Beijing Auto Show 2016: The most impressive Chinese carmakers (4/6)

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We are now getting into the five most impressive Chinese carmakers at the Beijing Auto Show 2016, in other words the creme de la creme. These ultimate spots are full of surprises with two all-new entrants and a new overall leader. But for now we’ll go from 5th to third place. You can see Part 1 (#30 to #21) herePart 2 (#20 to #11) here and Part 3 (#10 to #6) here. All the justifications behind the rankings are below.

5. Cowin (-,-)

Chery spun off the Cowin sub-brand into a standalone marque in August 2014, and premiered it at the Chengdu Auto Show in September of that year, yet didn’t dare to show it off at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. It therefore makes its very first appearance in our “most impressive” ranking. And what a start! Far from the Chery stand and proudly displaying its very own identity, Cowin lands directly in 5th place. The Cowin brand is positioned below Chery in price and aimed a younger buyers purchasing their first vehicle. This is where the progress of Chinese brands over the past decade is striking: such a positioning would have then resulted in drab offerings, but Cowin is anything but.

Cowin V3 Cowin X5 ConceptCowin X5 Concept

Cowin wants to be the “connected” Chinese carmaker and isn’t shy about it on the stand: impossible to miss it. It follows through with an avalanche of new models. Alongside with the current C3 sedan and C3R hatch already in market, Cowin introduced the Pininfarina-designed X3 SUV and the 7-seat V3 SUV featuring a 10.1-inch screen in the center console. Plus the X5 SUV concept looking decidedly production-ready. Three new very current-looking SUVs for a brand that’s making its first appearance in a major Auto Show? Welcome to China.

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4. Chery (20,26)

Last year in Shanghai I liked Chery’s hungry attitude and agreed with the clear direction its two sub-brands were taking (Tiggo for SUVs and Arrizo for the rest). This year Chery confirmed they back in the game and could even be headed back to their glorious time of half-a-decade ago where the brand was among the top-sellers at home. Had I not attended last November’s Guangzhou Auto Show, it would have been the first time I saw the Kia lookalike (in a good way) Arrizo 5, and great progress has been made here already. But the even better news came from the Tiggo sub-brand…

Chery Tiggo 3X Chery Tiggo 3X interior

All at once, Chery introduced two new Tiggo SUVs that, for the first time for the brand, get rid of any Toyota RAV4 inspiration. The new Tiggo 7 really impressed with its design, playing right in the current trends. No one would be complaining if the new Toyota RAV4 looked like this, which is a massive statement in itself. Chery also unveiled the Tiggo 3X (why not 2 or 4?), with a more conventional design. A slight negative for the brand are its interiors, in clear progress compared to 2015 but not quite up there with the likes of Geely or even Zotye yet.

Chery EV standChery’s EV range

The EV models were neatly assembled in one corner of the Chery stand and all sported the same colour: the Tiggo 7 already present within this range alongside the Arrizo 5 and 7 and the eQ. Finally, Chery went all out with this year’s concept car: the FV2030. It’s nice to have you back Chery.

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Borgward billboard

3. Borgward (-,-)

Some will argue this is a German brand, but its renaissance has nothing to do with Germany and everything to do with China’s Beiqi Foton, property of BAIC Group. Last September, I cringed at how much of a faux pas it was to relaunch the brand at the Frankfurt Auto Show, especially with a misleading “accessible premium” positioning. I stand by it, it was a mistake. But if the only objective was to get press in China and make the brand look more premium here – like anything European it seems – then it may have been a good idea. In any case, I was expecting a tiny stand with the lone BX7 unveiled just 6 months ago. How far-off was I…

Borgward Stand

The Borgward stand was as big as most foreign carmakers that have been selling cars for decades, and along the BX7, the marque unveiled two new SUVs: the BX5 and the BX6 TS. The brand smartly played up the “Since 1919″ slogan – even though Borgward hasn’t produced any cars since 1961 – as well as its Europan heritage and in a Chinese context the SUVs present on the stand look right on-trend. Why waste time with sedans when SUVs are what Chinese consumers want? Borgward understood it, and it understood it well.

