Coming soon… The Top 10 Ugliest Cars of 2014

November 20th, 2014 3 comments

2016 Toyota MiraiIs the Toyota Mira one of the ugliest cars of 2014?

Ever wondered how a car you’re stuck behind at a red light ever made it into production past hundreds of approvals, so unsightly it is? I wonder this every day, and thought it would bring us all some relief to elect the Top 10 ugliest cars of 2014.

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To be eligible, a car needs to be available as new in at least one country in the world, or have been launched during the 2014 calendar year for an on-sale date in 2015 in at least one country in the world. It doesn’t need to have been launched in 2014, just on sale this year. t will be compiling this very subjective Top 10 over the next couple of weeks for a grand unveiling in December.

Are there any cars you would absolutely want to see in this list? Either comment on this teaser article or contact us here to vote!

Toyota Mirai Auto Plus Nov 2014French publication Auto Plus agrees with me and asks: is the Toyota Mirai the ugliest car of the moment? 

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USA Coast to Coast 2014: New Mexico

November 20th, 2014 No comments

1. Dodge Dart Albuquerque 2The Dodge Dart is the hero in town in Albuquerque NM

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Many thanks to David Curry for the photos in this report.

After detailing the history and milestones of the Old Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico, we now pause in New Mexico to analyse the vehicle landscape in Albuquerque and Gallup. This, a special feature on ethnic car buyers’ preferences and state-wise sales data below.

2. Ford F-250 GallupFord F-250 in Gallup NM

First a bit of trivia about New Mexico: this state is the 5th most extensive (121,589 sq mi or 315,194 km2), the 36th most populous (2.1 million inhabitants) and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas for centuries before European exploration, New Mexico then belonged to the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, then part of Mexico, a U.S. territory before finally becoming the 47th state in 1912. During World War II, the first atomic bombs were designed and manufactured at Los Alamos NM.

3. Ford F-150 GallupFord F-150 in Gallup NM

New Mexico is often mistakenly believed to have borrowed its name from the nation of Mexico. This couldn’t be further from actual facts: New Mexico was originally given its name in 1563 by Spanish explorers who believed the area contained wealthy Indian cultures similar to those of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire. It was only centuries later in 1821 that Mexico, formerly known as New Spain, adopted its name after winning independence from Spain. Interestingly, the two developed as neighbouring Spanish speaking communities, with relatively independent histories.

4. Chevy GallupVintage Chevrolet in Gallup NM

Population-wise, among U.S. states New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics (47%), including descendants of Spanish colonists and more recent Latin American immigrants. We will see a little further that this has an impact on new car sales in the state. It also has the second-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska, and the fourth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, and Arizona – notably Navajo, Apache and Pueblo tribes.

7. New Mexico License plateNew Mexico licence plate

As a result, New Mexico’s culture is unique in the United States for its strong Hispanic and Native-American influences, both of which translated into the state flag: the red and gold colours are inspired from the flag of Spain, while the ancient sun symbol comes from the Zia, a Pueblo-related tribe. Last bit of trivia more closely related to my Coast to Coast Photo Report: we have now driven 4.000 miles since departure from New York City… That’s it for the trivia, now let’s get into the car landscape in the state, with a focus on its largest city Albuquerque as well as Gallup, further down the Old Route 66.

5. Albert AlbuquerqueMy Ram 1500 ecoDiesel Albert in Albuquerque NM

The best-selling models in New Mexico over the Full Year 2013 were as follows:

Pos Model 2013
1 Ford F-150 4,757
2 Chevrolet Silverado 3,601
3 Ram Pickup 3,368
4 GMC Sierra 2,214
5 Ford F-250 Super Duty 1,837

Source: JATO

8. Ram Pickup AlbuquerqueRam Pickup in Albuquerque NM

These figures make New Mexico the second state only so far along my Coast to Coast trip to crown 5 pickup trucks as its Top 5 most popular vehicles, after Oklahoma. Again this can be attributed to the relative rurality of the state but is still a remarkable achievement. At some stages during our crossing of New Mexico in remote areas towards the border with Arizona, up to 60% of all vehicles in circulation were pickup trucks. In Albuquerque, the Ford F-250 lifts its game to almost come as high in popularity as the F-150 as it has sometimes been the case in a few towns so far in this trip. In Gallup NM, the Chevy Silverado seems even stronger than usual and the Ram Pickup’s most popular variant is the Tradesman base model like the one I have been driving (Albert), and this for the first time in this Coast to Coast adventure.

