Singapore March-April 2017: Toyota reclaims lead off Honda

Toyota is back to being the best-selling brand in Singapore in April.

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March new car sales in Singapore are up 21% year-on-year to 8.617 units but down 5% in April to 6.800 registrations. The year-to-date total stands at 29.115, up 7% on the same period a year ago. After almost a full year of domination (all months bar May and June 2016), Honda relinquishes the brands top spot to Toyota in April at 1.165 units (-21%) vs. 1.515 (+7%) but remains in the year-to-date lead for now thanks to sales up 10% to  6.058 and 20.8% share vs. 5.811 and 20% for Toyota, up 4%. Note Toyota figures include Lexus. Mazda surges 38% to third place above Mercedes (+12%), with Kia (+35%) also impressive in 6th place. Further down, Renault (+276%), Suzuki (+67%), and Opel (+1867%) shine.

Previous post: Singapore February 2017: Honda keeps momentum at +53%

One year ago (April): Singapore April 2016: Honda confirms top spot above Toyota

One year ago (March): Singapore March 2016: Honda overtakes Toyota

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Poland April 2017: Opel Astra leads in market up 11%

The Opel Astra is the best-selling vehicle in Poland in April. 

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The Polish new light vehicle market is up 11.4% year-on-year in April to 44.341 units, lifting the year-to-date tally  up a splendid 16.8% to 184.973. After being outsold by Toyota for the first time last February, Skoda reclaims the brands lead with 11.1% share but trails the market at +7% whereas Toyota outpaces it again at +24% to 10.2% share as does Volkswagen up 20% to 9.3%. Further down, Fiat (+20%), Mercedes (+24%), Citroen (+15%) and BMW (+17%) are among carmakers with double-digit gains while Seat brilliantly leaps inside the Top 15 at #14.

The models ranking gets another reshuffle after the VW Golf led in March, with the Opel Astra snapping the pole position this month thanks to deliveries up 31%. It distances the two traditional Skodas, the Fabia (+11%) and Octavia (-1%) with the Toyota Auris (+14%) and VW Golf (+17%) rounding up the Top 5. Inside the Top 10, the Renault Clio (+15%), Dacia Duster (+16%) and Ford Focus (+35%) impress while the Fiat Tipo climbs to a best-ever #11 thanks to sales up 142% on a year ago. The Tipo now ranks #16 year-to-date vs. #47 over the Full Year 2016. Notice also the Toyota C-HR down to #19, the Renault Captur up to #31 and the Skoda Kodiaq up to #38.

Note: March data has also been uploaded on this post. See below.

Previous post: Poland February 2017: Toyota #1 brand for the first time

One year ago: Poland April 2016: Skoda dominates, Dacia, Kia shine in market up 44%

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France April 2017: Peugeot 2008 and 3008 lead their segments

The Peugeot 3008 frankly outsells the Renault Kadjar. Picture 

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The French new car market is down 6% year-on-year in April to 171.879 registrations, due to two less opening days than a year ago. Adjusted to the same number of opening days, the market is up 3.9%. Year-to-date, sales are up 2% to 712.933 with exactly the same number of opening days as in 2016. Looking at sales by channel, once again private sales fare worse than the market at -10.6% to 79.476 and a low 46.2% market share vs. 48.6% a year ago. Business sales on the other hand be at the market at -2.9% to 34. 532 and 20% share vs. 19.4% a year ago. Finally, demo sales shoot up 15.9% this month to 13.4% share and are up 18.7% so far this year, confirming the source of the year-to-date market growth is mainly artificial.

Brand-wise, market leader Renault trails the market at -9% to 18.9% share vs. 19.5% so far this year whereas Peugeot beats it at -2% to 18% vs. 17.5% in 2017. Citroen follows the overall trend at -5%, remaining above 10% share thanks to the new C3, Volkswagen tumbles down 15% just as the Polo (-14%) and Golf (-45%) await their facelift, and Dacia is down 5% but remains above its year-to-date level at 6.3% share vs. 5.7%. In the private sales channel, the rankings are overturned with Peugeot frankly distancing Renault at 13.106 sales vs. 11.876 and Dacia above Citroen at 9.072 vs. 8.097.

