USA January 2016: SAAR up to 17.55m units despite snowstorms

Honda Civic USA 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Honda Civic is up 43% to 5th overall in January. Picture caranddriver.com

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Even though January had one less weekend than in 2015, began with a stock market rout and ended with most East Coasters forced by severe snowstorms to postpone their planned car purchases to later in the year, U.S sales dip just 0.4% to 1.148.087 units this month. The seasonally adjusted annualised selling rate (SAAR) even leaps to 17.55 million units, the highest January since 2006, to be compared with 17.32 million in December and 16.71 million a year ago in January 2015.

Chevrolet Impala USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comChevrolet is significantly cutting its sales to car-rental companies.

General Motors sales are flat, but for a good reason: deliveries to car-rental companies are down by a significant 13.000 units this month, offsetting a large improvement in retail sales. In fact, GM was the only major automaker to post a retail increase or a fleet decrease this month, according to figures obtained by Automotive News U.S. Chevrolet sold 16.400 fewer rental vehicles than in January 2015, more than justifying the brand’s 5.079 unit-decline. Chevrolet’s retail sales were up 12%, edging it past Ford by almost 1.500 units. Overall, the Chevrolet brand is down 4% and Cadillac is down 8%, but GMC is up 3.5% and Buick up 45%, with the new Cascada convertible hitting dealerships (#245).

Buick Cascada USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comBuick Cascada – Buick sales are up 45% in January.

At Ford Motor Co on the other hand, the Ford brand’s fleet sales surge by 20% but weak retail sales pull the brand down 3%, also because Ford car sales sink 13%. Lincoln on the other hand grows by 8%. Toyota Motor falls 5% with the Prius down 24% and the Camry – up 9.3% to 26.848 – the only Toyota brand car improving year-on-year. Toyota pulled the plug on Scion (+38%) this month, more on this shorty. Nissan sets a January record and at 105.734 deliveries (bypassing America Honda at -2%) as does Hyundai at 45.011 sales. Fiat Chrysler lodges a spectacular 7% increase to 155.037 sales, the company’s 70th consecutive monthly gain. For once, the Dodge brand is up 19%, Jeep is up 15%, Ram up 5% but Chrysler (-22%) and Fiat (-20%) crumble.

VW Passat USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comVW Passat sales are down 43% in January despite the arrival of the 2016 model. 

Volkswagen continues to be handicapped by its emissions scandal with sales down a harsh 15% to 20.079 ad the Passat taking a 43% cut despite the arrival of the 2016 model in December. However Audi continues on its runaway success, up for the 61st month in a row at +1% to 11.850 units. Subaru for its part snaps a 50th consecutive month of year-on-year gains at +1% and 41.101 deliveries. Mercedes is king of luxury this month with sales up 0.2% to 24.664 units ex-Sprinter vs. -10% and 20.933 for Lexus and -5% and 18.082 for BMW. I give you the rankings for now, complete analysis will follow shortly.

Ford Edge USA January 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comFord Edge sales are up 26% year-on-year. 

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series worryingly drops 5% to 51.540 units whereas a year ago the all-new F150 was still struggling, on the other hand the Chevrolet Silverado is up 5% to 37.863 as is the Ram Pickup to 28.938. The Toyota Camry retains the #1 passenger car title by the skin of its teeth at 26.848 units vs. 26.741 (+43%) for the Honda Civic boosted by its new generation. The Toyota Corolla (-18%) and Nissan Altima (-16%) fall heavily as does the Honda CR-V (-17%), bypassed by the Nissan Rogue (+26%). The Ford Edge (+26%), Dodge Charger (+30%), Chrysler Town & Country (+39%), Ford Transit (+51%) and Dodge Grand Caravan (+83%) post the largest increases in the Top 50.

