Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series & Ram Pickup break records

January 21st, 2015 No comments

Ford F-150 Canada 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThird consecutive all-time record year for the Ford F-Series in Canada.

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Never before had Canada purchased that many new light vehicles in a single year: up a further 6% on a record 2013 to reach 1,853,001 units. This is an outstanding performance in a completely saturated market with some of the highest car per inhabitants in the world. Symbolically, Canada overtakes France for the first time in history to become the 9th largest market in the world. In this euphoric context, Ford only holds onto the groups pole position by a thread: up 3% to 291,823 registrations vs. 290,004 for Fiat Chrysler Autos, on a impressive uptrend at +11%. Logics would say that FCA should take the top spot in 2015 but anything is possible at this stage. General Motors maintains its market share at 13.5% thanks to sales up 6%, Hyundai-Kia is down 1% and threatened by Toyota (+3%) while Nissan takes off at +26%.

Ram 1500 Canada 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pickup is also evolving at record high levels in Canada.

The Top 5 best-selling brands are unchanged and all evolving roughly like the market with Ford in the lead ahead of Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet and Hyundai. Nissan (+27%) and Ram (+14%) pass Dodge (-6%) while GMC (+6%) breaks into the Top 10 at #9, Jeep advances by a gargantuan 58% at #11, Subaru is up 14%, Audi up 20%, Buick up 31%, Land Rover up 22%, Porsche up 34% and Maserati up 120%. Alfa Romeo comes back to North America: a couple of months after re-entering the US sales charts it makes its first appearance back into the Canadian ranking with two 4C sold in December.

Nissan Rogue Canada 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comNissan Rogue sales are up 71% year-on-year.

Seemingly unaffected by the transition to the 2015 F-150, the Ford F-Series impresses once again and lodges a third consecutive record annual volume thanks to sales up a further 3% to 126,277 units. The F-Series has now been the #1 vehicle in Canada for 6 consecutive years, and remains the only nameplate to have managed 6-digit annual sales figure here. This may change in 2015, as the Ram Pickup broke its all-time record volume this year, up 10% to 88,521 sales, even gearing up its sales surge towards the end of the year: +15% in October, +19% in November and +51% in December. The Ram also broke its monthly sales record twice this year: lifting it to 8,339 in April and 9,270 in May.

Honda Civic Canada 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda Civic celebrates 17 consecutive years as Canada’s best-selling passenger car.

In third position overall with sales up 3% to 66,057 units (its strongest annual volume since 2008), the Honda Civic has now been the best-selling passenger car in Canada for 17 years in a row, an impressive feat that Honda Canada is pushing hard in its marketing. The Dodge Grand Caravan is back to its former self, up 11% to #4, with the Ford Escape in tow: up 13% to #5, both bypassing the Hyundai Elantra down two spots to #6. The Toyota Corolla benefits from its new generation to gain 10% to #7, the Chevrolet Silverado is up 12% to break into the Top 10 at #9, nudging its premium sibling the GMC Sierra up 2% but down 3 ranks to #8.

Nissan Micra Canada 2014The Nissan Micra is the only new launch to break into the 2014 Canadian Top 100.

Further down, the Nissan Rogue is up a fantastic 71% and 10 spots to a best-ever #16 and 28,827 sales, and the Jeep Cherokee makes a remarkable entrance inside the Top 20 best-sellers, up 675% to #20 and 22,529 sales for its first full year in market, stopping just 528 units short off becoming the brand’s best-seller in Canada (Wrangler up 24% to 23,057). Notice also the Honda Fit up 23% to #39 and the VW Tiguan up 37% to #45. The Nissan Micra is the most successful new launch at #62, followed by the Acura TLX (#142), Lincoln MKC (#151), Audi Q3 (#159), Porsche Macan (#170) and Mercedes GLA (#182). Finally, notice the Lexus NX just missing out on a Top 100 ranking for its very first month in December at #102 with 296 units sold.

Previous month: Canada November 2014: All-time record year now certain

One year ago: Canada Full Year 2013: Ford F-Series breaks all-time record

Two years ago: Canada Full Year 2012: Ford F-Series first vehicle above 100,000 annual sales

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Myanmar Full Year 2014: The best-sellers

January 21st, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Super Carry Toyota Hilux YangonThe Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hilux are among Myanmar’s best-sellers.

This concludes my Myanmar Photo Report series, see all Photo Reports with over 120 high resolution pictures here. Based on meetings and conversations with various dealership managers and observations on the streets of Yangon and Bagan, I can share with you an estimate of the best-selling new nameplates in Myanmar in 2014. Firstly lets keep in mind this is still a minuscule new car market with most cars entering the country being used imports from Japan. I estimate the Myanmar new vehicle market at no more than 300 units per month, and no more than 3,000 new sales over the Full Year 2014.

1. Suzuki Super Carry

The Suzuki Super Carry is currently the only new vehicle manufactured locally and therefore one of the few ones able to compete with dirt-cheap used Japanese mini trucks. According to store director Aung Myo Naing, 35 to 80 new Suzuki Super Carry find a buyer in the country depending on group orders, giving the model a 20% market share over the year with an estimated 600 sales.

