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South Korea August 2013: Hyundai Avante #1 for 1st time this year

September 14th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai Avante South Korea August 2013. Picture courtesy of autodiary.krHyundai Avante Coupe

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110,338 new local models found a buyer in South Korea in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 909,374 units, up 1% on 2012. The race to the title of 2013 best-selling model continues, and is as tight as ever: down to #3 year-to-date last month, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) reclaims the lead thanks to a solid 2nd spot in August: it now adds up to 62,123 units vs. 61,153 for the Hyundai Grandeur and 60,736 for the Hyundai Porter. For the first time so far in 2013, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) tops the monthly sales charts with 7,905 units sold thanks to the mid-life upgrade the model just received at home. The Kia K5 (aka Optima) is up one spot to #6 while the Kia Sportage R is up 6 to deliver the biggest gain in the Top 20 at #8 with 5,191 sales thanks to the facelifted model. Notice also the Daewoo Damas up 9 ranks to #25 and the Chevrolet Aveo up 10 to #33.

Previous month: South Korea July 2013: Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead year-to-date

One year ago: South Korea August 2012: Kia Morning in pole position

Full August 2013 Top 52 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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Estonia August 2013: Skoda Octavia and Renault Scenic on top

September 14th, 2013 No comments

Skoda Octavia Estonia August 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Estonian new car market gains 5% year-on-year in August to 1,589 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total back into positive at 13.665 units, 22 more than at the same stage last year. The Skoda Octavia delivers a second consecutive month in pole position thanks to 95 sales and 6% share, while the Renault Scenic is up a brilliant 9 spots on July to land in second place at 73 units and 4.6% vs. #13 and 1.7% year-to-date. The Subaru Forester is also in great shape: up 5 ranks to #8 with 58 sales and 3.7% vs. #12 and 1.9% year-to-date.

Renault Scénic Estonia August 2013Renault Scenic

Leader so far in 2013, the Honda CR-V ranks 4th for the 2nd time running at 53 units and 3.3%. Other great performers this month in Estonia include the Toyota Auris up 8 spots on last month to #5, the Skoda Rapid up a further one to #13, Peugeot 508 up 32 to #15, Chevrolet Cruze up 30 to #18, Peugeot 308 up 14 to #33 and the Suzuki SX4 up 21 to #21.

Previous month: Estonia July 2013: Skoda Octavia ends 6 months of Honda domination

One year ago: Estonia August 2012: Toyota Avensis dominates

Full August 2013 Top 50 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Mexico August 2013: VW Clasico confirms top spot

September 13th, 2013 2 comments

VW Clasico Mexico August 2013VW Clasico

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Another very healthy month for Mexican new car sales, up 6% year-on-year in August to 88,332 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 676,964 units, up 9% on 2012. After ending 19 months of Chevrolet Aveo reign in July, the VW Clasico confirms its newly reacquired top spot this month thanks to 4,670 sales and 5.3% share vs. 4,579 and 5.2% for the Aveo, which nevertheless remains #1 year-to-date at 40,044 units and 5.9% vs. 35,218 and 5.2%. In fact, it’s a little like we’re back into the past in August, with the Nissan Tsuru also coming out of its tomb to land in third place with 4,436 sales and 5%, up a whopping 56% year-on-year and its strongest market share since October 2010! The Nissan Versa is also in good shape at 4.6% while the Ford Escape is back up to 1.6% thanks to the new generation.

Previous month: Mexico July 2013: VW Clasico ends 19 months of Chevy Aveo reign

One year ago: Mexico August 2012: Chevrolet Aveo hits highest ever share

Full August 2013 Top 10 models and Top 30 All-Brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia August 2013: Lada 4×4 and Chevrolet Cruze outstanding

September 10th, 2013 4 comments

Lada 4x4 Russia August 2013Lada 4×4

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6th consecutive month of year-on-year decline for the Russian new car market, down 10% in August to 213,915 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,799,805 units, down 7% on 2012. The Lada Granta celebrates 12 straight month atop the models ranking, selling 14,951 units for a 6.4% market share this month. The Hyundai Solaris at 8,590 units and 3.7% and Kia Rio at 7,159 sales and 3.1% remain #2 and #3 respectively but there are two big events in the August Top 5: first the arrival for the first time of the Chevrolet Cruze, up 2 spots on a record #6 spot in July to land in 4th place at 6,294 units and 2.7% which are however not its all-time highs.

Chevrolet Cruze Russia August 2013Chevrolet Cruze. Picture by Roger-Diesel, all rights reserved.

Second the outstanding progression of the 36 year-old Lada 4×4 (aka Niva), up a huge 13 ranks on July to rank at a fantastic #5 thanks to 5,885 sales and 2.5% share, up 24% on August 2012 and above the Renault Duster, down 3 spots to #7… This the model’s best monthly ranking in at least 3 years and a fantastic achievement for its age. Further down, the Lada Largus is back up 2 ranks to #8 with a record 5,514 units and 2.4%, and is now #10 year-to-date. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up to #15 and the Toyota RAV4 up to #16.

