China LCV April 2016: Mini Trucks surge 39%, Pickups back in positive

Dongfeng K-Series Mini Truck China April 2016. Picture courtesy 360che.comThe Dongfeng K-Series Mini Truck breaks into the Top 10 in April

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As part of a partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars, today we share with you detailed data for the light commercials market in China with complete Minivan, Pickup and Mini Truck data by model as well as selected light truck/bus data provided by LMC Automotive. Light commercials as a whole are down just 6% in April at 325.126 units compared to -10% year-to-date to 1.175.842 according to LMC. In the detail, minivans are once again in freefall at -19% to 62.146 and -30% to 233.377 so far this year and mini trucks are absorbing these lapsed buyers as it has been the case for over a year now with sales up 39% to 49.152, an even higher increase rate than year-to-date at +23% to 169.024. Finally, pickup trucks confirm their resurgence by posting their first year-on-year gains in over two years at +0.7% to 30.989 vs. -6% and 113.141 year-to-date, the result of a much anticipated change in legislation allowing pickup trucks in the large cities of four provinces for the first time in 12 years (see our February China LCV report for more detail).

Chana F30 Pickup China April 2016Chana Shenqi F30 Pickup

The Foton Light Truck remains in the lead with 25.028 sales while the cheapest Wuling minivans are brought back to life by reduced prices: the Sunshine is up 11% to #2 and the Rongguang is up 10% to #5. On the other hand the more recent Hongguang V is down 17% to #4. With the Mini Truck up 25% to #3, Wuling places its four nameplates inside the Top 5. The Chana Star Mini Truck is up a flamboyant 52% to #8 and the Dongfeng K-Series Mini Truck breaks into the Top 10 at #9, confirming mini trucks are the new default LCV in China, contrasting with the Chana Star Minibus imploding 78% to #18. Notice also the Great Wall Wingle 6 up 51% to #21 and the Chana Shenqi F-Series Pickup appearing at #30.

Previous month: China LCV March 2016: Mini Trucks shoot up 31% led by Wuling

One year ago: China LCV April 2015: Wuling Hongguang V takes control

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Europe April 2016: Volkswagen (+2%) lags in market up 9%

Audi A4 Europe April 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Audi A4 (+61%) is back inside the European Top 20 thanks to the new model. 

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The European new car market – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up a very dynamic 8.9% year-on-year in April to 1.319.285 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8.3% to 5.254.920 units, 403.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. Only one market is down, Switzerland (-2%), with Cyprus (+55%), Serbia (+36%), Croatia (+27%), Greece (+25%), Poland (+21%) and Spain (+21%) the most dynamic, showing a bias towards Southern Europe. The recovery is well and truly entrenched in Europe after years of stagnation and the March Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) comes in at 15.38 million units vs. 14.2 million over the Full Year 2015.

Mercedes GLC Europe April 2016The GLC helps Mercedes overtake BMW year-to-date across Europe. 

Volkswagen though, with an emission scandal still far from being resolved, lags behind the market once again with a meagre 2.4% increase this month to 158.574 sales. Only Ford (+1.5%) grows slower in the Top 10. Renault (+8.7%) leaps to 2nd place and Audi (+9.6%) is back to the #1 luxury brand spot it holds year-to-date but below, Mercedes (+23.4%) overtakes BMW (+11.3%) in the year-to-date charts to rank 7th overall thanks to a very promising start from its new SUV lineup, notably the GLC. Fiat (+14.2%) is the last Top 10 brand to post double-digit gains.

Vauxhall Astra Europe April 2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 25% to #8 overall. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf is sovereign, posting a 73rd consecutive month atop the European sales charts (the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was over 6 years ago in March 2010), followed by five superminis: the Renault Clio is #2 despite sales down 7%, the VW Polo is up 10% to #3 and now #2 year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 gains a splendid 17% thanks to its refresh at #4, while the Ford Fiesta (-16%) and Opel Corsa (-9%) disappoint gain. The Skoda Octavia shoots back up from #13 in March to #7 with sales up 11%, the Opel Astra is up 25% to #8 thanks to the new generation and the VW Passat is back inside the Top 10 at #9, up 7 ranks on last month.

Renault Kadjar Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is hurting its cousin the Nissan Qashqai in Europe.