Toyota Hiace Yangon2 x new Toyota Hiace at the Yangon Toyota dealership

2. Toyota Hiace

Toyota has a whole sold 30-40 new cars a month in Myanmar this year, and their best-seller is the Hiace which, at the time when store manager Aung Aye confirmed it, sounded odd as I hadn’t really noticed that many new ones in the streets of Yangon. But after staying in Bagan I understood why: most premium hotel have one to transport their customers. And they’d rather (and can afford) to buy new, unlike the majority of the population. I estimate 15-20 Toyota Hiace find a buyer every month in Myanmar, adding up to 200 in 2014.

Toyota Hilux Yangon 2Toyota Hilux in Yangon – December 2014

3. Toyota Hilux

Still extravagantly priced (US$78.000 for a double cab) due to high import taxes, Myanmar construction companies still find it hard to resist the charms of a new Toyota Hilux that can be imported from neighbouring Thailand where it is manufactured. The 1.5 cab is by far the most popular and along with a constant stream of used examples, the Hilux already accounts for a significant part of the Yangon traffic. I estimate sales of 10-15 a month in Myanmar in 2014, adding up to 120 for the Full Year.

Mazda CX-5 Myanmar 2014. Picture courtesy of fblife.comThe CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling new vehicle so far in Myanmar.

4. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda dealership just opened on October 20 but Mazda already reports dynamic sales in the country, in line with street observations and the activity at the dealership, and singles out the CX-5 as its clear best-seller so far. I estimate 20 a month over the last two months of 2014.

Ford Ranger Myanmar 2014Thai Ford Ranger

5. Ford Ranger

This ranking is based solely on observations in the streets of Yangon as I didn’t have the opportunity to meet anyone at Ford Myanmar. Like the Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger can be imported as new pretty easily from neighbouring Thailand and local new sales could reach 40 units over 2014.

Should follow in this order: the Kia K2700, Optima, Sportage, Honda CR-V and Kia Rio but monthly sales could potentially be counted on the fingers of one hand. Other successful new models in Myanmar worth mentioning include the Kia Carens and Picanto and Chevrolet Trailblazer and Spin. I also spotted my very first 2015 Nissan Navara in Yangon as well as one shining new Mercedes E-Class and one Ford Explorer.

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Indonesia Full Year 2014: Avanza resists Honda Mobilio assault

January 21st, 2015 No comments

Honda Mobilio Indonesia 2014. Picture courtesy of cartradeThe Honda Mobilio peaked at 10% share in May.

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Whereas the Indonesian new car market evolved at record heights for most of the year, a horrendous last couple of months (November at -19% and December at -20%) mean it is down year-on-year for the first time since 2008 and only the 4th time in the past 15 years at -2% to 1.208.019 registrations. This result puts an end to a string of 4 consecutive record years between 2010 and 2013, in effect doubling the record annual tally from 603.774 sales (2008) to 1.229.902 (2013). The 2014 total is however still the 2nd strongest in the history of automobile in Indonesia, so not all bad news.

Toyota Avanza Indonesia 2014The Toyota Avanza is #1 in Indonesia for the 9th consecutive year.

One in every 3 new vehicles sold in Indonesia in 2014 was a Toyota, ultra-dominant in the brands ranking with just under 400,000 sales and 33.1% market share, also trusting the 2nd spot with its more mass market brand Daihatsu thanks to 185,226 units and 15.3%. Honda gets a boost from the Mobilio (more on this below), rounding out the podium and almost doubling its market share compared to 2013 to 13.2% and 159,147 sales. Suzuki and Mitsubishi also lodge 140,000+ units while Nissan and Isuzu follow way below. Chevrolet (#8) is the only non-Japanese brand in the Top 10!

Daihatsu Luxio Indonesia 2014. Picture courtesy of remains the #2 carmaker in Indonesia in 2014.

Traditionally excruciatingly stable, the Indonesian models ranking was completely reshuffled in 2014. Honda launched the Mobilio MPV, instantly hitting the bullseye with Indonesian consumers and becoming the first-ever serious threat to the Toyota Avanza’s domination since the latter took the lead of Indonesian sales charts back in 2006. Launched in January, the Mobilio was already #3 in February and #2 in March and finishes the year directly at #2 with 79,288 sales and 6.6% share. Even more impressively, it peaked at 10% share in May and 10,256 units in June – with the Avanza the only nameplate in Indonesian history to cross the 10,000 monthly unit-mark. In comparison, the Avanza drops 24% and 4 percentage points share vs. 2013 to 13.4% over the Full Year, its lowest annual share in a decade, and went as low as 11.9% in September. The Daihatsu Xenia (-28%) is hit full frontal and tumbles down from a seemingly solid #2 in 2013 to a paltry #8 this year, same story for the Suzuki Ertiga (-26%) going from #4 to #7.

