China May 2016: Focus on the All-new models

Geely Emgrand GS China May 2016. Picture courtesy weiboribau.netGeely Emgrand GS

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With the light vehicle market up a very dynamic 11% in May, the constant flow of new models hitting Chinese dealership isn’t about to slow down. Another illustration this month: no less than nine all-new China-made nameplates make their first appearance in the ranking, five of them having just been unveiled at last April’s Beijing Auto Show. As is the tradition each month, BSCB puts a laser focus on these new entries to keep you informed about the largest car market in the world as if you lived there. Characteristically, the six most popular all-new models this month are SUVs, followed by two MPVs and one sedan, and 6 are Chinese vs. 2 foreigners. The message: the Chinese SUV sales surge isn’t about to cool down either.

FAW Jilin Xenia R7 China May 2016. Picture courtesy

1. FAW Xenia R7 (#133 – 3.931 sales)

China’s very first automaker – First Automotive Works or FAW – is struggling at home with light vehicle sales down 32% so far in 2016. Only the Besturn B30 sedan has managed to pull decent sales figures, so a small crossover is just what the doctor ordered for the brand, and also an instant hit: the Xenia R7, which impressed me at the Beijing Auto with its interior quality, almost hits the 4.000 sales mark for is first appearance in the charts. This is already almost as much as where another FAW small crossover, the Junpai D60, peaked at: 4.154 units in January 2015. In fact, a stretch sales target should be the larger FAW Besturn X80 with a personal best of 8.199 sales in October 2014 but down to a paltry 1.367 this month. At 4.30m long and priced between 69.800 and 86.900 yuan (US$10.700 – 13.300), the Xenia R7 competes in price with the larger Baojun 560 and the smaller Changan CS35 and may have a hard time finding its place among the plethora of Chinese crossovers already on the market. FAW got us used to sell their cars at some of the lowest prices in the market so this Xenia R7 is a step-up which – albeit justified by an aggressive design, current technology and interior quality – may need a little convincing.

Bar for success: 6.000 monthly sales

Land Rover Discovery Sport China May 2016. Picture courtesy

2. Land Rover Discovery Sport (#136 – 3.842 sales)

After finally reporting their overall Chinese sales last month, Jaguar Land Rover now gives us locally-produced models monthly sales data. Although launched in late October 2015, we only now get access to Land Rover Discovery Sport figures, and they are excellent. The Discovery Sport manages to attract almost 4.000 monthly buyers a mere 6 months after launch. This compares with 10.708 for the Audi Q5, the segment leader and reference in China and present here for much longer. This is also more than any other imported luxury SUV, corresponding to roughly 50.000 annual units, it compares with 39.300 BMW X5 in 2015, 39.000 Toyota Prado and 27.800 Porsche Macan. The decision by Jaguar Land Rover to start producing locally was a good one then. Despite producing locally at lower cost, Land Rover is selling the Discovery Sport in China at prices almost 50% higher than in the U.S., ranging from 368.000 to 518.000 yuan (US$56.300-79.200) vs. $38,450-46,950 in the U.S., meaning the cheapest Chinese variant is $10.000 dearer than the most expensive U.S. variant!

Bar for success: 4.000 monthly sales

Dongfeng Fengguang 580 China May 2016

3. Dongfeng Fengguang 580 (#156 – 3.022 sales)

Playing a big part in propelling Dongfeng to #2 in my list of the Most impressive Chinese carmakers at the Beijing Auto Show 2016, the Fengguang 580 ticks absolutely all boxes in the current Chinese market conditions. Its exterior and interior designs are leaps and bounds above what the brand has given us so far in the segment (think Fengguang 330-360), the dashboard console features a large touch screen and the connectivity is optimal: full smartphone integration, satellite navigation, a wifi hot spot and permanent 4G internet. Plus, it’s a seven seater. All this for an almost impossibly low price ranging between 72.900 and 99.999 yuan (US$ 11.100 – 15.300). At 4.68m long and powered by a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cyl petrol engine, the Fengguang 580 smartly leaves the similarly-sized Dongfeng Fengshen AX7 in a different price range altogether (115.700 – 149.700 yuan) and competes full-frontal with the very successful but a lot more basic Changan CX70 and BAIC Huansu S3. This could be a true blockbuster for Dongfeng.

Bar for success: 7.000 monthly sales

BAIC Senova X55 China May 2016. Picture courtesy

4. BAIC Senova X35 (#158 – 3.003 sales)

Beijing Auto is expanding the Senova SUV lineup at lightning speed: after the X65 in February 2015 (personal best: 3.971 sales), the X25 last October (10.593) and the X55 last December (6.492), here comes the X35. At 4.30m long and powered by a 1.5L petrol engine, the Senova X35 is priced between 70.000 and 90.000 yuan (US$10.700 – 13.800) and thus competes with the FAW Xenia R7 described above. The Senova sub-brand is however a lot more familiar to Chinese consumers and its relative refinement is understood, enabling the model to justify these prices, a tad on the high end for a Chinese carmaker. Its commercial start, above 3.000 units, is already good but it should go much higher to really please BAIC.