Previous month: Russia July 2013: VW Polo and Chevrolet Cruze break records

One year ago:  Russia August 2012: Lada Granta takes off to #2, Lada Largus #20

Full August 2013 Top 25 models and Top 55 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA 8 months 2013: Discover the Top 274 All-models ranking!

September 8th, 2013 7 comments

SRT Viper USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe SRT Viper is #255 with 381 units sold so far this year.

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After going through the August sales data, let’s try and extract some longer-term trends by looking into the year-to-date charts. The US market is up a shiny 10% so far in 2013 at 10.65 million registrations, or more in 8 months than during the entire year 2009! What we have observed during the previous months continues to be true: the pick-up trucks are pulling the market up big time this year in the US. Proof: 5 of the 7 biggest gainers in the year-to-date Top 40 belong to this category! The Ford F-Series is up 22% (#1), the Chevrolet Silverado up 25% (#2), Dodge Ram up 25% also (#5, biggest rank gainer in the Top 10 at +4), GMC Sierra up 24% (#19) and Toyota Tacoma up 22% (#26).

Hyundai Elantra USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Hyundai Elantra is the biggest gainer in the Top 40 with sales up 30% on 2012.

The best performers in the Top 50 overall are passenger cars though: the Subaru Forester up 46% to #43 and the Hyundai Elantra up 30% to #13. Widen this to the Top 100 and we have the Nissan Pathfinder up 214% to #53, the Mazda CX-5 up 118% to #64 and the launch honeymoon is over so great word-of-mouth for Mazda’s SUV, Toyota Avalon up 145% to #69, VW Beetle up 66% to #90 and the Acura RDX up 81% to #93. Granted, the Dodge Dart is up 1341% but it was launched just over a year ago and is actually down to #58 vs. #56 after 7 months…

Kia Cadenza USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Kia Cadenza should break into the year-to-date Top 200 next month.

There is still one lonely all-new model inside the Top 100: the Subaru XV Crosstrek drops 2 ranks to #84 with 34,483. Not setting the world on fire, but playing its part in Subaru lodging record month after record month in the US. 3 additional newcomers inside the Top 200: the Ford C-Max at #107 (-1), Cadillac ATS at #111 (-3) and Buick Encore at #126 (+4). Hopefully one more will join these ranks next month: the Kia Cadenza is up 10 spots vs. last month to #201, as is the Fiat 500L up to #224 while the Infiniti Q50 lands directly at #2298, the Jaguar F-Type is up 7 to #239 and the Mini Paceman down one to #245.

Audi Q7 USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comUS Audi Q7 sales are up a very impressive 49% so far in 2013.

Some vehicles display impressive growth disconnected with any major model change – let’s call this pure growth. For example the Audi Q5 is up 44% to #112, the GMC Yukon XL up 54% to #123, Mercedes GL Class up 27% to #125, Nissan Leaf up 234% to #143 (thanks to a reduced price), Porsche Cayenne up 40% to #156 and the Audi Q7 up 49% to #168. Finally notice the Tesla Model S inside the Top 150 with an estimated 13,150 sales.

Previous post: USA August 2013: Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox hit record levels

One year ago: USA 8 months 2012: Discover the Top 273 All-models ranking!

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Brazil August 2013: Fiat Siena shines in market down 23%

September 7th, 2013 3 comments

Fiat Siena Brazil August 2013Fiat Siena

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Potentially the result of the social unrest that has characterised the country in the last couple of months, the Brazilian new car market falls deeper into recession in August, down a dramatic 23% on August 2012 (which was, granted, the strongest sales figure in history) to 312,722 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total into negative as well at 2,344,436 units, down 2% on 2012. Below the VW Gol #1 again with 22,621 sales and 7.2%, the Fiat Palio manages to rank above its lil sis the Uno for the 2nd month running but only the 4th time in the last 3 years after December 2012February and July 2013, thanks to 15,168 units and 4.9%. The Ford Fiesta lodges another extremely solid month at #4 with 13,541 sales and 4.3%, only 538 units away from the podium and the Fiat Uno!

Chevrolet Prisma Brazil August 2013. Picture courtesy of mad4wheels.comChevrolet Prisma

Outstanding month for the Fiat Siena, up 3 spots on July to #5 at 12,687 units and 4.1%, the nameplate’s highest market share in over 3 years (since July 2010) and its third best monthly volume ever behind March 2010 (12,913) and September 2009 (12,700). The Chevrolet Onix is back inside the Top 10, up 3 ranks to #8 with 10,327 sales and 3.3%, beating its archenemy the Hyundai HB20 (#11) for the third time in the last 4 months. Plus its sedan version, the Chevrolet Prisma, continues to progress, up 2 to #14 at 6,751 units and 2.2% vs. 4,057 and 1.3% for the HB20S, also up 2 to #21. Even though the new generation has still not arrived, the Renault Sandero is up to #9 and back inside the year-to-date Top 10 at #10 with 63,197 sales and 2.7%.

