Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

March 20th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Singapore 2014The Toyota Corolla is #1 in Singapore for the first time since 2006.

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The main development in the 2014 Singaporean new car market is the lowering of prices of Certificates of Entitlements (the right to register a new car) which had reached extravagant figures in the past few years – sometimes matching the price of the car itself. Lower COEs mean mass market cars are affordable again and luxury brands are not the only valid option anymore. The trend is set to continue in 2015 with even more COEs made available for the cheapest car categories. As a result premium German manufacturers loosen the grip they had over the market in the past couple of years: Toyota reclaims the brands pole position thanks to sales up 57% to 5,431, above Mercedes (+20%) and BMW (-13%). Note Toyota sales include luxury brand Lexus and would not be #1 without it.

Mercedes E Class Singapore 2014The Mercedes E-Class lost its throne to the Toyota Corolla in 2014.

The “re-massmarketisation” of Singaporean new car sales is best symbolised by the return to the pole position for the first time in 8 years of the Toyota Corolla – contrary to preliminary information that was published in the local press and had the Mercedes E-Class at #1. If Volkswagen (-12%) remains in 4th place, the rest of the ranking is completely reshuffled as a direct consequence of lower COE prices: both Mazda and Nissan increase their sales threefold on 2013 to #5 and #6 respectively, Honda is up fourfold to #8, Hyundai up 89% to #10, Kia up 179% to #11 and Subaru up 212% to #12.

Previous post: Singapore H1 2014: Mercedes E-Class best-seller

Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2013: Mercedes leads for the first time

Two years ago: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal February 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Clio lifts Renault up to 12.5% share this month in Portugal.

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The Portuguese new car market is catching up on lost time and continues to lodge extravagant growth rates: +36% year-on-year in February to 14,302 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total up 32% to 26,141 units. After dropping to #5 in January, Renault reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 with sales up 75% on a year ago to 1,781 deliveries and 12.5% share. This performance earns it the 2015 year-to-date top spot as well with 10.7% share vs. 10% for Peugeot, kicked down to #2 in February at 9.9% despite sales up 42%. Volkswagen (+45%), BMW (+24%) and Mercedes (+38%) follow, with Dacia (+49%), Opel (+55%), Citroen (+58%), Smart (+58%), Mini (+67%) and Kia (+93%) all frankly outperforming the market inside the Top 20.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal February 2015The Nissan Pulsar is up to a best-ever #22 in Portugal in February.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is back in charge both this month (6% share) and year-to-date (4.5%), with the VW Polo (3.9%) and Peugeot 208 (3.4%) far below while the January leader, the VW Golf, is down to #5 in February and #3 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Corsa is up 11 spots on January to #4, the Nissan Qashqai is up 5 to #6, the Fiat 500 up 10 to #16 and the BMW 2 Series breaks into the Portuguese Top 30 for the first time thanks to the Active Tourer variant. Among recent launches, the Nissan Pulsar is up a spectacular 64 ranks on January to #22, the Smart Forfour is up one to #47, the Fiat 500X up 95 to #52 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #168 with 3 units sold.

Previous month: Portugal January 2014: BMW and Mercedes on podium

One year ago: Portugal February 2014: Mercedes A-Class leads its category ahead of VW Golf

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UK 9 months 2014: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Jaguar F-Type UK 2014The Jaguar F-Type cracks the Top 150 at home over the period.

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We are catching up on lost time with UK sales data: today I can give you a Top 360 All-models ranking for the first 9 months of 2014, the last stop before Full Year 2014 data. This is to be compared with a Top 10 traditionally, or a Top 20 for the FY2014 (for now). Note this ranking represents cars registered, not sold and therefore many be slightly different than the previous H1 2014 data published. It also has a few quirks, notably unusual sales splits for the Mini (Cooper/One/Countryman/Roadster/Paceman). Outside the familiar Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class gains two spots on H1 to #11, the Mini Cooper, Mercedes A-Class and Nissan Note do the same at #21, #22 and #25 respectively, the Ford Kuga gains 4 to #28 and the Renault Captur takes a slight advantage over its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 at #41 vs. #44.

Lamborghini Huracan UK 2014The Lamborghini Huracan lands at #334.

The Volvo V40 is up 6 ranks to #45, the Suzuki Alto up 9 to #56, BMW 4 Series up 5 to #64, the Fiat 500L, now split from the 500, appears at #75 with 8,466 sales, the Mini Countryman climbs to #96 and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 22 spots to #99. Dacia marks a slight pause: the Sandero is down 7 spots vs. H1 to #62 with 10,896 sales, the Duster slips out of the Top 100 at #102 with 4,736 units and the Logan is down two ranks to #149 and 1,802 deliveries.

