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Canada February 2015: GMC Sierra / Chevy Silverado on fire

March 5th, 2015 No comments

GMC Sierra Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy of autoguide.comThe GMC Sierra is now #4 year-to-date in Canada.

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Nothing is stopping the Canadian new light vehicle market’s progression: up another 3% both in February at 109,248 registrations and year-to-date at 208,299 deliveries. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles maintains a solid grip on the groups ranking with 18,711 sales and 17.1% share, adding up to 36,765 units year-to-date, a comfortable margin over 2014 leader Ford Motor Co. at 15,021 in February and 29,603 year-to-date. In the brands ranking, Ford holds the top spot with 13.3% share despite sales down 9%, followed by Toyota up 20% to 10.7% and Hyundai up 3% to 7.6%. Nissan is up 20%, GMC up 32%, Volkswagen up 26% in a total fortune reversal compared its struggling sales in the US, Mercedes up 16%, Chrysler up 44%, Mini up 97% and Lincoln up 138%.

Hyundai Sonata Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comHyundai Sonata

The Ford F-Series is up a timid 1% year-on-year to keep the lead of the models ranking with 7,947 ahead of the Ram Pickup (5,735) and Dodge Grand Caravan (3,162). The GMC Sierra is on fire: up 21% year-on-year to reach the 4th spot overall both this month and year-to-date vs. #8 in 2014, but is outperformed by its mass-market twin the Chevrolet Silverado, growing at twice the rate at +42% to #5. The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling passenger car at #6 and only one of two in the Top 10 with the Honda Civic (#7). Talk about a market dominated by light trucks! (Note the definition of light trucks in North America include pickups, SUVs and MPVs).

VW Golf Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comVW Golf

Further down, notice the Hyundai Sonata boosted up 123% to #16 by the new model, the VW Golf up 9-fold year-on-year (!) to #20, the Toyota Camry up 81% to #22, Hyundai Tucson up 61% to #22, Chrysler Town & Country up 84% to #25, Toyota Sienna up 95% to #28, Jeep Patriot up 88% to #36, Mercedes C-Class up 99% to #37 and the Honda Fit up 86% to #38. Finally, the Nissan Micra confirms its title of most successful new nameplate launch over the past 12 month by ranking #34 in February and #33 year-to-date.

Previous month: Canada January 2015: Nissan Rogue almost in Top 10

One year ago: Canada February 2014: Dodge Grand Caravan on podium for first time in 18 months

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Poland February 2015: Skoda Octavia leads, Ford Focus up to 2nd place

March 5th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus Poland February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFord Focus

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Given at the same time last year the Polish new car market was boosted by VAT-exemptions for cars purchased as LCV by companies, February is logically down 10% year-to-date to 32,302 registrations, taking the year-to-date total down into negative as well at 65,243 units (-4%). Skoda remains atop the brands ranking with 12% share above Toyota (9.7%), Volkswagen (8.6%), Ford (7.9%) and Opel (7.8%). In the models sales charts, the Skoda Octavia is sovereign, the only nameplate to clock up over 1,000 sales this month at 1,242 and 3.8% share. The Ford Focus is February’s best performer, up 8 spots on last month to 2nd place overall thanks to 948 sales and 2.9% share, followed closely by the Toyota Yaris and Skoda Rapid – the latter earning a third spot overall in the result vs. #8 over the FY2014. Further down, notice the Seat Ibiza at #22, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #31 and Dacia Sandero at #40.

Previous month: Poland January 2015: Skoda places 3 models in Top 5

One year ago: Poland February 2014: VW Tiguan jumps up to 4th place

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Norway February 2015: VW Golf stays at stratospheric heights

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VW Golf GTE Norway February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frVW Golf GTE Plug-in

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Grey sky for the Norwegian new car market: down another 5% year-on-year in February to 10,685 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 21,208 units, down 6% on 2014. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking with 1,895 sales and 17.7% above Toyota at 13.6% and Nissan at 7.1%. This is partly due to a Golf remaining at stratospheric heights (11.4% share this month) thanks to its e-Golf and GTE Plug-in variants accounting for 70% of the nameplate’s sales.

Tesla Model S Norway February 2015. Picture courtesy Model S sales are boosted by the arrival of the 4WD variant.

