Russia June 2016: Solaris back on top, Lada Vesta resumes growth

Lada Vesta Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Lada Vesta posts its first month at 5.000+ sales. 

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The freefall continues for the Russian new light vehicle market, down another 12.5% in June to 122.633 registrations, pulling the H1 2016 tally down 14% to 672.140 units. I did predict the Russian market would continue to fall fast in 2016, but for Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, it comes as a surprise: “Total market volume continued to erode at double-digit pace, faster than anticipated at the beginning of the year. With this in mind, the AEB is updating its 2016 full-year market forecast to 1.44 million units (-10.3%), [implying] a slowdown of the negative trend in H2, to 6-7%.” Still rather optimistic in my view.

Lifan X50 Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLifan sales are up 57% in Russia in June.

For once local carmaker and market leader Lada falls faster than the market at -16%, resulting in a lower market share at 18.1% vs. 18.5% year-to-date. Kia (-8%) and Hyundai (-2%) on the other hand continue to gain market share at 10.4% and 9.8% respectively this month. The same goes for Renault, managing a 1% increase to 10.075 units and 8.2% share, but Toyota (-17%) and Nissan (-33%) drop painfully. BMW (+7%), Skoda (+9%), Audi (+15%), UAZ (+21%) and most impressively Ford (+22%) also deliver gains inside the Top 15. Further down, Lifan impresses with a 57% improvement, while Mini (+1%), Subaru (+6%), Brilliance (+75%) and Jaguar (+255%) are among other brands gaining ground year-on-year. We welcome Chinese carmaker Zotye in the Russian sales charts in June even though the brand launched back in March: it ranks #48 for now with a discreet 21 sales.

After two consecutive months of Lada Granta domination, the Hyundai Solaris returns to #1 model in Russia in June, a spot it has now held for 9 of the past 14 months. It is followed very closely this month its platform twin the Kia Rio at 8.629 sales (-4%) vs. 8.676 (-6%) whereas the Granta implodes (-49%) at 7.219. Part of the explanation for the Granta drop is the gearing up of the Vesta: after marking a pause in May, the new Lada resumes its ascent, setting new volume (5.128) and market share record (4.2%) for the nameplate in 4th position. Its SUV counterpart, the XRAY, is however stuck at the bottom of the Top 20: it ranks #18 in June after hitting #13 in April and #16 in May.

Renault Kaptur Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Renault Kaptur lands at #45.

A healthy amount of models manage significant gains in a declining market: the Renault Duster is up 13% at #5, the Chevrolet Niva up 36% at #9, the Renault Sandero up 15% to #11, Skoda Rapid up 14% to #12 and Skoda Octavia up 4% to #13. Further down, it’s once again the SUV segment that manages to stay afloat: the UAZ Patriot (+21%), Kia Sportage (+13%) and Nissan Qashqai (+44%) all post strong gains with the Hyundai Tucson improving its best ranking to #21 and the Nissan Terrano lodging a 2nd straight month inside the Top 25 thanks to deliveries up 6%. Further down, let’s salute the great performance of the Mercedes GLS up a further 6 spots on May to #41, the thunderous arrival of the Renault Kaptur (in fact a Duster with a Captur snout) directly at #45 with 554 sales, and of the Jaguar F-Pace instantly accounting for 70% of the brand’s sales in Russia.

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One year ago: Russia June 2015: Lada Granta reclaims #1 spot at record 10% share

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Mexico First Half 2016: Kia stuns in fast and furious market

Kia Sportage Mexico June 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxKia has landed in Mexico, and boy it made a splash. 

