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World Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

March 26th, 2015 No comments

Tehran IranIran is the best performing market in the Top 50 this year. Photo © Ricardo Fernandez

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Thanks to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), I can share with you the overall Full Year 2014 sales figures for 144 countries/markets in the world. Below the jump you will find the Top 50 biggest markets in the world, however please note – as it was the case last year – this ranking classifies countries based on their overall vehicle sales. That’s Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, including Light, Medium and Heavy ones, putting all countries on a level-playing field, as some countries traditionally report monthly PC car sales only and other overall sales. The files released by the OICA (and linked to below) also feature Passenger Cars only and Commercial Vehicles only figures so you can see the split.

Beijing ChinaChina hits 23.5 million units in 2014, an all-time record for any single country.

For the 5th consecutive year, worldwide new vehicle sales hit an all-time record: up 3.2% on 2013 to 88.164.642 units. Previous all-time bests were 75.06 million (in 2010), 78.20 million (2011), 82.20 million (2012) and 85.47 million (2013), keeping worldwide sales on track to hit 90 million in 2015 and 100 million in 2017 potentially. Already the dominant region in the world, Asia/Oceania/Middle East is getting closer to accounting for half of worldwide new vehicle sales thanks to sales are up 5.1% to reach 42.65 million or 48% of the worldwide marketplace. Africa is the 2nd most dynamic region with sales up 3.3% to 1.56 million, America is up 1.8% to 25.48 million (NAFTA up 6.1% contrasting Central & South America down a harsh 11.1%), and finally Europe is up just 0.8% to 18.48 million, the region’s first year of growth since 2011.

London UKThe UK is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10. Photo © Matthew Roberts

Looking into the ranking by country, China continues to reign supreme, exploring new heights for any single market in the history of automobile: thanks to sales up 7% (still a very dynamic growth rate despite a lot of pessimistic analysts), China hits 23.5 million units and is still on track to reach 25 million this year. The USA impress with +6% to 16.8 million units and should in all likelihood get back above 17 million units for the first time since 2006 this year. Japan increases by 3% in third place (5.56 million) but Brazil (-7%), India (-2%) and most strikingly Russia (-15%) all lose ground in the Top 10. The UK continues to show insolent health: it is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10 in 2014 at +10% to 2.84 million units.

Halong Bay VietnamVietnam new vehicle sales are up a fantastic 38% in 2014. Photo © Badz Manaois

Rounding up the Top 10 is Canada with a record 1.89 million units, but the most significant breakout in 2014 is the return to shape of Iran: back up a spectacular 60% year-on-year to 1.29 million sales at #13 vs. 0.8 million and #20 in 2013. The record to beat for Iran is 1.69 million units in 2011. Other notable improvements – following the ranking order – include South Korea (+12%), Spain (+20%), Saudi Arabia (+10% to a record 833,711 sales), Egypt (+18%), Philippines (+27%), Czech Republic (+16%), Portugal (+36%) and Vietnam (+38%). At the other end of the scale, a few countries fall flat in 2014: the hardest hit at the top is Ukraine (-55%) leaving the Top 50, followed by Argentina (-36%) and Thailand (-33%).

Previous year (All data): World Full Year 2013: Total sales now available for 143 countries

Previous year (Top 20): World Full Year 2013 – The 20 biggest cars markets

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Hungary Full Year 2014: Octavia #1, Opel Mokka at world best

March 24th, 2015 No comments

Opel Mokka Hungary 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Mokka

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The Hungarian new light vehicle market is up a robust 23% year-on-year in 2014 to 83,413 registrations including LCVs. Ford dominates with 13% share above Opel at 12.2% and Volkswagen at 8.5% and the Skoda Octavia is the most successful nameplate in the country for the 2nd year running with just under 4,000 deliveries, followed by the Ford Focus like in 2013 while the Opel Astra is back on the podium thanks to sales up 36%, knocking the Dacia Duster down to #4.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Hungary 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSuzuki SX4 S-Cross

The Opel Corsa is up 55% to #6, the Skoda Rapid up 76% to #8, the Opel Mokka breaks into the annual Top 10 of its first country in the world thanks to 1,259 sales, excellent start of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #11 with 1,197 deliveries and the Ford Mondeo is reborn: up 47% to #13. Now that Light Commercial Vehicles are included in the models ranking we welcome the Fiat Ducato at #8, the Ford Ranger at #18 and the Ford Transit at #19.

