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Norway June 2015: Renault Zoe takes off to 4th place overall

July 3rd, 2015 No comments

Renault Zoe Norway June 2015Renault Zoe

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After displaying lukewarm results up to now this year, Norwegian new car sales surge 24% year-on-year in June to 14.207 registrations, the best June score in 20 years – since the 16.064 hit in 1986! This is enough to single-handedly bring the year-to-date total into positive territory at 74.392 units halfway through the year, up 3% on 2014. Volkswagen continues its one-man show with sales up a gargantuan 54% to 17.6% share above Toyota (+8%), Volvo (+29%), BMW (+32%) and Nissan (+18%) while Ford drops 17% at #6. Notice also Mitsubishi up 60%, Mercedes up 37%, Renault up 313% and Subaru up 115%.

Tesla Model S Norway June 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Tesla Model S is still going strong in Norway: #2 in June and year-to-date.

The models ranking once again shows clearly how significant subsidies towards electric and PHEV cars can reshuffle an entire market. The VW Golf more than doubles its sales year-on-year to 1.626 units and a giant 11.4% market share, 68% of its sales going to the electric and PHEV variant, the Tesla Model S lodges another outstanding month in 2nd place with 566 units sold for a world-best 4% market share and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up to third place overall with 487 sales and 3.4% share, boosted by its PHEV variant accounting for a whopping 86% of its total.

Volvo XC90 Norway June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Volvo XC90 is more popular in Norway than at home in Sweden.

But the biggest surprise this month in Norway is the coming of age of the Renault Zoe, up a fantastic 30 spots on May to land at a record-breaking 4th place overall with 431 units and 3% share. The Zoe even led the market overall during the last week of June with 10.8% share above the VW Golf at 5.2%! The French manufacturer will look at this performance with a warm heart as the Zoe has failed to impress so far at home. Other great gainers in the Norwegian June Top 20 include the Nissan Qashqai (+48%), Audi A3 (+49%), Volvo V70 (+50%), VW Passat (+58%), Toyota Avensis (+88%), Ford Mondeo (+140%) and Mercedes B-Class (+740%). The new generation Volvo XC90 shoots up to #14 and 1.9% (vs. #26 and 1% at home in Sweden) while the Mazda CX-3 is up 16 spots to #57.

Previous month: Norway May 2015: PHEV tax cut pushes Mitsubishi Outlander up to #2

One year ago: Norway June 2014: Tesla Model S back to 2nd place

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Australia June 2015: Hyundai i30 surprise leader in record market

July 3rd, 2015 No comments

Hyundai i30 Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Hyundai i30 is the best-selling vehicle in Australia for the first time in history.

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Despite hiccups in the overall economy and mining in Western Australia slowing down drastically, never before had Australians purchased that many new vehicle in a single month: the 125.850 registrations of June are the highest-ever monthly score in the history of automobile in the country, up a full 6% year-on-year and on the previous June 2013 record of 118.758 units. Halfway through the year, new car sales add up to an all-time high of 578.427 deliveries, up 3% on 2014 and 0.8% ahead of the previous best of 573.711 sales established in 2013. At this rate, 2015 will be the best year in history in Australia, beating the 2013 record of 1.136.227 registrations. SUVs keep pushing the market up with sales up 15% year-on-year to 42.256 units and a 33.6% market share. Australian website caradvice.com.au quotes FCAI chief executive Tony Weber: “According to CommSec, car affordability in Australia is the best it has ever been. Coupled with offers such as capped-price servicing and low interest rate finance, now is a great time for Australians to buy a new car.”

Hyundai Excel Australia 1998. Picture courtesy motoburg.comThe last (and only) time a Hyundai topped the Australian sales charts was in June 1998.

Before we go into the detail of the brands and models ranking, let’s get straight to one of the biggest surprises in recent years: the Hyundai i30 taking the lead of the Australian models ranking for the first time with an astounding 5.521 sales and 4.4% share, up 70% on June 2014. This result, coming on the back of a $19,990 drive-away with free auto promotion, is exceptional both in absolute terms as a pure sales performance and relative terms for Hyundai. The i30 achieves the highest monthly volume of any nameplate in Australia in 8 years, since June 2007 when the Toyota Corolla clocked up 5.89o deliveries… It is the first time since December 2008 (Holden Commodore – 5.413 units) than a car manages to sell over 5.000 units in a single month in Australia. It is only the 2nd month in Australian history that Hyundai places one of its models atop the sales charts, the only previous one being June 1998 when the Excel popped up at #1.

