error: This content is protected, please contact if you would like to license for reuse.

Republic of the Congo Full Year 2017: Toyota at 37.1% share, Isuzu D-Max best-seller

The Isuzu D-Max is the most popular vehicle in the Republic of Congo.

* See the Top 10 best-selling brands and Top 15 models by clicking on the title *

For the very first time on BSCB, we can share with you today exclusive sales figures for the Republic of Congo, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa home to 5.1 million inhabitants. Never before had any new car sales data been published about this country online, BSCB is the first medium to do so. No surprises atop the brands ranking: Toyota keeps the lion share of Congo sales to itself with 37.1% of the 3.641 new light vehicles that found a buyer in 2017. Nissan (14.9%) and Mitsubishi (13%) complete the podium and are the only two other manufacturers to post a double-digit market share in Congo. Below Isuzu and Mazda, Peugeot is the best-selling non-Asian brand in the country at #6 ahead of Hyundai and Daihatsu while Ford and Mercedes round out the Top 10.

The Isuzu D-Max is by far the most popular vehicle in Congo in 2017 with 7.4% share, just as the Toyota Hilux at 4.9% makes it a pickup 1-2. The Toyota Corolla Fielder closes the podium above the Nissan Hardbody NP300, Toyota Corolla Axio – technically making the Corolla the #1 nameplate in Congo when Fielder sales are added. The Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Pickup make it 5 pickups in the Top 10. The Ford Ranger is the best-selling non-Asian nameplate and the only one in the Top 25 at #14.

Previous post: Republic of the Congo 2010: Toyota Hilux most popular

Full Year 2017 Top 10 brands and Top 15 models below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Gabon Full Year 2017: Isuzu D-Max in control but down 33%

The Isuzu D-Max remains the best-selling vehicle in Gabon.

* See the Top 10 best-selling brands and Top 15 models by clicking on the title *

For the first time on BSCB we can share with you detailed data for Gabon, located on the equator on the west coast of Africa, home to 2 million inhabitants. The Gabonese new light vehicle market is up 4.7% year-on-year to 5.097  Like the majority of African countries, Toyota dominates the brands ranking but drops 11% to see its share decline to 29.3% vs. 34.5% in 2016. In 2nd place, Mitsubishi is hit harder at -19% to 15.4% share, but Nissan soars 26% and two spots to land on the podium with 11.7% of the market, overtaking Hyundai (-25%) and Isuzu (-33%). The remainder of the Top 10 all post spectacular gains: Volvo (+793%), Daihatsu (+633%), Volkswagen (+457%), Subaru (+118%) and Peugeot (+39%) all vastly outpace the market while ZX Auto (+309%) tops all Chinese carmakers at #11.

The Toyota Premio ranks third in Gabon in 2017.

Model-wise, the Isuzu D-Max remains the best-seller but sees its share drop from 13% to 8.3%. It is now followed by the Mitsubishi L200, up one spot despite sales down 39% while the Toyota Premio soars 34% and 5 spots to climb onto the podium with 3.8% share. #2 in 2016, the Toyota Hilux dives 61% to 4th while the Toyota Corolla Axio is down 38% to #5. The Nissan Hardbody NP300 leaps up 38% to #7, making it four pickups in the Top 7, just as the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Wagon drops 22% to #8 and the Toyota Allion surges 287$% to #9.

Previous post: Gabon 6 months 2013: Toyota #1 at 33.4%, Ford up to #3

Full Year 2017 Top 10 brands and Top 15 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2017: Tesla snaps 10% share – 79% of sales in March

Tesla Model S. Picture by Flickr user Martijn ten Napel

* See the Top 45 All-brands by clicking on the title *

Hong Kong is back on BSCB with complete passenger car brands data for the Full Year 2017, which saw 37.292 new vehicles find a new home. The Top 6 brands are unchanged on 2016, with Toyota remaining the most popular carmaker in the territory with 19.4% share above Mercedes at 14.2% and BMW at 12.4%. The remainder of the Top 10 includes Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, Nissan and Lexus. But the big story for 2017 comes in 4th place: Tesla manages a round 10% share, that’s almost double its score in Norway where it ranks 7th with 5.3% share. Tesla sales are up 33% on 2016, however they have shown a very striking pattern in 2017. In March only, 2.939 Teslas were registered in Hong Kong, that’s 79% of its annual total for 2017. A surge related the capping on April 1 of a tax waiver on electric vehicles to HK$97.500, bringing the estimated tax on the cheapest Tesla to HK$414,035 and almost doubling its sticker price overnight to HK$1.03 million (US$132,337). It is suspected the Tesla dealer rushed registrations of Teslas in March to benefit from the tax waiver. As such, Tesla sales amounted to a measly 32 units between April and December 2017, with zero Tesla sold in April, May and August. Hong Kong is hailed by Elon Musk as the city in the world with the highest number of Teslas per capita. More info on Tesla sales in Hong Kong from the Financial Times here.

