Chile November 2017: Suzuki on top, Chinese up 55%, market up 19.9%

Suzuki sales are up 56% year-on-year in Chile this month. Picture

* See the Top 50 best-selling brands by clicking on the title *

Another excellent month for new light vehicle sales in Chile: up 19.9% year-on-year to 34.458 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 19.1% to 326.139 units, the second best ever score after eleven month after 2013 (340.215). Thanks to deliveries shooting up 56% on November 2016, Suzuki is up five spots on October takes the lead of the Chilean brands ranking for the first time since BSCB started following Chile two years ago. Hyundai is up three ranks to #2 despite a 5% drop, and is followed by Kia (+4%) and YTD leader Chevrolet (-8%). Mitsubishi (+34%), Mazda (+36%) and Peugeot (+39%) also frankly beat the market within the Top 10. Beyond, Foton (+65%), JAC (+65%), Renault (+68%), Changan (+69%), Chery (+84%), FAW (+89%), Volkswagen (+125%) and Maxus (+1227%) post the most spectacular gains. Chinese carmakers surge 55% year-on-year to 10.9% market share in November, slightly above the 10.2% they command year-to-date.

Previous month: Chile October 2017: Toyota leads market up 17.9%

One year ago: Chile November 2016: Hyundai and Chevrolet in front

Full November 2017 Top 50 brands ranking below.


Russia November 2017: Lada Vesta only 42 units off first pole position

Lada Vesta sw – the Vesta breaks its ranking, volume and share records in November.

* See the Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models by clicking on the title *

The Russian new car market records a 9th consecutive year-on-year gain and 7th double-digit gain in a row in November at +15% to 152.259 deliveries, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 1.430.197. Lada matches the market with a 14% year-on-year improvement to 19.2% share, followed by Kia (+10%) and Hyundai (-3%) both losing market share vs. a year ago. Renault follows the market at +15% in 4th place while Volkswagen (+29%), Ford (+29%), Nissan (+28%) and Skoda (+19%) post the largest increases in the Top 10. Below, Honda (+157%), Mitsubishi (+129%), Peugeot (+125%), Isuzu (+66%), Fiat (+45%) and Mazda (+43%) are among the best performers, with recently launched Genesis (+452%) and Ravon (+336%) starting from a low base. But it’s also among Chinese carmakers that we find some very spectacular evolutions: below struggling Lifan (-3%), Chery (+97%), Dongfeng (+162%), Changan (+115%), Zotye (+138%) and Foton (+394%) impress albeit all below 0.5% share.

Russian VW Tiguan sales are up 135% year-on-year this month.

Model-wise, the Kia Rio tops the Russian sales charts for the 12th time in the past 16 months, and this despite a 4% year-on-year loss, cementing its YTD pole position and headed towards its first ever annual win in Russia. This means that the Russian models top spot will be held by a foreign nameplate for the second year running and the second time since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970. But this time it was a very close call, with the Lada Vesta lurking only 42 sales behind the Rio for November. Helped by the arrival of the sw and sw cross variants, the Vesta soars 42% year-on-year and breaks all its records this month: #2 ranking (previous best #3 first hit in January 2017), 5.3% market share (previous best 5.2% first hit last January also) and 8.066 sales (previous best 7.014 in December 2016). It’s also the first time the Vesta is Lada’s best-seller at home, outpacing the Granta (-12%) for the first time.

The Mazda CX-5 is up 34% year-on-year in November. 

Below, the Hyundai Creta posts an incredible 16th month as the country’s best-selling SUV: it has been the #1 SUV here ever since its launch month in August 2016. It’s a great month for SUVs in Russia: in selling order, the Renault Duster (+21%), Kaptur (+25%), Toyota RAV4 (+28%), Lada 4×4 (+36%), VW Tiguan (+135%), Lada XRAY (+16%), Nissan X-Trail (+21%) and Mazda CX-5 (+34%) all outperform the market inside the Top 25. Notice also the Lada Largus (+37%), Skoda Rapid (+25%) and Datsun on-DO (+27%) all posting very robust year-on-year lifts.

Previous month: Russia October 2017: Optima, Outlander shine in market up 17.3%

One year ago: Russia November 2016: Lada outpaces market up for 1st time in 2 years

Full November 2017 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models below.