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France January 2016: Peugeot 208 & 308 lead market biased by tactics

Peugeot 308 France January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Peugeot 308 ranks #2 at home in January. Picture largus.fr

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At +3.5% year-on-year in January to 137.788 registrations, we should be celebrating the apparent long term return to good health of the French market. Alas, the market is only up due to an ever growing reliance on tactical sales: sales to short-term rentals are up 22% while long-term rentals are up 27%. Private sales are sable (+0.1%) at 69.140 units or just 50.1% of total registrations. Sales to companies even decline by 2%. Local website Autoactu.com quotes Jacques Rivoal, Volkswagen Group France president: “private buyers are not purchasing new cars that much, rather they tend to want recent used cars” – meaning cars that are sold to rental companies or self-registered as new by dealers themselves and sold a few months later as used to private consumers at a much lower price. A politically correct way of saying: our dealers are slashing their margins but we are doing fine – keep in mind manufacturers sell their new cars to dealers. The brands ranking in January also reflects the fact that a few manufacturers that tanked up on “fake” (read tactical) sales in December to meet annual targets are tanking now, notably Renault, #2 at just 17% share vs. 23% in December and Mercedes at 1.7% vs. an extravagant 4.5% last month.

VW Polo France January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deVolkswagen’s short-term rental sales are up 741% year-on-year in January.

This way, Peugeot is crowned best-selling brand at home – the first time this happens in January – with sales up 3% to 24.943 for a 18.1% share. Peugeot places the 208 at #1 with 5.5% share (+26%) and the 308 at #2 and 4.4% (+6%), while the Renault Clio is down to #3 (-18%) and the Captur to #4 (-5%). Despite sales down 6%, Peugeot is also market leader with private buyers at 15.9% share vs. 15.1% for Renault, but is also culprit of loading up on tactical sales this month: short-term rentals are up 48% to 2.383. Citroen is up 2% to 15.204 and Volkswagen up 6% to 11.026. Here too, the German carmaker owes its gain solely to tactical sales: while private deliveries are down an abysmal 21%, short-term rental sales surge from just 230 a year ago to 1.934 this month (+741%!). Jacques Rivoal again quoted by Autoactu.com: “We have decided to be more reactive by taking our share in this channel early in the year rather than wait for others to gain. There is a real demand for recent used cars and we have no issue absorbing these vehicles in our network. ” In other words, everyone is doing it, so why shouldn’t we. The mark of a very unhealthy market.

Hyundai Tucson France JanuaryThe Tucson is up to #38 but Hyundai sales are down 20%.

Dacia manages to stay strong despite no news at #5 and 6.3% share and places two nameplates inside the French Top 10: the Sandero at #7 and the Duster at #9. Audi is up a sharp 40%, BMW up 36%, Mini up 26%, Volvo up 23%, Kia and Skoda up 21%, Opel up 19%, Fiat up 13% and Toyota up 12%. On the other hand, Nissan is down 24% and Hyundai down 20%. In other model news, the Citroen C3 (+13%) shines in 5th place, the Toyota Yaris is up 15% to #12, and the Renault Kadjar (#16), Megane IV (#31), Espace (#40) and Talisman (#60) retreat vs. last month but are still strong.

DR Zero France January 2016DR Motor makes its first appearance in the French sales charts with the Zero.

The Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 50 at #38, the Opel Karl is up 24 ranks to #76, the Suzuki Vitara remains at #81, the new Mini Clubman is just outside the Top 100 at #102, as is the Land Rover Discovery Sport (#107). Finally, we welcome two new entrants in the French sales charts this month: the Infiniti Q30 lands at #240 with 12 sales and the DR Zero arrives at #296 with one lonely unit sold. DR Motor has been assembling Chinese Chery models and speccing them up for a decade in Italy. Is it finally launching in France? It would certainly help its bottom line. The Zero is a “poshed-up” 2013 Chery QQ.

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Germany January 2016: Volkswagen caught up by emissions scandal?

VW Golf Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukVolkswagen sales drop 9% at home in January. 

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The German new car market starts 2016 in a very healthy way: up 3% 218.365 registrations in January. After resisting fairly well over the past few months, local behemoth Volkswagen stalls in January: down 9% to 21.6% share. Are German consumers starting to lose patience in the face of continuing (worsening?) emissions scandal? The January 2015 base was particularly high (24.5% share) so we won’t come to rushed conclusions just yet. If Seat (-2%) and Skoda (-7%) are also in difficulty, Audi recovers from a paltry 6th place in December with sales up 22% year-on-year to 21.741 and 10% share, distancing Mercedes (9.3%) and BMW (7.9%). Opel (+22%) and Ford (+19%) confirm their return to form, joining Mazda (+20%), Mitsubishi (+22%), Land Rover (+47%), Jaguar (+68%), Honda (+81%) and Ssangyong (+86%) among carmakers posting double-digit gains in January.

Opel Astra Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest ranking in almost four years.