Bar for success: 8.000 monthly sales

Geely Emgrand GS China May 2016

5. Geely Emgrand GS (#167 – 2.800 sales)

It took a little while, but Geely is now truly entering the SUV segment with very attractive offerings and the manufacturer isn’t doing things in half: only two months after launching the Boyue which has already accumulated 11.069 deliveries, Geely gets the Emgrand GS into market with a solid 2.800 sales for its first month. Built on Geely’s FE platform, which is developed with Volvo technical support and at 4.40m long, the GS is priced between 77.800 and 108.800 yuan (US$11.900 – 16.600), slotting nicely below the 4.52m Boyue (98.800-157.800 yuan).

Geely Emgrand GS China May 2016. Picture courtesy Geely Emgrand GS interior China May 2016. Picture courtesy

The GS interior quality was one of the elements that made me choose Geely as the Most impressive Chinese carmaker at the Beijing Auto Show 2016. Volvo’s influence is palpable in many aspects of the car which offers real value for money to the Chinese car buyer. A 10.000 monthly sales score seems a reasonable bar for success as far as the GS is concerned, but the attention to detail the brand has displayed with it should be able to lift it further up. The only element that could hamper its sales is its hatchback format, traditionally harder to sell to a Chinese audience. But the Emgrand GS has “European market” written all over it. Will Geely finally make the plunge?

Bar for success: 10.000 monthly sales

Range Rover Evoque China May 2016. Picture courtesy

6. Range Rover Evoque (#211 – 1.636 sales)

Just as the Land Rover Discovery Sport detailed above, the Range Rover Evoque makes its first appearance in the China-made sales ranking this month even though it launched back in February 2015. And just like for its stablemate, JLR is applying larger-than-life markups to the Evoque’s Chinese pricing – a whopping 61% compared to the starting U.S. price: from 448.000 to 582.800 yuan (US$68.500 – 89.100) vs. $42.470 – 61.770 in the U.S. The smaller sales figure is still respectable but has probably been impacted by the arrival a year ago of a clone by Landwind, the X7, priced at almost a quarter of the price from 129.800 – 147.800 yuan (US$19.900 – 22.600). Although Landwind doesn’t communicate sales by model, the X7 has lifted the brand from a mere 1.833 units in May 2015 to a peak of 10.001 deliveries last March, and accounts for the overwhelming majority of the 61.740 sales Landwind has accumulated over the past 12 months. It is undeniable that the Landwind X7 has hurt the commercial success of the Range Rover Evoque, and for this reason JLR has filed this month a legal action against Chinese automaker Jiangling Motors, the owner of the Landwind brand, for allegedly copying the Evoque.

Bar for success: 4.000 monthly sales

Haima V70 China May 2016. Picture courtesy

7. Haima V70 (#230 – 1.152 sales)

Haima is coming late to the MPV race and with a design that seems dated already, although the mark of Luciano D’Ambrosio. Offering 6 or 7 seating positions, the V70 is 4.75m long, has two engine options (2.0L and 1.5T) and is priced between 79.800 and 129.800 yuan (US$ 12.200 – 19.200), neither cheap nor expensive and therefore in some kind of no man’s land for a Chinese manufacturer as buyers may prefer a foreign brand. Haima has been struggling to sell anything other than the S5 crossover lately, but thanks to it the brand is up 18% so far in 2016. Entering the MPV arena a few years too late and facing some very accomplished performers such as Changan make this a difficult task for Haima.

Bar for success: 2.500 monthly sales

Mercedes V Class China May 2016. Picture courtesy

8. Mercedes V-Class (#271 – 628 sales)

This is the V-Class we know in Europe, aka the Metris in the U.S., manufactured in China by Fujian Benz, a subsidiary of Beijing Benz. Mercedes is selling the standard 5.14m variant as well as a 5.37m LWB. The pricing, between 489.000 and 618.000 yuan (US$ 74.800 – 94.500) reserve the V-Class to a very exclusive elite and 5-star hotels, and is here too grossly exaggerated compared to a humble U.S. pricing going from $29.945 to $33.495. Yes you have read right, we’re looking at a 182% markup at equal production cost, and with the China production cost standing well below the U.S. one, closer to 200-250% markup. Neither the Viano nor the Vito venture very often above 500 monthly sales in China so doubling that amount would be a significant achievement already for the V-Class.

Bar for success: 1.000 monthly sales

GAC Trumpchi China May 2016. Picture courtesy

9. GAC Trumpchi GA8 (#331 – 215 sales)

The last new entrant this month is by a brand that has distinguished itself with the tremendous success of its Trumpchi GS4 SUV, appearing in the overall Top 10 for the past two months. Making no secret of wanting to enter the U.S. market in the next few years, GAC has requested the help of its Chinese joint-venture partner FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in doing so. The GA8 is the brand’s new flagship, and although it’s not headed for registering much of a mark on the Chinese market, this is precisely the type of format that could give GAC the best chances at succeeding on American shores. The GA8 has two engine options: either a 2.0T 4-cyl. with 188hp or  a 1.8T with 177hp, both mated to a seven-speed DCT. It is over 5m long and priced between 169.800 and 299.800 yuan (US$ 26.000 – 45.800). In China, it competes with the Dongfeng Aeolus A9, Geely GC9, Zotye Z700 and Roewe 950. Were it to come to the U.S., it would need to shave off a few thousand bucks to be a reasonable alternative to the best-sellers Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, ranging between $23,000 and $35.000. See what GAC did there?

