Singapore March 2014: Toyota/Lexus takes the lead

April 15th, 2014 2 comments

Lexus IS350 Singapore March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comLexus IS

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New car sales in Singapore continue to recover: up 15% year-on-year in March to 1,997 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 5,962 units, up 11% on 2013. For the third time in the last 12 months after July and November 2013, Toyota takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to 364 sales and 18.2% market share, keeping in mind Lexus sales are included in this figure. This way Toyota is up to #2 year-to-date with sales up 77% on the same period in 2013. BMW remains #2 in March at 355 units and 17.8% while Mercedes is down to #3 with 287 sales and 14.4%. Notice also Nissan up 347% to #5, Mazda up 129% to #7, Hyundai up 137% to #10, Kia up 156% to #11 and Subaru up 238% to #14.

Previous month: Singapore February 2014: Mercedes & BMW lead market up 38%

One year ago: Singapore March 2013: BMW back to #1, Volvo up to #5

Full March 2014 Top 36 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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World Full Year 2013: Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus #1?

April 15th, 2014 5 comments

Toyota Corolla World 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHas the new sedan enabled the Toyota Corolla to keep its worldwide crown in 2013? Answer shortly.

As it has been the case for almost two years now, Toyota and Ford are at odds when it comes to declaring which is the best-selling car in the world. Ford quotes Polk saying the Ford Focus is #1 (as it did in 2012) with 1,097,618 units sold last year including 317,110 in Europe and 403,219 in China. Toyota for its part says the Corolla leads the way with 1.2 million units, adding up to 40,820,000 sales since the nameplate originally launched in the sixties. Who is right? I will bring you BSCB’s much awaited worldwide models ranking shortly, so please stay tuned…


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China March 2014: VW Jetta & ChangAn Honor hit all-time records, Fiat Ottimo sparks

April 15th, 2014 11 comments

Fiat Ottimo China March 2014. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comFiat Ottimo

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New Passenger Car sales in China are up 8% year-on-year in March to 1.6 million units. In the models ranking, the Wuling Hongguang is testing new territories, up 28% on March 2013 to 63,827 sales and 210,109 units year-to-date, that’s a 850,000 annual sales rate! The VW Lavida continues to progress in 2nd place at 43,386 sales (+13%) while the Ford Focus drops 4% to 36,219 units. Three models break their all-time monthly volume record in the Top 20: the first is the VW Jetta, up 47% to 27,928 units (previous best: 27,719 in October 2013).

ChangAn Honor China March 2014. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe ChangAn Honor sells over 20,000 units in a single month for the first time.

The Haval H6 is up 49% to #9 with 24,602 sales (previous best: 24,602 in January 2014), breaking its volume record for the 8th time in the last 9 months! FInally the ChangAn Honor is up a huge 79% on March 2013 to land at a best-ever 16th place with 20,259 sales (previous best: 15,952 in January 2014). Other great performers atop the Chinese ranking this month include the VW Golf up 58% to #22, the Toyota Vios reaching new ranking and volume records at #26, the ChangAn Eado up an extremely impressive 131% year-on-year to #27 and the Nissan Teana up 150% to #30 thanks to the new model.

Zotye T600 China March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.uaZotye T600

As far as recent launches are concerned, the most impressive this month is without a doubt the Fiat Ottimo: up 795% and 126 spots to land in 80th position with 6,541 sales. Notice also the Toyota Yaris L up a further 26 ranks to #60, the Chery Tiggo 5 up 13 to #78, the Suzuki S-Cross up to #107 and the Zotye T600 up 18 to #144. Boosted by the new generation, the Nissan X-Trail is up 289% year-on-year and 84 spots on February to #120.

ChangAn CS75 China March 2014. Picture courtesy of ChangAn CS75 is one of 4 all-new models in China this month.

Four new models make their very first appearance in the Chinese ranking this month, but they all barely register a blip on the sales charts for now. The Skoda Rapid Spaceback lands at #245 with 459 sales, the Zotye E20 ranks 270th at 142 units, the ChangAn CS75 is at #287 with 31 sales and the Audi A3, clearly the model with the most potential of all, arrives very discreetly at #291 with 9 sales, no doubt this ranking will improve drastically over the coming months.

