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Italy September 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

October 28th, 2013 No comments

BMW 4 Series Italy September 2013The BMW 4 Series misses out on the Italian Top 100 for only 4 sales in September…

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As it has now become the tradition on BSCB, thanks to Paolo I can share with you a lot more detail about the most popular models in Italy in September. We learn that the Chevrolet Trax is flirting with the Top 50 once again at a#53, the Peugeot 308 gets a boost: +23 spots on August to #62, the Suzuki SX4 is up 51 ranks to #92 potentially thanks to the new S-Cross model, the BMW 4 Series makes a thunderous arrival in the ranking at #103 with 200 sales, only 4 units off the Top 100 for its first full month of sales in the country, the BMW 3 Series GT is up 22 to #117 and the Renault Koleos up to #140.

Previous post: Italy September 2013: Fiat 500L confirms podium spot

Previous month: Italy August 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

One year ago: Italy September 2012: Fiat 500L up to #25

Full September 2013 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Puerto Rico (USA) September 2013: Toyota Corolla takes off to 11% share

October 28th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Corolla Puerto Rico September 2013Toyota Corolla

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After a one month-absence, Puerto Rico is back! We also celebrate one year since this territory is covered (almost) monthly by BSCB. In September, the Puerto Rican new car market is down a harsh 11% year-on-year to 7,346 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is now up by only 1% on 2012 to 73,739 units. Boosted by the arrival of the 11th generation in dealerships, the Toyota Corolla takes off to over 11% market share thanks to 817 sales this month and reinforces its 2013 year-to-date pole position at 5,630 units and 7.6% vs. 4,299 and 5.8% for the Toyota Yaris which was #1 in 2012. Both the Hyundai Accent and Toyota RAV4 are also faithful to their YTD rankings at #3 and #4 respectively.

Mitsubishi Mirage Puerto Rico September 2013. Picture courtesy of autogo.caMitsubishi Mirage

In September we welcome an all-new model inside the Puerto Rican Top 10! A very rare event indeed. The Mitsubishi Mirage lands directly at #9 with 139 sales and 1.9% share for its first appearance in the territory. It is already the brand’s best-seller, with the Lancer down a horrendous 13 spots to #21 this month. Let’s also salute the solid performances of the Honda CR-V at ##15, Chevrolet Sonic at #23 and Mitsubishi Outlander at #26. The Jeep Wrangler leads the US contingent at #7, followed by the Ford Fiesta at #14 and Jeep Grand Cherokee at #16.

Previous post: Puerto Rico (USA) July 2013: Kia Rio lands on podium

One year ago: Puerto Rico (USA) September 2012: Toyota dominates, US brands low

Full September 2013 Top 175 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Egypt September 2013: Geely Emgrand 7 settles in Top 5

October 28th, 2013 2 comments

Geely Emgrand 7 Egypt September 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comGeely Emgrand 7

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After a one month-hiatus due to the troubled situation in the country, Egypt is back on BSCB. September new car sales are just down 1% year-on-year to 18,420 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 141,965 units, up 0.4% on 2012. The Top 3 best-sellers are identical to the year-to-date ranking this month: the Hyundai Verna leads the way with 2,362 sales and 12.9% and reclaims the 2013 top spot from the Chevrolet TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max) at #2 with 1,473 units and 8.1% while the Chevrolet Lanos rounds up the podium with 1,240 sales and 6.8% share.

Speranza Envy Egypt September 2013. Picture courtesy of carprice.kharkov.uaSperanza Envy

After lodging an incredible 2nd position in August, the Geely Emgrand 7 confirms it is definitely now part of the big boys by ranking #4 in September thanks to 1,236 units sold for a 6.8% share, and now only 14 sales below the Chevrolet Aveo year-to-date for 4th place overall. Notice also the Speranza Envy (aka Chery E5) up to #18 vs. #32 year-to-date, the Renault Fluence at #25 vs. #37, Jinbei Haise at #31 vs. #54, Speranza M11 at #45 vs. #95 and Subaru XV at #49 vs. #69.

Previous post: Egypt July 2013: Peugeot 301 up to #4 in devastated market

One year ago: Egypt September 2012: Golden Dragon Haice #6, Brilliance shines

Full September 2013 Top 130 All-models Ranking Table below.

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China September 2013: Discover the Top 313 All-models ranking!

