Mexico February 2015: Market shoots up 22% to record level

Chevrolet Matiz Mexico February 2015The Chevrolet Matiz is inside the Mexican Top 10 for the 2nd straight month.

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The Mexican new car market is evolving a record-breaking levels in 2015: up another 22% in February to a best-ever 97,558 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 201,255 units, also up 22% on 2014. Nissan stands its ground: up 23% to 25,286 registrations and 25.9% share above Chevrolet (+21%), Volkswagen (+10%) and FCA Mexico (+19%). Toyota (+26%), Honda (+50%) and Mazda (+63%) impress while Hyundai is getting back up close the Top 10 at #11 and 1.6% share. Model-wise, the Chevrolet Aveo dominates once again, ahead of the Nissan Versa (+31%) and VW Vento (+57%) while the Chevrolet Spark (+36%), Nissan March (+60%), Nissan Sentra (+33%) and Chevrolet Matiz (+206% year-to-date) flex their muscles.

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Previous month: Mexico January 2015: Chevrolet Matiz in Top 10, market up 21%

One year ago: Mexico February 2014: VW Vento up to #4

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Venezuela February 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer & Toyota Corolla survive

Toyota Corolla Venezuela February 2015The new generation Corolla hasn’t reached Venezuelan shores yet.

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Granted, the Venezuelan new car market is up a seemingly impressive 60% year-on-year in February, but this was an extremely low base and at just 1,304 registrations, new car sales in the country are down 84% on February 2013 which is a more realistic benchmark. Only 3 manufacturers manage to sell over 100 units this month: Mitsubishi (552), Toyota (493) and Chevrolet (114) with the Mitsubishi Lancer (225) and Toyota Corolla (213), both previous generations no longer available in the vast majority of worldwide markets, the only nameplates above 200 deliveries. The nightmare continues for Venezuela.

Previous month: Venezuela January 2015: Market at standstill again with 683 sales

One year ago: Venezuela February 2014: Mitsubishi Lancer #1 in market down 90%

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California (USA) Full Year 2014: Now with detailed data available

Honda Accord USA August 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda Accord takes the lead of the Californian models ranking in 2014.

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The Californian new car market improves faster than the national US average in 2014: up 8% to an impressive 1,848,254 registrations, vs. +6.5% nationally. Toyota and Honda dominate the brands ranking, adding up to 30.2% share, above Ford (9.9%), Nissan (7.9%) and Chevrolet (6.9%). Luxury brands traditionally perform a lot better in California than nationally and this year is no different: BMW is up 15% to 6th place vs. #15 nationally, Mercedes ranks #7 vs. #14 and Lexus is up 20% #9 vs. #16. Notice also Jeep up 40% and Mazda up 18%.

Nissan Sentra California 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Sentra makes its first appearance inside the Californian Top 10 in 2014.

Model-wise, the Honda Accord overtakes both its little sister the Honda Civic and 2013 leader the Toyota Prius family to lead the way thanks to sales up 16% to 73,246. The Toyota Camry (+18%) and Corolla (+11%) hold onto their ranking at #4 and #5 respectively despite strong increases. The Ford F-Series is markedly weaker in California than it is nationally, ranking #6 and #1 domestic nameplate here (-4%). In fact, the Chevrolet Silverado at #10 (+23%) is the only other non-Japanese nameplate in the Top 10 which also welcomes the Nissan Sentra at #9.

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Previous year: California (USA) Full Year 2013: Toyota Prius remains on top

Two years ago: California (USA) Full Year 2012: Toyota Prius new leader

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Brazil February 2015: VW Up in Top 10, threatens Gol

VW Up Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriverbrasil.uol.com.brThe VW Up finishes the month just 374 sales below the Gol…

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The situation worsens for new car sales in Brazil, now down an abysmal 28% year-on-year in February to just 178,822 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 422,717 units, down 23% on 2014. This month Fiat fares even worse than the market at -38% but keeps the lead at a round 20% share above Volkswagen at 17.3% (-27%), Chevrolet at 15.7% (-37%), Ford at 10.5% (-10%) and Hyundai at 7.3% (-22%). Thanks to sales down just 4%, Toyota overtakes Renault (-30%) for 6th place overall while Honda (+9%), Mercedes (+9%) and Lifan (+31%) are the only manufacturers in the Top 20 to gain ground year-on-year.

Lifan 530 Brazil February 2015Lifan is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 at +31% this month.

The Fiat Palio is the best-selling nameplate in Brazil for the 8th time in the past 9 months despite falling faster than the market at -31% to 9,205 sales and is followed by the Fiat Strada down 35% to 8,735 deliveries. The plot thickens at Volkswagen and a momentous hierarchy reshuffle is occurring before our eyes within the German manufacturer’s range.