The new C3 keeps Citroen above 10% share. Picture

Below, Toyota is up 2% thanks to the C-HR (#34), Nissan is stable thanks to the Qashqai (+15%) and the new Micra (#78), Fiat is up 4% thanks to the Tipo (#36), Kia is up 12% thanks notably to the Sportage (+21%), the new Rio (+43%) and the Niro, Seat gains 23% thanks to the Ateca (#71), Skoda is up 10% thanks to the Kodiaq (#127) and Suzuki up 16% thanks to the Baleno and Ignis. All three top-selling premium brands are down: Audi (-8%) ahead of Mercedes (-5%) and BMW (-14%). Among smaller brands, Alfa Romeo (+55%), Maserati (+57%) and Tesla (+63%) shine. Of course if you want to buy one of these cars don’t forget to get The Best Car Air Fresheners to Refresh Your Ride, and make your car worth it.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio (-8%) remains in the lead for just 35 units above the Peugeot 208 (-10%), and we witness some more interesting duels below. The Peugeot 2008 (+9%) has taken a clear advantage over the Renault Captur (-23%), the Peugeot 308 (-15%) stays way above the Renault Megane IV (+16%), the Peugeot 3008 II (#6) outsells the Renault Kadjar (#16) and the Citroen C4 Picasso (#10) is above the new Renault Scenic IV (#11). Notice also the VW Tiguan (#15) up 160% to become the 2nd best-selling foreign model below the VW Polo and the Audi Q2 breaking into the Top 50 for the first time at #49.

Looking at the models ranking in the private sales channel, the Dacia Sandero remains by far in pole position despite sales down 2% year-on-year. It distances the Peugeot 2008 (+5%) once again outselling the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio, both down 15% this month. The Citroen C3 (+2%) and Peugeot 3008 (+88%) follow, while the Renault Captur loses almost half its sales year-on-year at -47%.

Previous month: France March 2017: Peugeot 2008 settles at #3 in market up 7%

One year ago: France April 2016: Dacia Sandero overall best-seller with private buyers

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Argentina April 2017: VW Gol cements leadership in market up 6%

The VW Gol is #1 in Argentina for the third straight month. 

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The Argentinean new vehicle market continues to fare well so far this year yet April results are a little shyer at +6% on a year ago to 63.091 sales, leading to a year-to-date tally up 31% to 289.986. The brands ranking shows exceptional stability with the Top 11 best-sellers identical to March. Volkswagen ends the month in pole position by a large margin: four percentage points of market share separate it from the #2 Chevrolet. Both manufacturers beat the market with a 9% improvement. The next three carmakers do better with double-digit gains: Ford (+12%), Renault (+11%) and Fiat (+14%) shine whereas Toyota (-15%), Peugeot (-26%) and Citroen (-19%) struggle. This month many brands manage very impressive year-on-year gains, among them Honda (+81%), Mercedes (+48%), Hyundai (+291%), Kia (+44%), BMW (+113%), Audi (+46%), Volvo (+103%) an Lifan (+516%) in order of ranking.

Model-wise, the VW Gol posts a third consecutive month in pole position thanks to sales up 209%, yet the next best-sellers show vastly more dynamic gains: the Renault Sandero is up 170% to rank 2nd for the second straight month and the Ford Ka up 166% to third place. Below the Toyota Hilux down 26%, the Chevrolet Onix (+137%) and Prisma (+209%) also impress. The Fiat Palio (-11%), VW Amarok (-18%) and Ford Focus (-19%) disappoint Among recent launches, the Fiat Mobi is up two spots on March to #14, the Fiat Toro does the same at #23 and the Renault Captur also at #32. We welcome the Peugeot 301 at #154.

Previous month: Argentina March 2017: VW Gol and Renault Sandero on top

One year ago: Argentina April 2016: Toyota Hilux leads, Renault Duster Oroch lands

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Europe March 2017: Ford Fiesta ends VW Golf reign

The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the first time in 7 years.