Toyota Agya Indonesia 2014. Picture courtesy of Toyota Agya ranks #3 overall in 2014.

The second momentous event in the 2014 Indonesian models ranking is the first full year of sales of low cost green cars (LCGC) introduced in late 2013. The Toyota Agya keeps going strong, #2 for four straight months from November 2013 to February 2014 and then again in November this year, ending 2014 at a magnificent third place with 67,074 sales and 5.6% share. Its twin the Daihatsu Ayla also manages a Top 10 annual ranking at #9 but never matched its record level of #4 over the last two months of 2013, peaking at #6 in March.

Datsun GO+ Indonesia 2014. Picture courtesy of launch in Indonesia for the Datsun GO+

Commercial vehicles are holding strong this year: the Daihatsu Gran Max Pikap is up 19% to #4, the Suzuki Carry Pikap up 7% to #6 and the Mitsubishi T120SS Pikap down 1% to #10. Finally, ranking at an estimated #17 with 17,500 sales is the newly launched Datsun GO+ which peaked at #11 in both September and October, making Indonesia the 2nd country in the world along with Russia where the Datsun brand relaunch has been met with instant success.

Previous month: Indonesia November 2014: Honda Brio Satya hits record, market down 19%

One year ago: Indonesia Full Year 2013: Toyota Avanza tops new record market

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Iran December 2014: Saipa Tiba inside Top 5

January 21st, 2015 No comments

Saipa Tiba Iran December 2014. Picture courtesy of iranjib.irSaipa Tiba

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Only local Iranian production figures is available as sales data of both local and imported models does not get published for Iran. However for now this is a pretty accurate picture of what cars are the most popular in the country as imports are relatively limited, however this situation may change as economic sanctions against Iran relax. December 2014 is roughly equivalent to Azar, the 9th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar, and total production is back up a very satisfying 36% year-on-year over the month to 89,514 units. The Saipa Pride leads the way as usual but with just above 22,000 units produced this month it is in fact overtaken by the Peugeot 405: adding up the namesake model and the Pars, a slightly more premium variant, we come to 26,214 units. The culprit: the Saipa Pride which continues its slow but steady progression at #5 with 8,335 units thanks to the recent addition of a hatchback variant. Notice the Peugeot 206 up to #4 above 10,000 units and the Iran Khodro Samand down to #6.

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Russia Full Year 2014: Now with Top 434 All-models ranking

January 21st, 2015 No comments

Nissan Terrano Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Nissan Terrano (a rebadged Renault Duster) found 10,843 Russian buyers in 2014.

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After going through the All-brands and Top 25 models rankings, it is now time to explore the Full Year 2014 Russian models sales charts in its entirety. Firstly this new ranking now includes LCVs with the GAZ Gazelle leading them all like in 2013 despite sales down 17% to #7 overall. Logically, the best performers just outside the familiar Annual Top 25 have pointed their bonnet in the monthly Top 25 at some stage this year: the VW Jetta is up 16% to #28 (peaking at #19 in December), the Opel Mokka up 67% to #30 (#23 in September), UAZ Patriot up 10% to #33 (#13 in October), the Skoda Rapid landing directly at #35 (#16 in July), Daewoo Gentra up 126% to #36 (#20 in January) and of course the Datsun on-DO at #51 but already cracking the Top 10 in December.

Toyota Highlander Russia 2014. Picture courtesy zr.ruToyota Highlander sales are up 87% year-on-year in Russia.

A few great success stories have however gone under the radar this year and that’s the benefit of now gaining a complete view of the market. Completely unaffected by the difficult economic situation in the country, a few large SUVs deliver some excellent results for the year, keeping in mind the market is down 10% year-on-year overall: the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is up 20% to #37, the Toyota Highlander up 87% to #46, Mitsubishi Pajero up 25% to #70, Volvo XC60 up 29% to #79, Mercedes M-Class up 15% to #87, Mercedes GL-Class up 1% to #88, Jeep Grand Cherokee up 56% to #89, Range Rover Sport up 41% to #127 and least but not least the legendary Mercedes G-Class up 35% to #210.

Lifan X60 Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lifan X60 almost cracked the monthly Russian Top 25 in December.

But the two biggest surprises are the works of two smaller SUVs: the Nissan Terrano, a rebadged Renault Duster, launched in Russia in May and reached #33 overall in December thanks to 2,303 sales, finishing the year just outside the Top 50 at #53 with 10,842 units. The Lifan X60 for its part becomes the best-selling Chinese nameplate in Russia at #38 thanks to sales up 8% to 17,007 and surged to #26 ex-LCV in December at 2,927 units. It thus just missed a historical event as wee haven’t seen a Chinese nameplate inside the Russian Top 25 since the Chery Amulet in July 2007.

Chery Tiggo 5 Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Chery Tiggo 5 is one of 6 Chinese nameplates in the Russian Top 100 in December.

