Japan August 2017: Aqua back on top, C-HR falls in market up 5.5%

The facelifted Toyota Aqua takes the lead of the regular car charts in August. Picture autos-one.jp 

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The Japanese new car market is up 5.5% year-on-year in August to 355.308 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.1% to 3.565.396. Market leader Toyota goes against the grain with a 2.7% decline but remains at a strong 30.2% share vs. 30.4% year-to-date. Honda (+3.2%) and Suzuki (+5.8%) round up the podium like in the YTD ranking but below, Daihatsu (+13.2%) and Nissan (+19.9%) more than double the market growth, catching up on weak kei car sales a year ago. In the Top 10, Subaru (+12.9%), Isuzu (+17.9%), Mitsubishi (+18.5%) and Hino (+68.1%) also frankly outpace the market. Reversely, Lexus tumbles down 31%. Mercedes (+0.4%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker at #11 overall, distancing BMW (+12.2%), Volkswagen (+5.6%) and Audi (+15.4%). Volvo (+18.6%), Abarth (+22.5%), Renault (+34.4%), Land Rover (+35.7%) and Hyundai (+10%) also shine.

The Toyota Roomy is up to #8 in August. 

In the models ranking, the Toyota Aqua, freshly facelifted, is back in the top spot thanks to a limited 3% year-on-year decline to be compared to -40% for the Toyota Prius. It is the first time since November 2015 that the Aqua tops the regular car sales charts in Japan. The Nissan Note falls back down to #3 despite a 73% year-on-year surge, distancing the Honda Fit (+10%) and Toyota Voxy (+3%). The Honda Freed is up 11-fold on August 2016 thanks to a new model, while the Toyota Roomy is the most popular new launch (<12 months) for the first time in 2017, ranking at a best-ever #8, also hit last April and December. It surprisingly outsells the Toyota C-HR, tumbling down 6 spots on last month to a paltry #11 while the Toyota Tank remains at #14. The C-HR fall is worrying for Toyota as the brand’s new crossover had started with a bang earlier in the year, snapping the overall pole position in April… Notice also the Subaru Impreza up 64%, the Toyota Harrier up 44%, Toyota Camry up 628% and the Mazda CX-5 up 104%.

The Daihatsu Move is the best-selling kei car in Japan in August. 

Over in the kei car aisle, the Daihatsu Move surges 112% year-on-year and 5 spots on July to land in pole position with 10.364 sales, meaning that for once the Toyota Aqua – a regular car – is the best-selling vehicle in the country. It is however the first time since July 2013 that the Daihatsu Move is the best-selling kei car in Japan. The Honda N-BOX, down 24% to #2, remains by far the best-selling kei car year-to-date at 130.812 units. The Nissan Dayz is up 33%, the Suzuki WagonR up 60%, the Daihatsu Mira up 69%, Toyota Pixis up 41%, Mazda Flair up 77% and the Subaru Pleo up 50%.

Previous month: Japan July 2017: Nissan Note reclaims top spot, Toyota C-HR down

One year ago: Japan August 2016: Toyota (+16%) outpaces market back in positive

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Indonesia August 2017: Honda CR-V in Top 10 in stable market

The Honda CR-V breaks into the Indonesian Top 10 in August. 

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New vehicle sales in Indonesia are stable in August, up 0.2% year-on-year to 96.461 wholesales, with the year-to-date tally now standing at +3.6% to 715.495. Whereas a year ago the Toyota Avanza historically lost its pole position to the all-new Calya, it has now well and truly reclaimed its throne, even gaining 12% year-on-year to 10.6% share vs. -35% and 6.2% for the Calya. The Toyota Kijang Innova, up 24% to #2 this month, is sandwiched between the two nameplates. The Daihatsu Sigra resists a lot better than its Toyota twin at just -5% in 4th position and also earning the 4th position year-to-date, passing the Honda HR-V and Mobilio. The Daihatsu Gran Max Pikap surges 49% to #6, the facelifted Honda CR-V brilliantly breaks into the Top 10 (it wasn’t in the July Top 20), the Suzuki Carry Pikap is up 93%, the Honda Jazz up 49% and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport up 39%.

Previous month: Indonesia July 2017: Market rallies back up 36%

One year ago: Indonesia August 2016: Toyota Calya ends decade-long Avanza reign

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China LCV August 2017: Market down 16%, pickups and Jinbei in shape

JMC Baodian

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Thanks to our partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars, we can share with you today August LCV data for China. In August LCV sales (<3.5T) are down a harsh 16% year-on-year to 98.967 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 6% to 1.019.866 registrations. In the segment detail, minivans drop 22% to 31.399 leading to a 21% year-to-date decline to 368.176 while Mini Trucks alarmingly post a second consecutive freefall month at -24% to 37.878 with the year-to-date total remaining in positive – just – at +3% to 400.844. Once again, pickup trucks are the only segment under the sun with a 9% gain to 29.690 leading to a 13% year-to-date improvement to 250.846.

