Venezuela July 2015: Chevrolet, Toyota and Mitsubishi won’t leave

Chevrolet Silverado Venezuela July 2015One in every 3 new vehicles sold in Venezuela in July is a Chevrolet Silverado.

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The Venezuelan new car market has now been evolving at a standstill for almost two years, and don’t let the one digit drop in July fool you: sales may be down just 9% on July 2014 at 1.446 units but they are down 83% on July 2013 which was itself down 21% on July 2012. In this context and with the impossibility to repatriate currency out of the country, only a handful of manufacturers maintain an activity in Venezuela: namely Chevrolet (597 sales), Toyota (425) and Mitsubishi (259). Model-wise, only five nameplates sell more than 60 units in Venezuela this month: one in every 3 new vehicles sold in the country is a Chevrolet Silverado – the previous generation is the only one available in Venezuela – with 492 units sold and cementing its year-to-date leadership at 1.739 deliveries at 14%. The Mitsubishi Canter follows at 178 sales, ahead of the Toyota Fortuner (159), Corolla (156) and Hilux (109).

Previous month: Venezuela June 2015: Chevrolet Silverado takes control

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USA July 2015: Chevy Silverado and Nissan Rogue shoot up

Chevrolet Silverado USA July 2015Discounted before the facelifted 2016 model arrives, the Chevy Silverado is up 34%…

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The U.S. light vehicle market starts the second semester in a very strong manner with sales up a solid 5% year-on-year to 1.510.941 units, lifting the year-to-date total above the 10 million mark at 10.033.999, up 4.5% or over 400.000 deliveries on 2014. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate (SAAR) shoots up to 17.55 million, the second-highest tally in a decade, and has now cracked the 17 million bar during 4 out of the last 7 months. Light trucks (a U.S. appellation combining pickup trucks and SUVs) once again are the sole responsible for the market gain with sales up 13% just as passenger cars dropped 3%, a picture also reflected in the year-to-date results where their respective evolutions are +13% (trucks) and -2% (cars). This turnaround is here to stay: July is the 23rd consecutive month where light trucks outsell cars, also driving  the average transaction price up which is great news for manufacturers.

Ford F150 USA July 2015. Picture courtesy…just as the Ford F-Series posts its first year-on-year gains since January.

Among the Top 10 groups, only Toyota Motor Co (+1%) and BMW (stable) registered gains below the market, with Subaru (+11%), Volkswagen Group (+9%), Honda Motor and Nissan Motor (both at +8%) faring the best. In the brands ranking, Ford is slightly under the market at +4% but remains #1 by far with 212.478 deliveries above Chevrolet at 188.790 (+8%) and Toyota at 183.500 (stable). In fact the entire Top 12 best-selling brands are identical to the year-to-date ranking, with Honda (131.409) keeping Nissan (120.439) at bay, Jeep (+23%) the best performer in the Top 20, Buick (+18%), Audi (+21%), Acura (+20%), Infiniti (+22%), Lincoln (+21%) and Mitsubishi (+24%) also posting healthy year-on-year increases.

Nissan Rogue USA July 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comNissan Rogue sales are up 51% in July.

Over in the models ranking, the Ford F-Series may now be out of the woods, lodging its first year-on-year increase since January at +5% to 66.288 sales. This means its year-to-date total is now just 1% below the same period in 2014 at 423.468, a comfortable 91.000 above the Chevrolet Silverado on fire this month at +34% to 56.380 units. Despite sales down 4%, the Toyota Camry holds onto the #3 overall spot and #1 passenger car title with 38.435 sales, distancing the Ram Pickup (+1%) and Honda Accord (-2%) while the Nissan Altima surges 27% to 33.842 sales, the Honda CR-V is up 11% to #7 and the Ford Escape up 10% to #10.

Toyota Tacoma USA July 2015While we await the 2016 model (above), the Toyota Tacoma is up 29% in July.

The three nameplates we said were game changers last month for our 1st Half 2015 US report continue to shake things up in July: the  Nissan Rogue posts the largest gain in the Top 20 (+51%) to its best July ever at 25.081 units and #13, the Chrysler 200 is up 85% to #28 and 15.108 sales and the Chevrolet Colorado is up 10 spots on June to #63. Other impressive gainers this month include the Ford Explorer up 23% to #15, Toyota Tacoma up 29% to #22, Chevrolet Traverse up 32% to #33, Hyundai Santa Fe up 35% to #35, GMC Acadia up 32% to #39 and Subaru Impreza up 39% to #41.