MG3 UK 2014The MG3 ranks at #168 so far in 2014.

Among 2014 newcomers, the Peugeot 108 shoots up 190 spots to #109, the Mercedes GLA is up 11 to #124, the BMW 2 Series up 18 to #125, the Ford Ecosport up 38 to a still very shy #156 and 1,618 sales, the Porsche Macan up 9 to #188, the Tesla Model S up 22 to #226 and the BMW X4 up 82 to #233. We welcome the Nissan Pulsar at #222, the VW e-Golf at #313, Lamborghini Huracan at #334 and Lexus NX at #338. In the local produce aisle, notice the Jaguar F-Type at #150, the MG 3 at #168, the Bentley Continental at #201 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith at #274.

Previous post: UK February 2015: VW Golf doubles sales to shoot up to 2nd place

Previous All-models ranking: UK 1st Half 2014: Now with Top 350 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Previous year: UK Full Year 2013: Now with the Top 322 best-selling models (BSCB exclusive)

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Morocco Full Year 2014: Dacia monopolises Top 4!

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Sandero Morocco 2014. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero is up two spots to #2 in Morocco in 2014.

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New light vehicle sales in Morocco are up a shy 1% year-on-year in 2014 to 122,081 registrations, divided in 109,670 passenger cars (+1%) and 12,411 light commercial vehicles (-1%). French-Romanian manufacturer and local producer Dacia continues to progress with sales up 11% to 33,734 units and a huge 27.6% market share. Dacia even manages in Morocco what it hasn’t yet managed in any country in the world – including Romania: monopolising the Top 4 best-selling models! The Logan finishes the year in pole position once again just under 10% market share, above the Sandero (+9%), Dokker (+2%) and Duster (+6%).

Dacia Logan Taxi Morocco 2014. Picture courtesy FlickrDacia Logan taxi in Rabat, Morocco – picture by redahida via Flickr

Off these four models, only the Duster isn’t assembled locally. The only missing element of the Dacia range atop the Moroccan sales charts is the Lodgy, but this may change soon: the low-cost MPV is involved in a campaign started in late 2014 to renew the country’s ‘large taxi’ parc thanks to government aid. Renault comes in 2nd place with sales down an abysmal 31% to 11,475 and 9.4% share, mainly due to the discontinuation of the locally-produced previous generation Kangoo. The Clio IV (#7) and new Kangoo (#8) make it 6 Renault Group models in the 2014 Moroccan Top 10.

Previous year: Morocco Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan, Dokker and Sandero in Top 4

Two years ago: Morocco Full Year 2012: Renault Kangoo #1, 3 Dacias in Top 4!

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Indonesia February 2015: Honda HR-V up to world-best #5

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Honda HR-V Indonesia February 2015. Picture courtesy Honda HR-V cracks the Indonesian Top 5 for its 2nd month in market…

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The Indonesian new car market clearly marks a pause in 2015 with February sales down a worrying 21% year-on-year to just 88,738 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 14% to 185,456 units. The Toyota Avanza remains master in command of the sales charts by far with 13.7% share, a notch above its level of the past 6 months. Commercial vehicles are less affected by the market slump and as a result rank higher so far in 2015: the Daihatsu Gran Max Pikap is #2 again with a very strong 6.7% vs. #4 in 2014 and the Suzuki Carry Pikap ranks #4 with 4.8% vs. #6 in 2014.

Nissan X-Trail Indonesia February 2015. Picture courtesy new Nissan X-Trail breaks into the Indonesian Top 15 this month.

But the main event in the Indonesian market this month is the supernatural 5th place of the Honda HR-V with a very impressive 3,885 sales and 4.4% share. The is the second launch vastly exceeding industry expectations for Honda, one year after the Mobilio climbed to #2 a couple of months after its introduction here. Further down, notice the Nissan X-Trail up to #14 with 1,669 sales, the Datsun GO+ at #16 with 1,602 units and the Honda CR-V back inside the Top 20 at #17 and 1,399 sales.

