Pakistan June 2014: Suzuki Mehran leads, Corolla down to #7

July 18th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Mehran Pakistan November 2013Suzuki Mehran (Indian version). Picture by njyo, all rights reserved.

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Sales of locally produced cars in Pakistan are down 12% year-on-year in June to 12,081 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 75,636 units, down 3% on 2013. There is a bit of an earthquake in the models ranking this month: the transition to the new generation means the Toyota Corolla is down 73% year-on-year to #7 with 970 sales while the Suzuki Mehran takes the lead at 2,946 units and 24.4% share. It is not enough to topple the Corolla year-to-date though, with the Mehran adding up to 15,808 units and 20.9% (-10%) halfway through the year vs. 16,212 and 21.4% (-20%) for the Corolla. Notice also the Honda City up a magnificent 40% on June 2013 to 2nd place with 13% share, the Suzuki Wagon R continuing its progression at 6.5% share, up 48% on May and the Toyota Hilux up 26% to #9.

Previous month: Pakistan May 2014: Suzuki Wagon R gears up

One year ago: Pakistan June 2013: Suzuki Bolan and Ravi up

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Singapore June 2014: Toyota/Lexus still reigns supreme

July 18th, 2014 No comments

Lexus IS Singapore June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frLexus IS

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New car sales in Singapore are up a robust 10% year-on-year in June to 2,414 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 12,311 units, up 5% on 2013. Toyota/Lexus remains the most popular manufacturer in the country thanks to 480 sales and just under 20% market share, up 38% year-on-year while Mercedes (+10%), BMW (-39%) and Volkswagen (-4%) hold onto their May and year-to-date positions. Mazda explodes at +190% in 5th place, Audi overtakes Nissan to reclaims the #5 spot in the year-to-date ranking, a position it held over the Full Year 2013. Notice also Honda up 144%, Hyundai up 103%, Kia up 173%, Ford up 213%, Renault up 550% and Alfa Romeo up 450%.

Previous month: Singapore May 2014: Toyota/Lexus now leader year-to-date

One year ago: Singapore June 2013: BMW leads with 20.2% market share

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China June 2014: Audi breaks record in market up 11%

July 17th, 2014 14 comments

Audi Q3 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.qq.comThe Audi Q3 is up 63% year-on-year in June in China.

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According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, light vehicle sales in China are up a sturdy 11% year-on-year both in June to 1.564 million units and year-to-date at 9.634 million units. This figure does not include commercial vehicles and imports and based on annual sales trends in previous years this means the light vehicle market will reach 20 million units in 2014, an all-time high, while the overall market should settle around 24-25 million vehicles, here again an all-time record, and by far.

Mazda6 Atenza China June 2014. Picture courtesy of the Mazda 6 Atenza (pictured) and 3 Axela improve vastly on their first month of sales in June.

The June performance is mainly due to the exceptional health of the MPV (+50%) and SUV segments (+35%) while sedan sales are up a more modest 5%. Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, aided by government subsidies, surged 220 percent in the first 6 months of the year 20,477 units, including 11,777 EVs and 8,700 plug-in hybrids. Brand-wise, and once again this doesn’t include commercial vehicles or imports, Volkswagen leads the way with nearly 220,000 sales way above Hyundai (86,668), Nissan (79,722), Buick (71,060), Toyota (70,460) and Honda (69,023) with Nissan now #4 year-to-date above Toyota. Including imports, Audi lodges its very first month above 50,000 sales in China at a record-breaking 50,756 units.

Chery Tiggo 3 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of Chery Tiggo 3 is above 10,000 sales this month.

In the models ranking, below the Wuling Hongguang in pole position and up a splendid 76% year-on-year to 51,198 units, the Ford Focus overtakes the VW Lavida for the first time since last December at 33,614 sales (+7%) vs. 32,462 (+27%) now that the Gran Lavida is panting a little. The Lavida still has a 60,000+ sales advantage over the Focus year-to-date though. The rest of the Top 6 (all Volkswagens!) show remarkable stability: identical to both May and year-to-date with the Santana up a huge 90% to #4, the Sagitar up 9% to #5 and the Jetta up 56% to #6. The Haval H6 is back up one spot on May and up 73% on June 2013 to 7th place while the Chevrolet Cruze reappears in the Top 10 at #10.

