Austria September 2017: Hyundai shoots up to #2 below Volkswagen

The ix20 (+82%) helps Hyundai up to 2nd place overall in Austria this month.

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The Austrian new car market is down 1% year-on-year in September to 29.528 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains frankly in positive at +7% to 269.878 units. Brand leader Volkswagen suffers with a harsh 18% decline to 14.6% share, two percentage points below its YTD level of 16.6%. Below, Hyundai is up 8 spots on August and 14% year-on-year to land at a brilliant 2nd place, now ranking 5th year-to-date, and Skoda is down to #3 but up 18%. Fiat (+10%) and Seat (+23%) are the only other Top 10 carmakers posting a double-digit gain, while BMW (-21%) and Audi (-26%) struggle. Further down, Jeep (+20%), Alfa Romeo (+23%), Land Rover (+23%), Honda (+26%), Toyota (+27%), Suzuki (+35%), Smart (+41%), Subaru (+43%), Ssangyong (+57%) and Lada (+60%) impress.

Model-wise, the VW Golf still leads by far but drops 6% to 5.1% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia (+51%), VW Tiguan (-26%) and the Hyundai ix20 up 82% year-on-year and 83 spots on August to a fantastic 4th place – it ranks #51 year-to-date. The VW Bus (+18%), Fiat 500 (+29%), Renault Clio (+30%) and Seat Ibiza (+37%) also shine inside the Top 10. Beyond, notice the Renault Captur up 47%, the Hyundai i30 up 95%, the BMW 5 Series up 146% and the Opel Insignia up 124%. The Opel Crossland X (#37) tops recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq (#40), Audi Q2 (#64) and Suzuki Ignis (#65). In September we welcome no less than five all-new nameplates in the Austrian sales charts: the Kia Stonic (#100), Opel Grandland X (#184), Kia Stinger (#231), the very promising VW T-Roc (#241) and the Seat Arona (#277).

Previous month: Austria August 2017: Ford Kuga, Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq impress

One year ago: Austria September 2016: Top 5 is 100% Volkswagen Group

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Argentina September 2017: Gol, Onix and Sandero on top

The Chevrolet Onix is up 321% year-on-year to #2 in Argentina this month. 

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The Argentinean new vehicle market is up by a solid 10.9% year-on-year in September to 78.889 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 28.3% to 700.348 units, only the second time in history that sales cross the 700.000 units after just 9 months along with 2013 (752.724). Market leaders Volkswagen (+23%) and Chevrolet (+20%) double the overall growth to improve their shares to 16.3% and 14.5% respectively. Ford (+2%) and Renault (-11%) on the other hand lose share but Fiat (+20%), Citroen (+27%), Honda (+33%) and most strikingly Nissan (+95%) impress. Outside the Top 10, Iveco (+47%), Chery (+50%), Subaru (+78%), Jeep (+118%), DS (+126%) and Lifan (+349%) are the most dynamic, making it two Chinese brands inside the Argentinean Top 20.

Lifan is up 349% to break into the Argentinean Top 20.

In the models ranking, the VW Gol Trend celebrates its 7th win in the past 8 months with deliveries up 57% to 6% share vs. 4.8% so far in 2017. It is followed like in August by the Chevrolet Onix up 4-fold on September 2016 and the Renault Sandero up 62%. The Toyota Etios (+30%) completes a Top 4 vastly outperforming the market. In fact, the Toyota Hilux (-7%) and Fiat Palio (+4%) are the only Top 10 nameplates not posting a double-digit gain: the Chevrolet Prisma (+188%), Ford Ka (+83%), Peugeot 208 (+67%) and VW Amarok (+24%) all impress. Further down, notice the VW Up up 52% (boosted by the new Pepper variant), the Fiat Toro up 70% to #14 (its highest ranking so far in Argentina), the Fiat Mobi up 122% to #17, the Chevrolet Cruze up 80% and the Jeep Renegade up 113%. The Renault Captur (#34) leads recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Citroen C-Elysee (#48), Nissan Kicks (#50) and Peugeot 301 (#59).

