Singapore March-April 2017: Toyota reclaims lead off Honda

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

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

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

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

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

Full March and April 2017 Top 40 All-brands rankings below.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full March and April 2017 Top 15 brands and Top 50 models below.


Pakistan March-April 2017: Honda engine of growth

Honda sales are up 48% in Pakistan so far this year. 

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Thanks to PAMA we can share with you sales of locally-produced light vehicles in Pakistan for the March-April period. In March, the market is up 16.6% year-on-year to 20.505 units, with Suzuki up 15% to 50.6% share, Toyota up 3% to 28.9% and Honda up 44% to 18.5%. The Toyota Corolla remains in the lead but drops 2% whereas the Suzuki Mehran is up 30%, the Honda Civic up an estimated 164% and the Suzuki WagonR up 113%. Further down the ranking, the Toyota Fortuner is up 305%.

In April, sales of Pakistan-made light vehicles slow down their growth at +6.6% to 18.329 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 10% to 79.404. This time market leader Suzuki goes against the grain at -2% to a round 50% share, Toyota gains a meagre 3% to 30.8% and once again the engine of Pakistani growth comes from Honda up 47% to 19.2% share. The Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling nameplate in the country despite a 2% drop, followed by the Suzuki Mehran up 20% and the Honda Civic up an estimated 110%. The Suzuki WagonR continues to impress at +60% in 5th place overall as does the Toyota Fortuner up 253%.

Previous post: Pakistan January-February 2017: Civic catches up on Corolla and Mehran

One year ago (March): Pakistan March 2016: Honda City on podium

One year ago (April): Pakistan April 2016: Suzuki Cultus up 71%, changes ahead?

Full March and April Top 3 Pakistan-made brands and Top 11 models below.


Austria April 2017: VW Polo and Renault Megane shine in market down 2.9%

The VW Polo is up 58% year-on-year in April. Picture 

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The Austrian new car market is down 2.9% year-on-year in April to 30.201 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 8.3% to 118.694. Market leader Volkswagen fares slightly worse than the market at -4% but remains ultra-dominant at 17.2% share, the same figure as year-to-date. It is followed this month by three improving brands: Skoda (+5%), Renault (+3%) and Ford (+5%) all post market shares above their year-to-date levels at 7.6%, 6.5% and 6.3% respectively. The rest of the Top 10 is entirely in negative territory with Opel (-11%) and Audi (-25%) hit the hardest. Further down, notice Toyota (+22%), Dacia (+23%), Land Rover (+26%), Suzuki (+37%) and Alfa Romeo (+94%) all posting impressive gains.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen monopolises the podium like it does year-to-date but this month the Golf (-25%) is followed by the Polo (+58%) with the Tiguan (+8%) taking third position instead of #2 year-to-date. The traditional two Skodas follow: the Octavia at -9% and the Fabia at +29%. Within the Top 10, the VW Bus (+10%), BMW X1 (+18%), Ford Fiesta (+22%) and most impressively the Renault Megane (+154%) make themselves noticed. Beyond, the Renault Kadjar is up 74% to #13 vs. #39 year-to-date, the Ford Kuga is up 93% to #16 and the Dacia Sandero up 50% to #19. Among recent launches, the Fiat Tipo ranks 26th, the Seat Ateca 27th and the Toyota C-HR 40th while the Alfa Romeo Stelvio breaks into the Top 100 at #94.

Previous post: Austria February 2017: VW Golf leads, Skoda Fabia and Fiat Tipo shine

One year ago: Austria April 2016: 10 Volkswagen Group nameplates in the Top 12

Full April 2017 Top 50 All-brands and Top 310 All-models below.


France April 2017: Peugeot 2008 and 3008 lead their segments

The Peugeot 3008 frankly outsells the Renault Kadjar. Picture 

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

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

The new C3 keeps Citroen above 10% share. Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada April 2017: Ram Pickup breaks record in market down 1.5%

Record month for the Ram Pickup in Canada. 

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After a record First Quarter, new light vehicle sales in Canada lose steam in April at -1.5% to 197.470 units, keeping in mind the comparison set with a year ago is extremely demanding, as April 2016 was the first month above 200.000 registrations in Canadian history. The year-to-date tally remains however in positive territory at +2.5% to 619.776 units. As it is the case in the United States, passenger cars are the main culprits in this market decline with sales down a harsh 8.7% to 66.656 units, frankly outsold by SUVs and crossovers up 0.7% to 78.282. Reversely to the U.S., pickup trucks still have some fuel in Canada with sales up 9.5% this month to 39.828.

GMC Sierra sales are up 19% year-on-year in April. 

Thanks to deliveries up a stunning 14.8% on a year ago, General Motors reclaims the lead of the groups ranking both in April and year-to-date, with Ford (+0.2%) also up one spot and knocking down FCA (-9%) to third place overall. Toyota Motor (-7.8%), Hyundai-Kia (-2.3%), Nissan Motor (-5.7%) and the Volkswagen Group (-17%) all lose ground on a year ago while Honda Motor edges up 2.2%. Brand-wise, Ford gains 0.4% to remain by far in pole position with 15% vs. 9.8% for Toyota (-5.8%) and 9.3% for Chevrolet up a splendid 22.3%. Honda (+5.8%), Ram (+10.6%) and GMC (+17.3%) also shine inside the Top 10 while below, Jeep slides down a harsh 34.9%, the 10th consecutive month of year-on-year decline for the brand. Among smaller marques, Fiat (+87.5%), Maserati (+124.1%), Jaguar (+157.4%) and Alfa Romeo (+167%) are the best performers.

