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Europe November 2014: Peugeot 308 breaks ranking record at #9

December 19th, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 308 Europe November 2014The new generation lifts the 308 nameplate to never-seen before heights in Europe.

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New car sales in Europe celebrate 15 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in November at +1.3% to 989,667 deliveries, the dynamism of Spain (+22%), the UK (+8%) and Italy (+5%) more than compensating for the apathy of France (-3%), Germany (-2%) and the Netherlands (-20%). The year-to-date total now stands a couple of thousands units below 12 million, up 5.3% on 2013. The Top 10 most popular brands are still up year-to-date, however Ford (-7%), Skoda (-1%) and Citroen (-8%) retreat in November whereas all the German premium brands outperform the market: BMW is up 8%, Mercedes up 7% and Audi up 4%. Renault is above Opel/Vauxhall at #3 for the second month in a row but remains at #4 year-to-date.

Nissan Qashqai Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai sales are up 19% year-on-year in November in Europe.

In the models ranking, the main event this month is the arrival inside the Top 10 of the Peugeot 308, lifted by its much-improved new generation and a very successful station wagon variant. The 308 is up two spots on October to reach the 9th place thanks to sales up 71% on November 2013 to 14,996 units. This is the first time the 2nd generation 308 manages a Top 10 ranking in Europe and the best-ever monthly ranking for the 308 nameplate, its previous best being #10 reached in June and July 2009 with 23,786 and 21,500 sales respectively. It is the first time the 308 ever outsells its rival the Ford Focus in Europe, and the second month in a row it outsells the Opel Astra. In other significant news for Peugeot, the 308 (#9) also outsells its stablemate the 208 (#10) this month. The last time the 30- was Peugeot’s best-seller above the 20-  was during the 206-207 changeover, when the 307 successively outsold both the outgoing 206 and the upcoming 207 for a period of 4 months between April and July 2006. Note the 307 nameplate was immensely more successful for Peugeot than the 308 has been to-date, peaking at #3 overall over the Full Year 2004 with over 450,000 sales.

Mercedes C Class Europe November 2014

The Mercedes C-Class reportedly just missed out on a historical European Top 10 ranking this month.

The rest of the Top 10 models sees some significant moves: the VW Polo is up 12% YOY to stay in 2nd place below the VW Golf, the Ford Fiesta crumbling apart at -19% in 4th place and the Nissan Qashqai up a beautiful 19% but now only 13 (!) units above the Skoda Octavia year-to-date. JATO Dynamics also announced that the Mercedes C-Class just missed out on a Top 10 ranking this month with sales up 61% year-on-year. The C-Class has never ranked inside the monthly European Top 10 in the past decade, so this would have been a momentous event, that could still occur in the coming months given how early on it is in the new generation C-Class’s career. The last time the C-Class’ rivals ranked within the European Top 10 was in January 2014 for the BMW 3 Series and August 2012 for the Audi A4. Finally, boosted by the new model and the addition of a 5-door variant, the Mini is up 44% YOY while the Seat Leon continues its impressive run at +43%.

Previous post: Europe 10 months 2014: Now with Top 355 models and all brands

Previous month (final): Europe October 2014: Now with Top 345 models and Top 54 brands

Previous month (first): Europe October 2014: VW Polo up 28%, Peugeot 308 just off Top 10

Full November 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal November 2014: VW Golf stuck in pole position

December 18th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Portugal September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf has now been the best-selling model in Portugal for 4 straight months.

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Portuguese new car sales are still on fire: up 33% year-on-year to 11,718 registrations and lifting the year-to-date total to 130.921 deliveries, up 35% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 5 best-sellers are unchanged vs. October and YTD with Renault leading the charge (+21%), ahead of Volkswagen (+32%), Peugeot (+36%), BMW (+66%) and Mercedes (+48%). Other impressive gainers include Nissan (+84%), Mazda (+72%), Land Rover (+67%), Smart (+55%), Dacia (+51%), Seat (+50%), Kia (+49%) and Volvo (+47%).

Nissan Qashqai Portugal November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai – Nissan sales are up 84% year-on-year in Portugal this month.

