Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

Toyota Prius Japan 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe Toyota Prius is the best-selling nameplate in Japan in 2016. 

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After a harsh 9% decline in 2015, the Japanese new light vehicle market slows down its decline in 2016 at just -1.5% to 4.970.260 units, with kei cars still impacted by the tax hike from last year and imports up 4.6% to 343.673. Toyota remains master in command of course, even going agains the grain with a 5.5% increase to 1.53m units and a two percentage point gain in market share to 30.7%. Toyota distances seven brands all in decline in a Top 10 unchanged on last year. Honda (-2.7%), Suzuki (-2.1%), Daihatsu (-3.8%) and Subaru (-4%) keep their drop close to the market evolution.

Smart Forfour Japan 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe new Fortwo and Forfour sends Smart sales rocketing up 345.5% in Japan in 2016. 

Reversely, Nissan (-9.3%), Mitsubishi (-16%) handicapped by the fuel economy scandal that led to its purchase by Nissan and Mazda (-17.9%) post worrying declines. Closing out the Top 10 are Isuzu (+8.6%) and Mercedes (+3.4%), the only foreign manufacturer among Japan’s ten favourite brands. Fiat (+11.4%), Mini (+16.4%), Bentley (+17.3%), Peugeot (+25.3%), Jeep (+31.7%), Abarth (+52.2%), Jaguar (+113.7%), Smart (+345.5%) post some of the most spectacular gains among foreign carmakers.

Toyota Sienta Japan 2016. Picture courtesy yahoo.jpThe Toyota Sienta ranks on the 2016 podium in the regular cars ranking.

In the regular models ranking, as we predicted a year ago the Toyota Prius returns to the Japanese pole position thanks to the new generation of the model giving it a welcome 95% boost to just under 250.000 sales, its best annual score since 2013. This ends three consecutive years of domination by the Toyota Aqua, starting to feel its age at -22%. The Toyota Sienta confirms an explosive relaunch in 2015 with a third place overall this year, up 97% and knocking the Honda Fit (-12%) out of the podium. A new generation (with an e-power variant) launched at the end of the year enables the Nissan Note to gain 4% to remain in 5th place overall. It distances the Toyota Voxy (-1%) and Corolla (-22%).

Toyota Roomy Japan 2016. Picture courtesy response.jp Keep an eye for the Toyota Roomy in the 2017 annual Top 10…

The Honda Vezel hasn’t yet exhausted its sales potential and turns around a 26% drop in 2015 into a 4% gain this year to #8 overall. One late 2016 launch will challenge this in 2017: the Toyota C-HR, making its first appearance in its home Top 15 in December at #15 with 4.654 sales, just below… the Vezel (4.907). The Nissan Serena (+19%), Toyota Passo (+55%), Honda Freed (+27%), Suzuki Solio (+27%), Honda Odyssey (+95%) and Subaru Forester (+40%) are all boosted by new generations or facelifts, while the Honda Shuttle gains 21% to end its first full year of sales inside the Top 20. Two twin November launches make a big splash already: the Toyota Roomy ranks #8 in December with 6.100 sales while the Tank is #10 with 5.932.

Mini 5 doors Japan 2016The Mini dethrones the VW Golf to become the #1 foreigner in Japan. 

We witness a momentous shift in the foreign models ranking: for the first time since at least 13 years, the VW Golf is not leading this ranking: it has been overtaken by the Mini up a flamboyant 16% to 24.548 sales, by far the nameplate’s record annual volume in Japan. Note all variants of the Mini (Hatch, Countryman, Paceman and Clubman) are included in this figure. The Mini distances the VW Golf (-11%), Mercedes C-Class (-16%), BMW 3 Series (-1%) and VW Polo (-11%) with the BMW 2 Series (+21%) and Mercedes CLA (+6%) also bringing some positive vibes atop the ranking. Notice also the Mercedes E-Class up 30%, the VW Passat up 22%, the return of the BMW X1 (#13) and Audi A4 (#14) inside the Top 20 and the arrival of the Mercedes GLC (#18).

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Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Hyundai Solaris Russia 2016. Picture courtesy trendymen.ru The Hyundai Solaris is responsible for a once-in-a-generation market shift in Russia.

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After a catastrophic year in 2015 (-36%), the Russian new light vehicle market lodges a fourth consecutive year of decline but seems to have bottomed up in 2016 with a more digestible 11% drop – and even one month in positive (November). However at just 1.425.791 sales, Russian sales are still greatly handicapped by the economic crisis triggered by low oil prices and sanctions over the Ukrainian war, and have cancelled over a decade of growth and reach their lowest level in 12 years (since 2004). Local data provider the Association of European Businesses (AEB) believes the Russian market will end its skidding in 2017 and predicts a moderate 4% gain to 1.48 million units.

Lada Vesta Russia March 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Vesta and X-RAY boost Lada’s market share up two percentage points to 18.7% in 2016. 

