Europe 7 months 2014: Discover the Top 50 models

September 1st, 2014 1 comment

Seat Leon Europe July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

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I give you the Top 50 models for now, more data and complete analysis will follow shortly.

Previous Europe post: Strategy: Was killing Chevrolet in Europe a good idea?

Previous post: Europe July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best ranking in 16 months

One year ago: Europe July 2013: Ford Focus at highest in almost a year

Full January-July 2014 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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Europe July 2014: Discover the Top 50 models

September 1st, 2014 4 comments

Peugeot 308 Europe July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 continues to climb up the European ranking: #14 in July.

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I give you the Top 50 models for now, more data and complete analysis will follow shortly.

Previous Europe post: Strategy: Was killing Chevrolet in Europe a good idea?

Previous post: Europe July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best ranking in 16 months

One year ago: Europe July 2013: Ford Focus at highest in almost a year

Full July 2014 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea June 2014: Now with All-models & All-brands!

September 1st, 2014 2 comments

BMW 5 Series South Korea June 2014The BMW 5 Series is the best-selling foreign model in South Korea in June.

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For the very first time on BSCB I can share with you a complete models and brands ranking for South Korea, including imports! Exciting times indeed. In June there we 17,803 new imported cars registered in South Korea, bringing the overall total to 139,024 units. This 12.8% import market share is one of the lowest in the world, but it has grown exponentially over the past few years: it was was only 0.4% in 2000! Automotive News predicts imports could account for as much as 20% of the South Korean market by 2016…

Infniti Q50 South Korea June 2014.Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThanks to the Q50, Infiniti is up 214% so far in 2014 in South Korea.

Brand-wise, below Hyundai (43.1%), Kia (25.5%), Daewoo/Chevrolet (8.7%), Renault Samsung (6.1%) and SsangYong (3.7%), BMW is the most popular foreign brand in June with 3,358 sales and 2.4% share ahead of Volkswagen (2.2%), Mercedes (2.1%) and Audi (2%). Year-to-date, BMW is up 21% on 2013, Mercedes up 43% and Audi up 44% while Infiniti is up 214%, Volvo up 40%, Land Rover up 39%, Porsche up 21% and Jaguar up 20%. Interestingly, this month Lexus sells more than Toyota (590 units vs. 554) to become the best-selling Japanese brand in South Korea even though it only holds a 0.4% market share – underlining the tensions between the two countries.

Mercedes E Class South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThe Mercedes E-Class is one of only 3 foreign cars to sell over 1,000 units in SK this month.

In the models ranking, there are only 3 foreigners inside the June Top 30! The BMW 5 Series leads the way at #25 with 1,478 sales and 1.1% share ahead of the Mercedes E-Class at #27 and 1,419 units and the Audi A6 at #30 and 1,149 sales. These are the only 3 foreign models to sell more than 1,000 units in South Korea this month! Foreigners fare a little better below with a total of 12 representants inside the Top 50. Additions to the list include the VW Tiguan at #39, VW Golf at #40, BMW 3 Series at #41, VW Jetta at #42, Lexus ES at #46 and Infiniti Q50 at #50.

Previous post: South Korea July 2014: Kia Carnival breaks records in 2nd place

Previous June post: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

Full June 2014 Top 29 All-brands and Top 180 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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China July 2014: Now updated with Top 10 LCVs!

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Wuling Sunshine China July 2014Wuling Sunshine

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Thanks to LMC Automotive, as is now the tradition on BSCB I can now share with you more detail about the Chinese car market, including the Top 10 best-selling Light Commercial Vehicles. After taking a real beating since the beginning of the year, the Wuling Sunshine seems to now have stabilised and climbs to the #3 spot overall in July with 32,319 sales vs. #5 year-to-date. The Wuling Rongguang for its part is still very shy: up one spot on June to #10 vs. #4 so far in 2014. Let’s salute the great performance of the Wuling Mini Truck inside the Top 20 at #20 with 15,598 sales, making the Top 3 LCV 100% Wuling (Top 4 if we include the Hongguang). The Chana Mini Bus crumbles 20 spots from #4 in June to #24 this month, the Jiangling Light Truck makes a rare appearance in the overall Top 50 at #39 while the Great Wall Pickup (mainly the Wingle) is up to #44.

Previous post: China 7 months 2014: Haval H6 up to record 7th place

Previous July post: China July 2014: Market up 10% thanks to MPV and SUV sales

Previous month: China June 2014: Now updated with Top 10 LCVs!

