Europe July 2016: VW, Skoda, Peugeot trigger first decline in 3 years

Peugeot 308 Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe 308 (-18%) and Golf (-22%) cripple Volkswagen and Peugeot volumes in July. 

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New car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – post their first year-on-year decline in almost three years in July at -3% to 1.157.889 units. The last time the European market declined was in August 2013. Among the largest markets, if Spain (+4%), Italy (+3%) and the UK (+0.1%) deliver modest increases, the overall tally is crippled by significant declines in France (-10%) and Germany (-4%). Greece (+34%), Hungary (+15%), Cyprus (+13%), Ireland (+9%) and Croatia (+6%) register the largest increases whereas Switzerland (-14%) the Czech Republic (-12%) and Norway (-11%) are the worst offenders. The year-to-date total remains frankly in positive however at +7.5% to 9.259.318 units after 7 months.

Opel Astra Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest European ranking in 4 years. 

Looking at this month’s result in a little more detail, it appears three of the four brands registering drops in the Top 10 belong to the Volkswagen Group: market leader VW (-10.8%), Skoda (-10.5%) and Audi (-5.2%), the other one being Peugeot (-10.5%). In fact, if we add up volumes lost vs. July 2015 by VW, Skoda and Peugeot (-29.438), way more than the entire European market loss this month (-27.075). This means the European market bar these three brands is actually up by 0.2%.

Ford (+0.5%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+1.6%) overtake Renault (+0.3%) which however remains #2 year-to-date. Mercedes (+3.7%) posts the largest increase in the Top 10 but falls 422 units short off topping Audi for the #1 luxury spot. Fiat (+2%) also satisfies, while outside of the top ten, Mini (+11%), Jeep (+11%) Dacia (+12%), Honda (+15%), Suzuki (+20%), Jaguar (+33%), Land Rover (+33%) and Infiniti (+218%) post strong gains.

Dacia Sandero Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero sees its European sales surge 31% in July.

Model-wise, despite dropping a harsh 22% to 36.540 sales, the VW Golf is #1 for the 76th consecutive month, and by a large margin: its closest follower is the VW Polo down 6% to 24.632. The Golf may be affected by the gearing up of the Opel Astra, up a stunning 26% to 20.954 and earning a 4th spot overall, the nameplate’s highest European ranking since July 2012. In the Top 10, only the Opel Corsa (+9%) and Peugeot 208 (+2%) also gain ground. Further down, the Dacia Sandero gains a mammoth 31% to #12 with 15.869 sales and the Audi A4 is up 14% to #14. Reversely, the Skoda Octavia (-18%), Peugeot 308 (-20%) and VW Passat (-23%) struggle.

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Indonesia June-July 2016: Toyota Sienta, Cayla & Daihatsu Sigra land

Toyota Calya Indonesia July 2016. Picture courtesy paultan.orgThe Toyota Calya has launched in Indonesia 

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Indonesia is back with a two-month catchup on BSCB. June sales are up a very encouraging 15% year-on-year to 91.471, lifting the H1 2016 into positive territory at 531.920 vs. 525.479 a year ago. Toyota remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country with just under 1 in every 3 sales (32.8%) but its access brand Daihatsu is knocked out of its traditional second spot by Honda at a splendid 109.662 sales and 20.6% vs. 89.510 and 16.8%. Mitsubishi (9.6%) overtakes Suzuki (9.3%) for 4th place overall above Datsun (3.5%) with Hino leaping up to #7 ahead of Nissan, Isuzu and Mazda making the Top 10 100% Japanese.

Honda Brio Satya Indonesia July 2016. Picture courtesy Honda Brio Satya ranks 5th in June and 3rd in July.

The Toyota Avanza keeps the models crown at 12.2% share, more than double a Toyota Kijang Innova (6%) boosted by the new model. The Daihatsu Xenia slips down to #3 but remains extremely solid at 5.9% share above the Daihatsu Ayla. Excellent performance of the Honda Brio Satya up 15 spots on May to 5th place with 5.7% share, but the Honda BR-V ends its launch honeymoon with a 7 spot drop to #13 whereas it still ranks at a brilliant third place overall over the First Half of 2016.

It’s in July that the Indonesian models ranking offers us a festival of newcomers. The overall market is once again up in double-digits at +12.5% to 62.585, leading to a year-to-date cume of 594.514 units, up 2% or 13.400 sales on the same period last year. Keep in mind Indonesian data is wholesale sales from factories to dealerships, not end-consumer sales. The Toyota Avanza is still #1 but drops below 10% share for the first time since June 2015 when dealers were awaiting the new model. The Toyota Kijang Innova remains in the 2nd spot with 6.1% share and the Honda Brio Satya stuns with a very first podium ranking thanks to 3.111 sales and 5%.