After years of seemingly unstoppable decline, homegrown market leader Lada posts the best performance of all seven best-selling manufacturers in Russia in 2016 thanks to the gearing up of the Vesta and X-RAY: down just 1% to see its market share up by almost two percentage points to 18.7%. A paradoxical situation given the historic event in the models ranking (see further down). Kia (-9%) and Hyundai (-10%) evolve slightly better than the market, resulting it similar market share, both above 10%. Renault (-3%), Toyota (-4%) and Volkswagen (-5%) fare much better and gain significant share. Nissan on the other hand crumbles down 23% to #7 overall.

Lexus RX Russia 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLexus soars 19% year-on-year in a Russian market down 11%. Picture zr.ru 

A dozen manufacturer do manage a year-on-year volume gain in 2015: for BMW (+0.1%), Skoda (+1%) and UAZ (+1%) the improvements are only marginal. LCV specialist GAZ jumps 9% despite an ailing lineup, Ford (+10%) is already bearing the fruits of its perseverance in Russia when fellow US carmaker Chevrolet freefalls 39%, Lifan is now the uncontested Chinese leader in Russia with deliveries up 15% to 17.460 vs. 4.758 for Chery, its immediate  follower and Lexus leaps 5 spots and 19% to tease BMW at 24.117 sales vs. 27.507. Jaguar has the XR and F-Pace to thank for its 113% surge in 2016.

kia-rio-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Kia Rio topped the monthly Russian sales charts three times in 2016. 

A once-in-a-generation event has unfolded throughout the year in the Russian models ranking: for the first time since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970, a foreign nameplate is the annual best-seller in the country. As we predicted at the start of the year, the Hyundai Solaris brilliantly takes command of the Russian sales charts despite sales down 22% to 90.380 due in part to the discontinuation of its hatchback variant in the St Petersburg plant. Paradoxically, after topping the monthly charts for 7 months in 2015, the Solaris only needed to do so 4 times this year while the Lada Granta ranked first 5 times and the Kia Rio led the way for 3 months. All three models fit within less than 3.000 sales or 0.2% market share at year-end, with the Granta reclaiming the 2nd spot by the skin of its teeth thanks to two months spent at #1 at the end of the year.

hyundai-creta-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruInstant blockbuster: the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia ever since its August launch.

The main culprit for the Granta’s demise is to be found in 4th place: the all-new Lada Vesta, launched in November 2015, geared up all through the year to finish at a record 7.014 sales and 4.8% share in December. Over the Full Year, the Vesta adds up to 55.174 units and will be a serious candidate to the title of best-selling car in Russia in 2017. Below, the VW Polo (+5%), Renault Duster (+0.2%), Toyota RAV4 (+13%) and Chevrolet Niva (-5%) all improve their market shares, but the big movers are further down the annual ranking… Launched in August, the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia since, as incredible as it sounds! It landed directly at #6, peaked at #4 and 5.058 sales in September and remained the booming segment’s leader all the way through to the end of the year, with its annual #15 ranking far from reflecting the extent of its performance.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur broke into the monthly Top 10 in December.

The Lada X-RAY is the second instant blockbuster SUV for 2016, launching in February, peaking at #13 in April and December and ending 2016 at #18 with just under 20.000 sales. Finally, the Renault Kaptur (larger than the Captur and based on a Duster platform) showed its bonnet in June to break into the Top 10 in December at #8 with 3.710 sales, only 292 less than the Creta and 186 below the Duster. The Creta, Kaptur and X-RAY could well all fit within the 2017 Top 10. Verdict in a year’s time.

Previous month: Russia November 2016: Lada outpaces market up for 1st time in 2 years

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

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Germany Full Year 2016: VW down, Mercedes up in strongest market in 7 years

mercedes-e-class-germany-2016Mercedes hit an all-time high 10.3% share in Germany in November. 

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The German new car market posts a third consecutive year of gains in 2016 at +4.5% to 3.351.607 units, its highest volume in seven years – since scrappage scheme-boosted 2009 (3.807.175). Low fuel prices and low interest rates have help fuelled this year’s dynamism in Germany, but most local analysts predict a slow-down of the growth in 2017 to around 2%, mainly thanks to sales incentives that have shot up by 25% since 2010. Traditionally desperately stable, the German brands ranking rises to new heights in 2016 with the Top 16 best-selling manufacturers unchanged on 2015. Market leader Volkswagen drops 4% and almost two percentage points of market share to 19.6%, one of only two carmakers in The Top 20 to lose volume year-on-year with Hyundai (-1%).

Renault Megane Germany 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deFrench carmaker Renault is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 at +14%. 

Reversely Mercedes outpaces the market with a splendid 9% gain to 311.286 sales and 9.3% share, even reaching an all-time high 10.3% of its home market in November. Its cements its domination of the luxury segment, with Audi (+8%) and BMW (+5%) with lodging weaker gains. Below, Opel (+6%) and Ford (+7%) gain marginal market share while Skoda (+3%) loses a smidgen. Renault (+14%) is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 and takes a comfortable advantage over Hyundai to remain in 9th position. Only Mini and Volvo (both at +11%) deliver double-dgit gains in the Top 20, with Fiat, Toyota, Mazda and Kia (+9%) coming close. Further down, Honda (+20%), Land Rover (+25%), Ssangyong (+37%), Lexus (+46%), Maserati (+51%), Alfa Romeo (+53%), Bentley (+73%), Jaguar (+75%) and Infiniti (+108%) all set the German sales charts on fire thanks to new offerings, almost uniquely SUVs.

