World First Half 2016: Mercedes closer to topple BMW for 1st time since 2005

Mercedes GLC Australia April 2016A revamped SUV lineup is helping Mercedes-Benz regain the #1 luxury spot worldwide. 

Over the First Half of 2016, Mercedes-Benz cements its newly-reclaimed worldwide luxury lead with sales up a stunning 12.1% year-on-year to 1.006.619 units. By comparison, BMW gains 5.8% to 986.557 deliveries and Audi is up 5.6% to 953.200. If Mercedes manages to hold the lead until the end of 2016, it would be the first time since 2005 the Munich-based manufacturers wins the worldwide luxury race, an objective it had set itself to reach by 2020. June data gives a different order with BMW in the lead at 189.097 (+9.7%) ahead of Mercedes at 188.444 (+11.1%) and Audi at 169.000 (+7.4%). Source: Manufacturers

France 1-11 July 2016: Luxury brands shine in market down 7.5%

Citroen C3 France July 2016. Picture courtesy autoplus.frThe unveiling of the new gen Citroen C3 isn’t hurting the current gen yet. Picture Auto Plus 

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Courtesy of French magazine Auto Plus, we can share with you a little summer treat: the Top 10 most popular brands and models in France over the first 11 days of July. Keep in mind these rankings are always heavily biased by various sales strategy, notably by Renault – a company that always does most of its monthly volume during the last week of the month. Over the period, the market is worryingly down 7.5% year-on-year, a situation that may get worse as the month comes to an end, given July 2015 had two additional selling days as this month. Peugeot dominates the brands ranking above Citroen and Renault, with Audi (-4%), BMW (+32%) and Mercedes (+15%) faring particularly well. The Peugeot 208 is in the lead above the 308 and the Citroen C3, the VW Polo (#6), Golf (#9) and Toyota Yaris (#10) the only foreigners in the Top 10.

Previous post: France First Half 2016: Dacia Sandero triumphs with private buyers

One year ago: France 1-7 July 2015: Peugeot 308 leads, Fiat 500 in Top 10

Full 1-11 July 2016 Top 10 brands and models below.


Kazakhstan First Half 2016: Toyota and Renault catch up on Lada

Renault Duster Kazakhstan June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruRenault manages a 10.8% share with just 3 cars: the Duster, Sandero and Logan.

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Thanks to, we can share with you today sales data for Kazakhstan over the First Half of 2016. The Kazakh market continues its freefall in 2016 with volumes retracting by more than half at -59% year-on-year to just 21.870 units. Russian carmaker Lada remains the most popular brand in the country despite sales down 74% to 4.309 and 19.7% share vs. 31.4% a year ago. Toyota is catching up though, seeing its market share jump from 8% over H1 2015 to 17% now thanks to sales down just 13% to 3.719. Renault (-39%) also improves its market share significantly from 6.9% to 10.8%.

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Toyota Camry shoots up to #2 overall in Kazakhstan over H1 2016. 

On the opposite, Hyundai and Kia, both down 76% lose 5 and 6 percentage points of market share respectively. Other great gainers include Nissan, Lexus, JAC, Mazda and MG. Newcomers Datsun (#22) and Lifan (#32) have not chosen the best of times to enter the Kazakh market. Despite being at the end of its life, the Lada Priora takes the lead of Kazakh models ranking with sales down 47% to 9% share, distancing the Toyota Camry down 3% and up 10 spots on a year ago to #2 and the Renault Duster down 36% but up 5 ranks to #3. The Lada 4×4 (-30%), VW Polo (-38%), Renault Sandero (-10%) and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (-10%) also gain market share in the Top 10.

Previous post: Kazakhstan March 2016: Lada implodes (-80%) in market down 58%

One year ago: Kazakhstan June 2015: Hyundai Accent best-seller above Lada Granta

Full H1 2016 Top 50 All-brands and Top 320 All-models below.


Puerto Rico (USA) June 2016: Toyota Yaris takes off to 10.3% share

Toyota Yaris Sedan Puerto Rico June 2016The new sedan variant lifts the Toyota Yaris to #1 in Puerto Rico.

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The new light vehicle market in Puerto Rico is up 1.4% year-on-year over the First Half of 2016 to 40.263 units. Being an unincorporated state of the United States, Puerto Rican sales figures aren’t included in the monthly U.S. totals and analysis. Toyota evolves like the market with deliveries up 1% to 10.702 and a stable 26.6% share. Hyundai shoots up 31% to 13.9% share ahead of Kia at 9.6% (+4%), Nissan at 9.5% (-4%) and FCA at 9.1% (+13%). In the models ranking, the Toyota Yaris shoots up to 4.149 sales and 10.3% share thanks the arrival of the new generation sedan – a rebadged Mazda2 sedan marketed in the U.S. until August as the Scion iA – which accounts for 87% of the nameplate’s sales in Puerto Rico so far in 2016. The Toyota Corolla, leader in 2015, is knocked down to #2 with less than half the Yaris volume at 1.814 and 4.5%. Excellent performance of the Hyundai Tucson up 6 spot on its FY15 ranking to #3, the Toyota RAV4 up 1 to #4 and the Hyundai Elantra up 9 to #5. The Toyota Tacoma (+2) and Jeep Wrangler (+1) also progress in the Top 10.

