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Papua New Guinea Full Year 2017: Toyota remains above 50% share (BSCB Exclusive)

The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is the best-selling vehicle in Papua New Guinea.

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Now updated with sales of all Toyota models.

See also updated posts for American SamoaFijiSamoaSolomon Islands and Tonga.

Consult 4 years of Papua New Guinea Historical Data here

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the world’s least explored nations culturally and geographically. It occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea north of Australia, with the western half forming the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. PNG is home to 8.1 million inhabitants, most of them living in customary communities which are as diverse as the 848 languages listed for the country. PNG is one of the most rural countries in the world, with only 18% of the population living in urban centres, and one-third of the population living on less than US$1.25 per day.

New car sales in PNG are down slightly in 2017 at -0.8% to 5.569 registrations, to be compared with 8.305 in 2014. Toyota continues to hold over half of the PNG annual sales with a 51.5% market share in 2017 down slightly on the 51.9% held a year prior. In the Top 5, only Hyundai (+3%) gains volume year-on-year while Isuzu (-5%), Nissan (-5%) and Ford (-12%) all drop. Kia soars 46% to #6, posting the largest sales gain of any major manufacturers in the country for 2017. Notice also the arrival of Chinese carmaker JMC directly at #10 with 39 sales. The Land Cruiser 70 maintains its grip on the PNG models charts with a 28.3% market share in 2017.

Previous post: Papua New Guinea Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 sovereign

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Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep & Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

The Jeep Wrangler leaps to 5th place overall in Canada in January. 

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After five consecutive annual records and a first 2 million year in 2017, new light vehicle sales in Canada continue on their galloping growth with deliveries up 5.9% to 117.744. Light trucks advance 9.1% to 85.906 or 73.2% of the market while Passenger cars dive 2.6% to just 31.375 or 26.8% share. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs its first monthly win since February 2017 despite sales down 4.4% to 15% share, distancing General Motors (+15%), Ford Motor (-4.4%) and Honda Motor surging 28.8% to 11.1% share. Toyota Motor (+2.5%) rounds up the Top 5 with the Volkswagen Group (+28.9%) and BMW Group (+15%) also posting spectacular gains.

The Honda Civic is up 34% to 3rd place. 

Brand-wise, Ford leads but is down 4.8% while Honda shoots up 3 spots on December and 31.5% year-on-year to 2nd place overall, eclipsing Toyota (+2.8%) with Chevrolet (+25.9%) and Jeep (+28.1%) the biggest gainers in the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+45.4%), Genesis (+36.4%), Tesla (+28.6%), Smart (+25%), Infiniti (+16.8%), BMW (+15.1%), Subaru (+14.8%), Mini (+11.1%), Audi (+10.2%) and Mazda (+10.2%) lodge the largest improvements in market.

The Chevrolet Cruze (+105%) helps GM up 15%. Picture

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular but drops 16% just as its immediate follower the Ram Pickup is down 17%. The Honda Civic on the other hand is back up 8 spots on December and 34% year-on-year, followed by the CR-V up 32% to #4. The Jeep Wrangler is the hero of the Top 10 with sales up 3-fold on January 2017 to #5 (+22 on last month) just as the 2018 model arrives in dealerships. This is the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in Canada according to BSCB records, its recent best being #16 in July 2014. The Ford Escape (+17%), Chevrolet Cruze (+105%), VW Tiguan (+98%) and Golf (+44%) also shine. The Nissan Qashqai (#23) tops all recent launches above the VW Atlas (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#71).

Previous post: Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series and Ram break records in first 2m year

One year ago: Canada January 2017: FCA tops market up 2.3%

Full January 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 260 models below.


Switzerland January 2018: VW Golf surges 92% to #1, Volvo XC60 #4

The VW Golf is up 92% to snap the Swiss pole position in January. 

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New car sales in Switzerland are up a robust 11.4% year-on-year in January to 21.671 units. Among them, sales of 4×4 vehicles shoot up 14.2% to 10.851, crossing the symbolic 50% market share milestone at 50.1% vs. 48.9% a year ago. Brand leaders Volkswagen (+21%) and BMW (+23%) both roughly double the market growth while Mercedes drops 1% to #3. Ford (+28%), Opel (+27%) and Skoda (+13%) also post double-digit gains in the Top 10 while further down, Jeep (+107%), Alfa Romeo (+71%), Bentley (+50%), Ssangyong (+43%), Citroen (+39%), Mazda (+35%), Hyundai (+34%), Honda (+27%), Kia (+26%), DS (+23%) and Subaru (+22%) make themselves noticed.

The Volvo XC60 is up 79% to 4th place overall in Switzerland.