The Toyota RAV4 delivers a second month in a row in 2nd place thanks to 450 units sold, the Toyota Auris is up 3 spots on January to #3, the Skoda Octavia up 4 to #4 and the Tesla Model S returns to olympic shape at #6 with 321 sales and 3.1% share vs. #43 last month, thanks to the arrival of the 4WD variant, already accounting for 70% of its February sales. The Suzuki SX4 (#12) and Nissan X-Trail (#15) also impress.

Previous month: Norway January 2015: VW Golf up to 12.5% share thanks to e-Golf

One year ago: Norway February 2014: VW Golf edges past Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S #4

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USA February 2015: Toyota > Ford, Nissan Rogue & Chrysler 200 shine

March 5th, 2015 1 comment

2015 Chrysler 200SThe Chrysler 200 is up to #17 overall in the US in February.

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Particularly severe wintry weather will finally have had an impact on US light vehicle sales: whereas the average forecast for February was an 8% year-on-year increase to 16.6 million SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual sales rate), the market has to settle for 5% growth and 16.24 million SAAR (the lowest since last April) at 1.258.570 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.411.050 deliveries (+9%). If a 6th consecutive year of increased volume seems certain, the US market may be running out of gas in 2016 at this rate. Cars drop 1% while SUVs gain a huge 27% and pickups are up 13%.

Toyota Tundra USA February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comToyota Motor Corp outsells Ford Motor Co in the US for the first time in 6 months.

The big news in the group ranking is Toyota Motor Corp outselling Ford Motor Co for the first time in 6 months thanks to sales up 13% to 180,467 vs. 179,673 (-2%), bolstered by Lexus registering its best February ever (+22%). General Motors keeps the lead at 231,378 deliveries (+4%), mainly due to GMC (+19%) which just announced a (justified) doubling of its marketing spend over the next 5 years. Chevrolet (+4%), Buick (-9%) and Cadillac (-13%) are morose. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles lodges its 59th consecutive month of year-on-year gain (we are approaching 5 years!), led by Jeep (+21%), Chrysler (+13%) and Ram (+12%) whereas Dodge (-15%) and Fiat (-5%) are not helping.

Nissan Rogue USA February 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comNissan Rogue

Nissan Motor Co has declared it wants to beat Japanese rival American Honda “consistently” and it has been the case so far this year with 118,436 units in February vs. 105,466 and 222,453 vs. 207,650 year-to-date. As is the case with the biggest Japanese manufacturers, the luxury divisions of both Nissan and Honda outpace the mainstream brand: Infiniti is up 22% vs. +1% for Nissan and Acura is up 13% vs. +4% for Honda. Though extremely strong at +19%, February marked the first time since June that Subaru failed to advance at least 20%. Mercedes (25,291), BMW (25,201) and Lexus (22,995) are once again very tight in the premium brand race.

Lexus NX USA February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comLexus lodges its best-ever February sales in the US.

Tight inventories of the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 have plagued Ford F-Series sales in January: down 1% to 55,236 units, and both the Chevrolet Silverado (+24% to 45,395 sales), Ram Pickup (+7% to 31,298 deliveries) and GMC Sierra (+6% to 15,157 units) have rushed to fill the gap. Meanwhile the Chevrolet Colorado continues its progression at 6,563 sales (+10% on January) and will break into the monthly Top 50 over the coming months. The Toyota Camry (+14%) is back to the #1 passenger car spot it traditionally holds, followed by the Nissan Altima (-8%) and Toyota Corolla (+10%) while the Toyota RAV4 (+33%) threatens the Honda CR-V (+7%) for the SUV crown.

Subaru Outback USA February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Outback (+30%) is Subaru’s best-seller in the US for the 2nd straight month.

Outside the Top 10, the Nissan Rogue takes advantage of sales up a plump 25% year-on-year to smash its monthly US ranking record, lifting it to #12 (previous best: #15 in February 2014), while the Chrysler 200 is slowly but very surely getting closer to the best-selling passenger cars in the country, up another 3 spots on January to hit a record-breaking #17 thanks to 15,805 sales, up 30% on February 2014. Notice also the Ford Explorer up 34% to #15, the Nissan Sentra up 24% to #19, Hyundai Sonata up 25% to #3, Honda Pilot up 83% to #27, Subaru Outback up 30% to #30, Toyota Sienna up 48% to #34 and the Jeep Patriot up 59% to #38.