Mazda CX-3 Honda HR-V Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe CX-3 helps Mazda sales up 23% and the HR-V boosts Honda deliveries up 70%.

Toyota maintains its stranglehold over the brands ranking with sales up 3% to 21.501 and 17.1% share, ahead of Holden back up two spots on May to #2 and 9.5% despite a 3% year-on-year decline, Mazda up an impressive 23% to 9.2%, Hyundai up 10% to 8.7% and Mitsubishi up 9% to 7.2%. Ford freefalls 17% to #6 and also slips below Mitsubishi to #6 year-to-date, Volkswagen is up 8% and Honda leaps 70% thanks to the success of the HR-V. Notice also Subaru up 17% (#10), Mercedes up 20% (#12), BMW up 28% (#13), Isuzu up 26% (#14), Audi up 22% (#16), Renault up 36% and Lexus up 60%. Reversely Nissan drops 17% and Jeep slips 15%.

Subaru Outback Australia June 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auSubaru Outback

In the models ranking, below the stunning performance of the Hyundai i30, the Toyota Hilux drops just one spot to #2 with sales stable year-on-year to 4.281 and the runout mode approaching in the wake of the launch of the new generation in October. The Toyota Corolla manages to edges back past its archenemy the Mazda3 at 4.152 deliveries (-11%) vs. 4.127 (+2%) and maintains its year-to-date overall leadership with 21.750 sales (-2%) vs. 20.417 (-9%) for the Mazda3. The Mitsubishi Triton (#5) and Ford Ranger (#6) both drop one spot but remain solid, as opposed to the Holden Commodore down 12% to #7 and dropping from #4 to #6 in the year-to-date ranking. The VW Golf (+19%), Mazda CX-5 (+14%) and Nissan X-Trail (#11) all shine, as do the Honda Jazz (1.439 sales), HR-V (1.300), Subaru Outback (1.257) and Mazda CX-3 (955)

Previous month: Australia May 2015: Discounted Toyota Hilux takes the lead

One year ago: Australia June 2014: Corolla #1, Mitsubishi Triton breaks records

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Belgium May 2015: Photo finish for VW Golf, Renault Scénic & Clio

July 1st, 2015 1 comment

Renault Scenic Belgium May 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frBelgian Renault Scenic sales are up 4-fold year-on-year in May.

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The Belgian new car market is down 3% year-on-year in May to 46.335 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 269.187 units, down 0.7% on 2014. A photo finish was needed this month for the Top 3 best-selling models: only 22 units separate the #1 (VW Golf – 1.240 sales) from the #3 (Renault Clio – 1.218 deliveries) with the Renault Scenic up 4-fold on a particularly disastrous May 2014 to 2nd place with 1.227 units. This month’s Top 3 reflects the year-to-date order as well. The Peugeot 308 follows thanks to sales up a stunning 44% year-on-year, with the Opel Astra up 20 spots on April to #8 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up 60% year-on-year to #9 the other great performers in the Top 10.

Mercedes Sprinter Belgium May 2015The Mercedes Sprinter is up to a fantastic 13th spot in Belgium this month.

Further down, the Dacia Sandero (+38%), Fiat 500 (+30%), BMW 4 Series (+71%) and Ford Mondeo (+114%) lodge spectacular year-on-year gains while Mercedes delivers a triple win with the Sprinter (+87%) up to a stunning 13th spot, the C-Class (+70%) and the CLA (+54%). A handful of recent launches continue to climb the ladder: the Fiat 500X is up to #75, the Suzuki Vitara up to #87 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport up to #90. We also welcome no less than four new nameplates in the Belgian ranking this month: the Jaguar XE at #253, the Mazda CX-3 at #269, Renault Kadjar at #270 and the Opel Karl at #293.