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The Mexican new light vehicle market is going from strength to strength in 2016, celebrating 18 consecutive record months in June and a total 721.898 sales after 6 months, up 18% on the same period in 2015 and, obvioulsy, a new record. The Big Three all evolve around the market with Nissan up 13% to 25.1% share, Chevrolet up 16% to 17.8% and Volkswagen up 18% to 13.6%. Toyota soars 30%, Honda is up 26%, Hyundai up 52%, Renault up 33% and Ram up 26% but the real star of the year is Kia. The Korean manufacturer, launched in Mexico in July 2015, has done an even more impressive job at imposing itself in the market as its sister brand Hyundai which launched in May 2014. Kia ranks 8th halfway through 2016 with 3.3% share and 7th in June at 3.9%, just below Honda and above such established marques as Mazda, Dodge, Renault and Mitsubishi. An outstanding achievement indeed.

Chevrolet Sonic Mexico June 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxChevrolet Sonic sales have doubled year-on-year. 

#3 a year ago and #2 over the Full Year 2015, the Nissan Versa takes control of the Mexican models ranking over the first half of 2016 thanks to deliveries up 44% to 39.650, but just as it establishes itself as the new king, the Chevrolet Spark, bolstered by a new generation, challenges the newfound lead and ranks #1 in June. For now it ranks #2 with sales up 49% to 32.866. The Chevrolet Aveo is knocked out of its pole position and falls to #3, ahead of the Nissan Pickup (+9%), VW Vento (+4%) and VW Jetta (+38%). The Chevrolet Sonic doubles its sales year-on-year to make a thunderous arrival in the Top 10 at #9, the VW Gol is up 54% and 6 spots to #11 while the Kia Sportage (#18) and Ford Figo (#19) are the best-selling newcomers.

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Mexico June 2016: Chevrolet Spark takes lead in market up 23%

Chevrolet Spark Mexico June 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comChevrolet Spark

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If you thought the Mexican new light vehicle market had exhausted its growth potential after 17 consecutive record months, think again: June is up another outstanding 23% year-on-year, meaning a 18th record month and 14th consecutive month above 100.000 units. At this rate, we are looking at a 2016 full year tally above 1.6 million sales, a 20% surge on the record 2015 figure of 1.351.764. Nissan falls just short of matching the market with a 19% gain to 33.484 and 24.9% share, ahead of Chevrolet at 20.9% (+36%) and Volkswagen at 12.8% (+25%). Toyota (+34%), Honda (+28%), Renault (+48%) and BMW (+45%) do even better than the market while Kia beats its monthly volume record once again at 5.216, and sells its very first locally-produced units: 652 Forte manufactured in the shiny-new Nuevo Leon factory.

 

Kia Forte Mexico June 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comKia Forte made in Mexico

Boosted by its new generation, the Chevrolet Spark becomes the best-selling nameplate in Mexico for the very first time with deliveries up 221% on the previous model a year ago to 8.721. This ends a streak of five consecutive months of Nissan Versa reign, it is now knocked down to #2 despite sales up a fantastic 67% year-on-year to 7.241. The Chevrolet Aveo, leader in 2015, is up just 1% at #3. The Nissan Pickup (+34%), Chevrolet Sonic (+52%), Nissan Sentra (+41%) and VW Gol (+74%) also shine near the top. Further down, the Ford Figo ((#14) and Kia Sportage (#17) remains the two most popular recent launches, ahead of the Kia Rio (#25), Chevrolet Equinox (#28) and Kia Forte (#34) now the first Korean-Mexican vehicle on sale here.

Previous month: Mexico May 2016: Chevrolet teases Nissan in 17th straight record month

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China 1st Half 2016: Tax cut, SUV wave spur 8% gain to record 12.8m

Baojun 560 China September 2015. Picture courtesy shwuling.comBaojun sold 320.000 units of the 560 in the past 12 months. 

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Faced with a declining car market, last October Chinese government cut in half the tax on cars with small engines (1.6L or less). The Chinese market never looked back since, culminating in a 18% surge in June. Over the first half of 2016, sales of light vehicles are up 9.2% to 11.042.300 units. Total vehicle sales including trucks and buses gain 8.1% to a record-breaking 12.8 million units, according to the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). By comparison, the U.S. light vehicle market, the 2nd largest in the world, is up 1.5% to 8.644.920 deliveries.

