India June 2015: Maruti DZire leads, Hyundai Creta lands

Hyundai Creta India June 2015Hyundai Creta

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The Indian new light vehicle market marks a pause in its recovery in June: down 0.5% year-on-year to 217.642 deliveries to dealerships – Indian data doesn’t track end-customer purchases. The year-to-date total stands at 1.321.367 units halfway through 2015, up 5% on 2014. Maruti (47.2% share) and Hyundai (16.7%) both outpace the market and stay in positive, but the most impressive evolution is posted by Honda, up one spot on May and 13% year-on-year to now round up the podium at 8.4% share. Tata is up 30% but stays 6th, Renault is up 1% at #8, Volkswagen up 31% at #9 but Ford (-38%), Chevrolet (-41%) and Nissan (-43%) implode.

Honda Jazz India June 2015. Picture courtesy team-bhp.comThe Honda Jazz returns to India.

Model-wise, thanks to sales up a splendid 37% year-on-year to 21.866, the Maruti DZire – a Suzuki Swift sedan – is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 4th time ever after May 2013May 2014 and July 2014. It distances the Maruti Alto at 21.115 (-31%) while the Maruti Swift also shine at +27% to 17.313 units. Below the Maruti Wagon R, the Hyundai Elite i20 holds onto the 5th spot while the Maruti Celerio is boosted up 66% by the new diesel and CVT variants to a record 7th place with 8.078 registrations (previous best: 7.323 in Feb 2014). With the new generation finally available in India, the Honda Jazz makes its return in the Indian sales charts at #25 with 2.336 units and the locally-produced Hyundai Creta lands at #32 with 1.641 deliveries to dealerships ahead of its national launch on 21 July, India being the second market in the world where this small SUV goes on sale after China where it is baptised ix25.

Previous month: India May 2015: Maruti Alto up 31%, Lodgy Renault’s best-seller again

One year ago: India June 2014: Maruti Wagon R up to 2nd place

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Algeria 1st Half 2015: Dacia Logan and Renault Symbol take off

Dacia Logan Algeria June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.esDacia Logan sales are up 33% so far this year in Algeria in a market down 15%…

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Government measures restricting imports of new car in the country have hurt the Algerian market: after losing 20% over the Full Year 2014, new car registrations are down another 15% halfway through 2015 to just 160.000 units overall, 148.208 (-15% also) for AC2A-registered manufacturers – the missing deliveries are mainly Chinese manufacturers who have never disclosed Algerian sales openly. The 2nd half of the year is bound to be even more catastrophic as the pipeline of imports will progressively dry up in the absence of any end to the new government restrictions. Renault (+1%), Dacia (+21%) and Peugeot (+2%) spectacularly buck the trend to account for a combined market share of over 45%. All other manufacturers in the Top 15 lose ground, with Volkswagen (-38%), Seat (-58%), Ford (-60%) and Chevrolet (-66%) the hardest hit.

Renault Symbol Algeria June 2015. Picture courtesy dzairauto.com…while its twin the Renault Symbol, now produced locally, is up 28%.

Over on the models ranking, the Dacia Logan keeps the pole position it held in both 2013 and 2014 thanks to sales up a spectacular 33% to 13.758, distancing the Hyundai Accent (-22%) at 9.352 while the Renault Symbol, now produced locally, is up 28% to land on the third step of the podium, even leading the market outright in May. Other great performers inside the Top 15 include the Peugeot 208 (+25%), Renault Clio IV (+12%), Toyota Yaris (+178%) and Peugeot Partner (+16%).

Previous month: Algeria May 2015: Locally-produced Renault Symbol takes the lead

One year ago: Algeria June 2014: Dacia Logan edges past VW Polo

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Philippines May 2015: Toyota Vios breaks record at 12.4% share

Toyota Vios Philippines June 2015. Picture courtesy carsguide.phToyota Vios

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The Filipino new car market is up 1% in May to 23.248 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 131.846 units, a figure already above the 126.659 sales posted over the First Half 2014… Carbuyers in the Philippines display very consolidated buying patterns, with the Top 5 brands accounting for no less than 77% of overall sales. Toyota has the lion’s share as usual with a particularly strong 44.6% in June thanks to 10.377 deliveries vs. 43.6% year-to-date. Mitsubishi delivers its highest market share in the world at 15.2% above Ford (7.3%), Honda (5.2%) and Isuzu (4.9%). Chevrolet at #10 and 3.1% is the only other non-Asian brands in the Top 10.