Previous month: Hungary November 2014: Fiat 500 on podium

One year ago: Hungary Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Two years ago: Hungary Full Year 2012: Previous gen Opel Astra new #1

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Ukraine Full Year 2014: Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%

March 24th, 2015 1 comment

 

Geely Emgrand EC7 Ukraine 2014The Geely Emgrand 7 misses out on the models #1 spot for 207 sales.

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Impacted full-frontal by the Crimea crisis, Ukrainian new car sales plunge 54% year-on-year in 2014 to just 97,020 registrations. In a turbulent year, the brands ranking is turned on its head, with the Top 4 most popular in reverse order compared to 2013. Toyota is the main beneficiary in 2014, up 3 spots to top all brands sold in Ukraine thanks to sales down ‘just’ 33% to 10,296 for a 10.6% market share vs. 7.2% a year ago. Chinese manufacturer Geely is going from strength to strength in Ukraine, up to a fantastic (and world-best) 2nd place overall in 2014 with 9,365 units sold and 9.7% share vs. 7.7% in 2013. Local carmaker ZAZ (-55%) rounds up the podium above Hyundai (-69%), Volkswagen (-58%) and Renault (-54%).

Toyota Corolla Ukraine 2014. Picture courtesy autocentre.uaToyota is the most popular carmaker in Ukraine in 2014.

A handful of other marques frankly outperform the market ithis year, led by Mazda (-7%), Daewoo (-22%), Subaru (-22%), Suzuki (-24%), Audi (-35%) and BMW (-37%). Reversely, others fall flat: Fiat (-64%), Chevrolet (-68%), BYD (-68%), Kia (-71%), Lada (-72%) and Opel (-84%). In addition to Geely, there are 7 Chinese manufacturers inside Ukraine’s Top 40 this year: Chery (#26), Great Wall (#30), BYD (#31), MG (#32), JAC (#33), Lifan (#38), and FAW (#40). Notice also Iranians Saipa at #44 and Iran-Khodro at #53.

ZAZ Sens Ukraine 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe ZAZ Sens remains the best-selling nameplate in Ukraine this year, but just.

Model-wise, the locally-produced ZAZ Sens tops the charts for the second year running, following the market closely at -56%, but the hero of the year is without a doubt the Geely Emgrand 7, up 7 spots on 2013 to a fantastic 2nd place with 3% market share, even holding the overall pole position up until October… Other great performers this year include the Renault Logan up two ranks to #3, the Geely MK is up 20 to #5, the Toyota Corolla up 10 to #7 and the Toyota RAV4 up 11 to #9.

Previous year: Ukraine 2013: ZAZ Sens new leader, Geely CK up to #3

Two years ago: Ukraine 2012: Skoda Octavia and Kia Rio shine

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Europe February 2015: VW Passat at highest in 3 years

March 22nd, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Passat hits its highest European ranking since August 2012.

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For the second month in a row, the recovery in European new car sales is stronger than expected with a 8% year-on-year surge in February to 956,419 registrations, pushing the year-to-date total up to 1.985.713 units, up 7% on 2014. Volkswagen does even better than the market with sales up 12% on a year ago to 118,781 units and 12.4% share, with other Top 10 manufacturer delivering 10%+ gains being Renault in 2nd place with 69,617 sales (+15%), BMW at #8 and 48,278 units (+15%) and Mercedes at #9 with 45,087 sales (+12%). In fact the entire Top 10 is in positive territory this month, demonstrating the return into shape of the market.