Buick Envision China June 2016The Envision is a huge success for Buick in China. 

A very robust 2nd half could mean the government will let the tax cut expire on December 31 as planned. If that’s the case, we will witness a last-minute rush to buy small cars towards the end of the year and a disproportionately low start of 2017 – in that scenario IHS predicts Chinese growth will slow to 1.4% in 2017. For this reason, the CAAM said it is in favour of a permanent tax cit that could be viewed as a promotion of fuel-efficient cars. I am banking on the government extending the tax cut to avoid sending another wave of disruption into the market. For now, halfway through 2016 SUV sales remain the clear engine of Chinese growth with deliveries up a whopping 42% year-on-year to 3.850.000 units, while MPV get a second wind at +19% to 1.200.100 sales and sedans continue to skid at -4% to 5.565.700.

H1 2016 Ch. MS /15 H1 2015 Ch. MS /14 H1 2014 Ch. MS
Total Market 11,042,300 / 9% 10,121,300 / 5% 9,638,400 /
Ch. brands 4,735,000 42.9% 13% 4,184,600 41.3% 15% 3,651,500 37.9%
Ch. SUV 2,171,000 56.4% 53% 1,417,700 53.3% 93% 735,300 40.4%
Ch. Sedans 1,109,400 19.9% -11% 1,243,400 21.5% -11% 1,390,800 22.6%
Ch. MPV 1,087,600 90.6% 21% 895,200 88.1% 19% 750,400 85.1%

Ch. = Chinese, Ch. MS = Chinese market share

Chinese manufacturers continue to regain the terrain they had lost in the home market in the past decade thanks to extremely strong SUV sales. Over the first 6 months of 2016, they hold a 42.9% market share of Chinese light vehicle sales, compared to 41.3% a year ago and 37.9% in 2014. Chinese SUVs gain a stunning 53% to 2.171.000 units and 56.4% share vs. 53.3% in 2015 and 40.4% in 2014. Chinese MPV also have a smile on their bonnet with deliveries up 21% leading to a 90.6% share vs. 88.1% in 2015 and 85.1% in 2014. Only Chinese sedans lag behind with volumes down 11% to 19.9% share vs. 21.5% in 2015 and 22.6% in 2014.

Buick Excelle GT VW Lavida China June 2016. Picture courtesy autohome.com.cnThe Buick Excelle GT and VW Lavida have helped GM and VAG tremendously in China this year. 

Overtaken by General Motors over the Full Year 2015, the Volkswagen Group reclaims the lead of the Chinese sales races halfway through 2016 thanks to deliveries up 6% to 1.91 million. The Volkswagen brand is up 5% to 1.44m, Audi up 6% to 290.126, Skoda up 11% to 152.000 and Porsche up 4% to 30.440. GM for its part is up 5% to 1.81m units. Buick is up 27% to become the #2 brand in the country below VW at 569.000 sales, Baojun surges 81%, Wuling is stable but Chevrolet is down 31%. Hyundai-Kia is in difficulty at -0.6% to fall just under 810.000 sales, Nissan Motor is up 4% to 609.900, Toyota Motor up 16% to 592.100, Ford Motor up 6% to 577.100 with Lincoln sales tripling to 12.450 (more than the 11.630 it sold over the Full Year 2015) and Honda up 18% to 542.500 thanks to the roaring success of the XR-V and Vezel twin crossovers. In the luxury aisle, below Audi, Mercedes soars 33% to 220.000 units, citing up on BMW up 7% to 247.600. Note the above figures include imports – which is not the case in the sales tables below the jump.

Haval H6 Coupe China June 2016The Haval H6 remains the best-selling SUV in China – Coupe variant pictured. 