Outside the Top 10, despite launching three years ago the Renault Captur is up another fantastic 17% to 18.844 sales, taking the lead of the SUV category off the Nissan Qashqai, down 5% to #14 and hurt by the tremendous success of its more recent cousin the Renault Kadjar, accounting for almost 1% of the overall European market. In the same category, the Hyundai Tucson has also hit the bullseye of European consumers’ tastes, ranking at #23. In fact, the SUV segment is now the most popular in Europe with 24% share vs. 22% a year ago, above superminis (21% vs. 23%) and compact cars (20% vs. 21%). The Fiat Panda (+14%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Skoda Fabia (+11%) also shine while the Audi A4 (+61%) reappears inside the Top 20 thanks to the new generation.

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Previous month: Europe March 2016: Opel Astra and Fiat 500 shine in Top 10

One year ago: Europe April 2015: VW Passat leaps up to 7th place

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Turkey April 2016: Fiat Egea teases Renault Fluence for pole position

Fiat Egea Turkey April 2016The Fiat Egea ranks #2 overall in Turkey in April. 

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If the Turkish new light vehicle market drops 7% year-on-year in April, it nevertheless remains at historically high levels at 84.887 units and 253.373 (-4%) year-to-date. After tying for pole position last month, Renault takes the advantage over Volkswagen thanks to sales up a brilliant 13% on April 2015 to 12.075 and 14.2% share while the German manufacturer is down a harsh 20% to 10.486 and 12.4% for the month. Year-to-date, Renault is now only trailing VW by a mere 411 sales at 34.049 (+13%) vs. 34.460 (-17%). Fiat for its part is down 10% both in April (9.521) and year-to-date (27.266) but remains above Ford (-16%). Opel’s stable sales are rewarded with a 5th place overall vs. #6 year-to-date and #7 in 2015. Notice Dacia up 16%, Nissan up 22%, Skoda up 13% and Seat up 15% inside the Top 20 while further down Land Rover (+98%), Mazda (+80%), Suzuki (+439%) and Jaguar (+343%) impress.

Renault Fluence Turkey April 2016The Renault Fluence is the best-selling model in Turkey so far in 2016. 

Model-wise, the Renault Fluence manages to hold onto the top spot with a fantastic 4.180 sales, adding up to 11.673 year-to-date, light-years above its direct follower the Ford Courier at 9.403. Launched late last year and manufactured locally, the Fiat Egea’s mission is to replicate the outstanding success of the Fiat Linea in Turkey. So far, so good: in April the Egea climbs to 2nd place overall – its best ranking yet – beating its volume and market share records at 3.464 and 4.1%, including 21 hatchbacks. The Egea is now only two units the #2 YTD spot, a ranking it should hit next month. Boosted by the new model, the Opel Astra is up to #8 while further down the Dacia Sandero is up 10 spots on March to #17.

Previous month: Turkey March 2016: Renault Fluence and Symbol on podium

One year ago: Turkey April 2015: Local fares Fiat Linea and Renault Clio dominate

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Switzerland April 2016: Skoda Octavia dominant, BMW X1 in Top 10

BMW X1 Switzerland April 2016The BMW X1 ranks 8th overall in Switzerland in April. 

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The Swiss new car market is stuck in negative territory in April at -1% year-on-year to 28.698 registrations, leading to a year-to-date total down 0.6% to 100.655 units. Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands charts despite sales down a harsh 11% to 3.348 and 11.7% share, distancing BMW at 8.2% (+2%), Mercedes up a flamboyant 49% to 2.263 and 7.9% but losing the #2 YTD ranking to BMW, Skoda up 15% to 2.012 and Audi down 10% to 1.737. Further down, notice Renault up 10%, Mazda up 30%, Seat up 9%, Subaru up 36%, Honda up 100% and Jaguar up 85%. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia manages to hold the VW Golf at bay both in April (1.252 vs. 1.172) and year-to-date (3.960 vs. 3.774), the BMW 2 Series is up 28% to #6, the Mercedes C-Class up 89% to #7, BMW X1 up 107% to #8 and Seat Alhambra up 133% to #11. Further down, notice the Subaru Levorg up 29 ranks on March to #34, the Mercedes SLC landing at #139, the Jaguar F-Pace at #180 and the Suzuki Baleno at #224.