The VW Golf manages to hold onto the models pole position for the 4th consecutive month thanks to 608 sales and 5.2% share: this could well be the first time the Golf nameplate stays that long in the Portuguese lead. It is however assured to finish the year in 2nd place below the Renault Clio as the gap between the two models is too large to be overcome in December alone. The Nissan Qashqai stays third vs. #7 YTD, the BMW 3 Series is up 4 spots on October to #7 and now squeezes into the YTD Top 10, making it two BMWs among Portugal’s 10 best-sellers. The Peugeot 308 remains solid at #8 vs. #14 YTD, the Volvo V40 is up 6 ranks to #18, the Peugeot 108 up 15 to #21, the Citroen C4 Cactus down 5 to #30, the BMW 2 Series up 26 to #36, the Nissan Pulsar up 42 to #48 and the Renault Twingo up 26 to #54. Finally, notice the Smart Forfour up a gigantic 159 spots on its first month back in October to land at #38 with 98 sales and 0.8% share, this generation’s best ranking in the world so far.

Previous month: Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

One year ago: Portugal December 2013: Toyota Auris and Ford Focus shine

Full November 2014 Top 35 All-brands and Top 208 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Canada November 2014: All-time record year now certain

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Honda CR-V USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst incursion of the Honda CR-V on the Canadian podium.

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It’s (nearly) official: never before had Canadian consumers purchased as many light vehicles as in 2014: November sales are the highest in the history of Canada, up 4% year-on-year to 138,886 deliveries, bringing the 11 month-result to a record breaking 1.720.429 units. By the time this week comes to an end, 2014 Canadian sales will have passed the all-time record of 1.745 million sales established in 2013. The Fiat Chrysler Group is in the lead again with 15.1% share above Ford at 14.4%, however Ford keeps the YTD pole position for now with a slim 807 unit-advantage. General Motors settles for third in both rankings while Toyota Motor remains #4 above Honda and Hyundai-Kia. Nissan Motor is up 21% and Daimler AG up 26%. Brand-wise, Ford (+2%) and Toyota (-4%) lead but under perform while Chevrolet (+9%), Nissan (+22%), Ram (+21%), Jeep (+44%), Audi (+30%), Acura (+23%) and Chrysler (+41%) impress.

Jeep Cherokee Canada September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comJeep is the fastest growing brand in the Top 25 at +44% in November

Model-wise, the Top 3 best-seller frankly outperform the market: the Ford F-Series is up 18% YOY to 9,278 sales despite the transition to the 2015 F-150, the Ram Pickup is up 19% to 6,859 units and the Honda CR-V is up 11 spots on October and a whopping 56% YOY to land at a best-ever third place thanks to 4,461 sales. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Silverado up 30% at #9, the Nissan Rogue up a round 100% to #15, the Jeep Cherokee up 65% to #16, Honda Fit up 138% to #18, Jeep Wrangler up 59% to #19, VW Golf up 87% to #26, Chrysler 200 up 127% to #30 and the Nissan Micra up 5 ranks on October to #36. Among recent new launches, the Audi Q3 is up 13 spots to #86, the Mercedes GLA up 5 to #112 and the Ford Transit up 57 to #127. Finally, just as the Dodge Dart beats its U.S. ranking record, it sinks 83% YOY to a paltry #118 in Canada with just 231 sales.

Previous month: Canada October 2014: Chrysler and Jeep shine… again

One year ago: Canada November 2013: New generation pushes Mazda3 up to #5

Full November 2014 Top 250 models, Top 15 groups & Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece November 2014: Yaris reclaims #1 YTD spot in market down 9%

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Yaris 

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Thunderstorm in the Greek new car market in November: for the first time in over a year (since October 2013), deliveries are in negative YOY and not by a tiny amount: down a harsh 9% to 4,983 registrations. Is it the beginning of the end of the Greek recovery? Answer in a few months. The year-to-date total meanwhile is still up by a wide margin at +19% and 64,830 registrations. In the brands ranking, Toyota (15.5%) and Volkswagen (12.2%) continue to lead but with particularly strong scores this month while Peugeot is up 9 spots on October to #4 and 6.7%, Citroen up 4 to #5 and 6.2% and Volvo up 8 to #8 and 4.5%.