Previous post: Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla leads, Tacoma up

Full H1 2016 Top 225 All-models and Top 30 All-brands below.


Israel June 2016: Kia Picanto, Sportage and Hyundai Tucson on podium

Kia Sportage Israel June 2016The Kia Sportage is up to #2 year-to-date so far in 2016. 

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The Israeli new car market is up 4% year-on-year in June to 26.400 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 15% to 165.461 units halfway through 2016. Hyundai (+1%) retains the top spot for just 32 units above Kia (+10%) while Toyota (-11%) and Mitsubishi (-17%) struggle. Skoda (+16%), Nissan (+39%), Chevrolet (+73%) and Honda (+87%) impress in the Top 10. Model-wise, we have access to the First Half data and the Kia Picanto remains in pole position thanks to deliveries up 19% to 7.984, while the Kia Sportage soars 35% to 2nd place overall with 7.681 sales, overtaking the Hyundai Tucson (new) and Toyota Corolla (-23%). The Skoda Octavia (+13%) rounds up the Top 5 just above the Mitsubishi Outlander up 67% to #6. Other great performers include the Subaru Impreza up 23% to #14, Skoda Rapid up 51% to #15, Suzuki Vitara up 850% to #18 and the Skoda Fabia up 151% to #21.

Previous month: Israel May 2016: Hyundai and Kia dominate in market up 22%

One year ago: Israel June 2015: Toyota Corolla catches up to Kia Sportage

Full June 2016 Top 40 All-brands and H1 2016 Top 280 All-models below.


Greece June 2016: Micra topples Yaris in market down 1.5%

Nissan Micra Greece June 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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After surging 49% in May, the Greek new car market seesaws back down 1.5% in June to 8.863 registrations, with a year-to-date tally still comfortably in positive at +10% to 47.413 units. Overtaken by Nissan in May, Toyota soars 83% year-on-year to reclaim the brands lead with 1.196 sales and 13.5% share, knocking Nissan down to #2 at 1.007 and 11.4% (+3%). Volkswagen (-15%) and Opel (-18%) are in difficulty but Peugeot (+12%) and Fiat (+16%) shine. Below, Renault (+63%), Ford (+85%), Dacia (+273%) and Alfa Romeo (+220%) all post spectacular gains. Model-wise, the Nissan Micra (+47%) snaps up the pole position, toppling the Toyota Yaris (+57%) while the Renault Clio is up 10 spots on May to #3. The Toyota Aygo is up 21 to #5, the Seat Leon up 27 to #8 and the Toyota Auris up 245% year-on-year to #10.

Previous month: Greece May 2016: Nissan, Mercedes shine in market up 49%

One year ago: Greece June 2015: Suzuki Celerio breaks into Top 10

Full June 2016 Top 34 All-brands and Top 163 All-models below.


Bulgaria June 2016: Dacia Dokker back in charge in market down 5%

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria June 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe Dacia Dokker is the best-selling vehicle in Bulgaria in June and YTD. 

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Bulgaria sales see a 5% year-on-year drop in June to an estimated 3.061 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in positive halfway through 2016 at +6% to 15.524 units. Thanks to deliveries up 35% on June 2015, Dacia remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, followed by Renault (-9%), Skoda (+3%) and Volkswagen (-24%) while Ford (+14%) rounds up the Top 5. Nissan (+36%), Land Rover (+57%), Fiat (+31%) and Volvo (+38%) shine but Kia (-51%), Mazda (-25%), Audi (-16%), Great Wall (-84%) and Seat (-67%) struggle. In the models aisle, the Dacia Dokker is back to the pole position it holds year-to-date, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Octavia. The Opel Astra leaps 27 spots on May to #8 and the Renault Master is up 17 to #10.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 20% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria May 2016: Dacia reclaims brands top spot off Renault

One year ago: Bulgaria June 2015: Renault Captur confirms leadership

Full June 2016 Top 32 All-brands and Top 174 All-models below.


Slovenia June 2016: Renault Group monopolises podium

Renault Captur Slovenia June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Captur is #2 in Slovenia in June.

