Argentina October 2015: Toyota Etios up to 4th place in market up 21%

Toyota Etios Argentina October 2015Toyota Etios

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The Argentinean new car market seems to have finally bottomed out: after gaining 11% in September it is up a by a beautiful 21% year-on-year in October to 57.817 units. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the country but improves at a slower rate than the market at +10% to 19,7% share, distancing Ford (+30%) while Renault more than doubles its sales year-ony-year to 7.680 units and 13.3% share. Chevrolet (+44%), Fiat (+61%) and Toyota (+6%) follow. Notice also Audi up 172% yet Honda down 51% and Hyundai down 59%. Model-wise, after two months of Chevrolet Classic reign, the VW Gol Trend reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 3.075 sales and 5.3% share with the Toyota Hilux stepping up to 2nd place and 4.4% of the market despite sales down 4%. The Toyota Etios is up 42% to hit its best Argentinean ranking since March 2014 at #4, the Fiat Palio is up 68%, the Ford Ecosport up 49% and the Ford Focus up 43%. The VW Amarok maintains itself inside the Top 10 at #9, the Renault Kangoo is up 60% and the Fiat Siena up 53%.

Previous month: Argentina September 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1 again

One year ago: Argentina October 2014: Toyota Hilux new leader

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Uzbekistan 2015: Change of guard from UZ-Daewoo Nexia to Gentra?

UZ-Daewoo Gentra Uzbekistan September 2015The UZ-Daewoo Gentra is the best-selling vehicle in Uzbekistan over H2 2015 so far.

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Sales data of models produced locally show the UZ-Daewoo Nexia in the lead at home in Uzbekistan with 37.341 deliveries ex-factory over the first nine months of 2015, as it has been the case since 2008. Yes you have read well, a joint venture between the Uzbek government and GM-Daewoo set in place back in 1996 has kept the Daewoo brand alive – or UZ-Daewoo to be more precise (click here for more info).

Uz-Daewoo Nexia Uzbekistan 2015

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However the 8-year reign of the Nexia in its new home could well soon come to an end. If a victory in 2015 is certain, 2016 seems a lot less guaranteed, as a change of guard may be occurring before our eyes. Over the July-September period, the UZ-Daewoo Gentra – a rebadged Chevrolet Optra – is in the lead with over 11.500 sales, followed by the Nexia at 9.200, the Chevrolet Cobalt at 6.300 and the Daewoo Damas at 6.100. The Gentra cements its leadership in September with 4.359 sales vs. just 3.100 for the Nexia with the Chevy Cobalt coming in third place at 2.252 units.

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Kazakhstan October 2015: GAZ Gazelle and Renault Duster on top

Renault Duster Kazakhstan October 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruRenault Duster – Russian model pictured. Picture zr.ru

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The Kazakh new car market is falling into a bottomless pit, down an abysmal 49% year-on-year in October to 7.545 registrations which pulls the year-to-date total down 37% to 84.689 units. Lada is once again in great difficulty at just 16.9% market share vs. 27.9% a year ago, while on the opposite Renault improves vastly from #9 and 3.9% in October 2014 to #2 and 12.9% this month. Similarly, Chevrolet goes from #6 and 6.2% a year ago to #3 and 9.2% this month and Volkswagen jumps from #12 and 2.7% to #6 and 7.4%. UZ-Daewoo (8.8%) follows while Hyundai (7.6%), Kia (7.2%) and Toyota (4.7%) all lose significant market share.

Lada Priora Kazakhstan October 2015. Picture courtesy of vse.kzThe Priora is the only Lada inside the Kazkah Top 10 in October.

The GAZ Gazelle and Renault Duster are a tie for the title of best-selling nameplate in Kazakhstan in October with 478 sales and 6.3% share each, distancing the VW Polo very strong at 5.9% share vs. 3.5% year-to-date. The Lada Priora and Hyundai Accent are knocked down to #4 and #5 respectively, with the Accent now just 44 units below the Lada Granta in the 2015 rankings. A Korean pole position in the Kazakh model sales charts seems like a done – and historical – deal. The UZ-Daewoo Nexia (#6) and Gentra (#7) leap into the Top 10 as do the Renault Logan (#9) and Sandero (#10), while all Ladas except the Priora are kept outside the Top 10.

Previous month: Kazakhstan September 2015: GAZ Gazelle triumphs

One year ago: Kazakhstan October 2014: Grey Russian imports trigger 13% loss

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Thailand September 2015: Toyota Fortuner in unchartered territory

Toyota Fortuner Thailand October 2015The Toyota Fortuner commands a record 7.4% of the Thai market in October.

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The crisis is not over for the Thai new car market: if October sales are almost identical to September at 61.869 units, they are another 10.5% below October 2014 (69.137), pulling the year-to-date total down 23% to 553.832 units. This means the Thai market has exactly halved in the space of two years: the 9 months 2013 total added up to 1.118.225 deliveries. Toyota increases its margin over Isuzu in the brands ranking thanks to sales down just 6% to 22.515 for a 36.4% market share vs. 34.2% year-to-date while Isuzu is down 12% to 10.642 and 17.2% vs. 18.4% so far in 2015. Mazda (#4) and Ford (#7) go against the grain with sales actually up 14% year-on-year this month, and they are not alone: Chevrolet is up 8%, Suzuki up 4% and BMW up 8%. As for Chinese manufacturer MG, it celebrates its first year in the Thai market by pushing its hatchback the MG3 inside the Top 30 best-selling nameplates for the first time at #27 with 457 units sold.