Looking at homegrown brands – figures don’t include commercial vehicles, Changan is up 8% but drops one spot to #3 at 563.900 units, Haval gains a solid 22% to break into the Top 10 at #9 and 378.700 units, Beijing Auto is up 51% to #11, Dongfeng up 15% to #12, Geely up 10% to #15 and JAC up 17% #18. Below, the brands that gain spectacular ground all do so thanks to new SUV offerings: GAC Trumpchi is up 170%, Zotye up 49%, Brilliance up 46%, Roewe up 74%, Soueast up 81%, Leopaard up 433% and Landwind up 236%.

Wuling Hongguang S1 China June 2016Still the one: the Wuling Hongguang is the #1 vehicle in China but drops 6%

Model-wise, the Wuling Hongguang remains the best-selling vehicle in the country despite sales down 6% to 294.300, but is now under intense pressure from the VW Lavida, up a fantastic 23% to 287.400. The Haval H6 does even better, lifted by the success of the Coupe variant up 40% to 240.300. Just below, a string of high-performing sedans contradict the overall trend: the VW Jetta (+16%), Sagitar (+27%), Buick Excelle GT (+54%) and Toyota Corolla (+35%) all frankly outpace the market. Just over one year old, the GAC Trumpchi GS4 lands inside the Top 10 thanks to 150.800 deliveries. The Buick Envision (#14), Dongfeng Fengguang 330/370 (+30%), Honda CR-V (+38%), XR-V (+61%) and Vezel (+44%) and Toyota Levin (+32%) also shine inside the Top 50.

GAC Trumpchi GS4 China June 2016. Picture courtesy rednet.cnThe GAC Trumpchi GS4 is now among the 10 most popular vehicles in China. 

But the most impressive performance is without a doubt delivered by the Baojun 560, landing directly in 4th position overall with nearly 175.000 sales so far in 2016. Launched in July 2015, Baojun has sold an earth-shattering 320.000 copies of the 560 in just 12 months, beating the brand’s previous launch (the 730) to snap the title of most successful new nameplate launch in the history of automobile in China. The Baojun 560 is the fastest nameplate to reach its first 300.000 units: it did so in just 11 months (301.534) vs. 13 for the Baojun 730. It leads a strong contingent of 72 new China-made nameplates having made their first appearance in the Chinese charts over the past 12 months. So far in 2016, the Changan Oushang, Hyundai Elantra Lingdong, Jeep Cherokee, BAIC Huansu H3, Zotye Damai X5, BAIC Senova X25, Nissan Lannia, Soueast DX7 and Roewe 360 have been the most successful. It’s also worth mentioning the Buick Verano, new Hyundai Tucson and Brilliance V3, each just over one year old but already inside the Top 50.

Dongfeng Rich China June 2016Dongfeng Rich – Chinese pickups are back in the game. 

Stepping into the Light Commercial Vehicle market, a few momentous shifts are at play. In an overall market contracting 12% to 1.695.351 units, minivans are fast falling into oblivion at -36% to 304.019, with part of this lost volume recuperated by mini trucks (the pickup equivalent of these minivans), up 14% to 246.315. The big news however is the return to grace of pickups up 4% to 169.510 (and surging 36% in June), helped by a change in legislation allowing them in the large cities of four provinces for the first time in 12 years (click here for more detail). The Fotron Light Truck is in the lead despite sales down 6% to 126.856 ahead of the Wuling Mini Truck (+6%) and Hongguang V (-17%). The Wuling Sunshine (-33%), Rongguang (-35%) and Chana Star Minibus (-40%) implode, and the Great Wall Wingle 5 leads the pickup charge above the JMC Baodian, ZX Auto Grand Tiger and Dongfeng Rich.

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One year ago: China 1st Half 2015: Domestic carmakers regain ground in shy market

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China LCV June 2016: Pickup sales surge 36%

Great Wall Wingle 5 China June 2016. Picture courtesy ignitionlive.co.zaThe Great Wall Wingle 5 is the best-selling pickup in China. 

