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Lille

Lille is a splendid Northern French city with Flemish roots. But on June 22nd it will temporarily turn Irish and Italian, when the two teams battle it out in their last group E game. If you’re lucky enough to be supporting our boys in France, here’s how to get there and what to do when you arrive.

At a glance

At the other end of the country, Lille is some drive from Bordeaux. Near the Belgium border, Lille is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Flemish flavour. The largest city in the North, it has suffered many sieges through the centuries. If you have time before or after the match, the picturesque Grand Place, reminiscent of Brussels or Amsterdam, and the art museum are two must-sees.

Getting there

Driving from Bordeaux: It’s an 800km drive via the A10, which should take around seven hours and forty minutes.

By ferry: Rosslare to Cherbourg with Stena Line then onto Lille by car via the A29. It’s a 510km drive, which should take around five hours.

Cork to Roscoff with Brittany Ferries and then onto Lille by car via the A29. It’s a 729km drive, which should take around seven hours.

Hiring a car? Baffling rates, confusing fuel and insurance policies and costly penalties: hiring a car in Europe isn’t always straightforward. So if you’ve decided to fly to France and hire a car, here’s a useful guide to hiring a car in Europe, from Liberty Insurance.

Getting around The 50,000 capacity Stade Pierre-Mauroy is 7km from the city centre, accessible via Metro line 1 (stops Cité Scientifique and 4 Cantons), or line 2, (station Les Près) and then a free shuttle bus to the stadium. Lille has an automated Metro system, two tram lines and an extensive bus system. More on Lille’s public transport here.

Eating and drinking You won’t be stuck for a good feed or a few drinks. Lille is famed for its bars and bistros, referred to locally as ‘estaminets’. Head to rues Barre, Bouchers, Basse and Royale.

 Where to stay

Lille is small so wherever you stay you won’t be too far away from the action. B&B Lille Grand Stade and the Park Inn Lille Grand Stade are right next to the stadium and get good reviews. The Inter Hotel Ascotel is another decent option only slightly further away. Finally, Stars Hotel Villeneuve d’Ascq and Premiere Class Lille Est are two budget options. Check Kuoni, the official accommodation agency for the tournament.

Fun fact to impress the lads with

The city only became French when Louis XIV captured it from Spanish rule in 1667.

Car insurance

If you’re taking your own car, before you go check with your insurance provider to make sure you have the minimum cover you need to drive in France. At Liberty Insurance, all their motor policies give you the minimum cover you need by law to use your car in any EU country, including France, for up to 93 days.Get a car insurance quote in minutes. And if you missed it, check out their comprehensive guide to driving to the Euros here, covering everything you need to know about driving in France.

Tahiti (France) Full Year 2015: Ranger and Duster resist Hilux push (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Ranger Tahiti 2015The Ford Ranger is the best-seller in Tahiti for the 2nd consecutive year. 

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Tahiti is the largest island in and often synonymous with French Polynesia, a French overseas collectivity located in the South Pacific Ocean 4.400 km / 2.734 miles south of Hawaii and 5,700 km / 3,542 miles east of Australia. French Polynesia as a whole is composed of 118 islands and atolls stretching over more than 2.000 km / 1.200 miles. See the location of Tahiti on the map below. Tahiti was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti until its annexation by France in 1880, although it was not until 1946 that indigenous Tahitians were legally authorised to be French citizens.

Bora BoraBora Bora, Tahiti

The Tahitian new car market is down 7% year-on-year in 2015 to 4.314 registrations and is relatively similar to another South Pacific overseas French collectivity: New Caledonia. However here French carmakers have reclaimed a tight grip with Renault leading the way with 10.2% share thanks to sales up 8% ahead of Peugeot at 9.3% (-4%) and Dacia at 9.2% (-3%). Leader in 2015. Ford drops 30% to 4th place, threatened by Toyota that sold just 2 units less.

tahitioceaniaTahiti location (picture courtesy worldatlas.com)

In the models ranking, despite sales down 14% on 2014, the Ford Ranger manages to hold onto the title of best-selling vehicle in Tahiti for 2015, distancing the Dacia Duster (-11%) and Toyota Hilux (+8%) with the Hyundai Tucson (-12%) rounding up the Top 4.

