Singapore May 2017: Toyota market leader but Honda still #1 YTD

Toyota is the best-selling carmaker in Singapore in May. 

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The Singaporean new car market is up 2.5% year-on-year in May to 8.418 units and up 6.3% year-to-date to 37.533 units. For the second month in a row, Toyota is the best-selling carmaker in the country despite sales down 8% on May 2016 to 21% share, a mere 65 units above Honda up 1% to 20.2%. This slight advantage isn’t enough to reclaim the year-to-date leadership still held by Honda at 20.7% of the market vs. 20.2% for Toyota. Mazda surges 27% to 10.5% share, also claiming the third place year-to-date. Mercedes remains in fourth place with a more modest 10% improvement, ahead of Nissan down 38%. Mitsubishi (+55%), Kia (+28%), Opel (+2533%), Renault (+172%) and Maserati (+750%) all impress.

Previous post: Singapore March-April 2017: Toyota reclaims lead off Honda

One year ago: Singapore May 2016: Toyota reclaims pole position off Honda

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Malaysia May 2017: Honda and Proton outpace market up 13%

Honda sales are up 62% year-on-year in Malaysia in May. 

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The Malaysian new car market is up 13% year-on-year in May to 50.600 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 7.4% to 234.186 units. Brand leader Perodua follows the market at +13% to an ultra-dominant 34% share, but it’s below on the podium that the biggest gains are to be seen: Honda surges 62% to 18.1% share and Proton is up 42% to 14.2% whereas Toyota drops 1% to 12%, all manufacturer falling pretty close to their respective YTD levels. Only BMW (+18%) is in positive in the remainder of the Top 10, with Nissan (-15%), Mercedes (-4%), Isuzu (-11%) and Mazda (-25%) all losing ground. Below, let’s single out Subaru (+88%), Volvo (+527%) and Renault (+70%) all posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Malaysia April 2017: Honda, Proton and Toyota push up

One year ago: Malaysia May 2016: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

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New Caledonia (France) May 2017: Dacia Sandero in charge

The Dacia Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in New Caledonia in May.

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After three months of double-digit growth and one stable month in April, new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas archipelago located north-east of Australia, are back into negative territory in May at -12% to 614 registrations. The year-to-date total is still up 15% to 3.455 units. This is the month of low-cost carmaker Dacia, up 13% year-on-year to a stunning 16.4% market share and now only one unit below Ford year-to-date at 391 vs. 392. Citroen shoots up 74% to 2nd place in May, whereas Peugeot (-56%), Toyota (-14%), Ford (-43%) and Renault (-11%) all lose significant ground. Volkswagen (+275%) and Isuzu (+155%) go against the grain inside the Top 10.

There is a big surprise atop the New Caledonian models ranking this month: the Dacia Sandero takes the lead for the first time thanks to sales up 140% to 7.8% share, Dacia placing two nameplates on top with the Duster in 2nd place (-33%) and cementing its year-to-date lead. The Isuzu D-Max also impresses at +170% to third place, the Hyundai Creta is up five spots on April to #4 and the Citroen C3 up 340% year-on-year to #5 thanks to the new generation. The Citroen C1 (#10), VW Polo (#14) and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (#21) also make themselves noticed.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) April 2017: Ford Fiesta tops stable market

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) May 2016: Dacia Duster cements leadership

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Kazakhstan May 2017: Lada 4×4 teases Camry for #1, market back up

The Lada 4×4 is only 8 units off the Kazakh pole position this month. 

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can share with you May 2017 data for Kazakhstan, a market back up 10% year-on-year to 3.821 new vehicles but still down 13% year-to-date at 15.588. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country with a strong 21.2% this month vs. 20% year-to-date, distancing Lada at 16.6% vs. 17.6% so far this year. Ravon, the new brand replacing UZ-Daewoo, is back up to third place with 6.7% of the market above Hyundai, GAZ and Kia. Peugeot is up 21 spots on April to #13 vs. #20 YTD. The Toyota Camry continues to dominate the models ranking but this time only 8 units separate it from the #2, the valiant Lada 4×4 aka Niva. The GAZ Gazelle rounds up the podium like it does YTD and the Toyota RAV4 is up two spots on April to #4, also earning the #4 spot YTD. The Ravon R4 (a rebadged Chevrolet Cobalt) is now the brand’s best-seller at #8 (+5 on April) while the Nexia R3 is down 7 ranks to #12. The new generation boosts the Peugeot 301 up 101 spots on last month (!) to #13.