Volvo V40 Greece November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Volvo V40 is up to #5 this month in Greece.

Model-wise, thanks to the new model and a very strong 9.5% share in November, the Toyota Yaris is back to the pole position in 2014 YTD, a spot it held in 2013. The VW Polo remains very solid in 2nd place at 6.6%, the Opel Corsa is so-so at #3 but the Citroen C3 (#4), Volvo V40 (#5) and Peugeot 208 (#7) impress, and very much so. Notice also the Toyota Aygo up 21 ranks on October to #13, the Peugeot 308 up 34 to #15, the Hyundai i10 up to #19, the Peugeot 108 (#29) and Mercedes GLA (#36) both smashing their monthly Greek ranking records and breaking into the Greek Top 50 for the first and the Smart Forfour making its re-entry in the ranking directly at #47.

Previous month: Greece October 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims monthly leadership

One year ago: Greece November 2013: Yaris, Corsa and Golf above 7%

Full November 2014 Top 100 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania November 2014: Duster hits highest ever market share

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster Romania November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster holds 10.3% of its home market in November.

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New car sales in Romania are up by a shy 4% year-on-year in November at 5,669 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date total to 64,577 units, up a much more impressive 24% on 2013. Nevertheless many manufacturer vastly outperform the market this month in Romania: below local carmaker Dacia evolving like the market at +4% YOY and 31.9% share, Skoda is up 10% to 11.4% share vs. 9.7% YTD. Mitsubishi is up 97%, Fiat up 78%, Mercedes up 71%, Honda up 43%, Seat up 30%, Nissan up 38%, Renault up 37% and BMW up 22%. Model-wise, on face value the Dacia Logan keeps the lead for the 123rd consecutive month and by far thanks to 865 sales for a 15.3% market share, however when we remove the MCV variant (150 sales in November), its advantage on the Dacia Duster thaws significantly. That’s because the Duster hits its highest-ever market share at home (and in the world) in November at 10.3% thanks to 582 units sold. Note a study by format shows no Duster pickups sold yet.

Below, the Skoda Rapid shines in 4th place, the Dacia Dokker is up a further two spots on October to #6 and makes it four Dacias in the Top 6 along with the Sandero at #5, the Fiat 500L is up to #12 vs. #25 YTD, the Renault Captur is up to #13, the Opel Mokka up to #17 vs. #43 YTD and the Opel Antara up to #24 vs. #48 YTD. Finally, notice the BMW X4 up to #87 and the Citroen C4 Cactus making its first appearance in the Romanian Top 100 at #88.

Previous month: Romania October 2014: Dacia Duster and Logan over perform

One year ago: Romania November 2013: Dacia Logan at 2nd best share in 2 years

Full November 2014 Top 100 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Indonesia November 2014: Honda Brio Satya hits record, market at -19%

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Honda Brio Satya Indonesia November 2014Honda Brio Satya (Thailand model shown)

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The uninterrupted period of explosive growth has brutally come to an end for new car sales in Indonesia: November sales are down a harsh 19% year-on-year to just 91,268 units. However thanks to very strong sales in the first half of the year, the year-to-date total is still up a fantastic 11% on 2013 to a record 1.129.566 deliveries. The Toyota Avanza gets rid of its archenemy this month: at 13% share it is down 3 percentage points on November 2013 but a huge 8.6 percentage points above the Honda Mobilio, crashing down 3 spots on October to #5 and 4.4% share. In second place with 6.5% of the market, the Toyota Agya reaches its second ever highest share below the 6.7% reached in December 2013 and February 2014. Both the Daihatsu Gran Max (#3 and 6.3%) and the Suzuki Carry (#4 and 4.9%) pickups also shine. Finally, notice the Honda Brio Satya hitting its best-ever ranking and share at #8 and 3.3% and the Datsun GO+ seeing the Top 10 receding before its eyes, down one spot on October to #12 and 2.2% share.

Previous month: Indonesia October 2014: Datsun GO+ just outside Top 10 again

One year ago: Indonesia November 2013: Toyota Agya up to 2nd place!