Previous post: China March 2014: Growth slows to 8% – 24 million annual rate

Previous month: China February 2014: VW Santana takes off at +189%

One year ago: China March 2013: VW Lavida and Ford Focus in command

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World Full Year 2013: Discover all the #1 models in 160 countries!

April 13th, 2014 No comments

Toyota-Hilux 2013.-Picture-courtesy-of-saudishift.com_The Toyota Hilux is #1 in an estimated 34 countries.

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Now that we have official Full Year 2013 sales data for over 100 countries in the world, I can share with you the list of all models that have managed to rank #1 in at least one country this year. This list is exclusive to BestSellingCarsBlog, you will not find it anywhere else! To refresh your memory you can see the 2012 summary hereNote this is not a reflection of the highest worldwide sales volumes which will be the object of a future post, only how many countries a specific model ranked #1 in. If no FY2013 data is available, the most recent data is used and for about 60 countries the #1 spot is estimated based on thorough observations of the streets of those countries.

Toyota Prado UAE 2013. Picture courtesy of crankandpiston.comThe Toyota Prado is #1 in an estimated 6 countries worldwide.

Toyota places no less than 11 models in pole position in at least one country, compared to 10 in 2012 and adding up to 73 countries topped: nearly half of all markets in the world!  The Toyota Hilux is still by far the model to rank #1 in the most amount of countries: an estimated 34 (vs. 31 in 2012), albeit including 23 in Africa where the volumes are very low. Out of the estimated 34 countries where the Hilux is potentially #1, 7 have been confirmed with official data.

Skoda Octavia World 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ru5 nations have succumbed to the charms of the Skoda Octavia, 4 of them in Eastern Europe.

The Toyota Corolla is estimated to be #1 in 14 countries, including 4 confirmed, followed by the VW Golf which thanks to its 7th generation is now #1 in 13 countries vs. 10 in 2012, 10 of them confirmed and all in Europe – the most confirmed #1 countries of any cars in the world. We then have the Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado both #1 in 6 countries and the Skoda Octavia #1 in 5 nations, all confirmed. The Dacia Logan and Toyota Yaris improve to 4 countries while the Chevrolet Sail goes from #1 in one country in 2012 (its first annual #1 ranking) to 3 this year.

Hawtai Lusheng E70. Picture courtesy of wautom.comThe Hawtai Lusheng E70 is the only Chinese model to rank #1 outside China (estimated #1 in North Korea).

Notable new members of the #1 club in 2013 include the Kia Picanto (#1 in Israel and Lebanon), Audi A4 (Monaco), Chevrolet Spark: (Uruguay), Dacia Dokker (Bulgaria), Fiat 500 (Lithuania), Fiat 500L (Serbia), Hawtai Lusheng E70 (estimated #1 in North Korea), Honda CR-V (Estonia), Lada Granta (Russia), Toyota Aqua (Japan), Wuling Hongguang (China) and ZAZ Sens (Ukraine).

Previous year: World Full Year 2012: All the #1 in 170 countries!

Full Year 2013 list of 58 top ranking models and where they are #1 below.

By and large and especially in Africa, reliability and safety play a big role in determining which cars are the best-sellers. In case of a crash, you can always get road traffic accident claims advice.

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World Full Year 2013: Total sales now available for 143 countries!

April 13th, 2014 10 comments

Astana Kazakhstan. Picture courtesy of Eric LafforgueKazakhstan is the fastest growing car market in the world. Photo © Eric Lafforgue

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Thanks to OICA I can share with you the overall Full Year 2013 sales figure for 143 countries in the world! I have created a Top 50 biggest markets ranking which is a vast improvement on the Top 20 I published a while ago. Please note this new ranking now classifies countries based on their overall vehicle sales. That’s Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, including Light, Medium and Heavy ones, putting all countries on a level-playing field (some countries traditionally report monthly PC car sales only and other overall sales). The files released by the OICA (and linked to below) also feature Passenger Cars only and Commercial Vehicles only figures so you can see the split.

Shanghai night traffic. Picture courtesy of Jacqtai via FlickrIn 2013, China became the first new car market to pass 20 million annual units. It should pass 25 million in 2015. Photo © Jacqtai.