5. Ford Econovan AlbuquerqueFord Econovan in Albuquerque NM

Onto real-life observations in the busy streets of Albuquerque and Gallup. The age of cars is stuck at a much older level than I have been used to during this crossing of the nation, only difference is in New Mexico a lot of these vintage items reach levels of cool unheard of before. Cue 1970s Ford Econovan, 1980s Ford F-150, and a plethora of souped up older generations Dodge Ram Pickups and Chevy Silverados. They say New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment, I say it’s the Land of Car Coolness.

6. Hyundai Elantra AlbuquerqueHyundai Elantra in front of the legendary Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque NM

In a fascinating turn and in complete contrast to the Top 5 best-sellers state-wise, the most striking element of the car landscape in Albuquerque is the strength of smaller passenger cars, both in numbers and diversity, to a level that I had not seen since Washington DC. I will advance a very simple reason for this phenomenon:  the high ratio of students in town, which houses the University of New Mexico. I saw the first two Fiat 500L of this entire trip in this city, as well as very healthy numbers of Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Versa, Kia Soul, Toyota Corolla and VW Jetta.

8. Albert New MexicoAlbert on the New Mexico state line

But 3 passenger cars stand out even more, and on top of them a complete surprise: the Dodge Dart. A failure since its botched “manual only” launch 2.5 years ago, the Dart has struggled to break into the 50 most popular vehicles in the country. In Albuquerque however, it is as common as the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, up there among its competitors in its segment. This is also supported by a very strong heritage of Dodge Neon which was the predecessor to the Dart, discontinued in 2005. So we have an Albuquerque community clearly fond of compact Dodge sedans here, which is an extremely rare feat!

15. Dodge Dart AlbuquerqueMercury Sable and Dodge Dart in Albuquerque NM

Decades of precise vehicle landscape observation in hundreds of cities around the world have given me a solid experience at estimating the best-sellers based on their frequency in traffic, and I rarely get it very wrong. I would see the Dart snapping up a spot in the overall Top 10 Albuquerque best-sellers, at least for a few months since launch. I was not able to confirm nor infirm this observation with hard figures, and if in fact the Dart is at its best in the USA in Albuquerque, this is the most well-kept secret in US car sales statistics as both Melloy Dodge and Larry H. Miller, the two Dodge dealerships in town, repeatedly refused to comment on this (positive) anomaly. Bizarre. If one town has unlocked the Dart’s sales potential, I’d have assumed they’d show off about it. I’m still making the Dodge Dart the Hero in Town in Albuquerque.

9. Toyota Tacoma AlbuquerqueToyota Tacoma in Albuquerque NM

The second passenger car standing out in town is the Chevrolet Impala, and although it is notorious that a large part of Impala sales are to fleets and rentals, Albuquerque is among the towns I have visited so far where it is the most popular, and being neither the most touristic nor the more corporate town of them all, a boost from ‘real’ private sales has to be in order. The third one is a new entrant in my long list of successful cars in various states, regions and cities along this Coast to Coast trip: the Ford Fiesta sedan. Very discreet up until now, a whole herd of them is bustling through the streets of Albuquerque as I write these lines. Here again a perfect student car which could explain its popularity in town.

14. Fiat 500L New MexicoFiat 500L in Albuquerque NM

These last 3 models were the most striking standouts compared to their national ranking, but a large majority of passenger cars are Japanese, with Toyota, Nissan and Honda the most common. I have already covered the fact that as we get closer to the border with Mexico where it is #1 overall with a world-best 26% market share, Nissan’s popularity rockets up. This is also true in New Mexico and Albuquerque, and a recent study of new car sales to ethnic buyers by IHS Automotive confirms it all.

Most ethnic brands - USABrands with the highest rate of ethnic buyers (Source IHS via Autonews)

According to IHS, new vehicle consumption among ethnic consumers, defined as African-American, Asian and Hispanic buyers, is up 8% year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2014 vs. 4% for the overall industry, with Hispanic consumption up an even more impressive 10%, in effect lifting the overall US car market up. Ethnic population growing faster than the national average, this is a very important trend in the U.S. new vehicle market as the share of ethnic buyers in the overall market is bound to become more and more prominent. The side-effect of this is manufacturers doing well with ethnic buyers have great chances to see their national market share outperform the market in the next decade. There should be a red flag here for the Detroit Big 3 as ethnic buyer patterns show a strong preference for foreign brands – albeit most of the cars they purchase still being made in the U.S.