October 25th, 2013 21 comments

Wuling Hongguang China September 2013The Wuling Hongguang is the #1 Passenger Car in China in September. Yep, you read that right.

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 65 All-brands & Top 313 All-models! Click on title to see *

Finally – I know a lot of you have been waiting for it – I can share with you the best-selling models in China for September. No respite for Chinese new car sales this year: they surge by 21% year-on-year to 1.59 million units, their highest monthly volume since January, bouncing back from the consumer backlash sparked by a territorial dispute last year and bringing the year-to-date total to 12.8 million units, up 14% on 2012. The growth is fueled by SUVs up 65% to 283,600 units. Total sales of vehicles including buses and trucks are up 20% year-on-year to 1.94 million units, adding up to a record 15.9 million units in 9 months. Brand-wise, Ford is up 61%, Audi up 28% and both Mercedes and BMW are up 21%.

Wuling Hongguang China October 2012bWuling Hongguang

This month I have made the (controversial?) decision to include the Wuling Hongguang in the Passenger Cars ranking. It is indeed categorised as an MPV by the CAAM since the start of 2013 (and not LCV) and my visit to Beijing, China confirmed it is not a commercial vehicle. This ruffles a few feathers in the ranking as it puts the Hongguang in pole position with 51,211 sales, up a whopping 81% year-on-year. It’s the third time in the last 8 months that the Hongguang sells more than 50,000 monthly units in China after reaching 64,096 last February and 50,032 last March. This new classification makes the Hongguang the only passenger car to have ever clocked 50,000 and 60,000 monthly sales.

VW Gran Lavida China September 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.itc.cnA huge 12,315 VW Gran Lavida found a buyer in China this month.

The VW Lavida is #2 with 42,267 sales, up a magnificent 72% year-on-year and the nameplate’s second best-ever monthly result below the 48,267 units it hit last January. The September total includes 12,315 Gran Lavida, an enormous success which would earn the variant a ranking just outside the Top 30 on its own, in a country not used to station wagons. This will surely incite more carmakers to start locally manufacturing models in this segment in the near future.

VW Jetta China September 2013. Picture courtesy of biauto.comVW Jetta

Year-to-date, the Lavida holds onto the pole position in spite of the arrival of the Wuling Hongguang at 334,161 sals vs, 291,393. This means that after just 9 months, the Lavida has already beaten the all-time annual Passenger Car sales record, with the two previous bests being the Ford Focus at 296,360 over the Full Year 2012 and the BYD F3 at 291,010 in 2009. At 26,943 units the VW Jetta delivers its best monthly volume in almost 2 years, since January 2011 exactly when it reached 28,140 sales. The Chevrolet Cruze is at a best-ever 24,744 sales, beating the 24,477 hit last January, this could be the materialization of the hatchback variant hitting Chinese shores.

Nissan Sylphy China September 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comNissan Sylphy

The Nissan Sylphy, up 133% on September 2012 to 22,972 sales – only its second time ever above 20,000 monthly units after last January – is the first of a series of Japanese models lodging impressive year-on-year gains because at the same time last year the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands conflict started impacting Nippon sales. Notice also the Nissan Teana up 114% (also due to the new model), Toyota RAV4 up 98%, Nissan Qashqai and Tiida up 89%, Honda Accord up 86%, Honda CR-V up 82, Toyota Corolla EX up 69% and the Toyota Corolla up 55%.

VW Jetta China September 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comThe VW Santana nameplate lodges its first 20,000+ sales month. 

The Chevrolet Sail (-17%) is the only model in the Top 12 to not post year-on-year gains, while the Hyundai Elantra Langdong is up a shiny 50% to a record 22,789 units at #8 and the VW Santana up a huge 225% thanks to the new model to 20,480 units, the nameplate’s first ever month above the 20,000 sales benchmark in its 30 year-career! Add the Sagitar at #9, the Passat at #13, Bora at #14, Tiguan at #17 and Magotan at #18 and we have 8 Volkswagen in the Top 18! The German manufacturer is clearly doing it right in China.

Great Wall Haval H6 China September 2013The 2013 Great Wall Haval H6 is branded Haval, not Great Wall! 

The Great Wall Haval H6 loses its title of best-selling Chinese PC with the arrival of the Wuling Hongguang but still manages a third consecutive record sales result at 21,141 units, up 40% year-on-year and the combination of the 2012 model runout and the arrival of the 2013 model, now branded Haval instead of Great Wall! I will share more exclusive pictures with you on one of my Trans-Siberian Beijing updates.