Jeep Renegade USA July 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.com6.320 Jeep Renegade found a buyer in the U.S. in July.

Three compact SUVs launched in the past few months hit their highest ever U.S. ranking this month: the Jeep Renegade is up 17 spots on June to #71 with 6,320 sales, the Chevrolet Trax is up 5 to #72 and 6.111 units and the Lexus NX breaks into the U.S. Top 100 for the very first time at #95 with 4.337 sales. Meanwhile the Honda HR-V is down 14 ranks to #74 and 5.909 deliveries, the Volvo XC90 sees its sales grow 3-fold on July 2014 thanks to the new generation now hitting U.S. dealerships at #179 with 1.176 sales and the Fiat 500X is up 38 spots on last month to enter the Top 200 at #193 and 962 units.

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Previous month: USA June 2015: Chevrolet Silverado closest to Ford F-Series in 6 years

One year ago: USA July 2014: Toyota RAV4 at all-time record in market up 9%

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India July 2015: Maruti above 50% share, Hyundai Creta in Top 10

Maruti S-Cross India July 2015. Picture courtesy team-bhp.comMaruti S-Cross. Every second passenger car sold in India this month is a Maruti.

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The Indian new car market is up a very dynamic 13% year-on-year in July to 218.926 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% or 87.000 units to 1.540.293. It’s now done: for the first time since BSCB started following India monthly over 10 years ago, Maruti – the Indian subsidiary of Japanese carmaker Suzuki – has managed to lift its market share above the highly symbolic 50% mark thanks to sales up a whopping 23% on July 2014 to 110.405 or a 50.4% share. This is an extremely impressive achievement in one of the most dynamic car markets in the world where new launches occur on a weekly basis, even new brands such as the Datsun revival being inaugurated here (to no avail so far). Hyundai gains even more ground at +25% in 2nd place with 16.7% share, while Honda is up 19% to snap the YTD third spot off Mahindra. Toyota is back above Tata at #5 despite the latter gaining 14% in July, Volkswagen (+18%) and Datsun (+72% on a low base) improve whereas Ford (-43%), Renault (-44%), Nissan (-46%) and Chevrolet (-52%) continue to implode.

Over in the models ranking, we have a surprise on top: the Maruti DZire – a Swift sedan – manages to rank #1 for the 2nd consecutive month and the 5th time ever after May 2013May 2014July 2014 and June 2015 thanks to sales up 24% to 23.086 units, keeping the 2015 leader the Maruti Alto at bay at 22.212 deliveries (+31%). In fact the entire Top 10 best-selling models all outpace the market, showing a clear concentration of Indian customers’ choices. The Maruti Swift is up 20% at #3, the Wagon R up 32% at #4, the Hyundai Elite i20 is up 6-fold on the old model at #5 with the Hyundai Grand i10 (+24%), Maruti Celerio (+22%) and Omni (+17%) also shining.

Honda Jazz India July 2015The Jazz is already Honda’s best-seller in India (Japan model shown)

The big events of the month are found just below: dubbed “one of the most anticipated cars in recent history” in India, the Hyundai Creta aka ix25 doesn’t disappoint: up 313% on its opening score last month and 23 spots to crash into India’s 10 most popular vehicles at #9 with 6.783 deliveries to dealers  as India sales figures are wholesales. Although it doesn’t compete directly with it, the Creta absolutely kills the Ford Ecosport down 28% to 3.885 sales this month but most importantly the Renault Duster (-64%) and Nissan Terrano (-60%) are swept out of the picture with a paltry respective 1.005 and 645 sales.

Tata Zest India July 2015. Picture courtesy carwale.comAfter the Nano and the Bolt, the Zest is the latest in the list of Tata flops.

Another newcomer from last month, the Honda Jazz is up an equally impressive 15 spots and 186% on its June arrival figure to land at a beautiful 10th spot with 6.676 sales, instantly making it the brand’s best-seller above the City (5.180) and Amaze (4.589). We weldome the Maruti S-Cross in the Indian ranking at #31 with 1.510 sales this month. Thanks to the arrival of an automatic variant called GenX, the Tata Nano is slowing creeping up the ladder with a still slow 2.120 sales at #26 (+142%), that’s much better than the newer Tata Zest (1.458) and Bolt (433) now officially flops, while both the Datsun GO and GO+ remain outside the Top 40.