Mazda2 Thailand October 2015Thanks to the sedan variant, the Mazda2 reaches a new record in Thailand.

The Toyota Hilux maintains the lead in the models ranking but despite the new generation now in full gear the Isuzu D-Max is breathing hard on its neck this month at 8.697 sales vs. 9.024. The event of the month is the exceptional market share (7.4%) reached by the newly relaunched Toyota Fortuner in third position. Could an SUV finally threaten the pickup monopoly over the Top 2 ranks in Thailand? I doubt it. The Honda HR-V is back up one spot to a splendid 6th position, the Mazda2 can’t stop improving thanks to the sedan variant now available alongside the hatch: it hits a record 2.050 sales and 3.3% share at #8. Finally, the Ford Everest confirms it is a force to be reckoned with, gaining a further 3 spots on September to #15.

Ford Everest Thailand October 2015Ford Everest

Previous month: Thailand September 2015: Toyota Fortuner on podium, Ford Everest in Top 20

One year ago: Thailand October 2014: Toyota Vios, Nissan Navara up

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Uruguay October 2015: Suzuki up 70% in market down 8

Suzuki Celerio Uruguay September 2015The Celerio continues to help Suzuki to the top of the Uruguayan market.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 8% year-on-year in October to 3.917 units, however this month the fall is accentuaed by the fact Chery did not communicate its sales figures for October. With Chery, the market should fall by just 5%. Year-to-date the picture is similar with sales down 7% to 40.292 units. Suzuki (+70%) and Volkswagen (+52%) defy the odds with spectacular year-on-year gains in a lukewarm market. Fiat is also up this month (+13%) but falls hard year-to-date (-24%), while Chevrolet and Nissan implode, both down 37%.

Previous month: Uruguay September 2015: Suzuki, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

One year ago: Uruguay October 2014: Chevrolet and Fiat back on top

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Mexico October 2015: Chevrolet Aveo back to #1, or is it?

Nissan NP300 Mexico October 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxNissan NP300 Pickup. Picture autocosmos.com.mx

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Mexico is on track to deliver an incredible feat this year: hitting an all-time record volume each and every month. October indeed marks the 10th consecutive all-time record at 119.867 registrations, up a flamboyant 19% on the previous October record established last year. The year-to-date total now stands at 1.064.774 units, up a whopping 20% on the same period in 2014 and the first time in Mexican history that the market reaches one million sales after just ten months – 2013 was the first year to hit that level in 11 months. Local analysts now predict a Mexican car market at 2 million annual units by 2017.

Chevrolet Aveo Mexico October 2015Chevrolet Aveo

Brand-wise, Nissan is still master in command, securing its highest market share in the world in Mexico at a round 27% thanks to sales outpacing the market at +20%. Chevrolet (+19%) and Volkswagen (+10%) follow while Honda (+22%), Mazda (+25%), Toyota (+29%), Hyundai (+33%) and most significantly Dodge (+89%) impress inside the Top 10. Further down, notice in sales order Ram up 34%, Mitsubishi up 48%, Buick up 61%, Cadillac up 46% and Subaru up 52%. Kia gains 7% on September to 1.829 sales and 1.5% for its 4th month in market.

Nissan NP300 Pickup range Mexico October 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxNissan has just relaunched its commercial pickup range in Mexico. Picture autocosmos.com.mx

After two months of Nissan Versa reign, the Chevrolet Aveo reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 6.685 sales and 5.6% share (+31%) vs. 6.115 and 5.1% for the Versa. However a confusing sales accounting for Nissan Pickups may mean the Aveo isn’t in fact the best-selling vehicle in Mexico. Nissan just relaunched its range of commercial pickups, labelling them NP300 Pickup, Chasis and Estacas (pictured above). The ‘recreational’ variant is simply named NP300 Frontier. What hides behind these nameplates is in fact the new generation Navara also manufactured in Thailand. AMDA splits sales of Nissan Pickups into Chasis Largo and Estacas Largo, while another manufacturer-sourced set of data splits them into Frontier and Pickup. All-in-all, the Nissan Pickup found 8.008 buyers in Mexico this month, up 53% on October 2014 and firing it to the very top of the sales charts. This figure includes 4.280 “Chasis Largo” (+89%), 2.472 “Pickup” (+9%) and 1.256 “Frontier” (+70%). BSCB will review the Nissan Pickup methodology and make amendments if necessary from January 2016 onwards.

Ford Figo Mexico October 2015. Picture courtesy automobilonline.com.mxThe Ford Figo lands in Mexico – also available as a sedan.