VW Golf Germany 2016The VW Golf is #1 in Germany for the 36th consecutive year (no interruption since 1980).

The VW Golf is the best-selling model at home for the 36th year in a row and a total of 41 times: every year since 1975 apart from one interruption in 1980 by the Mercedes W123. For reference, the VW Beetle ‘only’ topped the Germany market for 29 consecutive years from 1946 to 1973. In fact, despite a harsh 13% decline, it now sells 2.92 times as much as the #2, the VW Passat itself down 17% vs. 2.78 times in 2015. The VW Polo (+3%) rounds up a podium 100% Volkswagen like last year and the Mercedes C-Class (-1%) remains in 4th place. Thanks to the new model the Opel Astra jumps 16% and 3 spots to return inside the annual Top 5 for the first time since 2012. The VW Tiguan, also lifted by a new generation, reaches a new all-time high for the nameplate at 63.979 sales, peaking at #2 from August to October.

Opel Astra Germany 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra returns inside the annual German Top 5. 

The Audi A4 (+17%), VW Touran (+42%), Skoda Fabia (+11%), Mini (+11%) and Mercedes E-Class (+15%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20 while the BMW 2 Series soars another 12% to become the brand’s best-seller at home at #12 above the 1 Series (#15) and 3 Series (#18). The Seat Leon breaks its volume and ranking records thanks to deliveries up 9% to 46.010, lifting it to #16 overall. Other impressive performers indulge the BMW X1 up 73% thanks to the new model, the Mercedes GLC up 59% over the GLK, the Hyundai Tucson landing at #37 and the Skoda Superb up 55%. Among newcomers, notice also the Seat Ateca at #119, the Fiat Tipo at #127and the Ford Edge at #176. The Audi Q2 (#193) and Toyota C-HR (#216) have promising starts, respectively ranking #89 and #98 in December.

VW Tiguan Germany 2016The VW Tiguan posts a new annual volume record in 2016 and ranked #2 three times. 

Looking at the best-selling nameplates with private buyers, the podium is here again 100% Volkswagen but the Golf (28.8% private ratio) leads ahead of the Polo (56%) and Tiguan (45.7%) this time. The Skoda Fabia and BMW 1 Series complete a Top 5 unchanged on 2015 while the Mini impresses with private sales up 15% to land in 6th position overall. The BMW 2 Series is up 12% to #8, the Mercedes A-Class up 9% to #9, the Opel Astra up 17 s[pots to #12, the BMW X1 up 155% to #13, the Fiat Ducato up 18% to #14 thanks to RVs, the Dacia Sandero remains at an impressive 16th spot and the Hyundai i10 and i20 both gain 36% to rank within the Top 30.

Previous month: Germany November 2016: Mercedes hits high point at 10.3% share

Previous year: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2014: Audi A3, VW Tiguan & Skoda Octavia at all-time high

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Australia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux first ever “ute” to lead annual sales

Toyota Hilux Australia 2015The Toyota Hilux takes command in Australia for the first time in history.

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Australian new vehicle sales set an all-time record volume for the second year running and the fourth time in the past five years, up 2% or almost 23.000 units on 2015 to 1.178.133. Yet if in 2015 the record was considered “healthy”, this year private sales are down sharply at -7% to 571.544 to fall from 52.5% share a year ago down to 48.5% this time. The market growth comes solely from business sales up a whopping 13% year-on-year to 472.156 and 40.1% share (35.9% in 2015) as well as rental sales up 6% to 60.335 and 5.1% of the market. Government sales are down 1.4% to 40.989. A methodology note: private buyers using their ABN (Australian Business Number) to buy a single car count as a business sale, while novated leases count as private. All in all, it’s the good health of the Australian economy that has lifted the car market up this year, not the appetite of private buyers.

Hyundai Tucson Australia 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auSUV sales are up 8% year-on-year in Australia, passenger cars down 6%.

The main trend at play in the Australian market and symbolised by the new #1 model (see further down), is the shift towards recreational vehicles and away from traditional passenger cars. Light commercials (mainly composed of pickup trucks – nicknamed “utes” in Australia) are up a splendid 9.4% year-on-year in 2016 to hit 217.400 sales and 18.5% share while SUV sales are up 8% to 441.100 and 37.4% share (35.4% in 2015). These two segments now hold a commanding 55.9% of the Australian new vehicle market vs. 52.6% last year. Passenger cars on the other hand are down 5.7% to 486.600 units or 41.3% share vs. 44.6% in 2015. The most popular segments are small cars (224,450 sales, down 4%), medium SUV (172.194, up 16.5%), 4×4 ute (146.820, up 10%), large SUV (142.495, up 2%) and small SUV (110.413, up 2%).

Toyota Corolla Australia 2016With the Corolla at #2, Toyota is the first ever carmaker to manage an annual 1-2 in Australia.