Other Chinese models shining in Russia this year include the Chery Tiggo FL is up 160% to #56, the Great Wall Wingle up 49% to #206 and the Great Wall Hover H6 up 465% to #212. A few new arrivals are promising for 2015: the Geely Emgrand X7 lands at #116 but ranked #75 in December, the Chery Tiggo 5 arrives at #179 but up to #86 in December, the Geely GC6 at #152 in the Full Year but #88 in December and the Chery Bonus 3 at #224 in 2014 but #130 in December. The rest all plunge: the Great Wall Hover H3/H5 (-36%), Lifan Smily (-36%), Chery Indis (-43%), Geely Emgrand (-46%), Lifan Solano (-57%), Chery Very (-59%), Geely MK (-64%) and Geely MK Cross (-66%)…

Nissan Sentra Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Nissan Sentra lands at #151 this year but is already up to #44 in December.

A few other good behaviours in the overall ranking to notice: the Ford Kuga up 31% to #40, Kia new Cerato up 58% to #47, Nissan Teana up 72% to #58, Mercedes Sprinter up a mammoth 170% to #61, the Audi A3 up 43% thanks to the sedan version to crack the Top 100 at #98 and the Mercedes S-Class up a gigantic 163% thanks to the new generation to #113 and 4,331 sales.

Ford Ecosport Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruA much needed addition to the Ford Russia range: the Ecosport, #62 in December.

Below the Skoda Rapid (#35), Datsun on-DO (#51) and Nissan Terrano (#53) and apart from the Chinese models mentioned above, the other successful new entrants in the Russian market in 2014 are the Suzuki new SX4 at #86, Kia new Soul at #106, Mercedes GLA at #131, Ford Ecosport at #149 but #62 in December, Nissan Sentra at #151 but up to an excellent #44 in December and the Hyundai Grand Santa Fe at #163. The Peugeot 2008 (#176), Porsche Macan (#185) and Lexus NX (#254) are surprisingly weak.

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China December 2014: Focus on the all-new models

January 20th, 2015 3 comments

Ford Escort China December 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.163.comFord is reviving the Escort nameplate, for Chinese car buyers only.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the monthly Chinese ranking, we explore in detail the all-new models that make their entrance in the biggest car market in the world, in other words models that have kick-started local production as imports data is still a very well-kept secret in China. After a record 12 all-new nameplates launched in November – and most of them improving further in December, we welcome another avalanche of newcomers in December: no less than 11 including 7 Chinese and a few very promising ones among them. Once again this is a lot better than the 8 all-new entrants from a year ago in December 2013. Complete analysis will follow shortly.

Beijing Auto Senova D20 China December 2014. Picture courtesy

1. Beijing Auto Senova D20 (#136 with 4,492 sales)

The D20 is none other than a facelifted E-Series moved under the Senova sub-brand as it was standing alone without any sub-brand attached to it up until now, a very rare situation for a Chinese nameplate. Available as hatchback or sedan, it is priced between 48.800 and 82.800 yuan (US$7.850-13.300) and based on the platform of the 2004 Smart ForFour. Interestingly, the E-Series hatchback outsold the sedan by about 2:1, at odds with the traditional Chinese love affair with sedans. As a logical result of the arrival of the Senova D20, the E-Series is down 56% to 5,192 sales in December, indicating an overall potential of 10,000 monthly units. The E-Series’ record monthly result is indeed 11,932 units exactly one year ago in December 2013.

Bar for success: #50 or 10,000 monthly sales

Ford Escort China December 2014. Picture courtesy of

2. Ford Escort (#156 with 3,710 units)

Over a decade after killing it in 2003 to make place for the Focus, Ford is reviving the Escort nameplate only for China with this model based on the current China-made Focus Classic, a slightly dressed up 2nd generation Ford Focus which it will eventually replace. The Escort enters the most crowded segment in China – compact sedans, and has big shoes to fill as the Focus Classic still accounts for around 40% of the 392,000 Focus sold in China in 2014, that’s roughly 160,000 annual units. To an already tough challenge on paper is added a surprisingly high price and disappointingly bare interior. Ouch. The Escort is priced at 96.800-119.800 yuan (US$15.500-19.200), a logical notch lower than the 119.000-169.900 yuan ($19.200-27.300) of the Focus. But.

Ford Escort China December 2014. Picture courtesy carnewschina.comNo LCV touch screen, instead: that. 

The compact sedans with which the Escort competes are all priced lower: see the Peugeot 301 at 84.700-116.700 yuan ($13.600-18.800), Citroen C-Elysée at 83.800-118.800 yuan ($13.500-19.100) and Toyota Corolla EX at 90.800-113.800 ($14.600-18.300). And the brand new Toyota Corolla is only slightly more expensive at 107.800-134.800 yuan ($17.300-21.700), making the Escort a good 13.000 yuan (US$2.500) too expensive, a price difference that could be fatal in this segment. Especially given the interior features no LCV touch screen or any other screen in any version. LCV touch screens have become a must-have in any car sold in China and local carmakers now have huge examples in 50.000 yuan vehicles ($8.000), or half the price of the Escort.