Previous month: Argentina August 2017: Chevy Onix up to #2, Renault Oroch in Top 10

One year ago: Argentina September 2016: Toyota Hilux back in charge

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Media post: Main reasons why people lease rather than buying a new car

Car Lease: is it for you?

Cars are quick to depreciate. Your shiny new vehicle today, won’t have the same value after five years. Remember, a car’s value starts to drop as soon as you drive away from the dealer. And with that said, what can buyers do to protect themselves from spending a lot on a vehicle that will one day lose its shine?

The answer, of course, is getting a lease.

What is a car lease?

In simple terms, a car lease is when a person rents a vehicle for a fixed amount of time for an agreed upon amount between the car owner and the buyer.

Some owners who lease vehicles only stay in a place for a fixed number of years. Doing this allows them to return the car after the contract ends and they can move on to another city where they can then lease a new car.

But leasing is more commonly taken on by businesses because it lets them keep their machines new and they are guaranteed the quality of each leased vehicle.

There are many reasons as to why people choose to lease a car rather than take on a car loan. The number one reason is that lease payments are more affordable compared to getting a car loan. That reason alone is enough for most people to consider getting a lease.

But buyers also need to be careful, because breaking the lease on your car can mean that you will be responsible for paying any fees that it could incur. And that could be costly.

Why should I lease a car?

There are plenty of reasons as to why you should lease a car as opposed to buying one off the showroom floor. Here are a few reasons to rent a car:

It is easier. Compared to buying a brand-new car and committing yourself to a five or more-payment plan, rental is a more economical option. It is a lot easier on your wallet and a lot more comfortable in your mind, as you don’t have to worry about the depreciating value of the unit over time.

Ideal for business. If you lease a car for your business, it can become a tax deduction. Your hired car can get a higher tax deduction compared to buying and owning a vehicle for your business which holds the same purpose.

Better for your wallet. When buying a car, you are expected to make a down payment that can be considered pricey. The same can be said about the monthly payments you prepare for the next year or two. With a car lease, you can get the car at a price you can be more comfortable with on the long run.

Don’t worry about Car Value. Drive and get to your destination in style and with no worry for the next few years without worrying about your car’s declining value. A lot of people who buy their vehicles often worry about the difficulties they face when it is time to sell off their car for a new one.

You are protected against future loss.  Another advantage of leasing over buying a car is that you are protected against any loss that can happen over time. This includes the unit’s wear and tear, eroding market conditions, and even a failed economy. Come what may, because if your car is leased, you’re sheltered from the storm and will never have to worry about how you will sell your car in the future.

Rent to own. Some lease agreements allow the buyer to rent to own a car after the contract has ended. This allows the person if he wants to, allowing him to own a car sooner compared to when he gets a car loan.

There are a lot of other reasons to lease your car. But of course, it also has its downsides. If you buy a car from a car loan, you’re free to do what you want and even go for long out of town drives with your mates.

You can’t do that with a leased car because the lease agreement will state that you can’t exceed a certain number of miles with the vehicle while it is in your care. This usually limits the buyer to only using the car for everyday use like driving it to work or school and nothing more for the next few years. So, consider what you plan to do with the vehicle before you decide to lease or buy.

New Caledonia (France) September 2017: Peugeot #1 brand

The 3008, up 12-fold on September 2016, helps Peugeot to #1 this month.

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New car sales in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory located north east of Australia, are down 2% year-on-year in September to 664 registrations, yet the year-to-date total is up 12% to 6.509 units. This month Peugeot surges 26% year-on-year to take the lead of the brands ranking with 13.1% share vs. 8.6% so far in 2017, distancing Ford (-5%), Toyota (+63%) and Dacia (-8%). Renault (-21%) and Hyundai (-38%) struggle whereas Subaru (+33%), Nissan (+44%) and Mitsubishi (+143%) impress. The Toyota Hilux (+56%) edges past the Dacia Duster (-12%) for one unit and the Ford Ranger (+12%) for two units and becomes the best-selling nameplate in the archipelago this month. The Peugeot 208 (+38%), Citroen C3 (+467%), Subaru XV (+100%) and Peugeot 2008 (+88%) also impress in the Top 10, while below the Nissan Navara (+133%) and Peugeot 3008 (up 12-fold) take off.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) August 2017: Subaru XV shoots up to #4

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) September 2016: Hyundai Creta instant blockbuster

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India September 2017: Maruti DZire triumphs, market crosses 300.000 units

A record 34.305 DZire were delivered to dealerships this month in India.

