Greece June 2014: Hyundai i20 takes the lead in market up 41%

Hyundai i20 Greece June 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deHyundai i20

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Another very satisfying month for new car sales in Greece, up 41% year-on-year in June to 7,964 units, the highest monthly result since January 2012! The year-to-date total halfway through 2014 now stands at 37,469 units, up 23% on 2013. Brand-wise, Nissan lodges a second consecutive month atop the ranking thanks to 834 sales and 10.5% share just above Toyota (10.2%) with Opel rounding out the podium at 9.3%. Hyundai is up 8 spots on May to #4 and 8% share and places the i20 in pole position of the models ranking at 533 units and 6.7%. The Toyota Yaris is back up one spot to #2 and remains leader year-to-date with 2,135 sales and 5.7% vs. 2,072 and 5.5% for the Opel Corsa down two ranks to #3 this month. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai at #5 vs. #11 year-to-date, the Opel Astra up 19 ranks on May to #7, the Seat Mii at #14 vs. #27 YTD, Skoda Citigo at #16 vs. #30 and the Chevrolet Matiz up 16 to #33 vs. #63.

Previous month: Greece May 2014: Nissan Qashqai misses #1 spot for 14 units

One year ago: Greece June 2013: Seat places Ibiza and Leon inside Top 10

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Israel June 2014: Picanto ends 10 months of Corolla domination

Kia Picanto Israel June 2014. Picture courtesy of Picanto

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The Israeli new car market is up 29% year-on-year in June to 23,088 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135,511 units, up 21% on 2013. All very good results for this part of the world. After dominating the models sales charts for almost one full year (10 consecutive months), the Toyota Corolla drops to #2 in June, overtaken by the Kia Picanto at 1,207 sales and 5.2% share vs. 1,163 and 5%. The Corolla is of course still leader year-to-date at 8,319 units and 6.1% vs. 5,945 and 4.4% for the Picanto which, let’s remind ourselves, led the overall Full Year 2013 ranking. The Mazda3 is also back onto the podium from #8 in May to #3 this month thanks to 1,155 sales and 5% share, well above its year-to-date level (3.8%). Notice also the Ford Focus back up 9 ranks to #5, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 5 to #10, Kia Sportage up 18 to #12 and Chevrolet Spark up 78 to #17.

Previous month: Israel May 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Hyundai i10 and i35 on podium

One year ago: Israel June 2013: Hyundai i35 leads, podium 100% Korean

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Brazil June 2014: Fiat Palio tops charts for first time in 7 years

Fiat Palio Brazil June 2014Fiat Palio

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The Soccer World Cup definitely has had a noxious effect on new car sales in Brazil so far: June sales are down a painful 17% year-on-year to 250,655 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,582,634 units, down 7% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 4 manufacturers all fall sharply: Fiat remains #1 but is down 20%, Volkswagen and Chevrolet follow, both at -22% and Ford is down 24%. Hyundai goes against the trend in a big way: up 19% to 19,189 sales, while Renault (-12%), Toyota (-2%), Honda (-16%) and Nissan (-2%) all outperform the market. Further down, notice Audi up an unbelievable 121% to 1,102 sales and Mercedes up 10% to 1,053 units.

Chevrolet Onix Brazil June 2014First ever podium ranking for the Chevrolet Onix in Brazil this month.

We have already had our lot of surprises this year in the models ranking, among them the Fiat Strada taking the overall lead in March, and this month is no different in Brazil: the Fiat Palio is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the first time in 7 years and only the 5th time in the past 20 years! Previous times were in November 1997September 06, October 06 and August 07… The Palio sells 14,080 units for a 5.6% market share, stable year-on-year, while the VW Gol is down a devastating 42% to 13,167 units and 5.2%. This shows two things: 1. the Palio has not suffered from its ‘budget’ previous gen being discontinued at the end of last year whereas the Gol has, 2. the Gol is being cannibalised by the Up which continues its progression at #14 with a best-ever 6,225 sales, almost 50% of the Gol sales this month (vs. 38% in May)…

Chevrolet Prisma Brazil June 2014Chevrolet Prisma

18 months after their respective launches, both the Chevrolet Onix and the Hyundai HB20 resume their ascension to the top, with both models up 13% year-on-year which corrected with the market evolution corresponds in fact to a 36% increase. The Onix even jumps onto the overall podium for the very first time in third place thanks to 10,994 sales and 4.4% share. The HB20 for its part is up to #6 at 9,528 units and 3.8%, its best ranking since April 2013. Further down, the Fiat Uno (-54%) and VW Fox (-51%) crumble down, while the Chevrolet Prisma is up 25% year-on-year and 3 ranks on May to land in 9th place, the nameplate’s best ranking in at least 4 years.