BYD F3 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of to its facelift, the BYD F3 is back in business: #4 Chinese model this month.

Beyond the Top 10, the Hyundai Verna crosses the 20,000 monthly sales milestone for only the third time ever after January 2013 and 2014 in 11th place at 20,537 units (+32%), the VW Tiguan is up a robust 23% at #12, the VW Golf up 123% to #19, Honda Crider up 392% to #20, ChangAn Eado up 121% to #26, BYD F3 up 83% to #27 and #4 Chinese and the Nissan X-Trail is up 1140% on the previous generation to crack the Chinese Top 30 for the very first time at #30. Notice also the Venucia R/D50 up 55% to #31, the Citroen C-Elysée up 50% to #33 and Chery Tiggo (now Tiggo 3) up 25 spots on May and 71% year-on-year to #41.

Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of Auto Weiwang M20

Illustrating the trend towards budget MPV triggered by the country-wide success of the Wuling Hongguang and studied in detail in a previous Strategy article, the Beijing Auto Weiwang M20, launched in August 2013, breaks into the Top 50 for the first time in June at #49 thanks to sales up 32% on last month to an all-time high 8,700 units. Now that the new generation is available, the Honda Fit shoots up 99 spots on May to #56 while the Chery Tiggo 5 is up 3 to #58 and a record 7,976 sales. Note there are no all-new models popping up in the Chinese ranking this month which had never happened in the past year BSCB has focused on new launches in this market…

Luxgen 6 SUV China June 2014. Picture courtesy of chexun.comThe Luxgen 6 SUV is testing new grounds for the brand in China.

…But it’s around the #100 spot that things get a little agitated and very interesting. The Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Top 100 for its third month in market with sales up 9% to 4,937 at #98, the Mazda3 Axela does the same, up 29 ranks and 42% on last month to #100 and 4,735 units for only its 2nd appearance in the ranking, the Haima S5 is up 28 spots and 40% to #107, the Mazda6 Atenza up 54 ranks and 135% to #115, the ChangAn CS75 up 49 spots and 119% to #118, Audi A3 up 48% to #125 and the Luxgen 6 SUV up a massive 327% and 92 ranks on May to #130 and 3,208 sales, new frontiers for any Luxgen model so far.

Previous China post: Strategy: How can Chinese brands unlock their home market? (Part 5)

Previous month: China May 2014: VW Santana breaks record in market up 8%

One year ago: China June 2013: Ford Focus leads, Great Wall Haval M4 up

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World H1 2014: Jaguar Land Rover delivers all-time record sales

July 17th, 2014 No comments

Range-Rover-Evoque- World June 2014Range Rover Evoque

Global sales for Jaguar Land Rover are up a very robust 14% year-on-year over the First Half of 2014 to reach 240,372 vehicles, mainly due to an outstanding performance in China. Land Rover is up 14% to 196,785 units while Jaguar is up 16% to 43,587. China accounts for over 1 in 4 vehicles sold by the company globally over the period, up a whopping 48% to 62,469 over 6 months and boosted by a month of June up 60% to 11,554 units. This is all the more impressive that JLR does not manufacture cars locally in China yet (the first factory will open in the east China city of Changshu in the fourth quarter of this year) and therefore has to deal with significant import tax that make a premium product even more out of reach in this market.

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Iran June 2014: Peugeot Pars/405 above Saipa Pride

July 17th, 2014 1 comment

Peugeot Pars Iran Khordad 1392Peugeot Pars

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The Iranian car production industry continues to recover with 85,391 units, a 81% year-on-year increase bringing the year-to-date total to 245,834 units, up 132% year-on-year. The Persian calendar is indeed different from the Western one, and June 2014 roughly corresponds to Khordad which is the third month of the Persian year 1393. Peugeot is back on track with the Pars (+81%) and 405 (+201%) adding up to 21,274 units vs. only 18,353 (-12%) for the Saipa Pride. Other big gainers this month include the Iran Khodro Samand (+164%), Peugeot 206 (+294%) and Saipa Tiba (+119%).