Renault Volkswagen BMW Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comRenault, Volkswagen and BMW are among the biggest gainers in Europe this month.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen monopolises the Top 2 for the second straight month and the 4th time in the past 5 months with the Golf (+6%) and Polo (+7%) in the lead. The Peugeot 208 is up 3 spots to break back into the monthly Top 5 for the first time in a year at #5, the Skoda Octavia (+12%), Nissan Qashqai (+20%) and Audi A3 (+11%) post very dynamic performances due to their recent renewals, but the hero of the month is without a doubt the VW Passat, up to its highest ranking since August 2012 in 8th position thanks to sales up 64% year-on-year to 15,711 units.

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One year ago (models): Europe February 2014: Skoda Octavia up 39%, Fiat Panda in Top 10

One year ago (brands): Europe February 2014: Renault and Peugeot on podium

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France 1-9 March 2015: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10

March 22nd, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai France March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is up to #9 in France so far in March.

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March is traditionally the second biggest month for new car sales in France below June, so it is a critical time to shine for car manufacturers. Renault, traditionally backloading its sales across the month, comes third after 9 days into March with sales up an impressive 16% below Peugeot (-1%) and Citroen (+7%). Note French carmakers have been particularly helped by sales to rental companies, accounting for 22% of Renault totals so far this month and 26% at Peugeot… Toyota (+17%), BMW (+19%) and Ford (+8%) impress, whereas Dacia is down a harsh 35% year-on-year to #7 with 1,388 sales.

BMW X3 France March 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deFrench BMW sales are up 19% year-on-year so far this month, earning it a #9 spot.

Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 temporarily holds the pole position but is down 20% on the same period a year ago whereas the Peugeot 308 is up 37% to #2 and the Renault Clio up an even more impressive (and surprising given the model’s career stage) 41% to 1,455 units. Notice also the solid performances of the Citroen C4 Picasso at #5 (+14%), Peugeot 2008 at #6 (+13%) and Renault Captur at #10 (+31%). Finally, March seems to be the Nissan Qashqai’s favourite month in France: in 2013 it broke into the Top 10 for the first time over a full month and over the same period last year it made its reappearance among the country’s 10 most popular nameplates. It does so again in 2015 at #9 with sales up 14% to 720 units in 9 days.

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One year ago: France 1-12 March 2014: Peugeot 308 up to #2, Nissan Qashqai in Top 10

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China February 2015: Focus on the all-new models

March 20th, 2015 No comments

MG GS China February 2015The MG GS Rui Teng is one of the best Chinese designs so far.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, we first explore the monthly Chinese ranking, then detail the all-new models that make their entrance in the biggest car market in the world, in other words models that have kick-started local production as imports data is still a very well-kept secret in China. If you though the Chinese market was panting in 2015, think again. In February 2014, only one new entrant (the Qoros 3) hit the sales charts, this year they are 6, also up from 4 in January. Once again the new entrant illustrate perfectly the current trends at play in the Chinese market: none is a passenger car, 4 are SUVs, 2 MPVs and 5 out of 6 are Chinese. Only disappointment: all the new nameplates hitting the sales charts in February do so with less than 1,000 sales and beyond the 200th position – for now.