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South Korea July 2015: Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe triumphs

Hyundai Santa Fe Souyth Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy tistory.comThe Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea in July.

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Sales of domestic models in South Korea are up 6% year-on-year in July to 135.218, bringing the year-to-date total to 868.159 units, up 4% on 2014. Adding foreign models brings these totals to 155.925 and 1.007.124 units respectively. Due to sales up just 1% on a year ago, Hyundai’s market share shrinks to 44.3% vs. 45.6% in July 2014, with Kia up 14% to 35.6%. GM Korea is down 7%, whereas Ssangyong is up 36% thanks to the addition of the Tivoli – lodging its 4th consecutive record month at 4.011 units – and Renault Samsung resists with sales up 11%. Thanks to a mid-life facelift unveiled in late June, the Hyundai Santa Fe takes control of the Korean models ranking, something that hadn’t happened since June 2012, with 9.942 sales. It remains #5 year-to-date however below the Hyundai Porter (#2 in July), Hyundai Sonata (#3), Kia Morning (#4) and Hyundai Grandeur (#6).

Kia K5 South Korea July 2015The Kia K5 leaps up to 8th place this month.

The Kia Carnival is up 3 spots on June to an excellent 5th place with 7.158 sales, even though this figure is down 23% on July 2014 when the new generation had just launched. The Kia K5 is up 6 spots on June and 64% year-on-year, also thanks to its facelift, to land in 8th place with 6.447 units while the Kia Sorento is down 5 ranks to #9 but up 4-fold on July 2014 to 6.331 deliveries. The Hyundai Grand Starex (+40%), Kia K3 (+38%) and Samsung QM3 aka Renault Captur (+245%) also display outstanding gains.

Peugeot 2008 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy turbo.frThe Peugeot 2008 is now almost among the 10 best-selling foreigners in South Korea.

In the foreign brands ranking, Mercedes is back above BMW to reclaim the title of most popular foreigner at #6 overall for just 40 sales, distancing Volkswagen and Audi. Mini is up 81% to #10, Land Rover up 58% to #13, with Jeep (+31%), Citroen (+68%), Cadillac (+90%), Nissan (+92%), Peugeot (+94%) and Chrysler (+100%) also lodging spectacular year-on-year gains. The Mercedes E-Class leads foreign models with 1.686 sales above the BMW 5 Series (1.427) while the Mercedes S-Class brilliantly rounds up the podium at 1.294 deliveries, up 4-fold on July 2014.

BMW i8 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy BMW i8 has landed in South Korea.

Further down, notice the Mini Cooper up 181% to #6, the Peugeot 2008 up a further three spots to #12, the BMW 4 Series up 276% year-on-year to #13, the Nissan Qashqai up 10 ranks on June to #17, the Mercedes CLA up to #18, the Land Rover Discovery Sport making its first official appearance in the South Korean ranking at #19 (now that sales are split with the Discovery), the Jeep Cherokee up 31 spots to #28, Ford Mondeo up 13 to #29 and the BMW 2 Series up 47 to #59 thanks to the Active Tourer. Finally, we welcome the BMW i8 at #105 and the Mercedes AMG GT at #118.

Previous post: South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

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Brazil July 2015: Jeep Renegade teases Honda HR-V for #1 SUV

Jeep Renegade Brazil July 2015The Jeep Renegade is now among Brazil’s 20 most popular vehicles.

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Bad news again coming from Brazil: with sales down 22% to 219.410 units in July and down 20% year-to-date to 1.489.243, we are headed towards a replay of the 1998 recession that saw the market plunge 21%. Shaky economic situation, depressed consumer confidence, rising interest rates and deep cuts to subsidies and the workforce in the automotive industry are shaping 2015 to be one of the worst years in Brazil in the past two decades. The Top 3 manufacturers continue to freefall faster than the market: Fiat (-35%), Volkswagen (-36%) and Chevrolet (-39%) still top the sales charts but lose more market share each month.

Honda HR-V Brazil July 2015. Picture courtesy HR-V lifts Honda sales up 12% in Brazil in a market down 22%.