Daihatsu Sigra Indonesia July 2016Daihatsu Sigra

But the big event in the Indonesian ranking is the thunderous arrival of three all-new nameplates from the Toyota Group, all MPVs. For the first time, the local arm of Toyota (Astra) launches a locally assembled 7-seat MPV that undercuts in price its best-sellers the Toyota Avanz and Daihatsu Xenia: the Toyota Calya and Daihatsu Sigra. Both cars qualify for duty exemptions under Indonesia’s Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) initiative and feature specific logos on their front grille instead of the Toyota and Daihatsu ones. The Calya storms into the ranking directly at #5 with 3.003 sales to dealers and its twin the Daihatsu Sigra enters at #11 with 2.014 units, even though both models were launched on August 2.

Wuling Hongguang S1 Indonesia July 2016With the Calya and Sigra, Toyota is pre-empting the arrival in Indonesia of Chinese low-cost MPV specialist Wuling.

We forecast the Calya will dethrone the Avanza and become Indonesia’s new best-seller in the coming months. While the cheapest Avanza 1.3-litre manual starts from IDR 183 million (US$13.900), the Daihatsu Sigra is priced at IDR 106-149 million ($8.000-11.300) while the Calya is at IDR 130-150 million (US$9.800-11.400). Why this sudden enthusiasm for ultra-low-cost MPVs from Toyota? The answer fits in one word: Wuling. The Chinese manufacturer, a joint-venture between SAIC and General Motors, has just launched in Indonesia the Hongguang low-cost MPV (#1 in China), and is currently building a new plant in Indonesia to create a car it says will be tailored to local needs… Beware Toyota.

Toyota Sienta Indonesia July 2016. Picture courtesy response.jpThe Toyota Sienta lands directly at #4 in Indonesia. 

Finally, the other new nameplate launched by Toyota this month is at the more premium end of the MPV spectrum: the Toyota Sienta, already enormously successful at home in Japan (#3 so far in 2016), and headed for similar success in Indonesia with a flamboyant first month at #4 with 3.007 sales. With the Sienta, Toyota is aiming at Honda and its extraordinarily successful Mobilio and BR-V. So far so good: the Mobilio is down 9 spots in July to #17 and the BR-V falls out of the Top 20 for the first time since its launch last January.

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China 2016 Photo Reports: The Chola Pass, Sichuan Province

Chola Pass 12Just after the summit at Chola Pass, Sichuan Province.

Resuming our Chinese adventure, we now launch on the legendary (/terrifying?) Chola Pass, currently the only way to the town of Dégé.  This is the 10th instalment in our 2016 Chinese adventures after BeijingXining in the Qinghai province, the Chinese car dealerships of XiningTongrenXiahe in the Gansu province, the mountain road back from Xiahe to XiningChengdu in the Sichuan provinceKangding and the Kangding to Dégé road.

China map with Chola PassChola Pass location: the yellow section just east of Dégé on the map.

Chola Mountain is part of a mountain range of the same name, whose highest peak is 6.168 metres high (20.236 ft). The National Road G-317 climbs the moutain via the Chola Pass, culminating at 5.050 metres (16.568 ft), according to the marking at the Pass. However, my measurements through the Altimeter iPhone altitude app showed a high point of 4.888 metres (16.037 ft), still the highest point on earth I have ever set foot on and higher than the 4.807 metres Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the whole of Europe.

Chola Pass 14End of the descent on the way back 

I had the chance / horror to do a return trip on the Mt. Chola pass, to and from Dégé, at a two-day interval (and with the same bus drivers!). On the way into Dégé it was snowing heavily whereas on the way back the sun was shining bright. This makes for two very distinct sets of photos I will share with you today.

1. Chola Pass, Manigange – Dégé way

The Mt. Chola Pass is a strenuous 1.5 hour ride on a slim and ill-maintained dirt track carved into the mountain side. Given it is still the only way to access Dégé from the Sichuan side for now, the full gamut of traffic has no choice but undertake the Pass climb, including heavy and large trucks that manoeuvre precociously inches away from the precipice at each crossing. My intense excitement at climbing the Pass once I read about it on the Lonely Planet China guide quickly morphed into disbelief at how insanely naive I was to want to undertake this trip as soon as the climb started.