Full November 2014 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Latvia November 2014: Nissan Qashqai and VW Up on top

December 18th, 2014 No comments

VW Up Latvia November 2014

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After dropping by 2% in October, Latvian new car sales are back up 7% year-on-year in November to 1,217 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 13,690 deliveries, up 16% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (16.9% share) and Toyota (12.2%) remain very close to their year-to-date levels, Nissan jumps up to #3 and 7.9% vs. #6 and 5.8% YTD, knocking Skoda down to #4, while Fiat is the hero du jour, up 12 spots on October to #5 with 6.8% share vs. #13 and 2.7% YTD. Note Suzuki, last’s month hero du jour at #3 overall sells… nothing this month. It’s important to remember that a large part of new car sales in Latvia are directly re-exported to other European Union countries and therefore the monthly rankings do not reflect exactly the situation on the ground. The Nissan Qashqai takes the lead of the models ranking this month thanks to 69 units sold, above the VW Up up a further 7 ranks on October to #2 and 5% share vs. #26 and 1.1% YTD. Other great (re-export) performers this month include the Fiat 500 up to #5, Peugeot Bipper up to #10 vs. #99 YTD, Fiat Panda up to #12 with 21 sales vs. 23 YTD and the Opel Mokka up to #17 vs. #43 YTD.

Previous month: Latvia October 2014: Suzuki Jimny lands on top

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

Full November 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Cyprus November 2014: Range Rover Evoque takes the lead!

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Range-Rover-Evoque-Cyprus November 2014The Range Rover Evoque is the best-selling model in Cyprus in November.

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Based on data provided by SEMO Cyprus and analysed by INNOSOFT, new car sales in Cyprus are once again up a very robust 11% year-on-year in November to 671 deliveries, lifting the year-to-date total to 7,728 units, up 18% on 2014. Exceptional performance of the Range Rover Evoque this month, taking the lead of the models ranking thanks to 37 sales, pure and simple. I don’t believe this has ever officially happened before in any country in the world. Other great performers this month in Cyprus include the Nissan Qashqai (#2), VW Golf (#3), Renault Captur (equal #4) and Nissan Juke (#6). The Toyota Yaris remains on top year-to-date with 4.6% of the market.

Previous month: Cyprus October 2014: Volvo XC60 back up to 4th place

Previous year: Cyprus Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta keeps lead in market down 32%

Full January-November 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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China November 2014: Focus on the all-new models

December 13th, 2014 No comments

Haval H1 China November 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.qq.comThe Haval H1 is the most successful new entrant in China this month.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the monthly Chinese ranking, we feature in detail the all-new models making their first appearance in the world’s biggest car market this month. Keep in mind these are models produced locally as imports data is a very well-kept secret in China still. If anyone needed a proof that the ‘cooling off’ of the Chinese market is merely an optical illusion, here it is: in November, no less than 12 all-new nameplates entered production in the country – including 9 Chinese and 6 SUVs. Production doesn’t mean sales I hear you say and you would be right, however that is the same amount of new nameplates that would enter the U.S. market in a year. It is also the highest amount of new entrants in a single month since BSCB inaugurated this ‘Focus on all-new models’ series 18 months ago and more than double the 5 new nameplates launched in November 2013.

Haval H1 China November 2014. Picture courtesy of Haval H1 interior. Picture courtesy of H1 detail

1. Haval H1 (#97 with 6,066 sales)

That the 3 most successful new entrants this month are Chinese SUVs and the Top 2 from the SUV-only Haval brand is no coincidence. Haval was by far the most impressive Chinese manufacturer at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show (more here: Beijing Auto Show 2014: The most impressive Chinese carmaker: Haval). The success of the brand has pushed its parent company, Great Wall, to all but ditch the rest of its brands – namely its namesake brand which wasn’t even present in Beijing. Haval has gone from a two-model lineup (H5 and H6) to a full blown 6 models in less than 12 months. The H1 is the latest and smallest arrival, but also the one that has the most potential in export markets given the current craze for small SUVs in Europe notably. The Haval H1 is based on the Great Wall Voleex C20R crossover, so development costs have been minimal and will have maximum effects. It is priced between 68.900 and 82.900 yuan ($11.100-13.400). The sky is the limit for the H1 which benefits from the solid Haval brand image but offers a crossover at a reduced price. Could this become Haval’s best-seller at home?