Previous month: USA January 2015: General Motors strong in market up 14%

One year ago: USA February 2014: Nissan Altima shoots up to third place

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Brazil February 2015: VW Up in Top 10, threatens Gol

March 5th, 2015 No comments

VW Up Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy VW Up finishes the month just 374 sales below the Gol…

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The situation worsens for new car sales in Brazil, now down an abysmal 28% year-on-year in February to just 178,822 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 422,717 units, down 23% on 2014. This month Fiat fares even worse than the market at -38% but keeps the lead at a round 20% share above Volkswagen at 17.3% (-27%), Chevrolet at 15.7% (-37%), Ford at 10.5% (-10%) and Hyundai at 7.3% (-22%). Thanks to sales down just 4%, Toyota overtakes Renault (-30%) for 6th place overall while Honda (+9%), Mercedes (+9%) and Lifan (+31%) are the only manufacturers in the Top 20 to gain ground year-on-year.

Lifan 530 Brazil February 2015Lifan is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 at +31% this month.

The Fiat Palio is the best-selling nameplate in Brazil for the 8th time in the past 9 months despite falling faster than the market at -31% to 9,205 sales and is followed by the Fiat Strada down 35% to 8,735 deliveries. The plot thickens at Volkswagen and a momentous hierarchy reshuffle is occurring before our eyes within the German manufacturer’s range.

VW Gol Up Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy revistaautoesporte.comLeadership challenge – The Fox and Up are killing the Gol in Brazil.

The Fox/Crossfox stands out as the brand’s best-seller so far in 2015, hitting a shiny 3rd spot in February (-21%), its highest ranking since August 2012. Reversely the Gol is stuck at #8 for the 2nd month in a row – the nameplate’s lowest monthly ranking in Brazil in 32 years, whereas the Up celebrates one year in market by breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at #9, only 374 units below the Gol. Year-to-date, the Fox is #4, the Gol #8 and the Up #10. To be followed…

Honda Fit Brazil February 2015. Picture courtesy Fit sales are up 72% year-on-year in Brazil.

Other interesting developments in the Brazilian models ranking include the Chevrolet Onix falling back down to #4 only 388 sales above its archenemy the Hyundai HB20, the Ford Ka up one spot on January to #6, the Honda Fit up 72% on February 2014 to #13, the Toyota Corolla up 46% to #14, Honda City up 40% to #20, and the Audi A3 Sedan up 14 ranks on last month to #69. In the Chinese aisle, only the Lifan X60 (#79) and Chery QQ (#95) manage to crack the February Top 100, however the Lifan 530 (#115) and Foison (#116) could soon join them.

Previous month: Brazil January 2015: Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Onix fight for pole position, VW Gol down to lowest ranking in 32 years

One year ago: Brazil February 2014: Fiat Strada up to record 2nd place!

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Argentina February 2015: Gol Trend & Ecosport top market down 28%

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Ford Ecosport Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy

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The Argentinean new car market is showing no sign of recovery: down another 28% year-on-year in February to 41,998 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 107,548 units, down 35% on 2014. Volkswagen (-23%), Ford (-19%) and Chevrolet (-8%) top the brands ranking, all managing to lose less ground than the market despite pretty heavy falls. It’s another story for Peugeot (-32%), Fiat (-38%), Citroen (-45%) and Renault (-52%)… Some rare brands do manage to improve year-on-year in February: among them Kia (+118%), Chery (+101%), Hyundai (+90%), Nissan (+67%) and Audi (+43%).

Chery Tiggo Argentina February 2015. Picture courtesy of autocosmos.comChery sales are up 101% year-on-year in Argentina in February – the Tiggo ranks #41.

The VW Gol Trend holds onto the pole position it held over the FY2014 and in January thanks to 1,841 sales and 4.4%, exactly one percentage point above the next-best-seller, the Ford Ecosport up two spots on January to #2 and 1,427 units. The Ford Fiesta Kinetic is also up two ranks to #3 while the Toyota Hilux is down one to #4 but now ranks #2 year-to-date like it did in 2014. The Renault Clio Mio is back up 8 spots to #7 but #13 year-to-date vs. #3 in 2014, the VW Fox is up 13 to #20, the VW Vento up 29 to #27, the new generation VW Golf lands directly at #35 and the Chery Tiggo is up one further spot to a record #41.

