to land at #2 and 2.7% share, above the Skoda Octavia, while the Hyundai ix35 improves further to an astounding 5th place. Notice also the Opel Astra at #10 (+64% over Q1), the Mazda3 up to #13 and Nissan Qashqai at #15.

Previous month: Austria February 2015: Golf and Octavia lead, Hyundai ix35 up to #6

One year ago: Austria March 2014: Renault Mégane up to 5th place

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Taiwan March 2015: CMC Veryca and Delica push up

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CMC Veryca Taiwan March 2015. Picture courtesy of news.u-car.com.twThe CMC Veryca is up to 5th place overall in March.

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New car sales in Taiwan are down slightly year-on-year in March at -1% to 33,892 registrations, however first quarter results are frankly into positive territory, up 7% on 2014 to 106,811 units. Toyota leads the way as usual with 26.2% of the market, followed by Mitsubishi/CMC at 10.6%, Nissan/Infiniti at 10% and Honda at 6.4%. Mercedes is up to a fantastic 5th place with 5.8% share, BMW is up to #8 and 4.6% and local manufacturer Luxgen remains inside the Top 10 with 1,205 sales and 3.6% share. In the models ranking, below the Toyota Corolla (weak at 7.5% share), the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Tiida round up the podium while the two CMC models (the LCV arm of Mitsubishi Taiwan) spark up this month: the Veryca is up to 5th place with 1,074 deliveries while the Delica is up to #10 thanks to 823 units sold. The Luxgen U6 Turbo ranks #13, the Mercedes C-Class is up to #16, the Lexus NX at #23 and the Hyundai Santa Fe at #25.

Previous month: Taiwan February 2015: Lexus NX breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Taiwan March 2014: Toyota Corolla up to 13% share

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