Bar for success: #50 or 10,000 monthly sales

Haval H9 China November 2014. Picture courtesy of cheshi

2. Haval H9 (#172 with 2,242 units)

The second Haval SUV to hit Chinese dealerships this month is the H9, the largest vehicle ever developed by Great Wall Motors. It is priced between 229.800 and ($37.200-44.100) which puts it in the same sandpit as the Honda CR-V and VW Tiguan, however it is much larger than these two and is actually aiming at eroding the success of such established vehicles as the Toyota Land Cruiser, Prado, Highlander and Mitsubishi Pajero. Bigger is better in China and the H9 will climb the sales ladder very high and very fast. Haval has gone to great lengths to make sure the H9 doesn’t disappoint. The interior is sleek with high quality materials and the infotainment system comes with a permanent internet connection.

Bar for success: #70 or 8,000 monthly sales

Dongfeng Fengshen AX7 China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

3. Dongfeng Fengshen AX7 (#187 with 1,956 deliveries)

Only two months after the Fengshen A30, Dongfeng launches the  mid-priced Fengshen sub-brand’s very first SUV: the AX7. After the S30 sedan in 2010, the H30 and H30 Cross hatchbacks in 2011 and the A60 sedan in 2012, Dongfeng is accelerating Fengshen and will also launch a full-size luxury sedan shortly. It is priced between 115.700 and 149.700 yuan ($18.700-24.200), positioning it in a very competitive segment of the SUV market. Taking exterior cues from the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe and featuring an extra-large centre console screen, the AX7 undercuts these nameplates by 50% price-wise and will go full frontal with a slew of very successful Chinese SUVs like the Haval H6 and ChangAn CS75. Landing directly inside the Top 200, the AX7 will almost certainly become the Fengshen’s sub-brand’s best-seller in the coming months. The A30 is #145 but the H30/S30 (#193) and A60 (#231) are already below the AX7.

Bar for success: #100 or 5,000 monthly sales

Chery Arrizo 3 China November 2014

4. Chery Arrizo 3 (#194 with 1,777 sales)

The Chery Arrizo is the second car under the new classier Arrizo sub-brand after the Arrizo 7 that launched in September 2013, peaking at 4,251 units and #122 in January. The Arrizo 7 interestingly ranks just below the Arrizo 3 this month at #197. This new compact sedan is competitively priced between 53.900 and 75.900 yuan ($8.700-12.300) but enters a very crowded segment. However Chery has big plans for the Arrizo sub-brand: the Arrizo 5 is on the way, as well as an entry-level sedan called Arrizo 1 and a handful of hatchbacks called Arrizo 2, 4, and 6, then an MPV called Arrizo 8. Yes you counted well, that’s 8 new models in roughly two years. No SUV in the cards though, that’s the specialty of the Chery Tiggo family.

Bar for success: #100 or 5,000 monthly sales

Kia K3s China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

5. Kia K3S (#199 with 1,593 units)

The Kia K3S is the hatchback variant of the Kia K3, finally landing two long years after the sedan’s launch. It will be integrated into K3 sales figures from next month onwards but for now it is one of the 12 all-new nameplates to break into the Chinese ranking in November. The K3S is priced from 101.800 to 143.800 yuan ($16.500-23.300) and will compete with the likes of the Buick Excelle XT and Fiat Ottimo. As most hatchbacks in China, a country of sedans, the K3S is marketed as a sporty car to young people, whereas the K3 sedan is aimed at traditional buyers. If exterior and interior looks fit the sporty positioning, the old 1.6L engine does not cut it. Typically the Excelle GT sedans sells 4 times as much as the Excelle XT hatchback while the Fiat Viaggio sells roughly at 3 times the rate of the Ottimo hatchback. These are the sales benchmarks for the K3S vs. K3 sedan.

Bar for success: #150 or 3,500 monthly sales.