VW Gol Up Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy revistaautoesporte.comLeadership challenge – The Fox and Up are killing the Gol in Brazil.

The Fox/Crossfox stands out as the brand’s best-seller so far in 2015, hitting a shiny 3rd spot in February (-21%), its highest ranking since August 2012. Reversely the Gol is stuck at #8 for the 2nd month in a row – the nameplate’s lowest monthly ranking in Brazil in 32 years, whereas the Up celebrates one year in market by breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at #9, only 374 units below the Gol. Year-to-date, the Fox is #4, the Gol #8 and the Up #10. To be followed…

Honda Fit Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy fotosecarros.com.brHonda Fit sales are up 72% year-on-year in Brazil.

Other interesting developments in the Brazilian models ranking include the Chevrolet Onix falling back down to #4 only 388 sales above its archenemy the Hyundai HB20, the Ford Ka up one spot on January to #6, the Honda Fit up 72% on February 2014 to #13, the Toyota Corolla up 46% to #14, Honda City up 40% to #20, and the Audi A3 Sedan up 14 ranks on last month to #69. In the Chinese aisle, only the Lifan X60 (#79) and Chery QQ (#95) manage to crack the February Top 100, however the Lifan 530 (#115) and Foison (#116) could soon join them.

Previous month: Brazil January 2015: Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Onix fight for pole position, VW Gol down to lowest ranking in 32 years

One year ago: Brazil February 2014: Fiat Strada up to record 2nd place!

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Argentina February 2015: Gol Trend & Ecosport top market down 28%

Ford Ecosport Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com

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The Argentinean new car market is showing no sign of recovery: down another 28% year-on-year in February to 41,998 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 107,548 units, down 35% on 2014. Volkswagen (-23%), Ford (-19%) and Chevrolet (-8%) top the brands ranking, all managing to lose less ground than the market despite pretty heavy falls. It’s another story for Peugeot (-32%), Fiat (-38%), Citroen (-45%) and Renault (-52%)… Some rare brands do manage to improve year-on-year in February: among them Kia (+118%), Chery (+101%), Hyundai (+90%), Nissan (+67%) and Audi (+43%).

Chery Tiggo Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy of autocosmos.comChery sales are up 101% year-on-year in Argentina in February – the Tiggo ranks #41.

The VW Gol Trend holds onto the pole position it held over the FY2014 and in January thanks to 1,841 sales and 4.4%, exactly one percentage point above the next-best-seller, the Ford Ecosport up two spots on January to #2 and 1,427 units. The Ford Fiesta Kinetic is also up two ranks to #3 while the Toyota Hilux is down one to #4 but now ranks #2 year-to-date like it did in 2014. The Renault Clio Mio is back up 8 spots to #7 but #13 year-to-date vs. #3 in 2014, the VW Fox is up 13 to #20, the VW Vento up 29 to #27, the new generation VW Golf lands directly at #35 and the Chery Tiggo is up one further spot to a record #41.

Previous month: Argentina January 2015: The freefall continues at -39%

One year ago: Argentina February 2014: Ford Fiesta Kinetic leader for the first time

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Egypt January 2015: Skoda Octavia hops onto podium

Skoda Octavia Egypt January 2015. Picture courtesy drive2.ruSkoda Octavia

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Spectacular start of the year for the Egyptian new vehicle market: up 19% year-on-year in January to 22,755 registrations. The Chevrolet TFR confirms the pole position it snapped at the last minute in 2014 by ranking first again in January, albeit by just 3 units at 2,040 deliveries vs. 2,037… These two nameplates are head and shoulders above the competition in January with the other hero of the month being the Skoda Octavia, up 8 spots on December to land on the podium thanks to 863 sales and 3.8% share. Notice also the Toyota Corolla strong at #5, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at #11, Golden Dragon Haice at #12, and the breakout star if the month: the Suzuki Ciaz up 39 ranks on last month to break into the Egyptian Top 20 at #18 with 390 sales and 1.7% share.

Suzuki Ciaz Egypt January 2015. Picture courtesy of Top GearThe Suzuki Ciaz breaks into the Egyptian Top 20 this month.

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Mexico Full Year 2014: Now with Top 258 All-models and All-brands

Dodge Vision Mexico 2014. Picture courtesy automotores-rev.comThe Dodge Vision (a rebadged Fiat Gran Siena) lands at #174 in Mexico.

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I can now share with you All-models and All-brands rankings for Mexico for the Full Year 2014. Beyond the familiar Top 10 models there is a lot of movement in the ranking this year. In the Top 20, the Chevrolet Matiz is up 30% to #15, the Mazda3 up 17% to #17, the Chevrolet Trax is down two spots to #18 despite sales up 18% and the Ford F-Series (-4% to #19) is now threatened by the Ram Pickup (+16% to #20).