Lifan Lotto China February 2015. Picture courtesy auto.sohu.com

1. Lifan Lotto (#221 with 848 sales)

There is still room in the Chinese market for Wuling Hongguang lookalikes: after Chery resuscitated the Karry brand last month for the K50, Lifan now has its own low-cost MPV: the Lotto. Price goes from 39.800 to 50.800 (US$6.400-8.200), thus clearly undercutting the Hongguang priced at 44.800-60.800 yuan ($7.200-9.700). One of the main reasons behind the tremendous success of the Wuling brand has been its cut-throat pricing, and the Lotto is rather lonely with its price positioning below ground level. Lifan goes against the overall trend upsizing from microvans (Wuling Sunshine) to low-cost MPVs (Hongguang) to more refined low-cost MPVs (Hongguang S), but this could also be a sign that the MPV growth is about to stop: there are now 38 nameplates in this segment and sales are up by ‘just’ 17% so far in 2015 vs. +47% over FY2014. Pricing the Lotto below the Hongguang may be the only way Lifan can hope to gather some momentum with this late entry into the segment. Plus Lifan has been struggling at home lately, at least up until this year with the arrival of the X50 SUV (#136), one of only 3 reps inside the February Top 200 with the X60 (#94) and 720 (#172).

Bar for success: #150 or 3,000 monthly sales

Beijing Auto Huansu H2 China February 2015

2. Beijing Auto Huansu H2 (#248 with 456 units)

Beijing Auto could learn a lesson or two from the likes of Geely, Great Wall or even Chery in terms of brand management: after launching the Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 18 months ago and the rebadge Changhe Freedom M50, a third carbon copy hits the ground this month: the Beijing Auto Huansu H2. Only difference: this time the price is a notch higher at 58.800-66.800 yuan (US$9.500-10.800), to be compared with 49.800-51.900 yuan (US$ 7.900-8.300) for the Freedom M50 and 46.800-53.800 ($7.500-8.600) for the Weiwang M20. The reason: the H2 is slightly more refined, and also 12cm longer. I’m giving the H2 an equivalent bar for success as I did to the Changhe Freedom M50 last month. The fact that it is the third iteration of the same model is compensated by the Huansu sub-brand having seen a lot of showroom traffic lately with the S3 SUV peaking at 16,414 sales last month and the S2 hitting 6,220 deliveries in December.

Bar for success: #125 or 4,000 monthly sales

Beijing Auto Senova X65 China February 2015. Picture courtesy auto.ifeng.com

3. Beijing Auto Senova X65 (#259 with 349 deliveries)

The X65 is the first SUV bearing the Senova sub-brand name from Beijing Auto. Its official launch was on March 21, so these are pre-sales to dealerships. The X65’s platform is derived on that of the Saab 9-3. BAIC, the mother company of Beijing Auto, bought the rights to the platforms for the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 from General Motors in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines, and we find the 2.0L turbo in the X65, an engine it also shares with the Senova D70. Its pricing is anticipated to hover between 120.000 and 160.000 yuan (US$19.400-25.800), pretty sharp for access to Saab-derived technology. The Senova brand, since its much-publicised Nicholas Cage-sponsored launch in May 2013, has been met with various fortunes depending on the nameplates: the original D70 culminated at #151 and 3,194 sales in December 2013 but has since fallen to beyond the 300th position (#315 in February) while the D50 has managed to regularly find its way into the monthly Top 100 over the past year, peaking at #81 last August and 8,000 sales last December. Can the Chinese market absorb yet another sporty-ish SUV? I say hell yes.

Bar for success: #125 or 4,000 monthly sales

ZX Auto GX3 China February 2015

4. ZX Auto GX3 (#278 with 219 sales)

Unveiled as a concept at the Guangzhou Motor Show last November, the ZX Auto GX3 has not lost any time hitting the country’s dealerships: it already appears in the sales ranking this month. The GX3 is a more up-market version of the C3 Urban Ark with the same 1.5L petrol engine delivering 104hp, and the 2nd inroad into the SUV market from this manufacturer known for its pickups – namely the Grand Tiger. The GX3 comes with trendy headlights, a new grille, a new bumper with LED lights, classy alloys, and an improved interior, with pricing at 63.800-69.800 yuan (US$10.300-11.300), just topping the most expensive C3. Given the C3 Urban Ark peaked at #150 and 2,549 sales during its 12 month-career, it is fair to expect at least the same sales level for this SUV looking a lot more expensive than it is. Whether the C3 or the GX3 will end up being the most popular will have a critical impact on the future direction of the brand in this segment: bare bones low-cost (C3) or trendy affordable (GX3)…