Bar for success: 1.500 monthly sales

China May 2016: Price cuts lift market up 11%, Hongguang back to #1

Wuling Hongguang S1 China May 2016A new crossover-looking variant helps lift the Wuling Hongguang back to #1 in May.

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The Chinese light vehicle market manages a double-digit year-on-year gain for the second time in three months in May, up 11% to 1.793 million units, pushing the year-to-date total up 7.8% to 9.258 million deliveries, according the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Note these figures exclude medium and heavy commercial vehicles. Once again the SUV segment is the engine of growth in China with volumes up 38% in May to 637.256 and up 45% year-to-date to 3.218 million. That’s over one million additional SUVs Chinese consumers bought this year compared to the same period last year… MPV sales are up 19% to 170.332 and up 11% year-to-date to 1.017 million. Even sedans are back in positive at +0.8% to 922.125 sales but remain down 6.5% so far this year at 4.652 million units. Microvans on the contrary continue their freefall at -37% to 64.300 units now that they are being ditched by rural buyers for MPVs and crossovers.

VW Bora China May 2016. Picture courtesy gouchezj.comThe facelifted Bora (+46%) helps Volkswagen China sales up 6% in May. 

General Motors posts a 17% increase to 295.282 sales, with Buick the most dynamic Top 10 brand at +36% but Chevrolet disappointing again at -26%. Volkswagen remains by far the most popular marque in China despite growing slower than the market at +6% to 232.400 deliveries. The majority of VW sedans display outstanding gains this month: the Lavida is up 19% in 2nd place overall, the Jetta up 31%, the Sagitar up 25%, Polo up 17% and refreshed Bora up 46%. The Tiguan (-11%) is waiting for the new generation to kick start production in China. Toyota Motor Corp. follows the overall trend with sales up 12% to 102.900, but Hyundai at 100.328 (+25%) and Honda Motor Co. at 99.456 (+24%) are gaining twice as much ground as the market and catching up fast. Honda places 3 nameplates among the Top 10 SUVs in the country this month: the XR-V (14.959), Vezel (14.398) and CR-V (14.194).

Honda XR-V China May 2016. Picture courtesy is up 24% mainly thanks to the XR-V and Vezel twins adding up to 29.357 sales.

The Nissan Group is struggling to keep pace: up just 3% to 106.100 deliveries including Infiniti and low-cost brand Venucia. Year-to-date, Nissan is up 1.3% to 500.900 sales whereas Toyota is up 20% to 495.000 and Honda up 15% to 445.800. At this rate, Toyota could overtake Nissan as the most popular Japanese carmaker in China by the end of 2016. Meanwhile Ford drops 2.5% to 88.248, handicapped by declining light commercial vehicle sales through its joint-venture with Jiangling Motors Corp. (JMC), down 4% and imports down 45% to just 1.501 units. Ford’s year-to-date volumes are up 5% to 479.542.

Chery Arrizo 5 China May 2016. Picture courtesy cheshi.comThe Chery Arrizo 5 hits five-digit sales figures for its third month in market. 

In the luxury aisle, Audi keeps its crown with deliveries up 5.5% to 50.002 units in May, adding up to 239.600 (+6%) so far this year. BMW is up 7% to 40.123 sales and up 6% over five months to 202.300 while Mercedes continues on its stellar run: up 39% in May to 38.271 units and up 36% so far in 2016 to 180.537. The Audi A6L at 11.227 units is the best-selling luxury nameplate in China in May, distancing the Audi Q5 (10.708), Audi A4L (9.774), Mercedes C-Class L (up 179% to 9.582), BMW 3 Series L (8.285) and Audi Q3 up 78% to 8.269.

Changan CX70 China May 2016. Picture courtesy blockbuster status for the Changan CX70.

Among Chinese carmakers, Great Wall Motors is up 9.5% to 71.636 units including 61.793 (+20%) for its SUV brand Haval. The H6, the first SUV to ever top the overall Chinese sales charts last month, is back down to #3 overall but still up 25% year-on-year to 37.435 units and has had to see its starting price cut by 16% in one year to 88.800 yuan (US$13.500) to achieve these figures. Geely is up 18% to 46.134 units, lifted b  impressive scores by its two best-selling sedans, the Emgrand EC7 up 17% and the Vision up 24%, as well as a great start by the Boyue SUV, already inside the Top 100 thanks to 6.049 units sold in May. Wuling (+24%) gets a boost from a rejuvenated Hongguang, up 31% to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to the arrival of a crossover-looking S1 variant.

Geely Boyue China May 2016. Picture courtesy che.comThe Geely Boyue is already inside the Top 100. 

On the other hand, Baojun significantly slows down its growth at +14% to 34.459 units: the 560 crossover is down a further 3 spots on April to #12 vs. #4 year-to-date while the 730 MPV is down 46% year-on-year to #28 vs. #8 so far in 2016. In other model news, the Buick Excelle GT continues to post stunning scores (+59%), the GAC Trumpchi GS4 remains in the overall Top 10 and ranks #2 SUV, the Ford Escort breaks into it for the second time ever, the Buick Envision is up 40% to a best-ever #11, the Hyundai Tucson is up 25 ranks on last month to #23 and the Changan Oushang is up 9 spots to break is volume record at 12.928.