BYD S7 China November 2014

6. BYD S7 (#220 with 1,002 deliveries)

An excruciatingly long 18 months after its original presentation at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, the BYD S7 7-seater SUV finally hits the Chinese sales charts in November. This is a more luxurious and powerful version of the BYD S6, coming with a different front, rear and engine and a more premium interior but with the same overall body. The BYD S7 is the first car in the world with a built-in air purifier, filtering choking PM2.5 particles from the air. BYD will roll out this system over all its other models this and next year. It also features a 10.2 inch touch-screen infotainment system including satellite navigation, television, a 24/7 internet connection and 500 GB data storage. The engine is a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine the most powerful gasoline engine BYD has even built. The S7 is priced between 119k and 139.9k yuan ($19.200-22.600), much cheaper than the 150k-190k yuan price range local website had anticipated, and therefore becoming a very strong cannibalisation threat for the S6. Indeed if the S6 is up 12% year-to-date, it is already down 19% in November.

Bar for success: 4,500 monthly sales

Infiniti Q50L China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

7. Infiniti Q50L (#221 with 998 sales)

The Infiniti Q50L is a China-only stretched variant of the Infiniti Q50, manufactured by the Dongfeng-Infiniti joint venture and the first Infiniti ever to be made in China. It is stretched by just 4.5cm while most China-only stretched vehicles are extended by at least 6 to max 12cm. Priced from 280k to 320k yuan ($45.300-$51.700), the Q50L will compete with the Audi A4L (10,733 sales in November), BMW 3 Series L (7,656), Mercedes C-Class L (3,899), Volvo S60L (2,431) and Cadillac ATS-L (1,995). Sales forecast for the Q50L are unchartered territory as the first locally-produced Infiniti, but Nissan’s grip on the Chinese car market should allow it to battle with the big boys mentioned above.

Bar for success: 3,000 monthly sales

Zotye fun Beijing 2014bThe Zotye 500 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

8. Zotye Z500 (#225 with 912 units)

Fast-growing Chinese manufacturer Zotye tops up its range with the new Z500 sedan, the brand’s largest sedan so far. Now only missing is the Z400 which will be a crossover based on the Z300. Modern design inside and out, leather seats Bentley-style and large centre console screen: Zotye means business with the Z500 and has priced it at a very attractive 76.800 to 101.800 yuan ($12.400-16.500), undercutting the similarly-sized Kia K4 and Hyundai Mistra by half. The Z500 is powered by a new 1.5L turbo four-cylinder petrol engine giving 150hp. with a new 1.8L and 1.8L turbo launched later in 2015. Zotye is going from strength to strength with the large T600 SUV, beating monthly sales records one year after its launch at #69 and 8,221 units in November, however its sedan range is in need of a sales boost, with its best-selling Z300 down 17% so far in 2014. The Z500 could be the answer.

Bar for success: 4,000 monthly sales

Geely Emgrand GX9 Pride China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

9. Geely Emgrand GX9 Pride (#244 with 661 deliveries)

The design-challenged Geely Emgrand GX9 Pride 5-seater SUV finally launches in China, a full 5 years after its debut as the Emgrand EX8 concept at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. Geely has decided its slightly upper-scale Emgrand brand will become a sub-brand with its own logo, and this applies to the GX9 Pride which slots above the Geely GX7. It is priced between 122.900 and 152.900 yuan ($19.900-$24.700), positioning it at the high-end of the cheap-SUV market. Freed by the streamlining of all Geely’s confusing brands, the GX7 is up 38% in November to almost 7,000 sales and the GX9 should be able to reach at least half that level in the near future.

Bar for success: 4,500 monthly sales

Lifan X50 China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

10. Lifan X50 (#254 with 502 sales)

Lifan is getting onto the booming small-SUV bandwagon with the X50, based on the 530 sedan. Looking a little like a previous generation Opel Mokka if it existed, the Lifan X50 is priced between 59.800 and 82.800 yuan ($9.700-13.400), and will fight head-to-head with instant blockbusters like the JAC Refine S3 (#20 with 15,004 sales in November), Haval H1 described earlier (#97 with 6,066 units) and also the Beijing Huansu S2 (#177 with 2,101 sales). Lifan is trying to shake off its bargain basement image, but with such conservative styling and an awfully black and cheap-looking dashboard, the road ahead is still long and perilous. Its big brother the Lifan X60 is a long-term success both at home (+60% YOY in November) and in such export markets as Russia, Brazil or Iran, so the prospects are good for the X50.

