Algeria 2007: Chevrolet Aveo triumphs

At 217,742 registrations, the Algerian car market is up a very healthy 16% in 2007. Only #5 last year, the Chevrolet Aveo is the best selling car in the country this year with 7.4% of the market and 16,071 units sold, 14,713 of which are Sedans.

The Toyota Hilux is up 59% at 13,655 sales (6.3%) but stays #2, ahead of the Hyundai Atos at 10,409 sales (+47%) and the Renault Clio Classic at 9,409 (+72%). Full Year Top 30 below.

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Hungary 2007: Suzuki places 3 models on the podium!

Suzuki Swift

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Suzuki has a factory in Hungary and has traditionally fared well in the country, but in 2007 the results are simply amazing. Th Japanese brand delivers an exceptional performance and places 3 models in the Top 3! The Swift is the best selling model in the country for the third year running with 15,661 sales and 8.8% share…

Suzuki SX4

ahead of the SX4 at 7,941 sales and 4.5%…

Suzuki Ignis

and the Ignis at 7,272 sales and 4.1%. The Opel Astra Classic and Skoda Fabia, both at 3.7% share, follow.

Full Year 2007 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Brazil 2007: Gol and Palio at 220,000+ sales

Fiat Palio

The car market explodes in Brazil in 2007: +28% at 2,342,059 units! That’s way above France (2,064,999) and just under Italy (2,506,323) and Great Britain (2,404,007)…

The VW Gol is still the best seller (243,164 sales, 10.4% share) but this year the Fiat Palio was breathing down its neck, thanks to the 3rd generation released early in the year. At mid-year, only 8,000 units separated the two models (Gol at 108,268, Palio at 99,521), and the Palio took the 1st place in August at 22,357 sales vs. 19,975. The Italian star finished the year at 221,750 sales (9.5%).

Fiat Palio

Excellent performance of the 25-year old Fiat Uno, jumping onto the podium for the first time since 2001 with 128,524 sales and 5.5% share. The VW Fox/CrossFox, Chevrolet Celta (both 5.4%) and Chevrolet Corsa (5%) follow.

Note the impressive progressions of the Fiat Siena at #7 (+57%), Fiat Strada at #9 (+45%) and Honda Civic at #11 (+63%). The Chevrolet Prisma, a Celta Sedan, lands in the Top 10 for its first full year of sales at 54,609 units. The Renault Logan (#38) and Fiat Punto (#40) are all-new this year.

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Portugal 2007: Renault Megane and Opel Astra over 10,000 units

Renault Megane

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In 2007 the Renault Megane is the best-selling model in Portugal with 5.3% of the market and 10,709 units (+4%), just ahead of the Opel Astra at 10,368 sales and 5.1% (-8%). Station wagons are very popular in Portugal and account for a significant percentage of these two models’ sales.

In third place comes the Renault Clio at 9,361 units (-11%), followed by the Opel Corsa at 9,165 (+62%!), the Peugeot 207 at 6,818 (+49%) and the Ford Focus at 5,587 (-13%). The Seat Ibiza stays 7th.

Previous post: Portugal 2005-2006: Opel Astra climbs on top

Next post: Portugal 2008: Renault holds Top 2 spots with Clio and Megane

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Australia 2007: Commodore resists new Corolla assault in millionaire market, Falcon down to #5

Holden Commodore

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2007 is the very first year Australians purchased more than 1 million new cars: with 1,049,982 registrations the market is up 9% over 2006.

The Holden Commodore is the best selling car in Australia for the 12th year in a row despite the arrival of the new generation Toyota Corolla, launched in June and immediately grabbing the #1 spot that month with 5.6% share. The Commodore stuck it out however, reclaiming the pole position every month until December. All in all, the Commodore was #1 9 times this year and finishes at 57,307 sales and 5.5% share (peaking at 6.6% in February) vs. 3 times for the Corolla and a total of 47,792 sales and 4.6%.

Toyota Corolla and Commodore/Corolla sales comparison (click on image to enlarge)

The Toyota Hilux climbs onto the Australian year-end podium for the very first time with 42,009 sales (4%), up a solid 14% year-on-year and peaking at a best-ever #2 and 4.5% in March. The Mazda3 gains one spot to a record #4 with 34,394 units (+6%), ahead of a Ford Falcon dropping 2 spots and a dramatic 20% to a historical low #5 with 33,941 sales and 3.2% share.

Toyota Aurion

Other 2007 highlights include the best-ever 4th place of the Toyota Yaris in April (#6 in full year at +6%), the spectacular arrival of the Toyota Aurion in the year-end Top 10 at #8 with 22,036 sales and 2.1% (peaking at 2.5% in June), and the new generation Mitsubishi Lancer already #9 in November one month after its launch.

Nissan Navara

Now cheaply imported from Thailand, utes are having the time of their life in Australia. The Nissan Navara delivers its best year ever in the country at #11 with 19,076 sales and 1.8% (+30%). It broke into the Top 10 for the very first time in January at #8 and stayed in that position for consecutive 3 months, peaking at 2.9% share in February. Other ute shining in 2007, the Mitsubishi Triton also broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in June at #10 (2.3%) to finish the year at #19 (+36%).