Inside the Top 10, the only brands to stay afloat with positive results are Ford (+3%), Honda (+12%) and Jeep breaking another record at 4.242 sales and 1.9% share at #10. Toyota (-7%) overtakes Renault (-12%) to rank 6th. The premium Germans seem to evolve in a different planet altogether: Mercedes is up 88%, Audi up 54% and BMW up 33%. The Chinese are about to get a new leader again: JAC only has one sale (!) less than Chery year-to-date at 3.390 vs. 3.391.

Mercedes C Class Brazil July 2015. Picture courtesy sales in Brazil are up a whopping 88% year-on-year in July.

Model-wise, we witness a similar fragmentation as in the brands ranking with the Fiat Palio (-29%) and Chevrolet Onix (-23%) dominating but losing market share while the Hyundai HB20 (-12%) resists better in third place. The Ford Ka confirms its total success in 4th place with 9.281 sales and the Renault Sandero is boosted up 26% by the new model but the VW Gol (-50%) and Fiat Uno (-36%) continue to implode. Outside the Top 10, it’s a local SUV battle: the Honda HR-V is down 3 spots on June to a still splendid #15 with 4.429 sales but is now threatened in its SUV supremacy by the Jeep Renegade, also assembled in Brazil and breaking into the domestic Top 20 for the first time at #17 and 4.028 units. The Renault Duster (#22) and Ford Ecosport (#25) are all but distant memories…

JAC T6 Brazil July 2015. Picture courtesy JAC S5 is renamed T6 in Brazil.

Further down, the Peugeot 2008 (#61) and Mercedes GLA (#66) continue to shine and confirm the trend towards more up-market crossovers is here to stay in Brazil. Although Chinese nameplates have made themselves more sparse in the monthly Brazilian Top 100 (only two this month), there is a new kid on the block: while the Lifan X60 stays on top at #91 despite sales down 39% to 228 units, the JAC T6 breaks into the Top 100 for the first time at #96 with 195 deliveries, already and by far the brand’s best-seller in Brazil. The Chery QQ (#103), Tiggo (#113), Lifan Foison (#125) and Lifan 530 (#126) follow.

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Argentina July 2015: Volkswagen and Renault buck negative trend

Novo Sandero 2015 - Foto: Luiz Costa / Agência La Imagem.Renault sales are up 23% in a market down 2%, mainly thanks to the new Sandero.

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The Argentinean new car market confirms it is stabilising with sales down just 2% year-on-year in July to 59.777 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 370.508 units, down 16% on 2014. Volkswagen holds onto the brands pole position thanks to sales up an impressive 22% to 10.272 and 17.2% share with Renault also gaining a spotless 23% to land in 2nd place overall with 8.905 units and 14.9% vs. 10.7% (-31%) so far in 2015. The French manufacturer places the Clio Mio at #6, the new Sandero at #9, Duster at #16 and nw Logan at #19. Ford (-1%) and Chevrolet (-18%) are kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively, while Fiat remains 5th despite sales down 31%. Toyota (+16%), Mercedes (+35%), Nissan (+20%), Iveco (+44%), Chery (+76%), Kia (+99%) and Audi (+200%) also impress. Five of the Top 6 best-selling models frankly outperform the market: the VW Gol Trend (+37%) resumes its leadership above the Chevrolet Classic (+27%) and Toyota Hilux (+24%) while the Ford Fiesta Kinetic (+26%) and Toyota Etios (+12%) rank 5th and 6th. After Brazil, the Honda HR-V is sets its sights on Argentina, landing directly at #41.

Previous month: Argentina June 2015: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Sandero in Top 10

One year ago: Argentina July 2014: Renault Clio Mio tops market down 30%

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Europe 1st Half 2015: Recovery now firmly in place – albeit artificial?

Renault Captur Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe success of the Captur lifts Renault up to third place in Europe.

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At +8% to 7.370.832 registrations over the 1st Half of 2015, the European new car market is clearly headed towards a second consecutive year of growth. However apart from the UK (+7%), the major part of other positive markets such as Germany (+5%), France (+6%), Italy (+15%) and Spain (+22%) have relied heavily upon artificial ways of sustaining demand such as scrappage schemes or fleet and rental purchases. In these countries, private demand seems to have reached saturation already, so the 2nd Half of 2015 will give a good indication of the long-term prospects of this return to growth in Europe.