Looking at sales in each State, only two lose volume compared to 2015. New South Wales/Sydney continues to dominate at 397.563 registrations and also lodges the largest year-on-year increase at +4.4%. It is followed by Victoria/Melbourne at 326.269 (+3.4%), Queensland/Brisbane at 233.026 (-1.1%), Western Australia/Perth at 100.234 (-5.6%), South Australia/Adelaide at 71.738 (+3.9%), Tasmania at 19.751 (+0.3%), Australian Capital Territory at 18.816 (+4.3%) and Northern Territory at 10.736 (+2%). With Ford ending local manufacturing in October this year and both Holden and Toyota set to do so in 2017, Australia has slipped below Germany to become only the #5 new vehicle source country. Japan leads with 325.689 units (-3%) ahead of Thailand at 285.465 (+14%), South Korea at 162.642 (+16%), Germany at 87.392 (-0.6%) with Australia lagging behind at 87.096 homemade sales, down 11% on 2015. This figure will be zero in 2018.

mazda-cx-9-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-caradvice-com-auMazda is up 3.7% to reach a record 10% market share in Australia. 

With sales up 3.1% to 209.610, Toyota marks 20 years in the Australian pole position, including the past 14 straight years. This is the fifth year in a row and the 12th time in the past 13 years that Toyota is above 200.000 annual Australian sales (record: 238,983 in 2008), with no other carmaker managing to break this milestone in the country. The Japanese carmaker is leader in every State and Territory. In 2nd place like last year – the brand’s highest ranking in the world, we find pure importer Mazda, up another 3.7% to reach record volumes (118.217) and market share at a round 10%. Mazda even outsold Toyota in SUV sales in September despite having only three models in its SUV lineup (CX-3, CX-5, CX-9) vs. more than double for Toyota.

Hyundai i30 Australia 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Hyundai i30 incredibly led the year-to-date charts halfway through 2016.

Hyundai drops 0.4% but is up one spot to jump onto the Australian annual podium for the first time since its introduction in the country in 1986, “posing little threat” according to the local specialised press. Behind these stable sales hides a historical year for Hyundai: the i30 was the best-selling nameplate in Australia overall for an incredible four consecutive months between March and June and even led the YTD ranking half-way through the year. However depleting stock of the current generation meant it had to recede to third place overall – still the nameplate’s best ever annual finish, above the Mazda3. Local brand Holden is kicked out of the annual podium for the first time ever in Australia, down 8.4% to 94.308 sales. Ford on the other hand has turned around its sinking fortunes in a spectacular manner, up 15.3% to 81.207 sales this year and bypassing Mitsubishi (+2.3%) to rank 5th.

Kia Sportage Australia 2016Kia surges 26.5% to break into the annual Australian Top 10 for the first time. 

Subaru continues to impress with a 7.8% gain to remain in 9th position, now threatening Volkswagen (-6.1%). But Kia is by far the most impressive performer in the Australian Top 20 this year: up 26.5% to break into the annual Top 10 for the very first time, stealing this honour from Mercedes (+13.3%), still the luxury king. BMW (+12%), Isuzu Ute (+11.4%), Land Rover (+14.4%), Volvo (+18.9%), Infiniti (+40.6%), LDV (+101%) and Jaguar (+132.8%) also impress.

Toyota Camry Australia 2016The Toyota Camry outsells the Holden Commodore to become #1 Aussie-made. 

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux surges 20% to snap the annual pole position off its stablemate the Toyota Corolla – leader for the past three consecutive years. This is a historical win for the Hilux, the first time it ends the year in pole position in Australia and the first time a commercial vehicle (more recreational in fact these days) takes the annual lead in the country. This victory comes as the Hilux is under intense pressure from the Ford Ranger, up an even more impressive 27% to nudge up one spot to a best-ever 4th place overall this year. Interestingly, 2016 isn’t the Hilux’s best year at 42.104 sales: it sold 42.956 units in 2008, the year it first hit #1 in the monthly sales charts – in April and October. Its 2016 wins rewards consistency as the Hilux only topped the monthly charts twice this year vs. 3 times for the Toyota Corolla and 4 times for the Hyundai i30, the other nameplates on the 2016 podium. The Hilux also ends up narrowly winning the 4×4 ute battle opposing it to the Ford Ranger at 31.076 sales vs. 30.880, whereas the Ranger was still in the lead at end-November.

mazda-cx-5-australia-2016-picture-courtesy-wheelsmag-com-auThe Mazda CX-5 is the #1 SUV in Australia for the 4th straight year. 