Previous month: Argentina January 2015: The freefall continues at -39%

One year ago: Argentina February 2014: Ford Fiesta Kinetic leader for the first time

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Estonia February 2015: Nissan Qashqai teases Skoda Octavia for #1

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Nissan Qashqai Estonia February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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The Estonian new car market is down 13% year-on-year in February to 1,239 sales, bringing the year-to-date total into negative territory at -4% to 2,931 registrations. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country but sees its market share plunge to 13.6%, above Skoda (10.9%), Renault (10.7%), Volkswagen (8.3%) and Nissan (8.2%). Model-wise, if the Skoda Octavia is the best-seller once again, this month it is only two units above the Nissan Qashqai at 72 vs. 70 sales. The Renault Scénic brilliantly climbs onto the podium, up 5 spots on January, while the Toyota Auris is up one to #4 and the VW Golf up 7 to #5.

Previous month: Estonia January 2015: Skoda Octavia and Nissan Qashqai on top

One year ago: Estonia February 2014: Nissan Qashqai most popular

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Australia February 2015: Toyota Corolla #1, Mazda CX-5 hits record #6

March 4th, 2015 1 comment

Mazda CX-5 Australia February 2015. Picture courtesy Mazda CX-5 reaches its all-time highest ranking in Australia this month.

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Flat January sales make room for a strong result in February in Australia: +4% year-on-year to 90,424 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 2% to 172,540 units. This has now become a habit: regular passenger car sales are down this month whereas SUV and luxury vehicle sales are in great shape. Brand-wise, just as it celebrates 6 million vehicles sold since its arrival in the country in 1958, Toyota is stable at 16,243 sales and 18% share, above Mazda at 10%. Hyundai overtakes Holden to climb back on the podium at 8,003 sales (+3%) vs. 7,809 (-10%) for the Australian brand. It is the 4th time in the past 6 months that Hyundai outsells Holden “at home” in Australia – a sign of things to come?

1965 Toyota Corona 2015 Toyota Camry Australia February 2015Toyota celebrates 6 million vehicles sold in Australia since its debut here in 1958.

Lifted by a discounted runout Triton (#7), Mitsubishi is up 33% to #5 at 6.9% share, Nissan is up 34% to #6, meaning both Japanese manufacturers distance Ford down to a lowest-ever #7 and 5.6% share, down a depressing 20% on February 2014. Since Ford’s announcement 18 months ago that it would stop local manufacturing by 2017, the brand’s sales have been in freefall, as it was the case for Mitsubishi back in 2009 when faced with the same decision of abandoning manufacturing in the country. Next in line is Holden which shouldn’t keep its hopes for a podium ranking in FY2015 too high.

Foton Tunland Australia February 2015Foton launched a mine-spec of its Tunland ute in Australia.

Strong performers in February include Honda up 9% thanks to the all-new HR-V debuting with a very strong month (825 sales), Mercedes boosted by the all-new C-Class (842 sales) up 15% to #11, BMW also up 15% and back above Audi (+9%) at #14, Jeep up 11%, Suzuki up 21%, Mini up 22%, Renault up 28%, Peugeot up 43%, Isuzu up 54% and Skoda up 63%. Foton (#28) is the best-selling Chinese manufacturer for the 2nd straight month above LDV (#36) while Great Wall (#39 at -93%) disintegrates and ranks below Chery (#38) for the first time ever. The announced launch of SUV-exclusive Haval in the country cannot come soon enough!

Toyota Corolla RZ Australia February 2015The Toyota Corolla reclaims the #1 spot in Australia in February.