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Philippines July 2014. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comMitsubishi Mirage G4

Model-wise, the Toyota Vios cements its leadership even further by smashing its monthly volume record in May at 2.886 units and 12.4% share vs. 10.8% year-to-date, with Toyota monopolising the Top 4 once again: the Fortuner ranks 2nd at 6.9% ahead of the Hiace very robust at 6.5% vs. 5.7% year-to-date and the Innova at 5.9%. Far below, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is the best-selling non-Toyota in 5th place with 4.5% share while the Toyota Wigo (#6) makes its 5 Toyotas in the Top 6. Excellent performance of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 up to #7 with 873 sales, of the Mitsubishi Strada at #14, Nissan Navara at #19 and Ford Mustang at #65.

Previous month: Philippines January-April 2015: Toyota monopolises Top 4

One year ago: Philippines May 2014: Toyota nails 40% of market up 23%

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Canada 1st Half 2015: Pickup trucks lift market up to record level

GMC Sierra Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe GMC Sierra jumps 17% to land in 4th place overall in Canada.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market shows no sign of slowing down, up a further 3% on a record 2014 result to 933.439 registrations, even lodging an all-time monthly record score of 197.937 sales in May. As opposed to its neighbour the United States, Canada prefers FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the most popular manufacturer in the country once again thanks to sales up 1% to 148.132 units and 15.3% market share, distancing Ford Motor at 14.4% (-6%) and General Motors at 13.6% (+7%). Toyota Motor overtakes Hyundai-Kia for 4th place overall with sales up 4% to 104.977 vs. 103.208 and -4% for the Korean group. Nissan Motor improves by 12%, Volkswagen Group is up 21%, Daimler AG up 15% and BMW Group up 17%.

Jeep Cherokee Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Cherokee is now Jeep’s best-seller in Canada.

Brand-wise, Ford leads again by far despite sales down 7% to 130.801 (14% share) above Toyota, Chevrolet (both at +3%), Honda (-2%), Hyundai (-4%) and Nissan (+13%). Further down, GMC (+18%), Jeep (+14%) and Volkswagen (+21%) shine with Audi (+20%), Lexus, Lincoln (+22%), Mini (+46%) and Porsche (+32%) also delivering spectacular year-on-year gains. The Ford F-Series unsurprisingly remains the best-selling vehicle in Canada and has been so for a decade now. If it was under threat from the Ram Pickup in both May and June with less than 1.000 units separating the two nameplates each time, this doesn’t translate yet in the H1 data: the F-Series, although down 5%, still has a comfortable advandage over the Ram (+10%) at 56.318 sales vs. 47.010.

VW Golf Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comCanadian VW Golf sales are up 4-fold on a year ago.

The Honda Civic is still the most popular passenger car in the country despite sales down 4% to 29.589 over the period, while the GMC Sierra leaps 17% and a spectacular 4 spots on a year ago to land in 4th place overall, followed by the Toyota Corolla and Ford Escape. Notice also the Chevrolet Silverado up 14% to #8, the Toyota RAV4 up 26% to #10, Nissan Rogue up 22% to #14 and cracking the monthly Top 10 for the first time in June, the Jeep Cherokee up 31% to #17 and now the brand’s best-seller in Canada and the VW Golf up 4-fold and 68 ranks on a year ago thanks to the new generation, now ranking just outside the Top 20.

Previous post: Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below Ford F-Series

Q1 2015 update: Canada 1st Quarter 2015: Volkswagen lifted by new Golf in record market

Full Year 2014 update: Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

One year ago: Canada June 2014: Ford and Honda outperform market up 2%

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Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below F-Series

Ram Pickup Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comRam Pickup Canadian sales are up 20% in June vs. -16% for the F-Series.