Despite losing significant ground for the first time since the emissions scandal, Volkswagen monopolises the models podium as it did over the Full Year 2015 with the Golf (-21%), Passat (-16%) and Polo (+21%) in the lead. Big news in 4th place: the Opel Astra takes full advantage of the new generation to double its sales year-on-year (+98%) to 4.818. This is the Astra’s best ranking in Germany since May 2012, but the real test will be to see whether the Astra can break into the Volkswagen-ruled podium, and stay there.

Infiniti Q30 Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Infiniti Q30 makes its first appearance in the German sales charts this month.

Lifted up 96% by the Active/Gran Tourer, the BMW 2 Series is up to #9, with the Audi Q3 at #19 (+33%), the Audi A1 at #24 (+40%) and the Mercedes GLC at #27 (+68% on the GLK a year ago) also posting strong results. The Mercedes CLA (+120%) and Audi Q7 (+624%) take off, while further down the Ford Mustang is up 68 spots on December to #106 and we welcome the Infiniti Q30 in the German sales charts at #274.

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Europe Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 355 models and All-brands

Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

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Full European data is now available with the usual delay, so we are able to analyse continent-wide trends beyond the Top 20 brands and models we shared a short while ago. Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

In the models ranking, beyond the familiar Top 20 let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara, a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, lifts the Vitara/Grand Vitara total up 642% to #103 (no split available yet), the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #132, the Mazda CX-3 at #140, Mercedes GLC at #157, Jaguar XE at #163 and Honda HR-V at #206.

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Luxembourg Full Year 2015: BMW 4 Series up to world-best #5

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Luxembourg 2015Exceptional result for the BMW 4 Series in Luxembourg. 

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Luxembourg is one of only two European markets to lose ground in 2015 with Estonia, and the one performing the worst at -6% to 46.647 registrations. Volkswagen leads the market again but with sales down 10% to 5.816 units it is now under intense pressure from BMW, up a flamboyant 14% and two spots on 2014 to land at an impressive 2nd place with 5.465 deliveries. BMW places no less than three nameplates inside the 2015 Top 10 – more than any other carmakers – with the big surprise being the 4 Series up to a world-best 5th place thanks to 886 salses. The 3 Series is #9 and the 1 Series #10.

Renault Scenic Luxembourg 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Scenic is up to #2 despite sales down 28%.

Audi (-12%) remains third but Renault (-23%) drops two ranks to 4th position. Mercedes (+5%) and Skoda (+13%) are the only other carmakers to gain ground inside the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+11%), Mini (+10%), Land Rover (+2%), Seat (+1%), Porsche (+38%) and Jeep (+106%) also do so. Back to the models ranking with the VW Golf topping the charts again but down 13%, followed by the Renault Scenic (-28%), Audi A3 (-38%) and VW Polo (-11%). The Mercedes C-Class leaps from outside the 2014 Top 10 directly to #7.

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Malaysia Full Year 2015: First year of reign for the Perodua Axia

Perodua Axia Malaysia 2015. Picture courtesy thestar.com.myThe Perodua Axia spends its first full year in Malaysia at #1.  

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For the first ever time on BestSellingCarsBlog we can share with you an All-models ranking for Malaysia. Whereas the year-to-date total was still lagging behind 2014 after 11 months, a last minute surge at 69.401 registrations in December has made 2015 the sixth consecutive year above 600.000 annual sales and the 4th record year in a row at 666.674 registrations, up  minuscule 0.02% or 187 units on 2014. This result was achieved despite adverse market conditions including the introduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in April, the weakening of the local currency the ringgit and the slump in oil prices having a big impact to the country’s economy.

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Passenger cars drive the market in 2015 with a 0.5% improvement from 588.348 to 591.298 while commercial vehicles drop 3.5% from 78.139 to 75.376. However among CVs pick-ups show a much more dynamic behaviour at +3% to 55.115 units, now representing 73% of all commercial vehicles sold in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Iriz Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy topgear.comThe Proton Iriz breaks into the Malaysian Top 10 for its first full year in market.

According to data released by the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA), the volume of vehicles produced locally rose by 3% to 614,664 units or 92.1% of the vehicles sold. In comparison, in 2014, 89.4% of all the news vehicles sold were produced in Malaysian factories. MAA predicts a drop in 2016 of 2.5% to 650.000 units, but the association is optimistic in 2017 at +3% to 669.500 units before reaching 717.400 units in 2020.