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The Indian new car market has stepped up to another level over the past few months: at 307.511 units, September marks the first month in Indian history above 300.000 units and the second all-time record volume broken in the past three months. In fact, the last three months of car (whole)sales are the three largest in Indian history. Sales are up 11% year-on-year for the month and 10% year-to-date to a record 2.421.038. For market leader Maruti Suzuki, it’s the third consecutive month above 150.000 monthly sales whereas this never happened before last July. #2 Hyundai, for its part, is up 17% year-on-year to break the 50.000 monthly sales barrier for the very first time, its previous personal best being 49.816 in October 2016. Below, Mahindra, Honda (both at +21%), Tata (+18%) and Volkswagen (+17%) all outpace the market but Toyota (+2%), Renault (-10%), Ford (-3%) and Datsun (-3%) trail it. Jeep improves further to 2.151 Compass units, Skoda (+42%) and Nissan (+15%) post solid scores while the rest of the brands are all in negative.

The Tata Nexon lands inside the Indian Top 30 for September.

Model-wise, just one month after breaking the 30.000 monthly sales barrier for the first time and becoming only the second nameplate in Indian history to do so, the Maruti DZire smashes this record again to lift it to 34.305, up 81% on the previous model a year ago. This lifts its advantage over the decade-long #1, the Maruti Alto, to more than 10.000 units for September. The Alto however remains comfortably in the 2017 YTD lead with 193.773 units (+4%) vs. 160.796 for the Dzire, now back into positive territory at +5%. The Maruti Baleno is up 53% to remain in third place and now ranks 4th year-to-date, passing the Maruti Wagon R. The Maruti Vitara Brezza for its part remains the best-selling SUV in the country with a 42% year-on-year surge allowing it to step up to #7 YTD above the Hyundai Elite i20. Mahindra impresses with the Bolero up 51% to #11 and the Scorpio up 60% to #16, its oldest nameplates once again the best performers. The Tata Tiago has found its mojo: now up 82% year-on-year to a third volume record in a row at 8.316 (in contrast the Nano, Indica and Indigo have imploded to between 77 and 129 sales) and the new Nexon SUV lands directly inside the Top 30.

Previous month: India August 2017: DZire 2nd nameplate above 30.000 monthly sales

One year ago: India September 2016: Maruti breaks record in market up 20%

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South Korea September 2017: Kia Sorento hits record in market up 20%

The facelifted Kia Sorento sells a record 10.016 units at home in September. 

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea leap up 20% year-on-year in September to 133.551 units, pulling the year-to-date tally into positive territory at 1.164.703 registrations, up 1% on the same period a year ago. Brand leader Hyundai vastly outperforms its home market with a 44% surge in September to 58.277 sales and 43.6% share, and its sister brand Kia also delivers a market-beating performance at +25% to 48.019 units and 36% share vs. 33.4% so far this year. Ssangyong slightly trails the market at +18% but overtakes GM Korea (-36%) for third place overall while Renault Samsung drops 20% and Genesis surges 47% thanks to the arrival of the G70. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur celebrates 10 consecutive months atop the South Korean charts with sales up 245% on the previous generation. The Kia Sorento soars 56% to 10.016 sales, to BSCB’s knowledge the first time this nameplate achieves a five-digit sales figure at home. The Hyundai Porter (+68%) and Avante (+38%) follow, both with spectacular year-on-year gains. The Kia Carnival (+53%) and Bongo (+73%) also impress while the all-new Hyundai Kona gains one spot and 27% on last month to rank 9th, still leading its segment above the Ssangyong Tivoli. Meanwhile, the Kia Stonic is up 17% but down one rank to #24 and the Kia Stinger is up 8% and two spots to #33 but remains 42% below its monthly volume record established last June.