Chola Pass 1 Chola Pass 3

The bus was swaying widely and uncontrollably at each pothole in the track all while the road was becoming more and more slippery with the melted snow and ice that fast accumulated on it during our climb. Fortunately, I was sitting just behind the – very experienced – driver and therefore could anticipate almost all movements of the bus as I was intensely checking the track ahead of us.

Chola Pass 4The dirt track got a lot snowier as we descended on the way to Dégé. 

Chola Pass 5 Chola Pass 6Just after sunset on the return climb to the Chola Pass

2. Chola Pass, Dégé – Manigange way

A departure just after sunrise on a very clear day on the way back offered a much more serene – even if still agitated – experience. The breath-taking panoramas of snowy mountains are worth all the trouble the climb is.

Chola Pass 8

Chola Pass 7

Chola Pass 9Just before the summit…Chola Pass 10The Chola Pass itselfChola Pass 11 Chola Pass 13

This striking but mandatory experience is about to come to an end though, as a tunnel was nearing the end of its construction at the time I took the Pass (9-11 May 2016). After 90 minutes of high emotion driving, the entire crowd of the bus – all locals as I was the only foreigner, as it has been the case for almost the entirety of this Sichuan adventure – roared in applause when spotting the mouth of the tunnel down the valley (pictured below).

Chola Pass 15Mouth of the Chola tunnel under construction (as of 11 May 2016).

Chola Pass 16Even though still under construction, the nearby Gaesar Airport is already signposted.

UK July 2016: Discover the Top 130 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Jaguar F-Pace UK July 2016The F-Pace misses out on becoming Jaguar’s best-seller at home by just 7 sales. 

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After the traditional All-brands ranking and Top 10 models, we now explore the UK models ranking in more detail for July: this time with a Top 130. Just outside the familiar Top 10, the Kia Sportage pushes up 84% to #11 thanks to the new model with 2.883 sales, distancing the Ford Kuga, Vauxhall Insignia and Audi A1. The Ford C-Max is up 49% to #23, the Hyundai Tucson up 59% to #24, the Range Rover Evoque up 89% to #30 (the convertible effect?), Land Rover Discovery Sport up 185% to #32 and the Nissan X-Trail up 157% to #47.

Range Rover Evoque UK July 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 89% year-on-year in July. 

The Renault Kadjar is the most popular all-new nameplate in the UK (<12 months) at #62, followed closely by the Jaguar F-Pace: only one month after breaking into the UK Top 100 for the first time (#96 in June), the luxury SUV gallops up 28 spots to a splendid 68th position, only 7 sales short of becoming Jaguar’s best-seller at home… (the XE is #67). The Mercedes GLC (#74), GLE (#90) and Honda HR-V (#99) are the only other recent launches managing to rank inside the Top 100.

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UK First Half 2016 – LCV: Discover the Top 50 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Transit Custom UK June 2016The Ford Transit Custom is the most popular light commercial vehicle in the UK. 

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The Light Commercial Vehicle market in the UK is up 3% year-on-year over the First Half of 2016 to a record 191.966 registrations. Ford tightens its stranglehold on the market thanks to deliveries up 20% to 59.239 for a 30.9% share vs. 26.6% a year ago. The following 5 manufacturers all see their market share thaw: Volkswagen is down 8% in 2nd place to 11.4% share while Vauxhall gains 1% to 10.8%, with Peugeot (-4%), Citroen (-1%) and Mercedes (+1%) in tow. Renault (+20%) and Nissan (+24%) on the other hand post solid gains. Fiat (-24%), Toyota (-32%) and Land Rover (-43%) crumble down. Chinese LDV appears at #21 when Great Wall drops 37% to #18.

Ford Transit UK June 2016The Ford Transit is #2 best-selling light commercial so far in the UK in 2016. 

UK-van-registrations-rolling-year-totals-July-2010-to-date-2016-chartSource: SMMT

Model-wise, Ford places the Transit Custom (13.3%) and Transit (8.3%) atop the sales charts, knocking the Vauxhall Vivaro to #3. The VW Transporter overtakes the Mercedes Sprinter to #4 and the Renault Trafic gains three spots on its FY15 ranking to #6. The Ford Ranger (#11) takes the lead of the pickup segment, distancing the Mitsubishi L200 (#14), Isuzu D-Max (#16) and Toyota Hilux (#17), just as the Fiat Fullback (#45) makes its entrance.

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Russia July 2016: Discover the Top 260 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ravon R2 Russia July 2016The Daewoo Matiz becomes Ravon R2 and lands at #78. 