Previous month: Kazakhstan April 2017: Toyota Camry best-seller, Ravon R4 up

One year ago (June): Kazakhstan First Half 2016: Toyota and Renault catch up on Lada

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Poland May 2017: Fiat Tipo breaks into Top 10 for the first time

The Fiat Tipo ranks 6th in Poland this month. Picture

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The Polish new car market is up 17% year-on-year in May to 44.436 registrations, as is the year-to-date at 229.409 units. Skoda follows the market at +17% to 11.6% share while Volkswagen (+23%) is back above Toyota despite the latter gaining 38%. Opel (-4%), Renault (+9%) and Ford (+2%) follow but all trail the market, whereas Dacia (+33%), Fiat (+42%), Kia (+23%), Peugeot (+43%) and Mercedes (+30%) all gain share. Citroen signs the largest improvement in the Top 15 at +47%. Down to #3 in April, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date but the three best-sellers post gains below the market: the Octavia is at +12% and both the Opel Astra and Skoda Fabia are at +14%. Reversely, the VW Golf is up 28% and the Toyota Auris up 35%, rounding up the Top 5. But the performer of the month is without a doubt the Fiat Tipo shooting up to a record 6th place, the nameplate’s first time inside the Polish Top 10. The VW Passat (+32%), Tiguan (#15), Toyota Corolla (+117%), Dacia Sandero (+53%) and Volvo XC60 (+131%) also shine.

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

One year ago: Poland May 2016: Octavia #1, Astra and Duster strong

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Netherlands May 2017: VW Up snaps top spot in market up 27%

The VW Up is the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands in May. 

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up by a very impressive 27% year-on-year in May to 36.484 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 20% to 185.381 units. The two market leaders beat the market with even more impressive gains: Volkswagen is up 41% to 11% share and Renault is up 29% to 10.4%, reproducing the year-to-date order. On the other hand Peugeot (+9%) and Opel (-12%) lose market share in third and fourth positions respectively. Toyota at #5 (+70%) and Kia at #7 (+83%) also frankly outpace the market this month. Outside the Top 10, Volvo (+34%), Audi (+44%), Hyundai (+35%), Mercedes (+40%), Nissan (+63%) and Suzuki (+64%) make themselves notice while among smaller brands Tesla (+670%) and Alfa Romeo (+252%) are the most dynamic.

The Kia Picanto ranks #2 in the Netherlands this month. 

The VW Up! more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+107%) to snap up the pole position of the Dutch models ranking this month, cementing its 2nd place year-to-date. It is followed by another microcar, the Kia Picanto, up an even more extravagant 206%, consolidating the third place it holds so far in 2017. #1 year-to-date and in April, the Renault Clio drops 9% to #3 this month, distancing the VW Golf (+10%) back up 8 spots to #4 and he Opel Astra (-1%). Below, a series of eight consecutive nameplates beat the market, with the Toyota Yaris (+74%), Nissan Qashqai (+93%) and Renault Megane (+185%) being the best performers. Notice also the Citroen C3 (+212%), Peugeot 3008 (up 23-fold), Hyundai Tucson (+163%) and VW Tiguan (+654%) posting spectacular gains. The Volvo V90 (#25) dominates recent launches ahead of the Toyota C-HR (#29) and Suzuki Ignis (#57).

Previous month: Netherlands April 2017: Renault and Clio dominate

One year ago: Netherlands May 2016: Opel back to former glory

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Greece May 2017: VW Polo takes lead in market down 21%

The VW Polo is #1 in Greece just as the new generation is unveiled. Picture

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Greek new car sales continue on their seesaw 2017 year: after a 57% gain in February and a 49% surge in March, the market dropped 13% in April and accelerates its decline in May at -21% to 10.666 units. The year-to-date tally remains in positive for now at +4% to 40.215 registrations. After being outsold by Peugeot last month, Toyota (-18%) and Volkswagen (-19%) follow the market and reclaim their dominant position in May with Peugeot (-22%) down to #3 which is still above its year-to-date ranking (#4). Fiat (+7%), Citroen (+5%) and most strikingly Hyundai (up 10-fold on May 2016!) manage to go against the grain and post year-onyear increases. Outside the Top 10, Seat (+33%), Skoda (+141%), Kia (+5%) and Alfa Romeo (+24%) do the same among carmakers selling more than 50 units in May. Reversely, Opel (-46%), Mercedes (-48%), Ford (-51%) and Jeep (-57%) suffer.

 The Hyundai i10 is now among Greece’s Top 10 best-sellers.

Model-wise the VW Polo gains 23% to take the lead for the first time since June 2015, distancing the perennial leader the Toyota Yaris (-45%) by just 3 units. Below, the Nissan Micra (-31%), Fiat Panda (-18%), Peugeot 208 (-26%) and Opel Corsa (-54%) all fall heavily. In the process, the Nissan Micra overtakes the Opel Corsa year-to-date to snap the 2nd position overall. Reversely, the Citroen C3 is boosted up 60% by the new models, the Hyundai i10 is up 8-fold on May 2016, the Toyota Aygo is up 62% and the Seat Ibiza up 4-fold. Further down, notice the Fiat Tipo up 185% to #15, the Hyundai i20 up 25-fold, the Skoda Fabia up 37-fold and the VW Tiguan up 15-fold. The Toyota C-HR leads recent launches (<12 month) at #35 above the Audi Q2 at #49 and the Suzuki Ignis at #55.