The Toyota Corolla is back atop a models ranking in led in 2013 and 2014 thanks sales up 18% year-on-year to 3,939 units while the Mazda3 is down 9% to 3,598 but keeps the year-to-date lead for now at 7,501 deliveries (-12%) vs. 7,411 (+18%) for the Corolla. The Toyota Hilux remains 3rd despite sales down 15%, the Holden Commodore (-9%) is up two spots on last month to #4 but the performance of the month is delivered by the Mazda CX-5, once again the best-selling SUV in Australia and hitting its best-ever monthly ranking in the country at #6 thanks to sales up 19% to 2,085 (previous best: #7 in January and July 2014). This may be the last few months at this level for the CX-5 as Australia is one of the first countries in the world to receive the smaller CX-3 which will undeniably steal sales from its big bruva. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail extremely strong at #11 and the Mitsubishi ASX surprisingly up 154% year-on-year in February.

Previous month: Australia January 2015: Mazda3 leads, Holden Cruze up to #5

One year ago: Australia February 2014: Mazda3 remains most popular

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Taiwan February 2015: Lexus NX breaks into Top 10

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Lexus NX Taiwan February 2015. Picture courtesy NX

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The Taiwanese new car market is up a superb 19% year-on-year in February to 24,933 registrations, still half the January figure due to Lunar New Year celebrations, therefore bringing the year-to-date total to 72,919 units, up 12% on 2014. A very good start of 2015 in Taiwan. While the Top 3 brands are unchanged on January and FY2014 (Toyota-Nissan-Mitsubishi), the big story this month is the 4th place of premium Japanese carmaker Lexus with 1,981 sales and a mammoth 7.9% market share, whereas it did not rank inside the January Top 10. This performance is partly due to the launch of the cheaper 200t variant of the NX SUV, hithertoo only available as a 300h hybrid, propelling the Lexus NX nameplate to a record-breaking 10th place in the overall Taiwanese models ranking with 528 sales and 2.1% share.

Toyota Corolla Taiwan February 2015. Picture courtesy of the Toyota Corolla

In other news, Toyota monopolises the podium once again with the Corolla (8.7%), RAV4 (4.2%) and Wish (3.6%) followed by the Nissan Tiida (3.5%) whereas the Nissan Sentra is back up to 6th place with 2.9% of the market. The Luxgen U6 Turbo slips out of the Top 10 at #12 and the Honda Fit (#13) and Mitsubishi Outlander (#15) both maintain themselves at levels much higher than a year ago thanks to new models.

Previous month: Taiwan January 2015: Luxgen U6 Turbo and Mazda3 shine

One year ago: Taiwan February 2014: Luxgen U6 Turbo resists at #6

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South Africa February 2015: Toyota Hilux edges out Ford Ranger

March 4th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Hilux Ford Ranger South Africa February 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota Hilux is just 19 units above the Ford Ranger in South Africa this month. 

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The new vehicle market is up 1% year-on-year in February to 52,368 registrations, a score almost identical to January sales (52,306), with the year-to-date total itself almost identical to that of a year ago at 104,674 vs. 104,848. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country even though its market share slips two percentage points on January to 19.4%. It is followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16%, Ford at 12.1%, Hyundai-Kia at 11.2% and General Motors at 9.1%.

Ford Ecosport South Africa February 2015. Picture courtesy Flickr.com2nd consecutive month inside the South African Top 10 for the Ford Ecosport.

The race for the models pole position was extremely tight this month and it involved two pickups: the Toyota Hilux wins with 3,097 sales and 5.9% share, a 19-unit advantage on the Ford Ranger. The strength of both nameplate’s February results push them to #1 and #2 in the year-to-date ranking as well, overtaking January’s leader the VW Polo Vivo, down to #3 in February. Both the VW Polo and Toyota Etios gain one spot on last month to #4 and #5 respectively while the Toyota Corolla is down 3 to #6.

VW Up South Africa February 2015The VW Up lands directly at #20 for its first month in market.

Further down we have 3 great performers worth singling out. Firstly, the Ford Ecosport lodges its 2nd consecutive Top 10 month at an excellent 9th place with 1,318 sales and 2.5% share, making it the brand’s 2nd best-seller below just the Ranger. The Datsun GO, struggling in India but finding its target market in South Africa, improves two spots to a best-ever #16 and finally the VW Up making its very first appearance in the South African sales charts, landing directly at a beautiful 20th spot with 491 sales, slotting it just under 1% market share.

Previous month: South Africa January 2015: Toyota Corolla third, Ford Ecosport cracks Top 10

One year ago: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

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