Ford Mondeo China September 2013. Picture courtesy of Bitauto.comThe Ford Mondeo has already done better than the previous generation!

There are a few other big events further down the Chinese ranking this month: still fresh from the factory, the Ford Mondeo new generation is up 68 spots on August to land just outside the Top 50 for only its 2nd month in market at #51 with just under 10,000 sales at 9,676, while the previous generation culminated at 8,095 sales and #54 in December 2011!

Fiat Viaggio China September 2013Fiat sold 10 times more Viaggio in September than in August!

The most surprising development is the explosive growth of the Fiat Viaggio, going from #191 and 1,001 sales in August to a record #52 and 9,497 units this month. Launched last November, the first Fiat to be produced in China since the Palio/Siena couple started its career with 4 months at 4,000 sales before stabilising around 3,000 monthly units and suddenly dropping last month. Had the factory hit a bottleneck and October will return to normal or is this the new performing Viaggio we should get used to? Given the the Viaggio is very competitively price and its design is well appreciated by Chinese consumers but the brand is suffering from a lack of dealerships (only 5 in the whole country!), I would bet on the first option.

There are no less than 7 newcomers in the Chinese PC ranking this month, but this is the subject of a dedicated post

Previous post: China 8 months 2013: Discover the Top 326 All-models ranking!

Previous month: China August 2013: Great Wall Haval H6 breaks sales record again

One year ago: China September 2012: Island diplomatic row sends models ranking wild!

Full September 2013 Top 313 All-models and Top 65 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Trans-Siberian Railway 2013: The Hummers of Ulaanbaatar

October 22nd, 2013 5 comments

Hummer 2One of the many Hummers I saw in Ulaanbaatar

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This is Part 16 of my Trans-Siberian Photo Report. You can see all other Parts of this long-term Report here. After one week in the Gobi desert, saying that getting back to Ulaanbaatar is a shock is an understatement. You would think that civilisation progressively creeps back to culminate in the capital, but it’s not so. Basically anything outside of Ulaanbaatar is desert steppe, and when you arrive in the city it’s like turning a huge switch on: you instantly are in traffic jams going for kilometres! It’s simple, I saw in 10 seconds the amount of cars it took one week to spot outside the capital…

Hummer 5Big.

There will be four more articles about Mongolia on BSCB, including one detailing the (official!) best-selling models in the country in 2013 so far so be sure to check in often so you don’t miss any updates. I couldn’t go on without pausing on one of the most surprising particularities of the UB car landscape: the astounding frequency of Hummers. I saw dozens every day in the capital (no, it was not the same doing the rounds, I checked).

Hummer H2b

All models are represented, with the H2 being the most frequent. When riding my bike to Terelj National Park, I was even passed by a hugely huge H1 Alpha Wagon and it took both sides of the road to pass my tiny mountain bike! Scary. I also spotted a few pick-ups. One interesting fact in Ulaanbaatar is that a majority of these Hummers are driven by women. With 80% of the highest-ranking jobs in the capital held by women it makes sense that they drive one of the most expensive American vehicles around.

Hummer H2 on saleThis Hummer will set you back 89,999,999 MNT

If you are interested, there is one (new?) Hummer on sale right in front of the big State Department Store in Ulaanbaatar for 90 million MNT which is a steep US$52,000. Any takers? Which begs the question: but where do all these Hummers come from? When the brand shut down in 2010, there were reportedly 2,200 vehicles remaining to be sold, so it would make sense that a share of these found their way to Mongolia. A very interesting South China Morning Post article explains it all for us.

Hummer H2 yellowA yellow Hummer for a change

In 2010 Terbish Bolor-Erdene, a 30 year-old entrepreneur president of the Mongolia Hummer Club, said there are around 300 Hummers in Ulaanbaatar, a quarter of them sold through his dealership. This number could well have jumped to 500 or 600 today. ‘The Hummer started out as a military vehicle and we Mongols still think of ourselves as warriors. It’s just a perfect fit for our country and our people.’ he said. The SCMP says the vehicles are particularly popular with Mongolia’s nouveau ‘khans’. Owners include pop singers, CEOs and famous athletes. Sumo wrestler Davaagdorj Dolgorsuren, who became Japan’s 68th Yokozuna, drives a Hummer H1 (probably the one who passed me on my way to Terelj!).