In 2016, Toyota places the Hilux and Corolla in the top two spots. Although this seems entirely logical given the brand’s domination over the Australian market, it is actually the first time in history that one brand delivers an annual 1-2. Market leader in 2011 and 2012, the Mazda3 plunges down four spots to a paltry 5th position. The Toyota Camry (-4%) becomes the best-selling Aussie-made nameplate for the very first time in history, dislodging the Holden Commodore (-7%) thanks to a fleet-filled December when it ranked #1 overall, just like a year ago. The Mazda CX-5 is the best-selling SUV in Australia for the fourth consecutive year, climbing up to a best-ever 8th place overall despite sales tilting down 2% to 24.564: incredibly, the CX-5 has led the SUV category each full year it has been in market here. This time it is followed by the Hyundai Tucson, up 4-fold on 2015 to end its first full year of sales at a stunning 10th position, already better than anything the Hyundai ix35 did before it (PB of 19.086 sales and #12 in 2013)…

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Previous month: Australia November 2016: Hilux vs. Ranger the new iconic battle

Previous year: Australia Full Year 2015: Mazda first full importer to #2 in record market and The best-sellers State by State

Two years ago: Australia 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot, and The best-sellers State by State

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India Full Year 2016: The year Renault cracked the Indian market

Renault Kwid India 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comOver 100.000 Renault Kwid found a new home in India in 2016.

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The Indian new car market sails through a new all-time record in 2016 with sales up a robust 7% year-on-year to 2.957.360 wholesale deliveries. This is despite a weakening of the market towards the end of the year on the back of the “demonetisation” process, with November sales up just 2% and December down 1%. Note these figures don’t include Light Commercial Vehicles. Market leader Maruti-Suzuki continues to launch new models tailored ever more precisely to the Indian consumers, and thus manages to outpace its home market to reach a record 47.2% market share, from 43.1% in 2013, 45.2% in 2014 and 46.5% in 2015. The advance of Maruti at home seems unstoppable: the carmaker even hit an all-time high 52.2% in November, and it has almost all segments in market cornered, sometimes with multiple offerings.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India 2016. Picture courtesy gaadi.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza ranks just outsie the Top 10 for its first annual appearance in India.

Maruti has the 4 best-selling nameplates in the country for the fifth year in a row: the Alto is #1 for the 12th straight year (no interruption since 2005) and despite deliveries in frank decline at -10%. The Maruti Wagon R once again beats its annual volume record thanks to sales up 3% on 2015, but the DZire (-14%) and Swift (-19%) are affected by the very successful launch of the Baleno through a network of new, more sophisticated dealerships called NEXA. Despite being only available in 150 POS, the Baleno sold 107.066 units for its first full year in market, landing at a stunning 7th place overall. It posted four 10.000+ sales months and peaked at 11.093 in November. A second launch in 18 months that hit the bullseye for Maruti: the Vitara Brezza appeared in March and has been the #1 SUV in the country without interruption since August, peaking at 10.056 units in October. Finally, the Ciaz (+17%) takes the lead of the compact sedan segment where Maruti had been absent until recently, overtaking the Honda City (-31%).

Hyundai Creta India 2016 picture-courtesy-autoblog-com-arHyundai sold half a million vehicles in India in 2016. 

As we predicted last year, Hyundai crosses a very symbolic milestone in India in 2016: half a million annual sales. That’s a 5% improvement on 2015, resulting in a slightly lower market share at 16.9%. The Grand i10 becomes the carmaker’s best-seller thanks to sales improving 10% and overtaking the Elite i20 (-6%). But what Hyundai should be most proud of for 2016 is the tremendous success of the Creta, ending ten consecutive years of the Mahindra Bolero reign as India’s best-selling SUV and breaking into the overall Top 10 for its first full year of sales with over 90.000 units finding a new home. Local carmaker Mahindra posts a solid score at +9%, remaining in third position in the brands ranking. It compensates the decline of the Bolero (-23%), Scorpio (-8%) and XUV500 (-24%) with a slew of newly launched SUVs: the KUV100 (#24) and TUV300 (#29) while the NuvoSport fails to make an impact (#67).

Ford Endeavour India 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe Endeavour helps lift Ford sales up 10% in India in 2016. 

Honda freefalls 23% in 4th place with only the Jazz (+25%) gaining significant ground, while Tata (+2%) has stabilised its dropping volumes of the past few years thanks to the Tiago landing at #23 and peaking at #13 in November. Toyota drops 4% to 4.5% share with only the new Innova Crysta (#13) making it into the Top 25. Even though it only improves by one spot on last year to #7, 2016 is the year Renault cracked the Indian market with over 130.000 deliveries (+148%). After a failed attempt with the Datsun GO, the Renault-Nissan group has hit gold with the Kwid, ranking at an incredible 8th position overall for its first full year of sales with over 100.000 units and 124.000 since launch, and able to claim some responsibility in the sharp decline of Maruti Alto sales this year. Renault is now trying to replicate the Kwid’s success in South Africa and Latin America with launches in Brazil and Argentina happening as we write these lines.

Datsun RediGo Renault Kwid India July 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiwaadi.comDatsun hasn’t been able to replicate the Kwid’s success with the RediGO. 

Ford (+10%) outpaces the market thanks to the Aspire and Endeavour, Volkswagen (+12%) does so thanks to the launch of the Ameo (#44) and Datsun breaks into the manufacturers Top 10 thanks to deliveries doubling on 2015 to 38.014. However, after a very satisfying launch (3.940 sales in July – a record for a Datsun in India), the new RediGO is fading fast, with just 1.548 in December. Chevrolet (-20%), Fiat (-24%) and Nissan (-32%) implode while luxury brands are hit full frontal by the demonetisation and all post forgettable scores: Audi (-9%), Mercedes (-12%) and BMW (-21%) are all down by significant margins.