Previous month: Indonesia January 2015: Daihatsu Gran Max #2, Honda HR-V in Top 20

One year ago: Indonesia February 2014: Honda Mobilio #3, now a serious threat to Avanza

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Uruguay February 2015: Suzuki takes off, cements new leadership

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Alto K10 Chile February 2015. Picture courtesy topspeed.inSuzuki affirms itself as the new market leader in Uruguay.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 13% year-on-year in February to 3,972 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,930 units, down 10% on 2014. We are now witnessing a rare and momentous change of guard atop the Uruguyan brands ranking: Suzuki is the most popular manufacturer in the country for the 4th straight month, taking an extremely impressive 5 percentage point advantage over traditional leader Chevrolet in February. The Japanese brand sells 620 units for a 15.6% market share vs. 417 and 10.5% for Chevrolet, and cements its year-to-date lead at 14.6% share vs. 11.8%. Chevrolet had been leading Uruguay sales charts since at least 2010. Below, Volkswagen (9.1%) and Fiat (8.1%) are solid, while Chinese manufacturers drop below the 20% market share milestone at a still world-best 19.4%, placing 6 reps inside the Top 20: Chery (#8), BYD (#11), Lifan (#13), FAW (#14), Geely (#18) and Chana (#20).

Previous month: Uruguay January 2015: Suzuki snaps top spot again

Previous year: Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads, Suzuki up 50% to #2

One year ago: Uruguay February 2014: Chery up to 2nd place and 9.3% share!

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

March 18th, 2015 No comments

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. (Photo by Brian Brantley/Brian Brantley Media, ©2015)The new generation Chevrolet Tahoe has just launched in Chile.

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Depressing times for new light vehicle sales in Chile: down another 29% year-on-year in February to 18,223 registrations after plunging by 30% in January. The year-to-date total stands at 42,124 units, down 30% on 2014. After lodging a surprise pole position last month, Hyundai falls down to #4 in February at 7.6%, enabling traditional leader Chevrolet to reclaim the brands throne both this month (18.6% share) and year-to-date (15.2%). Kia (11%) and Suzuki (8.9%) mechanically both go up one spot to #2 and #3 respectively but remain #3 and #4 year-to-date. Nissan (7%) stays above Toyota (6%), while Mazda (#7) and Mitsubishi (#9) exchange ranks vs. January. Chinese manufacturers struggle again at 8.8% vs. 11.4% over the FY2014, placing Great Wall (#17), JAC (#19) and Chery (#20) in the Top 20. GAC Gonow progresses at #28.

Previous month: Chile January 2015: Hyundai snaps #1 spot in market down 30%

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

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Canada February 2015: GMC Sierra / Chevy Silverado on fire

March 18th, 2015 No comments

GMC Sierra Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy of autoguide.comThe GMC Sierra is now #4 year-to-date in Canada.

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Nothing is stopping the Canadian new light vehicle market’s progression: up another 3% both in February at 109,248 registrations and year-to-date at 208,299 deliveries. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles maintains a solid grip on the groups ranking with 18,711 sales and 17.1% share, adding up to 36,765 units year-to-date, a comfortable margin over 2014 leader Ford Motor Co. at 15,021 in February and 29,603 year-to-date. In the brands ranking, Ford holds the top spot with 13.3% share despite sales down 9%, followed by Toyota up 20% to 10.7% and Hyundai up 3% to 7.6%. Nissan is up 20%, GMC up 32%, Volkswagen up 26% in a total fortune reversal compared its struggling sales in the US, Mercedes up 16%, Chrysler up 44%, Mini up 97% and Lincoln up 138%.

Hyundai Sonata Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comHyundai Sonata

The Ford F-Series is up a timid 1% year-on-year to keep the lead of the models ranking with 7,947 ahead of the Ram Pickup (5,735) and Dodge Grand Caravan (3,162). The GMC Sierra is on fire: up 21% year-on-year to reach the 4th spot overall both this month and year-to-date vs. #8 in 2014, but is outperformed by its mass-market twin the Chevrolet Silverado, growing at twice the rate at +42% to #5. The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling passenger car at #6 and only one of two in the Top 10 with the Honda Civic (#7). Talk about a market dominated by light trucks! (Note the definition of light trucks in North America include pickups, SUVs and MPVs).

VW Golf Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comVW Golf

Further down, notice the Hyundai Sonata boosted up 123% to #16 by the new model, the VW Golf up 9-fold year-on-year (!) to #20, the Toyota Camry up 81% to #22, Hyundai Tucson up 61% to #22, Chrysler Town & Country up 84% to #25, Toyota Sienna up 95% to #28, Jeep Patriot up 88% to #36, Mercedes C-Class up 99% to #37 and the Honda Fit up 86% to #38. Finally, the Nissan Micra confirms its title of most successful new nameplate launch over the past 12 month by ranking #34 in February and #33 year-to-date.