Toppled from its throne for the first time in 23 years in 2017 by the Skoda Octavia, the VW Golf reclaims the models top spot in January and for the 6th time in the past 9 months thanks to deliveries almost doubling year-on-year at +92%. The Skoda Octavia (-11%) is relegated to 2nd place above the VW Tiguan (+61%) and Volvo XC60 (+79%) both posting tremendous gains. The Mercedes GLC (+3%) brilliantly rounds up the Top 5 while the BMW X1 (+26%) and VW Polo (+18%) also post double-digit gains in the Top 10. Below, the BMW 5 Series (+258%), Ford Kuga (+93%), Toyota Yaris (+73%) and Dacia Duster (+58%) shine. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio leads all recent launches (<12 months) at #35 above the Skoda Karoq (#41), Hyundai Kona (#43), Opel Crossland X (#54) and Range Rover Velar (#63). The VW T-Roc is down 34 spots on December to #81.

Previous post: Switzerland Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia ends 23-year long VW Golf reign

One year ago: Switzerland January 2017: VW under pressure from Mercedes

Full January 2018 Top 50 All-brands and Top 330 All-models below.


Denmark January 2018: Citroen and Ford impress in market up 1.9%

The Citroen C3 is up 39% to 6th place overall in Denmark in January.

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The Danish new car market is up 1.9% year-on-year in January to 19.917 registrations. Brand-wise, Peugeot (-4%) takes the lead thanks to a slower fall than traditional market leader Volkswagen (-14%) knocked down to 2nd place by 37 sales. Both Citroen and Ford surge 44% to #3 and #5 respectively, with Toyota (-17%) slotting in at #4. Skoda (+33%), Renault (+28%) and Nissan (+21%) also post very robust gains in the Top 10. Further down, notice Subaru (+124%), DS (+88%), BMW (+83%), Porsche (+60%), Volvo (+52%) and Audi (+38%) also make themselves noticed. The Peugeot 208 comfortably holds onto the models pole position at 6.6% share, almost two percentage points above its immediate follower the Nissan Qashqai (+70%) with the VW Up! (-21%) rounding up the podium. The Skoda Octavia (+88%), Renault Clio (+49%) and Citroen C3 (+39%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 while beyond the Citroen C4 Cactus (+78%), Mercedes C-Class (+56%), Skoda Fabia (+48%) shine. The Suzuki Ignis (#42) leads all recent launches (<12 months) above the VW T-Roc (#44) and Opel Crossland X (#45).

Previous post: Denmark Full Year 2017: Peugeot 208 holds on to #1, market down 0.5%

One year ago: Denmark January 2017: Volkswagen up 65%, Suzuki Baleno in Top 10

Full January 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 225 All-models below.


Greece January 2018: Hyundai and Peugeot shine in market up 37.5%

The Hyundai i30 is up 19-fold on a year ago in Greece this month.

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New car sales in Greece shoot up 37.5% year-on-year in January to 8.885 registrations. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country, reaching a solid 13.7% share vs. 11.4% over FY2017 in spite of trailing the market at +23%. Peugeot surges 85% to 10.4% in 2nd place vs. 7.4% and #5 in 2017. Opel follows with deliveries soaring 73%, ahead of Volkswagen (+8%) and Nissan (+36%). Hyundai (+139%), Ford (+62%) and Citroen (+53%) also beat the market in the Top 10 while below, Seat (+335%), Mitsubishi (+200%), Kia (+183%), Dacia (+166%), Land Rover (+111%), Jeep (+73%), Honda (+70%) and Smart (+55%) also beat the market. The Toyota Yaris continues to lead the Greek models ranking but gains just 21%, ahead of the Peugeot 208 (+124%), Nissan Qashqai (+27%) and Opel Corsa (+131%). The Hyundai i30 (+1800%!), Nissan Micra (+300%), Hyundai i10 (+166%), Toyota C-HR (+109%), Suzuki Swift (+103%), Ford Fiesta (+100%) and  Citroen C3 (+50%) also impress in the Top 20.

Previous post: Greece Full Year 2017: Toyota Yaris #1 for 5th year in a row, market up 11.7%

One year ago: Greece January 2017: Suzuki Ignis in Top 20

Full January 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 190 All-models below.


South Africa January 2018: VW Polo Vivo leads, Renault and Suzuki shine

The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in January. 

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South African new vehicle sales start 2018 on the wrong foot with a steep 8.8% year-on-year decline in January to 45.888 units. Toyota limits its fall to -3% to reach a strong 25.9% share, three percentage points above its FY2017 level of 22.9%. The Volkswagen Group (-16%) and Ford (-27%) both dive faster than the market, resulting is reduced shares, whereas Hyundai-Kia (-4%) and Nissan (+2%) post solid results and round up the Top 5 as they did in 2017. Renault impresses with a 19% gain in 6th place, with Suzuki (+81%), Mazda (+15%), the BMW Group (+6%), Jaguar Land Rover (+6%) and Mahindra (+1%) also landing positive scores in the Top 15.