Ford Focus Classic China 2014Big shoes to fill: Ford wants to eventually replace the Focus Classic with the Escort.

According to local website Carnewschina, “buyers in the segment where the Escort operates are known to be mid-aged and conservative, so the conservative design of the vehicle makes some sense. However, younger buyers will walk away and that is the booming market Ford should really be after, in a time where other brands are designing cars especially for the young. All in all, it almost seems as if Ford didn’t really want this new Escort. The comments on Chinese websites are largely negative, with many commenters saying the Escort is too expensive for what it offers.” In this context, matching Focus Classic sales seems extravagant, where really the Escort should increase its predecessor’s sales by 20%.

Bar for success: #25 or 16,000 monthly sales

Hawtai Shengdafei China December 2014

3. Hawtai Shengdafei (#218 with 1,658 deliveries)

Citroen C3-XR China December 2014

4. Citroen C3-XR (#228 with 1,246 sales)

Wuling Journey China December 2014. Picture courtesy of

5. Wuling Journey (#235 with 1,009 units)

Suzuki Alivio China December 2014. Picture courtesy of

6. Suzuki Alivio (#249 with 794 deliveries)

Honda XR-V China December 2014. Picture courtesy of

7. Honda XR-V (#267 with 526 sales)

Qoros 3 SUV China December 2014. Picture courtesy

8. Qoros 3 SUV (#314 with 181 units)

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9. Denza EV (#317 with 132 deliveries)

GAC Trumpchi GA6 China December 2014

10. GAC Trumpchi GA6 (#327 with 84 sales)

Yema T70 China December 2014. Picture courtesy

11. Yema T70 (#344 with 20 units)

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China December 2014: Chevrolet Cruze shoots up to 2nd place

January 20th, 2015 2 comments

Chevrolet Cruze China December 2014. Picture courtesy of autokon.comThe Chinese Chevrolet Cruze now looks very different to the rest of the world.

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Surprise surge of new car sales in China in December: up 12% to 2.41 million units, a new monthly volume record in China. Passenger cars are up a strong 11% to 2 million deliveries, MPVs are up 26% to just under 200,000 units and SUVs are up a stunning 55% to cross the half-million mark for the first time. A record 65 nameplate sell over 10,000 units this month in China, compared to 45 in the USA. To understand how much of a booming market China still is despite a lot of analysts announcing its demise (I’m not one of them), let’s simply notice that 27 out of the Top 50 best-selling models in December break their all-time monthly volume record. That’s an unbelievable feat in a market that will reach 25 million annual sales in 2015.

Baojun 730 China December 2014. Picture courtesy outstanding sales month for the Baojun 730.

For once, the sales surge has benefitted Chinese manufacturers, with 9 of the Top 11 best-selling Chinese nameplates breaking an all-time record: at the top of the ranking the Wuling Hongguang is up a breathtaking 82% on December 2013 to lodge its 2nd best-ever month at 75,900 units, the Baojun 730 breaks into the Top 5 for the first time, selling a record 31,472 units and the Haval H6 breaks its monthly record for the 14th time in the past 18 months at 31,373 deliveries, its third consecutive month above 30,000 sales.

JAC Refine S3 China December 2014. Picture courtesy JAC Refine S3 is testing new heights for the brand at home.

Outside the Top 10, the Geely Emgrand EC7 is at an all-time high 25,841 units at #14, the JAC Refine S3 has imposed itself as a blockbuster SUV only a couple of months after launch, continuing to improve at 17,133 sales in 22nd place and #4 SUV in the country, the Chery Tiggo 3 is up 153% year-on-year to #25 and a record 16,632 units while its larger stablemate the Chery Tiggo 5 also breaks its monthly record, up 126% on December to 12,469 sales at #42. Two additional Chinese SUVs break records: the Beijing Auto Huansu S3 is up a further 22% on November to 14,512 units and the Haval H2 is up to 12,259 sales at #44. We also have one record-breaking Chinese MPV in the Top 50: the Dongfeng Fengguang boosted by its new “360” SUV variant and up 91% to 14,481 units at #36. Finally, once #1 in China the BYD F3 is back in favour with Chinese car buyers, reaching its highest monthly volume since May 2011 at 16,078 sales.

Zotye T600 China December 2014. Picture courtesy aitupian.comThe T600 is the first Zotye nameplate to sell over 10,000 monthly units in China.

Further down, notice also the Zotye T600 breaking the 10,000 monthly unit-mark for the very first time exactly one year after launch at a best-ever #56 and 10,551 sales, the Chery 2 (formerly known as Fulwin 2) back up 37% to #58 and 10,414 sales, the Geely Vision up fourfold on a year ago at #72, the GAC Trumpchi GA3S smashing its all-time monthly record by 54% to 8,585 sales and breaking into the Top 100 for the first time at #73, the Beijing Senova D50 doing the same by 15% at #85 and the Beijing Huansu S2 taking off at +196% on November to 6,200 units for its 5th month in market.