Based on this data, a record 85,393,803 new vehicles were sold worldwide in 2013, up 3.9% on 2013. This is the 4th consecutive record year for worldwide sales after the 74.89 million reached in 2010, 78.09 million in 2011 and 82.17 million in 2012. At this rate, the 90 million units should be passed in 2015 and the 100 million in 2017 potentially. Asia/Oceania/Middle East sales are up 5.8% to reach 40.45 million or 47% of the worldwide marketplace, America is up 5.6% to 25 million (NAFTA up 7.1% and Central & South America up 1.5%), Europe is down 2.1% to 18.28 million and Africa up 3.3% to 1.65 million.

Burj Khalifa Dubai, UAE. Picture courtesy FlickrNew car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up 16% in 2013. Photo © cheng-long chan

Country-wise, it’s a slightly different picture as the Top 20 I published earlier as now all vehicles are included for all countries. China still reigns supreme with a record 21,984,100 units (+14%) followed by the USA at 15,883,949 (+7%) and Japan stable at 5,375,513. Brazil (3.77 million), Germany (3.26 million), India (3.24 million) and Russia (2.95 million) all lose ground but their figures are boosted by the inclusion of Commercial Vehicles. The UK is still up 11% to an updated 2.59 million units.

Quebec Canada. Picture courtesy of cntraveler.comCanada new vehicle sales hit a new record in 2013 at 1.78 million units.

Canada at 1,779,860 sales, Indonesia at 1,226,199 (+10%), Australia at 1,136,227 and Argentina at 955,023 (+14%) all reach all-time record heights as does Turkey at 893,124 units (+9%). Other great gainers now include Chile up 9% to #26, the United Arab Emirates up 16% to #27, the Philippines up 15% to a record 212,682 registrations, Kuwait up 9% to #44 and, best of all, Kazakhstan up a gargantuan 74% to an all-time high 165,710 sales and carving itself a spot among the 50 biggest car markets in the world for the first time at #43.

Previous post: World 2013 – The 20 biggest car markets: China, Indonesia, Canada, Australia & Argentina hit records

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The Mercedes A-Class by the Car buyer of the Future

April 13th, 2014 4 comments

Matt JackMe with Matt

I’m Jack MacKenzie, 10, a while ago Matt introduced me to you all. He said my love of cars reminds him of himself at that age, except unlike him I already created a YouTube Series called Have you speed your pants - be sure to check it out! So Matt gave me the task to express my views here on BestSellingCarsBlog so you can get an insight into what is in the mind of the car buyer of the future (that’s me). And first I decided to talk about Mercedes and specifically its new A-Class. It’s no secret that Mercedes has been on a mission to rejuvenate both its clientele and its range. In fact, Mercedes France President Marc Langenbrinck recently said that in the past 3 years, Mercedes has managed to attract the youngest client base among premium brands, with the average age of A-Class customers being 10 years younger than for the previous generation, and over 55% of A-Class buyers come from a different brand…

Mercedes A-Class. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new generation Mercedes A-Class is the brand’s most successful launch so far.

Well this rings very true in my world. My dad had believed that Mercedes was a brand targeted towards older people and even he thought he was not old enough yet to drive one. However he is very excited by the new models coming out and think that they now appeal to different generations. All good and well but this is my dad. I have always loved Mercedes because they are civilised, quiet, luxurious and occasionally exciting. I want to save up for one – it would not matter whether I have just passed my driving test or whether I’m nothing but wrinkles – I just want one. Some are comfy and quiet like the S-Class, sporty and refined like the SL and some are crazy, loud and monstrous: the AMG range.

Mercedes A Class Germany September 2011This is what the A-Class used to look like.

So wouldn’t it be rather strange if Mercedes brought in a hatchback that’s no way near as pricey, comfortable or as fast as a traditional Mercedes? Well that’s just what they did back in 1997 with the A-Class. Let’s be kind and just say it wasn’t really a looker. But in 2012 Merc came fighting back with anew model that in my opinion completely changed its image. It’s gone from one of the worst looking hatches in the world to one of the best-looking ones, more attractive in almost every single aspect which I didn’t except, to be honest. I first saw the new A-Class in an ad for the AMG 45, and then did a review on my youtube channel about it.

Mercedes A45 AMG. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes A45 AMG

Now you know about the A-Class’ childhood, let’s move on to some facts and figures. In Australia, you can get an A180 for about forty grand and for that you get a 1.6 litre engine and very nice interior and exterior indeed! But there is also a $90,000 AMG version called the A45. Now what AMG do is they take standard production cars, put a very, very, very powerful engines in it and takes people’s brains away. But we all want to know facts on our A45 so lets have a look. The 2.0 litre four cylinder engine pumps out 450 NM of torque and 0-62 MPH takes just 4.6 secs which is very good for a hatch.