13. Nissan Versa AlbuquerqueNissan Versa in Albuquerque NM. Nissan buyers are 36% ethnic, the highest of any brand.

Unsurprisingly based on our observations during this Coast to Coast trip so far, Nissan is the brand with the highest share of ethnic buyers in America at 36%, followed by Mitsubishi (35%), Toyota (33%) and Honda (31%) while Dodge is the only American brand in the Top 13 brands with the highest rate of ethnic buyers in 5th place with 30%. Could this partly explain the tremendous success of the Dodge Dart in Albuquerque? Notice the exceptional strength of premium marques such as Lexus, BMW both at 29% of ethnic buyers, Mercedes at 28%, Acura at 28% and Maserati at 27%.

Top 10 brands to Ethnic buyersBrands with the highest volumes to ethnic buyers (Source IHS via Autonews)

In terms of market share, Toyota holds almost 18% of the 1.6 million new vehicles ethnic consumers have bought over the first 6 months of 2014 vs. 12.2% share of the overall national market, followed by Honda at 12.2% vs. 8.1% and Nissan at 11.1% vs. 7.9%, Chevrolet at a timid 4th place with 8.6% share vs. 12.6% nationally, while Ford is at an even more unimpressive 8.4% share, that’s almost half the market share it has with the entire American population at 15%.

This is it for New Mexico, next stop is Monument Valley at the border of Arizona and Utah, so stay tuned!

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Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Portgual October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Portugal continue on their frank recovery, up another 30% year-on-year in October to 11,795 deliveries and bringing the year-to-date total to 119,201 units, up 35% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 7 best-sellers shuffle their way back to the same order as the YTD ranking, with Renault (+11%) in the lead, followed by Volkswagen (+29%), Peugeot (+32%), BMW (+39%), Mercedes (+40%), Opel (+53%) and Audi (+22%) while Seat (+82%) and Nissan (+72%) explode up. Dacia (+89%), Kia (+72%) and Mitsubishi (+112%) also shine.

VW Golf Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Portugal for the third month in a row in October.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf manages a first: staying in pole position for 3 consecutive months thanks to 663 sales and 5.6% share, above the Renault Clio at 5%. The Clio’s YTD pole position is safe though at 6,385 units sold so far this year vs. 4,459 (#3) for the Golf. The Nissan Qashqai is boosted by the new model up to a podium ranking at #3 and 3.2% share, the Peugeot 308 continues its seesaw career, back up 7 spots in October to #4 and both the Seat Leon and Toyota Yaris are up 8 ranks to #6 and #9 respectively.

Peugeot 2008 Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 in Portugal for the first time ever this month.

Outside the Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class is down 7 spots on last month to #13 which is still well above its YTD level (#21), the Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 for the very first time at #14 vs. #15, the Audi A1 is up 15 ranks to #18, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 24 to a best-ever #25, Peugeot 508 at #30 vs. #53 YTD, the Mini up a further 7 spots thanks to the new generation to #33 vs. #52 YTD, the Peugeot 108 up 27 to #36 and the BMW 4 Series up a further two to #37.

Previous month: Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

One year ago: Portugal October 2013: Peugeot 308 up 633% to land at #3

Full October 2014 Top 33 All-brands and Top 214 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Algeria October 2014: Dacia holds 17%, places 3 models in Top10

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Sandero Stepway Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of dzairauto.com9 out of 10 Dacia Sandero sold in Algeria are the Stepway variant.

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New car sales in Algeria slow down their free fall in October, down 9% year-on-year to 24,500 deliveries. This brings the year-to-date total to 298,000 units, still down a harsh 22% on 2013. Algeria was among worldwide automotive headlines last week when Renault opened a new factory in in Oran on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of the country. Renault, which has two factories in Morocco, aims to boost sales in the North African markets of Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, where new-car sales are expected to increase to 880,000 units in 2015 from 759,000 units in 2012, according to IHS Automotive. It is the French manufacturer’s first factory in the country since it exited the market after Algeria gained independence from France in 1962.

Renault Symbol Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autonews.comRenault’s new Algerian plant is building the Symbol sedan.

The factory is building the Symbol from completely knocked down production (CKD) for the local market. Renault said the Symbol will offer a high level of equipment and will be the first vehicle in the country to feature a GPS navigation system. This event explains the disappearance of Symbol, best-seller in September due to runout prices on the imported model, from the October Top 10. Once production kicks in it should reappear among Algeria’s best-sellers with great fanfare and will threaten the Dacia Logan for top spot overall in 2015.