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Papua New Guinea Full Year 2015: Land Cruiser 70 sovereign (Exclusive)

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Papua New Guinea 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is the best-selling vehicle in PNG. 

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Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s least explored nations culturally and geographically. It occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea north of Australia, with the western half forming the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. It is home to 7.1 million inhabitants, most of them living in customary communities which are as diverse as the 848 languages listed for the country. Papua New Guinea is one of the most rural countries in the world, with only 18% of the population living in urban centres, and one-third of the population living on less than US$1.25 per day.

However, due to its larger population, Papua New Guinea is one of the four biggest Oceanic new car markets with 8.055 new registrations in 2015 (-3%), most of it confined to the capital Port Moresby as well as mining areas. As it is the case in almost every single nation in Oceania (bar American Samoa), Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in Papua New Guinea with a whopping 54.9% market share and follows the market with sales down 3% year-on-year, distancing Isuzu up 9% (14.4%) and Nissan down 12% (7.2%). Kia (2.6%) makes its entrance inside the Top 10 brands for 2015. Utilitarian models dominate the sales charts, with the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 obliterating the competition with a 28.8% market share, particularly popular in in its Troop Carrier 10-seater and Single Cab pickup truck configurations. The Toyota Hiace (8.7%), Coaster (7.4%) and Hilux (7%) also shine.

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Fiji Full Year 2015: Toyota improves to 29.3%, Hilux #1 (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Fiji 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux leads the Fijian sales charts in 2015. 

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Fiji is an Pacific island nation composed of 332 islands and more than 500 islets located about 2.000 km (1.300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Almost 90% of the 860.000 inhabitants live in the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources, and this translates into a more new car market with 18 manufacturers sharing official sales figures.

Fiji locationFiji location

Regisrations are down 12% year-on-year in 2015 to 2.675 units and are once again dominated by Toyota improving its market share to 29.3% thanks to deliveries down just 1%. Hyundai (-9%) follows like in 2014 but Isuzu climbs 4 spots and 30% to land on the third step of the podium. Kia, Mitsubishi and Ford follow while in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux dominates with 10.8% share, following the market with sales down 13%.

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American Samoa Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma up 48% (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Tacoma American Samoa 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com.jpgThe Toyota Tacoma could lead the models charts in American Samoa in 2015. 

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Not to be confused with Samoa, covered in a separate update, American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific and forming the eastern part of the Samoan Islands chain – see exact location on maps below. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls with a total population of 57.345 as of 2015. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the U.S. and one of two U.S. territories (with Jarvis Island) south of the Equator.

American Samoa locationAmerican Samoa location – picture courtesy Wikipedia

Samoa_islands Samoa Islands

Being integrated to the U.S., the American Samoan new car landscape differs drastically from that of the rest of Oceanian nations, themselves dominated by Thailand-made pickups such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger and minivans like the Toyota Hiace. Instead, in American Samoa the Toyota Tacoma and Ford F-Series should lead the ranking. The local market is up 9% in 2015 to 369 registrations, led by Ford at 38.2% share (+7%) but Toyota is catching up fast at 36.6% (+21%). Helping the Japanese manufacturer this year is the Tacoma mid-size pickup up a fantastic 48% year-on-year to 86 deliveries. This should be enough to outsell the Ford F-Series and take the lead.

Previous year: American Samoa Full Year 2014: F-Series and Tacoma on top

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Solomon Islands Full Year 2015: Market down 36%, Hilux #1 (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Solomon Islands 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux is once again the favourite choice in the Solomon Islands. 

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The Solomon Islands are located east of Papua New Guinea and composed of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands stretching 1.500 km (930 mi). Solomon is home to 523.000 inhabitants and has sometimes been described as an ‘unformed state’. The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Tight commercial links with China means Chinese manufacturer Great Wall was once well represented in the archipelago unlike in most other nations composing Oceania.