Previous month: Belgium April 2015: Ford Focus and Volvo V40 shoot up

One year ago: Belgium June 2014: Renault Mégane #1, Captur on podium

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Romania May 2015: Fiat 500L climbs further up

June 29th, 2015 No comments

Fiat 500L Romania May 2015Fiat 500L hits a record-breaking 6th place in Romania in May.

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May marks the second month of 2015 in negative in Romania after January with overall registrations down 1% to 5.927 units but the year-to-date total remains 6% above its level one year ago at 25.842 deliveries. Despite sales down 3% on May 2014, domestic manufacturer Dacia lodges a market share of 31.1%, above its year-to-date level of 30.5%. It is followed by Skoda (+25%), Volkswagen (+10%), Renault (-12%), Ford (-22%) and Opel (-21%). Further down, notice Mercedes and Audi up 18%, BMW up 48%, Land Rover up 53%, Citroen up 50% and Jeep up 44%. Over in the models ranking, the Dacia Logan and Duster stay in command, with the Skoda Rapid now #4 year-to-date below its larger sibling the Octavia. The Fiat 500L is up a further 4 spots to a record-breaking 6th place, the Renault Clio is up 10 to #7, the Captur up two to #9, the Ford Mondeo up 8 to #15, Opel Mokka up 33 to #21 and the Honda Civic up 43 to #30.

Previous month: Romania April 2015: Ford and Fiat pull market up 11%

One year ago: Romania May 2014: Podium 100% Dacia in market up 46%

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Colombia May 2015: Mazda & Suzuki stay afloat in market down 16%

June 29th, 2015 No comments

Mazda2 Colombia May 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auMazda sales are up a fantastic 52% year-on-year in May in Colombia.

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The Colombian new car market is falling deeper and deeper into recession with sales down a depressing 16% again in May to 22.513 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 6% on 2014 to 113.216 units. Chevrolet bucks the negative trend with sales up 1% year-on-year in May to 6.035 units for a strong 26.8% market share vs. 24.2% so far in 2015 (-10%), Renault (-15%), Kia (-23%) and Nissan (-24%) all tumble down while Mazda (+52%) and Suzuki (+16%) deliver outstanding performances inside the Top 10. Toyota (-52%), Hyundai (-38%), Ford (-36%) and Volkswagen (-32%) are the hardest hit. Outside the Top 10, notice Mercedes up 15%, Foton up 4% and Subaru up a gigantic 168%.

Previous month: Colombia April 2015: Kia Sportage on podium, market down 16%

Previous year: Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail tops record market

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Malaysia May 2015: Proton back up to #2, Mercedes up two-fold

June 28th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C-Class Malaysia May 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.uk

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The Malaysian new car market continues to put on the brakes at -8% year-on-year in May to 51.254 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 264.747 units, down 4% on 2014. The Top 4 brands return to their order of FY2014 with Perodua in the lead by far at 33.7% share thanks to sales up 7% on May 2014, Proton back up to #2 at 16.2% but down 17%, Toyota rounding up the podium at 14.7% (-7%) and Honda down to 4th place at 12.1% (-16%). Nissan bucks the market with deliveries up 5%, while Mercedes more than doubles its sales year-on-year to a stunning 7th place overall with 1.148 units sold and 2.2% share. Further down, notice also Subaru up 99%, Lexus up 37%, Mini up 19%, Porsche up 189% and Renault up 457%.

Previous month: Malaysia April 2015: Perodua almost at 40% share, Proton at 11%

One year ago: Malaysia May 2014: Honda and Mazda strong

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Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars in the world

June 23rd, 2015 3 comments

Toyota Corolla World 2014. Picture courtesy of u-car.com.twToyota Corolla World 2014 GenI-XIAbove: the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world in 2014.
Below:1st gen Corolla with the three 11th gen Corolla variants (Japan/NA/World)