One year ago: China July 2013: VW Jetta, Great Wall Haval H6 and Honda Crider impress

Full July 2014 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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Egypt July 2014: Chevrolet Optra breaks into Top 5

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Chevrolet Optra Egypt July 2014. Picture courtesy of indianautosblog.comChevrolet Optra

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The Egyptian new car market is up 128% year-on-year in July to 22,045 registrations, however this is off a very low base as July 2013 sales were impacted by the political troubled affecting the country. The year-to-date total now stands at 155,815 registrations, up 39% on 2013. The Top 4 best-selling models are unchanged compared to both June and year-to-date: the Hyundai Verna (an Accent from two generations ago) leads the way once again with 1,770 sales and 8% share ahead of the Chevrolet TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max) at 6.6%, the Nissan Sunny at 6% and the Geely Emgrand 7 at 5.4%. The big surprise of the month is the arrival of the Chevrolet Optra directly in 5th position (vs. #117 in June!) with 854 sales and 3.9%.

Suzuki Alto 800 Egypt July 2014. Picture courtesy of bsmotoring.comSuzuki Alto 800

Official data does not say whether this is the old or new generation (a rebadged Baojun 630) however given only the new gen is now visible on the Chevrolet Egypt webpage I will venture that this is indeed the new model gearing up very nicely. Other great performers this month include the Skoda Octavia up 10 spots on June to #10, the Renault Logan up 11 to #12, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at #16, Mitsubishi Attrage at #29 and Chevrolet Cruze up 28 ranks to #31. Finally we welcome an all-new model inside the Egyptian Top 40 this month: the Suzuki Alto 800 landing directly at #35 with 165 sales.

Previous month: Egypt June 2014: Hyundai Accent back inside Top 10

One year ago: Egypt July 2013: Peugeot 301 up to #4 in devastated market

Full July 2014 Top 153 All-models and Top 15 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy July 2014: Now with Top 150 best-selling models!

August 31st, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Sportsvan Italy July 2014VW Golf Sportsvan

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As it has now been the tradition on BSCB for exactly a year, we now have access to more detailed data for Italy. Outside the familiar Top 50, let’s notice the Mercedes GLA up 19 spots on June to #53, the Mini solid at #58 vs. #76 year-to-date thank to the new generation, the VW Golf Sportsvan breaking into the monthly Top 100 for the first time at #67 (up 55 ranks on last month), the Ford Ecosport up 13 to #82, Dacia Logan up a further 3 to #83 and the Porsche Macan up 28 to #84. Further down, the Peugeot 108 is up 29 spots to #126, the BMW X4 up one to #129 and the Mercedes V-Class making its first appearance inside the Italian Top 150 at #149.

Previous post: Italy July 2014: Fiat Punto, Renault Clio and Dacia Duster surge

Previous month: Italy June 2014: Now with Top 160 best-selling models!

One year ago: Italy July 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

Full July 2014 Top 150 models Ranking Table below.

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Philippines 7 months 2014: Now with Top 170 models!

August 31st, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Philippines July 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twThe Toyota Vios is the best-seller in the Philippines so far in 2014 (Taiwan model shown)

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For the first time in over a year, I can give you an all-models ranking for the Philippines, and this over the first 7 months of 2014. During that time, new car sales are up a gigantic 24% year-on-year to a record 150,400 registrations, with Toyota tightening its stranglehold on the market at just under 40% share, and it shows in the models ranking. The Toyota Vios is unsurprisingly the best-seller again this year thanks to 14,912 sales and 9.9% share, while the Toyota Fortuner overtakes both the Innova and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport to rank #2 overall at 9,739 units and 6.5% vs. 9,448 for the Montero Sport and 8,655 for the Innova…

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Philippines July 2014. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comMitsubishi Mirage G4

Toyota Wigo Philippines July 2014. Picture courtesy of carguide.phToyota Wigo

The next 3 models are all Toyotas, making it an amazing 6 Toyotas in the Filipino Top 7 over the period! The Hiace ranks 5th ahead of the Avanza and Hilux. The Honda City follows at #8 above the Mitsubishi Adventure while the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (aka Attrage) makes its first appearance in the ranking directly in 10th place with 3,526 sales and 2.3%. Other newcomers include the Toyota Wigo (aka Agya) imported directly from Indonesia and landing at #15 with 1.9% share, the Ford Ecosport at #28, the Hyundai Grand i10 at #35 and Chevrolet Spin at #41.

Previous post: Philippines July 2014 (brands): Toyota first manufacturer to break the 10,000 monthly unit-mark

One year ago: Philippines 6 months 2013: Now with Top 140 models ranking!

Full 7 months 2014 Top 170 models Ranking Table below.

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France August 2014 Car Landscape Snapshot

August 31st, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 308 SW France August 2014The new gen Peugeot 308 SW is off to a great start at home.