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After the Top 25 models and Top 55 All-brands, as is the tradition on BSCB we explore the Russian models charts in full detail for July. First the usual LCV suspects slot into the ranking: the GAZ Gazelle at #6 as per its year-to-date ranking and the UAZ Commercial (aka “Bukhanka”) at #19 vs. #20 so far this year. Despite this, the hero of the month, the Renault Kaptur, can still claim to now belong among the 20 best-selling nameplates in Russia. Just outside the Top 30, both the Ford Focus (+37%) and Fiesta (+29%) continue to go against the grain in a devastated market (-16%).

Lexus LX Russia July 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLexus LX: the recession hasn’t hit luxury SUV sales in Russia. 

Luxury SUVs are more than ever in fashion in Russia: the Mercedes GLE is back up 7 spots to #37, the Lexus RX up 81% to #46, the Audi Q7 up 127% to #49, the Mercedes GLS ranks #52 vs. #73 YTD, the Lexus LX is up 82% to #61 and the Jaguar F-Pace remains inside the Top 100 at #93. Newly created to replace UZ-Daewoo, the Ravon brand has landed in Russia in the form of the R2, a rebadged Daewoo Matiz/Chevrolet Spark, already well inside the Top 100 at #78. The only other newcomer in the July charts is the Renault Twizy with one lonely sale.

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Kazakhstan July 2016: Toyota Camry outpaces Ladas to snap #1 spot

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan July 2016The Toyota Camry is the best-selling vehicle in Kazakhstan in July. 

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Thanks to, we can now share with you July data for Kazakhstan, a market engulfed in recession with sales down 61% year-on-year this month to just 3.393 units. Keeping in mind July 2015 was already down 46% on the prior year, the 2016 year-to-date tally now stands at 25.399, down 59% on the same period last year. Russian carmaker Lada exactly follows the market at -61% to 20.7% share, whereas Toyota doubles its market share compared to a year ago to 16.1% thanks to deliveries down “just” 21%. Below, Hyundai (-72%), Kia (-71%) and Renault (-70%) implode. Heavy truck manufacturer Kamaz (+15%) is the only brand gaining ground in the Top 10. In the models ranking, the Toyota Camry frankly outpaces all Ladas to take the lead of the charts thanks to 361 sales and 10.6% share, ahead of the Lada Granta (206) and the valiant Lada 4×4 (200). The GAZ Gazelle, Lada Priora, Hyundai Elantra and Accent follow.

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Australia July 2016: Corolla back to #1, Hilux and Ranger fight

Toyota Corolla Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy sales down 4%, the Toyota Corolla is back to #1 in Australia in July.

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The Australian new vehicle market marks a pause in July with deliveries down 1% to 91.331 units, yet the year-to-date tally is still evolving at record heights, up 3% over the same period last year to 689.471. More worryingly, private sales cripple the overall market at -13% to 41.594, with the minimal fall only due to very dynamic sales for business fleets (+12% to 38.222) and rental (+35% to 5.797) while government sales are down 7% to 3.111. SUVs (37% market share) and LCVs (18.5%) continue to be the sole engines of growth, with passenger cars down from 44.9% share a year ago to 41.6%.

Toyota Hilux Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy Toyota Hilux is up 22% to #2… 

All Australian states/territories post year-on-year declines, albeit mostly moderate: New South Wales (Sydney) is down 0.4% to 30.219, Northern Territory (Darwin) down 0.6% to 831, Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) down 0.7% to 1.486, South Australia (Adelaide) down 0.9% to 5.210, Western Australia (Perth) down 1.3% to 8.234, Queensland (Brisbane) down 1.4% to 18.445 and Victoria (Melbourne) down 1.5% to 25.517. Only Tasmania (Hobart) posts a significant 3.9% drop to 1.389 registrations. Illustrating to “ute” sales boom (Australian slang for pickup truck), Australia’s #1 car country source in July is Thailand for the first time at 23.803 sales (+26%), bypassing traditional leader Japan at 23.359 (-11%), both ahead of South Korea at 12.782 (+16%), Australia at 6.945 (-11%), Germany at 6.598 (-10%), the U.S. at 4.139 (-9%) and the U.K. at 3.019 (+8%).

Ford Ranger Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy…but the Ford Ranger is threatening: up 43% to #3 in July. 