Previous month: Iran May 2014: Production back on track at +146%

One year ago: Iran June 2013: Peugeot Pars up 6% in market down 36%

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Sponsored post: A new Michelin tire that prolong wet traction

July 17th, 2014 1 comment

I don’t know about you but even though I have been driving for the best part of two decades I always get a tiny bit nervous in heavy rain conditions. Aqua-planning is not a great experience and there is nothing worse than not trusting its car’s behaviour when driving under the rain. But it all comes to tires in the end, not so much the car itself. Michelin has been at the forefront of tyre technologies for decades and their latest invention could have the potential to make me feel much better about driving under heavy rain.

Unlike conventional tires, the Michelin Premier A/S tire uses a new design combined with a unique set of features to prolong wet traction even as the tire becomes worn. 3 main elements provide this traction over time: high-traction rubber compound, expanding rain grooves and emerging grooves. What does it all mean I hear you ask.

Well the technology behind long-term wet traction is actually rather interesting. The high-traction rubber compound is a proprietary rubber compound with extreme amounts of silica and sunflower oil. The silica provides the bonding strength and adherence to keep the treads on the road for high traction in wet conditions. The sunflower oil allows the tire to grip on wet roads at lower temperatures. The new tire also has rain grooves with a specific geometric shape that gets wider as the tread wears, helping maintain the amount of water that the tire can channel away. Finally this tire has another set of grooves that are initially hidden when new but then emerge to maintain wet traction in the long run.

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Canada June 2014: Ford and Honda outperform market up 2%

July 16th, 2014 2 comments

Porsche Macan Canada June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Macan lifts Porsche Canada sales up 66% in June.

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The new car market in Canada is up 2% year-on-year in June to an excellent 175,682 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 909,186 units, up 3% on 2013. Ford outperforms the market in pole position, up 8% to 30,401 sales while Toyota (+1%) underperforms slightly but remains 2nd at 16,760 units, keeping Honda at bay at 14,727 sales (+10%). Hyundai (-6%) but most of all Chevrolet (-19%) suffer while Nissan is up an insolent 29% on June 2013 at 10,561 units. Notice also Jeep up a spectacular 32% at #10, Mazda and Audi up 14%, Lexus up 18%, Cadillac up 19% and Porsche up a beautiful 66% thanks to the Macan.

Ford Escape Canada June 2014. Picture courtesy of Truck TrendFord Escape sales are up 39% year-on-year in Canada in June.

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series continues to reign supreme and evolves exactly like the market at +2% to 11,290 sales, ahead of the RAM Pick-up at 7,501 units and the Honda Civic at 6,461 (+12%). The Hyundai Elantra is back up 2 spots to #4 and also reclaims the #4 spot year-to-date while the Ford Escape is up a splendid 39% in 5th place and the Toyota Corolla is up 18% to #7. Notice also the VW Jetta up 21% to #11, the Ford Edge up 7 spots on May to #15, Nissan Versa up 81% to #25 and the Honda Fit up 122% to #29.

Previous month: Canada May 2014: Market up 6% to reach best May figure ever

One year ago: Canada June 2013: Honda Civic-Hyundai Elantra fight gets heated

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Japan Imports Q2 2014: Sedan pushes Audi A3 up to 5th place

July 16th, 2014 1 comment

Audi A3 Sedan Japan June 2014. Picture courtesy of ameba.jpAudi A3 Sedan

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New car imports are the most affected by the April 1 tax increase in Japan with sales down 16% year-on-year in June to 24,364 registrations but still up 8% year-on-year over the first half of 2014 at 143,965 units. Q2 levels are therefore much lower than Q1 and if the VW Golf is the runaway leader by far again with sales up 66% year-on-year to 5,842 units, this is a 51% drop from its Q1 result. In fact the entire Top 20 most popular imports register falls of at least 14% and up to 62% (Mercedes A Class) in Q2 compared to Q1. The Mini reclaims the 2nd spot off the BMW 3 Series with 3,577 sales vs. 2,891, and this because of the arrival of the BMW 4 Series at a brilliant 20th spot with 720 units over Q2.

VW Beetle Japan June 2014The VW Beetle is the 10th most popular import in Japan in Q2 2014.

The VW Polo is up one spot on Q1 to 4th place with 2,454 sales (-20% year-on-year) but the real star over the period is the Audi A3: thanks to the arrival of the sedan variant it is up a gigantic 124% year-on-year in Q2 to #5 with 2,331 units and now ranks 7th year-to-date vs. #17 over the Full Year 2013. Notice also the Volvo V40 back up to #9, the VW Beetle up to #10 and the Volvo V60 up 4 ranks to #13.