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After Barcelona we go to France where I spent a large part of the past month between the Nice area and Paris. I’m calling this update a Car Landscape Snapshot as it summaries my impressions observing the cars in circulation in my native country, and not all pictures are mine… Remember to click on any picture to enlarge! This stay in France was the opportunity to spot my first new generation Peugeot 308 Station Wagon, on sale since a few months ago now here. And after that it was a regular flow of this variant of the new French model, roughly one every day for a solid 3 weeks… There are still more hatchbacks than station wagons on the roads, which by the way is in line with the new 308 firmly establishing itself inside the monthly Top 5 best-sellers in the country, but the SW variant is enjoying an extremely encouraging start at home.

2. Renault Captur France August 2014bRenault Captur in Paris – August 2014

The second striking French car landscape observation I made this month is the (expected, I know) unbelievable popularity of the Renault Captur/Peugeot 2008. Potentially with the help of a few rental cars, I will go as far as saying that in the French Riviera (this is not valid in Paris) on some days I spotted more Captur and 2008 than Clio IV and 208 respectively! Yes you have read that well. Obviously this is not an exact science but it gives you an indication of how fast and furiously these two small SUVs have conquered their home market. This simple observation opens up an era when for their 2nd generation, both the Captur and 2008 have good chances to overtake the Clio (V) and 208 (II) and take control of the overall models ranking. Huge news in a country dominated by superminis every year since… 1974 – bar the Mégane in 1997!

Nissan Qashqai France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNot my picture, but had to be acknowledged: the new gen Nissan Qashqai

Third main finding: the high amount of 2nd generation Nissan Qashqai already sprawling in both Southern and Parisian streets this month, so soon after its launch. This means the transition between the two generations has been as smooth as Nissan could have hoped for, with the new Qashqai taking the relay exactly where the amazingly successful first generation left it, despite a slightly larger size and a very different look. This is confirmed by monthly sales figures with the Qashqai II already at #15 in July but seeing it with my own eyes had a different impact.

4. Peugeot Boxer France August 2014Peugeot Boxer in Paris – August 2014

As far as new models are concerned, here too the sales ranking gets roughly confirmed in real life which is always a great feeling. I spotted my first two Citroen C4 Cactus (both in the South), in line with its first Top 20 ranking in July, my first Toyota Aygo II and Citroen C1 II but no Peugeot 108 yet – logical as the 3 Kolin triplets are only breaking into the monthly Top 100 now. In the LCV category, quite a few new gen Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer can already be seen working hard in the streets of Paris…

3. Mercedes E Class France August 2014Mercedes E-Class in Paris – August 2014

Finally a Dacia observation: if last year I was impressed to spot one Dacia in every village in the Nice hinterland, this time the main info for the French-Romanian manufacturer is the extremely high incidence of 2nd generation Sandero (regular monthly Top 10 rankings consistently over the past 2 years will do that to you), and more precisely of Sandero Stepway: I estimate that roughly 50% of Sandero I spotted were the ‘pseudo-SUV’ variant of the model.

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France 1-20 August 2014: Volkswagen up 35%, Nissan up 29%

August 30th, 2014 13 comments

VW Golf France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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After a two month-hiatus due to the summer holidays, the French weekly updates are back on BSCB! Bad news: the French new car market continues to be very wobbly, and August traditionally being by far the slowest month of the year, we have less than 45,000 new registrations over the first 20 days of the month, up 1.3% year-on-year. French manufacturers are particularly weak, holding only 40% of their home market vs. 50.2% year-to-date… Peugeot leads the way at 6,544 sales (-5%) above Citroen (+1%) and Renault (-22%) who traditionally backloads its months so nothing to worry about. Volkswagen (+35%) thanks to the Golf (#4) and Polo (#8) and Nissan (+29%) thanks to the new Qashqai, really impress, while Dacia is up 16% with the Sandero at #3 and the Duster at #6 and Mercedes catches up on a month of August 2013 disrupted by immobilised sales of A and CLA-Class at +90%.

Previous post: France July 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands!

One year ago: France 1-26 August 2013: Citroen C4 Picasso in shape

Full 1-20 August 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Serbia July 2014: Skoda Fabia regains control

August 30th, 2014 2 comments

Skoda Fabia 2015 Serbia July 20142015 Skoda Fabia

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 1,899 new cars found a buyer in Serbia in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 12,693 units. Amazingly, as the third generation just got unveiled, the Skoda Fabia regains control of the Serbian models ranking both in July thanks to 149 sales and 7.8% share and year-to-date at 752 units and 5.9%, overtaking the locally-produced Fiat 500L at 728 sales and 5.7% and down to #5 this month. The Skoda Octavia is back up to #2 with a strong 117 sales and 6.2%, while the Seat Leon jumps onto the podium at #3 and 4.5% share.

Previous month: Serbia June 2014: Skoda Rapid and Dacia Sandero lead the way

One year ago: Serbia 6 months 2013: Locally produced Fiat 500L pops up at #1!

Full July 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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