Full Year 2017 Top 45 All-brands vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Europe February 2018: Peugeot 3008 cracks Top 10, Citroen C3 up to #7

Preliminary European figures show the Peugeot 3008 at #10, a first. Picture

* See the Top 25 best-selling brands and models by clicking on the title *

According to JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Europe 28 markets excluding Russia and Turkey are up 4.2% year-on-year in February to 1.16 million units, the highest score for the month since 2008, leading to a year-to-date volume up 6.1% to 2.44 million sales. The market growth can solely be attributed to SUVs soaring 24.7% to 33.2% share while the rest of the segments combined are down 3.6%. The share of diesel sales is down to 39.5% vs. 52.3% a year ago whereas petrol sales gain 16%. Croatia (+47%), Greece (+30%), Hungary (+25%), Estonia (+19%), Spain (+16%) and Luxembourg (+13%) all post double-digit gains but the overall market is mainly pulled up by solid performances in Germany (+7%) and France (+5%). Signalling a weakening of the positive trend in Europe, no less than 13 markets (almost half) post a decline in February, the hardest hit being Norway (-13%), Slovakia (-8%), Lithuania (-3%), Belgium (-3%) and Switzerland (-3%) but volume-wise the UK (-2.8%) weighs heavy on the continent’s losses.

The Citroen C3 hits a record 7th place in February. Picture

For once brand leader Volkswagen outpaces the market with a 9.9% gain to just under 126.000 sales, with Renault (+0.9%) returning to 2nd place ahead of Peugeot (+16.2%) posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 12. Note this is Peugeot’s 2nd consecutive podium ranking and only the 3rd in four years after February 2014. Ford (+9.6%) is down two ranks on January to #4 but beats the market also. Skoda (+14%) is the only other carmaker lodging a double-digit gain and outpacing the market in the Top 10, with Fiat (-10.6%), Opel (-5.3%), BMW (-0.3%), Audi (+1%) and Mercedes (+1.6%) all under-performing. Further down, Jeep (+50.3%), Seat (+20.7%), Dacia (+18.8%), Suzuki (+9.5%), Citroen (+8%) and Hyundai (+7.9%) all post solid gains. Year-to-date, Volkswagen (+6.8%) leads ahead of Ford (+6.4%), Peugeot (+15.3%) and Renault (+3.8%) with Jeep (+59.2%), Seat (+19.8%), Dacia (+17.5%), Skoda (+16.3%) and Suzuki (+14.7%) the most dynamic.

Thanks to the new Compass, Jeep sales are up 50.3% in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf post an 11th consecutive month in the lead with deliveries up a splendid 16.1% year-on-year above the Renault Clio (+3.5%) while the Peugeot 208 (+7.2%) signs a second podium ranking in the past 5 months after last October and only its 6th podium finish ever after December 2012 (#2), August 2012, October 2012 and May 2013 (#3). The Ford Fiesta (+1.8%) and VW Polo (-0.9%) both post timid scores but make it 4 superminis in the February Top 5, just as the Nissan Qashqai (+0.6%) snaps back the #1 SUV title for the first time since last September above the VW Tiguan (-5.2%).

The Dacia Duster posts the largest gain in the Top 25 at +31.3%.

The Citroen C3 soars 12.1% thanks to the new generation to hit a record 7th place, beating its previous best of #9 set in April 2017. Even more symbolic is the very first Top 10 finish of the Peugeot 3008 thanks to deliveries up 68.3% lifting it to #10. Its previous best was #12 hit last month and in November 2017. However its gap over the #11 is a minuscule 4 sales so we’ll have to wait for final figure to confirm this feat. The Dacia Duster (+31.3%), Ford Kuga (+28.9%), Fiat 500 (+16.4%) and Dacia Sandero (+14.5%) post the largest gains in the remainder of the Top 25 while the Opel Astra (-32.7%), Fiat Panda (-30.4%) and Opel Corsa (-18.7%) fare the worst.

Previous post: Europe January 2018: Discover the Top 354 models and Top 52 brands

Previous month: Europe January 2018: First podium in 4 years for Peugeot, sales up 7.1%

One year ago: Europe February 2017: Fiat Panda and Citroen C3 shine, market up 1.2%

Full February 2018 Top 25 brands and models below.