Jinbei Mini Truck sales are up 98% year-on-year in August. 

The Wuling Mini Truck (-22%) and Hongguang V (-24%) remain in the lead in spite of harsh declines, with the Dongfeng K-Series Mini Truck jumping up 25% to third place. The Wuling Sunshine is back up 11 spots on July to #4, distancing the Great Wall Wingle 5, still the best-selling pickup in the country despite a 12% drop. It is followed this month by the JMC Baodian helped up 3% by its refresh. Notice also the Jinbei Minivan up 42%, the Jinbei Mini Truck up 98%, the ZX Auto Grand Tiger up 21% and the Great Wall Wingle 6 up 50%. The new Nissan Navara drops three spots on last month to #21 overall but remains the 7th best-selling pick up in the country.

Previous month: China LCV July 2017: Market down 18% but pickups up 8%

One year ago: China LCV August 2016: Pickups (+33%) outsell minivans for the first time

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France August 2017: Dacia above VW to rank #4 for the first time

The Dacia Sandero hops on the French podium for the first time in four years. Picture whatcar.co.uk

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The French new car market is up a robust 9.4% in August to 107.455 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally up 4.2% to 1.390.240 units. If private sales are up 5.7% year-on-year to 52.686 units, they trail the market and fall to 49% share vs. 50.7% in August 2016. The market is pulled further up by company sales (including long term leases) up 17% to 25.6% share vs. 23.9% a year ago and demo sales up 27% to 17.139 units and 16% share. Note French manufacturers are responsible for the company sales surge with Peugeot up 30%, Citroen up 29.5% and Renault up 25%. In the overall market, Renault manages to reclaims the #1 brand title in-extremis off Peugeot with sals up 8.7% to 18.092 vs. 18.011 (+10.8%) for Peugeot. Both manufacturers hold 16.8% of their home market, below their respective YTD levels of 19.6% and 17.5%. Citroen (+1.9%) trails the market and slumps to a disappointing 9% share vs. 10% YTD.

The C-HR helps Toyota up 16.2% this month, now #6 YTD in-between VW and Ford. 

The hero of the month is without contest Dacia whose never-ending success story continues in France: thanks to deliveries up a whopping 21.8%, it outsells Volkswagen for the very first time to snap a best-ever 4th place overall in the brands ranking with 7.3% market share. If Dacia has ranked at this place and even in third place when only considering private sales, this is its first time at such a high level in the overall market, having consistently ranked 5th every month since October 2015. This performance translates in an even more impressive way into the private sales market where Dacia holds 12.2% thanks to 6.425 registrations, placing it at #3 not far at all from traditional leaders Renault (13.6%) and Peugeot (13.4%) and far above Citroen (8.1%) and Volkswagen (7.5%). Back to the overall market: below Volkswagen knocked down to 5th, Toyota gains 16.2% to bypass Ford for the 6th place YTD. Nissan surges 58% to 7th place but this is due to demo sales (+150%) and short term rentals (+580%) whereas private sales are only up 3%. Mercedes (+3.5%) tops the premium order above Audi (-1.9%) and BMW (-0.1%). Suzuki (+16.9%), Hyundai (+17.8%), Mitsubishi (+20.9%), Alfa Romeo (+21.1%), Fiat (+21.1%), Mazda (+21.9%), Skoda (+32.8%) and Tesla (+154.8%) also shine.

Skoda gains 32.8% in August, the largest improvement among the Top 20 brands.

Model-wise, the Renault Clio soars 31% year-on-year to solidly hold onto the top spot with 5% share vs. 4.1% for the Peugeot 208 (-17%), threatened this month by the Dacia Sandero up 18% to 4% share on the third step of the podium. This is the first time in four years that the Sandero manages to crack the French podium and the fourth time ever (#3 in July and August 2013 and #2 in March 2010). The Sandero obviously dominates the private sales ranking this month, selling 71% more than the #2, the Peugeot 208 (-20%) and Dacia places two models in the Top 5 with the Duster up 22% to 5th place. Back to the overall ranking where the Citroen C3 III remains in 4th place while the Peugeot 3008 II drops three spots on its record July to #6 but remains in 3rd position year-to-date. Both the Peugeot 308 (-3%) and 2008 (-7%) lose ground year-on-year, but not as much as the Renault Captur, down 13% to #10. The VW Polo (+33%) is the only foreigner in the Top 10 at #9, distancing the Toyota Yaris at #12 (+26%) and the Nissan Qashqai at #13 (+71%). Among recent launches, the Renault Scenic IV is down 5 spots to #16, the Peugeot 5008 up 222% to #18 thanks to the new model and the Nissan Micra up 137% thanks to the new generation. Note also the Nissan X-Trail up 130%, the Renault Zoe up 111% and the Ford Ka+ up 19 ranks on last month to break into the French Top 50 for the first time at #43.