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The much awaited worldwide models ranking is finally here, and it is exclusive to BestSellingCarsBlog. For the first time we have added notes for each car so it is crystal clear what variants are included in the worldwide sales figures, as often a car can be sold under various names and/or brands depending on the region of the world. Hopefully this makes it easier to gauge what really are the best-selling cars in the world in 2014. Both in 2012 and 2013 we witnessed a cutthroat battle for world supremacy between the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus. This year the situation is drastically different, and the Toyota Corolla marks one full decade in the worldwide #1 spot. On one hand, Focus sales are softening in all 3 large sales poles: in the U.S (-6%), China (-3%) and Europe (-1%), and took a hit in Brazil and Russia, resulting in a 8% worldwide drop to 1.026 million units. On the other hand, the two-pronged launch of the 11th generation Corolla in China (Corolla/Levin) has boosted worldwide sales of the nameplate 8% to 1.352 million units, now completely out of reach of the Focus, and that is even when excluding the Japanese Corolla (110.931).

VW Golf World 2014The VW Golf is the 4th best-selling nameplate in the world in 2014.

Below the Hyundai Elantra regular at the highest level and graduating to the worldwide podium this year at #3 (+2%), thanks to the Mk7 generation now on sale in every corner of the globe the VW Golf is up 3 spots on 2013 to #4 with sales up 18% to 922.800, knocking the Ford F-Series down to #5 (-1%). Helped by its success in Russia and a number of emerging markets, the Hyundai Accent delivers an excellent performance this year: up 10 ranks and 27% on last year to #6 with just above 800.000 worldwide deliveries, above the Toyota Camry (-4%).

Wuling Hongguang World 2014The Wuling Hongguang is #8 worldwide in 2014 – almost solely thanks to China.

But the award of the most spectacular progression in the entire worldwide Top 30 this year goes to the Wuling Hongguang, the best-selling vehicle in the #1 market in the world, China, and up 15 spots to 8th place overall thanks to sales up 40% to 763.526 including a handful of rebadged Chevrolet Envoy sold in India and South America. Adding up a multitude of various nameplates under which it is sold, the Renault Logan breaks into the worldwide Top 10 this year thanks to sales up 7% to 760.385 units. Other great gainers in the Top 20 include the Nissan Sentra (+16%), Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga (both at +15%).

Hyundai Grand i10 India 2014. Picture courtesy of motorbeam.comHyundai i10 worldwide sales are up 77% in 2014 with a boost from India.

If we extend the scope to the Top 100, the most impressive nameplates worldwide going down the ladder include the Ram Pickup (+21%), Honda Fit (+20%), VW Lavida (+22% thanks to the arrival of the Gran Lavida hatchback), Nissan X-Trail (+68% with the new generation’s success in China and most parts of the world), Hyundai i10 (+77% with the arrival of the Grand i10 and Xcent sedan in India), Mazda3 (+25%), Haval H6 (+45%), the Audi A3 up a splendid 53% thanks to the addition of the sedan variant and its launch in China and the U.S., Peugeot 308 up 23%, Opel Mokka up 59%, Ford Ecosport up 34%, Chevrolet Onix up 95% thanks to the addition of the Prisma and the Jeep Cherokee up 481%.

Peugeot 2008 Renault Captur World July 2013. Picture courtesy of LargusThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the Renault Captur worldwide in 2014.

Outside the Top 100, notice the Skoda Rapid up 136% to #111, the Peugeot 2008 up 175% to #112, Renault Captur up 107% to #116, Toyota Noah up 150% to #121 thanks to its and its twin the Voxy’s facelifts and the addition of the Esquire, the Honda N-WGN up 13-fold to #167 for its first full year, the emerging markets version of the Toyota Yaris up to #168, Honda Vezel up to #193, BMW 4 Series up to #205 and the Mercedes S-Class doubling its sales year-on-year to #237.

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Previous year: World Full Year 2013: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

Two years ago: World Full Year 2012: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

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China May 2015: Wuling Hongguang, VW Group tumble in slow market

June 20th, 2015 2 comments

VW Lavida China May 2015. Picture courtesy auto.sohu.comThe VW Lavida outsells the Wuling Hongguang to #1 for the first time in two years.