In other model news, the Chevrolet Spark is up 57% year-on-year to #8, the Chevrolet Sonic (+18%) holds onto its Top 10 ranking, the Toyota Yaris is up a huge 160% to #16, the VW Polo up 339% to #22, the Chevrolet Equinox up 70 spots on its inaugural month to leap into 40th place with 851 sales and the Hyundai Tucson is up 6 to #42. We welcome two newcomers in the Mexican sales charts this month: the Ford Figo lands at #61 with 457 units and is available in both hatch and sedan variants, it is by and large the same model as the one sold in India and South Africa. The Chevrolet S10 arrives at #91 with 264 deliveries: in fact a Chevrolet Colorado also assembled in Thailand, the S10 enables Chevy to compete in the mid-size pickup market, slotting in between the Tornado (Opel Corsa-based) and U.S. Silverado and Cheyenne.

Previous post: Mexico September 2015: Now with Top 225 models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous month: Mexico September 2015: Nissan Versa confirms top spot

One year ago: Mexico October 2014: Nissan March at highest in two years

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Russia October 2015: Now with Top 310 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Mercedes GLE Russia October 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruWhat crisis? The Mercedes GLE is already among the 40 most popular nameplates in Russia.

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As is now the tradition on BSCB we can share with you a complete models ranking for Russia including light commercials. The GAZ Gazelle (#5) and valiant UAZ Bukhanka (#17) are now included in the Top 25 while the Toyota Prado (#26) and Ford Focus (#27) are dropped. The Ford Fiesta continues its ascent, up another two ranks to #31, the Lifan X50 (#35) distances itself from the Geely Emgrand 7 (#41) for the title of best-selling Chinese nameplate in Russia but the smaller Lifan X50 (pictured below) is catching up: from #110 in September to #45, edging past the Geely Emgrand X7.

Lifan X50 Russia October 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruLifan X50. Picture zr.ru

In times of crisis the luxury brands are traditionally less affected as the well-to-do can still afford them. Case in point this month: both new Mercedes SUVs are within the Top 60 only a couple of months into their career: the GLE is up a further 10 spots on an adjusted September sales figure to #39 and the GLC is up 36 ranks to #59. Notice also the Chevrolet Tracker up 31 spots to #91, the Jaguar XE up 17 to #166 and the Jeep Renegade landing at #191 for its first month in market.

Previous post: Russia October 2015: Hyundai Solaris holds onto lead, market down 39%

Previous month: Russia September 2015: Now with Top 318 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

One year ago: Russia October 2014: Datsun on-DO above Opel Astra and Ford Focus

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Venezuela October 2015: Jeep reborn in market down 72%

Jeep Cherokee Venezuela October 2015The 2010 Jeep Cherokee is still assembled in Venezuela.

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The Venezuelan new car market is stuck to an almost standstill, down 72% year-on-year to a meagre 613 units. Jeep is reborn from its ashes this month with 27.4% share thanks to 168 deliveries, 166 of which are the 2010 Jeep Cherokee still assembled in the country. Mitsubishi is actually up 52% year-on-year to #2 with 126 sales and 20.6% share and Toyota is the only other manufacturer able to sell over 100 units in Venezuela this month. Ford (94) and Chevrolet (60) follow.

Previous month: Venezuela September 2015: Market down 68% to just 620 sales

One year ago: Venezuela October 2014: Dodge Forza up to 2nd place

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Colombia October 2015: Mazda, Foton and Hino up, market down 29%

Mazda2 Colombia October 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auMazda sales are up 34% year-on-year in a Colombian market down 29%.

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Each month the Colombian new car market is falling further into recession, with sales down an abysmal 29% year-on-year in October to just 22.407 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 10.5% to 232.779. Market leader Chevrolet follows the market at -27% to 6.049 sales and 27% share, three percentage points above its year-to-date level of 24%. Renault continues to catch up with sales down just 10% and resulting in a strong 18.1% share vs. 17.2% year-to-date. Kia (-30%) and Nissan (-18%) follow while Mazda impresses once again with deliveries up a whopping 34% to 1.433 and 6.4% market share vs. 3.4% a year ago. In fact, Foton, up 4% and overtaking Chery this month to become the #1 Chinese brand, and Hino (+19%) are the only two other manufacturers to improve their volume year-on-year in the Top 30.

Previous month: Colombia September 2015: Renault and Mazda impress

Previous year: Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail tops record market

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Chile October 2015: Hyundai edges past Kia to lead market

Hyundai Accent Chile October 2015Hyundai is the #1 brand in Chile this month

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The Chilean new car market is still evolving a notch below last year with October sales down 10% year-on-year to 22.887 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 18% to 228.670 units. After Kia took the lead last month, Hyundai jumps two spots to #1 thanks to 2.353 sales and 10.3% share, edging past sister company Kia at 2.306 and 10.1%. Chevrolet, #1 year-to-date, is down two spots to #4 and just 8.1% share vs. 11.8% year-to-date. Nissan leaps three ranks to #3, Toyota stays 5th and Suzuki is down two to #6. Chinese manufacturers, led by Chery (#16), hold a strong 9.3% market share vs. 8.5% so far in 2015.

Previous month: Chile September 2015: Kia passes Chevrolet and Hyundai to #1

One year ago: Chile October 2014: Chevrolet Spark reclaims top spot off Sail

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