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Thanks to a partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars, we can share with you today detailed sales data for Light Commercial Vehicles in China with complete Minivan, Pickup and Mini Truck data by model as well as selected light truck/bus data provided by LMC Automotive. Chinese LCV sales continue to struggle at -17% in June to 252.603 and -12% year-to-date to 1.695.351. However the detail by segment unveils a striking novelty: minivan are stuck in a race to the bottom at -48% to 33.825 sales, mini trucks for once also crumble at -21% to 35.104 – yet outselling minivans for the 2nd consecutive month – but the heroes of the month are pickups. Bolstered by a change in legislation allowing them in the large cities of four provinces for the first time in 12 years (click here for more detail on this), pickup sales in China returned to positive for the first time in over two years in April and posted their first double-digit gains in 3 years in May. In June, their revival accelerates further to a whopping 36% to 28.581 units.

JMC Baodian Plus China June 2016JMC Baodian

They are led as usual by the Great Wall Wingle 5, stable at 5.015 sales, followed by the JMC Baodian (+28%), Dongfeng Rich (+47%), ZX Auto Grand Tiger (+6%), JMC Yuhu (+239%) and Great Wall Wingle 6 (+57%). In fact, only four of the 20 pickups ranked in this month’s charts lose ground year-on-year. In May 2015, we had detailed the Chinese pickup market as the low-hanging fruit in our analysis Where is the Chinese market headed? and it seems the Chinese government reads BSCB… In other LCV news, the Foton Light Truck retains the lead with sales up 4% to 19.175, the Wuling Hongguang V is up to #2 but down 1% and the Wuling Mini Truck uncharacteristically falls 42% to #3.

Previous month: China LCV May 2016: Minitrucks outsell minivans, pickups up 11%

One year ago: China LCV June 2015: Wuling Mini Truck takes off at +66%

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Canada First Half 2016: Pickups and SUVs boost market to record high

Nissan Murano Canada June 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com Nissan Murano sales are up 71% so far in 2016 in Canada.

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There is no stopping the Canadian light vehicle market in 2016: sales are up a further 6% on a record 2015 result to a best-ever 990.727 units halfway through 2016. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains the most popular group but loses market share at 15.4% vs. 15.9% a year ago. Just below, Ford Motor is up to 15.1% from 14.4% but General Motors drops to 13.1% from 13.6%. Toyota Motor (11.4%) and Hyundai-Kia (11%) round up the Top 5. Brand-wise, Ford improves to 14.7% thanks to sales up 12%, Toyota follows the market at +2% and 10% share, Honda (+12%) passes Chevrolet (+1%) to rank third, ahead of Hyundai (+8%), Nissan (+10%), Ram (+2%) and Jeep (+20%). Audi (+16%), Mitsubishi (+16%), Buick (+18%), Lincoln (+21%), Volvo (+35%), Land Rover (+40%) and Scion (+78%) impress.

Toyota Tacoma Canada June 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com.jpgThe Toyota Tacoma is up 45%. 

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series is headed straight towards an 8th consecutive year of reign with deliveries fast outpacing the market, soaring 28% to 72.233, 23.000 units above the #2, the Ram Pickup up 4%. The Honda Civic for its part looks likely to post a 19th year in a row as the best-selling passenger car in Canada with sales up 12% to 33.193. The Dodge Grand Caravan (+28%), Hyundai Elantra (+14%), Toyota RAV4 (+20%) also rise faster than the market within the Top 10. Further down, SUVs and pickups deliver the largest gains, such as the Jeep Cherokee (+25%), Hyundai Tucson (+75%), Ford Edge (+28%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+53%), Nissan Murano (+71%), Toyota Tacoma (+45%) and Toyota Highlander (+26%).