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With a bit of delay we can share with you today complete and final March data for Europe 28 countries – excluding Russia and Turkey. It’s a record month in the region with sales up 10.4% to 1.918.140 units, the highest March tally ever recorded, making Europe the second largest region in the world behind just China but above the U.S. The year-to-date total is now up 7.7% to 4.219.911 units. Although all the largest markets recorded healthy increases, this month’s result is heavily skewed by the all-time record month posted in the UK at 562.337 units. The most drastic impact the strength of the UK has this month is the European pole position of its best-seller the Ford Fiesta, thus ending an impressive streak of seven years of monthly wins by the VW Golf: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010 when the Ford Fiesta also led the way. This month the Fiesta dominates with sales up 12.5% to 47.610 whereas the VW Golf plunges 18.1% to 46.119.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen trails market growth at +2.3% to 183.406 units, as does Opel/Vauxhall in 4th place at +3.3%. On the other hand, Ford (+15.9%), Renault (+14.9%) and Mercedes (+16.9%) outpace the market, the latter confirming its #1 premium ranking ahead of BMW (+8.5%) and Audi (+5%). Further down towards the end of the Top 10 and beyond, Fiat (+16.4%), Nissan (+16.6%) and Toyota (+20.2%) also shine. Among smaller brands, Volvo (+20.2%), Land Rover (+21.7%), Suzuki (+22.1%), Mini (+26.7%), Alfa Romeo (+49%), Jaguar (+73.5%), Maserati (+85%), Tesla (+101.3%), Infiniti (+104.8%) and Aston Martin (+109.3%) make themselves noticed.

Back to the models ranking, where below the Fiesta and Golf both the VW Polo (+18.9%) and Renault Clio (+11.9%) beat the market to round up the Top 4 ahead of the Opel Corsa (+4.8%) and Nissan Qashqai (+15.9%). The Ford Focus (+8.7%) leaps from #16 to #7 thanks to the strength of the UK market, the Opel Astra is up 13.3% to #8 and the Renault Captur is back inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to sales up 11.4%. New generations boost sales of the VW Tiguan up 76.3% to #11, the Citroen C3 up 62% to #13, the Renault Megane up 62.7% to #20, Mercedes E-Class up 43.4% to #34 and Peugeot 3008 up 126.6% to #34. The Fiat Tipo is up 331% to #36, and the Nissan Micra up 58.1% to #42. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is down 13 spots on last month to #45, the Audi Q2 up two to #62, the Seat Ateca down 11 to #70 and the Ford Ka+ up 8 to #92. This month we welcome the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the European ranking at #214.

Previous post: Europe February 2017: Discover the Top 340 models and Top 56 brands

Previous month: Europe February 2017: Fiat Panda and Citroen C3 shine, market up 1.2%

One year ago (preliminary): Europe March 2016: Opel Astra and Fiat 500 shine in Top 10

One year ago (final): Europe March 2016: Discover the Top 335 models and All-brands

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Sweden April 2017: Volvo XC60 snaps top spot in market down 9%

volvo-xc60-sweden-november-2016Second monthly pole position ever for the Volvo XC60.

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The Swedish new car market hits the brakes in April at -9.2% year-on-year to 30.476 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally is still up 2.6% to a robust 119.880 units. Homegrown market leader Volvo improves its share to 21.2% thanks to a smaller-than-market 5% drop, whereas Volkswagen tumbles down 14% to 13% share. Kia (-2%) jumps three spots on March to #3 overall while Mercedes (+11%), Skoda (+7%) and Peugeot (+10%) go against the grain in the Top 10 with sales increases. Further down, notice also Citroen (+4%), Mini (+9%), Honda (+33%), Tesla (+71%) and Alfa Romeo (+638%) deliveries year-on-year sales improvements.