Europe 1st Half 2015Source: JATO Dynamics

Brand-wise, Volkswagen manages to outpace the market with sales up 9% to just under 900.000 units with the Golf remaining Europe’s best-seller by far at 274.000 sales, the Polo up 13% to #4 and the Passat up 39% to brilliantly break back into the European Top 10 at #9. Ford underperforms at +6% in 2nd position: the Fiesta is up just 4% at #2 and the Focus up 5% at #6. Renault posts a double-digit gain on 2014 at +10% to 514.600 deliveries, boosted by the Captur up 23% to #12 (and #7 in June) while the Clio is up just 2% in third place overall. Opel (+5%) is knocked down to 4th place despite a full year of running it alone in Europe as the Chevrolet brand was discontinued a year ago, with the Corsa up 13% thanks to the new model, the Astra up just 4% and the Mokka up a very satisfying 40% to jump inside the Top 20.

VW Passat Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Passat is up 39% to return into the European Top 10.

Peugeot stays at #5 with the 208 is in difficulty at #8 (+1%) but the 308 (+34%) and 2008 (+15%) both making their way towards the Top 10. Audi keeps the lead in the luxury race but posts the smallest year-on-year gain by far at just +4% to 399.200 units (#6) vs. +8% for BMW at 371.000 sales (#7) and a stunning +11% for Mercedes at 370.500 deliveries, helped by the success of the new C-Class (+45%), GLA (+78%) and CLA (+44%) and before the GLC and GLE with their respective coupe variants hit the market. Skoda breaks into the European Top 10 with sales up 7% to 315.600 with the Octavia holding onto its Top 10 spot and the Fabia (+28%) getting very close too the Top 20 thanks to the new model.

Nissan Qashqai Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frNissan Qashqai sales are up 13% year-on-year in Europe.

Nissan is up a splendid 21% and two spots on a year ago to #11, overtaking Toyota (+5%) to become the best-selling Asian brand in Europe. The Qashqai nudges up one spot to a best-ever 7th place Europe-wide thanks to sales up 13% and the all-new Pulsar adds 24.000 deliveries to the Japanese brand’s total. Other great performers in the brands ranking include (in order of sales) Mini (+34%), Land Rover (+18%), Mitsubishi (+52%), Smart (+61%) and Jeep (+181%) thanks to the Renegade landing directly at #89. Notice also Lamborghini more than doubling its sales year-on-year to 498, the new Huracan accounting for 68% of this total.

Jeep Renegade Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Jeep Renegade is one of 3 all-new nameplates in the Top 100.

Launched roughly a year ago, the VW Golf Sportsvan (#41), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (#48 including the Coupe), Citroen C4 Cactus (#56) and Peugeot 108 (#67) make themselves noticed. Fifteen new nameplates make their entrance in the European ranking compared to the 1st Half of 2014, but only three make their way to the Top 100: the Fiat 500X, its platform twin the Jeep Renegade and the Nissan Pulsar. The Smart Forfour, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Suzuki Celerio and Renault Kadjar make it to the Top 200 whereas the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva, Mazda CX-3, Jaguar XE, Mercedes AMG GT, Ssangyong Tivoli, Lexus RC, Mitsubishi Attrage and Hyundai Tucson miss out for now.

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Egypt June 2015: Hyundai Verna back on top, Renault shoots up

Renault Logan Egypt September 2014. Picture courtesy of Logan

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The Egyptian market is stuck in negative territory, albeit not by a large margin this month: down just 4% year-on-year in June to 23.961 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 138.048 units, still up 3% on 2014. For the first time since last November, the Hyundai Verna takes the lead of the models ranking thanks to 2.287 sales and 9.5% vs. just 1.489 and 6.2% for Chevrolet TFR Single Cab, however still in the year-to-date pole position at 12.633 deliveries vs. 11.572. The Nissan Sunny is back to the third position it holds in 2015 so far, but two of the most impressive performers this month in Egypt are Renault-branded after a very shy start of the year: the Logan is up 42 spots on May to land in fourth place with 3.9% share while the Sandero is up 40 to #12 and 2.3%. Notice also the Chevrolet Lanos up 17 ranks to #5, the Speranza Envy maintaining itself inside the Top 20 at #18 and the Chevrolet New Optra (aka Baojun 730) up to #19.