Previous month: France July 2017: Peugeot 3008 on the podium for the first time

One year ago:: France August 2016: Dacia, Mercedes, tactical sales lift market up 7%

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New Zealand August 2017: Toyota Hilux back on top of record market

The Toyota Hilux is up 60% year-on-year in New Zealand. 

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New light vehicle sales in New Zealand are up 3% year-on-year in August to hit a new record for the month at 13.063 units. Passenger cars and SUV sales are down 3.2% to 8.607 but commercial vehicles including utes (slang of pickup trucks) are up 17.9% to 4.456 and manage to lift the overall market into positive territory. The year-to-date total, up 11.3% to 103.923 units, have never reached the six-figure mark that fast in the history of automobile in New Zealand. For comparison, in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis only 45.384 vehicles were sold in the same period. Toyota, up 10% to 19.2% share, remains master in command in the brands ranking, comfortably distancing Ford down 11% to 10% share, Holden up 2% to 8.2% and Mazda up 12% to 8.1%. Mitsubishi (+16%), Honda (+17%) and Kia (+26%) also frankly beat the market in the Top 10. Below, notice Subaru up 20%, Mini up 54%, Peugeot up 61%, LDV up 62%, Skoda up 81% and Tesla up 500%. Newcomer Haval sells 6 units for its 2nd month in market, lifting its YTD total to 8.

The Mazda BT-50 is up 85% to #10 in August. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux surges 60% year-on-year to reclaim the top spot off the Ford Ranger (-4%) bt remains a fair distance below its rival year-to-date at 5.497 units (+30%) vs. 6.320 (+12%). The Toyota Corolla rallies back up 5 spots to #3 with 540 sales, 67% of which are to rental companies. It distances the Kia Sportage (+25%) and Holden Colorado (_36%) while the Mitsubishi Outlander (+82%) and Mazda BT-50 (+85%) deliver the largest year-on-year increases in the Top 10. A Top 10 that includes no less than six pickup trucks: Hilux, Ranger, Colorado, Triton, Navara and BT-50. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up 53% to #12, the Honda Jazz up 34% to #19 and the Ford Escape at #26.

Previous month: New Zealand July 2017: Four pickups in Top 4 in market up just 0.5%

One year ago: New Zealand August 2016: Ranger #1, Tiguan and HR-V up

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Slovenia August 2017: Renault Megane soars 229% to pole position

The Renault Megane is #1 in Slovenia for the first time in over five years. 

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The Slovenian new car market is up 14% year-on-year in August to 4.492 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 11% to 48.834 units. Renault surges 62% to 15.2% share, snapping the brands pole position off Volkswagen, up 7% to 14%, but remains in 2nd place year-to-date at 13.4% share vs. 15.7% for the German brand. Skoda (+43%), Opel and Peugeot (both up 22%) also franking outpace the market inside the Top 5. Below, notice Suzuki (+36%), Toyota (+55%), Dacia (+123%), Honda (+236%) and Jaguar (+600%) all posting spectacular gains. Model-wise, the Renault Mégane jumps 8 spots on July to land in pole position thanks to sales up a whopping 229% year-on-year. It is the first time since June 2012 that the Mégane tops the monthly Slovenian sales charts. It disances the VW Golf (+39%), Skoda Octavia (+56%) and Renault Captur (-26%) while the Year-to-date leader, the Renault Clio, is relegated in 5th place despite sales up 89% on a particularly excruciating score in August 2016. Notice also the Hyundai Tucson up 23%, the Opel Corsa up 38%, the Peugeot 208 up 52% and the Skoda Fabia up 55% all in the Top 10. Outside, notice the VW Golf Sportsvan up to #12, the Renault Scenic up 319%, the Toyota Yaris up 93%, the Toyota C-HR up 49 spots on July to #25 and the Skoda Kodiaq up 34 to #36.

Previous month: Slovenia July 2017: VW and Golf lead, Duster and Scenic shoot up

One year ago: Slovenia August 2016: Renault Captur takes lead for the first time

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Chile August 2017: Nissan #1 again, Chinese up 82% in market up 44%

BAIC sales are up 7-fold in Chile thanks to the launch of the X25 (pictured), X35 and X55 SUVs.