Previous month: Brazil July 2013: Fiat Palio confirms #2 spot, Ford Fiesta further up

One year ago: Brazil August 2012: Strongest month ever at 405,511 registrations

Full August 2013 Top 70 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA August 2013: Honda CR-V and Chevy Equinox hit record levels in euphoric market up 17%

September 7th, 2013 8 comments

Infiniti Q50 USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comWe welcome the Infiniti Q50 at #131 this month in the US

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In complete contrast with a European market back to its (very) wobbly self, new light vehicle sales in the US are absolutely and positively euphoric in August: up 17% year-on-year to 1.5 million registrations, adding up to 10.65 million year-to-date, up 10% on 2012. Even better: the annualised selling rate shoots up to 16.1 million units, the industry’s best showing since late 2007! Ok one more figure: carmakers have now sold more light vehicles in 8 months this than in all of 2009 (10.4 million)…

Honda CR-V USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda CR-V breaks its US monthly volume record this month.

Year-on-year brand gains are simply indecent: Honda is up 29%, Toyota and Nissan both up 24% and Subaru up 45% to pass 40,000 monthly units for the first time in history… More: Jaguar is up 67%, BMW up 46%, Cadillac up 38%, Buick up 37%, Mazda up 26% and Audi up 22%… Finally, Lexus is up 23% to 29,792 units, beating Mercedes (24,761 excluding LCVs) and BMW (24,523) to reclaim the luxury crown for the first time since August 2012 and only the second time since the end of 2010. Lexus was the #1 luxury brand in the USA for 11 years up to 2010.

Subaru Forester USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Forester brings Subaru up to its best month in history in the US…

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series tops 70,000 sales for the 2nd time in the last 4 months at 71,115 (+22%) while the Toyota Camry passes the Chevrolet Silverado to reclaim the 2nd spot at 44,713 units (+22%) vs. 43,603 (+14%). Huge month for Honda, placing 3 models inside the Top 6! Both the Civic and Accord hit their strongest monthly volume in 4 years at 39,458 (+58%) and 38,559 (+11%) respectively, while the CR-V is up 45% to a all-time high of 34,654 units, beating its previous best established in March 2012. The Dodge Ram also impresses at +31% in 7th place.

Lexus IS350 USA August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comLexus is back to the #1 luxury brand spot it held between 2000 and 2010.

The Chevrolet Equinox is up 24% to reach a best-ever 11th place and record 25,073 sales, ahead of the Hyundai Elantra up 37% to #12 and 24,700 units in spite of stock issues due to its success. Other massive gainers in the Top 50 include the Toyota RAV4 up 50% to #15, Jeep Grand Cherokee up 40% to #18, Nissan Rogue up 37% to #20, Honda Pilot up 40% to #27, Subaru Forester up a whopping 89% to a record #30 and 13,163 sales, Lexus RX up 32% to #37, Chevrolet Sonic up 30% to #39 and a record 11,354 sales and the BMW 3 Series up 67% to #44.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZThe Chevrolet Equinox delivers its best-ever month in the US.

Further down, notice the Lexus IS up 87% to #90 vs. #128 year-to-date, the Buick Encore breaking into the Top 100 for the first time at #94, the Chevrolet Volt up 29 spots on July to #114 and an all-time high 3,351 sales and the all-new Infiniti Q50 landing directly in 131st position at 2,434 units. Among recent launches, the Kia Cadenza is down 5 ranks to #156, the Fiat 500L up 2 to #172, the Jaguar F-Type down 3 to #123 and the SRT Viper sells 61 units, the best month for this generation so far.

Previous post: USA 7 months 2013: Discover the Top 272 All-models ranking!

Previous month: USA July 2013: General Motors new gen pick-ups shoot up

One year ago: USA August 2012: Chevy Cruze, Sonic, Volt & Spark all set monthly records

Full August 2013 Top 256 All-models, Top 40 All-brands and Top 15 Groups below.

