Fiji Full Year 2015: Toyota improves to 29.3%, Hilux #1 (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Fiji 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux leads the Fijian sales charts in 2015. 

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Fiji is an Pacific island nation composed of 332 islands and more than 500 islets located about 2.000 km (1.300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Almost 90% of the 860.000 inhabitants live in the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources, and this translates into a more new car market with 18 manufacturers sharing official sales figures.

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Regisrations are down 12% year-on-year in 2015 to 2.675 units and are once again dominated by Toyota improving its market share to 29.3% thanks to deliveries down just 1%. Hyundai (-9%) follows like in 2014 but Isuzu climbs 4 spots and 30% to land on the third step of the podium. Kia, Mitsubishi and Ford follow while in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux dominates with 10.8% share, following the market with sales down 13%.

Previous year: Fiji Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra most popular

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American Samoa Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma up 48% (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Tacoma American Samoa 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com.jpgThe Toyota Tacoma could lead the models charts in American Samoa in 2015. 

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Not to be confused with Samoa, covered in a separate update, American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific and forming the eastern part of the Samoan Islands chain – see exact location on maps below. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls with a total population of 57.345 as of 2015. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the U.S. and one of two U.S. territories (with Jarvis Island) south of the Equator.

American Samoa locationAmerican Samoa location – picture courtesy Wikipedia

Samoa_islands Samoa Islands

Being integrated to the U.S., the American Samoan new car landscape differs drastically from that of the rest of Oceanian nations, themselves dominated by Thailand-made pickups such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger and minivans like the Toyota Hiace. Instead, in American Samoa the Toyota Tacoma and Ford F-Series should lead the ranking. The local market is up 9% in 2015 to 369 registrations, led by Ford at 38.2% share (+7%) but Toyota is catching up fast at 36.6% (+21%). Helping the Japanese manufacturer this year is the Tacoma mid-size pickup up a fantastic 48% year-on-year to 86 deliveries. This should be enough to outsell the Ford F-Series and take the lead.

Previous year: American Samoa Full Year 2014: F-Series and Tacoma on top

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Solomon Islands Full Year 2015: Market down 36%, Hilux #1 (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Solomon Islands 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux is once again the favourite choice in the Solomon Islands. 

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The Solomon Islands are located east of Papua New Guinea and composed of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands stretching 1.500 km (930 mi). Solomon is home to 523.000 inhabitants and has sometimes been described as an ‘unformed state’. The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Tight commercial links with China means Chinese manufacturer Great Wall was once well represented in the archipelago unlike in most other nations composing Oceania.

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The Solomon Islander new car market is in freefall in 2015 at -36% to just 296 registrations. However the two market leaders limit their fall, resulting in higher market shares: Toyota is down 20% to account for 42.2% of total sales vs. 33.5% a year ago while Isuzu is down 25% to 27.7% vs. 23.6% in 2014. On the other hand, Nissan (-60%) and Hyundai (-39%) crumble while Great Wall (-81%) implodes. The Toyota Hilux remains the most popular vehicle in the archipelago, improving its share to 22%.

Previous year: Solomon Islands Full Year 2014: Toyota and Isuzu in the lead (including videos)

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Vanuatu Full Year 2015: Hilux at almost 50% share (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Vanuatu 2015The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling nameplate in Vanuatu. 

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The Republic of Vanuatu is a South Pacific Y-shaped archipelago nation composed of 82 small islands stretching 1.300 km (810 mi) and located 1.750 km (1.090 mi) east of northern Australia – see exact location on map below. In 1980, Vanuatu became independent from a British-French Condominium dating back to 1906. It is home to 267.000 inhabitants.

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The Ni-Vanuatu new car market is estimated at around 250 registrations in 2015 and continues to be obliterated by Toyota, holding almost 82% market share with 204 sales. The Toyota Hilux is once again the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 6%, followed by the Hiace and Land Cruiser 70.

Previous year: Vanuatu Full Year 2014: Toyota holds 82.1% market share

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Samoa Full Year 2015: Ranger challenging Hilux (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Ranger Samoa 2015Ford Ranger 

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Samoa composes the western part of the Samoan Islands, the Eastern part being American Samoa, and is home to 194.320 inhabitants. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu where the capital city Apia and the Faleolo International Airport are located, and Savai’i, one of the biggest islands in Polynesia.

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The Samoan new car market is down 7% year-on-year in 2015 to 258 registrations. Toyota dominates the Samoan market head and shoulders with over 53% share, followed by Ford at 27.5% and Hyundai at 16.7%. The Hilux is Toyota’s best-seller followed by the Hiace but both nameplates could potentially be challenged by the new Ford Ranger which should account for the majority of Ford sales in the archipelago.

Previous year: Samoa Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Hiace dominate

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Tonga Full Year 2015: Hilux #1, Toyota holds 89% share (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Tonga April 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.com.mxThe Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Tonga.

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Tonga is a Polynesian archipelago composed of 177 islands spread over 700.000 km2 (270.000 sq mi) and stretching over 800 km (500 mi) in a north-south line, about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii.  It has 103.000 inhabitants, 70% of which lives on the main island of Tongatapu. See exact location on the map below.

Tonga locationTonga location (picture courtesy Wikipedia)

Tonga is one of the smallest car markets in the world, with only 53 new vehicles registered in 2015, two more than in 2014. Toyota is the only manufacturer to really sell vehicles in the country with a 88.7% market share in 2015, Hyundai and Nissan are also present. The Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Tonga followed by the Hiace – both nameplates dropping 10% vs. 2014 and the RAV4 up 50%.