Ram 1500 Canada 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pickup is now inside the Mexican Top 20.

Helped by the new generation, the Toyota Corolla is up 24% and 5 ranks on 2013 to #22, the Renault Duster gains another 15% to crack the Mexican Top 25, the Nissan X-Trail is up 94% to #28, the Toyota Yaris triples its sales year-on-year thanks to the new model at #36, the Honda City is up 60% to #39, the Jeep Cherokee jumps to #50 for this generation’s first full year in market, the Seat Toledo is up 45% to #61, the Audi A3 up 129% to #68 and the Toyota Highlander up 119% to #69.

Renault Logan Mexico 2014. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comRenault Logan

Looking at the all-new entrants in the Mexican sales charts in 2014, logically Hyundai dominates: the Grand i10 lands at #59, the ix35 ranks 67th and the Elantra 77th. These are the only all-new nameplates in the Top 100. Further down, we find the Renault Logan at #114, the VW Caddy at #150, Lincoln MKC at #156, Mitsubishi Mirage at #164, Peugeot 2008 at #167, Hyundai Sonata at #169, Acura TLX at #173, Dodge Vision at #174 and Porsche Macan at #185.

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Saudi Arabia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Yaris in Top 5

Toyota Yaris Saudi Aarabia March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are purposely driving their way towards the annual million units, with 2014 up 10% to a record 833,711 registrations. As expected, Toyota dominates the brands ranking with 36% of the market, above Hyundai at a region-best 17.7%, Kia at 7%, Nissan at 6.9% and Isuzu at 6.4%. Chevrolet (#7), GMC (#9) and Renault (#10) are particularly strong in Saudi Arabia compared to other markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. The Toyota Hilux keeps its crown but sees its market share drop to 8.2%, in fact the entire Top 4 is identical to 2013 with the Toyota Corolla saving its 2nd spot by the skin of its teeth despite sales down 19% vs. -9% for the Hyundai Elantra at #3 and the Hyundai Accent up 21% at #4. The Toyota Yaris (+50%) enjoys the benefits of its new generation to overtake the Toyota Camry (-2%) for 5th place while the Isuzu D-Max remains at #7 with sales up 25%. Outstanding performance of the Nissan D22 Pickup up 25 spots to #8.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia August 2014: Toyota Camry shoots up to #2

One year ago: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2013: Toyota Corolla catches up on Hilux

Two years ago: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2012: Toyota Hilux up 52%, Hyundai Accent #3

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Qatar Full Year 2014: Land Cruiser leads, Nissan Patrol up 81%

Nissan Patrol Qatar 2014. Picture courtesy of suvcar.ruNissan Patrol (UAE model shown)

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New car sales in Qatar are up 6% year-on-year in 2014 to 95,171 registrations. As it is the case in every country in the region, Toyota dominates the brands ranking head and shoulders with 34.5% share, above Nissan at 16.3%, Hyundai at 7.7% and Mitsubishi at 7.2%. Notice Ford at a strong 6th place, Chevrolet at #8, GMC at #10 and Renault at #15. The models podium is unchanged on 2013 with the Toyota Land Cruiser taking the lead at 8.2% share above the Hilux at an estimated 6.8% and the Prado at 4.9%. The star of the year is the Nissan Patrol, up 81% to land at an impressive 4th place with 3.5% share. The Toyota Corolla (+50%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+46%), Mitsubishi Pajero (+77%) and Toyota Yaris (+228%) also shine.

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One year ago: Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

Two years ago: Qatar Full Year 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto top spot

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Kuwait Full Year 2014: Toyota Prado dominates Hilux and Camry

Toyota Prado Kuwait 2014. Picture courtesy of drivenews.co.zaToyota Prado

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Shock: new car sales in Kuwait are actually down year-on-year in 2014 at -1% to 152,477 registrations. Toyota (36.5%), Nissan (11.6%) and Hyundai (8%) top the brands ranking with Chevrolet at a strong 5th place, GMC at #11, Land Rover at #14 and Porsche at #15. The Top 2 best-sellers are unchanged on 2013: the Toyota Prado is the best-selling nameplate in the country once again but its share slips under 10% due to sales down 5%. The Toyota Hilux is up 53% to 7.6%, the Camry up 35% to 4.4% and the Corolla up 9% to 4.1%, making the Top 4 100% Toyota. Excellent performance of the Nissan Patrol up 55% to 5th place, the Chevrolet Tahoe up 26% to #8, Hyundai Santa Fe up 98% to #10 and Kia Sportage up 45% to #19.

Previous post: Gulf August 2014: Nissan Patrol consistently shines

One year ago: Kuwait Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado leads at record 10.3% share

Two years ago: Kuwait Full Year 2012: Toyota Prado and Nissan Patrol double sales

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