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Venezuela August 2013: Chevrolet Cruze & Orlando break records

September 7th, 2013 1 comment

Chevrolet Orlando Venezuela August 2013Chevrolet Orlando

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The Venezuelan new car market continues to struggle, down a harsh 25% year-on-year in August to 8,335 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 74,301 units, down 17% on 2012. This is one of these months in Venezuela when the models ranking is completely messed around! The Mitsubishi Lancer takes the lead for the second time in the last 3 months thanks to 859 sales and 10.3% share, while the two Chevrolets on the podium both break their market share records in the country…

Jeep Cherokee Venezuela August 2013Jeep Cherokee

The Cruze ranks at a best-ever #2, also reached in July, August and September 2012, with 772 units and 9.3%, its previous best being 9% in August 2012. The Orlando is up 2 spots on July to reach a record #3 with 766 sales and 9.2% share, making Venezuela the first country in the world to welcome the Orlando inside its monthly podium. In the meantime, the Aveo is down to #6 but still leader year-to-date. Notice also the Jeep Cherokee up 14 spots to #5, the Toyota Land Cruiser back at #11 thanks to government orders and the Dodge Forza (aka Fiat Siena) at #14.

Previous month: Venezuela July 2013: Chevrolet Orlando up to best-ever #5

One year ago:  Venezuela August 2012: Chevrolet Cruze up to record 9% share

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Belgium August 2013: Mercedes and Renault in great shape

September 7th, 2013 1 comment

Mercedes CLA Belgium August 2013. Picture courtesy of autozeitung.deMercedes sales are up a massive 28% year-on-year this month in Belgium.

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Belgian new car sales are down 5% year-on-year in August to 29,829 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 354,581 units, now up just 0.4% on 2012. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the country but slips just under 10% share this because with sales down 14% to 2,944. Reversely, Renault is up 15% to 2,792 units and 9.4%, potentially thanks to the combined effect of the Clio IV and Captur. Peugeot stays #3 but loses 19%, ahead of Opel (-3%), BMW (-2%) and Audi (-1%). In fact, Mercedes is the only other Top 10 manufacturer to gain ground in August, up a fantastic 28% on August 2012 to 1,921 sales and 6.4% share. There are only 5 additional gainers inside the Top 20: Dacia (+8%), Fiat (+6%), Volvo (+5%), Mini (+4%) and Chevrolet (+74%).

Previous month: Belgium July 2013: Audi, Volvo and Mazda on fire

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Italy August 2013: Punto teases Panda in worst August in 51 years

September 7th, 2013 13 comments

Fiat Punto Italy August 2013Fiat Punto

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In August, new car sales in Italy are down 7% compared to last year to just 53,310 registrations. This is the lowest August figure since 1962 when 49,766 cars were registered and the worst month (full stop) in 46 years, since December 1967 (48,974). The year-to-date total is now down 9% on 2012 to 897,529 units and as I predicted in my article Will the European new car market ever grow again? it looks like the car population in Italy will decrease in 2013 for only the 2nd time since World War II. In the models ranking, if the Fiat Panda celebrates 20 consecutive months in pole position, it is down 30% year-on-year to 3,487 sales and threatened by the Fiat Punto, up 33% to 3,481 units and 6.5%, its strongest market share since April 2012 and the closest it’s been to ranking #1 since December 2011.

Fiat 600 Italy 1962The last time August new car sales were so low in Italy, the Fiat 600 was #1.

The Fiat 500L breaks into the Italian podium for the very first time at #3 with 2,006 sales and 3.8% which is also its new record market share in the country. This means the 500L outsells the 500 for the 2nd consecutive month and the third time ever. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but in these tough times low cost models are kicking arse and like in Germany, Spain and France, the Dacia Sandero is testing new heights in Italy, up 7 spots to a best-ever #12 thanks to 990 units and 1.9% share, and I indeed saw quite a few new gen Sanderos during my visit to Ventimiglia last week.

Dacia Sandero Italy August 2013. Picture courtesy of sicurauto.itThe Dacia Sandero is up to a best-ever #12 in Italy this month.

Other great performers this month in Italy include the Audi A3 up 6 ranks to #19, the Renault Captur breaking into the Italian Top 20 for the first time at #20, the Hyundai i35 up 6 to #22 (2nd best-ever ranking), the Hyundai i20 up 21 to smash its record Italian ranking at #23 (previous best: #43!), the Kia Sportage up 2 to #25, Hyundai i10 up 17 to #28, Opel Mokka up 5 to a best-ever #33, Fiat Bravo back up 63 spots to #37 and the BMW 5 Series up 49 to #42. In the Station Wagons ranking, the Audi A4 takes the lead this month with an unbelievable 95% SW ratio, but the BMW 3 Series keeps the lead year-to-date while the Renault Clio is up to #4 and the Chevrolet Cruze up to #8.

Photo Report: Italy August 2013: It’s a Fiat 500-mania – Photo report

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

Previous month: Italy July 2013: Fiat 500L above 500 for the second time

One year ago: Italy August 2012: Lowest August since 1962, Fiat Panda at highest in 30 years

One year ago (Station Wagons): Italy SW August 2012: Opel Astra back in control

Full August 2013 Top 50 models, Top 10 station wagons and Top 44 All-brands below.

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