Thailand Full Year 2013: Toyota, Honda, Isuzu on podium

Toyota Vios Thailand 2013Toyota holds one third of the Thai new vehicle market in 2013.

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After hitting a record 1.44 million registrations in 2012, new vehicle sales in Thailand are down 8% year-on-year in 2013 to 1,324,722 units. Toyota is still king of the castle by very far, adding up to 445,225 units for a 33.6% market share. Honda follows at 211,006 units and 15.9%, just above Isuzu at 207,257 and 15.6%. Far below we have Mitsubishi (7.8%), Nissan (7.2%) and Chevrolet (4.2%). Notice also Mercedes at #11, BMW at #12, Hyundai at #13 and 0.3% and DongFeng at #17.

Toyota Hilux Thailand 2013. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comThe Toyota Hilux still reigns supreme over Thai new car sales.

Now we also have a models ranking for the Full Year, and the entire Top 6 is unchanged vs. 2012, with the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max perennial leaders with 206,936 sales and 15.6% share and 178,437 units and 13.5% respectively. In third position, the Toyota Vios remains the only passenger car to sell more than 100,000 units this year, boosted by the new generation at 103,115 units and 7.8%, above the Honda City (7%), Mitsubishi Triton (3.2%) and Nissan Almera (3%). The Suzuki Swift makes its first appearance inside the Thai Top 10 at #7 and the Mitsubishi Mirage is up one spot to #9.

Mitsubishi Attrage Thailand 2013. Picture courtesy of attrageclubthailand.comThe Mitsubishi Attrage is the most successful all-new model in 2013 at #27.

However as January 2014 sales have shown, this ranking is about to be turned upside down with the arrival of the new generation Toyota Yaris, the Isuzu MU-X, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-5… Further down, notice the Ford Ranger up 9 spots on 2012 to #11, the Honda Amaze up to #15, the Mitsubishi Attrage landing at #27, Nissan Pulsar at #44, Chevrolet Spin at #47, Proton Exora at #49, Volvo V40 at #58 and the Proton Preve at #60.

Previous post: Thailand January 2014: Toyota Yaris nails it, Isuzu MU-X #10

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Philippines February 2014: Ford and Chevrolet most impressive

Ford Ecosport Philippines February 2014The Ford Ecosport is now on sale in the Philippines (Brazilian model shown)

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The Pinoy new car market doesn’t slow down its explosive growth: up another 16% year-on-year in February to 19,305 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 37,952 units, up 21% on 2013 which itself was up 33% on 2012! Told you, the Philippines are testing new ground each year when it comes to new car sales. At this rate, after breaking the 200,000 annual unit-mark for the first time in 2013, we could be looking at 250,000+ sales in 2014! Below Toyota and Mitsubishi still dominant at 35,7% and 22.8% share respectively, Hyundai is up a shy 5% to 1,710 sales but Ford (+48%) and Chevrolet (+58%) are very impressive in 4th and 7th place respectively. Notice also Suzuki up 52% to #10, Subaru up 37% to #11, Mazda up 106% to #12 and BMW up 32% to #13.

Previous month: Philippines (brands) January 2014: Vios boosts Toyota up 50%

One year ago: Philippines February 2013: Mitsubishi takes off to 21.4% share

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Uruguay February 2014: Chery up to 2nd place and 9.3% share!

Chery Beat Uruguay February 2014Can Chery break the 10% market share milestone in Uruguay this year?

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Building on a record year in 2013, the Uruguayan new car market is up 17% year-on-year in February to 4,588 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total after two months to 8,768 units, up 7% on 2013. Once again the main piece of news in Uruguay is the strength of Chinese carmakers. Already holding a world-best (outside China) 23.3% market share over the Full Year 2013, they improve this score to 26.4% so far in 2014! Brilliantly illustrating this trend, Chery shoots up to 2nd place overall in February thanks to 425 sales and 9.3% share, an all-time record for the brand in Uruguay! Only Chevrolet at 504 units and 11% manages to sell more, and that’s a particularly weak market share for the US manufacturer… Chinese performances can also be seen further down the ranking: BYD is up to #9 and 5.2% in February vs. #15 and 2% over the Full Year 2013, FAW ranks 11th vs. 10th, Geely is #14 vs. #13, Great Wall #15 vs. #16, Lifan #17 vs. #18 and JAC #18 vs. #20.