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Light vehicles sales are up just 1.2% year-on-year in May in China, with passenger cars up 3.8% to 1.57 million units despite a price war that has accelerated across both local manufacturers and foreign carmakers. The latest factor to hit the Chinese car market is the exceptional strength of the local stock market: the Shanghai Composite has more than doubled in the past year. According to Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of the Passenger Car Association interviewed by Bloomberg, “the stock market is like a pump that sucked up all the money. People are not buying cars, no matter how big the incentives. People want their money in the stock market.” Add this to an cooling growth of the economy in general and the license plate restriction imposed by an increasing number of cities to curb pollution, and we are close to getting to a standstill in China – a situation that no one has experienced earlier, at least in the past two decades.

Haval H6 Coupe China May 2015. Picture courtesy auto.msn.com.cnThe Coupe variant could soon boost the Haval H6 to the overall Chinese pole position.

Foreign manufacturers are paying the price of not listening closely enough to the changing tastes of Chinese consumers, namely an appetite for affordable SUVs and MPVs that is as sudden as it is insatiable. As we will detail shortly and as it has been the case for almost a year now, the two most successful new entrants in the sales charts this month are both Chinese branded SUVs. Volkswagen Group May deliveries are down 6% year-on-year while at General Motors the drop is 4%, the latter despite cutting prices on 40 models across its Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands. Reversely, Great Wall posted a 26% gain in May thanks to extremely strong sales of its Haval brand, the #1 SUV brand in China, while Geely is up 25% on May 2014 thanks to a slew of drastically improved models including the new flagship GC9 that sold 2.000 units in May.

Toyota Corolla VW Lavida China December 2014. Picture courtesy of iweeklyauto.comToyota Corolla

The VW Lavida manages a coup in the models ranking: despite sales down just 4%, it outsells the Wuling Hongguang for the first time since June 2013 to become the best-selling vehicle in China (LCV data pending) at 36.105 units vs. 34.508 (down a harsh 31%) for the Hongguang. The Haval H6 is unfazed: up another 23% year-on-year to lodge its third consecutive month above 30.000 sales at 30.032. With its facelift and the addition of the Coupe variant unveiled at Auto Shanghai, the H6 can now seriously pretend at the overall Chinese pole position soon. It would be a first for an SUV. Excellent performance of the Nissan Sylphy in 4th place with sales up 18% to 27,685, followed by the Baojun 730 at 26.006 deliveries and now #4 year-to-date, the VW Jetta down 14% to 23.234 units and the Toyota Corolla reborn thanks to the new generation at 22.965 sales, the nameplate’s 2nd best month ever below the 29.019 units sold last December.

ChangAn CS75 China May 2015The ChangAn CS75 breaks into the overall Top 20 for the first time in May.

Chinese models continue to enjoy their revival, with 14 reps in the Top 50 this month. Below the Wuling Hongguang, Haval H6 and Baojun 730 all inside the May Top 5, the ChangAn Eado is the best-selling domestic sedan this month thanks to sales up 24% to 16.106 (#16), outselling the Geely EC7 up 47% to 13.929 (#22) while the BYD F3 is third at 10.293 (#50). All other Chinese nameplates present in the May Top 50 are either SUVs or MPVs: the ChangAn CS75 continues its formidable career, breaking inside the Top 20 for the first time with 15.113 units, the ChangAn CS35 follows closely at #24 (+50%), ahead of the JAC Refine S3 (#29), Beijing Auto Huansu S3 (#33), Chana Honor (#37), Haval H2 (#39), BYD S7 (#44) and Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 (#48).

BYD Qin China May 2015. Picture courtesy auto.china.comThe BYD Qin is getting closer to entering the Chinese Top 100.

Notice also the Ford Escort solid at #19 and 15.257 sales however impacting Focus sales greatly (#15 and -47%), the Buick Envision shooting up to a best-ever #23 and a record 13.691 sales, the Nissan X-Trail up 15% to #26, the twins Honda Vezel (#55) and XR-V (#65) holding up extremely well, the Venucia T70 back up 17 spots on April to #82 and the all-electric BYD Qin flying from record to record, up 31 ranks on last month to #126 and 3.518 sales. Among recent launches, notice the MG GS up 15 spots to #104 and 4.848 sales, the Karry K50 up to #113 and a record 4.316 units, the Haima M6 up 66 ranks to #172, the Geely GC9 up 51 to #175, the Mercedes GLA up 98 to #180, the Changfeng Leopaard CS10 up 55 to #215 and the Haval H8 up 59 to #228.