Poland November 2017: Skoda Fabia snaps YTD lead off Octavia

The Skoda Fabia is now #1 year-to-date in Poland. Picture

* See the Top 15 best-selling brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Poland continue on their record-breaking run with November deliveries up 8.6% year-on-year to 45.804 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 15.2% to 491.145. Skoda beats the market with a 10% gain to 12.6% share, distancing Volkswagen down 3% to 9.9% while Toyota surges 18% to 9.5% in third place. Opel (+8%) and Renault (-1%) round up the Top 5, with Ford (-11%) in difficulty just below. Kia (+48%), Dacia (+29%) and Hyundai (+21%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Below, Audi (+23%), Peugeot (+12%) and Nissan (+11%) also make themselves noticed. Over in the models ranking, the Skoda Fabia snaps the year-to-date leadership off its stablemate the Skoda Octavia thanks to sales soaring 42% in November vs. -8% for the Octavia. If maintained until the end of 2017, this would be the first time since 2013 the Fabia tops the annual Polish sales charts, and only the second time since 2009. The Opel Astra (+11%) rounds up the podium like YTD, followed by the Toyota Yaris (+22%) and Ford Focus (+4%). The VW Golf is in difficulty at -14%, while the Mazda3 (+88%), Kia Cee’d (+62%), Renault Clio (+53%), Seat Leon (+53%), Volvo XC60 (+53%), Fiat Tipo (+45%), Dacia Sandero (+38%) and Toyota RAV4 (+37%) also impress.

Previous month: Poland October 2017: Fabia closes in on Octavia YTD, Opel Insignia up

One year ago: Poland November 2016: Fiat Tipo, Renault Mégane and Talisman shine

Full November 2017 Top 15 brands and Top 50 models below.


Pakistan November 2017: Honda up 44% in market up 18.1%

The Honda BR-V beats its volume and share records in Pakistan this month. 

* See the Top 3 Pakistan-made brands and Top 12 models by clicking on the title *

Sales of locally-assembled light vehicles in Pakistan shoot up 18.1% to 21.091 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 18.3% to 220.488 deliveries. Market leader Suzuki beats the market with a 20% gain to 53.5% share whereas Toyota drops 0.2% to 25.4% and Honda shoots up 44% to 21.1%. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the top spot held by the Suzuki Mehran last month despite a 10% year-on-year drop all the while the Mehran is up 30%. The Suzuki Wagon R gains 57%, the Ravi is up 22% and the Toyota Hilux up 57%. Finally the Honda BR-V beats its volume and share records at 1.248 and 5.9%.

Previous month: Pakistan October 2017: Suzuki Mehran best-seller, market up 46%

One year ago: Pakistan November 2016: Honda Civic and Suzuki Wagon R shine

Full November 2017 Top 3 Pakistan-made brands and Top 12 models below.


Norway November 2017: Tesla Model S and X both inside Top 4

The Tesla Model X is up to #4 in Norway in November. 

* See the Top 35 All-brands and Top 215 All-models by clicking on the title *

The Norwegian new car market up 4.2% year-on-year in November to 13.743 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 1.1% to 142.573 units. Volkswagen holds onto the brands pole position in spite of a 22% implosion to 11.9% share, whereas Toyota gains 15% to 11.6%. BMW (-29%) remains in third place followed by Volvo gaining an impressive 54%, Tesla shooting up 486%, Skoda (+26%) and Audi (+14%). Peugeot (+32%), Kia (+56%), Renault (+41%), Mini (+32%), Porsche (+131%) and Land Rover (+50%) also impress. Model-wise, the VW Golf remains on top despite a 14% year-on-year drop to 5.6% share (46.4% electric), followed by the Toyota RAV4 (+1%, 100% hybrid) while both the Tesla Model S (+944%) and Model X (+306%) rank within the Top 4 this month. Other great performers include the Volvo XC60 (+50%, 95% PHEV), Volvo V90 (+187%, 49.8% PHEV), Toyota C-HR (up 32-fold on its inaugural month in November 2016, 88.5% hybrid), Peugeot 3008 (+298%), Renault Zoe (+113%), Volvo XC90 (+442%, 95.6% PHEV) and Kia Niro (+266%).

Previous month: Norway October 2017: VW Golf up 87%, Volvo XC60 up 133%

One year ago: Norway November 2016: BMW i3 triumphs, Hyundai Ioniq in Top 10

Full November 2017 Top 35 All-brands and Top 215 All-models below.


Switzerland November 2017: Mazda2 leaps up 266% to #4

The Mazda2 is up to 4th place in Switzerland in November.

* See the Top 50 All-brands and Top 340 All-models by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Switzerland edge up 1.3% year-on-year in November to 26.749 registrations, leading to a year-to-date volume up 0.3% to 282.956 units. Market leader Volkswagen crumbles down 21% to 11.3% share which is identical to its year-to-date level (-11%). BMW (+7%) is up two spots on October to 2nd place and 7.9% share, distancing Skoda (+14%), Mercedes (-8%) and Audi (-8%). Ford (+14%), Opel (+17%), Seat (+21%) and most impressively Dacia (+49%) all outpace the market inside the Top 10. Further down, Nissan (+22%), Jeep (+29%), Mazda (+32%), Subaru (+60%), Lexus (+62%) and Alfa Romeo (+84%) make themselves noticed.