Previous month: Brazil May 2014: Renault Sandero up to best-ever 6th place

One year ago: Brazil June 2013: Chevrolet Onix and Hyundai HB20 pause

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South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

Kia Carnival South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comKia Carnival

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Sales of locally produced models in South Korea are up 7% year-on-year in June to 121,221 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 707,343 units, up 5% on 2013. The Hyundai Sonata remains on top of the models sales charts for the third consecutive month thanks to the new generation of the model with 10,793 sales and 8.9% share, cementing its year-to-date leadership at 54,785 units and 7.7%. The Hyundai Porter is back up one spot to reclaim the #2 position it also holds year-to-date with 8,311 sales and 6.9% in June, while the Santa Fe makes the podium 100% Hyundai thanks to 7,813 units and 6.4%.

Samsung QM3 South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of QM3

As the new model spreads in dealerships across the country, the Kia Carnival shoots up 18 ranks on May to break into the South Korean Top 10 for the first time since last July at #9 with 4,272 sales and 3.5%. The Samsung QM3 (none other than the Renault Captur) breaks all its records for its part: up 84% on last month to knock on the Top 10’s door at #11 with 3,971 sales and 3.3% share. Finally, notice the Chevrolet Malibu up a further 3 spots to #20 vs. #27 year-to-date.

Previous month: South Korea May 2014: Hyundai Sonata now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: South Korea June 2013: Hyundai Porter surprise leader

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Argentina June 2014: Fiat Palio holds onto #1 in market down 31%

Fiat Palio Argentina June 2014Fiat Palio

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The Argentinean new car market continues to crash and burn after a tax increase was implemented on January 1. In June it is down 31% year-on-year to 51,540 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 380,878 units, down 24% on 2013. The race for the title of most popular manufacturer in Argentina is very competitive with 5 brands above 12% share this month. Fiat takes the lead at 8,154 sales and 15.8% followed by Chevrolet (14.5%), Ford (14.3%) and Volkswagen (13.3%), remaining top dog year-to-date at 15.2% ahead of Renault (13.2%) and Fiat (12.9%).

The Fiat Palio is the most successful model in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to 2,896 sales and 5.6% share, now up to #7 year-to-date vs. #18 in 2013. The Chevrolet Classic, leader in 2013, remains #2 at 2,698 units and 5.2% and ranks 5th so far in 2014. The Toyota Hilux is up one spot on May to #3, staying #2 year-to-date, the Renault Clio Mio is back up 5 ranks to #4 while the Ford Ecosport is up 3 to #5, saving its third spot year-to-date. Notice also the Ford Focus III at #7, the Chevrolet Prisma at #17, Chevrolet Celta at #23 and the Fiat Nuevo Fiorino up to #51.

Previous month: Argentina May 2014: Fiat Palio leads in market down 39%

One year ago: Argentina June 2013: Ford Ecosport confirms 2nd place

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Egypt May 2014: First appearance of the new Chevrolet Optra

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The Egyptian new car market is up a cool 22% year-on-year in May to 23,566 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 108,806 units, up 26% on 2013. The Hyundai Verna edges back past the Chevrolet TFR to reclaim the models charts leadership this month thanks to 1,994 sales and 8.5% vs. 1,951 and 8.3% for the TFR. The Verna’s year-to-date lead is as slim: 9,859 sales vs. 9,811. The Geely Emgrand 7 is up 3 spots on April to jump back onto the podium for the first time this year at #3 but remains #4 year-to-date below the Nissan Sunny. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 9 ranks to #12, Mitsubishi Lancer EX up 24 to #18, the Chevrolet Cruze back in the ranking at #26 and the Peugeot 2008 up 44 spots to #44.