The new generation boosts Chevrolet Cruze sales up 82% this month in Canada. Picture

In the models ranking, the sales concentration on the tried and tested nameplates continues: only two nameplates are down in the Top 15: the Dodge Grand Caravan (-21%) and Toyota RAV4 (-1%). The Ford F-Series continues to dominate and signs its 2nd best ever monthly volume at 14.326, only trailing its score from last September (15.659). In 2nd place, the Ram Pickup simply breaks its monthly volume record at 9.883 units (+10%), eclipsing its previous best of 9.630 (corrected figure) from April 2015. The Honda Civic (+4%), GMC Sierra (+19%), Toyota Corolla (+4%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+27%) follow. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Cruze up 82%, the Hyundai Tucson up 65%, Chevrolet Equinox up 73% and Honda HR-V up 44%.

Previous post: Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

One year ago: Canada April 2016: First month in history above 200.000 registrations

Full April 2017 Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 267 models below.


China LCV March 2017: Mini Trucks and Pickups shoot up

3. Wuling Rongguang Pickup MoheWuling Mini Truck sales are up 89% year-on-year in March.

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After a couple of months hiatus, the China LCV ranking is back thanks to our partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars. This month the trends we have observed in the past year are confirmed yet in various degrees of strength. Minivans continue to drop but slow down their fall at -6% to 67.852 sales vs. -19% to 135.027 year-to-date whereas Mini Trucks (aka mini pickups) accelerate their growth at +36% to 70.793 vs. +26% to 157.857 year-to-date. Now that legislation restricting their access to the centre of big cities is being loosened up in some parts of the country, pickup trucks continue to gallop ahead with another double-digit gain at +14% to 38.960 deliveries vs. +19% to 96.783 so far this year.

Maxus T60. Picture courtesy

The Wuling Mini Truck shoots up 89% to over 40.000 sales, dominating the ranking head and shoulders above the best-selling Minivan and one of the rare ones to improve significantly: the Wuling Hongguang V up 51% to slightly more than 25.000 units. The Wuling Rongguang (-11%) and Sunshine (-36%) continue their freefall just as the Chana Minibus (-43%) has its sales transferred to the Mini Truck (+9%). In the revived pickup aisle. the Great Wall Wingle 5, JMC Baodian and ZX Auto Grand Tiger remain in the lead despite all losing ground on a year ago, whereas the JMC Yuhu (+228%), Great Wall Wingle 6 (+22%) and Foton Tunland (+103%) all gain significant volume. Among recent launches, the Wuling Sunshine V doesn’t impress at less than 2.000 units while we welcome the Maxus T60 in the ranking this month, the brand’s very first pickup truck.

Previous post: China LCV Full Year 2016: Wuling Mini Truck leads, pickups up 11%

One year ago: China LCV March 2016: Mini Trucks shoot up 31% led by Wuling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full April 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 207 All-models below.


Uruguay April 2017: Fiat leads market up 16%

Fiat is the best-selling carmaker in Uruguay for the second month running. 

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The Uruguayan market is definitely on the mend with April sales up another 16% to 3.887 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 23% to 16.484 deliveries. Fiat continues to catch up on lost time earlier in the year with a second consecutive pole position thanks to sales up 39% to 634. The Italian manufacturer now ranks third year-to-date at 11.3% share. It distances this month Volkswagen (+48%) and Chevrolet (+159%) both posting spectacular gains, as do Nissan (+72%), Hyundai (+81%) and Citroen (+76%) inside the Top 10. Reversely Renault (-4%), Peugeot (-23%) and Suzuki (-31%) fall into negative territory in April. FAW (+89%) leads Chinese carmakers ahead of Lifan (-67%), Great Wall Motors (+12%), Chery (+7%), BYD (+90%) and Geely (-68%). All-in-all, Chinese carmakers are down 24% to 9.4% share this month.

Previous post: Uruguay February 2017: Chevrolet shoots up 155% to pole position

One year ago: Uruguay April 2016: Fiat now #1 year-to-date, Lifan shines

Full April 2017 Top 40 All-brands rankings below (including March data).


Cyprus April 2017: Kia Rio shoots up to #1, Ford Fiesta now #1 YTD

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Cyprus in April.

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According to data provided by SEMO Cyprus and analysed by INNOSOFT, the Cyprus new car market is down 9.5% year-on-year in April to 1.071 units, however the year-to-date tally remains in positive territory at 4.711 deliveries, up 7% on the same period a year ago. Likely helped by a batch of rental sales, the Kia Rio improves its score 4-fold compared to April 2017 to take the lead this month with 8.7% share of the market, leaping to 2nd place in the year-to-date ranking. The Ford Fiesta is up to #2 and takes the year-to-date lead despite sales down 12% so far this year, bypassing the Hyundai Tucson. The Honda HR-V jumps 15 spots on last month to land on the third step of the podium, distancing its archenemy the Toyota C-HR up two ranks to a stunning 5th place. Notice also the Toyota Corolla up 88% year-on-year to #6, the Ford Kuga up to #12 and the Kia Cee’d up to #14.


Previous month: Cyprus March 2017: VW Golf #1, Hyundai Tucson takes YTD lead

One year ago: Cyprus April 2016: VW Golf and Tiguan strong in market up 80%

Full April 2017 Top 30 models ranking below.