Model-wise, the VW Polo Vivo (-3%) leaps up to the top spot this month, eclipsing the Toyota Hilux (+12%) and Ford Ranger (-15%) with the Toyota Corolla (-16%) and Nissan NP200 (+38%) rounding up the Top 5. The Isuzu KB (+55%) and Hyundai Grand i10 (+225%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 while the Nissan Micra (+819%), VW Golf (+85%), BMW 3 Series (+72%), Ford Figo (+64%) and VW Tiguan (+55%) also shine. The Hyundai Creta (#31) leads recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Toyota C-HR (#46), Suzuki Ignis (#57) and Range Rover Velar (#81).

Previous post: South Africa Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux snaps 8th win in past 9 years

One year ago: South Africa January 2017: Market up, VW Polo and Polo Vivo on top

Full January 2018 Top 35 All-manufacturers and Top 250 All-models below.


Romania January 2018: VW Golf #1 foreigner in market up 66%

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign nameplate in January at +177%.

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The Romanian new car market starts the year with a gigantic 66% surge to 11.744 registrations for January. Home grown brand leader Dacia follows the market with a 67% uplift to 30.8% share, but the rest of the Top 5 trails behind the overall growth: Volkswagen is up 31%, Skoda up 40%, Ford up 55% and Renault up 16%. There are a lot of spectacular increases below however: Smart (+1900%), Mini (+1282%), Kia (+216%), Hyundai (+183%), Fiat (+153%), Volvo (+152%), Opel (+127%), Suzuki (+126%), Jeep (+112%), Peugeot (+111%) and Mazda (+106%) all more than double their sales year-on-year. Model-wise, the Dacia Logan (+61%) hits a 161st consecutive month at #1, followed by the Dacia Duster (+68%) and VW Golf (+177%) with the Skoda Octavia (+22%) and Dacia Sandero (+160%) rounding up the Top 5. The Opel Mokka (+419%), Ford Kuga (+358%), Kia Sportage (+180%), Opel Astra (+135%) and VW Jetta (+98%) also shine near the top of the ranking.

Previous post: Romania Full Year 2017: Logan, Duster, Sandero: 1st podium 100% Dacia

One year ago: Romania January 2017: Market up 22%, Renault Megane up to #6

Full January 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 230 All-models below.


Japan January 2018: Nissan Note #1, Mazda CX-8 and Nissan Leaf shine

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan this month. Pictures

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The Japanese new car market edges down 0.5% year-on-year in January to 399.540 registrations, with the two best-selling brands in negative: Toyota drops 6.5% to 26.7% share vs. 30.3% over the Full Year 2017 and Honda is down 5.2% to 14.1%, albeit slightly better than the 13.8% it held in FY2017. Below is a string of four manufacturers gaining ground on a year ago: Nissan (+0.9%), Daihatsu (+11.3%), Suzuki (+5.4%) and Mazda (+4.5%). Lexus (+59.7%) and Mitsubishi (+13.4%) post the biggest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 while Subaru (-21.7%) endures the largest drop. Mercedes (+2.5%) remains the most popular foreign carmakers but drops four spots on December to #12, followed at a distance by Volkswagen (-10.8%), BMW (-19.5%) and Audi (-8.6%). Peugeot (+89%), Aston Martin (+78.6%), Chevrolet (+54.5%), Ferrari (+51.2%), Renault (+29.6%), Bentley (+21.4%) and Jeep (+20.5%) are the most dynamic further down the ranking.

The 2nd gen Nissan Leaf has already ranked inside the Top 30 three times vs. twice for the 1st gen.

Over in the regular car aisle, the Nissan Note returns to #1 for the first time since last September and the 6th in total for this generation, starting in November 2016. This month it has a 3.180 sales-advantage over the Toyota Prius, its largest gap on the #2 so far. The Toyota Voxy (+14%), Honda Fit (+12%) and Toyota Aqua (+6%) post robust gains while the Toyota Roomy (+5%) and Tank (+6%) tandem of twins continues to impress, adding up to 12.253 sales which would place them in 2nd position overall. It’s a bad month for SUVs: all leaders in the segment fall flat in January: the Toyota C-HR (-40%), Harrier (-31%) and Honda Vezel (-43%).

First Top 30 ranking for the all-new Mazda CX-8, now the brand’s best-selling SUV.