Previous month: Switzerland March 2016: VW Group monopolises Top 7

One year ago: Switzerland April 2015: VW Golf reclaims top spot for… one unit

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Australia April 2016: Hyundai i30 #1 again, Ford > Holden for 1st time in 17 years

Hyundai i30 Australia April 2016. Picture courtesy of Hyundai i30 is the best-selling model in Australia for the 2nd straight month.

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The Australian new car market continues to evolve at record levels in April with sales up 7% year-on-year to 87.571 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 4% to a record-breaking 372.899 deliveries in four months. The dynamism is widespread as every state and territory is up except Western Australia (-0.1%) but it is also artificial as this month’s year-on-year gains are solely do to business fleets up 20% to 34.833 whereas private sales are actually down 0.6% to 42.967. The SUV segment continues to grow but is slowing down at +7% to 36.3% market share with passenger cars also up for once at +5% to 41.9% share and light commercials (pickups and vans) are up 14% to 20% share with 4×4 utes (Australian slang for pickup trucks) up 12%. Imports are coming from Japan (23.232 units, down 5%), Thailand (20.073, up 20%), South Korea (13.079, up 29%), Germany (7.350, up 7%), the U.S. (4.355, up 3%) and England (2.416, up 23%) while Australian-made cars – a disappearing act – are down 4% to 6.150 sales or just 7% market share.

A few very momentous events occurred in Australia this month that are indicating 2016 could be another year of significant changes in both the brands and models rankings…

Hyundai Elantra Australia April 2016. Picture courtesy a new Elantra and the next i30 coming soon, can Hyundai tease Toyota for #1?

1.  Hyundai is the best-selling passenger car brand for the first time in history

If Toyota leads the brands ranking as usual with sales up a market-beating 8% to 16.567 and 18.9% market share, Hyundai comes in at a stunning 2nd place with deliveries up 20% to 8.643 and 9.9% share, overtaking Mazda up 5% to 8.461 and 9.7%. But if we look at passenger cars specifically (excluding SUV and commercials), Hyundai is the most popular brand in Australia for the first time in its 30 year-history in the country, outselling perennial market leader Toyota. Hyundai sold 6.324 passing cars in April vs. 6.035 for Toyota, 4.062 for Mazda and 3.514 for Holden. Volkswagen (3.068), Ford (2.045), Kia (2.011), Mercedes-Benz (1.850), BMW (1.298) and Audi (1.131) follow. The main reason behind this exploit is the continuing strength of the Hyundai i30, boosted by $19,990 with free auto drive-away offer to clear out the current generation of the model. As a result the i30 is up 80% year-on-year in April to 4.143 sales and up 47% year-to-date to 12.654, now only 79 units off the Mazda3 and, incredibly, 229 sales off the overall pole position for 2016 so far… This is the 4th time in the past 12 months the i30 is the best-selling car in Australia whereas it had never happened before. The Accent, up 178% to #10, add up to a very impressive performance by the Korean manufacturer in April.

Ford Mustang Australia February 2016. Picture courtesy Mustang and Ranger help Ford outsell Holden for the first time in over 17 years. 

2. Ford outsells Holden for the first time since 1999

Just as its local manufacturing operations are about to fold, Ford manages to soar by 33% year-on-year this month to 4th position overall with 6.842 sales, outselling its archenemy Holden at 6.710 (-5%). This order had not occurred in over 17 years – since January 1999 exactly when Ford sold 8.591 units vs. 8.335 for Holden. Then, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore were by very far the country’s best-sellers. How times have changed… Holden still leads year-to-date with 29.299 sales (-8%) vs. 25.484 (+18%). Ford’s score has almost everything to do with the tremendous success of the Ranger which accounts for a massive 45% of its sales (more on this below). But the brand’s second best-seller is a surprise: the Mustang at 690 units, meaning it shoots up well inside the Top 50 to a record #35! The demand for the sexy american muscle car is off the charts in Australia, inducing a waiting list going all the way to the 2nd half of 2017.

Toyota Hilux Australia April 2016The Toyota Hilux is now #1 year-to-date in Australia.

4. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate so far in 2016

Thanks to 3.384 units in April (+21%), the Toyota Hilux reaches 12.883 sales year-to-date (+14%), edging past both the Toyota Corolla (12.784) and Mazda3 (12.733) to snap the year-to-date pole position. It is not the first time this happens but if the Hilux ends 2016 in the lead it would be its very first annual victory. This performance is achieved just as the Hilux is under intense pressure from the Ford Ranger, itself accessing the podium for the very first time in the nameplate’s history at #3 with 2.973 sales (+35%), even outselling the Hilux in the more profitable 4×4 category at 2.543 vs. 2.452.