Borgward IsabellaBorgward Isabella Coupe

The iconic 1954 Borgward Isabella Coupe is actually the first car you see when entering the brand’s stand, and a video playing on a giant screen enumerates the brand’s achievements at the peak of its glory: “A direct competitor to Mercedes”, “One of Germany’s Top 4 Carmakers” (along with Volkswagen, Opel and Mercedes), “The most complete product lineup of the time” and “Cumulative sales of 1 million units”. Heritage is a big deal in China so Borgward is right on the mark here.

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Finally, whereas the BAIC Group still has a lot to learn when it comes to handling brands – exhibiting Senova, Foton Gratour, Huansu and Changhe next to each other this year – it has done a magnificent job with Borgward, located in a separate area from BAIC and standing on its own like a truly established brand. Very impressive.

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Europe April 2016: Volkswagen (+2%) lags in market up 9%

Audi A4 Europe April 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Audi A4 (+61%) is back inside the European Top 20 thanks to the new model. 

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The European new car market – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up a very dynamic 8.9% year-on-year in April to 1.319.285 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8.3% to 5.254.920 units, 403.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. Only one market is down, Switzerland (-2%), with Cyprus (+55%), Serbia (+36%), Croatia (+27%), Greece (+25%), Poland (+21%) and Spain (+21%) the most dynamic, showing a bias towards Southern Europe. The recovery is well and truly entrenched in Europe after years of stagnation and the March Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) comes in at 15.38 million units vs. 14.2 million over the Full Year 2015.

Mercedes GLC Europe April 2016The GLC helps Mercedes overtake BMW year-to-date across Europe. 

Volkswagen though, with an emission scandal still far from being resolved, lags behind the market once again with a meagre 2.4% increase this month to 158.574 sales. Only Ford (+1.5%) grows slower in the Top 10. Renault (+8.7%) leaps to 2nd place and Audi (+9.6%) is back to the #1 luxury brand spot it holds year-to-date but below, Mercedes (+23.4%) overtakes BMW (+11.3%) in the year-to-date charts to rank 7th overall thanks to a very promising start from its new SUV lineup, notably the GLC. Fiat (+14.2%) is the last Top 10 brand to post double-digit gains.

Vauxhall Astra Europe April 2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 25% to #8 overall. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf is sovereign, posting a 73rd consecutive month atop the European sales charts (the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was over 6 years ago in March 2010), followed by five superminis: the Renault Clio is #2 despite sales down 7%, the VW Polo is up 10% to #3 and now #2 year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 gains a splendid 17% thanks to its refresh at #4, while the Ford Fiesta (-16%) and Opel Corsa (-9%) disappoint gain. The Skoda Octavia shoots back up from #13 in March to #7 with sales up 11%, the Opel Astra is up 25% to #8 thanks to the new generation and the VW Passat is back inside the Top 10 at #9, up 7 ranks on last month.

Renault Kadjar Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is hurting its cousin the Nissan Qashqai in Europe.

Outside the Top 10, despite launching three years ago the Renault Captur is up another fantastic 17% to 18.844 sales, taking the lead of the SUV category off the Nissan Qashqai, down 5% to #14 and hurt by the tremendous success of its more recent cousin the Renault Kadjar, accounting for almost 1% of the overall European market. In the same category, the Hyundai Tucson has also hit the bullseye of European consumers’ tastes, ranking at #23. In fact, the SUV segment is now the most popular in Europe with 24% share vs. 22% a year ago, above superminis (21% vs. 23%) and compact cars (20% vs. 21%). The Fiat Panda (+14%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Skoda Fabia (+11%) also shine while the Audi A4 (+61%) reappears inside the Top 20 thanks to the new generation.