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The Canadian new car market is up 1% year-on-year in June to 177.857 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to an all-time high 933.439 units, up 3% on 2014. The Top 15 groups remains in the same exact order as last month, with FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sovereign with 27.217 sales (+1%) above Ford Motor Co at 26.776 (-13%) and General Motors at 24.226 (+15%). Thanks to 20.689 units, Toyota Motor passes Hyundai-Kia year-to-date to rank 4th. Brand-wise, Ford remains on top by far despite sales down 14%, ahead of Toyota (+10%) with Chevrolet (+13%), Nissan (+10%), Ram (+13%) and GMC (+18%) pushing hard inside the Top 10. Further down, Lexus, Porsche (+26%), Acura, Land Rover (+28%) and Buick (+29%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains.

Ford F-150 Ram Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCan the Ram Pickup overtake the Ford F-Series in the coming months?

In the models ranking, if in the U.S. short supply of the new aluminium-bodied F-150 means the Ford F-Series is under threat from the Chevrolet Silverado, in Canada it’s the Ram Pickup that is approaching fast. The F-Series’ advantage thawed from 2.461 units in April to 975 in May and just 737 this month – by far the smallest since BSCB started following Canada monthly 5 years ago. The F-Series is down a harsh 16% to 9.450 sales vs. +20% to 8.713 for the Ram. If Ford doesn’t sort out its supply issues we could very well see the Ram snap up the Canadian pole position in the coming months…

Nissan Rogue Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst Top 10 ranking in Canada for the Nissan Rogue.

Below, the Honda Civic (-7%) resists an aggressive assault from the Toyota Corolla (+15%) while the GMC Sierra is up a whopping 24% to 5th place and it’s a swan song for the Dodge Grand Caravan (which won’t be renewed) back up 9 spots to #7. Below the Toyota RAV4 up 32% to #9, the Nissan Rogue breaks into the Canadian Top 10 for the very first time at #10 thanks to sales up a stunning 54% on a year ago to 3.722 units. Other great gainers inside the Top 30 include the Hyundai Santa Fe (+42%), VW Golf (+73%), Kia Soul (+126%) and Chrysler Town & Country (+164%). Finally, the Mazda CX-3 is up 11 spots to #58 and the Honda HR-V makes its grand entrance in the Canadian sales charts at #68 with 703 sales.

Previous month: Canada May 2015: Ram Pickup closes in on F-Series in all-time record month

One year ago: Canada June 2014: Ford and Honda outperform market up 2%

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Uruguay June 2015: Suzuki leads, Volkswagen overtakes Chevrolet YTD

VW Gol Uruguay 2014Volkswagen is now the #2 brand in Uruguay in 2015 below just Suzuki.

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New car sales in Uruguay are still stuck in double-digit negative territory in June at -14% to 4.016 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 25.217 units, down 3% on 2014. Suzuki confirms it is Uruguay’s new favourite manufacturer with 566 sales and 14.1% but thanks to 534 deliveries and 13.3% share, Volkswagen overtakes Chevrolet to the #2 year-to-date spot at 2.770 units and 11% vs. 2.749 and 10.9%. Fiat is up 3 spots on May to #4, Nissan remains #5 and Renault is down two ranks to #6. Chinese manufacturers, led by BYD (#12), Chery (#15), FAW (#16), Lifan (#17), Geely (#18), Great Wall (#19), are particularly weak this month at 11.7% vs. 18.1% year-to-date.

Previous month: Uruguay May 2015: Suzuki cements leadership

One year ago: Uruguay June 2014: Surprise – Fiat takes the lead

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Venezuela June 2015: Chevrolet Silverado takes control

Chevrolet Silverado Venezuela June 2015The Chevrolet Silverado on sale in Venezuela is the 2007 model.