Changhe Q25 China May 2016. Picture Q25 single-handedly puts back the Changhe brand on the map. 

Among recent launches, the Chery Arrizo 5 is the biggest surprise of the month, gaining a further 35% on April to reach 10.986 sales for its third month in market and becoming the 2nd best-selling Chinese sedan at home below just the Geely Emgrand EC7 and above the Changan Eado. The Changan CX70 is up 127% on last month to land at #62 with 9.723 units, the Geely Boyue is up 51% to #94 and 6.049 deliveries, the BYD Yuan is up 69% to #114 and 5.248, the BAIC Weiwang S50 up 94% to #133 and the Cadillac XT5 up 53% to #165.

Haval H7 China May 2016. Picture courtesy signs are good for the Haval H7. 

But the most significant new launches variations in May are posted by the Changhe Q25, literally taking off from just 829 sales in April to 5.259 in May and giving the brand a presence again in the market. Secondly, the Haval H7 is up 146% on its inaugural month to 3.175 sales. A momentous launch for the successful SUV brand, the H7 is already above the monthly bests for both the H8 (1.373) and H9 (3.066). If the H7’s upwards trend continues, it could demonstrate that Chinese buyers are now prepared to spend more on a Chinese SUV than the best-seller H6.

Previous month: China April 2016: Haval H6 first SUV to lead the overall ranking

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

Full May 2016 Top 70 All-China made brands and Top 396 All-models below.


Switzerland May 2016: Volkswagen up 2% in market down 5%

VW Tiguan Switzerland May 2016Volkswagen goes agains the grain with a 2% gain, partly thanks to the new Tiguan. 

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Another month in negative for Switzerland, with new car sales down 5% year-on-year in May to 26.123 units, dragging the year-to-date tally down 1.5% to 126.778 deliveries. Volkswagen manages to gain ground at +2% to post a solid 13.5% market share vs. 12.2% so far in 2016, and is followed as per the year-to-date ranking by BMW (-4%), Mercedes (+2%), Skoda (-14%) and Audi (-19%). Ford (+9%) and Opel (-18%) overtake Renault (-27%) to rank 6th and 7th respectively, while Hyundai (+31%) delivers the largest year-on-year improvement inside the Top 20. Mazda (+19%), Volvo (+23%), Dacia (+16%), Mini (+17%), Kia (+19%) and Honda (+80%) also frankly beat the market just as Jaguar gains 144%, boosted by the XE and F-Pace.

The VW Golf reclaims the pole position in the models ranking but its thin advantage over the Skoda Octavia (19 sales) doesn’t allow it to return to #1 year-to-date as well: the Octavia still leads after five months with 4.978 units vs. 4.811. The VW Polo (+44%) is faithful to the 3rd place it also holds YTD while the VW Tiguan is up 81 spots on April to #4 thanks to the new generation. The Mini Cooper is up 43% to #5, the BMW 2 Series up 31% to #6, the Hyundai Tucson up to a brilliant 9th spot, the Seat Alhambra up 61% to #18 and the BMW X1 up 115% to #19.

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

One year ago: Switzerland May 2015: Volkswagen Group monopolises Top 8

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Hong Kong (China) May 2016: Toyota at 49.3% share, many don’t report

Toyota Crown LPG Taxi Hong Kong 2015. Picture courtesy of neeravbhatt via FlickrSales reporting has been incomplete in Hong Kong so far this year.

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Incomplete reporting for the Hong Kong new car market are once again plaguing the reports, with May sales down 70% to just 1.297 sales and the year-to-date total down 55% to 10.136 units. Toyota (-41%) holds 49.3% share ahead of Porsche at 9.4% (+22%), Hino at 9.2% (+61%) and Lexus at 7.9% (-11%) but Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Isuzu, Honda, Volkswagen and Audi did not report sales this month.

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

One year ago: Hong Kong (China) May 2015: Toyota Hiace leads, BMW X5 in Top 10

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Singapore May 2016: Toyota reclaims pole position off Honda

Toyota Corolla Singapore May 2016Toyota Corolla

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The good news keep pouring in for the Singaporean new car market: up another 79% year-on-year in May to 8.212 deliveries, lifting the year-to-date total up 88% to 35.312 units. After two months of historical Honda domination, Toyota reclaims the brands pole position in May with 1.917 sales including Lexus, a 122% surge on May 2015. Honda is up an even more impressive 280% but is knocked down to #2 and 1.685 units. Nissan (+44%), Mazda (+52%) and Mercedes (+4%) round up the Top 5 while Subaru (+179%), Mitsubishi (+173%) and Hyundai (+151%) display the most aggressive gains inside the Top 10.

Previous month: Singapore April 2016: Honda confirms top spot above Toyota

One year ago: Singapore May 2015: Nissan, Mazda and Honda shine

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Australia May 2016: Hyundai i30 leads, only 133 units off YTD top spot

Hyundai i30 Australia May 2016The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling vehicle in Australia for the third consecutive month. 