Previous post: Europe March 2016: Discover the Top 335 models and All-brands

Previous month: Europe March 2016: Opel Astra and Fiat 500 shine in Top 10

One year ago: Europe April 2015: VW Passat leaps up to 7th place

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Switzerland April 2016: Skoda Octavia dominant, BMW X1 in Top 10

BMW X1 Switzerland April 2016The BMW X1 ranks 8th overall in Switzerland in April. 

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The Swiss new car market is stuck in negative territory in April at -1% year-on-year to 28.698 registrations, leading to a year-to-date total down 0.6% to 100.655 units. Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands charts despite sales down a harsh 11% to 3.348 and 11.7% share, distancing BMW at 8.2% (+2%), Mercedes up a flamboyant 49% to 2.263 and 7.9% but losing the #2 YTD ranking to BMW, Skoda up 15% to 2.012 and Audi down 10% to 1.737. Further down, notice Renault up 10%, Mazda up 30%, Seat up 9%, Subaru up 36%, Honda up 100% and Jaguar up 85%. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia manages to hold the VW Golf at bay both in April (1.252 vs. 1.172) and year-to-date (3.960 vs. 3.774), the BMW 2 Series is up 28% to #6, the Mercedes C-Class up 89% to #7, BMW X1 up 107% to #8 and Seat Alhambra up 133% to #11. Further down, notice the Subaru Levorg up 29 ranks on March to #34, the Mercedes SLC landing at #139, the Jaguar F-Pace at #180 and the Suzuki Baleno at #224.

Previous month: Switzerland March 2016: VW Group monopolises Top 7

One year ago: Switzerland April 2015: VW Golf reclaims top spot for… one unit

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Australia April 2016: Hyundai i30 #1 again, Ford > Holden for 1st time in 17 years

Hyundai i30 Australia April 2016. Picture courtesy of Hyundai i30 is the best-selling model in Australia for the 2nd straight month.

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The Australian new car market continues to evolve at record levels in April with sales up 7% year-on-year to 87.571 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 4% to a record-breaking 372.899 deliveries in four months. The dynamism is widespread as every state and territory is up except Western Australia (-0.1%) but it is also artificial as this month’s year-on-year gains are solely do to business fleets up 20% to 34.833 whereas private sales are actually down 0.6% to 42.967. The SUV segment continues to grow but is slowing down at +7% to 36.3% market share with passenger cars also up for once at +5% to 41.9% share and light commercials (pickups and vans) are up 14% to 20% share with 4×4 utes (Australian slang for pickup trucks) up 12%. Imports are coming from Japan (23.232 units, down 5%), Thailand (20.073, up 20%), South Korea (13.079, up 29%), Germany (7.350, up 7%), the U.S. (4.355, up 3%) and England (2.416, up 23%) while Australian-made cars – a disappearing act – are down 4% to 6.150 sales or just 7% market share.

A few very momentous events occurred in Australia this month that are indicating 2016 could be another year of significant changes in both the brands and models rankings…

Hyundai Elantra Australia April 2016. Picture courtesy a new Elantra and the next i30 coming soon, can Hyundai tease Toyota for #1?

1.  Hyundai is the best-selling passenger car brand for the first time in history

If Toyota leads the brands ranking as usual with sales up a market-beating 8% to 16.567 and 18.9% market share, Hyundai comes in at a stunning 2nd place with deliveries up 20% to 8.643 and 9.9% share, overtaking Mazda up 5% to 8.461 and 9.7%. But if we look at passenger cars specifically (excluding SUV and commercials), Hyundai is the most popular brand in Australia for the first time in its 30 year-history in the country, outselling perennial market leader Toyota. Hyundai sold 6.324 passing cars in April vs. 6.035 for Toyota, 4.062 for Mazda and 3.514 for Holden. Volkswagen (3.068), Ford (2.045), Kia (2.011), Mercedes-Benz (1.850), BMW (1.298) and Audi (1.131) follow. The main reason behind this exploit is the continuing strength of the Hyundai i30, boosted by $19,990 with free auto drive-away offer to clear out the current generation of the model. As a result the i30 is up 80% year-on-year in April to 4.143 sales and up 47% year-to-date to 12.654, now only 79 units off the Mazda3 and, incredibly, 229 sales off the overall pole position for 2016 so far… This is the 4th time in the past 12 months the i30 is the best-selling car in Australia whereas it had never happened before. The Accent, up 178% to #10, add up to a very impressive performance by the Korean manufacturer in April.