The Alfa Romeo breaks into the Swiss Top 50 in November.

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date thanks to sales up 6% to 3.7% share, outselling the VW Tiguan (-11%) and Golf (-16%). The Mazda2 is up a whopping 266% year-on-year and 80 spots on October to #4, the Dacia Sandero is up 168% and 30 ranks to #5 and the BMW i3 is up 1689% and 131 spots to #10. The Audi Q5 (+54%) and Q2 (+114%) continue to impress, the latter beating its ranking record for the second month running at #18. The Skoda Kodiaq leads recent launches but drops 11 spots on last month to #27, distancing Alfa Romeo Stelvio up 42 to a record #37, the Suzuki Ignis down 17 to #51, the Skoda Karoq up 208 to #58 and the Citroen C3 Aircross up 38 to #62.

Previous month: Switzerland October 2017: Audi up 13%, Q5 and Q2 break records

One year ago: Switzerland November 2016: VW Tiguan takes control

Full November 2017 Top 50 All-brands and Top 340 All-models below.


Singapore November 2017: Mercedes and BMW shine in market up 2.5%

Mercedes sales are up 41% year-on-year in Singapore in November. 

* See the Top 40 All-brands by clicking on the title *

The Singaporean market is back into positive territory in November at +2.5% to 7.683 registrations, leading the year-to-date tally to a 1.3% increase to 81.790 units. Toyota keeps the lead despite a 7% year-on-year drop to 20.2% share, distancing Honda down 44% to 14.5%. Mercedes on the other hand rises 41% to 9.6% share, above BMW up 30% to 8% and Mazda up 19% to 6.6%. Hyundai (+173%), Kia (+146%) and Subaru (+101%) all more than double their sales inside the Top 10, while beyond, Volvo (+58%), Peugeot (+76%), Opel (+104%),  Mini (+109%), Maserati (+125%), Renault (+138%) and Seat (up 13-fold) all impress.

Previous month: Singapore October 2017: Hyundai, Kia, Mazda up in market down 8.3%

One year ago: Singapore November 2016: Honda close to historical win

Full Top 40 All-brands ranking table below.


Thailand October 2017: Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford outpace market up 13.1%

Mitsubishi sales are up 40% year-on-year in October in Thailand. 

* See the Top 30 All-brands and Top 70 models by clicking on the title *

The Thai new light vehicle market is up another splendid 13.1% year-on-year in October to 68.551 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is up 11.7% to 689.263 units. Toyota trails the market at +2% to a strong 30.9% share vs. 27.1% so far this year, with Isuzu up 7% to 17.6% and Honda up 19% to 14.1%. Below, Mitsubishi (+40%), Nissan (+44%) and Ford (+38%) impress. Mazda (+14%) and Chevrolet (+19%) also post double digit gains inside the Top 10 while Chinese MG hits a very important milestone this month: the carmaker breaks into the Thai Top 10 for the very first time thanks to deliveries up 26% to 1.2% at #10. Further down, Hyundai (+59%), Kia (+157%) and Ssangyong (+100%) are among the best performers.

Model-wise, the Isuzu D-Max continues to surprise and outsells the Toyota Hilux for the 11th consecutive month thanks to sales up 6% to 14.4% share while the Hilux stumbles down 16% to 11.9%. The Toyota Yaris Ativ nudges up one spot to land on the third step of the podium with 5.2% share, up from 4.3% last month. The Ford Ranger is knocked down one rank to #4 in spite of a sturdy 38% rise. The Toyota Yaris is back up 14 spots to #5 but drops 8% year-on-year, distancing Honda City (+25%), Toyota Fortuner (+37%), Mitsubishi Triton (+18%) and Mazda2 (+38%). The Nissan Navara (+22%), Toyota Corolla (+41%), Mitsubishi Attrage (+79%), Pajero Sport (+51%), Mirage (+64%) and Honda CR-V (+224%) all impress.

Previous month: Thailand September 2017: Isuzu D-Max soars, Toyota Yaris Ativ up to #4

One year ago: Thailand October 2016: Hilux still lagging behind D-Max year-to-date

Full October 2017 Top 30 All-brands and Top 70 models below.


Denmark November 2017: Nissan Qashqai first time leader in record market

The Nissan Qashqai tops the Danish sales charts for the first time. 