Previous post: STRATEGY: Where is China headed?

Previous month: China April 2015: Growth cool down and SUV surge accentuate

One year ago: China May 2014: VW Santana breaks record in market up 8%

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Portugal May 2015: Renault Captur shoots up to 2nd place

June 19th, 2015 1 comment

Renault Captur Portugal May 2015The Renault Captur hits its highest ranking so far in Portugal this month.

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The Portuguese new car market is up a very dynamic 33% year-on-year to 18.345 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 79.589 units, also up 33% on 2014. Renault had a bumper month, placing the Clio in pole position with 6% share and the Captur at a record 2nd place with 3.9%, and adding up to 13.5% (+64%) vs. 11.8% (+38%) year-to-date. Volkswagen improves slightly slower than the market at +28% to 10% share in May, followed by Peugeot (+52%), Mercedes (+29%), BMW (+14%), Nissan up a gargantuan 79% and Ford up an equally impressive 78%. Notice also Skoda up 49%, Volvo up 59%, Hyundai up 74% and Smart up 159%.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal May 2015The Nissan Pulsar leaps to a record #21 spot in May.

Over in the models ranking, below the two Renaults the VW Golf is regular on the podium with another 712 sales and 3.9% this month, still #2 year-to-date like in 2014, while the VW Polo is equally solid in 4th place with 3.7%. The Peugeot 308 is up 4 spots on April to #5, the Ford Focus up 8 to #6, the Nissan Pulsar up 35 to #21 – its best ranking so far in Portugal – and the Skoda Fabia is up 8 to #31. Further down, the Mercedes CLA is up 11 ranks to #29, the Mazda CX-3 lands directly at #88, the Volvo XC90 reappears at #114 thanks to the new generation and the Jaguar XE makes its entrance in the Portuguese charts at #164.

Previous month: Portugal April 2015: VW Golf and Fiat Punto shoot back up

One year ago: Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

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Nigeria Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Accent on top

June 18th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Nigeria 2014The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in Nigeria in 2014.

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The Nigerian new car market is up 8% year-on-year in 2014 to 53.900 registrations, still a minuscule figure given its population of 175 million inhabitants. For the first time on BSCB I can share with you official models data for Nigeria as described further down. Toyota remains by far the most popular carmaker in the country despite sales down 14% to 15.802 for a 29.3% market share, and is followed like in 2013 by the two main Korean manufacturers, albeit in a different order: Hyundai shoots up 72% to 2nd place overall with 12.4% share whereas Kia is down 26% to 4.745. Nissan is up 29% and two spots to #4, Ford down 2% and one rank to #5 and Mitsubishi down 30% to #6. Notice also Volkswagen up 238% to #8, Chevrolet up 917% to #9, Skoda landing at #10, Peugeot at #12, Dacia at #13 and Tata down 72% to #15.

Hyundai Accent Nigeria 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe Hyundai Accent is #2 in Nigeria in 2014.

Over on the model sales charts, we discover for the first time that the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in Nigeria with a strong 7.8% share, followed relatively closely by the Hyundai Accent at 6.7% and the Toyota Hiace at 6.6%. King of 27 African countries, the Toyota Hilux recedes to #4 in Nigeria at 4.6% share. Toyota places four nameplates in the Nigerian Top 5 with the Camry at #5, and seven in the Top 10, adding the Avensis and Prado. Hyundai for its part places the Elantra at #6 and the Santa Fe at #15 and Kia has the Rio at #10, then the Cerato, Sportage, Optima and Picanto all inside the Top 20. Other noticeable appearances include the Dacia Logan at #18, Mercedes Sprinter at #20, Nissan Murano at #22, Peugeot 301 at #23, VW Touareg at #27 and Toyota 4Runner at #29.

Previous year: Nigeria Full Year 2014: Toyota at 37% share, Kia up 27%, Chinese hold 12% of market

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