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Canada June 2016: Ford F-Series helps lift market to best June score ever

Ford F-150 Raptor Canada June 2016Ford F-150 Raptor 

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After plunging into negative territory in May, Canadian new light vehicle sales rebound in June to gain 7% year-on-year to 191.316 units, the highest June tally ever recorded in Canada. The year-to-date total is up 6% at 990.727. This month Ford Motor is the most popular group, following the market at +7% to 15% share, with FCA (14.5%) and General Motors (13.6%) in tow. Hyundai-Kia surges 31% to 11.9% share, overtaking Toyota Motor (11.5%), and Nissan Motor is up 13% to 7.4%. The Top 6 best-selling brands remain unchanged vs. May with Ford in the lead at 14.6% share ahead of Toyota (10.3%), Honda (8%), Hyundai up 41% (7.9%), Chevrolet (7.4%) and Nissan (6.9%). Dodge is up 25% to #7, Kia up 14%, Buick up 28%, Lincoln up 37% and Jaguar up 191%. Model-wise, the Ford F-Series is more than ever in the driving seat thanks to sales up 40% to 13.269 vs. 8.692 for its immediate follower the Ram Pickup, stable year-on-year. The Honda Civic (+3%), Dodge Grand Caravan (+43%) and Toyota RAV4 (+34%) follow. Excellent performances of the Hyundai Elantra (+45%), Tucson (+314%), Ford Fusion (+70%) and Nissan Sentra (+45%). This month we welcome the Jaguar XE at #216.

Previous month: Canada May 2016: FCA scores strongest month ever, market down 2%

One year ago: Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below Ford F-Series

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South Korea First Half 2016: Samsung SM6 instant blockbuster

Samsung SM6 South Korea March 2016The Renault Talisman is sold as the Samsung SM6 in South Korea.

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In South Korea, new car sales are up a robust 9% over the first half of 2016 to 929.255 registrations, boosted by local manufacturers up 11% to 812.266 just as foreign ones drop 2% to 116.989. Hyundai remains the uncontested market leader but loses share at 37.8% vs. 39.4% a year ago due to sales just edging up 4% year-on-year. Kia outpaces the market at +14% to 29.8% share but the best performers over the period are GM Korea (+22%) and Renault Samsung(+26%). Foreign leaders Mercedes (+7%), BMW (-4%), Audi (-11%) and most strikingly Volkswagen (-33%) all lose market share while below, Land Rover (+64%), Infiniti (+39%), Honda (+27%), Volvo (+27%) and Lexus (+23%) all impress.

Hyundai Avante South Korea June 2016Hyundai Avante

Model-wise, as it was the case at the same time last year the Hyundai Porter is the best-seller with sales up 6% to 54.689. It however finished 2015 at #3 so may not stay in the year-to-date lead for much longer, if the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) shows the same strength during the rest of the year as it did in June (+76%). Leader over the Full Year 2015, the Hyundai Sonata is down 11% to third position over 10.000 units away from the top spot. Reversely, the Kia Sorento gains 13% and two spots year-on-year to land at a stunning 4th place overall, overtaking the Hyundai Santa Fe (+9%) in the race for the title of #1 SUV in South Korea.

Ssangyong Tivoli South Korea May 2016. Picture courtesy motorian.krThe Tivoli is the first Ssangyong to break into its monthly home Top 10 in 12 years.

The Chevrolet Spark for its part outpaces the Kia Morning in the minicar combat thanks to the new generation propelling it up 57% vs. -18% for the Kia. Also worth mentioning are the Kia K7 up 3-fold to #12 and the Kia Sportage up 61% to #14.Further down, two instant blockbusters single-handedly revive their respective brands. Over a year after its very successful launch, the Ssangyong Tivoli has not plateaued yet thanks to the arrival of the 7-seat XLV variant. Beating its monthly volume record on each of the past 3 months (5.375, 5.490, 5.711), in May the Tivoli was the first Ssangyong to break into the Top 10 in 12 years, since the Rexton and Musso SUT in 2004, and ranks at #13 halfway through 2016.