Mazda CX-3 Australia April 2015. Picture courtesy CX-3 is now one of Australia’s 10 best-sellers

5. The Mazda CX-3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time

Illustrating the fast shift from passenger cars towards crossovers and SUVs we are witnessing in Australia (and the world), in April the sub-compact Mazda CX-3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time, ranking 9th with 1.604 sales, up 15% year-on-year and only a little more than a year after its launch in the country. The CX-3 places 2nd best-selling SUV in Australia this month below the… Mazda CX-5 at 1.675 sales, and is to blame for the weaker Mazda3 sales this year (-5%). The Hyundai Tucson, another recently launched SUV, continues to impress at #15.

Mercedes GLC Australia April 2016The Mercedes GLC is about to enter the overall Australian Top 50.

6. Australians can’t get enough premium cars

Seven of the ten Top 30 brands delivering double-digit year-on-year gains in April are luxury brands: Mercedes is up 24% to leap to a fantastic 9th place overall and 3.8% market share, beating Subaru thanks to its very successful new SUV lineup including the GLC now #54. BMW is up 58% to jump to #12, Land Rover is up 22% to #19, Lexus up 24% to #20, Volvo up 57% to #21 and Jaguar up 186% to #27. The other two double-digit performers being Chinese LDV (+224%) at a still discreet 110 sales and Kia up a stunning 31% to #11 and 3.025 sales. On the other hand, Jeep continues its freefall at -49%. Recently arrived on Australian shores, U.S. pickup manufacturer Ram sells 29 units, adding up to 83 since launch, and the Citroen C4 Cactus makes its first appearance at #215.

Previous month: Australia March 2016: Third win in 10 months for the Hyundai i30

One year ago: Australia April 2015: Mazda CX-3 only 10 units off Top 10

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South Africa April 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

Ford Ranger Toyota Hilux South Africa April 2016. Picture courtesy Toyota Hilux is back ahead in the race to #1 in South Africa.

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The South African new vehicle market is down 9% year-on-year in April to 40.390 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 10% to 184.627. Passenger cars freefall down 13% to 26.077 units whereas light commercials (mainly pickups) are stable at 12.192. In contrast exports are up a whopping 39% to 32.856. Toyota consolidates its position as the most popular manufacturer in the country thanks to sales up a brilliant 11% year-on-year to 8.791 units and 21.8% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group at 15.5% (-13%) and Ford at 13.6% (-16%). General Motors (-24%), Nissan (-30%) and BMW (-23%) suffer whereas Renault (+32%) and Mazda (+96%) post spectacular gains.

Opel Astra South Africa April 2016The new generation pushes the Opel Astra into the Top 50. 

In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux posts a fantastic 53% year-on-year improvement to 3.221 sales and 8% share vs. 2.413 and 6% (-22%) for its archenemy the Ford Ranger. That’s enough for the Hilux to reclaims the year-to-date lead at 11.526 units (+1%) vs. 10.535 for the Ranger (-10%). The VW Polo Vivo is in great shape at +12% in third place, distancing the VW Polo (-22%) and a Toyota Quantum in euphoric spirits (+149%). Further down, the Ford Ecosport (+13%) gains two spots to #8, the Toyota Fortuner (+73%) comes back to life with the new model at #10, the Mazda CX-3 is up 27 ranks on March to a best-ever #36 and the Opel Astra up 5-fold on April 2015 with the new generation to break into the Top 50 at #47. Finally, the Renault Kadjar lands directly at #65 with 138 units sold for its first appearance in the South African ranking.

Previous month: South Africa March 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot

One year ago: South Africa April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

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Tahiti (France) Full Year 2015: Ranger and Duster resist Hilux push (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Ranger Tahiti 2015The Ford Ranger is the best-seller in Tahiti for the 2nd consecutive year. 

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Tahiti is the largest island in and often synonymous with French Polynesia, a French overseas collectivity located in the South Pacific Ocean 4.400 km / 2.734 miles south of Hawaii and 5,700 km / 3,542 miles east of Australia. French Polynesia as a whole is composed of 118 islands and atolls stretching over more than 2.000 km / 1.200 miles. See the location of Tahiti on the map below. Tahiti was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti until its annexation by France in 1880, although it was not until 1946 that indigenous Tahitians were legally authorised to be French citizens.