Dacia Logan MCV Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Dacia Logan is the best-selling model in Algeria this month and year-to-date.

Back to October figures, and the winner by far this month is Renault-owned low-cost manufacturer Dacia. For the first time since BSCB started following Algeria 5 years ago, Dacia places 3 models inside the Top 10: the Logan is back in charge of the models sales charts thanks to 2,344 sales and just under 10% market share, lifting it back to the 2014 YTD pole position with 18,900 units and 6.3% ahead of the Hyundai Accent at 18,412 and 6.2%. The Sandero, boosted by the new generation Stepway, is up 6 spots on September to land on the podium for the first time at #3 and 4.7% share, while the Duster breaks into the Top 10 at #10 and 2.5% share. Notice also the Renault Kangoo shooting up to #2 and 5.9% share, the Peugeot 301 back up to #5 and the Hyundai i10 holding its rank inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Algeria September 2014: Renault Symbol leads the way

One year ago: Algeria October 2013: Dacia Logan back in charge

Full October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Iran October 2014: Saipa Tiba at highest, production up 61%

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Saipa Tiba Iran October 2014Saipa Tiba hachback

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After a one-month hiatus, Iran is back on BSCB with local production figures up a whopping 61% year-on-year in Mehr, the 7th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar, roughly equivalent to October 2014. The Saipa Pride is finally returning to its traditional head-and-shoulders domination with just under 30,000 units produced over the period, up 64% year-0n-year. Could this be because of the launch of a redesigned version called the Saipa 234? I am investigating this as I am writing these lines.

Saipa 234 Iran October 2014c Saipa 234 Iran October 2014a Saipa 234 Iran October 2014 interiorSaipa unveiled the 234 sedan in March – a replacement for the Pride?

The Peugeot Pars (+37%) and 405 (+59%) lose market share but both clock up 10,000+ units while the Peugeot 206 is up almost 4-fold to 9,899 units – definitely back to life. The Saipa Tiba continues to break its production record month after month, this time lifting it to 8,951 units, potentially thanks to the addition of a hatchback version, while the Iran Khodro Runna is stuck at a low 2,666 units, even going backwards year-on-year (-6%). Renault confirms it has stepped out of the country with the Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) down 49%.

Saipa S300 Iran October 2014a Saipa S300 Iran October 2014cSaipa S300

Saipa Renault Sandero Iran October 2014Saipa Renault Sandero

Saipa also unveiled the S300 (a rebadged Zotye Z300) and an Iranian production variant of the (previous generation) Renault Sandero, however these two models have not appeared in the production charts yet.

Previous post: Iran August 2014: Saipa Tiba above Iran Khodro Samand

One year ago: Iran October 2013: Lifan X60 lands in Top 10, Gonow G5 arrives

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Indonesia October 2014: Datsun GO+ just outside Top 10 again

November 18th, 2014 No comments

Datsun GO+ Indonesia October 2014. Picture courtesy of thegaspol.comDatsun GO+

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New car sales in Indonesia have plateaued this year with October down 6% year-on-year to 105,357 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still evolving at all-time high levels – for now: up 1.8% on 2013 to 1,038,298 deliveries in 10 months. The Indonesian model sales charts is back to ‘normal’ in October with the podium identical to the YTD ranking and all 3 models slightly below their YTD market shares: the Toyota Avanza is at 12.3% ahead of the Honda Mobilio at 6.8% and the Toyota Agya at 5.1% – once again way above its twin the Daihatsu Ayla at #9 and 3.1%. The Toyota Kijang Innova, once the overall best-seller in the country, is stuck in 7th position vs. #4 YTD, below the Daihatsu Gran Max Pickup, Suzuki Ertiga and Carry Pickup. For the second month in a row, the Datsun GO+ finishes the month one rank away from the brand’s first Top 10 ranking worldwide, selling a record 2,880 units for a 2.7% market share. It’s only a matter of time now…

Previous month: Indonesia September 2014: Datsun GO+ 114 sales off Top 10

One year ago: Indonesia October 2013: Toyota Agya up to #4, Daihatsu Ayla #5

Full October 2014 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Cyprus October 2014: Volvo XC60 back up to 4th place

November 18th, 2014 No comments

Volvo XC60 Cyprus October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60

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According to data provided by SEMO Cyprus and analysed by INNOSOFT, 707 new cars found a buyer in Cyprus in October (+35% on a year ago), bringing the year-to-date total to 7,057 deliveries, up 18% year-on-year and already just below the Full Year 2013 score of 7,101 sales. I give you the ranking for now, complete analysis will follow shortly. The Toyota Yaris is the top seller in the country both in October (7.2% share) and year-to-date (4.7%) and the Nissan Qashqai follows in both rankings as well with 5.5% and 4.4% share respectively. The VW Golf jumps on the October podium and is up one rank in the YTD ranking at #5, as is the Volvo XC60, #4 both this month (4.5% share) and YTD (3.4%). Other notable October performers in Cyprus include the Hyundai ix35 (#5 with 3.7% share) and Renault Captur (#6 at 3.1%).