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The Slovenian new car market is up a whopping 19% year-on-year in June to 6.492 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 10% to 34.980 halfway through 2016. Volkswagen reclaims the #1 spot it holds year-to-date off Renault for just… one sale at 947 vs. 946. Opel (-5%), Skoda (+5%) and Dacia (+16%) follow while below, Fiat (+74%), Hyundai (+80%), BMW (+50%), Mercedes (+38%), Suzuki (+111%) and Mini (+157%) impress. Model-wise, the Renault Clio reigns supreme with 5.6% share and is joined on the podium by the Renault Captur at #2 (+9 on May) and the Dacia Duster at #3 (+2%), meaning the Renault Group monopolises the Slovenian podium in June. The Volkswagen Group holds the next three spots with the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and VW Polo. The Fiat 500 (#7), Peugeot 2008 (#10), Opel Mokka (#18) and Ford C-Max (#20) all shine

Previous month: Slovenia May 2016: Renault surges 104% to 19.5% share, Clio #1

One year ago: Slovenia June 2015: Dacia Duster posts historical win

Full June 2016 Top 35 All-brands and Top 204 All-models below.


Latvia First Half 2016: Qashqai #1, Opel Mokka shoots up to #2

Opel Mokka Latvia June 2016. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Mokka is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Latvia so far in 2016. 

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New car sales in Latvia gain a very robust 20% year-on-year over the first half of 2016 to 9.718 registrations. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand despite sales down 1% to 1.314 and a market share down to 13.5% from 16.5% a year ago. Toyota (+16%) and Nissan (+12%) round out the podium like last year, Opel is up 133% and 6 spots to #4, Renault up 65% to #5 and Ford up 28% to #6. Peugeot (+84%), Kia (+64%), Citroen (+60%) and Mazda (+120%) also shine. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai holds onto the pole position it held over the Full Year 2015 despite sales down 5% to 423 but in 2nd place the Opel Mokka is up 4-fold on a year ago to 301 units and 3.1% share, edging past the VW Golf (+28%), Fiat 500 (+64%) and VW Passat (-17%). Notice also the Renault Trafic at #12 (+113%) and the Peugeot 308 at #15 (+971%).

Previous post: Latvia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai and VW Passat outpace Skoda Yeti

One year ago: Latvia June 2015: Nissan Qashqai reclaims lead, Fiat 500 #3

Full H1 2016 Top 40 All-brands and Top 285 All-models below.


China 2016 Photo Reports: The Chinese car dealerships of Xining

Huanghai N2 Xining China 2016Huanghai N2

After exploring the cars of Xining, we now go on a tour of the small Chinese car dealerships of the capital of the Qinghai province, the ones specifically located along the few blocks near the intersection of Bowen and Baiyi Lu. The photos give you an idea of which models are pushing by dealers in this particular area of China, with pickup trucks given centre stage. Below is a selection of the 25 most representative Xining dealership photos, ranked in alphabetical order. A further 35 photos can be found below the jump for a complete report.

China map XiningA reminder of where Xining is located in China.BAW Jeep Pickup Xining China 2016BAW Jeep Pickup
Chana Minivan 29900 yuan Xining China 2016Chana Star Minivan
Cowin C3 Xining China 2016Cowin C3
Cowin dealership Xining China 2016Cowin dealership
Donfgfeng Fengshen A60 Xining China 2016Dongfeng Fengshen A60 priced at 69.700 yuan ($10.400)
Enranger dealership Xining China 2016Enranger dealership
FAW dealership Xining China 2016 picsFAW dealership
Foday F22 Pickup Xining China 2016 pic2Foday F22 Pickup
Foday F22 Pickup Xining China 2016Foday F22 Pickup Geely King Kong Xining China 2016Geely King Kong Geely Gleagle GX7 Xining China 2016Geely GX7 and Gleagle GX7 (note the two different logos)
Gleagle closed dealership Xining China 2016Abandoned Gleagle dealership
Hawtai dealership Dongfeng Cowin Xining China 2016Hawtai dealership fronted with Dongfeng Fengshen A60 and Cowin C3
Higer dealership Xining China 2016 pic2Higer dealership
Huansu dealership Xining China 2016 pic2Huansu dealership – they are separate from BAIC
Jinbei dealership Xining China 2016 pic2Jinbei – Brilliance dealership
Jinbei mini truck Xining China 2016Jinbei Mini Trucks
JMC GL dealership Xining China 2016JMC GL dealership
Leopaard CS10 Xining China 2016Leopaard CS10
Leopaard Q6 Xining China 2016Leopaard Black King and Q6
Wuling Sunshine Mini TruckA very rare Wuling Sunshine Mini Truck priced at 26.900 yuan (US$4.000)
ZX Auto Grand Tiger Xining China 2016 ZX Auto Grand Tiger priced at 66.900 yuan (US$10.000)

The Photo Report continues below with 35 additional photos.