Geely SC5 Egypt May 2014. Picture courtesy of chinamobil.ruGeely SC5

Arguably the most interesting event in this month’s ranking in Egypt is the arrival of the new generation Chevrolet Optra, for now at a modest 46th spot with 110 sales and 0.5% share. Those eagle-eyed among you will have recognised the new Optra as being none other than a badge-engineered Baojun 630, SAIC-GM’s low-cost Chinese sedan. Chevrolet has started importing the China-built Baojun 630 into Egypt and a few other Northern African countries including Algeria so we may see it pop up in a few additional ranking in the coming months. The other two notable new entrants in this month’s Egyptian ranking are the Mitsubishi Attrage at #27 and the Geely SC5 at #107.

Peugeot 301 Egypt May 2014. Picture courtesy of autocentre.uaPeugeot is up 137% year-on-year in May in Egypt, mainly thanks to the 301.

In the brands ranking, Chevrolet reigns supreme with 24.4% of the May Egyptian market ahead of Hyundai at 14%, Nissan at 9.9% and Toyota at 8.5%. The emergence of Geely is striking: the Chinese manufacturer is up 51% year-on-year in May and 139% year-to-date to 5th place in both ranking with 6.7% share in May and 6% year-to-date. Notice also Peugeot up a massive 137% to #8, now above Renault, Skoda up 213% and Golden Dragon up 428%. Reversely Kia is down 25%, Renault down 27%, Mitsubishi down 31% and Speranza (rebranded Chery) down a harsh 46%.

Previous month: Egypt April 2014: Chevrolet TFR and Hyundai Verna neck-to-neck

One year ago: Egypt June 2013: Geely Emgrand EC7 on the podium

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USA: 1985-1991 Detailed Historical Data now available!

Ford Escort USA 1987The Ford Escort is the best-selling Passenger Car in the US in 1987 and 1988.

Thanks to an avid reader of BSCB, I have now added full models ranking for the USA for each year between 1985 and 1991, slowly but surely filling up the holes in US Historical Data on the site. This is a period where I had previously almost no information about, and it means there is now at least a Top 10 ranking for each year in the past 3 decades! The 1985-1991 period is a hugely important one in the USA as it shows the shift from an almost All-American ranking to Japanese domination in the Passenger Cars sales charts.

Honda Accord USA 1986The Honda Accord writes history in the US during the eighties.

In 1985, there is only 3 foreign models in the Top 20 best-sellers overall: the Honda Accord, Toyota Hilux/SR5 and Nissan Sentra. The Ford F-Series dominates overall, while the Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort, Chevrolet Celebrity and Oldsmobile Ciera being the most popular passenger cars. Only 6 years afterwards in 1991, the Honda Accord is the best-selling passenger car for the third year running, ranking third overall only 33,000 sales below the leader, still the Ford F-Series! Add to this the Toyota Camry #3 passenger car and #5 overall with over 260,000 sales.

Hyundai Excel USA 1986The first Korean car to reach US shores, the Hyundai Excel launched in 1986 and ranked #9 in 1987.

Witness also the arrival of Korean manufacturer Hyundai in 1986, placing the Excel at an unbelievable 9th place overall in 1987 (but crashing and burning afterwards), the birth of US-exclusive Japanese premium brands Acura in 1986, and Lexus & Infiniti in 1989
and the launch by General Motors of the “no haggle” priced Saturn brand in 1990 with a new plant, workforce, dealer network and the manufacturing process in response to the success of Japanese manufacturers. Result: the Saturn S-Series ranks #56 in 1991 for its first full year of sales.

Saturn S-Series USA 1990General Motors launches the Saturn brand with S-Series (above) in 1990.

You can check out the entire 1908-2013 USA 43 Historical Data articles here.