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling American models

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After France and Italy, we now have a look at the best-selling American nameplates in the world in 2014. Note only American brands are listed in this chart, meaning Ford is in (even Ford Germany models) but Opel is out. In this context, the Ford Focus, F-Series and Fiesta dominate the U.S. worldwide ranking above the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Kuga. Ford places a total of seven nameplates inside the Top 20, adding the Fusion (#8), Ecosport (#17) and Explorer (#18).

GMC Sierra World 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGMC Sierra

Chevrolet totals seven nameplates as well with the Silverado (#6), Malibu (#10), Aveo (#12), Sail (#13), Spark (#14), Onix (#19) and Equinox (#20) the most popular. FCA places the Ram Pickup in 7th place with 547.000 sales, up 21% on 2013 which is the largest improvement in the U.S. Top 15, the Dodge Grand Caravan incl. Chrysler Town & Country at #9 and Jeep Grand Cherokee at #15. Notice also the GMC Sierra at #17 and the fact that all Top 20 best-selling U.S. nameplate fit within the World Top 100 best-sellers…

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China 1st Half 2015: Domestic carmakers regain ground in shy market

Haval H6 China June 2015. Picture courtesy Haval H6 leaps to third place overall so far in 2015.

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If over the period the Chinese new light vehicle market is still up by 5% to 10.10 million units while sales of all new vehicles (including buses and commercial trucks) are up 1% to 11.85 million units, the unthinkable happened in June when the market actually declined year-on-year for the first time since December 2008. Imports are hit even harder at -22% over the first 5 months of 2015 to 434.423 units: SUV imports are down 20% to 278.022, sedan imports down 27% to 136.354 and MPV imports down 9% to 20.047, according to the China Automobile Dealer Association.

Wuling Hongguang China June 2015. Picture courtesy of cheshi.com2The Wuling Hongguang is still #1 in China but drops 19%.

However as Automotive News China points out, there is no need to panic. And this for 3 main reasons. First, Chinese sales look weak in 2015 because of an extraordinarily high base at the same time last year when sales where inflated by panic buying induced by rumors some municipalities would restrict car sales in order to ease traffic congestion and pollution. In Nanjing, panic buying pushed sales up 60% over H1 ’14 and that market is now down 19%. Second, the Chinese stock market has had a double negative effect: when it surged, consumers invested in it instead of buying a car, now that it is tumbling down, investors can’t afford to buy the luxury car they were planning.

VW Jetta China June 2015. Picture courtesy of Volkswagen Group, although down 4%, still has the 3 best-selling sedans in China.

Third, the method of Chinese sales reporting has changed this year, switching from wholesale to retail. Given Chinese laws allow automakers to set sales targets without consulting dealers, they have dumped excess car inventories on dealers, making wholesale deliveries higher than retail ones. With most automakers now reporting retail sales – closer to reality – the overall figure looks more disappointing that it really would if compared with retail sales in 2014. These 3 reasons will smooth themselves out over the next year or so and the market should start growing again, lifted by exceptional demand in more rural areas.

Baojun 730 China June 2015. Picture courtesy of Baojun 730 have hit Chinese roads in a year.

The Volkswagen Group is down 4% to 1.74 million units: the first time its First Half sales decline in China since 2005 when they fell 14%. General Motors is up 4% to 1.72 million deliveries, saved by SUV and MPV sales. In the detail: Buick is up 4% to 436.226 units, Chevrolet is up 0.6% to 317.408, Cadillac up 14% to 39.444, Baojun up 4-fold to 159.511 deliveries thanks to the 730 – this trend should continue in H2 with the arrival of the 560 SUV presented at Auto Shanghai, but Wuling is down 5.5% to 764.172 units.

JAC Refine S3 China June 2015. Picture courtesy JAC Refine S3 is the third best-selling SUV in China so far in 2015.

The Wuling Hongguang remains the best-selling vehicle in China by far but sees its volume reduced by 19% to 313.300 units above the VW Lavida at 233.200 (-11%). The top of the models ranking brings to light the return to form of domestic manufacturers in their home market rather spectacularly: the Haval H6 is up 20% to climb onto the podium with 172.000 deliveries while the Baojun 730 confirms its status of most successful nameplate launch in the history of automobile in China, adding up to 158.000 units so far in 2015 and 278.000 since introduction.