Previous month: South Korea August 2017: Hyundai Kona in Top 10

One year ago: South Korea September 2016: Santa Fe leads, Samsung QM6 in Top 20

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Portugal August 2017: VW Golf and Citroen C3 shine in market up 11.5%

The Citroen C3 leaps onto the Portuguese podium in August.

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The Portuguese new car market gains 11.5% year-on-year in August to 11.937 registrations, leading to a year-to-date total up 8.1% to 156.695 units. The Top 3 best-selling brands all trail the market: Renault is up 9% to 9.7% share ahead of Mercedes up 3 spots on June and 6% year-on-year to #2, and Peugeot up 0.3% to 8.8% in third place. Reversely, BMW (+15%), Opel (+19%), Citroen (+27%), Toyota (+33%) and most impressively Dacia (+42%) shine inside the Top 10. Below, Mazda (+17%), Jaguar (+20%), Kia (+20%), Fiat (+21%), Audi (+27%), Hyundai (+34%), DS (+48%), Lexus (+52%), Alfa Romeo (+70%), Porsche (+70%), Land Rover (+83%) and Suzuki (+100%) all frankly outpace the market this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf splendidly snaps the pole position (it was #5 in July and is #8 YTD) thanks to sales up 36%, overriding the Renault Clio (-22%) while the Citroen C3 is up 10 spots on last month and 51% year-on-year to #3, knocking the Peugeot 208 (-8%) to #4. The Dacia Sandero surges 65% to #5, the Audi A3 is up 40% to #9, the Renault Megane up 64% to #11 and the Opel Corsa up 65% to #12. Notice also the BMW 5 Series up 226% to #16, the Nissan Micra up 438% to #19 and the Mercedes GLC up 483% to #25. The Toyota C-HR (#33 ) leads recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Opel Crossland (#44), Audi Q2 (#51) and Renault Kadjar (#59).

Previous month: Portugal July 2017: Mégane doubles sales YoY in market up 27.8%

One year ago: Portugal August 2016: Mercedes teases Renault for #1 brand

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Qatar August 2017: Toyota resists at 37.2% share in market down 13%

The Toyota Land Cruiser holds 15.9% of the Qatari market in August. 

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The Qatari new car market is down a harsh 13% year-on-year in August to 3.741 registrations, yet this is an improvement on the 21% year-to-date drop to 35.239 units. Brand leader Toyota beats the market with sales up 0.3% to a mammoth 37.2% share vs. 31.9% (-26%) so far in 2017. Nissan follows at 16.2% but drops 20% on August 2016. On the other hand Lexus (+89%) and Kia (+64%) both post fantastic gains to rank #3 and #4 respectively for the month. Ford (-23%), Chevrolet (-34%) and Mitsubishi (-60%) struggle. Further down, BMW (+13%) and GMC (+14%) are the only additional carmakers delivering double-digit gains. Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser brilliantly remains atop the charts thanks to sales up 165% year-on-year to a gargantuan 15.9% share vs. 12.5% year-to-date (-23%). The Nissan Patrol (+139%) and Lexus LX (+112%) also more than double their sales on the podium. Below, the Toyota Hilux (-41%) and Prado (-47%) implode but the Ford Explorer (up 39-fold) and Nissan Navara (up 8-fold) shoot up. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is the best performing newcomer at #33, followed by the Nissan Kicks (#46) and Cadillac XT5 (#49). Notice also the Bentley Bentayga at #53.

Previous post: Qatar First Half 2017: Nissan Patrol and Navara shine in market down 22%

One year ago: Qatar January-July 2016: Land Cruiser, Lexus LX and Bentley Bentayga shine

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Jordan August 2017: Kia Frontier dominates market down 6%

The Kia Frontier holds 13.7% of the Jordanian market in August.