Bar for success: #150 or 2,500 monthly sales

Infiniti QX50 China February 2015. Picture courtesy auto.sohu.com

5. Infinti QX50 (#281 with 196 units)

This is not a new model per se, but it is a new entrant in the Chinese ranking because its local production has just kicked off, a few months after the Q50L. The Chinese model sits on a wheelbase extended by 8 cm and is powered by a 2.5L V6 engine mated to a 7AT. It is priced between 359.800-459.800 yuan (US$58.100-74.200). February sales are just 196 units, but given the Q50L has been stuck around the 220th place since its launch last November, there are no real reasons to believe this much older model can do a lot better for now.

Bar for success: #200 or 1,800 monthly sales

MG GS China February 2015b

6. MG GS Rui Teng (#287 with 161 deliveries)

The GS Rui Teng (Chinese for “vigorous rise”) is the very first SUV to be launched under the famous MG brand, now in the hands of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). Thanks to a deal between the two companies during the time SAIC owned a controlling stake in SsangYong Motor between 2004 and 2009, the GS is based on the third generation (2010) SsangYong Korando, it is priced between 135.000 and 190.000 yuan (US$21.500-30.300) and powered by a 2.0 turbocharged petrol four with a six-speed DCT. Officially launched on March 18, these February sales are to dealerships only, and expect the GS to climb up the ladder rather quickly. In fact, given the current craze for compact SUVs and given a very interesting design for a Chinese SUV, it could very well become the brand’s best-seller by far in a matter of months, a title held in February by the GT at a very achievable #185 and 1,469 sales. The GS could also unlock a few overseas markets as it has nothing to be ashamed of design-wise next to the über-successful Korean SUVs. An exciting – yet to be defined as vigorous – rise to follow indeed…

Bar for success: #175 or 2,500 monthly sales

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China February 2015: Ford Escort and VW Lamando impress

March 20th, 2015 No comments

VW Lamando China February 2015. Picture courtesy xcar.com.cnThe VW Lamando found 10,153 buyers in China this month.

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New light vehicle sales in China remain robust in February despite the Lunar New Year holiday (Feb. 18-24), up 6% year-on-year to 1.4 million, once again lifted by very dynamic SUV and MPV sales. Over the first two months of 2015, the market is up 9% to 3.4 million vehicles, with SUV sales up 46% to 818,100 units and MPV deliveries up 17% to 383.500. In contrast, sedans are stable at 2 million units and microvans are down 18% to 202,200 sales. China is potentially one of the fastest-moving automotive car markets in the world, and this month is no exception, with Chinese-branded SUVs and MPVs – among others – continuing to make very significant progress. With February overall numbers traditionally much lower than January, only a handful of nameplates deliver higher volumes than last month – the majority of them being recent launches.

Ford Escort China February 2015. Picture courtesy pcauto.com.cnThe Ford Escort is up to #17 overall in February.

Unusually, 9 of the Top 15 best-sellers see their volume go down on a year ago, including the entire podium with the Wuling Hongguang (-21%), VW Lavida (-1%) and Santana (-4%) all receding. The Baojun 730 is back up 4 spots on January to reach an all-time best ranking in 4th place with 24,502 sales, while the Hyundai Elantra Langdong is up a fantastic 47% year-on-year and 6 ranks on last month to #5. Although the Haval H6 is up 11% on a year ago, it is down to #6 this month and does not break its monthly sales volume record for the first time since last August. The Ford Focus (-30%) is the hardest hit in the Top 40: this is logical as the new Ford Escort is supposed to replace the previous generation Focus still on sale in China and accounting for up to half of the nameplate’s sales in some months. The Escort continues its race to the top: up 11 spots on January to a best-ever #17 with 16,827 sales.