Genesis EQ900 South Korea June 2016Genesis EQ900

Even more spectacularly, the Samsung SM6 – sold as the Renault Talisman outside of Korea – almost instantly stormed into the Top 10 in March (#8), the first Renault Samsung to do so in 5 years, improving further to #6 both in May and June and hitting a record 7.901 units in May. It is #15 so far. More successful launches below: the Genesis EQ900 at #20, the Kia Niro at #24 and the Chevrolet Impala at #25. The Hyundai Ioniq is more discreet at #33.. Over in the foreign models aisle, the BMW 5 Series takes the lead despite sales down 12% to 7.342, followed by the Audi A6 (+18%) whereas 2015’s leader the Mercedes E-Class is down 26% to #3. The BMW 3 Series (-10%) and VW Tiguan (-15%) round out the Top 5, with the Mercedes GLC (#13), Land Rover Discovery Sport (#15) and Mercedes GLE (#20) the most popular newcomers.

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South Korea June 2016: Hyundai Avante up 76%, Kia Niro in Top 20

Kia Niro South Korea June 2016Kia Niro

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The South Korean new car market is up 16% year-on-year in June to 184.437 units, lifting the half-year tally up 9% to 929.255. Local manufacturers are solely responsible for this uptick with sales up 19% in June and 11% year-to-date whereas foreign brands are down 4% in June and 2% year-to-date. Hyundai under-performs once again at +11% to 69.970 units and 42.3% share whereas sister company Kia does better at +17% to 52.506 sales but is still below market growth. Reversely, GM Korea shoots up 48% to 18.058 and Renault Samsung gains 60% to 10.778 deliveries, solely thanks to the tremendous and continuing success of the all-new SM6 (aka Renault Talisman), once again the 6th best-selling vehicle in the country this month.

Hyundai Avante South Korea June 2016. Picture courtesy minyouhwa.comThe Hyundai Avante is up 76% in June at home. 

Hyundai places four nameplates in the Top 4 this month, with the Avante (aka Elantra) shooting up 76% to reclaim the top spot ahead of the Porter, Santa Fe and Sonata. The Kia Sorento holds strong at #5, the Hyundai Tucson is up 33% to #7, the Chevrolet Malibu is up almost 5-fold on June 2015 to break into the Top 10 for the very first time in South Korea thanks to a new generation, the Ssangyong Tivoli is up 57% to break its monthly volume record anew to 5.711 sales but is down 4 spots on May to #13, the Kia K7 is up 205% to #15 and the Kia Sportage is up 65% to #16 thanks to the new model. Let’s also salute the very solid performance of the Kia Niro hybrid, breaking into the Top 20 this month thanks to 3.246 sales, to be compared with just 761 deliveries for its platform twin the Hyundai Ioniq (#34). The Genesis EQ900 has stabilised around 3.000 monthly units.

Audi A6 South Korea June 2016The Audi A6 is the most popular foreigner in South Korea in June.

Among foreign carmakers, BMW remains on top for the third consecutive month despite sales down 16% to 4.820, distancing Mercedes (+8%) and Audi (+28%) while Volkswagen implodes down 58% due to renewed stop-sale orders on its scandal-embroiled diesel lineup. Jaguar (+83%), Lexus (+76%), Volvo (+76%), Toyota (+64%), Honda (+48%) and Land Rover (+38%) on the other hand display spectacular gains. Model-wise, a generation changeover has cost the Mercedes E-Class its YTD pole position, now held by the BMW 5 Series despite sales down 47% to #5. The Audi A6 is the most popular in June ahead of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes S Class, with the Land Rover Discovery Sport also impressive at #11.