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New car sales in Jordan slide down 6% year-on-year in August to 3.381 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 3% to 28.261. The Top 5 brands show a very stark contrast: new leader Kia shoots up 37% to 26.9% share vs. 22.5% year-to-date, bypassing Hyundai down 23% to 25.3% vs. 26.8% so far in 2017. Leader in 2016, Toyota dives 45% to just 13% share vs. 20% year-to-date (-32%). Mitsubishi on the other hand more than doubles its sales year-on-year this mont hat +149% to 9% of the market vs. 7.7% in 2017. Isuzu (-35%), Nissan (stable) and Mazda (+190%) follow, here too showing vastly varying trajectories. Notice also BMW up 50%, Chevrolet up 53%, Lexus up 59%, Land Rover up 115% GMC up 180% and Suzuki up 417%, all inside the Top 15 brands. Model-wise, the Kia Frontier cements its newfound domination with sales up 34% to 13.7% share, followed by the Hyundai Sonata (up 4-fold), Mitsubishi Lancer EX (up 4-fold) and Kia Sorento (up 7-fold). Leader in 2016, the Toyota Land Cruiser drops 78% to #11 this month. The Hyundai Ioniq (#12) is the most successful newcomer, ahead of the Toyota C-HR (#29) and Nissan Kicks (#37).

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Previous post: Jordan First Half 2017: Jordan and Kia both climb above Toyota

One year ago: Jordan January-July 2016: Land Cruiser SW and Pickup sovereign

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Russia September 2017: Kia Rio back on top in market up 17.9%

The Kia Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia. 

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After gaining 18.6% in July and 16.7% in August, the Russian market signs its 7th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and its 5th consecutive double-digit gain in September at +17.9% to 148.371 registrations. This leads to a year-to-date total up 10.6% to 1.129.374. Homegrown brand leader Lada outpace the market with a solid 24% gain to 19% share, but Kia does even better in 2nd place at +40% to 12.7%, distancing Hyundai (+12%), Renault (+22%) and Volkswagen (+15%). Toyota (-10%) is the only Top 10 carmaker to be in negative while Skoda (+20%) and Ford (+33%) grow faster than the market. Below, notice Chery (+35%), Peugeot (+35%), Chevrolet (+37%), Cadillac (+60%), Fiat (+60%), Honda (+64%), Mitsubishi (+65%), Datsun (+69%), Suzuki (+69%), Changan (+73%), Zotye (+122%), Smart (+211%) and Foton (+3050%) among the most dynamic in the remainder of the ranking while we welcome Chinese brand HTM (for Hawtai Motor) into the Russian sales, instantly declaring 78 sales of its unique model, the Boliger, since January but just one in September.

HTM (for Hawtai) makes its appearance in the Russian sales charts.The Datsun on-DO is back up 66% in September.The UAZ Patriot is up 40% year-on-year in September. 

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date off the Lada Granta, #1 last month, thanks to a 30% year-on-year surge to 7% share. The Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia, in what would be the second consecutive year a foreign nameplate is crowned in Russia, one year after the Hyundai Solaris put an end to 45 consecutive years of domination in 2016. The Lada Vesta, although up 57% on September 2016, has not managed to rank higher than #3, a position it holds this month and for the 4th time this year. At #5, the Hyundai Creta signs a 14th consecutive month as Russia’s best-selling SUV (out of 14 months in market), distancing the Renault Duster, up 29% despite the unveiling of the new generation, and the Lada XRAY up 87% and now also #8 year-to-date. Notice also the Lada Largus up 60% to #11, the antediluvian Chevrolet Niva up 36% to #14, the VW Tiguan up 106% to #16, the Datsun on-DO up 66% to #18 and the UAZ Patriot up 40% to #22.

Previous month: Russia August 2017: Lada Granta snaps top spot in market up 16.7%

One year ago: Russia September 2016: Hyundai Creta (#4) and Renault Kaptur (#13) stun

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