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Don’t get fooled by the 73% year-on-year improvement the Venezuelan new car market is displaying in June: at just 1.884 registrations, new car sales are down 76% on June 2013 when the market started its freefall. At 10.972 units halfway through 2015, the market is up 33% year-on-year but down 81% on 2013. Once again only five manufacturers manage to sell over 100 units: Chevrolet at 30.4% share, Toyota at 21%, Mitsubishi at 17.8%, Dodge at 14.5% and Ford at 9.8%. This month the Chevrolet Silverado takes the lead of the models sales charts thanks to 474 units and 25.2%, also earning it the year-to-date top spot at 1.247 deliveries and 11.4% – note the previous 2007 generation is the model on sale here, displacing the Dodge Forza at 1.036 and 9.4%.

Previous month: Venezuela May 2015: Dodge Forza leads again in market down 41%

One year ago: Venezuela June 2014: Civetchi Pick-up holds almost 50% of market down 86%

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Colombia June 2015: Chevrolet leads, Mazda doubles sales

Mazda3 Colombia June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comMazda is up 126% year-on-year in Colombia in June.

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Good news coming from Colombia: the market slows its year-on-year fall drastically at just -3% in June vs. -16% in May to 23.082 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135.701 units, down 6% on 2014. Chevrolet drops faster than the market at -6% but remains on top by far at 5.490 sales and 23.8% share vs. 24.3% year-to-date. Renault is up 4% to 15.9% in 2nd place, above Kia (-14%), Nissan (+13%) and Ford (-10%). Once again Mazda defies logic with sales up a gargantuan 126% to 1.300 units and 5.6% share in 6th place, while Suzuki is up 65% to #9, Dodge up 23% to #13 and Hino up 43% to #15.

Previous month: Colombia May 2015: Mazda and Suzuki stay afloat in market down 16%

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

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Chile June 2015: Kia overtakes Chevrolet to claim top spot

Kia Rio Chile June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comKia is the best-selling brand in Chile in June.

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The Chilean new car market slows down its fall in June to -12% at 22.632 registrations, the smallest year-on-year decline thus far this year. The halfway tally stands at 130.493 units, down a sombre 21% on 2014 which was already down 9% on 2013. After finishing May only 42 sales below Chevrolet, Kia takes the advantage in June thanks to 2.385 sales and 10.5% above Chevrolet at 2.278 units and 10.1%. It’s important to note that this victory is more a weakness of Chevrolet (its 2015 market share is 13.5%) that a particular strength of Kia (10.5% is its 2015 share so far). Yet with Hyundai leading the way in January, cracks are definitely starting to show in Chevrolet’s perennial domination of the Chilean car market. Hyundai (9%) is back to #3 this month above Suzuki (8%), Nissan (7%) and Toyota (6.2%). Chinese manufacturers are improving: from 8.8% in May to 9.6% in June vs. 8.3% year-to-date, led by Great Wall (#18), Chery (#19), Dongfeng (#22) and Changan (#23).

Previous month: Chile May 2015: Kia threatens Chevrolet for #1 spot

Previous year: Chile Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads in market down 11%

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USA 1st Half 2015: Rogue, Chrysler 200 and Colorado game changers

Chevrolet Colorado USA April 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Chevrolet Colorado is reviving the mid-size pickup truck segment.

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The U.S. new light vehicle market hasn’t stopped exceeding expectations over the First Half of 2015 with sales up 4% year-on-year to 8.523 million units whereas mosts analysts had anticipated the market would flatten up after five consecutive years of growth. But the market still has legs, with low interest rates, favourable credit terms and rising employment combining to keep U.S. sales in positive territory and now on track to hit 17 million sales this year for the first time since 2001 and only the third year ever. The National Automobile Dealers Association has just increased its forecast for the Full Year 2015 to 17.17 million from 16.94 million previously, and NADA is also projecting 2016 at 17.62 million sales, beating the record of 17.4 million established in 2000, reports Automotive News.

Nissan Rogue USA May 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe new Rogue has put Nissan on the compact SUV map…

General Motors widens the gap with Ford Motor over the period, lifting it from 190.511 units to 212.526 thanks to sales up 3% to 1.5 million vs. +2 and 1.29 million for Ford. Toyota Motor remains in third place above FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with both group outpacing the market at +6%. Honda Motor (+2%) is under threat from Nissan Motor (+5%) at 753.000 sales vs. 736.500, both keeping Hyundai-Kia at a distance at 682.000 units. Subaru (+14%) is catching up fast on Volkswagen Group (+2%) and the BMW Group holds onto its luxury leadership thanks to sales up 10% vs. +9% for Daimler AG.