Bar for success: #100 or 6,000 monthly sales

Chery eQ China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

11. Chery eQ (#302 with 136 units)

The Chery eQ is the electric variant of the diminutive Chery QQ and its starting price is 150.000 yuan or $24.200. Yes you have read this correctly. Thankfully the Chinese government is slashing that price by almost 100.000 yuan with its green-car subsidies to a 59.800 to 64.800 yuan range ($9.700-10.500), making it a much more attractive choice. Blue wheels come standard and the electric motor delivers 57hp for a range of 200km, a 100km/h top speed and a 8-10 hour charging time. Given the limited success of electric cars in China so far, Chery better not expect sales records to be broken but this is by far the cheapest offer in the segment so it will be interesting to follow its sales progression.

Bar for success: 1,000 monthly units

VW Lamando China November 2014. Picture courtesy of

12. VW Lamando (#323 with 28 deliveries)

Volkswagen adds to its ever-growing China-only range with the Lamando, based on the MQB platform that also underpins the Golf 7. Its a coupe-styled sedan that can best be described as a Jetta CC, a good 35cm shorter than the CC currently on sale worldwide. Volkswagen is launching the Lamando as a pre-emptive strike agains the very popular Mercedes CLA, currently imported into China but that will be made locally by the Beijing Auto-Benz joint venture in the near future. Currently in pre-production for an official launch in market in December, the Lamando’s starting price will be around 180.000 yuan or $29.000

Bar for success: #100 or 6,000 monthly sales

Previous post: China November 2014: MPV sales up 43%, SUV up 38%

Previous month: China October 2014: Focus on the all-new models

One year ago: China November 2013: Focus on the all-new models

Full November 2014 Top 343 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

USA 11 months 2014: Discover the Top 279 best-selling models

December 12th, 2014 No comments

Ram 1500 USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pickup is now just 1,421 sales (0.35%) off the Toyota Camry and a YTD podium ranking…

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after detailed November results, we now zoom in on the year-to-date sales charts to extract longer-term trends. Overall the US new light vehicle market is up 6% so far in 2014 to 15.02 million units and with just one month to go. 2014 will be the strongest sales year in the country since 2007, sanctioning 5 consecutive years of sales increase, a winning stretch we had only seen happen once in the past 80 years: from from 1996 to 2000. The record is 8 straight years of growth from 1909 to 1917. The groups ranking is pretty much cemented for the year with General Motors holding the top spot with 2.66 million sales (+4%) ahead of Ford Motor at 2.25 million (-1%) and Toyota Motor at 2.16 million (+6%) while Fiat Chrysler is up 16% to 1.9 million. The top of the brands ranking is not as certain: below Ford at 1.99 million, Chevrolet should remain #2 by the time 2014 comes to an end but its advantage over Toyota has thawed to 15,492 units from 17,786 last month.

Mercedes C-Class USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe new C-Class should enable Mercedes to remain the #1 premium brand in 2015.

1. Mercedes now almost certain to finish 2014 as #1 premium brand.

A tight race is the one for the title of #1 premium brand in the country. Actually it was tight up until this month. After 11 months, Mercedes leads with 318,837 sales, up 7% on the same period in 2013. It has taken a definitive advantage over BMW in November (+6,091 sales), extending the gap to 20,625 units even though BMW has gained more ground YOY at +10%. BMW’s flagship (3-4 Series) is up 19% so far, but the X4 has arrived too late in the year to have a real impact. Back at Mercedes, the C-Class loss (-18%) has been more than compensated by a great-performing SUV range (M-Class +12%, GLK +13%) and the arrival of the ultra-successful compact CLA (25,000 units) and GLA (5,000 sales). Plus the S-Class doubled its sales this year. 2014 would be the 2nd consecutive year Mercedes takes the #1 premium brand spot when 2013 was the first time it ever did so. It should remain on top in 2015 as its flagship, the new generation C-Class, gears up, the GLA gains momentum and the GLE targets the BMW X6.