Honda Fit China December 2014. Picture courtesy auto.163.comThe new generation has lifted Honda Fit Chinese sales to never-seen before heights.

Great December sales performances are not confined to Chinese nameplates, and far from it. Boosted by its facelift making it unique in the world, the Chevrolet Cruze spectacularly shoots up to 2nd place overall, up 46% year-on-year to smash its monthly volume record by almost 10,000 units at 35,603 sales (previous best: 26,273 in October 2013). The Nissan Sylphy lodges a 2nd month in a row at an all-time high third position thanks to an extremely robust 32,908 sales, outselling both the Ford Focus (31,944) and VW Lavida (28,221), this year’s two best-selling passenger cars. Honda traditionally delivers huge December figures due to heavy discounts and this year is no exception: the Accord is up 32% YOY to a record 29,184 units, the Crider is up 17% to a best-ever 26,387 and Fit sales are up a gargantuan fivefold on a year ago to an all-time high 15,886.

Toyota Corolla VW Lavida China December 2014. Picture courtesy of iweeklyauto.comThe Toyota Corolla outsells the VW Lavida for the first time.

Among other nameplates to break their all-time volume record in the Top 50, let’s single out the Toyota Corolla tripling its sales year-on-year to a 29,019 and outselling the VW Lavida for the first time, the Hyundai Elantra Langdong up 63% to 27,054, both the Kia K2 (+41% to 16,402) and K3 (+60% to 18,010), the Chevrolet Malibu at 17,080, Skoda Octavia at 16,750, Toyota Vios at 14,624, Hyundai Mistra at 13,036 and Ford Kuga at 12,830. Illustrating the exceptional month we are dealing with here, a few tried-and-tested nameplates also reach career highs, such as the Hyundai ix35 hitting 17,431 sales, the Audi A4L at 13,307 and the Citroen C-Elysée at 12,324.

DS 6 China December 2014. Picture courtesy of DS 6 already accounts for 73% of the DS brand’s sales in China this month.

As far as recent launches are concerned, the Toyota Levin delivers its third consecutive month above 10,000 sales at 11,006, both the Honda Vezel and Buick Envision impressively cross the same benchmark for their 3rd month in market at 11,639 and 10,008 units respectively, the Hyundai ix25 is up a further 21% on November to a record #82 and 8,038 deliveries with the Kia K4 behaving similarly at +19% to #84 and 8,017 sales and the DS 6 is up 69% to #167 and 3,325 units, making up for horrendous results from the brand’s two other nameplates, the DS 5 (-31% year-on-year) and DS 5LS (-72% on November).

BYD S7 China December 2014. Picture courtesy of S7

Out of the 12 all-new nameplates hitting the market place in November, a few are already shooting up the ladder: if the Haval H1 is up ‘just’ 15% on last month to 6,983 sales and down two spots but staying inside the Top 100 at #99, the most spectacular progression is delivered by the BYD S7 going from #220 and 1,002 units in November to #116 and 5,547 units this month, already above its bar for success I set at 4,500 units but cannibalising sales of the BYD S6 down 41% to #104. Also impressive are the Dongfeng Fengshan AX7 up 113% and 42 spots to #145 with 4,171 sales (bar for success 5,000), the Chery Arrizo 3 also up 113% to #155 and 3,777 units (bar for success 5,000), Zotye Z500 up 212% to #179 with 2,841 deliveries (bar for success 4,000). The Lifan X50 is up 264% to a still discreet #212, the Infiniti Q50L up 45% to #225, the Haval H9 up 27% to #178 and the Chery eQ up 199% to #281. With the Kia K3S now incorporated into K3 sales, this means 9 out of the 11 nameplates launched last month are up. A good crop indeed.

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Europe 11 months 2014: Discover the Top 357 models & all brands

January 18th, 2015 No comments

Lamborghini Huracan Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Hurácan lifts Lamborghini sales up 29% this year in Europe.

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Time for the last year-to-date update for the 2014 European market, on track to lodge its first year-on-year gains in 7 years at 11.945.609 registrations after 11 months vs. 11.346.647 a year ago (+5%). This return to form for new car sales in Europe is illustrated by the fact that all Top 20 manufacturers register year-on-year volume improvements. Volkswagen and Ford top the brands ranking but grow slightly slower than the market at +4%, while Opel (+8%), Renault (+9%) and Peugeot (+6%) outpace it. Premium German brands all evolve at record heights: Audi is up 4% to 675,177 sales, BMW up 5% to 615,409 and Mercedes up 5% to 605,316. Citroen and Fiat round up the Top 10 but are threatened by Skoda up a fantastic 14% in 11th place, spending most of the 2nd half of the year in the Top 10.

Infiniti Q50 Europe November 2014Infiniti is selling twice as many cars in Europe this year than in 2013.