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Australian new vehicle sales continue on their record-breaking pace, up 4% both in May (96.672) and year-to-date (469.571), on track to post a second consecutive year of all-time record sales. Private buyers did not contribute in any way to this record running this month with private sales down 4% to 47.424 just as business fleets gain 13.5% to 38.611, rental sales are up 17% to 3.983 and government sales up 2% to 3.807. South Australia (+10%), New South Wales (+6%) and Victoria (+3.5%) are the fastest growing States this month, with Western Australia the only one in negative at -5% just as the mining boom continues to cool down.

Toyota Hilux Australia May 2016The Toyota Hilux remains the #1 model year-to-date, but for just 133 units.

Passenger cars continue to lose ground at -6% to hold just 39.5% market share vs. 43.5% a year ago. Reversely, the SUV segment is on the rise again at +11% to 37.5% share vs. 34.9% a year ago. Light commercials are up 11% to account for 20% of sales. Business and rental fleet buyers are strong supporters of SUVs, up 25% per cent and 54% respectively on the same period last year. According to, the main sources of vehicles are: Japan (27.367 +2%), Thailand (23.064 +15%), South Korea (13.585 +29%), Germany (7.337 -3%), Australia (6.647 -7%) and U.S.A. (4.220 -14%).

Nissan Navara Australia May 2016The Nissan Navara is back among Australia’s Top 10 best-sellers. 

Sales leader Toyota outpaces the market in May at +12% to 17.201 and 17.8% share vs. 17.1% so far this year, ahead of Mazda up 10% to 9.9% share and Hyundai up 9% to 9.3%. Toyota reaffirms its market dominance this month: it is the #1 car brand, #1 SUV brand and #1 light commercial brand (Hyundai was the top-selling passenger car brand in April). Despite volumes down 7%, Holden is back above archenemy Ford (+10%) after being overtaken for the first time in 17 years last month. Kia (+26%), Nissan (+25%), Mercedes (+22%) and Land Rover (+19%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains among the Top 20 brands whereas Honda (-14%), Volkswagen (-18%), Renault (-30%) and Jeep (-54%) fall apart.

Kia sales are up 26% in May.

Among smaller brands, Infiniti (+30%), Volvo (+39%) and Jaguar (+189%) take off as does Chinese light commercial manufacturer LDV (aka Maxus) up 4-fold on its May 2015 score to 139 sales, the brand’s strongest monthly volume in the two years it has been in Australia. Other Chinese fares Foton (-34%), Great Wall (4 sales) and Chery (one unit sold) remain extremely discreet, while Haval hasn’t been able to communicate any sales figures just yet despite being in market since last October. Another newcomer is U.S. pickup truck maker Ram, selling 21 units in May and crossing the 100 unit-mark year-to-date at 104, with the very first unit of SLT Big Horn being registered this month.

LDV G10 Australia May 2016LDV G10 – China’s LDV sales in Australia are up 321% in May. 

Over in the models ranking, it’s another surprise at the top: the Hyundai i30 posts a third consecutive month in pole position thanks to sales shooting up 126% year-on-year to 3.771, the first vehicle to do so since the Toyota Corolla in Feb-Mar-Apr 2015. Less than a year ago in June 2015, the i30 managed its very first #1 ranking here and by then it was only the second month in history that a Hyundai nameplate topped Australian sales charts outright, along with the Excel in June 1998. Thanks to this stunning performance, the i30 now adds up to 16.425 sales year-to-date (+60%), leapfrogging both its direct competitors the Toyota Corolla (16.117) and Mazda3 (15.976) and falling just 133 units short of the YTD pole position still held by the Toyota Hilux (16.558).

Suzuki Vitara Australia May 2016. Picture courtesy Australian Top 50 ranking for the new Suzuki Vitara. 

The Ford Ranger holds strong in 5th place (+26%), the Holden Commodore manages a rare month in positive (+2%), and the Mazda CX-5 is once again the best-selling SUV in Australia and continues to progress (+7%) despite the tremendous success of its little brother the CX-3, up 40% year-on-year to #14 overall. The Nissan Navara reappears inside the Top 10 for the first time since last January thanks to sales up 113% to 1.752. The Hyundai Tucson (1.643) is breathing on the Toyota RAV4’s neck (1.695), the Hyundai Accent (+101%) more than compensates for the discontinuation of the i20, with the Subaru Forester (+28%), Honda HR-V (+26%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+64%) and Nissan Qashqai (+70%) all posting spectacular gains.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Australia May 2016. Picture courtesy have embraced the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport’s controversial design.

Among recently launched nameplates, below the Hyundai Tucson reigning supreme at #12, the Suzuki Vitara gains 14 spots on April to break into the Australian Top 50 for the very first time at #39, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is up 17 to #60, the Mercedes GLC down 8 to #62 and the Toyota Fortuner down 4 to #66. After an extravagant score in April (#35), the Ford Mustang falls back to more realistic levels (#75) yet still dominates its segment. For its first full month of sales, the Kia Picanto takes the lead of its (flailing) segment at #107, while the Mercedes GLS s up 41 ranks to an excellent 132nd spot. Finally, we welcome the Bentley Bentayga in the Australian sales charts this month at #252.