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

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Moldova February 2014: Chevrolet Trax invites itself at #2

Chevrolet Trax Moldova February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frChevrolet Trax

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Thanks to Central European market data specialists, I can share with you today models data for Moldova over the first two months of 2014. And a dynamic market this is, that’s for sure! Moldovan new car sales are up 51% year-on-year over the period to 653 registrations. The Dacia Logan is still unattainable on top with 69 sales and 10.6%, to which you can add 20 Logan MCV (#8) to bring the Logan family up to 13.7% share. But the big surprise in Moldova is the appearance at the very top of the ranking of the Chevrolet Trax: #3 with 4.6% share in January, it improves to #2 and 7.1% in February! The Hyundai Santa Fe also impresses at #3 and 7.1% while the Hyundai Elantra comes up inside the Top 10 for the first time in recent memory at #5.

Previous post: Moldova Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan and Duster on top

One year ago: Moldova January-February 2013: Dacia Logan still on top

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Gulf January 2014: Nissan Patrol almost in Top 10

Nissan Patrol Gulf January 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Persian Gulf is the only region in the world where the Nissan Patrol still sells in significant numbers.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. After gaining 10% in 2013, new car sales in the region are up a further 4% year-on-year in January to 135,717 registrations. Toyota monopolises the Top 4 with the Hilux on top thanks to 9,202 sales and 6.8% followed by the Prado (5.1%), Corolla (4.8%) and Land Cruiser (4.4%). Weirdly, whereas it brilliantly tops the Saudi sales charts, the Hyundai Elantra is down one spot on its FY2013 ranking this month to #5.

Hyundai Santa Fe Gulf January 2014Hyundai Santa Fe

Nissan has a great month in the region: the D22 Pick-up is up 2 ranks on its FY2013 level at #8 and 3.3%, the Patrol stops just short of the Top 10 at #11 with 2% share vs. #18 and 1.3% in 2013 and the Sunny N17 is up 6 spots to #12. Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 7 to #16, the Toyota RAV4 up 12 to #21, Kia Sportage up 8 to #26, Mitsubishi Lancer EX up a huge 35 ranks to #33, Hyundai i10 up 76 to #48, GMC Savana up 95 to #59 and the Chevrolet Impala up 47 to #68.

Previous post: Gulf Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux down, Corolla and Prado up

One year ago: Gulf February 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, RAV4 creeps up

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Kuwait January 2014: Nissan D22 up to second place


Chevrolet Impala Kuwait January 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comChevrolet Impala

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The Kuwaiti new car market is up 6% year-on-year in January to 13,356 registrations, and the Toyota Prado builds on a record score in 2013 to sell 1,813 units this month for an outstanding 13.6% market share. But the best performer this month is the Nissan D22 Pick-up, almost doubling its FY2013 market share to land in 2nd place with a round 1,000 sales and 7%, kicking down the Toyota Hilux to #3 even though it delivers a strong 6.9% share vs. 4.9% in FY2013.

Nissan D22 Pick-up Kuwait January 2014Nissan D22 Pick-up

Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 19 spots on its FY2013 ranking to #8 and 2.4% share, the Ford Expedition up 11 to #13, Kia Sportage up 21 to #14, Honda Accord up 10 to #15, GMC Yukon up 14 to #19, Chevrolet Caprice up 51 to #21, Range Rover Sport up 33 to #22, Ford F-Series up 30 to #33, Lexus IS up 37 to #37 and the Chevrolet Impala up 42 to #38.