JAC Refine S3 China February 2015. Picture courtesy auto.sohu.comThe JAC Refine S3 hits a record #19 in China this month

One year ago in February 2014, there were only 3 Chinese models in the Top 25 and 11 in the Top 50. This month there are 8 in the Top 25 and 17 in the Top 50. Streamlined brand strategies and an extremely dynamic focus on the SUV and MPV segments are the reasons behind this turnaround. Along with the Baojun 730, one nameplate that perfectly symbolises this trend is the JAC Refine S3: celebrating 6 months since launch in February, the Refine S3 breaks its ranking record at #19 thanks to 16,193 deliveries, ranking 5th Chinese overall. The ChangAn Eado passes the Geely Emigrand EC7 for the title of best-selling Chinese passenger car this month thanks to sales up 68% to 15,051 vs. 14,789 (+76%).

Dongfeng Fengguang 360 China February 2015. Picture courtesy autofan.com.cnThe Dongfeng Fengguang is up to a best-ever #23 this month.

The Dongfeng Fengguang 330/360 is up 122% to #23 (ranking record), the ChangAn CS35 up 87% to #25, the BYD F3 up 4-fold on a year ago to #37, the Dongfeng Joyear up 44% to #46, Chery Tiggo 3 up 175% to #48 and the Geely Vision up 11-fold (!) to #50 thanks to a new generation. Recent Chinese launches are also hitting records: notably, the BYD S7 breaks the 10,000 monthly sales mark for the first time, up 84 spots on January to #30 and 10,649 deliveries, earning it a #5 SUV ranking overall and in effect killing the S6 it replaces (-85% to #178). The Haval H2 breaks its ranking record at #31 while both the ChangAn CS75 (#39) and Beijing Auto Huansu S3 (#40) flirt with 10,000 deliveries.

BYD S7 China February 2015. Picture courtesy xcar.com.cnInstant blockbuster: the BYD S7 is up to #30 and #5 SUV for its 4th month in market.

There are a handful of other very interesting developments among recent launches in China this month. Firstly the VW Lamando, in essence a CC variant of the VW Sagitar, takes off this month: up 76% on January to fly up to an astounding 10,153 dales at #35. Once again Volkswagen has hit the bullseye while attempting to create a new segment – its latest successful attempt being the Gran Lavida. Up 46 spots and 11% on last month is the Honda XR-V at #57, now outselling its twin the Honda Vezel, down 16 ranks to #74. Both models add up to 12,019 sales, more than double the next best-selling Honda model this month (the CR-V at 5,207 units). Total success for Honda’s compact SUV in China. Notice also the Citroen C3-XR up 24% and 53 spots to #103 and the Hawtai Shengdafei up 22% and 44 ranks to #129.

Venucia T70 China February 2015. Picture courtesy xgo.com.cnFor its 2nd month in market, the T70 is already Venucia’s best-seller.

Finally, 3 of the 4 new entrants from January markedly improve their score. As expected, the Venucia T70 is now the most successful among them, slicing its ranking in two and multiplying its January sales by 7.5 to 2,694 at #134. BSCB’s bar for success for the T70 (#80 or 8,000 sales) is still far off, but in an unexpected and fascinating turn of events, it looks like the T70 has cannibalised the brand’s other nameplates, already becoming Venucia’s best-seller! The R50/D50 is down 75% year-on-year to #181 and the R30 is down 45 spots on last month to #236… The Changhe Freedom M50 gains 21 spots to #158 while the Karry K50 gains 36 to #174, improving its sales by 11% to 1,611. Only the Beijing Auto Weiwang 007 is stuck at #314 with a mediocre 67 deliveries.