Previous month: Australia April 2016: Hyundai i30 #1 again, Ford above Holden for first time in 17 years

One year ago: Australia May 2015: Discounted Toyota Hilux takes the lead

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Toyota Corolla China July 2015. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world – 28% of its sales come from China. 

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Our traditional Full Year worldwide models ranking is finally here for 2015, and once again it is exclusive to BSCB. Thanks to the launch of 94 new nameplates and the addition of almost 200 Chinese commercial vehicles, the number of nameplates accounted for this year shoots up to 1.382 vs. 1.116 a year ago, so for the first time in the four years this chart has been published we can upgrade from a Top 1000 to a Top 1400 worldwide models – please bear with us while we work on making this a Top 1500 for 2016. This ranking is the result of the compilation of official sales data for 135 markets as well as manufacturers data shared by carmakers directly with BSCB. It was created with the help of Austin Rutherford. As we did for the 2014 ranking, complete notes are included in the table so it is clear what variants are included for each model, as often a car can be sold under various names and/or brands depending on the region of the world. The aim is to make it easier to gauge what really are the best-selling cars in the world in 2015.

VW Golf World 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf leaps to #2 worldwide in 2015. 

For the 11th consecutive year, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in the world in 2015 with just under 1.5 million units delivered. It is the only nameplate to cross the million annual sales mark, an illustration of the insurmountable margin it has over all other nameplates sold on the planet. Even when removing Auris and Scion iM sales (sold as Corolla hatch in some markets), the Corolla adds up to 1.339.000 units, the official figure communicated by Toyota. Note that over 100.000 Japanese Corolla – now a completely different model – are accounted for separately. While it threatened the Corolla for the #1 spot both in 2012 and 2013, the Ford Focus suffers from its half-replacement by the Escort in China and is down 19% to fall to #5 overall with 828.700 sales. The VW Golf snaps the #2 worldwide spot thanks to sales up 3% to 950.200, and is followed by the Ford F-Series (921.800) and Hyundai Elantra (913.200).

Nissan X-Trail World 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe Nissan X-Trail overtakes the Honda CR-V to become the best-selling SUV in the world. 

Below, the VW Polo (+4%), Toyota Camry (-2%), Renault Logan/Sandero (-2%) follow while the Nissan Sylphy (+13%) breaks into the worldwide Top 10 at #9 and the VW Passat rounds up the Top 10 with over 733.000 sales. One rank below, we witness a coup in the booming SUV segment: thanks to fantastic scores in China and North America, the Nissan X-Trail (aka Rogue) is up 47% to overtake the Honda CR-V and become the best-selling SUV in the world with just under 710.000 sales. The CR-V is at 695.500, ahead of the Toyota RAV4 (669.300), Ford Kuga (634.200) and Hyundai ix35/Tucson (580.600). However, Honda can console itself with the outstanding welcome reserved to the HR-V, up 4-fold on 2014 to an astounding 540.100 worldwide sales, 45% coming from China where it is sold as the Vezel and XR-V. It ranks #6 SUV and #19 overall.

Mercedes C Class World 2015. Picture courtesy aolcdn.comThe Mercedes C-Class is the best-selling luxury vehicle in the world in 2015. 

The largest market in the world, China is having a larger impact on the worldwide models ranking each year. Proof: among the Top 30 worldwide best-sellers, only 6 models sold less than 100.000 units there: the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram Pickup and Toyota Hilux (all three are unavailable in China), the Suzuki Swift, Ford Fiesta and Honda Civic. Despite sales down 13% to 660.700, the Wuling Hongguang remains the best-selling Chinese nameplate in the world but steps out of the Top 10 to #16. The Haval H6 follows at #45 and the Baojun 730 at #56. The best-selling luxury vehicle in the world is the Mercedes C-Class (+34%), overtaking the BMW 3 Series (-7%), with the BMW 5 Series (-7%) and Mercedes E-Class (-11%) in tow.

Wuling Hongguang V World 2015. Picture courtesy Wuling Hongguang V is the most popular new launch worldwide in 2015. 

There are 94 all-new nameplates making their very first appearance in this 2015 Annual Worldwide ranking. The most successful of all is the Wuling Hongguang V, launched in January 2015 and posting almost 200.000 sales for its first run. A testimony of the fact that China is just evolving in a different dimension altogether, this smashing start has been deemed lukewarm at home, given the success of previous launches from the brand. Note the Ford Escort – a nameplate resuscitated exclusively for China – misses out on the title for most successful all-new model due to a launch in late 2014 but soars to 214.363 sales for its first full year nevertheless. Most of the next most popular all-new launches worldwide come from China: the Baojun 560 (145.007), GAC Trumpchi GS4 (131.016) distance the Mazda CX-3 (85.575), Brilliance V3 (75.293) and Venucia T70 (63.195). Then, we have the Renault Kadjar (54.353), Daihatsu Wake (53.411) and Ssangyong Tivoli (50.965).

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Previous year: World Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars

Two years ago: World Full Year 2013: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

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France May 2016: Market up 22%, Dacia #3 brand with private buyers

Renault Clio Dacia Sandero France May 2016. Picture courtesy the Renault Clio is #1 overall, the Dacia Sandero is #1 with private buyers for the 2nd month.