Previous post: Kuwait Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado leads at record 10.3% share

One year ago: Kuwait January 2013: Toyota Prado ultra-dominant again

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Denmark February 2014: Peugeot 107 and Ford Ka shine

Ford Ka Denmark February 2014Ford Ka

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In a wobbly European context, Danish new car sales do not understand the word ‘crisis’ and even go from strength to strength this year: on the back on 3 consecutive all-time record years in 2011, 2012 and 2013, February sales are up a further 20% year-on-year to 14,759 registrations, a new-all time high for the month, bringing the year-to-date total to 31,028 units, up 15% on 2013. Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position off Peugeot at 12.1% share vs. 10.9% while model-wise, it’s still city car heaven out there: the VW Up celebrates 19 consecutive months at #1 with 962 sales and 6.5% share, the Peugeot 107 in runout mode is up 3 spots on January to #2 and 4.6%, ahead of the Ford Ka up a huge 25 ranks to #3 and 4.4%, the Toyota Aygo at #4 and the Chevrolet Spark at #5. Don’t forget the Skoda Citigo at #8 and Kia Picanto at #9.

Previous month: Denmark January 2014: Kolin triplets above 13% market share

One year ago: Denmark February 2013: VW Up! and Skoda Citigo on top

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USA 2 months 2014: RAM Pickup biggest gainer in Top 10

Dodge RAM USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comRAM Pick-up

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Now that month 2 of 2014 has revealed its secrets in the US, it’s time to study the year-to-date ranking to get a bit of perspective on what’s hot and what’s not in the 2nd biggest car market in the world. First observation: the euphoric times that characterised the US new light vehicle market over the past year has dampened: sales are down 2% year-on-year so far in 2014 at 2.2 million units. If the Top 2 best-sellers are not a surprise (Ford F-Series at +1% and Chevrolet Silverado at -15%), in third position we find the RAM Pick-up at +24% on 2013 to 54,374 units which is no less than the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 10! It also makes the US podium 100% pick-up truck, and if this trend gets confirmed by the time 2014 comes to an end, it will be the first time this happens in over a decade and the 2nd time in 20 years after 2003!

Ford Fusion USA February 2014Can the Ford Fusion play with the big boys this year?

Another big surprise is the 4th place of the Nissan Altima, boosted by a podium ranking in February, meaning it is the best-selling Passenger Car in the US so far in 2014 with 53,364 sales (+8%) ahead of the Toyota Camry at 52,330 units (-17%) and Toyota Corolla at 48,052 (-2%). Unlike the Ram Pick-up’s third place, the Altima may find it hard to hold on its #1 PC spot until the end of the year. However that being the case, it would be the first time a Nissan tops the ranking and would put an end to 12 consecutive years of domination of the Toyota Camry… Building on an all-time high volume in 2013, the Ford Fusion appears in 7th place so far in 2014, which is below the 5th spot it held at the same time last year but well above its FY 2013 ranking (#11). Can Ford finally get back in the Passenger Car game with the Fusion and hope for Top 5 ranking? Answer in a few months…

Jeep Cherokee USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motor trend.comThe Jeep Cherokee is the most successful launch in the US this year.

Outside the Top 10, a handful of SUV deliver an excellent start of the year: the Toyota RAV4 is up 34% to #14, the Nissan Rogue up 64% to a best-ever #16, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 21% to #21 and the Toyota Highlander up 25% to #24. The all-new Jeep Cherokee is by (very) far the most successful new launch of the past year, landing directly at #25 with 22,300 sales in 2 months. The next best things are the Infiniti Q50 at #94 and the Mercedes CLA at #119.

Lexus IS Infiniti Q50 USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Lexus IS is up 125% this year, the Infiniti Q50 lands at #94.

The biggest year-on-year gainers in the Top 100 are all Japanese: the Lexus IS is up 125% to #91, the Nissan Frontier up 100% to #64, Subaru Forester up 78% to #27 and the Nissan Juke up 66% to #77. Further down, notice the spectacular Lincoln MKZ up 270% to #106, the Chevrolet Corvette up 149% to #115, Lexus GX up 123% to #142 and the Nissan Leaf up 105% to #148. Finally the Audi A3 may still be 10% below its 2013 level but the launch of the sedan variant will see it climb the ladder over the next few months.