One SUV that has started its career flamboyantly is the Mazda CX-8 breaking into the Top 30 for the first time at #25. The Toyota Land Cruiser continues to feel the effects of its facelift, up 70% to #29 while the Camry is on another planet vs. the previous model: +966% to #30. But the hero of the month is the Nissan Leaf: up 163% on the previous gen to #19, its highest ranking at home also hit last October. It is the Leaf’s fifth time ever inside the monthly Top 30, including three for this gen – October 2017 (#19), December 2017 (#27) and January 2018 (#19) and two for the first gen – February 2011 (#25) and January 2016 (#28).

Suzuki Wagon R sales are up 251% year-on-year thanks to a new generation.

In the kei cars aisle, the Honda N-BOX (+9%) remains dominant, but this month it is followed by the Nissan Dayz (+31%) and Daihatsu Tanto (-8%) while the Daihatsu Move, #2 in 2017, is down 2% to #4. The Suzuki Spacia (+33%), Wagon R (+251%) and Daihatsu Mira (+57%) are next, all posting spectacular year-on-year gains. Notice also the Daihatsu Atrai Wagon (+141%), Mazda Flair (+114%), Nissan NV100 (+51%) and Honda N-ONE (+26%) all signing very healthy increases.

Previous post (1): Japan Full Year 2017: Complete Japanese models data now available

Previous post (2): Japan Full Year 2017: Prius and N-BOX on top, C-HR wins one month

One year ago: Japan January 2017: Nissan Note leads, Toyota C-HR up to #4

Full January 2018 Top 52 All-brands, Top 30 cars and Top 35 kei cars below.


Ireland January 2018: Peugeot soars 70% in market down 4.9%

The Peugeot 3008 is up 45-fold on the previous generation a year ago.

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January and July are now the two main registrations months in Ireland since a bi-annual license plate system was introduced in 2013. Unfortunately this month sees Irish sales fall 4.9% year-on-year to 37.070, still anticipated to account for roughly 30% of 2018 annual sales in the country. Toyota leaps into the brand lead despite sales down 2%, however this is a better hold than any of the Top 5 brands: the Japanese carmaker is followed by Hyundai (-14%), Ford (-15%), Volkswagen (-4%) and Nissan (-4%). Peugeot surges 70% to rank #9, with Kia (+6%) and Skoda (+1%) also in positive but Renault (-15%) and Mercedes (-14%) struggling. Further down, Mini (+54%), Citroen (+51%), BMW (+38%), Porsche (+28%), Land Rover (+18%) and Jeep (+17%) also shine.

Over in the models ranking, the Hyundai Tucson takes a significant option on a third consecutive annual win in 2018 by topping the largest month of the year at 4.4% share despite deliveries down 14% in January 2017. It is followed by the Nissan Qashqai (+5%), Ford Focus (-21%), VW Golf (-17%) and Ford Fiesta (-25%). The Toyota C-HR leaps up 62% to #9, the Nissan Micra is up 93% to #14 with the Peugeot 3008 (+4367%), Peugeot 5008 (+668%), BMW 5 Series (+560%) and Mazda CX-5 (+62%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 50. Incredibly, the 9 best-selling recent launches (<12 months) are all crossovers, led by Hyundai Kona (#22) above the Skoda Kodiaq (#36), Kia Stonic (#42), VW T-Roc (#49), Seat Arona (#68), Skoda Karoq (#77), Renault Koleos (#79) Opel Crossland X (#82) and Opel Grandland X (#89).

Previous post: Ireland Full Year 2017: Volkswagen back to #1, Hyundai Tucson repeats

One year ago: Ireland January 2017: Tucson leads, Megane up, market down

Full January 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top XXX All-models below.


Uruguay January 2018: Fiat (+115%) and Renault (+93%) shine

Fiat sales are up 115% year-on-year in January in Uruguay. 

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New car sales in Uruguay start the year up 5.4% in January to 4.086 units. Volkswagen is up 14% to maintain the lead it snapped in 2017 at 14.9% but it’s Fiat (+115%) and Renault (+93%) that impress the most just below on the podium. Chevrolet, #1 a year ago, is down 18% to #4 while Nissan gains 34% to round up the Top 5. Leading all Chinese manufacturers by far, Lifan is up 59% to #8 overall vs. #13 over the Full Year 2017, followed by BYD at #15 (+4%), Dongfeng at #16 (+14%), FAW at #17 (-23%) and Great Wall at #18 (-15%). All-in-all, the Chinese hold 9.6% of the Uruguayan market in January, down 11% year-on-year and to be compared with 11.3% over the FY2017. Below, Audi (+129%), Chana (+114%), Subaru (+78%) and Honda (+38%) sign some of the most impressive year-on-year gains.

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2017: Volkswagen & Chevy Onix #1, market up 19.5%

One year ago: Uruguay January 2017: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

Full January 2018 Top 43 All-brands ranking below.