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French new car sales soar 22% year-on-year in May to a fantastic 175.834 registrations, however when brought back to the same amount of opening days the increase is only 4%. Year-to-date, the market is now up a very solid 10.5% to 875.079 or +7.3% with same opening days. French groups outpace their home market at +29% to 95.706 and 54.4% market share vs. 51.5% a year ago whereas foreign manufacturers are up 15% to 45.6% share vs. 48.5% a year ago. Renault leads the pack with an outstanding 33% improvement to 19.5% share ahead of Peugeot also growing faster than the market at +24% to 17.6% as well as Citroen up 30% to 10.5%.

Renault Megane France May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe new gen Renault Mégane breaks into he Top 10 and outsells the VW Golf.

Volkswagen loses share (7.2%) with sales up just 8%, but more worryingly it only owes its growth to demo sales (+38%) and short-term rental sals (+38%) whereas private sales are actually down 6% – equivalent to a 20% freefall in daily sales rates. Renault-owned Dacia shines at +39% (more on this below). As a result, the Top 5 best-selling brand account for 60.3% of the French market in May vs. 58.3% a year ago. Below, Fiat (+39%), Kia (+41%) and Hyundai (+58%) also post spectacular results while Toyota does particularly well with private buyers (+22%) who account for 68% of its total sales for the month vs. 46% for the market. In the premium aisle, Audi (5.758) is up 22% to increase the gap with Mercedes (5.030) up 12% while BMW (4.983) ranks third but is the most dynamic at +29%. Year-to-date, it’s Audi again in the lead (+19%) ahead of BMW (+25%) while Mercedes lags behind at just +6%.

Citroen C4 Cactus France May 2016. Picture courtesy C4 Cactus (+72%) helps Citroen up 30% in May. 

Model-wise, the Renault Clio (9.684) reclaims the top spot off the Peugeot 208 (8.192) but gains less ground at +28% vs. +36%. The Peugot 308 (7.871) remains on the podium while the Peugeot 2008 (6.850) wins the small crossover battle over the Renault Captur (5.936) despite improving by ‘just’ 24% vs. 41% for the Renault, and owing its victory to a high amount of demo sales of the facelifted model in anticipation of its June launch. The low-cost Dacia Sandero delivers another stunning performance with sales up 62% to 5.043, overtaking the Citroen C3 to now rank 6th year-to-date vs. 9th over the Full Year 2015 – the Sandero is even #1 with private buyers (see further down) The Citroen C4 Picasso (#7) wins the MPV segment just as the Renault Scenic IV is about to enter the scene.

PEUGEOT 2008 1.6 BlueHDIThe Peugeot 2008 wins the small crossover race in May. The facelift has just landed. 

First Top 10 ranking for the Renault Mégane IV (3.566), outselling the VW Golf (3.221). The Renault Kadjar is segment leader at #13 (3.225) above the Dacia Duster (3.105) while the Nissan Qashqai is hit down 21% (1.946) and the Hyundai Tucson remains very strong at #31 (1.315). Market-beating performances of the Citroen C4 Cactus (+70%) and C3 Picasso (+56%) help maintain Citroen above 10% share at home. The Renault Talisman (#35), Renault Espace (+65%), Kia Sportage (+110%), Audi A4 (+114%), Peugeot Partner (+186%), BMW X1 (+217%) and Renault Trafic (+246%) also shine.

Porsche 718 Boxster France May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frPorsche 718 Boxster

Among recent launches, the Fiat Tipo steps up 66 spots and 187% on April to #82, the Jaguar F-Pace is up 90 ranks and 126% to #153, the Citroen C-Elysée is up 37 spots and 154% to #175 but the e-Mehari is down 15 ranks and 37% to #192. We welcome three new nameplates in the French ranking this month: the Porsche 718 Boxster lands at #238, the Kia Niro arrives at #268 and the Toyota Mirai steps in at #310.

Dacia is the #3 brand in France with private buyers, above Citroen and Volkswagen. 

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Once again, looking at private sales gives a completely different picture of the French new car market. The majority of the sales gain for May comes from ‘artificial’ channels such as carmakers’ self registrations (+64%), Short-term rental sales (+27%), demo sales (+23%) and business fleets (+30%). Private sales are the weakest with a 16% gain which translates into a 1% decrease in daily sales rates (4.013 vs. 4.057 in May 2015), resulting in an all-time low market share of 45.6%. Renault does well with private buyers this month (+35%) in contrast with Peugeot up just 6% – or down 10% in daily rates.

Dacia Sandero France May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Dacia Sandero is the #1 model in France with private buyers above the 208 and Clio…

But the big surprise in the brands private sales ranking is the third position of Dacia, overtaking both Citroen and Volkswagen compared to the general market and managing that feat for only the 2nd time in its history after last month. In April, Dacia held 11.2% of the French private market vs. 10.2% for Citroen and this month Dacia is at 10.1% with 8.105 registrations vs. 9.5% for Citroen (7.614) and 7.4% for Volkswagen (5.962). 86% of Dacia sales are to private buyers in France which is a result of the low-cost strategy that virtually removes the brand from the business and rental fleet markets and ensures the optimal profit for the Renault Group. Year-to-date, Citroen remains above Dacia for now at 10.5% share vs. 10% for Dacia.