Hummer H2 SUTHummer H3T

Mongolia’s love affair with the Hummer started in the late 1990s when a brash cashmere magnate named B. Jargalsaikhan started driving around Ulaanbaatar in a Humvee, one of the original military vehicles designed and used by the US army. Hummers have since filtered into Mongolia’s growing upper class. Luvsandorj Magnaidorj, a policy director for the local traffic police office, drives an H2.

Hummer H3

In 2010 when the article was written in the South China Morning Post, Bolor-Erdene and other importers were purchasing Hummers in the US and shipping them to Mongolia, via China. Shipping a vehicle cost around US$2,600 and once it arrives in Mongolia the importer will likely pay an additional US$6,000 in import duties.

Hummer H3 Lexus LXHummer and Lexus LX

The Hummers were then shined up and sold in parking lots around the city, with high mark-ups resulting in big gains for importers. In 2010 Bolor-Erdene said his asking price for his latest import, a Hummer H2 SUT, was US$120,000, whereas a typical US price for this vehicle was US$56,800 at the time. Now that Hummer production has stopped, importers like Bolor-Erdene have to rely on the remaining stock available (it is unclear whether there are still some new Hummers around) or used vehicles.

But the Hummer was not the only American gas-guzzler to be seen frequently around Ulaanbaatar… See below the jump for more Yankees.

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Romania September 2013: Dacia Sandero at highest in 4 years

October 21st, 2013 No comments

Dacia Sandero Romania September 2013Dacia Sandero

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New car sales in Romania are back into negative in September, down 5% year-on-year to 4,491 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 41,073 units, down 16% on 2012. If the Dacia Logan comes back to earth at 19.5% share vs. 29.2% last month, the Dacia Sandero reaches heights the nameplate had not seen at home in 4 years, up 2 spots on August to #2 with 291 sales and 6.5% share. With the Duster at #3 and 4.3%, Dacia monopolises the Romanian podium in September for the 2nd time in 4 months and potentially ever!

BMW 7 Series Romania September 2013The BMW 7 Series is among the 60 best-selling cars in Romania this month.

Further down, notice the Renault Clio up 8 ranks to #5, the Skoda Rapid up 6 to a best-ever 6th place, the Dacia Lodgy back up a huge 62 spots to #10, the Fiat 500 up 34 to #16, Ford Kuga up 15 to #17, Ford Mondeo up 36 to #24, the Peugeot 2008 cracking the Romanian Top 50 at #43 (+20 on August), the BMW 7 Series up to an impressive 59th spot and the Chevrolet Trax breaking into the Top 60 for the first time at #60.

Previous month: Romania August 2013: Dacia Logan just under 30% share!

One year ago: Romania September 2012: VW Up! and Dacia Lodgy in Top 20

Full September 2013 Top 80 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Indonesia September 2013: Daihatsu Ayla & Toyota Agya in Top 7!

October 21st, 2013 No comments

Daihatsu Ayla Indonesia Seprember 2013. Picture courtesy of www.mesinbalap.comDaihatsu Ayla

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After a one-month hiatus the Indonesian models ranking is back on BSCB with September total sales up a magnificent 14% year-on-year to break a new monthly record at 115,921 units (previous best: 112,195 last July), bringing the year-to-date total to 909,729 units, up 11% on 2012. This confirms 2013 will be another record year for new car sales in Indonesia. Below the unattainable Toyota Avanza, the Suzuki Ertiga confirms the 2nd spot it has been regularly holding this year thanks to 6,010 sales and 5.2% share, while both the all-new Daihatsu Ayla (#6 at 4,377 units) and its twin the Toyota Agya (#7 at 4,123) directly land inside the Indonesian Top 7 this month! Notice also the Chevrolet Spin down 5 ranks to #18.

Previous month: Indonesia August 2013: Suzuki strong again at 15.1% share

One year ago: Indonesia September 2012: Honda Brio in Top 10!

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Bulgaria September 2013: Renault Clio IV and Captur on podium

October 10th, 2013 8 comments

Renault Captur Bulgaria September 2013. Picture courtesy of La Revue AutomobileThe Renault Captur jumps onto the Bulgarian podium this month.