Over in the models ranking, after a couple of months of domination by the all-new Volvo S/V90, there is a surprise in the April lead: the Volvo XC60 snaps the top spot for only the second time ever after last December thanks to sales surging 123% on April last year to 2.270. The Volvo S/V90 is knocked down to 2nd place at 1.914 while the VW Golf (-23%), Volvo S/V60 (-15%) and VW Passat (-30%) all struggle. The Fiat Ducato is up 10 spots on March and 1% year-on-year to #6 overall for the annual run of summer campervans, the VW Tiguan is up 97% to #8, the Kia Rio up 83%, the Peugeot 3008 up 467% thanks to the new model and the Mercedes C-Class up 47%. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is stable at #25, the Kia Niro is up 11 spots on last month to #45 and the Skoda Kodiaq is up 40 to #50.

Previous month: Sweden February-March 2017: Volvo S/V90 takes control

One year ago: Sweden April 2016: Volvo above 20% share in record pace market

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Japan April 2017: Toyota C-HR climbs to pole position

The Toyota C-HR is the best-selling car in Japan in April. 

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The Japanese new light vehicle market is up by a vigorous 9.2% year-on-year in April to 354.750 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 7.7% to 1.932.499. The Top 3 best-selling marques trail the market growth with Toyota up just 1.8%, Suzuki up 6.4% and Honda up 7.1%. Daihatsu (+23.7%) and Nissan (+43.3%) on the other hand post spectacular gains, as do Subaru (+15.6%) and Mitsubishi (+34.2%) further down the Top 10, the latter recovering from year-ago scores impacted by the fuel economy scandal. Mercedes tops foreign brands but gains just 1.1%, distancing BMW (+2.9%), Volkswagen (+2.7%), Mini (+11.5%) and Audi tumbling down 18%. Finally, notice Renault (+179.7%) and Citroen (+140.5%), the most dynamic mainstream brands.

Honda Freed sales are up 289% year-on-year in April. 

The car model ranking is the theatre of a very rare event: a new nameplate in pole position. Toyota’s C-HR manages to brilliantly take the lead this month with 13.168 sales, some 33% ahead of the 2nd ranking car, the Toyota Prius, down a devastating 52%. This is the first time Toyota places an SUV in the first place at home and Japan is the 2nd country to crown the C-HR after Ireland did so for the last two months of 2016. In third place we find the Nissan Note up 67% and still in the year-to-date lead, followed by the Honda Freed up a spectacular 289% thanks to the new generation. Launched at the end of 2016, the Toyota Roomy (#8) and Tank (#11) step up this month, gaining 7 and 5 ranks on March respectively. The Suzuki Solio (+34%), Subaru Impreza (+53%), Toyota Alphard (+74%) and Mazda CX-5 (+75%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 30 just as the Daihatsu Thor makes its first appearance among the country’s 30 best-sellers at #30.

Previous month: Japan March 2017: Nissan Note reclaims top spot

One year ago: Japan April 2016: Mitsubishi scandal reshapes local auto industry

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Mexico March 2017: Chevy Spark, Nissan Pickup top market up 17%

Chevrolet Spark Mexico 2016. Picture courtesy americanbrands.comFirst monthly win for the Chevrolet Spark in Mexico.

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After two months of single-digit gains (+3% in January and +6.5% in February), a feat that had not occurred in almost three years, in March the Mexican new car market returns to the pace it got us used to in the past couple of years at +17.2% to 137.021 units. This lifts the year-to-date tally up 8.9% to a record 378.275. As it has now become the routine, March establishes a new record for the month, this is the 35th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and the 27th monthly record in a row. Brand-wise, Nissan outpaces the market at +20% ahead of Chevrolet (+15%) and Volkswagen (+6%) both trailing market growth. Toyota (+23%) Honda (+19%) and Hyundai (+29%) also shine inside the Top 10 but once again it’s Kia that makes itself noticed with a 101% year-on-year gain to 7th overall. Further down the ranking, notice Alfa Romeo (+96%), Mercedes (+75%), Acura (+61%), Fiat (+56%), Isuzu (+48%) and BMW (+39%) all posting spectacular gains.

The locally-produced Kia Rio is getting closer to a Top 10 ranking in Mexico this month.