Bora BoraBora Bora, Tahiti

The Tahitian new car market is down 7% year-on-year in 2015 to 4.314 registrations and is relatively similar to another South Pacific overseas French collectivity: New Caledonia. However here French carmakers have reclaimed a tight grip with Renault leading the way with 10.2% share thanks to sales up 8% ahead of Peugeot at 9.3% (-4%) and Dacia at 9.2% (-3%). Leader in 2015. Ford drops 30% to 4th place, threatened by Toyota that sold just 2 units less.

tahitioceaniaTahiti location (picture courtesy

In the models ranking, despite sales down 14% on 2014, the Ford Ranger manages to hold onto the title of best-selling vehicle in Tahiti for 2015, distancing the Dacia Duster (-11%) and Toyota Hilux (+8%) with the Hyundai Tucson (-12%) rounding up the Top 4.

Previous year: Tahiti Full Year 2014: Ranger and Duster edge past Hilux

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Papua New Guinea Full Year 2015: Land Cruiser 70 sovereign (Exclusive)

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Papua New Guinea 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is the best-selling vehicle in PNG. 

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Papua New Guinea 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. It is home to 7.1 million inhabitants, most of them living in customary communities which are as diverse as the 848 languages listed for the country. Papua New Guinea 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.

However, due to its larger population, Papua New Guinea is one of the four biggest Oceanic new car markets with 8.055 new registrations in 2015 (-3%), most of it confined to the capital Port Moresby as well as mining areas. As it is the case in almost every single nation in Oceania (bar American Samoa), Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in Papua New Guinea with a whopping 54.9% market share and follows the market with sales down 3% year-on-year, distancing Isuzu up 9% (14.4%) and Nissan down 12% (7.2%). Kia (2.6%) makes its entrance inside the Top 10 brands for 2015. Utilitarian models dominate the sales charts, with the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 obliterating the competition with a 28.8% market share, particularly popular in in its Troop Carrier 10-seater and Single Cab pickup truck configurations. The Toyota Hiace (8.7%), Coaster (7.4%) and Hilux (7%) also shine.

Previous year: Papua New Guinea Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 reigns

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Fiji Full Year 2015: Toyota improves to 29.3%, Hilux #1 (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Fiji 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota Hilux leads the Fijian sales charts in 2015. 

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Fiji is an Pacific island nation composed of 332 islands and more than 500 islets located about 2.000 km (1.300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Almost 90% of the 860.000 inhabitants live in the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources, and this translates into a more new car market with 18 manufacturers sharing official sales figures.

Fiji locationFiji location

Regisrations are down 12% year-on-year in 2015 to 2.675 units and are once again dominated by Toyota improving its market share to 29.3% thanks to deliveries down just 1%. Hyundai (-9%) follows like in 2014 but Isuzu climbs 4 spots and 30% to land on the third step of the podium. Kia, Mitsubishi and Ford follow while in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux dominates with 10.8% share, following the market with sales down 13%.

Previous year: Fiji Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra most popular

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American Samoa Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma up 48% (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Tacoma American Samoa 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota Tacoma could lead the models charts in American Samoa in 2015. 

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Not to be confused with Samoa, covered in a separate update, American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific and forming the eastern part of the Samoan Islands chain – see exact location on maps below. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls with a total population of 57.345 as of 2015. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the U.S. and one of two U.S. territories (with Jarvis Island) south of the Equator.

American Samoa locationAmerican Samoa location – picture courtesy Wikipedia

Samoa_islands Samoa Islands

Being integrated to the U.S., the American Samoan new car landscape differs drastically from that of the rest of Oceanian nations, themselves dominated by Thailand-made pickups such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger and minivans like the Toyota Hiace. Instead, in American Samoa the Toyota Tacoma and Ford F-Series should lead the ranking. The local market is up 9% in 2015 to 369 registrations, led by Ford at 38.2% share (+7%) but Toyota is catching up fast at 36.6% (+21%). Helping the Japanese manufacturer this year is the Tacoma mid-size pickup up a fantastic 48% year-on-year to 86 deliveries. This should be enough to outsell the Ford F-Series and take the lead.

Previous year: American Samoa Full Year 2014: F-Series and Tacoma on top

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