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An estimated 1,999 new light vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in September, that’s a nice 7% year-on-year increase. The year-to-date total now stands at 17,782 units, down a minuscule 0.2% on 2012. Remember Bulgarian new car sales do not reflect the ‘real’ situation in the country as a large portion (rumoured to be as much as 30%) is re-exported to other European countries. As always very volatile, the models ranking is dominated this month and for the first time ever by the Renault Clio IV thanks to 116 sales and 5.8%, lifting it up to #5 year-to-date, while its SUV brother the Captur is up a massive 35 spots on August to reach an outstanding 3rd place ex-aequo with the Kia Sportage at 58 units and 2.9%, its highest ranking so far in the world equal with France. As a result Renault is by far the #1 brand in the country this month with just under 15% share.

Great Wall Hover H6 Bulgaria September 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.bgThe Great Wall Hover H6 makes its first European appearance in Bulgaria

Solely thanks to a huge month of August (15% share!) and even though it is down to #7 this month, the Dacia Dokker remains the most popular vehicle in the country so far in 2013 with 580 sales and 3.3% ahead of the Kia Sportage at 540 units and 3% and the Nissan Qashqai, #2 again this month, with 503 sales and 2.8%. Notice also the Toyota Corolla up 50 spots to #15 thanks to the new generation making its way into dealerships, the Chevrolet Trax up 55 to #59, Peugeot 2008 up 62 to #70 and the arrival in the ranking of a 6th Great Wall model: the Hover H6 at #88 with 5 units sold this month.

Previous month: Bulgaria August 2013: Dacia Dokker shoots up to 15% share!

One year ago: Bulgaria September 2012: Dacia leads, Great Wall up to #6

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Venezuela September 2013: Mitsubishi Lancer holds onto #1 spot

October 9th, 2013 No comments

Mitsubishi Lancer Venezuela September 2013. Picture courtesy of jaskicars.comThe Mitsubishi Lancer sold in Venezuela is the previous generation of the model.

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New car sales in Venezuela are not showing any signs of recovery this year, down another 20% year-on-year to 7,649 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 81,950 units, down 17% on 2012. It looks like there is a little coup coming up in the models ranking: the Mitsubishi Lancer is #1 for the 2nd month in a row and the third time in the last 4 months thanks to 820 sales and a huge 10.7% market share, now adding up to 6,366 and 7.8% vs. 8,167 and 10% for the Chevrolet Aveo, back up to #2 this month. The two record-breaking Chevrolets from last month stay at very high levels, both at 7.6% share and within one unit of each other: the Cruze is #3 and Orlando #4. Notice also the Toyota Land Cruiser up 5 spots to #6 thanks to government orders and the Chevrolet Tahoe up 7 to #13.

Previous month: Venezuela August 2013: Chevrolet Cruze and Orlando break records

One year ago: Venezuela September 2012: Renault Duster lands at #20

Full September 2013 Top 40 models Ranking Table below.

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Italy September 2013: Fiat 500L confirms podium spot

October 9th, 2013 24 comments

Fiat 500L Italy September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat 500L

* NOW UPDATED with actuals for the Top 50 models and Top 45 All-brands! See title *

40th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in September for the Italian new car market at -3% to 107,124 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,005,126 units, down 8% on 2012. After an awkward month of August when the Punto was only 6 units below the Panda, we’re back to normal this month with the Panda at 8.1% and the Punto at 4.3%, testing new low levels as the nameplate’s lowest ever market share since its original launch in November 1993… That sad record has been broken 3 times in the last year: from 4.7% in September 2008 to 4.6% in August 2012, 4.4% in March 2013 and 4.3% this month.

Mini Countryman Italy September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frMini Countryman

Reversely, the Fiat 500L manages a podium ranking for the 2nd month running thanks to 3,592 sales and 3.4%, now taking its distance with its “inspiration” the 500, down to #8 and 2.2% this month. With the Lancia Ypsilon stable at #4, the Top 4 is 100% Italian for the 7th month in a row. Other great performers in Italy in September include the Renault Captur up 4 spots to a best-ever #16, the Audi A3 up a further two to #17, Mini Countryman up 12 to #20, Chevrolet Spark up 5 to #22 vs. #32 year-to-date and the Peugeot 2008 breaking into the Italian Top 50 for the first time at #38 with 714 sales and 0.7% share.

Previous post: Italy August 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

Previous month: Italy August 2013: Fiat Punto teases Panda in worst August in 51 years

One year ago: Italy September 2012: Fiat 500L up to #25

Full September 2013 Top 50 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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