Dacia Duster France May 2016. Picture courtesy of…while the Dacia Duster threatens the Peugeot 2008 for the SUV crown. 

Fittingly, the Dacia Sandero is the #1 vehicle in the country outright with private buyers, achieving this feat for the 2nd straight month – and ever – thanks to sales up a stunning 72% to 4.412 units, distancing the Peugeot 208 at 4.102 (+38%) and the Renault Clio at 3.901 (+11%). This is all the more impressive as it happens four years after the current generation Sandero was launched and just as a facelift is announced for the Paris Auto Show in September. The Dacia Duster for its part is up 36% to 2.486 units – almost snatching the SUV crown off the Peugeot 2008 – despite being overdue for a renewal. The business fleet models ranking is vastly different, crowing the Renault Clio (2.813) just above the Peugeot 308 (2.668), as is the short-term rental sales ranking, here too preferring the Renault Clio up 91% to 2.117 above the Peugeot 308 up 46% to 1.455 and the Peugeot 208 up 44% to 1.374.

Previous month: France April 2016: Dacia Sandero overall best-seller with private buyers

One year ago: France April 2015: Peugeot 308 and 2008 overtake Renault Captur

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UK nations May 2016: Dacia Sandero consistently strong

Dacia Sandero UK May 2016. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero has hit a nerve with UK consumers. 

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Thanks to SMMT we can share with you the Top 10 best-sellers in May for each UK nation. Keep in mind this data is already included in the UK monthly updates, this is a zoom in by nation. England (+3%) and Scotland (+2%) are in line with the overall UK market (+2.6%) whereas Wales is up just 0.7% and Northern Ireland recedes 1%. Year-to-date, all nations gain ground vs. the same period in 2015 with England the most dynamic at +4.6% to 996.268 units, Northern Ireland up 2.5% to 28.031, Wales up 1.8% to 41.103 and Scotland up 1.2% to 96.043.

Ford Kuga UK May 2016. Picture courtesy Ford Kuga is up to #2 overall in Wales. 

For the second consecutive month, the Ford Fiesta manages to top the sales charts of every single nation, distancing the VW Golf in England, the Vauxhall Corsa in Northern Ireland and Scotland and an impressive Ford Kuga in Wales. The Hyundai Tucson remains extremely strong at #3 in Northern Ireland where the Kia Sportage is #8 and the Renault Kadjar #10 year-to-date. The Dacia Sandero brilliantly makes the Top 10 of each UK nation bar England: it ranks #8 in Scotland and #9 in Northern Ireland as well as Wales. Other great performers include the Mercedes C-Class up to #6 in England and the Vauxhall Mokka at #4 in Wales and #6 in Scotland and the Renault Captur and Clio both making it into the Scottish Top 10.

Previous month: UK nations April 2016: Ford Fiesta #1 everywhere, Hyundai Tucson shines

One year ago: UK nations May 2015: Seat Ibiza in Top 10 of two nations

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New Zealand May 2016: Ford Ranger leads, Mustang in Top 25

Ford Mustang New Zealand May 2016The Ford Mustang roars into the New Zealand best-sellers in May. 

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Nothing can stop the New Zealand new car market, up a further 11% in May to reach its best May score since the Motor Industry Association started collating data in 1975 at 11.180 registrations. Light commercials ae up The year-to-date total is also evolving at all-time record levels, up 5% on the same period in 2015 to 55.435 units. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country at 15.7% share (+9%) but Ford is catching up fast: up a fantastic 47% to 1.511 sales and 13.5% share vs. 12.2% year-to-date. Holden (-2%) rounds up the podium, followed by Mazda (+7%), Mitsubishi (+16%) and Hyundai (+4%). Nissan slumps 18% at #7 whereas Suzuki is up 28%, Kia up 79%, Mercedes up 22%, Subaru up 34% and Chinese LCV-maker LDV up 130% to #20 overall.

Ford Ranger New Zealand May 2016The Ford Ranger is the uncontested market leader in 2016. 

In the models ranking, the Ford Ranger improves 48% on the previous model a year ago to consolidate its market leadership at 755 sales and 6.8% vs. 573 and 5.1% (+42%) for the Toyota Hilux. Year-to-date, the Ranger is up 36% to 3.164 units vs. 2.453 (+17%) for the Hilux. The Holden Colorado climbs 22% to third place overall in May, distancing the Toyota Corolla (+4%), RAV4 (+32%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+30%). The Kia Sportage holds strong at #8, the Hyundai Tucson is up one spot on April to #8 and the Suzuki Vitara is back inside the Top 20 at #17. But the big surprise this month in New Zealand is the thunderous arrival of the Ford Mustang among the Top 25 best-sellers at #23, it also ranks #15 best-selling passenger car in the country and is, incredibly, Ford’s best-selling passenger car in New Zealand in May, outselling the Fiesta, Focus or any SUV the brand is selling in the country.

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

One year ago: New Zealand May 2015: Ford Ranger cements newfound leadership

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