Previous month: Cyprus September 2014: Toyota RAV4 leads, Nissan Note shines

Previous year: Cyprus Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta keeps lead in market down 32%

Full October 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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China 10 months 2014: Discover the Top 379 models ranking

November 15th, 2014 1 comment

Haval H6 Sport China October 2014. Picture courtesy of qc188.comHaval H6 Sport

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after detailing October sales and focusing on the all-new models entering the ranking this month, we explore the year-to-date ranking in China to try and extract longer-term trends. In spite of a cooling off in the past couple of months, the total passenger car market in China is still up a very robust 10% year-on-year after 10 months to 15.9 million units. The commercial truck and bus market is struggling however at -6% on 2013 to 3.1 million deliveries, bringing the total vehicle market to 19 million units after 10 months, which means a projected 23.3 million over the Full Year 2014, up a soft 6% on 2013, which would be the lowest year-on-year increase since 1990. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) is a little more pessimistic and forecasts 23 million units for 2014 (+5%). The growth may slow down but it’s not like the market as a whole is decreasing, and once again in 2014 no other nation will have bought that many new vehicles in a year since the creation of automobile.

VW Lavida China October 2014. Picture courtesy of bitautoLavidas Lavidas everywhere: the VW Lavida is still the best-selling sedan in China.

The Top 4 best-sellers so far this year in China are unchanged compared to last month: the Wuling Hongguang continues its solo run and has now passed the 600.000 units at 604.311 (+74%), still on track to finish the year above 700.000 deliveries, the VW Lavida (#2) and Sagitar (#4) have stabilised their YOY gains at 13% but the Ford Focus (#3) is now stable vs. 2013 at 327,187 sales, meaning it is actually losing market share. The big change inside the Top 10 is the Haval H6 accessing to a brilliant 5th position at 253,489 units (up from #7 last month) thanks to another record month of sales in October. It is up 48% year-on-year and the first SUV to rank among the country’s 5 best-selling vehicles in a YTD ranking, knocking down the VW Santana (+75%) and Jetta (+16%) to 6th and 7th places respectively. The VW Passat passes the Hyundai Verna and VW Bora to #15 and the VW Polo up one spot to #22 makes it an incredible 10 Volkswagens inside the Top 22 best-sellers…

Chery Tiggo 3 China October 2014. Picture courtesy of xcar.com.cnThe Chery Tiggo 3 is almost back inside the Top 50.

There is a big gap between the Wuling Hongguang (#1) and Haval H6 (#5) and the next best-selling Chinese passenger cars: the ChangAn Eado is up one rank to #24 (+88%), followed by the Emgrand EC7 at #29 (+4), Chana Honor at #30 (-1 but +66%), Dongfeng Future at #36 (-1), Dongfeng Joyear at #42 (+5 and +69%), ChangAn CS35 at #49 (+43%) and BYD S6 at #50. The Chery Tiggo 3 up 7 spots on the last YTD ranking to #54 makes it 13 Chinese in the Top 55 along with the BYD F3 (#51), Venucia R50/D50 (#52) and Roewe 350 (#53). Other big gainers inside the Top 50 include the VW Tiguan up 24% to #11, the VW Golf doubling its sales to #19, the Honda Crider up 135% to #27, Ford Kuga up 48% to #34, Toyota Vios up 3585% to #37 thanks to the new model, Citroen C-Elysée up 89% to #38, Ford Mondeo up 332% to #45 and the Nissan X-Trail up 665% to #48, here too thanks to its new generation.