Cadillac CTS USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCadillac will be overtaken by Audi for the first time in 2014.

As a reminder, BMW held the premium top spot in 2011 and 2012 whereas Lexus was leader for 11 consecutive years before then. Hit by Toyota’s recall issues a few years back, Lexus is climbing back the ladder from a distance, up 14% to 271,510 sales so far this year. Just below in the premium ranking, a very momentous event is taking place: thanks to sales up 15% to a record 162,773 units, Audi has overtaken Cadillac (down 6% to 154,600) for the first time in the history of automobile in the USA! This means there is no US premium brand in the Top 4 for the first time ever. The last time Cadillac topped the premium sales charts at home was in 1997.

Hyundai Genesis USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai will be threatened by Jeep in 2015…

2. Two novel brand battles

In anticipation for 2015, let’s single out two brand battles that never before occurred on US ground because one of the contestants is evolving at all-time record highs. Jeep is up 44% so far in 2014 to a record 629,074 units partly thanks to the runaway success of the all-new Cherokee. This means it is up two spots on 2013 to #7 overall, overtaking Dodge and Kia in the process. However both in October and November it also outsold Hyundai to rank #6. Jeep is too far below Hyundai year-to-date (32.137 units) to have any hope of overtaking the Korean manufacturer in the next month, but 2015 will be very open.

Subaru Outback USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of…while Subaru will be teasing Dodge and Kia.

After 36 straight months of monthly YOY gains, Subaru has earned a spot among America’s 10 favourite brands for the first time. It ranks #10 after 11 months, one spot higher than a year ago, with sales up 21% to 463,770 deliveries. During 4 of the past 5 months (July, August, October and November), Subaru also outsold the #9 in the YTD ranking, embattled American brand Dodge, down 4% so far in 2014. Same situation as above, it is too late for Subaru to pass Dodge in 2014, but longer-term trends say it will do so in 2015 and could also tease Kia to the overall 8th spot…

Toyota Camry USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCan the 2015 model help the Toyota Camry retain the third place in 2014? I don’t believe so.

3. Who will round up the 2014 U.S. models podium?

The suspense is becoming properly unbearable. After 334 days in 2014, the Toyota Camry sold 396,988 units (+5%) while the Ram Pickup was at 395,567 (+23%), a tiny 1,421 sales (0.35%) below compared to 8,440 a month ago. The Ram outsold the Camry for the last 3 months in a row: by 8,105 units in September, 6,670 in October and 7,019 units in November. The logic would say the Ram will edge past the Camry in the last couple of weeks of the year to snatch the #3 spot. Not that simple. December is a little unpredictable as skewed by end-of -year promotions, however the Camry has just been facelifted for the 2015 model year and dealers will be reluctant to incentivise it too hard. On the other hand, record-low petrol price will favour the Ram as well as all other pickups and SUVs in the market and disadvantage passenger cars. I predict the Ram Pickup will take third place in the Full Year 2014 ranking and therefore make the 2014 U.S. models podium 100% pickup trucks (1. F-Series 2. Silverado 3. Ram) for only the second time in the past two decades (along with 2003).

Honda CR-V USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda CR-V could deliver a last minute surge in the YTD ranking…

4. Can the Honda CR-V outsell the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Altima to rank at a record #6?

SUV and crossovers have been selling like hotcakes in the U.S. this year, and an illustration of this trend is the record 4th place of the Honda CR-V in November, the first time a crossover ever outsells all passenger cars in the country, including perennial leader the Toyota Camry. Since its mid-cycle refresh a couple of months ago, the CR-V has been going from strength to strength and breaking monthly volume records. As a result, while it ranked #10 at end-August it has since passed the Ford Fusion and its stablemate the Honda Civic up to #8 with one month left to go. And it could go further up. The CR-V stands a mere 663 units below the 7th placed Nissan Altima whereas it outsold it by… 9,544 sales in November. The gap with 6th placed Toyota Corolla is 6,723 vs. an advantage of 6,769 for the CR-V in November. All doable, but very tight indeed. I’ll take a risk and say the CR-V will outsell them both and finish the year at #6.

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