Previous month: India November 2016: Maruti breaks market share record at 52.2%

Previous year: India Full Year 2015: Maruti tightens grip on record market

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Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian models in Top 7 for first time in 32 years

Lancia Ypsilon Italy February 2016Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup, the Ypsilon surprises and gains 18% in 2016.

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Originally slated for a 7% growth by UNRAE, 2016 ends on a much higher note, even replicating 2015’s growth rate at +16% to lodge a second consecutive year of double-digit gains at 1.824.968 registrations. This is the highest annual volume since 2010 (1.961.559) and marks an additional 465.000 annual sales in two years. As UNRAE notes, the great health of the Italian car market contrasts with many other durable goods segments, and that’s because it has been lifted by two significant measures throughout the course of the year. Over the first half, manufacturers competed with particularly aggressive commercial actions that led to a boost in private sales. In the second half of the year however, two tax reduction measures by the government, the Superammortamento and New Sabatini, favoured sales to businesses. As a result, looking at the Italian car market by channel in 2016, business sales are by far the most dynamic at +28% to 340.193 units for a 18.4% market share vs. 16.7% a year ago. Rental sales are up 17% (long term +18%, short term +14%) to 366.983 and 19.8% share vs. 19.7% in 2015. Finally private sales, although quite strong at +13% to 1.141.217, see their market share drop from 63.5% last year to 61.8% in 2016, their lowest ever level.

fiat-panda-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat Panda has now dominated the Italian sales charts for five consecutive years. 

The Top 7 best-selling brands remain unchanged on the 2015 oder, with both leaders Fiat (21.1% share) and Volkswagen (7.6%) gaining 17% year-on-year, a rate only slightly higher than the market. Ford (+14%) lags behind but remains in third place, resisting Renault up a very vigorous 25% to 118.283 sales and 6.5% share, and distancing Opel (+7%), Peugeot (+11%) and Toyota (+9%). Lancia (+17%) takes advantage of Nissan’s drop (-4%) to gain one spot to 38, Mercedes surges 20% to break into the Top 10 at #9, overtaking Audi (+17%) at the last minute to snap the luxury crown. BMW (+20%) also shines in the luxury aisle, while further down Skoda (+28%), Jeep (+35%), Mazda (+48%), Ferrari (+49%), Maserati (+51%), Ssangyong (+59%), Honda (+98%), Jaguar (+198%) and Infiniti (+393%) all deliver spectacular gains. Along with Nissan, Mahindra (-12%) and DS (-20%) are the only other Top 40 manufacturers to see their volumes drop year-on-year.

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In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda lodges a fifth consecutive annual win, evolving exactly like the market at +16% to 147.275 sales for an identical 8.1% market share. This is the Panda’s highest annual volume since 2009 (171.887). An indication of the implacable domination of the Panda, it outsells all carmakers bar Fiat, with Volkswagen coming the closest at 139.057. See our Photo Report on driving a Panda in Sardinia here. Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup and logically headed towards the annihilation of the brand (like before it Autobianchi), the Ypsilon has found its place within the Fiat offer as an equally posh but larger Fiat 500. It surprises in 2016 with sales up by a robust 18% to 65.655, comfortably ranking in 2nd position. It also has to thank the demise of the Fiat Punto: -22% to #7. The Fiat 500L (+6%) loses share but accesses the podium at #3, lifted by string sales to rental companies. It is followed by the Renault Clio, the best-selling foreign nameplate for the third year in a row and hitting its highest ever annual ranking in Italy at #4 (also reached in 1992).

fiat-500x-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat 500X brilliantly breaks into the annual Top 5 in 2016. 

The Fiat 500X jumps 42% to break into its home Top 5 with 46.233 sales, distancing the Fiat 500 up just 11% despite a facelift. This means there are five Fiats and six Italian models among the 2016 Top 7 best-sellers. This is the heaviest presence of homemade nameplates inside the Top 7 annual charts in 32 years (since 1984!). The Ford Fiesta (+8%), VW Polo (+19%) and VW Golf (+9%) round up the Top 10. Below the Peugeot 208 (+22%) and Jeep Renegade (+49%), the most popular newcomer in 2016 is the Fiat Tipo, resurrecting a nameplate originally launched in 1988. It lands at #14 for its first full year of sales but peaked at #3 in Augustthe first time the Tipo nameplate appeared on the Italian podium since 1991 and will be aiming at a Top 10 ranking in 2017, strong with sedan, hatch and station wagon, the latter topping its segment in both November and December. The Hyundai Tucson (#22), VW Tiguan (#31), Renault Kadjar (#32), Audi A4 (#35), Kia Rio (#42) and BMW X1 (#45) also improve spectacularly compared to 2015.

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Italy December 2016: Renault Clio stays on podium in market up 13%

Renault Clio Italy December 2016Another excellent month for the Renault Clio in Italy, the only foreigner in the Top 6. 