Previous year: Tonga Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux holds just under 40% of tiny market

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Kiribati Full Year 2016: Toyota Hiace stays in the lead (BSCB Exclusive)

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Kiribati is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, pronounced “Kiribas” as “ti” in Kiribatese makes an “s” sound. The 33 atolls and reef islands forming the nation are dispersed over a whopping 3.5 million km2 (1.351.000 sq mi), spreading across the equator, although the Date Line is indented to bring the Line Islands in the same day as the Kiribati Islands. Kiribati also extends into the eastern, western, northern and southern hemispheres, being the only country in the world that is situated within all four hemispheres.

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Kiribati never rises over two metres above see level and as such is in the front line of nations most vulnerable to increasing sea levels due to global warming. The capital and now most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways – like the one pictured below.

Kiribati floodsKiribati – a paradise soon to be lost?

These causeways are mainly traveresed by various generations of Toyota Hiace, the most popular vehicle in the country for a while, including 2015 when it sold 34 units (+3%), accounting for over half of the total new registrations of Kiribati. Toyota holds 75% of the market.

Previous year: Kiribati Full Year 2014: Toyota Hiace holds 55% market share

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Hong Kong (China) April 2016: Mercedes up to 22.2% share, market down 41%

Mercedes S-Class Coupe Hong Kong April 2016. Picture courtesy autohome.com.cnMercedes S-Class Coupe

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The Hong Kong new car market is ‘broken’ again this month at -41% year-on-year to just 2.143 registrations leading to a year-to-date total down 52% to 8.839 units. Mazda, Audi, Honda, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen haven’t reported any sales for April. Toyota dominates the ranking again but drops to 29.7% she vs. 32.7% year-to-date with Mercedes gaining 9% to account for a massive 22.2% of the market, distancing BMW (-55%) and Porsche, ever impressive at 119 sales and 5.6% share (-2%). Land Rover is up 106% and Suzuki up 522%…

Previous month: Hong Kong (China) March 2016: Porsche resists in down market

One year ago: Hong Kong (China) April 2015: Toyota Alphard hops on podium

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Malaysia March 2016: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Perodua Alza Malaysia March 2016The Perodua Alza is now #2 year-to-date in Malaysia with over 10% share. 

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A year ago the imminent implementation of a new Goods & Service Tax had resulted in a surge in forward purchases, and the logical – yet dramatic – effect this year is a 28% drop to just 48.800 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 22% to 131.267 registrations. Perodua (-22%) and Honda (-23%) drop slightly less than the market to top the brands ranking while Proton crumbles down 47% to just 11.3% market share vs. 14.6% year-to-date. Nissan (-13%) and Mazda (-6%) limit their fall whereas Mitsubishi (+1%), Mercedes (+1%) and Volkswagen (+6%) but none more than BMW (+65%) actually improve year-on-year.

In the models ranking – exclusive to BSCB – the Perodua Axia remains master in command with 16.1% share above the Perodua Alza at 10.5% and now #2 year-to-date and the Perodua Myvi at 9.5%. Honda places both the HR-V and the City inside the Top 6.

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One year ago: Malaysia March 2015: GST implementation pushes market up 14%

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Canada April 2016: First month in history above 200.000 registrations

Ford F-Series Canada April 2016Second consecutive all-time record month for the Ford F-Series in Canada. 

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April 2016 will remain in the history of automobile in Canada as the very first to cross the symbolic barrier of 200.000 registrations at 200.607, up 6% year-on-year. This leads to a year-to-date total up 8% to a record-breaking 604.246 units. Group-wise, Ford Motor is #1 for the second month running at 30.311 sales (+11%), outselling market leader FCA at 30.108 (+10%). Ford now trails FCA by just 1.170 units so far in 2016. Toyota Motor (+15%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+42%) also post double-digit gains. In the brands ranking, Ford (+10%) and Toyota (+13%) dominate above Honda (+9%), Chevrolet (-11%) and Hyundai (+1%), replicating the YTD Top 5. In ranking order, Dodge (+19%), Ram (+13%), Jeep (+21%), Buick (+39%), Mitsubishi (+32%), Scion (+125%), Lincoln (+40%), Volvo (+38%) and Land Rover (+43%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 30.

Dodge Grand Caravan Canada April 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comSwan song for the Dodge Grand Caravan, up 76% year-on-year in April. 

The Ford F-Series established a new monthly volume record last month at 13.385 units, and it beat that record again in April to lift it to 13.957, up a mammoth 32% on April 2015 and accounting for 42% of all full-size pickup sales in Canada this month.  The Ram Pickup shadows the F-Series as usual but limits its gain to 9%. Living its last months, the Dodge Grand Caravan is in full runout mode before being replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica for the 2017 Model Year and sees its volume up 76% to 6.368 in third place. The Honda Civic is down one spot on last month but remains Canada’s favourite passenger car at 6.202 units above the Toyota Corolla (5.641) and Hyundai Elantra (4.607). The Toyota RAV4 shines at #7 and +19%, while further down the Nissan Rogue (+21%), Jeep Cherokee (+15%), VW Golf (+27%) and Hyundai Tucson (+35%) all outpace the market.

Previous month: Canada March 2016: F-Series breaks monthly volume record at 13.385

One year ago: Canada April 2015: No end to record run in sight

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