Solomon Islands locationSolomon Islands location – picture courtesy Wikipedia

The Solomon Islander new car market is in freefall in 2015 at -36% to just 296 registrations. However the two market leaders limit their fall, resulting in higher market shares: Toyota is down 20% to account for 42.2% of total sales vs. 33.5% a year ago while Isuzu is down 25% to 27.7% vs. 23.6% in 2014. On the other hand, Nissan (-60%) and Hyundai (-39%) crumble while Great Wall (-81%) implodes. The Toyota Hilux remains the most popular vehicle in the archipelago, improving its share to 22%.

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Vanuatu Full Year 2015: Hilux at almost 50% share (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Vanuatu 2015The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Vanuatu. 

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The Republic of Vanuatu is a South Pacific Y-shaped archipelago nation composed of 82 small islands stretching 1.300 km (810 mi) and located 1.750 km (1.090 mi) east of northern Australia – see exact location on map below. In 1980, Vanuatu became independent from a British-French Condominium dating back to 1906. It is home to 267.000 inhabitants.

Vanuatu locationVanuatu location (Picture courtesy Wikipedia)

The Ni-Vanuatu new car market is estimated at around 250 registrations in 2015 and continues to be obliterated by Toyota, holding almost 82% market share with 204 sales. The Toyota Hilux is once again the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 6%, followed by the Hiace and Land Cruiser 70.

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Samoa Full Year 2015: Ranger challenging Hilux (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Ranger Samoa 2015Ford Ranger 

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Samoa composes the western part of the Samoan Islands, the Eastern part being American Samoa, and is home to 194.320 inhabitants. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu where the capital city Apia and the Faleolo International Airport are located, and Savai’i, one of the biggest islands in Polynesia.

Samoa locationSamoa location (Picture courtesy Wikipedia)

Samoa_islandsSamoa Islands

The Samoan new car market is down 7% year-on-year in 2015 to 258 registrations. Toyota dominates the Samoan market head and shoulders with over 53% share, followed by Ford at 27.5% and Hyundai at 16.7%. The Hilux is Toyota’s best-seller followed by the Hiace but both nameplates could potentially be challenged by the new Ford Ranger which should account for the majority of Ford sales in the archipelago.

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Tonga Full Year 2015: Hilux #1, Toyota holds 89% share (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Tonga April 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Tonga.

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Tonga is a Polynesian archipelago composed of 177 islands spread over 700.000 km2 (270.000 sq mi) and stretching over 800 km (500 mi) in a north-south line, about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii.  It has 103.000 inhabitants, 70% of which lives on the main island of Tongatapu. See exact location on the map below.

Tonga locationTonga location (picture courtesy Wikipedia)

Tonga is one of the smallest car markets in the world, with only 53 new vehicles registered in 2015, two more than in 2014. Toyota is the only manufacturer to really sell vehicles in the country with a 88.7% market share in 2015, Hyundai and Nissan are also present. The Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Tonga followed by the Hiace – both nameplates dropping 10% vs. 2014 and the RAV4 up 50%.

Previous year: Tonga Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux holds just under 40% of tiny market

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Kiribati Full Year 2016: Toyota Hiace stays in the lead (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hiace Kiribati 2015Toyota Hiace

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Kiribati is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, pronounced “Kiribas” as “ti” in Kiribatese makes an “s” sound. The 33 atolls and reef islands forming the nation are dispersed over a whopping 3.5 million km2 (1.351.000 sq mi), spreading across the equator, although the Date Line is indented to bring the Line Islands in the same day as the Kiribati Islands. Kiribati also extends into the eastern, western, northern and southern hemispheres, being the only country in the world that is situated within all four hemispheres.

Kiribati locationKiribati location

Kiribati never rises over two metres above see level and as such is in the front line of nations most vulnerable to increasing sea levels due to global warming. The capital and now most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways – like the one pictured below.

Kiribati floodsKiribati – a paradise soon to be lost?

These causeways are mainly traveresed by various generations of Toyota Hiace, the most popular vehicle in the country for a while, including 2015 when it sold 34 units (+3%), accounting for over half of the total new registrations of Kiribati. Toyota holds 75% of the market.

Previous year: Kiribati Full Year 2014: Toyota Hiace holds 55% market share

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