Previous month: Greece April 2017: Peugeot surprise leader in market down 13%

One year ago: Greece May 2016: Nissan, Mercedes shine in market up 49%

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France May 2017: Renault Scénic IV breaks into the Top 5

The Renault Scénic IV frankly takes the lead of its segment in May. Picture 

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Finally, the French new car market shows a solid, non-artificial gain in May at +8.9% year-on-year to 191.419 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 3.3% to 904.344 units. Business sales gain 14% to 38.859 units but the good news is private sales for once frankly in positive at +6.7% to 87.478. This renewed dynamism could find its origin in a post-presidential election newfound confidence by consumers and companies alike. There are still signs of artificial gains though with the demo sales channel shooting up 26.8% to 25.226 units, and let’s not forget the private sales share is still declining at 45.7% vs. 46.6% in May 2016. Renault beats the market with a 13% gain to a strong 20% share, with business sales up 23%, demo sales doubling thanks notably to the facelifted Captur and private sales down 1.1%. Peugeot trails the market at +5.9% but its channel mix is solid with private sales up 10.7%, business sales up 32% and demo sales down 23.2%. Citroen is in the same situation with overall sales up 5.7% to 10.2% share but private sales up 21.2% thanks to the new C3.

First podium ranking at home for the new gen Citroen C3. 

Volkswagen is up 12% to deliver its highest market share so far this year at 7.4%, while Dacia remains very strong at +11% to 5.5% of the market and over 10.000 units sold. Ford surges 20% to reclaim the #2 foreign carmaker spot year-to-date off Toyota, up 12% this month. Opel is up 10% solely thanks to demo sales (+44.9%) whereas private sales are down 1.9% and Fiat also shines at +19%. Audi wins the luxury race but only gains 7% vs. +18% for Mercedes whose private sales shoot up 32.4% while BMW is distanced at +2% and private sales down 0.2%. Further down, Seat (+28% thanks to the Ateca), Volvo (+19%), Alfa Romeo (+58%) and Tesla (+181%) show significant year-on-year gains.

The Fiesta (+74%) helps Ford up 20% this month.

The Renault Clio is faithful to its traditional pole position in France but trails the market at +5% while the Peugeot 208, almost 1.000 units below, is up 12%. The new generation Citroen C3, which appeared last August,  breaks onto the French podium for the first time and lifts to #5 year-to-date, overtaking the Renault Captur. It is the first podium for the C3 nameplate (all generations) since October 2014. Despite a 16% drop, the Peugeot 308 remains by far in the compact car segment lead, with the Megane IV up 44% but only ranking 10th. The big news this month is the 5th place of the Renault Scenic IV, its first time in the Top 5 and finally above its archenemy the Citroen C4 Picasso (down 9% to #12).

The Peugeot 3008 II is now #6 year-to-date. Picture 

Another excellent month for the new generation Peugeot 3008 in 7th place, it now ranks 6th year-to-date and continues to dominate its segment at 3.6% share vs. 1.8% for the Dacia Duster (+1%) and 1.6% for the Renault Kadjar (-13%). The Dacia Sandero is solid at +11% in 8th place, and both the Peugeot 2008 (-9%) and Renault Captur (-10%) seem to run out of steam, yet the 2008 remains at a splendid third place so far in 2017 vs. #7 for the Captur. Foreign models perform better than the market as a whole with a 9.9% gain, and it shows in the best-sellers: the VW Polo is up 32% on runout pricing for the outgoing generation, the Ford Fiesta is up 74%, the Fiat 500 up 40%, Opel Corsa up 34%, VW Tiguan up 84% and Opel Mokka up 24%.

The new generation Renault Koleos finally appears in its home sales charts. 

The Toyota C-HR continues to dominate recent foreign launches (<12 months) at #27 with just under 1% market share, with the Audi Q2 remaining inside the Top 50 – just – at #50 and the new generation Nissan Micra up 26 spots on April to #52. In the French ranks, the new Peugeot 5008 pushes the nameplate up 38% to #28 and the Renault Koleos reappears in the ranking – it’s the new model – at #64. Finally, this month we welcome the Opel Crossland at #150 and the VW Arteon at #175.