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The Italian market growth in December (+13%) is in line with the rest of the year (+16%) at 124.438 registrations. Market leader Fiat evolves like the market at +13% to 21.3% share, distancing Volkswagen at 8.1% (+23%), Renault at 6.6% (+5%), Ford at 5.9% (+11%) and Peugeot at 5.5% (+2%). Opel frankly outpaces the market at +20% in 6th place while Mercedes soars 40% to overtake Audi (+45%) year-to-date and snap the #1 luxury spot for 2016. Jeep (+22%), Alfa Romeo (+41%), Skoda (+69%), Smart (+47%), Volvo (+58%), Seat (+30%), Honda (+46%), Porsche (+32%), Jaguar (+167%), Maserati (+295%) and Infiniti (+550%) also make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Italy December 2016Italian VW Tiguan sales are up 4-fold in December compared to a year ago. 

The Fiat Panda (+16%) remains by far the most popular nameplate in the country ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (+3%) while the Renault Clio posts a second consecutive month on the podium at #3 thanks to deliveries soaring 20% on December 2015. The Fiat 500L (+5%), 500 (+27%) and 500X (-13%) follow, while the Tipo falls back down 4 spots on November to #8 and the Punto (+10%) makes it six Fiats inside the December Top 10. Notice also the Peugeot 208 (+26%), Jeep Renegade (+37%), VW Tiguan (+327%), Opel Mokka (+37%), Dacia Duster (+36%), Mercedes A-Class (+74%), Renault Mégane (+236%) and Peugeot 3008 (+267%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains.

Previous month: Italy November 2016: Fiat Tipo back up to 4th place

One year ago: Italy December 2015: Fiat 500X stays on podium, Tucson & Kadjar up

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Brazil Full Year 2016: Chevrolet takes control in market down 20%

chevrolet-onix-brazil-2016-picture-courtesy-carros-uol-com-brAstounding performance of the Chevrolet Onix up 22% in a market down 20%.

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The freefall continues for Brazilian new light vehicle sales: after losing 850.000 sales in 2015, the market drops another 500.000 in 2016 to fall below the 2 million annual unit-milestone at just 1.986.389. The last year with lower sales was a decade ago in 2006 (1.830.402). In 2015 Chevrolet snapped the models pole position for the first time in 30 years with the Onix. The Onix stays on top this year, but the American manufacturer also takes control of the brands sales charts thanks to sales down “just” 11% to 345.874, improving its market share by almost two percentage points to 17.4%. In contrast, Fiat falls 31% to 15.4% and Volkswagen tumbles 36% to 11.5%. Hyundai and Toyota also deliver outstanding results and both gain roughly two percentage points market share: the Korean carmaker going from 8.3% to 10% thanks to a decline limited to 3% and taking advantage of Volkswagen’s particularly debilitating weakness to break onto the podium from September to November, while Toyota actually improves 3% to jump from 7.1% to 9.1% share, snatching the annual 5th place out of Ford’s claws during the last days of the year. Nissan (-1%) improves its share while Jeep (+41%) and Volvo (+19%) are the only other carmakers to gain volume inside the Top 20.

Hyundai HB20 Brazil 2016The Hyundai HB20 gains 11% to end 2016 at a record 2nd place overall. 

In the models ranking, the two market leaders both pull absolutely stunning performances in a decaying market, helped by facelifts early in the year. The Chevrolet Onix cements its market domination with a 22% surge leading to a 7.7% market share (vs. 5.1% in 2015) and the Hyundai HB20 confirms the Korean manufacturer is now in the big league in Brazil with a 10% improvement lifting its share to 6.1% vs. 4.5% and #3 last year. The Ford Ka (-15%), Chevrolet Prisma (-6%) and Toyota Corolla (-4%) all lose volume but less so than the market, resulting in improved shares and rankings across the board. Once dominant, the Fiat Palio (-48%), Strada (-40%) and VW Gol (-31%) continue to fall off the radar ad devastating speed.

Fiat Toro Brazil 2016Successful launch for the Fiat Toro, peaking at #8 overall in October.

The shift toward SUVs is also visible in Brazil, with the Honda HR-V gaining a further 9% and 6 spots on 2015 to brilliantly break into the annual Top 10 with 2.8% share, with the Jeep Renegade following closely behind at +32% and 9 ranks to #11. Although it lost the brands leadership to Chevrolet this year, Fiat has launched two all-new nameplates with success in 2016: the Toro pickup shoots up to #14 overall above 40.000 sales and outsold the Strada to become the #1 commercial vehicle in the country both in October and December. The Mobi for its part is trying to replicate the success of the Up but ends up messing up Fiat’s lineup as that latter car did with the Volkswagen range, it lands at #22 with just under 30.000 units this year. Among recent launches and facelifts, notice also the Renault Oroch at #39, the Nissan Kicks at #47, Citroen Aircross at #58 and Jeep Compass at #60.