Brand-wise, there are two main heroes in Malaysia in 2015. First, local carmaker Perodua crossed the 200.000 annual unit mark for the first time in history with sales up 9% to a record 213.307 units and 32% share vs. 29.3% a year ago. Archevbemy Proton, once #1 in Malaysia, now sells less than half Perodua’s volumes, down 12% to 102.175 deliveries, and has even started falling below Honda and Toyota on a monthly basis…

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Thanks to the arrival of the HR-V landing directly at a fantastic 9th place with 21.117 sales despite a February launch, Honda shoots up 22% to an all-time best 94.902 sales, for the first time overtaking Toyota down 8% to 93.760. Nissan (+18%) and Mazda (+26%) follow with spectacular gains as well, while Isuzu (+2%) bypasses Ford (-13%) and Mitsubishi (-23%). Mercedes is up a brilliant 56% and four spots to break into the Top 10 brands in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Saga Malaysia July 2015. Picture courtesy funtastickodesign.wordpress.comThe Proton Saga loses the battle to #2 to the Perodua Myvi in 2015.

Launched in September 2014 and #1 here ever since, the Perodua Axia logically takes the lead of the Malaysian models ranking with a whopping 101.879 sales and 15.3% share, putting an end to one decade of domination of the Perodua Myvi, down 34% to #2 and 54.166 units this year. The Axia replaces the Perodua Viva which was Malaysia’s best-seller before the Myvi entered the scene in 2005. The Axia is also Malaysia’s most affordable car, it is a rebadge of the Toyota Agya/Daihatsu Ayla manufactured in Indonesia and sold in the Philippines as the Toyota Wigo. Fighting for #2 all year, the Proton Saga ends up losing the battle to the Myvi at 53.825 units (-4%) but stays above the Perodua Alza (-9%). The Honda City (+13%) becomes the best-selling foreigner in the country, overtaking the Toyota Vios (-6%) while the Proton Iriz spends its first full year in market inside the Top 10.

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Spain January 2016: Opel soars to #1, Mokka in Top 10

Opel Mokka Spain January 2016. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst Top 10 ranking for the Opel Mokka in Spain.

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On paper the Spanish market is up by another flamboyant 12% year-on-year to 76.904 registrations, the best January score since 2008 (101.664), showing signs of being back to pre-recession levels. Looking closer though, the year-on-year gain is almost 100% artificial, with private sales up just 1.5% to 42.651 units and 55.5% share vs. 61.3% a year ago, whereas sales to rental companies are up a whopping 35% to 11.651 and business sales are up 26% to 22.602. Although the detail by channel isn’t available, Opel has been known to load up of tactical sales all across Europe and notably at home in Germany and – coincidence? – lodges a particularly spectacular month in Spain, shooting up 71% on a year ago to #1 brand in the country with 9.4% share vs. #9 in December.

Peugeot 308 Spain January 2016. Picture courtesy of autocar.co.ukPeugeot 308 sales are up 42% year-on-year in Spain in January.

If the Seat Leon (+10%) holds onto the pole position it has now snapped for two consecutive years, followed by the VW Golf (-7%) and Peugeot 308 (+42%), it’s a festival of Opel in the Top 20. The Astra is up 60% to #4, the Corsa up 25% to #5, the Mokka breaks into the Spanish Top 10 for the very first time thanks to volumes doubling year-on-year at #10 (previous best: #13 last February) and the Zafira Tourer is up a gigantic 149% to #17. Notice also Peugeot up 31% at #3 in the brands ranking, Citroen up 27%, Audi up 21%, BMW up 18%, Mercedes up 19%, Kia up 50%, Mazda up 94%, Land Rover up 37% and Honda up 82%.

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UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

Vauxhall Astra Scotland January 2016The new generation Vauxhall Astra has finally landed in the UK.

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for January. As is often the case, England (+4%) is the engine of growth for the entire country and represents 85.5% of total UK sales this month. Scotland (+2%) and Wales (+0.4%) are also in positive, but Northern Ireland declines (-3%). The Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations in January: England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, Vauxhall manages a historical 1-2-3, the first since BSCB has started following UK nations two years ago: the Corsa leads the way with 754 sales, follow by the Mokka at 498 and the Astra at 447.