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Uruguay (brands) May 2014: Suzuki on podium

Suzuki Alto 800 Uruguay May 2014The Suzuki Alto 800 is on sale in Uruguay, imported from India

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 10% year-on-year to 4,635 registrations in May, bringing the year-to-date total into negative at 21,427 units, down 2% on 2013. Chevrolet remains the most popular carmaker in the country with 611 sales and 13.2% share this month vs. 12.4% year-to-date, ahead of Volkswagen at 9.2%. Suzuki is up 3 spots on April to land on the podium at #3 and 7.6%, passing Fiat (7.3%), Nissan (6.8%) and Hyundai (6.4%) while Renault (6.7%) is up 4 ranks to #6. BYD is the best-selling Chinese brand for the 2nd month running at #9 (5.3%) above Chery at #10, FAW at #11, Geely at #14 and Great Wall at #15. That’s 4 Chinese in the Top 15 vs. 3 year-to-date, and this month Chinese carmakers hold 22.7% of the Uruguayan car market vs. 23.6% year-to-date and 23.3% in 2013.

Previous month: Uruguay (brands) April 2014: BYD passes Chery to #1 Chinese carmaker

Previous year: Uruguay (brands) Full Year 2013: One in four new cars is Chinese!

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Brazil May 2014: Renault Sandero up to best-ever 6th place

Renault Sandero Brazil May 2014. Picture courtesy of to come to Brazil, the new gen Renault Sandero is already on sale in Central Europe (above).

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For the 6th time in the past 8 months, the Brazilian new car market is down year-one-year, although in May the decline is limited to 0.7% to 277,924 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,332,017 units, down 5% on 2013. With previous generations of certain models (Uno, Gol…) not on sale anymore since January 1 due to new environmental laws, the Brazilian models sales charts is settling into a new order, with the May Top 5 identical to the 2014 year-to-date ranking. The VW Gol and Fiat Palio are neck to neck for pole position this month at 15,188 and 14,910 sales respectively, a situation we hadn’t witnessed in almost 4 years.

Fiat Palio Brazil May 2014Fiat Palio

The Fiat Strada continues to impress in third place and 4.5% share, ahead of the Chevrolet Onix now regular above 4% and the Ford Fiesta. Although the new generation still hasn’t officially launched in the country, runout prices on the current gen push the Renault Sandero to a best-ever 6th place in May in Brazil, with its previous best (#7) hit in September 2011, March and June 2012. The Hyundai HB20 stabilised a notch below the Chevrolet Onix at #7 while the Fiat Uno is surprisingly down to #10.

VW Up Brazil May 2014. Picture courtesy of Up

Beyond the Top 10, the VW Up continue to ascend the Brazilian sales charts: up a further two spots on April to a best-ever #14 with 5,744 sales and 2.1%, the Toyota Corolla remains very robust at #15 with 5,741 units thanks to the new generation, now way above the Honda Civic at #18, the Chevrolet Classic is back up 9 ranks to #20, the VW Amarok up 11 to #37 and the Nissan March up 13 to #39.

Previous month: Brazil April 2014: Chevrolet Onix strong again

One year ago: Brazil May 2013: Ford Fiesta hits highest ranking in 8 years

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China 5 months 2014: Wuling Hongguang tests new heights

5 Wuling HongguangWuling Hongguang in Beijing

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the May sales figures in detail and focusing on the all-new models launched this month, we go through the year-to-date rankings to try and extract longer-term trends. 348 locally produced models ranked, one above 300,000 sales already this year, two above 200,000, 15 above 100,000, 164 above 10,000 and 51 all-new entrants: the Chinese year-to-date ranking is all yours below. According to many analysts (not me), every year is the year that the Chinese car sales ‘bubble’ will explode, as it cannot sustain such growth levels year after year. Well 2014 is not that year. The Chinese market is up a very healthy 9% on 2013 after 5 months to a record 9,84 million units, on track to reach an astounding 24 million by end of year.

VW Gran Lavida China May 2014. Picture courtesy of Gran Lavida

As opposed to last year when the race to pole position was rather tight, we have one clear winner in 2014: the Wuling Hongguang, gaining over 100,000 units year-on-year – the sales of the Chevrolet Cruze or Sail! – or 45% to reach a record 320,451 units. Never before had any Passenger Car passed the 300,000 annual sales so fast. The Hongguang is the poster child for a long-term trend at play in China: consumers in rural and remote areas upgrading their flimsy minivans (think Wuling Sunshine) to larger, sturdier, more ‘luxurious’ but not that much more expensive budget MPVs. The Chana Honor up 116% and 41 spots to #26 and the Dongfeng Future up 23% and 7 ranks to #31 also illustrate this trend.