Previous month: Brazil November 2016: Onix, HB20 shine, Jeep Compass lands

Previous year: Brazil Full Year 2015: Onix first Chevrolet best-seller in 30 years

Two years ago: Brazil Full Year 2014: Fiat Palio ends 19 years of VW Gol reign

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South Korea Full Year 2016: Hyundai Porter first LCV to #1

hyundai-porter-south-korea-2016Hyundai Porter 

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Sales data for local brands and models is now available for South Korea over the Full Year 2016, foreign brands data will be updated later in the month when it becomes available. Sales of local models are up by a very shy 0.5% year-on-year in 2016 to 1.587.597. Market leader Hyundai is struggling with deliveries down 11% while sister-brand Kia (+1%), Ssangyong (+4%) and GM Korea (+14%) resist better. Hyundai’s new luxury brand makes its appearance in the ranking at an honest 23.328 sales. But the big news this year in South Korea is the resurrection of Renault Samsung, surging 34% to 111.101 sales and 7% share, thanks to the launch of two new models known in other parts of the world as Renaults. The Samsung SM6 (aka Renault Talisman) launched in January, peaked at #6 and lands directly in 10th place, while the QM6 (aka Renault Koleos) launched in September, peaked at #12 and lands at #27.

Renault Samsung SM6 South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy motorgraph.comRenault Samsung SM6 renault-samsung-qm6-south-korea-october-2016Renault Samsung QM6

It’s a first in the models ranking: for the first time in at least 20 years (since BSCB started following the South Korean market in 1997), a commercial vehicle is the best-seller: the Hyundai Porter, losing less ground (-3%) than the two nameplates that outsold it in 2015: the Hyundai Sonata (-24%) and Avante (-7%). Either the Sonata or the Avante had dominated the South Korean sales charts since 2005. The Porter has however not ranked #1 since July (5 wins this year), with the Avante topping the monthly chart four times, the Hyundai Santa Fe once (September) as well as the Kia Morning (November) and Hyundai Grandeur, shooting up to 17.247 sales thanks to the new generation in December – by far the highest monthly result of any nameplate this year.


Chevrolet Spark South Korea 2016. Picture courtesy carlab.co.krThe Chevrolet Spark is up 32% to break into the South Korean Top 5. 

The Kia Sorento is one of the success stories of the year with sales up 4% to land in 4thplace, as well as the facelifted Chevrolet Spark up 32% and 5 ranks to #5 (overtaking the Kia Morning), The Ssangyong Tivoli is up 26% to #11 and in May became the first Ssangyong to rank inside its home Top 10 in 12 years, since the Rexton and Musso SUT in 2004. Notice also the Kia K7 up 169% to #14, the Chevrolet Malibu up 125% to #20 and the Chevrolet Impala up 64% to #31. Two alternatively fuelled local vehicles also made their entrances in the South Korean sales charts: the Kia Niro at #24 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #32.

Previous month: South Korea November 2016: New Hyundai Grandeur shoots up to #3

Previous year: South Korea Full Year 2015: Hyundai Sonata #1, Ssangyong Tivoli shines

Two years ago: South Korea Full Year 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

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Poland Full Year 2016: Opel Astra catches up with Skoda Octavia, Fabia

Opel Astra Poland 2016The Opel Astra ranked #1 in Poland in December. 

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Excellent year for new light vehicle sales in Poland: up 17% on 2015 to 475.738 units including LCVs. Traditionally very stable, the Polish brands ranking makes no exception in 2016 with the Top 8 best-seller in the exact same order as last year. Skoda (11.3% share) and Volkswagen (10%) both gain slightly more ground than the market at +18%, increasing the gap with their followers Toyota (+14%), Opel (+17%) and Ford (+15%). Renault (+22%), Dacia (+29%), Mercedes (+31%), BMW (+31%) and Mazda (+20%) also beat the market inside the Top 15.

Skoda Octavia Poland 2016The Skoda Octavia ends the year in pole position for the 7th time in Poland.

The Skoda Octavia remains the best-selling nameplate in the country thanks to sales up 19% to 16.967, reaching #1 for the third year in a row and the 7th time overall, a reign it started in 2009, only interrupted in 2013 by the Skoda Fabia. Speaking of which, the Fabia gains 25% to get closer to pole position at 15.483 but the most impressive growth in the Top 10 is delivered by the Opel Astra up 39% to overtake the VW Golf and land on the podium at 14.819 sales. It even ranked #1 in December. The VW Passat is up two spots to #8, the Dacia Duster up 4 and 32% to slide into the Top 10 at #10, the Nissan Qashqai up 21%, Renault Master up 20% and Hyundai Tucson up 220% to end its first full year in market at #15.

Fiat Tipo Poland 2016. Picture courtesy auto.czThe Fiat Tipo is the most popular all-new model in 2016. 

Other great gainers in 2016 in Poland include the Skoda Superb (+56%), Iveco Daily (+57%), Renault Megane (+29%), VW Tiguan (+53%), Mercedes Sprinter (+53%), Dacia Sandero (+46%), Renault Captur (+39%) and VW Golf Sportsvan (+53%) while the Fiat Tipo is the most popular all-new nameplate in the country, landing directly at #47 and peaking at #19 in November.

Previous month: Poland November 2016: Fiat Tipo, Renault Mégane and Talisman shine

Previous year: Poland Full Year 2015: Skoda Fabia catches up on Octavia

Two years ago: Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

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