Dacia remains the best performing mass marque across the continent, with sales up an indecent 28% on 2013 to 334,407, securing the low-cost brand a spot inside Europe’s Top 15 for the first time in its history. Seat (+13%), Volvo (+11%) and Mazda (+20%) also benefit from a renewed range and dynamic sales. Further down, notice (in order of sales) Mitsubishi up 32%, Porsche up 21%, Jeep up 55%, Tesla up 181%, Maserati up 306% and Infiniti up 95%. In the bad news aisle, Smart is down 20% but should return in black shortly with the new Fortwo and Forfour, Subaru is down 15% and Chevrolet takes a bow at a logical -72% in 29th position.

Ford Kuga Europe November 2014The Ford Kuga breaks into the European year-to-date Top 50 this month.

Readjusted figures mean the Top 10 models look slightly different from our last November update: the Audi A3 replaces the Skoda Octavia at #9 and gives the Nissan Qashqai at #8 a little more room to breathe, with the 3 nameplates respectively adding up to 186,783 (+20%), 186,243 (+23%) and 188,448 units after 11 months. December will decide of the final order. The Fiat 500 keeps pushing just outside the Top 10, up 14% to #11, while the Toyota Yaris passes the BMW 3 Series to rank #14 and the Fiat Panda overtakes the VW Passat to #18. The Mercedes C-Class is up to #23, the Dacia Duster up to #28, Opel Mokka up to #31, Nissan Juke up to #39 and the Ford Kuga makes its entrance inside Europe’s Top 50 at #49 with 78,582 sales, up a stunning 31% on 2013.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Europe November 2014587 Bentley Continental Flying Spur found a buyer in Europe so far this year.

The VW Golf Sportsvan leads the all-new entrants at #77 with 50,340 sales, with the Mercedes GLA the only other new nameplate inside the Top 100 at #98 and 40,243 units. These two superstars are followed by the Peugeot 108 at #119, Citroen C4 Cactus at #121, BMW 2 Series at #133, Porsche Macan at #156, Ford Ecosport at #166, BMW X4 at #187, Mercedes V-Class at #188, Nissan Pulsar at #218 and Jeep Renegade at #232. In the luxury aisle, notice the Maserati Ghibli at #235 with 3,984 sales, the BMW i8 at #279 with 905 deliveries, Bentley Continental Flying Spur at #290 with 587 units and the Lamborghini Huracan at #318 with 199 sales.

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Europe November 2014: Opel Mokka above Astra for the first time

January 18th, 2015 No comments

Opel Mokka Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Mokka outsells its stablemate the Astra Europe-wide for the first time.

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After detailing the Top 10 models and brands across Europe and just before revealing December and Full Year 2014 figures, as is the tradition on BSCB we explore complete European data. In the brands ranking, below the familiar Top 10 Nissan is up 20% at #13, Dacia slows down its growth at +9% but passes Kia to #15, Seat is up 10% at #17, Volvo up 8% at #18 and Mini up 12% at #19. Further down, Jeep is up 114% to pass Porsche (+36%) and Alfa Romeo to #26 vs. +55% YTD thanks to the Renegade already accounting for 46% of its sale, Jaguar is up 20%, Ssangyong up 62%, Maserati up 106%, Infiniti up 128%, Ferrari up 55% and Lamborghini up 92% thanks to the Huracan representing 58% if its sales.

Toyota Yaris Europe November 2014With the new model, the Toyota Yaris is getting back closer to the Europe Top 10.

Confirming information outlined in the previous November European update, just as the Peugeot 308 breaks its monthly ranking record at #9, the Mercedes C-Class misses out on a first-ever monthly Top 10 ranking for just 167 sales at 14,566 units (+61%) vs. 14,733 (-6%) for the Peugeot 208. It’s only a matter of time before the C-Class places among the continent’s 10 favourite nameplates. The Toyota Yaris (+12%), Renault Captur (+16%) and Fiat Panda (+15%) all lodge solid results. In a sign of changing times, the Opel Mokka outsells its stablemate the Astra for the very first time Europe-wide, up 132% to 12,371 units at #18 vs. 12,183 for the ageing compact, down a harsh 16% year-on-year. A bit less than a year ago in December 2013 the Mokka ranked #45 vs. the Astra at #10 so this passing of relay has occurred in the past few months when the Mokka has kept improving almost two years after its original launch.

BMW 2 Series Europe November 2014First European Top 100 ranking for the BMW 2 Series.

The Dacia Duster is up 95% to #22 and 11,138 sales, the Seat Leon up 42% to #23, the Mini up 32% to #31, Hyundai i20 up 27% to #39, Renault Twingo up 28% to #42, Ford Kuga up 22% to #47 and the VW Golf Sportsman is down 18 spots on October to #40 with 7,511 deliveries, in-between the Citroen C4 Picasso (7,695) and Renault Scénic (7,373). Among recent launches, note the Peugeot 108 up 8 ranks on last month to #55, the Citroen C4 Cactus up two to #67 and now frankly above the C4 (-38% to #99), the BMW 2 Series up 28 to #75, its first Top 100 European ranking thanks to the Active Tourer, the Jeep Renegade up 35 spots to #118, Nissan Pulsar up 16 to #124 and the Smart Forfour up 137 to #150.