* See the Top 35 All-brands and Top 225 All-models by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Denmark edge up 0.2% to a new November record at 18.051 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 0.9% to an all-time high 205.277 units after eleven months. Volkswagen and Peugeot remain the most popular carmakers in the country despite declines of 5 and 10% respectively. On the other hand, Mercedes shoots up 88% year-on-year and 11 spots on October to land on the third step of the podium with 9.1% share vs. 4.3% so far this year, this performance partly due to a surge in Vito sales (#13 this month vs. #115 year-to-date). Below Skoda up 6% to 6.3% share, Nissan posts the largest year-on-year increase in the Top 20 at +140% to 6% of the market, just above Ford (+13%) and Renault (-18%). Citroen (-12%), Toyota (-14%) and Opel (-38%) also fall heavily whereas BMW (+50%), Mazda (+20%), Volvo (+25%), DS (+291%), Jaguar (+77%), Alfa Romeo (+186%), Tesla (+182%), Land Rover (+229%) and Subaru (+133%) all shine.

Over in the models ranking, the Nissan Qashqai takes the lead for the first time in history thanks to deliveries up a whopping 196% to 5.3% share. It distances the year-to-date leader the Peugeot 208 (-11%) and last month’s leader the VW Golf (+49%) with the VW Up (-28%) and Skoda Octavia (+19%) rounding up the Top 5. The Mercedes C-Class (+74%), A Class (+214%), Peugeot 2008 (+120%), BMW 5 Series (up 26-fold), Opel Insignia (+472%) and BMW X1 (up 29-fold) also make themselves noticed. The Opel Grandland X (#34) leads recent launches, just ahead of the Citroen C3 Aircross (#35), both nameplates posting their very first Danish Top 50 ranking, then we find the Suzuki Ignis (#45), Kia Niro (#60), Stonic (#69), VW Arteon (#93) and Seat Arona (#108), new for the month.

Previous month: Denmark October 2017: VW Golf up 125% to #1 in record market

One year ago: Denmark November 2016: Opel Astra shines in market > 200.000 units

Full November 2017 Top 35 All-brands and Top 225 All-models below.


Media post: History of Tyres for Vintage Motor Racing

Many vintage sports cars are still in a very drivable condition; even more so, historic motorsport events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK or Monterey Historic in the USA regularly bring those glorious cars back on the track. Of course, original tyres for the classic machinery are no longer produced, and the tyre choice for these kinds of competitions was a really hard task until major tyre manufacturers (Dunlop, Michelin, Avon etc.) started releasing their classic tyre products featuring authentic vintage construction and modern compounds.

So, the online shop of tyres and accessories, tells about the milestones of the tyre history for the classic motor race.

Early tyre era. Bias-ply tyres and radials

1845 – first air-filled (pneumatic) tyre patented.

1895 – first road race on pneumatic tyres pioneered by 2 brothers André and Édouard whose last name, Michelin, soon becomes the top European pneumatic tyre brand. During the next 5 decades, tyres are designed with an inner tube filled with compressed air and an outer treaded tube that served for better protection and traction. Made out of rubber reinforced by layers of fabric cords running across the tyre at a 55-degree angle to the rim, these products were known as bias-ply tyres. All sports cars produced before 1848 had bias-ply tyres as their ‘native’ rubber.

The 1910s and later – the golden era of motoring with iconic all-white tyres started. Firestone’s Smooth and Firestone non-skids with white sidewalls are the classics of that period.

1848 – Michelin presented their groundbreaking radial tyres that totally changed the industry in 20 years. Bias-ply tyres became a vintage thing.

The era of slicks Among all classic race tread patterns of the 1950s and 1960s, Dunlop CR65 is probably the most popular. It dominated the niche until the arrival of slick tyres in motor racing. They are still produced using the original moulds, but out of Dunlop’s a modern 204 compound perfectly meeting the steering and suspension peculiarities of vintage cars of the 1960s. 

The 1950s – racing slicks (race tyres with a smooth tread) were introduced by Marvin & Harry tyres to be used basically in the drag racing. The invention maximized the contact patch with the tarmac, and, therefore, traction. Slicks minimized deformation making it possible to use ultra-soft compounds without risks of blistering or overheating.

The 1960s – ‘cheater slicks’ for hot rods were invented. They had a minimal amount of tread just to cope with wet pavements and get an approval of the DOT. They are still produced today to meet the need in authentic street car look of those times and for the competition purpose where DOT-approved tires are required. Later on, grooved slicks (also referred to as R-compound tyres) were developed for other racing competitions. Initially similar to street tyres with minimal tread and soft compound, they soon evolved into a separate tyre type.

Muscle car tyres The 1970s – muscle cars (2-door high-performance sports cars featuring powerful V8 engines) won the market and became a popular option for the drag racing competitions. Authentic tires of those times featured red, blue and gold lines (BF Goodrich, Firestone, US Royal) as well as white letters (Firestone Wide Oval) and were made in both bias-ply and radial construction.