Mercedes-A-Class-Interior. Picture courtesy Auto BIldMercedes A-Class

If you just don’t have enough money in your pocket for the A45 just go with a normal A180, but still there are a few problems with that. Well only two in fact and they are small ones. The ride isn’t exactly like riding on a feather and every time you get to traffic lights the engine just stops which is fine if you are an eco-fuel mentalist but it can just get annoying sometimes. Apart from that, to me the A-Class is problem-free.

Audi-A3-BMW-1-Mercedes-A-Class. Picture courtesy Auto BIldThe A-Class competes with the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.

How does the it stack up against other Mercs? I’ll first use an animal comparison and say that as a brand Mercedes would be a house cat (a luxurious one of course), but AMG would be a lion that has just been shot in the buttocks by an arrow making a massive roar. The A-Class would be a puppy: eager, very excited and every time his owner moved in any way he/she would roll around very excitedly.

Now the A-Class has been compared with the others in its family-tree, how about outside the comfort zone? Like any car the A-Class has its rivals such as the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3. The BMW might be better on paper but in my view the Merc smashes it on exotic interiors and exteriors, and same with the Audi.  Merc’s other rivals (Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar) can’t compete because to me they have no cars to compete with, which is kind of sad actually.

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China March 2014: Growth slows to 8% – 24 million annual rate

April 13th, 2014 No comments

A traffic policeman signals to drivers during a smoggy day in HarbinIs it the end of explosive growth in China? Not so fast…

Before going through March brands and models detailed data in the next couple of days, a little taste of things to come in China: according to the state- backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, sales of Passenger Cars in China gained 7.9% year-on-year in March to 1.7 million units, a much slower growth rate than February (+18%) but higher than January (+6%). Including buses and trucks, the March monthly total is up 6.6% to 2.2 million units, bringing the First Quarter score to a record 5.9 million sales, up 9.2% on 2013. This means if this growth rate is maintained throughout the year we still are looking at an incredible 24 million units for the Full Year 2014 vs. 21.98 in 2013! Read also: China: Light-vehicle market to reach 30 million by 2020.

Tianjin ChinaTianjin could be the next Chinese city to limit new license plates, prompting panic sales.

One week before the Beijing Auto Show opens, the big topic at the moment in China is the concern among car dealers that more cities may start limiting new license plates, and this is now affecting new car sales but in a positive way. According to Automotive News China, last year the CAAM identified 8 cities that may impose car purchase restrictions. Two of the cities – Hangzhou and Tianjin – have already introduced such measures since, and consumers placed orders for 70,000 vehicles in Hangzhou on the day that the eastern city imposed quotas on new license plates. The CAAM estimates that panic purchases may boost sales by 500,000 units this year.

Zotye Z300 China August 2013Zotye is one of a handful of Chinese manufacturers to still grow extravagantly this year (+45%).

In March, General Motors outsold Volkswagen AG for the first time in 4 quarters, gaining 13% to 919,114 vehicles year-to-date vs. 880,700 by Volkswagen (+14%). regaining the lead among foreign carmakers in China. Ford gains 45% to 271,321 units and is catching up on Nissan and Hyundai after passing Toyota for the first time in 2013. Chinese carmakers’ market share at home is in decline for the 7th consecutive month to 39.3%. According to CAAM Secretary General Dong Yan, “the time for local brands to engage in hand-to-hand combat with foreign brands has really started and the outlook isn’t optimistic.” Read also China: How local brands may finally find their mojo at home.

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France March 2014: Now with Top 300 models ranking!

April 12th, 2014 8 comments

Citroen C4 Cactus France March 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is one of 3 all-new entrants in the March French ranking.

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After exploring the Top 15 brands and Top 80 models in France in March, as is the tradition on BSCB we now dig a little deeper to find out what’s happening lower in the ranking. As far as brands are concerned, Dacia remains the biggest gainer inside the Top 20 (+53%) ahead of Suzuki (+40%) and Volvo (+27%). Below, we have Lancia up 133% to #22, Mazda up 46% to #24 and Lexus up 35% to #29, Model-wise, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is up 23 spots on last month to hit a best-ever #72, the BMW 3 Series GT breaks into the Top 100 for the first time at #98 and the Opel Adam is back in it at #88.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013The Mercedes GLA just misses out on a Top 100 ranking this month.