Ford Mustang Australia February 2016. Picture courtesy Mustang and Ranger help Ford outsell Holden for the first time in over 17 years. 

2. Ford outsells Holden for the first time since 1999

Just as its local manufacturing operations are about to fold, Ford manages to soar by 33% year-on-year this month to 4th position overall with 6.842 sales, outselling its archenemy Holden at 6.710 (-5%). This order had not occurred in over 17 years – since January 1999 exactly when Ford sold 8.591 units vs. 8.335 for Holden. Then, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore were by very far the country’s best-sellers. How times have changed… Holden still leads year-to-date with 29.299 sales (-8%) vs. 25.484 (+18%). Ford’s score has almost everything to do with the tremendous success of the Ranger which accounts for a massive 45% of its sales (more on this below). But the brand’s second best-seller is a surprise: the Mustang at 690 units, meaning it shoots up well inside the Top 50 to a record #35! The demand for the sexy american muscle car is off the charts in Australia, inducing a waiting list going all the way to the 2nd half of 2017.

Toyota Hilux Australia April 2016The Toyota Hilux is now #1 year-to-date in Australia.

4. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate so far in 2016

Thanks to 3.384 units in April (+21%), the Toyota Hilux reaches 12.883 sales year-to-date (+14%), edging past both the Toyota Corolla (12.784) and Mazda3 (12.733) to snap the year-to-date pole position. It is not the first time this happens but if the Hilux ends 2016 in the lead it would be its very first annual victory. This performance is achieved just as the Hilux is under intense pressure from the Ford Ranger, itself accessing the podium for the very first time in the nameplate’s history at #3 with 2.973 sales (+35%), even outselling the Hilux in the more profitable 4×4 category at 2.543 vs. 2.452.

Mazda CX-3 Australia April 2015. Picture courtesy CX-3 is now one of Australia’s 10 best-sellers

5. The Mazda CX-3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time

Illustrating the fast shift from passenger cars towards crossovers and SUVs we are witnessing in Australia (and the world), in April the sub-compact Mazda CX-3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time, ranking 9th with 1.604 sales, up 15% year-on-year and only a little more than a year after its launch in the country. The CX-3 places 2nd best-selling SUV in Australia this month below the… Mazda CX-5 at 1.675 sales, and is to blame for the weaker Mazda3 sales this year (-5%). The Hyundai Tucson, another recently launched SUV, continues to impress at #15.

Mercedes GLC Australia April 2016The Mercedes GLC is about to enter the overall Australian Top 50.

6. Australians can’t get enough premium cars

Seven of the ten Top 30 brands delivering double-digit year-on-year gains in April are luxury brands: Mercedes is up 24% to leap to a fantastic 9th place overall and 3.8% market share, beating Subaru thanks to its very successful new SUV lineup including the GLC now #54. BMW is up 58% to jump to #12, Land Rover is up 22% to #19, Lexus up 24% to #20, Volvo up 57% to #21 and Jaguar up 186% to #27. The other two double-digit performers being Chinese LDV (+224%) at a still discreet 110 sales and Kia up a stunning 31% to #11 and 3.025 sales. On the other hand, Jeep continues its freefall at -49%. Recently arrived on Australian shores, U.S. pickup manufacturer Ram sells 29 units, adding up to 83 since launch, and the Citroen C4 Cactus makes its first appearance at #215.