Renault Lutecia Japan June 2014. Picture courtesy of hobidas.comRenault sales are up a whopping 50% so far in 2014 in Japan.

In the brands ranking (all brands including local Japanese ones), Volkswagen grabs 2% of the overall market (+8%) followed by Mercedes up 13% to pass Mitsubishi at #9, BMW overtaking Lexus at #12 (+8%) and Audi up 12% at #15. Notice also Fiat up 25% to #19, Jeep up 48% to #20, Renault up 50% to #24, Maserati up 271% to #31, Bentley up 81% to #38 and Rolls Royce up 52% to #42.

Previous post: Japan Imports Q1 2014: VW Golf first ever import above 10,000 sales

One year ago:  Japan Imports Q2 2013: Mini and BMW 3 Series on top

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Japan June 2014: Toyota Aqua back to #1, Honda Vezel up to #4

July 16th, 2014 2 comments

Honda Vezel Japan June 2014. Picture courtesy of Vezel

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Regular passenger vehicles sales in Japan are down slightly from 2013 (-1.8%) to 229,037 registrations but still up year-to-date (+7.2%) at 1,554,597 units. This month the Toyota Aqua puts an end to 3 consecutive months of Honda Fit domination (and 7 out of the last 8 months) by selling 19,812 units (-2%) vs. 16,066 (+32%) which also enables it to reclaim the year-to-date leadership with 123,637 sales vs. 121,764 for the Fit. The Toyota Prius remains in third place with 13,557 units, a harsh 38% year-on-year decline. The hero of the month is once again the Honda Vezel, breaking the 10,000 monthly sales benchmark for the first time at 11,680 and breaking into the monthly Top 5 at #4. Where will Honda’s small SUV stop? These scores are already way above what its competitor the Nissan Juke ever achieved at home.

Subaru Levorg Japan June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoc-one.jpSubaru Levorg

The Toyota Voxy (+184%), Corolla (+58%), Vitz (+40%), Noah (+103%) and Passo (+49%) all lodge impressive gains, while the Toyota Harrier maintains itself at unheard-of heights in 13th place with 4,880 sales and the Mazda Axela (aka Mazda3) is up one spot on May to #14 with 3,709 units, up 242% on June 2013. The Nissan X-Trail is back up 3 ranks on last month and 107% year-on-year to #15 and we welcome a new nameplate inside the Japanese Top 30 this month: the Subaru Levorg lands at #23 with 2,133 sales for its 2nd month in market, adding up to 2,771 so far. This already makes the Levorg Subaru’s 2nd best-seller at home below the Impreza (#20) and above the Forester (#30).

Previous month: Japan May 2014: Honda Vezel and Toyota Harrier shine again

One year ago: Japan June 2013: Toyota Prius passes Aqua year-to-date

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Is Cuba the smallest market in the world at 50 sales in 6 months?

July 15th, 2014 5 comments

Vintage-American-car-Cuba-by-Teemu-RPicture by Teemu R. All rights reserved.

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In October 2011 I reported that car purchase was finally legalised in Cuba after over 50 years of tight restrictions country-wide. However at the time I had expressed reservations as to how much new and used car sales in Cuba could grow given the average monthly salary in the country is just 17 dollars. Turns out I was on the money… The 2011 law change affected car purchases between Cuban consumers and last January all restrictions on vehicle purchase were lifted, meaning importing companies can now start doing business in the country.

According to South African website, citing the official website, itself citing Iset Vazquez, vice president of the state enterprise Corporacion CIMEX, Cuban dealers sold just 50 cars and 4 motorcycles across the country in the first six months of 2014! That’s old and new combined! Quite an unbelievable result that actually has a very simple explanation. Upon import into the country, it would appear that sticker prices are marked up a staggering 400% or more, pricing family sedans like European sports cars. To its defence, the Cuban government reportedly said it would invest 75% of the proceeds from new car sales in its woeful public transportation system.

Even more troubling, most of the sales so far this year appear to be 2nd hand, and even then they are pricing just about every living Cuban out of the market for a car. A few examples: a 2013 Peugeot 206 (a model originally launched in 1998) was priced at $91,000 in Havana while the larger 508 would set you back wanted $262,000. Not even in Singapore are prices so high.

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