Brand-wise, Toyota goes against the grain and manages a 4% year-on-year lift to 17.465 sales and 19.1% share, well ahead of the 17.4% it commends year-to-date. Mazda (-10%), Hyundai (-11%) and Holden (-10%) follow, replicating the YTD order but all losing market share. Reversely, Ford surges 20% to 6.894 sales and 7.5% share, distancing Mitsubishi (+4%), Nissan (+7%) and Volkswagen (-15%). When only looking at passenger cars, the best-selling brands are Toyota (7.232), Hyundai (5.059), Holden (3.597), Mazda (3.227) and Volkswagen (2.796) whereas in the popular SUV aisle it’s Toyota (5.869), Mazda (4.116), Mitsubishi (2.885), Nissan (2.767) and Hyundai (2.079).

Kia Cerato Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy is up 30% to a record #9. 

Further down, Kia stuns, posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 with deliveries up a huge 30% to 3.555 for a 3.9% market share in 9th position. To BSCB’s knowledge, this is Kia’s highest ever Australian monthly ranking. Other impressive carmakers include Isuzu Ute (+20%), Foton (+20%), Volvo (+22%), Ferrari (+42%), LDV (+56%), Bentley (+75%), Jaguar (+250%) and McLaren (+260%). At the other end of the scale, struggling manufacturers include Renault (-32%), Fiat (-35%), Chrysler (-47%), Jeep (-57%), Ssangyong (-67%), Alfa Romeo (-69%), Dodge (-76%) and Proton (-90%).

Volvo XC90 Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy is up 22% thanks to the XC90.

After an incredible four consecutive months of Hyundai i30 reign, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling vehicle in Australia for the first time since last February even though it drops 4% year-on-year to 3.427 sales. The Toyota Hilux follows in 2nd place with deliveries up a solid 22% thanks to the new generation, but the Ford Ranger gains more ground at +43% despite now being “older” than the Hilux. In the more profitable 4×4 ute aisle, the Ranger even outsells the Hilux at 2.357 vs. 2.311… With stock of the current generation now clearing, the Hyundai i30 drops 3 spots on June to #4 and 19% y-o-y to 2.216 sales but retains the YTD crown for now at 25.073 (+35%) vs. 24.307 (+14%) for the Hilux and 23.971 (-5%) for the Corolla.

Jaguar F-Pace Australia July 2016. Picture courtesy Jaguar F-Pace is destined to a great career in Australia. 

The Toyota Camry is up two ranks on last month to #5, the Mazda CX-5 remains the best-selling SUV in the country at #6 overall ahead of the Toyota RAV at #8 (+18%) and the Mazda CX-3 at #9 (+36%), its highest ever ranking in Australia, also hit last April. The Hyundai Accent (+145%) continues to benefit from the discontinuation of the i20 and ranks #10, the Mazda3 halts (-47%) at #14, the Hyundai Tucson is back up to #15 and the Toyota Land Cruiser gains 55% to #19. Further down, the Honda Civic is up 222% to #24 thanks to the new generation, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is up 10 spots on June to #41, the Ford Mustang up 37 to #44, Toyota Fortuner up 18 to #50 and Audi Q7 up 23 to #66. For its second month in market, the Suzuki Baleno is up 168 ranks to #110 and we welcome two new nameplates in the Australian sales charts in July: the Jaguar F-Pace storming into the ranking at #152 and the Infiniti Q30/QX30 arriving at #228 with sales limited to Melbourne for now.

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Mexico July 2016: Kia steps up local presence in market up 18%

Dodge Neon Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe Dodge Neon lands in Mexico in July. 

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Nothing can stop the galloping Mexican new car market, up another 18% year-on-year in July to 131.772 registrations, lifting its incredible streaks to 27 consecutive months of year-on-year gains, 19 consecutive monthly records and 12 consecutive months above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally now stands at a record-breaking 853.670 deliveries, up 18% on the same period last year which was already an all-time record. As it has been the case for the past few months, market leader Nissan is struggling to keep pace with the market but still sign a very vigorous 16% gain to 33.201 sales and 25.2% share, distancing Chevrolet at 18.4% (+19%), Volkswagen at 13.3% (+19%) and Ford at 6.3% (+15%). Hyundai (+20%), Renault (+24%), Suzuki (+27%), Toyota (+39%) and Mercedes (+50%) are the most dynamic carmakers inside the Top 20.

Kia Forte Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comKia sells 1.010 Mexico-made Forte this month.