Previous post: USA February 2014: Nissan Altima shoots up to third place

One year ago:  USA 2 months 2013: Dodge Dart best newcomer at #50… but does it make it a success?

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

Toyota Prado Kuwait 2013Toyota Prado

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New vehicle sales in Kuwait are up 9% year-on-year in 2013 to 153,800 registrations, and the best-seller in the country remains in pole position for the 2nd consecutive year: the Toyota Prado is up 16% to a record 15,914 sales and 10.3% share, the first time the Prado nameplate is above 10% over a Full Year in Kuwait. It is more than twice the score of the #2, the Toyota Hilux down 10% to 7,545 units and 4,9%. Reversely the Nissan D22 Pick-up is up a mammoth 81% and 4 spots to round up the podium with 5,810 sales and 3.8%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla (+56%!), Camry and Land Cruiser, both down 7%.

Chrysler 300C Kuwait 2013Chrysler 300C

After doubling its sales year-on-year in 2012, the Nissan Patrol lodges another outstanding performance in Kuwait, up 38% and 3 ranks to land at #7 with 3,437 units. With the Nissan Sunny N17 up 37% to #9 and the Mitsubishi Lancer up 56% to #10, the entire Top 10 best-sellers are 100% Japanese this year in Kuwait unlike in 2012 when the Chevrolet Tahoe led the American charge at #6. On the other hand the Chrysler 300C delivers the best progression in the Top 30, up a stratospheric 811% and 101 spots on 2012 to land at #12 with 2,259 units and 1.5%. Other notable gainers in Kuwait this year include the Lexus ES up 61% to #21, Hyundai Santa Fe up 148% to #27, Nissan Navara up 873% to #37 and the VW Passat up 344% to #59.

Previous post: Kuwait July 2013: Mitsubishi Pajero up to 2nd place

Previous year: Kuwait Full Year 2012: Toyota Prado and Nissan Patrol double sales

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Germany Private Sales February 2014: Skoda Fabia up to #4

Skoda Fabia Germany February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Fabia

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As is the tradition on BSCB I share with you today detailed Private Sales (PS) data for Germany. These rankings are always a little controversial because of the definition of a ‘private sale’ in Germany. Are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their Private Sales ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is a private ‘sale’. In January 75,575 new vehicles were sold to private buyers in Germany, that’s a 36.1% PS ratio compared with 37.9% over the Full Year 2013. This month the VW Tiguan climbs to 2nd spot below the Golf and above the Polo.

Chevrolet Trax Germany February 201492.9% of Chevrolet Trax buyers in Germany are private this month.

In spite of its age, the Skoda Fabia is up 4 spots on January to land at an excellent 4th place with 1,644 private sales vs. #21 in the overall ranking. Like last month, the Dacia Sandero is the most popular “true” foreigner (meaning if we exclude Skoda and Seat) with German buyers, ranking #12 with an always outstanding 88.3% PS ratio. Other great performers at the PS ratio game include the Chevrolet Trax (92.9%), Dacia Duster (84.5%), Dacia Logan (83.4%), Honda CR-V (81.7%) and Chevrolet Captiva (81%). The success of Chevrolet can be explained by the hesitation of leasing companies to invest in a brand that will soon disappear from Europe.

Opel Astra Germany February 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deLess than 15% of Opel Astra buyers in Germany are private so far this year.

At the other end of the scale, less than 10% of BMW 5 Series buyers are private this month (9.8%), with models in a similar situation including the Audi A4 (10.4%), VW Passat (10.6%), Audi A6 (11.5%) and Ford Mondeo (11.7%). Finally Opel continues to struggle with private buyers in Germany, with the Corsa owing its surge to 5th place in the overall German ranking to non-private purchases (only 13.3% of buyers are private) while the Astra is at 13.4% and the Insignia at 13.7%.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales January 2014: Opel Mokka up to #4, Dacia Sandero #6

One year ago: Germany Private Sales February 2013: Renault Twingo in Top 10!

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