Haval H2 China June 2015. Picture courtesy H2

The VW Santana (-6%), Jetta (-2%) and Nissan Sylphy (-2%) follow. Note that if Volkswagen underperforms in China this year, the German carmaker still has the 3 best-selling sedans in the country and places 6 nameplates in the overall 2015 Top 12: Lavida (#2), Santana (#5), Jetta (#6), Sagitar (#9), Tiguan (#11) and Passat (#12). Keeping with sedans, notice also the Toyota Corolla (+156%), Geely EC7 (+56%) and ChangAn Eado (+35%) making sparks.

Top 10 best-selling SUVs in China – H1 2015:

Pos Model 2015 /14 2014 Pos
1 Haval H6 172,006 20% 143,119 1
2 VW Tiguan 131,563 3% 127,549 2
3 JAC Refine S3 91,859 new 0
4 ChangAn CS35 88,754 65% 53,712 8
5 ChangAn CS75 86,909 1356% 5,971 38
6 Haval H2 77,158 new 0
7 Beijing Auto Huansu S3 72,822 new 0
8 Nissan X-Trail 70,253 87% 37,515 17
9 Ford Kuga 68,396 3% 66,225 5
10 Buick Envision 65,851 new 0

The SUV segment is the one where the progress of domestic manufacturers is the most spectacular. As we have studied in the Chinese Q1 2015 update, the pace at which Chinese carmakers have launched successful and affordable SUVs represents an additional pressure towards foreign carmakers and has played a significant role in the struggling of Volkswagen so far this year. Over the period, 6 of the Top 7 best-selling SUVs in the country are Chinese vs. just one at the same time one year ago! The JAC Refine S3, ChangAn CS35, CS75, Haval H2 and Beijing Auto Huansu S3 have all hit the bullseye with Chinese customers, while in the foreign aisle the Nissan X-Trail (+87%) and Buick Envision have seen the most impressive surges.

Ford Escort China June 2015. Picture courtesy of auto.163.comFord Escort

All-in-all, it’s an astounding 76 all-new locally-produced nameplates that have made their entrance in the Chinese sales charts over the past 12 months. If the Baojun 730 evolves at stratospheric heights, Ford must be commended for the launch of the Escort which was a risky move that was bound to cut deep into Focus numbers (-32%). The Escort shines at #18 and just under 107.000 deliveries. Further down the ladder, the Toyota Levin (#45), BYD S7 (#46), Honda Vezel (#59) and its twin the XR-V (#63) as well as the Hyundai ix25 (#68), VW Lamando (#72), Haval H1 (#81), Kia K4 (#86), Citroen C3-XR (#106) and Venucia T70 (#112): all are instant blockbusters and a testimony of the incredible buoyancy the Chinese market is still enjoying.

Wuling Hongguang V China April 2015. Picture courtesy Hongguang V

Zooming in on the Light Commercials market down a harsh 27% to 1.937.497 deliveries, the Foton Light Truck takes the lead thanks to sales down ‘just’ 15% to 135.000 while all microvans, once reigning supreme over the segment, implode: the Wuling Sunshine (#2) is down 29%, the Wuling Rongguang (#4) is down 43% and the Chana Mini Bus (#6) down 41%. The new LCV trend in China is towards micro pickups – with the Wuling Mini Truck up 10% to 109.400 sales and #1 in June – and larger minivans. Perfect illustration: the thunderous arrival of the Wuling Hongguang V, a step up from the Rongguang and in essence the commercial version of the best-seller Hongguang MPV. The V sells a huge 119.538 units in H1 but seems to already have lost some steam by June at 15.999 sales after hitting 30.000 units in March.

Baojun 560 China June 2015. Picture courtesy Baojun 560 could help keep SUV sales growing fast in H2 2015.

What’s next for China? We touched on this in STRATEGY: Where is China headed?. In the coming months, we should see MPV sales flatten further but SUV deliveries continue to rise, especially with the imminent arrival of the Baojun 560.

Previous post: China June 2015: First monthly year-on-year decline in over 6 years

Q1 2015 post: China 1st Quarter 2015: Baojun 730 and Ford Escort superstars

FY 2014 post: China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

One year ago: China 6 months 2014: Santana makes it 4 Volkswagens in Top 6

Full H1 2015 Top 391 All-local models and Top 10 LCVs vs. Full H1 2014 figures below.

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