Ford Focus China May 2014. Picture courtesy of Focus

The tremendous success of the Hongguang also shows that selling well in Top-Tier cities is not enough anymore to top the sales charts nationally. As more of these cities limit car purchase to curb pollution, lower-Tier cities, countryside and rural areas will weigh more and more in the sales charts, favouring more functional vehicles. In 2nd place like last year, the VW Lavida is up 24% to 230,722 sales, mainly due to the Gran Lavida hatchback variant, very successful at 51,603 units. Add to this the fact that 51.6% of the 167,850 Ford Focus sold in China so far this year (+9% in 3rd position) are hatchback, and you can start to see that even though China remains a sedan-buying country, launching a hatchback here is not a lost cause, far from it.

Haval H6 China May 2014. Picture courtesy of Haval H6 is up 59% and breaks into the Top 10.

Volkswagen cements its Passenger Cars ranking domination (ex-MPV, ex-SUV), placing no less than 4 models inside the Top 5! The German manufacturer has hit gold with the new generation VW Santana up 145% to 134,934 sales, followed by the Sagitar (+14%) and Jetta (+32%), while the Golf (+70%) and Tiguan (+28%) also outperform the market. The Nissan Sylphy is #1 Japanese at #8 (+29%) while the Haval H6 cracks the Top 10, up a fantastic 59% and 9 spots to #10 and 118,666 units. Sadly the Hongguang and H6 are the only two Chinese models in the Top 25 so far this year, with the ChangAn Eado (#29, +74%) and Emgrand EC7 (#35, -26%) the only two Chinese sedans in the Top 40! You can check out my Strategy analysis on How can Chinese brands unlock their home market here.

Hyundai Mistra China May 2014. Picture courtesy of Hyundai Mistra is on track to sell 100,000 units this year.

The two best-selling all-new entrants over the period uncover a new trend: the creation of intermediary sedan segments exclusive to China. Such huge overall volumes enable a more detailed segmentation and justify the launch of models dedicated to this market. The Honda CRider is slotted between the Civic and the Accord and already outsells both of them at #24 with 66,466 sales, while the Hyundai Mistra is equally as impressive at #37 with 52,200 units, below the Elantra Langdong (#16) and Yuedong (#25) but above the Sonata (#82). Interestingly the Crider and the Mistra are the only all-new entrants inside the Top 50…

Ford Mondeo China May 2014. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe new generation Ford Mondeo is the third best-selling all-new model in China in 2014.

…but there are 7 more in the Top 100, led by the Ford Mondeo at #51 with 43,351 sales, ahead of the Chery E3 at #62 and 34,634 units, the Chery Tiggo 5 at #69 and 32,856 sales, the Toyota Yaris L at #71 and 32,774, the Peugeot 301 at #79 and 31,432, Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 at #85 and 28,898 and the Honda Jade at #98 and 24,951. Add to this the Mazda CX-5 at #102 and 7 of the 10 best-selling new models in China over the period are… not Chinese, which is a little alarming given their shrinking market share at home. The Chinese fare better further down the ranking with 7 of the newt 10 new entrants.

FAW Besturn X80 China May 2014. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comFAW Besturn X80

Other noticeable gainers towards the top of the Chinese year-to-date ranking include the Ford Kuga up 96% to #33, the Toyota Vios up 7454% to #34 thanks to the new model, the Citroen C-Elysée up 77% to #39, the ChangAn CS35 up 70% to break into the Top 50 at #46, Skoda Rapid up 705% to #65, Beijing Auto E-Series up 118% to #66, Audi Q3 up 345% to #67, Ford Ecosport up 134% to #134, FAW Besturn X80 up 730% to #76, Haima M3 up 322% to #81 and the Dongfeng Fengguang up 8599% to #89 as it launched exactly one year ago. The trend here is clear: a very strong push from small and medium SUVs, both foreign and Chinese.

Previous post: China May 2014: Focus on the all-new models

Monthly post: China May 2014: VW Santana breaks record in market up 8%

One year ago: China May 2013: VW Lavida leads, Ford Ecosport up

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