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Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot Audi A3, VW Tiguan and Skoda Octavia at all-time high

January 17th, 2015 No comments

Audi A3 Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Audi A3 ranks at a best-ever 4th place at home in 2014.

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The German new car market is reassuringly back in positive territory in 2014, up 3% year-on-year to get back above the symbolic 3 million annual unit-mark at 3,036,773, however still among the lowest volumes in the past 25 years. Volkswagen is almost immobile atop the brands ranking with 656,494 sales and 21.6% share, while Mercedes is the only one of the 3 local premium brands to lose ground over 2013 despite a flurry of new launches: down 2% to 272,566 units and 9% to be compared with +3% to 259,459 and 8.5% at Audi and +3% to 237,748 and 7.8% at BMW. Mass-market brands Opel and Ford are growing faster this year: both gain 6% but remain in 5th and 6th position respectively.

Renault Captur Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault is the most popular ‘true’ foreign marque in Germany (excluding Skoda).

Skoda (+9%) and Seat (+12%) sign the best percentage improvements in the Top 10 while Renault reclaims the title of best-selling foreign brand off Hyundai thanks to sales up 6% to 105,322. Further down, great performers this year in Germany include – in order of sales – Nissan (+14%), Mazda (+17%), Volvo (+16%), Porsche (+17%), Mitsubishi (+14%), Land Rover (+18%), Jeep (+48%), Maserati (+194%), Ssangyong (+50%) and Infiniti (+48%) while Tesla lands at #38 with 817 sales and BMW’s performance division Alpina gains 74%.

VW Golf Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is even more dominant this year than in 2013.

As the years pass, the VW Golf continues to strengthen its grip on the German models charts, as if it was still possible to dominate more blatantly. Helped by the arrival of the Sportsvan variant still counted as part of the Golf nameplate, Volkswagen’s best-seller is up 4% to 255,044 sales and 8.4% share. That’s exactly 3.5 times the sales of any other nameplate in the market (vs. 3.4 in 2013 and 2.7 in 2012). The Golf celebrates 34 years in a row at #1 in Germany, (no interruption since 1981!) with the nameplate holding the #1 spot at home for 39 of the past 40 years. Who is responsible for ruining a perfect 4-0? the Mercedes W123 which was #1 in 1980. Note the Golf reign is much longer than that of the Beetle, #1 from 1946 to 1973.

VW Tiguan Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst annual Top 5 ranking for the VW Tiguan in Germany.

Volkswagen returns to monopolising the podium this year after being interrupted by the BMW 3 Series in 2013: the Passat remains #2 with 2.4% of the market and the Polo is up one spot to #3. The Audi A3 gains 7% to deliver the nameplate’s best-ever ranking in Germany at #4 and 65,199 sales while the VW Tiguan achieves exactly the same at #5 and 61,947 units, also up 7%. That both nameplates are at their highest-ever levels while going relatively under the radar in 2014 is testimony of their new status as regulars in the Top 5. This also means the VAG Group monopolises the Top 5 for the first time in history in Germany.

Skoda Octavia Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Skoda Octavia cracks the annual German Top 10 for the first time.

The Mercedes C-Class (+15%) and Opel Corsa (+11%) also lodge fantastic years but 2015 will be even better for both models with a new generation now in full swing. A third nameplate breaks records in the Top 10 this year in Germany, and here to we have become accustomed to see it at this level so it’s a slight surprise to discover it is the very first annual Top 10 ranking in Germany for the Skoda Octavia, up 6% on 2013 to #9 with 52,620 deliveries. Amazingly, the Octavia is only the third foreign nameplate in the last 75 years to manage an annual Top 10 ranking in Germany, along with the Skoda Fabia (#5 in 2009) and Renault 4 (#5 in 1970).

Seat Leon Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon has been breaking German sales records all year. 

Further down, the Opel Astra is down 8% to #14, stepping out of the Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s 23 year-career, but in the same segment the Seat Leon is another model evolving at all-time high levels: up a very solid 30% on record figures in 2013 to a best-ever #18 and 40,251 sales, breaking its monthly ranking record in May (#13) and October (#12). The Fiat 500 is the only ‘true’ foreigner in the Top 30 at #27 (excluding Skoda and Seat nameplates), followed by the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Clio (+19%) and Hyundai i30.

BMW 4er Germany 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.de16,513 BMW 4 Series found a buyer in Germany in 2014.

Other great performers in Germany in 2014 include the Opel Mokka up 41% to #28, the Ford Kuga up 38% and 18 spots to #30, Opel Insignia up 32% and 17 ranks to return inside the Top 50 at #39 and the Skoda Rapid up 157% to finish its first full year at #46. The BMW 4 Series is at a very high 16,513 registrations, the Mercedes GLA ranks #62, the BMW X5 is up 118% to #72 and the BMW 2 Series sells 9,005 units. The Mercedes V-Class is the best-selling all-new entrant at #106 followed by the Porsche Macan at #117, Ford Transit Connect at #147 and BMW X4 at #148.

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