Looking at the private sales channel only, the Dacia Sandero accentuates its domination with sales up 14% year-on-year and almost 1.500 more than the #2, the Peugeot 208 (-13%). The Peugeot 2008 shoots up 27% to round up the podium and still ranks #2 year-to-date above the 208. The Renault Clio (-15%) and Captur (-29%) struggle but the VW Polo (+26%), Citroen C3 (+33%), Renault Scenic (+83%) and Peugeot 3008 (+117%) all impress.

Previous month: France April 2017: Peugeot 2008 and 3008 lead their segments

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

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Czech Republic May 2017: New monthly volume record, 6 Skodas in Top 6

The Skoda Fabia is #1 at home for the first time since October 2015. 

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The new all-time monthly volume record set last March (26.786) has only lasted two meagre month: after a small decline in April, the Czech new car market surges another 11% year-on-year in May to lift the record to 27.009 units. Year-to-date sales are up a round 10% to a new best-ever 117.817 units after five months. Keep in mind a significant part of Czech sales (from 10 to 12% of the total market depending on the month) never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union. After a slow start of the year, homegrown market leader Skoda is revived: up 17% this month to a flamboyant 33.7% share vs. 31.1% year-to-date. Volkswagen on the other hand trails the market growth at +2% while Ford jumps 31% to overtake Hyundai (-11%) for third place overall. Dacia (+40%), BMW (+62%) and Toyota (+84%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10, with Mercedes (+18%), Nissan (+32%), Fiat (+21%) and Mini (+49%) also getting noticed further down.

The Skoda Kodiaq ranks 6th at home this month, making it 6 Skodas in the Top 6.

In April, the Top 5 best-sellers were 100% Skoda for the first time since March 2016. This month the Czech carmaker goes one further, monopolising the monthly Top 6 for the first time ever according to BSCB records. The Fabia stunningly takes the lead for the first time since October 2015 thanks to deliveries shooting up 44% to 2.764, overtaking the perennial leader the Skoda Octavia down 2% to 2.691. The Octavia remains however comfortably in the year-to-date pole position with 10% share vs. 8.4% for the Fabia. The Skoda Rapid (-1%) and Superb (-22%) disappoint but the Yeti is up two spots on last month to #5 thanks to sales up 16% now that the carmaker is clearing existing stock ahead of the launch of its replacement the Karoq later this year. The all-new Kodiaq drops one rank to #6. It’s an excellent month for the VW Passat up 19% year-on-year and 5 spots on April to become the best-selling non-Skoda nameplate in the country. In fact, the VW Group monopolises the Top 8 with the Golf at #8 (+2%). Other great performers include the Dacia Sandero up 102% to #11, the Nissan Qashqai up 55% to #14, the Hyundai i20 up 68% to #17, Dacia Dokker up 54% to #18 and the VW Tiguan up 101% to #22.

Previous month: Czech Republic April 2017: Skoda monopolises Top 5, Kodiaq at #5

One year ago: Czech Republic May 2016: Third historical monthly record in a row

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Austria May 2017: VW Group monopolises Top 6 in market up 13.9%

VW Bus sales are up 88% year-on-year in Austria in May.

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A very solid month for new car sales in Austria, up 13.9% year-on-year to 32.426 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 9.5% to 151.120 units. The two brand leaders advance faster than the market: Volkswagen is up 16% to 17.6% share and Skoda is up 24% to 7.7% but Opel struggles in third place at -24%. Ford (+12%), BMW (+14%) and Renault (+9%) follow, while Seat (+25%) and Mercedes (+60%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10. Beyond, a healthy 17 manufacturers beat the market growth, with Mazda (+50%), Dacia (+56%), Suzuki (+69%), Alfa Romeo (+101%), Maserati (+117%), Lexus (+157%) and Tesla (+440%) among the best performers.

The VW Group monopolises the first six spots in the models ranking in May. The VW Golf holds on to its traditional pole position despite an 8% drop, the the Skoda Octavia (+0.4%) is up two spots on last month to #2, overtaking the VW Polo (+30% as stocks of the outgoing generation are starting to get cleared) and VW Tiguan, still boosted by the new generation at +46%. The VW Bus (aka Transporter) shoots up 88% now that the T6 model is well established and the Skoda Fabia gains 36% in 6th place. The Opel Astra is the best-selling non-VW nameplate at #7 but drops 24%. It is followed by the Hyundai i20 up a splendid 40%. The VW Group adds four nameplates in the Top 12: the VW Passat, Touran (+23%), Seat Leon (+34%) and Ibiza. Inside the Top 50, notice also the BMW 5 Series up 132%, the Mercedes A-Class up 188%, Fiat Tipo up 679%, Hyundai i10 up 178% and Mercedes GLC up 153%. The Audi Q2 breaks into the Austrian Top 50 for the first time.

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

One year ago: Austria May 2016: Hyundai Tucson back inside Top 10

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