Previous month: Australia March 2016: Third win in 10 months for the Hyundai i30

One year ago: Australia April 2015: Mazda CX-3 only 10 units off Top 10

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Hong Kong (China) April 2016: Mercedes up to 22.2% share, market down 41%

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Hong Kong April 2016. Picture courtesy S-Class Coupe

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The Hong Kong new car market is ‘broken’ again this month at -41% year-on-year to just 2.143 registrations leading to a year-to-date total down 52% to 8.839 units. Mazda, Audi, Honda, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen haven’t reported any sales for April. Toyota dominates the ranking again but drops to 29.7% she vs. 32.7% year-to-date with Mercedes gaining 9% to account for a massive 22.2% of the market, distancing BMW (-55%) and Porsche, ever impressive at 119 sales and 5.6% share (-2%). Land Rover is up 106% and Suzuki up 522%…

Previous month: Hong Kong (China) March 2016: Porsche resists in down market

One year ago: Hong Kong (China) April 2015: Toyota Alphard hops on podium

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Malaysia March 2016: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Perodua Alza Malaysia March 2016The Perodua Alza is now #2 year-to-date in Malaysia with over 10% share. 

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A year ago the imminent implementation of a new Goods & Service Tax had resulted in a surge in forward purchases, and the logical – yet dramatic – effect this year is a 28% drop to just 48.800 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 22% to 131.267 registrations. Perodua (-22%) and Honda (-23%) drop slightly less than the market to top the brands ranking while Proton crumbles down 47% to just 11.3% market share vs. 14.6% year-to-date. Nissan (-13%) and Mazda (-6%) limit their fall whereas Mitsubishi (+1%), Mercedes (+1%) and Volkswagen (+6%) but none more than BMW (+65%) actually improve year-on-year.

In the models ranking – exclusive to BSCB – the Perodua Axia remains master in command with 16.1% share above the Perodua Alza at 10.5% and now #2 year-to-date and the Perodua Myvi at 9.5%. Honda places both the HR-V and the City inside the Top 6.

Previous month: Malaysia February 2016: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

One year ago: Malaysia March 2015: GST implementation pushes market up 14%

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New Zealand April 2016: Kia Sportage stuns in best April since 1982

Kia Sportage New Zealand April 2016The Kia Sportage ranks 4th overall in New Zealand in April. 

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New Zealand posts its best April volume since 1982 with sales up 7% year-on-year to 9.939 leading to a year-to-date total up 4% to 44.210 registrations. David Crawford, chief executive officer of the Motor Industry Association says: “Healthy regional economies in Auckland and Christchurch combined with continued strong net immigration and competitive pricing drove strong new vehicles registrations. Since January 2012, when comparing growth for the same month a year earlier, the passenger sector has seen growth in 50 out of 52 months and for the commercial sec- tor it has been 46 out of 52 months.” The SUV segments accounts for 36% of vehicle registrations in April and continues to push the market up along with pickup trucks accounting for 22% of sales.

Toyota is the favourite brand in the country once again and follows the market at +7% to 1.516 sales and 15.3% share but Ford is catching up fast at +19% to 1.276 and 12.8%. Holden (-1%), Mazda (+17%) and Nissan (+10%) follow with Mitsubishi (+16%), Kia (+52%), Isuzu (+34%), Mercedes (+40%), Subaru (+43%), Skoda (+48%), Peugeot (+64%) and Land Rover (+58%) all post excellent scores inside the Top 20 brands. Just outside, Chinese LDV is up 192% to a solid 21st place. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the overall lead off the Ford Ranger but is still far behind year-to-date at 1.880 units (+11%) vs. 2.411 (+34%) for the Ranger. Below the Nissan Navara at #3, the Kia Sportage is the surprise winner in the passenger car category, posting an outstanding 4th rank overall with 290 sales (+193%). The Mazda CX-5 (#6), Toyota RAV4 (#8) and Hyundai Tucson (#10) make the SUV category proud. This means the Toyota Corolla (#9) is the only car in the Top 10…

Previous month: New Zealand March 2016: Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton shine

One year ago: New Zealand April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

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

Dacia Duster Poland April 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster is up 84% to #7 in Poland this month. 