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New light vehicle sales in Chile are up a flamboyant 44% year-on-year in August to 35.354 registrations, the largest year-on-year gain since March 2011 (+56.8%). This spectacular result lifts the year-to-date total up 20.8% to 226.109 units. Nissan manages to hold onto the top spot it snapped last month thanks to deliveries more than doubling year-on-year at +102% to 9.8% share, but remains in 4th place year-to-date at 8.4% (+32%). Chevrolet (+32%), Hyundai (+10%) and Kia (+18%) round up the Top 4 but all trail the market growth and lose share year-on-year. Ford (+50%), Toyota (+56%) and Renault (+71%) also shine inside the Top 10 while below, Volkswagen (+114%), the Great Wall Group (+89%), JAC (+77%), Chery (+147%), Dongfeng (+56%), BAIC (+624%) and MG (+125%) all post spectacular gains. All-in-all, Chinese carmakers are up a whopping 82% year-on-year this month to 11.1% share vs. 10% so far in 2017.

Previous month: Chile July 2017: Nissan leads, Chinese up 37% in market up 25%

One year ago: Chile August 2016: Hyundai overtakes Kia and takes charge

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Pakistan August 2017: Honda lifts market up 25%, WagonR & Cultus up

The Suzuki Cultus is up 69% year-on-year thanks to the new model.

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Local association PAMA releases sales of locally-produced light vehicles in Pakistan, a market up a fantastic 25.2% year-on-year in August to 22.095 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 15.3% to 157.258. Suzuki (+19%) and Toyota (+2%) trail the market growth as it is lifted by Honda up 47% to 21.1% share vs. 20.2% so far in 2017. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling nameplate in Pakistan but only gains 5% just as the Suzuki Mehran is up 28% n 2nd place and the Honda Civic up an estimated 57% in 3rd position. The largest gains are however delivered by the Suzuki WagonR (+75%) and the Suzuki Cultus (+69%) recently renewed. Notice also the Toyota Fortuner up 284% while the Honda BR-V drops to 3.3% share vs. a high of 4.9% last June.

Previous month: Pakistan July 2017: Honda threatens Toyota in market up 41%

One year ago: Pakistan August 2016: Honda up 58% in market down 14%

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Singapore August 2017: Toyota cements leadership in market up 8.8%

Toyota holds 23% of the Singaporean market in August. 

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New car sales in Singapore are up 8.8% year-on-year in August to 7.724 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 6.2% to 61.040. Toyota (incl. Lexus) frankly beats the market with a 27% surge to 23% share, cementing its recaptured YTD pole position at 12.674 units vs. 12.096 for Honda, down 14% to 18.3% share this month. Mazda continues to impress with a 36% gain, distancing Mercedes (+18%), BMW (+31%) and Kia (+20%) all improving faster than the market. Mitsubishi (-46%) and Nissan (-39%) on the other hand struggle in the Top 10 where Hyundai (+46%) and Volkswagen (+29%) shine. Notice also Ssangyong up 35-fold on August 2016, Mini up 135% and Maserati up 120%.

Previous month: Singapore July 2017: Mazda and Hyundai impress in market up 9%

One year ago:: Singapore August 2016: Honda threatens Toyota for YTD lead

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Uruguay August 2017: Volkswagen overtakes Chevrolet to #1 YTD

Volkswagen is now the best-selling brand in Uruguay in 2017. 

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The Uruguayan new car market continues to gallop ahead in August with sales up 20% year-on-year to 4.423, leading to a year-to-date tally up 26% to 34.571 units. This month we witness a change of guard in the brands ranking: thanks to deliveries up 37% to 12.9% share, Volkswagen overtakes Chevrolet – despite the latter being up 89% to 10% share – to lead the YTD ranking with 4.929 units (+50%) vs. 4.902 (+114%) for the American brand. In fact, the Top four best-selling carmakers in the country in August frankly beat the market growth, with Renault up 46% to #2 and Suzuki up 51% to #3. Fiat, leader over the Full Year 2016 but down to #5 this year, is with Ford (-33%) the only manufacturer to lose ground in the Top 10 (-23%). Notice also Nissan up 49%, Peugeot up 36% and Citroen up 59%. Chinese carmakers follow the market at +20% to 13% share, led by FAW at #11 (+45%), JAC at #12 (+791%), BYD at #15 (-10%), Lifan at #16 (-5%), Great Wall at #17 (+141%) and Geely at #18 (-52%). In total, 15 of the 40 brands selling at least one unit in Uruguay this month are Chinese.

Previous month: Uruguay July 2017: VW leads, FAW shine in market up 14%

One year ago: Uruguay August 2016: Fiat back to #1, Renault and Ford shine

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