Previous month: South Korea May 2016: Samsung SM6 and Ssangyong Tivoli break records

One year ago: South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

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Iran First Half 2016: Exclusive production and imports figures available

Brilliance H330 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy realiran.orgLocally-assembled Brilliance H330 with Pars Khodro logo

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It is now time to share with you exclusive detail on the Iranian new car market thanks to a partnership with CE Auto newsletter. Please note the period covered in this report is the one closest to the first half of the calendar year 2016, which is not how the Persian calendar works. The Persian year 1394 ended on 20 March 2016, with the year 1395 starting on 21 March 2016, so to get closest to H1 2016 figures we have to take into account the last quarter of the Persian year 1394 and the quarter of the Persian year 1395 (the period studied is, in Persian terms, 10/1394 to 03/1395). Also, this update combines production figures for local manufacturers with exclusive import sales data obtained with Iranian customs.

Peugeot 405 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy asriran.comOriginally launched in 1987, the 405 is Peugeot’s best-seller in Iran. 

Overall, the Iranian new light vehicle market shows a very dynamic stance with 555.745 locally produced units (vs. 962.737 over the Full Year 2015) but imports are slowing pace at just 32.762, 23% decline on the same period a year ago – meaning almost 10.000 vehicles less. Brand-wise, Peugeot continues to dominate the market with 198.246 units sold over the period, or one in three vehicles sold in Iran so far in 2016. The French carmaker signed on 21 June 2016 the final joint-venture agreement with Iran Khodro. This has two implications: firstly, the restoration of contractual relations for the production of Peugeot-branded vehicles currently sold in Iran.

Peugeot 301 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comA surefire hit in Iran, the Peugeot 301 won’t be available until 2018. Puzzling. 

Secondly and most significantly , the two companies will launch a joint factory in 2017 to produce the 301, 208 and 2008. Even though it seems to have been designed with Iran in mind, puzzlingly the 301 will only be produced for export initially and not presented to the Iranian market before 2018… Meanwhile the 29 year-old 405 (#2) and Pars (#4) remains the most popular design in the country for the 3rd consecutive year, and the 18-year old 206 ranks third overall with just under 63.000 deliveries including 43.000 sedans.

Iran Khodro Arisun. Picture courtesy clipo.irThe Iran Khodro Arisun is the best-selling pickup in Iran so far in 2016.

Local manufacturer Saipa follows in 2nd place with 27.8% share, mainly thanks to the Pride, a rebadged 1986 Kia Pride sold in hatch and sedan variants and finding another 111.000 new homes so far this year. The more modern Tiba follows at a distance in 6th place and 42.500 units. Iran Khodro, the second main Iranian carmaker, ranks third overall like last year but sees its market share thaw to 13.5%, with the Samand at #5 in the passenger cars ranking, the Dena at #8 and the Runna at #11, but the new Arisun – a Peugeot 405 pickup launched in 2015 – is the best-selling pickup truck in Iran with almost 14.000 sales. All Iran Khodro passenger cars are based on Peugeot platforms.

Renault Captur Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy khodro24.irThe Renault Captur ranks 6th among imported nameplates.

French manufacturer Renault follows in 4th place thanks to the continued success of the Tondar 90 (a first generation Logan), the gearing up of the Sandero (also the 1st generation), now #9 passenger car in the country and the arrival of the Captur at #6 in the imports ranking. Chery (23.000 units) is the #5 brand in Iran and produces locally. Brilliance ranks at #8 and manages to place the H330 sedan among the 10 best-selling passenger cars in Iran this year.

Ssangyong Tivoli Renault Duster Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy kharbamachine.irThe Ssangyong Tivoli is the #5 best-selling import in Iran, the Renault Duster ranks #20.

Looking at imports, Hyundai dominates once again with 10.200 sales and 31.1% share above Toyota (19.4%) and Kia (19.1%). The Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-seller by far with 5.813 sales ahead of the Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4. The Ssangyong Tivoli lands at #5, the Lexus NX at #8 and the new Hyundai Tucson at #11.

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