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There’s no stopping Polish new car sales in 2016: April volumes are up a mammoth 22% year-on-year to 39.788 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 16% to 158.417 including light commercial vehicles. Skoda (+21%) reclaims the brands top spot it traditionally holds with 11.6% share, distancing Toyota at 9.2% (+19%) and Volkswagen at 8.6% (+22%). Within the Top 15 brands, Renault (+34%), Dacia (+57%), Kia (+42%), Hyundai (+30%) and Mercedes (+41%) even manage to outpace the galloping market. The models sales charts also return to its more traditional self after the VW Golf took the lead in March: the Skoda Octavia is the most popular at 3.5% share above the Skoda Fabia (3.2%), Opel Astra (2.8%) and Toyota Auris (2.8%) with the VW Golf down to #5. The Dacia Duster is up a flamboyant 84% to 7th overall, the Skoda Superb is up 87% to #13, the Toyota RAV4 up 89% to #18 and the Seat Ibiza up 88% to #19. Further down, notice the Dacia Sandero up 77% to #33, the Fiat Tipo at #38, Suzuki Vitara at #41 and now inside the Year-to-date Top 50 (#44) and the Honda HR-V making its very first appearance in the Polish monthly Top 50 at #44.

Previous month: Poland March 2016: Volkswagen and Golf step up, both lead charts

One year ago: Poland April 2015: Skoda Fabia climbs back up the ladder

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Portugal April 2016: End of 34 consecutive months of double-digit gains

Renault Captur Portugal April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault Captur sales are up 88% year-on-year in Portugal in April. 

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Portugal ends an incredible run of 34 consecutive months of double-digit gains in April with new car sales up just 6% to 15.978 units. The year-to-date total however still displays a very dynamic 21% year-on-year improvement at 74.404 deliveries. Renault cements its domination of the brands ranking by outpacing the market at +11% to 11.8% share above Volkswagen and Peugeot, both down 4%. Renault places the Clio (-13%) in the lead and the Captur (+88%) in third position in the models ranking. BMW and Mercedes are up 13% at #4 and #5 respectively, followed by Opel up 12% to #6. Other great performers include Nissan up 54%, Seat up 26%, Mini up 67%, Hyundai up 110%, Honda up 64% and Mazda up 67%. Jaguar is up 194% thanks to the XE and F-Pace. Model-wise, let’s notice the VW Polo up 25% to 2nd place overall, the Seat Ibiza up 38% to #6, the Mercedes A-Class at #7 and the Toyota Auris up 126% to #14.

Previous month: Portugal March 2016: Renault Clio and Mégane on top

One year ago: Portugal April 2015: VW Golf and Fiat Punto shoot back up

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Ireland April 2016: Hyundai Tucson back in charge

Hyundai Tucson Ireland April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Hyundai Tucson leads the year-to-date sales charts in Ireland. 

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Irish new car sales continue to grow unabated with April volumes up 10% to 10.387, leading to a year-to-date total up 26% to 93.216. This month Volkswagen is Ireland’s favourite carmaker by far despite sales down 1% to 1.258 and 12.1% share above Hyundai at 9.8% (+20%) and Ford at 8.6% (+36%). Yet this isn’t sufficient to reclaim the year-to-date top spot, still held by Toyota with 9.947 deliveries (+28%) above Hyundai at 9.828 (+41%) with VW rounding up the podium at 9.815 (+7%). Skoda (+26%), Kia (+25%), BMW (+30%), Renault (+56%) and Mercedes (+146%) also shine this month. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Tucson is back in charge – after leading both in January and February – with 510 sales and 4.9% share, cementing its year-to-date pole position at 4,823 units above the VW Golf at 3.329, also #2 in April. Notice the Kia Sportage up to #7, the Skoda Superb up to #9 and the Mercedes E-Class up to #14.

Previous month: Ireland March 2016: Nissan triumphs, places Qashqai on top

One year ago: Ireland April 2015: Dacia Sandero leaps up to 4th place

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