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One year ago: China February 2014: VW Santana takes off at +189%

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Iran February 2014: Peugeot 405 family #1, IKCO Dena up

March 20th, 2015 No comments

Iran Khodro Dena. Picture courtesy bijar.irIran Khodro Dena

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As it has been the case since BSCB started following the Iranian market a decade ago, only production figures are available, however giving a very good idea of the market situation in the country as imports are still limited. February is roughly equivalent to Bahman, the 11th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar. The Saipa Pride is #1 once again but with 19,670 units produced, it is largely distanced by the Peugeot 405 family composed of the Pars (14,979) and the 405 itself (13,104) despite their old age – they were launched in 1987. The Peugeot 206, Iran Khodro Samand and Saipa Tiba follow, while it’s at the bottom of the ranking that we witness the most significant event of the month: the Iran Khodro Runna is only up 3% on last month whereas the larger Iran Khodro Dena is up 151% to 1,691 units, accounting for over half of all Dena units produced since the production kicked off a few months ago (3,055).

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Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

March 20th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Singapore 2014The Toyota Corolla is #1 in Singapore for the first time since 2006.

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The main development in the 2014 Singaporean new car market is the lowering of prices of Certificates of Entitlements (the right to register a new car) which had reached extravagant figures in the past few years – sometimes matching the price of the car itself. Lower COEs mean mass market cars are affordable again and luxury brands are not the only valid option anymore. The trend is set to continue in 2015 with even more COEs made available for the cheapest car categories. As a result premium German manufacturers loosen the grip they had over the market in the past couple of years: Toyota reclaims the brands pole position thanks to sales up 57% to 5,431, above Mercedes (+20%) and BMW (-13%). Note Toyota sales include luxury brand Lexus and would not be #1 without it.

Mercedes E Class Singapore 2014The Mercedes E-Class lost its throne to the Toyota Corolla in 2014.

The “re-massmarketisation” of Singaporean new car sales is best symbolised by the return to the pole position for the first time in 8 years of the Toyota Corolla – contrary to preliminary information that was published in the local press and had the Mercedes E-Class at #1. If Volkswagen (-12%) remains in 4th place, the rest of the ranking is completely reshuffled as a direct consequence of lower COE prices: both Mazda and Nissan increase their sales threefold on 2013 to #5 and #6 respectively, Honda is up fourfold to #8, Hyundai up 89% to #10, Kia up 179% to #11 and Subaru up 212% to #12.

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Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2013: Mercedes leads for the first time

Two years ago: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal February 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Clio lifts Renault up to 12.5% share this month in Portugal.

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The Portuguese new car market is catching up on lost time and continues to lodge extravagant growth rates: +36% year-on-year in February to 14,302 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total up 32% to 26,141 units. After dropping to #5 in January, Renault reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 with sales up 75% on a year ago to 1,781 deliveries and 12.5% share. This performance earns it the 2015 year-to-date top spot as well with 10.7% share vs. 10% for Peugeot, kicked down to #2 in February at 9.9% despite sales up 42%. Volkswagen (+45%), BMW (+24%) and Mercedes (+38%) follow, with Dacia (+49%), Opel (+55%), Citroen (+58%), Smart (+58%), Mini (+67%) and Kia (+93%) all frankly outperforming the market inside the Top 20.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal February 2015The Nissan Pulsar is up to a best-ever #22 in Portugal in February.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is back in charge both this month (6% share) and year-to-date (4.5%), with the VW Polo (3.9%) and Peugeot 208 (3.4%) far below while the January leader, the VW Golf, is down to #5 in February and #3 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Corsa is up 11 spots on January to #4, the Nissan Qashqai is up 5 to #6, the Fiat 500 up 10 to #16 and the BMW 2 Series breaks into the Portuguese Top 30 for the first time thanks to the Active Tourer variant. Among recent launches, the Nissan Pulsar is up a spectacular 64 ranks on January to #22, the Smart Forfour is up one to #47, the Fiat 500X up 95 to #52 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #168 with 3 units sold.

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Full February 2015 Top 35 All-brands and Top 204 All-models below.

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