Vauxhall Viva UK January 2016Vauxhall Viva

Further down, the Vauxhall Viva ranks #8, lodging its first-ever Scottish Top 10 ranking and the second in any UK nation after breaking into the Welsh Top 10 last October. Other heroes this month include the Hyundai Tucson #3 in Northern Ireland, the Dacia Sandero #7 in Scotland and Wales, Renault Captur #7 in Northern Ireland, Ford Ecosport #9 in Wales, Mercedes C-Class up to #8 in England vs. #10 in the UK and the Ford C-Max posting a rare Top 10 ranking at #10 in Wales.

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UK January 2016: Nissan Qashqai surges to record-breaking 2nd place

Nissan Qashqai UK January 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukNissan Qashqai – Never before had a Japanese nameplate ranked so high in the UK.

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The UK new car market starts 2016 on a positive note with sales up 3% to reach an 11-year high for January of 169.678 registrations. Even better news: this increase is fuelled by private buyers with demand for new cars up by 8% to 73.061 units and 43.1% share vs. 41% a year ago according to SMMT. The month marks the highest number of new cars registered to private buyers in January in 12 years. On the other hand, fleet sales are down 1% to 89.901 units and 53% share vs. 55.2% in January 2015. Alternative-fuel vehicle continue to grow in popularity, with registrations up 32% year-on-year to a record 3.6% share. Petrol hybrids are up 44% to 3.783 cars, plug-in hybrids up 32% to 1.592 and pure electric cars up 14% to 584.

January-new-car-registrations-1997-to-presentSource: SMMT

Ford maintains its grip on the UK market with volumes up 3% to 22.035 and 13% share whereas immediate followers Vauxhall (-10%) and Volkswagen (-14%) bite the dust. Mercedes on the other hand is up a fantastic 26% on January 2015 to land in 4th position overall with 11.800 sales and 7% share, only 255 units below Volkswagen! Audi (+1%) isn’t far behind either at 11.513 units with Nissan the last manufacturer to post a 5-digit sales figure in the UK this month at 10.720 (-3%). Notice also Suzuki up 24%, Honda up 25%, Mazda up 28%, Renault up 37%, Ssangyong up 122%, MG up 132%, Jeep up 139%, Jaguar up 182% and Smart up 266%.

Mercedes CLA UK January 2016Mercedes is up 26% to tease Volkswagen for third place overall in the UK brands ranking. 

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta retains the pole position by far at 5.1% share despite sales down 4% on a year ago, but the big event this month is the Nissan Qashqai rising to a best-ever 2nd place in the UK, the highest-ever ranking reached by a Japanese nameplate here and smashing its previous best of #4 hit in January 2015 and March 2015. January and March are traditionally very strong months for Nissan and this year is now exception with the Juke making a reappearance inside the UK Top 10 for only the second time in the past 10 months at #6 and 3.446 sales. The Vauxhall Corsa (-30%), Ford Focus (-11%), VW Golf (-13%), Audi A3 (-12%) and Mercedes C-Class (-14%) all fall heavily.

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Kenya Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser 70

Toyota Hilux Kenya 2015. Picture courtesy cars.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux is now the best-selling nameplate in Kenya. 

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The Kenyan new vehicle market is very dynamic in 2015, up 12% year-on-year to 19.451 units. once again and thanks to a particularly strong performance in the heavy trucks segment, Isuzu confirms it is the favourite choice in Kenya, selling almost double the amount than the #2 Toyota at 6.231 units (+30%) vs. 3.442 (-15%). Mitsubishi is catching up fast at 3.153 sales (+14%), with Tata (+4%) and Ford (+48%) rounding up the Top 5. Mercedes is up 75%, Subaru up 82% and Chevrolet up 90% while French carmaker Renault (re)launches in Kenya this year and lands at #24 with 53 sales, 42 of which are the Duster SUV (#27).

Isuzu KB Kenya 2015The Isuzu KB is up 29% to rank #2 in Kenya this year.

In the model sales charts, the Toyota Hilux dislodges its stablemate the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 (-30%) despite sales down 2% to 1.520 to become the best-selling light vehicle in Kenya. The Isuzu KB (+29%) climbs to 2nd place, while the Ford Ranger more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+104%) to leap to #4. The Nissan NP300 Hardbody is the 4th pickup in the Top 5, the Land Rover Defender is up 51% to #8, the Subaru Forester up 83% to #10 an the Chevrolet Trailblazer up 263% to #12.

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