The models ranking gets a reshuffle this month: for the first time in Mexican history the Chevrolet Spark is the best-seller in the country thanks to deliveries up 51% to 7.647, edging past the Nissan Pickup at 7.630 (+48%) and the Nissan Versa – the year-to-date leader – up just 5% to 7.571. In fact, the majority of the Top 10 best-sellers frankly outpace the market this month with the Chevrolet Aveo up 63%, the VW Vento up 27%, the Nissan March up 44%, the Nissan Sentra up 51% and the Honda CR-V up 136%. Only the VW Jetta (-10%) and Nissan Tsuru (-17%) underperform. Outside the Top 10, the Nissan Kicks is up 8 spots on last month to break its ranking record at #12, the Kia Rio is up 12 ranks on February and 170% year-on-year to #14, becoming the brand’s best-seller in Mexico thanks to the recent kickstart of local output representing 61% of its total sales for the month.

Previous month: Mexico February 2017: Kia breaks into Top 5, market up 6.5%

One year ago: Mexico April 2016: Kia impresses in 16th consecutive record month

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Norway April 2017: Toyota C-HR, Volvo V90 and Skoda Kodiaq impress

The Toyota C-HR remains third in Norway. Picture 

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The Norwegian new car market tumbles down 19.7% year-on-year in April to 11.339 units, pulling the year-to-date total into negative territory at -3.2% to 49.580. Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position off Toyota despite a harsh 35% drop to 1.974, with Toyota (-8%) and BMW (-3%) posting more reasonable declines. Volvo (+31%) and Mercedes (+15%) are the best performing brands inside the Top 10 and the only ones in positive. Beyond, notice Hyundai (+47%), Porsche (+2%) and Alfa Romeo up 700% on a tiny base thanks to the arrival of the Stelvio (#102).

The Skoda Kodiaq leaps up to #14 in Norway this month. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf remains distant leader even though it crashes 42% to 996 deliveries, distancing the BMW i3 up a fantastic 92% to 426 units and the Toyota C-HR in third position for the second month running. The Volvo V90 leaps up 10 spots to 5th place overall, with the Toyota RAV4 (+17%), VW Tiguan (+693%) and Mercedes GLC (+137%) the most dynamic near the top. Among other recent launches, the Skoda Kodiaq is up 35 ranks on March to #14 and we welcome the Opel Ampera-e in 106th place.

Previous month: Norway March 2017: Toyota C-HR up to #3, Tesla Model X up to #4

One year ago: Norway April 2016: PHEV variants boost Passat and Outlander up

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Germany April 2017: VW, Mercedes, Audi struggle in market down 8%

The VW Arteon makes its first appearance in the German sales charts.

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Handicapped by less selling days than last year, German new car sales are down 8% in April to 290.697 units but the year-to-date total is still in positive territory at +2.5% and 1.135.381. The Top 8 marques all lose ground vs. April 2016, led by Volkswagen (-12%), Mercedes (-10%) and Audi (-10%) while Ford takes advantage from a slimmer 7% decline to overtake BMW and Opel, both down 14%. Skoda (-9%) and Renault (-4%) complete the Top 8 with Fiat the only Top 10 brand to gain ground year-on-year at +25%. Further down, Toyota (+12%), Dacia (+21%), Jeep (+22%), Land Rover (+23%), Suzuki (+43%), Tesla (+129%) and Alfa Romeo (+153%) are among the most dynamic.

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf down a harsh 15%, the Mercedes C-Class jumps 3 spots on March to land in 2nd position overall with deliveries up 2%. The VW Tiguan continues to benefit from the launch of the new generation with sales up 40% to #3. Volkswagen also places the Passat (-31%) and Polo (-18%) inside the Top 5 and despite deep drops. The hero of the month is the Fiat Ducato up 15% to a stunning 10th place: these are camper-van sales in preparation for the summer season. Among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is down 6 spots on last month to #39, the Seat Ateca is down 3 to #62 and the Toyota C-HR up 7 to #69. Finally, this month we welcome the VW Arteon – replacing the VW CC – in the German sales charts at #209.

Previous month: Germany March 2017: Opel, Renault up, largest Q1 volume this decade

One year ago: Germany April 2016: Market up 8%, Volkswagen up 3%

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