Baojun 730 China October 2014bIn just 3 months, the Baojun 730 has sold more…

The Hyundai Mistra tops the all-new models at #35 with 108,954 units, already above the brand’s annual objective (100,000 sales) after just 10 months. It is joined in the Top 75 by the Chery Tiggo 5 at #61 and 74,300 sales and the Peugeot 301 at #75 and 60,700 units. But the most impressive new arrival, as detailed in the October update, is without a doubt the Baojun 730 at #80 and 58,500 sales in just 3 months, including over 25,000 in October alone. The 730 has properly annihilated the other two models in the Baojun range: the 630 is at 1,767 sales in October (-67%) and 31.153 YTD and the Yuechi is at 1,300 (-57%) and 21.300 YTD. Expect the low-cost MPV to rank among the 5 most popular nameplates in the nation in 2015, if not higher: the MPV trend is here to stay and it should give export ideas to Chinese manufacturers, towards markets like Indonesia for example.

Baojun 630 China October 2014…than the rest of the Baojun range all year!

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October post: China October 2014: Baojun 730 up to 6th place

Previous month: China 9 months 2014: Discover the Top 370 models ranking

One year ago: China 10 months 2013: Discover the Top 339 All-models ranking!

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France Private Sales January-October 2014: Two Dacias in Top 7

November 15th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Sandero Stepway France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Sandero is the third best-selling model to private French consumers.

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Thanks to French magazine Auto Plus today I can share with you exclusive Private Sales (PS) rankings for France. A private new car sale is one done to a private buyer as opposed to companies, fleet and short or long-term rentals. Over the first 10 months of 2014, 775.590 new cars were sold to private consumers in France or 51.9% of the overall market, a rate that has never been so low. Brand-wise, if the lead trio is unchanged with very similar PS ratios (Renault at 46.5%, Peugeot at 48.6% and Citroen at 49.8%), the big surprise is Dacia shooting up to 4th place overall with 75,000 private sales and almost 10% market share, thanks to an astounding 85.8% PS ratio, consistent with the brand’s Spanish and German PS scores. Volkswagen (54.5%) and Ford (57.3%) follow with PS ratios slightly higher than the average while Toyota is frankly above at 64.8% and Audi frankly below at 47.5%. Note the Top 10 brands are identical to the overall market.

VW Polo France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is the only foreigner in the Private Sales Top 10 with a strong 70% PS ratio.

The Renault Clio IV remains the most popular model with French private buyers, but just: at a very low 43.7% PS ratio, it is only 493 sales above the Peugeot 208 (53.5%) whereas the gap between the two best-sellers is 17.000 units in the overall market. The Dacia Sandero brilliantly shoots up from #9 overall to third place in the private sales ranking with 33,535 units and an out-of-this-world 88.4% PS ratio. In fact Dacia manages to place a 2nd model within the Top 7: the Duster with 27,452 sales and a 82.3% PS ratio. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 breathing on the Renault Captur’s neck in the same way the 208 is to the Clio thanks to a 64.8% PS ratio vs. 56.9% for the Captur, the VW Polo up to #8 thanks to almost 70% of private sales and the Peugeot 308 posting the weakest PS ratio in the Top 10 at 38.1%.

Previous post: France October 2014: Now with Top 300 models and All-brands

Full January-October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland October 2014: Fiat Panda flies up to 7th position

November 15th, 2014 No comments

FIAT PANDA 4x4 CrossFiat Panda Cross

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The Swiss new car market is stuck in negative territory this year with October sales down 1% on one year ago to 26,277 deliveries and the year-to-date total down 3% to 245,413 units. Brand-wise, the Volkswagen group lodges a very impressive 1-2 and completely bucks the overall market trend: the Volkswagen brand is up 25% to 3,971 sales and 15.1% share vs. 13% year-to-date while Audi is up 14% to 1,956 units and 7.4% vs. 6.6% YTD. BMW is knocked down to third place but up 7% year-on-year while Skoda remains 4th (-11%) and Mercedes gains a fabulous 16% in 5th place. In the models ranking, both the VW Golf (5.5%) and Skoda Octavia (3.9%) post market shares above their YTD levels, the Fiat Panda shoots up 62 spots on September to a cool 7th place, the Peugeot 308 is up 17 to #11, the Audi Q3 up 25 to #13, the Audi A1 stays at #19 vs. #37 YTD, the VW Up is up 43 ranks to #21 and the Renault Mégane is up 24 to #23. Finally, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 26 spots to #74 and the BMW X4 remains inside the Swiss Top 100 at #89.

Previous month: Switzerland September 2014: Mercedes GLA up to 7th place!

One year ago:  Switzerland October 2013: Skoda Octavia passes VW Golf to #1, Peugeot 308 #5

Full October 2014 Top 35 brands and Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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