But the hero of the month is once again newcomer Kia celebrating one year of presence in Mexico with a 7th consecutive record month, up 6% on June to 5.510 units and overtaking Mazda to access a highest ever 7th place overall. For the first time, Kia also sells over 1.000 locally produced units (1.010 Forte) coming from its shining new Nuevo Leon factory. After relinquishing its crown to the Chevrolet Spark in June, the Nissan Versa resumes its domination of the Mexican models ranking thanks to sales up a whopping 51% year-on-year to 8.019 vs. 7.116 (+188%) for the Spark, knocked down to 2nd place. The Chevrolet Aveo remains in third place despite deliveries down 12%, ahead of the VW Vento (+13%), Nissan Pickup (+33%) and Chevrolet Sonic (+36%). Notice also the Nissan Sentra up 37%, the Kia Sportage up 80%, Toyota Yaris up 124% and Honda Fit up 140%.

Hyundai Creta Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comFirst month of sales for the Hyundai Creta in Mexico.

The Ford Figo is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) at #14 with 2.088 sales, distancing the Kia Rio at #20, Chevrolet Equinox at #30, Hyundai Tucson at #44, Kia Soul at #48, Mazda CX-3 at #50 and VW Up at #52. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in July in the Mexican sales charts. The Hyundai Creta (#76) isn’t an unknown nameplate if you are a regular BSCB reader: also known as ix25 in China, it has taken emerging markets by storm including India and Mexico should prove a fertile ground for the diminutive SUV. The Dodge Neon (#78), although not a new nameplate per se, is in fact a rebadged Fiat Tipo/Egea and fits the Mexican tastes for low-cost sedans. The Volvo S/V90 appears at #222 with a lonely two sales for now.

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Japan July 2016: Toyota up to 35.2%, Nissan Dayz & Mitsubishi eK back

Toyota Estima Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe facelifted Estima (+117%) helps Toyota gain 10% at home in July.

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New vehicle sales in Japan are down 2% in July to 415.606, once again – but less than in previous months – handicapped by weak kei car sales down 6% to 133.853 while regular cars are down just 0.2% to 281.753. Year-to-date, the Japanese market is now down 3.5% to 2.962.955 sales in 7 months, with kei cars down 13% to 1.039.327 and regular cars up 0.5% to 1.923.628.

Smart Forfour Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpAn all-new lineup propels Smart sales up 34-fold year-on-year in Japan in July. 

Toyota tightens its tight grip on its home market even further with deliveries up 10% to 146.328 for a mammoth 35.2% share vs. 30.5% so far in 2016. Honda (-11%) and Suzuki (-4%) follow while Daihatsu gains 11% in 4th place ahead of Nissan (-22%), Mazda (-21%) and Subaru (-13%) all posting heavy losses. Isuzu (+13%), Mercedes (+15%), Hino (+9%), BMW (+14%), Mini (+14%), Volvo (+5%) and Jeep (+41%) also deliver year-on-year gains inside the Top 20 while further down Porsche (+18%), Peugeot (+54%), Smart (+3338%) and Jaguar (+151%) impress.

Toyota Passo Japan July 2016The Toyota Passo (right) is up 118% thanks to two new models.

The Toyota Prius remains by far the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 3-fold on a year ago to 27.988 thanks to the new model. The Toyota Aqua (-11%) and Sienta (+48%) follow while the Nissan Note (+2%) gains two spots on June to #4. The Toyota Passo (+118%), Vitz (+7%), Honda Vezel (+8%) and Shuttle (+11%) are the only other cars gaining ground year-on-year inside the Top 15. Further down, notice the Suzuki Solio (+69%), Mazda Axela (+77%), Toyota Estima (+111%) helped by its facelift, Honda Odyssey (+117%) and Toyota Auris (+99%) posting spectacular gains. The Nissan Serena, #10 in June, steps out of the Top 30 while the new model spreads out into dealerships across the country.

Mitsubishi eK Japan July 2016Deliveries of Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK (pictured) have resumed in Japan. 

In the kei car aisle, both the Honda N-BOX (+10%) and Daihatsu Tanto (+9%) post positive year-on-year results atop the sales charts, but the big news is the return in the ranking of the Nissan Dayz (#4) and Mitsubishi eK (#13) whose sales were halted in the wake of the fuel economy scandal that engulfed Mitsubishi back in April. The Suzuki Alto (-16%), Daihatsu Move (-19%) and Suzuki Wagon R (-37%) all crumble down but the Suzuki Spacia (+34%) and Honda N-WGN (+2%) improve while the new Daihatsu Cast steps out of the Top 10 (#11).

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Full July 2016 Top 55 All-brands, Top 30 cars and Top 35 kei cars below.