Honda has its best year so far in Australia, placing the Civic at #14 (+30%), the CR-V at #24 (+26%), the Jazz at #29 (+24%), the Accord Euro at #39 (-17%) and the Accord at #47 (+8%).

Previous year: Australia 2006: Commodore limits fall thanks to new gen, Falcon down to #3!

Next year: Australia 2008: Corolla #1 until July, Commodore saved by Sportwagon, Toyota Hilux #1 twice

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South Korea 2007: Hyundai Sonata and Avante fight it off

Hyundai Sonata

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Another year with the Hyundai Sonata in the lead in South Korea, however this time the fight is very close with the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) at #2: 119,133 sales (+2%) vs. 110,535 (+87%). The Hyundai Grandeur drops one spot to #3 and 88,430 units (+4%) making the podium 100% Hyundai. Below, the Samsung SM5 is up 2% but down to #4, the Daewoo Matiz is up 37% to #5 and the Kia Carens up 26% to get back into the Top 10 at #9.

Hyundai Elantra

The Daewoo Winstorm (aka Chevrolet Captiva) is up 11 spots and 88% to #11 and 28,738 sales for its first full year in the country, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is up 40% to #12, the Hyundai Veracruz up 319% to #18 and the Hyundai i30 is received with mixed results at #26 with 11,000 sales.

Previous year: South Korea 2006: Hyundai Sonata and Grandeur best-sellers

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France 2007: 207 #1, C4 Picasso #4, Yaris & Logan at best ever

Peugeot 207

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The French market is up 3% this year at 2,064,543 registrations, and for its first full year the Peugeot 207 finishes #1 with 131,623 sales and 6.4%, ahead of the Renault Clio III at 5.6% and the Renault Scenic at 5%. The 207 topped the monthly ranking 8 times vs. 4 for the Clio.

Citroen C4 Picasso

This year no less than 5 models broke into the Top 10 for the first time. The Citroen C4 Picasso did so in March (#5 at 2.8%) to then stay in the Top 5 every single month this year and finish 4th overall at 3.5%, a position the Xsara Picasso never managed to reach. It even passed the Scenic for the first time in November when it reached a best-ever 5% market share in third position.

The Toyota Yaris is the only Japanese model to ever appear in the French monthly Top 10.

The locally built Toyota Yaris is the first Japanese car to ever rank in the monthly French Top 10: in January (#9 at 2.1%) and March (#10 at 1.8%).

Thanks to the MCV version, the Dacia Logan broke into the Top 10 in August (#9 at 2.2%) and reached its best ever position in December: #7 at 2.4%. The Renault Twingo II entered the Top 10 in June at #6 to then break into the Top 5 September. The Peugeot 308 hit the Top 10 in September (#9), its very first month of sales, and the Top 5 in November. Lastly the Renault Laguna III appeared in the Top 10 in November.

Full Year 2007 Top 368 Ranking Table and every Monthly Top 30: see ‘Read more below the Logan pic.

The Dacia Logan reached #7 in December 2007, its best ever position in France.

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UK 2007: Ford Focus challenged by Vauxhall Astra and Ford Fiesta

Vauxhall Astra

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For the first time since 2003, new car sales in England are up, at +3% this year with 2,404,007 registrations. For the first time since it became the best selling car in the country in 1999, the Ford Focus sees its reign truly challenged this year. It still manages to finish the year #1 for the 9th time in a row at 118,267 sales (4.9%), but was on top in the monthly rankings ‘only’ 8 times out of 12.

Ford Focus

The model responsible for this is the Vauxhall Astra, now well and truly installed in the hearts and minds of the English consumers. It manages to take the lead in June, the first time the Astra nameplate was #1 since November 98, and did it again in August and October. All in all the Astra sells 113,894 units for a 4.7% market share, just short of the nameplate’s best volume reached in 1989 (115,294).

The Ford Fiesta is the 3rd model to take the lead at some stage this year, and like in 2006 it did so in September, a high volume month that favours superminis. It is #3 at year-end with 102,872 sales (4.3%). The Vauxhall Corsa is up 27% to 94,120 units thanks to the new gen but stays 4th. The Top 4 models have created a gap with the rest of the ranking, staying in close circuit for 10 out of 12 months this year.

BMW 3 Series

Below, the title of best selling foreign model goes to the VW Golf for the third time in a row at #5 with 68,843 sales (+11%). The Peugeot 207 comes at a close 2nd with 67,185 units, peaking at #4 in October. The BMW 3 Series continues its extraordinary progression, up 17% to 58,544 sales and still at its best-ever #7, peaking at #4 in August. Both the Audi A4 (January) and Citroen C4 (August) break into the monthly Top 10 for the first time this year.

Jaguar S-Type

Further down the ranking, notice the Toyota Auris landing directly at #27 with 21,799 sales, the Honda CR-V up 14 spots to #28, the Citroen C4 Picasso arriving at #29 with 21,331 units, the Land Rover Freelander up 43% and 14 ranks to #35 with 18,956 sales and the Jaguar S-Type breaking into the year-end Top 100 at #99 with 4,453 units.

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