Previous month: Canada January 2015: Nissan Rogue almost in Top 10

One year ago: Canada February 2014: Dodge Grand Caravan on podium for first time in 18 months

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Greece February 2015: Toyota Yaris leads, Nissan Micra shines

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Micra Greece February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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After an 8% slump in January, new car sales in Greece are back into frankly positive territory in February at +12% year-on-year to 4,894 registrations, making the year-to-date total edge back in the black at +0.1% and 10,742 units. Toyota keeps the lead with 13.3% share while Nissan jumps 5 spots on January to cross the 10% share milestone at 10.9% thanks to 531 sales, Volkswagen remains third, Opel drops two ranks to #4 and Peugeot and Ford are immobile at #5 and #6 respectively. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris cements its leadership thanks to another strong month at 7.8% share, followed by the Opel Corsa and VW Polo like in January, year-to-date and over the FY2014. The Nissan Micra shoots back up 16 spots on last month to #4, the Peugeot 208 holds itself at markedly higher levels than a year ago at #5 (+652% year-to-date!), the Mercedes GLA is up 25 ranks to #19 and the Fiat 500X already breaks into the Greek Top 50 at #50 for only its 2nd appearance in the ranking.

Previous month: Greece January 2015: Has the market plateau’ed already?

One year ago: Greece February 2014: Suzuki Swift knocks on Top 5’s door

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Historical Data available for 100 markets

March 18th, 2015 3 comments

The Wartburg 353 was among the best-sellers in East Germany in the sixties.

Best Selling Cars Blog now covers detailed Historical Data for a round 100 markets.

Highlights include France since 1894Germany for each year since 1946UK for each year since 1965, Sweden since 1950Brazil since 1954 and Norway and Italy since 1956. The next batch of updates will include complete USA data all the way up to the 1920s, complete France data since 1950, and much more.

Below you will find direct links for you to explore all Historical Data available for the countries listed.


Algeria since 2004

Argentina since 1965

Australia since 1948

Austria since 1977

Bahrain since 2005

Belarus since 1970

Belgium since 1989

Bosnia & Herzegovina since 2008

Botswana since 1985

Brazil since 1954

The VW Beetle was #1 in Germany from 1946 to 1973.

Bulgaria since 1980

California (USA) since 2011

Canada since 1984

Chile since 2004

China since 1980

Colombia since 1990

Croatia since 2003

Cyprus since 2005

Czechoslovakia 1969-1993

Czech Republic since 1993

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

Denmark since 1992

Dominican Republic since 2005

Ecuador since 2006

Egypt since 2005

England (UK) since 2013

Estonia since 1970

Europe since 1972

Europe (Central & Eastern) since 2002

Finland since 1971

France since 1894

The Moskvitsh Elite was #6 in Finland in 1971

Germany since 1946

Greece since 1932

Gulf Cooperation Council since 2005

Hong Kong (China) since 2010

Hungary since 1998

Iceland since 2001

India since 1950

Indonesia since 1976

Ireland since 1974

The Hindustan Ambassador is likely to have been #1 in India from 1950 to 1984

Iran since 1967

Israel since 2005

Italy since 1956

Japan since 1969

Kazakhstan since 1970

Kenya since 1997

Kuwait since 2005

Latvia since 1970

Lithuania since 1970

Luxembourg since 2001

The Ford Model T was #1 in the US (and the world) potentially from 1910 to 1926

Macedonia (Rep of) since 2007

Malawi since 2013

Malaysia since 2000

Mauritius since 2011

Mexico since 2003

Moldova since 1970

Monaco since 2011

Morocco since 2004

Netherlands since 1982

New Caledonia (France) since 2003

The Saab 96 was #2 in Sweden from 1966 to 1970

New Zealand since 2000

Northern Ireland (UK) since 2011

Norway since 1956

Oman since 2005

Pakistan since 1995

Paraguay since 2011

Peru since 2005

Philippines since 1995

Poland since 1992

Portugal since 1989

The Lada 2101-3 was #1 car in USSR in the seventies

Puerto Rico (USA) since 1990

Qatar since 2005

Romania since 1969

Russia/USSR since 1970

Saudi Arabia since 2005

Scotland (UK) since 2008

Serbia since 2007

Singapore since 2006

Slovakia since 1993

Slovenia since 2003

The Chevrolet Chevette was the last Passenger Car to dominate the US ranking – in 1981.

South Africa since 1973

South Korea since 1997

Spain since 1973 

Sweden since 1950

Switzerland since 1970

Taiwan since 2005

Tanzania since 2009

Thailand since 2004

Tunisia since 2010

Turkey since 1993

The Austin Mini ranked within the UK Top 10 up until 1981

Uganda since 2013

UK since 1965

Ukraine since 1970

United Arab Emirates since 2005

Uruguay since 2010

USA since 1908

Venezuela since 1997

Vietnam since 2003

Wales (UK) since 2013

World since 1960

Zimbabwe since 1958

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