Chrysler 200 USA June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com…while the 200 finally makes Chrysler a true contended in the mid-size sedan battle.

Brand-wise, Ford (+2%) keeps its crown at 1.24 million sales above Chevrolet (+3%) but Toyota (+5%) is now lagging less than 6.000 units below the American brand. Nissan is already reaping the dividends of its keenness to reproduce its unbelievable Mexican success north of the border: it historically distances Honda thanks to sales up 4% to 672.000 units vs. 666.000 (+1%). Jeep is unstoppable and breaks the 400.000 sales milestone in just 6 months for the first time in the brand’s 80 years existence, up 21% year-on-year. BMW leads the luxury race so far at 169.000 sales vs. 165.000 for Mercedes (ex-Sprinter) and 159.000 for Lexus (+15%). Notice also Audi up 11%, Acura up 12%, GMC up 14% to break into the Top 10, Chrysler up 21%, Land Rover up 23% and Mini and Mitsubishi both up 25%.

Ford Mustang USA January 2015. Picture courtest motortrend.comThe Ford Mustang almost slices its ranking in two vs. H1 2014 at #34.

The Ford F-Series is headed towards a 34th consecutive year as U.S. #1 vehicle despite stock shortages for the new aluminum-bodied F-150 resulting in sales down 2% to 357.000. The Chevrolet Silverado, at its closest to the F-Series in 6 years in June, still has a lot of ground to cover: up 15% to 276.000. The Toyota Camry (216.000) and Ram Pickup (213.000) remain close, while the Toyota Corolla at #5 (+2) and Honda CR-V at #7 (+3) are the big movers in the Top 10.

Jeep Cherokee USA June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comJeep Cherokee

Outside, three relaunched nameplates are redefining their respective segments. The Nissan Rogue is up 36% to #14 and 135.000 sales, now threatening the Chevrolet Equinox (146.000) and Toyota RAV4 (144.000) for the #2 spot in the compact SUV segment. Nissan is at maximum Rogue capacity in its U.S. plants and announced this week that an additional 100.000 annual units will be produced in its Kyushu, Japan plant in 2016 to be exported exclusively to the U.S. With the Rogue predicted to reach at least 275.000 U.S. sales this year, this means it could potentially aim at 375.000 in 2016-2017, placing it right at the same level as the segment leader, the Honda CR-V. In other words, the new gen Rogue has put Nissan on the compact SUV map.

The mid-size sedan segment remains the most popular but is down 4% year-on-year halfway through 2015 at 1.76 million sales. Strikingly, the Top 5 best-sellers in the segment all lose volume year-on-year: the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima (-3%), Honda Accord (-13%), Ford Fusion (-7%) and Chevrolet Cruze (-12%). In this depressing context, Chrysler has finally cracked the mid-size equation with the redesigned 200, up a stunning 136% to burst into the Top 20 at #19 and 107.000 units vs. #58 a year ago, albeit still a fair distance from the Ford Fusion and the Top 10 at 153.000 sales.

The last game changer over the First Half of 2015 in the U.S. is the Chevrolet Colorado, relaunched last year and responsible with its twin the GMC Canyon for the mid-size pickup segment revival. The Colorado shoots up to #66 with just under 42.000 units, already above the Nissan Frontier (#74), with the Canyon up to #125 with 15.000 sales. The segment leader, the Toyota Tacoma, is juiced up by its newfound competition, up 18% to #27 and 89.000 deliveries. Quite separately and finally, notice also the Cherokee becoming Jeep’s best-seller thanks to sales up 31% to 105.426 vs. +19% and 102.450 for the Wrangler, the Honda Pilot up 36% to #33, Ford Mustang up 54% to #34 and the Ford Transit breaks into the Top 50 at #44.

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