Recent premium launches are starting to make serious waves in the ranking: the Mercedes GLA shoots up 162 spots on February to stop only 4 ranks off the Top 100 at #104 with 314 sales (already above the CLA at #121), the BMW 4 Series is up a further 11 spots to #106, the 3rd generation Mini is up 42 to #112 with 276 units, the BMW 2 Series is up 14 to #158 but the BMW i3 is down 8 to #201.

Porsche Macan France March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPorsche Macan

This month we welcome 3 all-new entrants in the French ranking, led by the Citroen C4 Cactus at #170 with 86 sales for now, all demo models as the vehicle hasn’t hit dealerships yet. The Porsche Macan lands at #241 with 19 sales and the Ford Ecosport appears at #269 with 7 units. Notice also the Tesla Model S down 7 ranks to #231 with 25 sales and the Maserati Ghibli down 43 to #232 at 24 units.

Previous post: France March 2014: Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 both in Top 4 for the first time

Previous month: France February 2014: Now with Top 300 All-models ranking!

One year ago: France March 2013: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10! Renault Captur #35!

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Switzerland March 2014: Mazda3 up, Mercedes GLA at world-best

April 12th, 2014 2 comments

Mazda3 Switzerland March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mazda3 is up to #15 this month in Switzerland.

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The Swiss new car market clearly hasn’t caught up with the rest of Europe: it is still down a worrying 8% year-on-year in March to 26,250 registrations, bringing the First Quarter result to 68,395 units, down 5% on 2013. Switzerland confirms in this start of 2014 that it is in fact a ‘two-model market’, with the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia each selling much more than double any other vehicle in the country. This month the Golf is at 4.3% share and the Octavia at 3.6% while the third best-seller (the VW Tiguan) only grabs 1.6%. Switzerland is also a VAG market but that’s not new: 5 of the 6 best-sellers are VAG models (add the VW Polo at #4 and the Audi A3 at #6).

Mercedes GLA Switzerland March 2014. Picture courtesy of autoplenum.atThe Mercedes GLA is already at Peugeot 2008/Renault Captur level in Switzerland.

The Nissan Qashqai confirms the new generation could earn it a Top 5 annual spot in 2014, ranking 5th in March with 1.5% share, the Seat Leon remains in the Top 10 at an impressive 9th place, the Mercedes C-Class jumps up 24 spots on last month to crack the Top 10 at #10, the A Class also shines at #11, while the Mazda3 reaches this generation’s best ranking so far at #15. But the surprise of the month is the Mercedes GLA, landing directly at a world-best 58th position thanks to 170 sales! That’s just one less than the Peugeot 2008 (#57) and 29 more than the Renault Captur (#69). Notice also the Range Rover Evoque up to #37, Skoda Rapid up to #42, BMW 4 Series up to #63 and the Tesla Model S breaking into the Swiss Top 100 at #89.

Previous month: Switzerland February 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to 5th place

One year ago: Switzerland March 2013: VW Golf #1, Honda Jazz on podium!

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Venezuela March 2014: Dodge Forza #3 in market down 86%

April 12th, 2014 No comments

Dodge Forza Venezuela March 2014Dodge Forza

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Due to the current political trouble that is plaguing the country, new car sales in Venezuela are still running on an empty tank, down 86% year-on-year in March to just 1,674 registrations which is however more than January and February put together (1,539). In the brands ranking, Mitsubishi dominates this reduced market with 43% share while Ford (261 sales vs. 264 year-to-date) and Chrysler (210 sales vs. 222 year-to-date) spring back to life. Toyota for its part shuts down: only 4 sales this month vs. 542 year-to-date. The Mitsubishi Lancer continues to represent one in every 4 vehicles sold in the country (both in March and Q1) with the Civetchi (aka Dongfeng) Pick-up and Dodge Forza (a rebadged previous gen Fiat Siena) rounding up the podium.

Previous month: Venezuela February 2014: Mitsubishi Lancer #1 in market down 90%

One year ago: Venezuela March 2013: Chevrolet Aveo and Ford Fiesta back on top

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