France February 2018: Peugeot scores second straight month at #1

The 3008 (+74%) helps Peugeot stay #1 at home for a second straight month. Picture 

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 40 brands, Top 275 models and Top 10 private sales *

The French new car market accelerates its pace this year with a 4.3% gain in February to 168.897 deliveries following a 2.5% uplift in January, resulting in a year-to-date volume up 3.4% to 325.743. Diesel sales continue to freefall at -10.1% whereas petrol sales gain 17.6%. Like in January, private sales pull the market up at +7.3% to 47.9% share vs. 49.2% last month. Fleet sales do even better at +14% for a 23.4% share after a 15.7% gain last month. Tactical sales retract considerably: carmakers’ self-registrations at -36.7% and short-term rentals at -18.2% but demo sales soar 12.2% to 14.2% share.

Despite the C3 (+34%), Citroen sales are back below the symbolic 10% share mark. Picture

For the first time this decade according to BSCB records, Peugeot manages to remain in pole position at home for two consecutive months thanks to sales surging by a very impressive 19% to 18.4% share vs. 17.9% (-1.3%) for Renault. Peugeot is rewarded for particularly high fleet sales up 45% to 10.617 vs. 9.462 for Renault while the latter suffers from tactical readjustments with demo sales (-22.2%) and short term rentals (-19.1%) hit hard while private sales are up 12.2%. In third place, Citroen is stable but falls under the symbolic 10% share milestone once again. Volkswagen (+4.9%) is back above Dacia (+8%) but the low-cost marque remains #4 year-to-date with deliveries up 11%. Fiat (+8.8%) also shines in the Top 10 while Opel (-13.7%), Ford (-5%) and Toyota (-3.3%) struggle. Further down, Jaguar (+51.6%), Jeep (+42.1%), Hyundai (+41.1%), Mitsubishi (+36.4%), Porsche (+30.2%), Alfa Romeo (+29.7%), Lexus (+25.1%), Suzuki (+24.4%), Skoda (+22.8%) and Kia (+17.6%) all impress.

The E-Pace (#135) propels Jaguar up 51.6%, the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 35.

The Renault Clio (-1%), Peugeot 208 (+11%), 3008 (+74%) and Citroen C3 (+34%) replicate the Top 4 ranking of both January and the Full Year 2017. The Renault Captur (+2%) rounds up the Top 5 above its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 (-2%) while the Sandero (-0.2%) and Duster (+31%) make it two Dacias in the French Top 10 for the third straight month. The Renault Twingo leaps up 16% to return inside its home Top 10 for the first time since last September. Although down 15%, the Peugeot 308 still frankly outsells its direct competitor the Renault Megane (-13%). The Renault Scenic is up 40% to #12 ahead of the Toyota Yaris (-1%), #1 foreigner for the 2nd straight month.

The Peugeot 3008/5008 tandem is the unofficial best-selling vehicle in France in February. 

The Citroen C3 Aircross drops 4 spots on last month to #14 with the VW Polo (-4%) and Golf (+19%) in tow. Up 10-fold on February 2017, the Peugeot 5008 now ranks #16 year-to-date. For the third time in the past 4 months, cumulated sales of the Peugeot 3008/5008 tandem place it at #1 at home, this month with 9,553 units and 5.7% share. Further down the ranking, the Ford Ecosport is up 113% year-on-year and 41 spots on January to break into the French Top 50 for the first time, landing directly at #30! The Nissan Micra is up 135%, the VW T-Roc is up 18 ranks on last month to a new all-time best #40, its first time inside the French Top 50 – a milestone it still hasn’t reached in Germany. Among other recent launches, notice the Opel Crossland X at #40, the Kia Stonic at #65, Opel Grandland X at #71 and Hyundai Kona at #74. We welcome the BMW X2 directly at #133.

The Ford Ecosport scores its first Top 50, Top 40 and Top 30 in France in February. 

Looking into specific channels, the Dacia Sandero (+5.2%) is back to #1 private sale, containing the Peugeot 208 (+25.6%) and Renault Clio (+29.2%), but the 208 remains #1 YTD for just 10 units. Just below the Peugeot 2008 (+1%), the Dacia Duster leaps up 29% to 5th place, distancing the Renault Captur (+26%) and Citroen C3 (-3%) while the Peugeot 3008 (+34%), Renault Twingo (+31%) and Toyota Yaris (+23%) are very healthy. The Peugeot 3008 is a faraway leader with company sales at +41% to 8.7% share while the 208, 308 and 5008 (3.7% share) are also in the Top 5. The Citroen C3 ranks third at 6.7% share while the VW Tiguan is the best-selling foreigner. For lease sales, the Peugeot 3008 is less than 300 units below the leader, the Renault Clio, holding 9.6% share. The Megane, Scenic and Captur also rank high as do the Peugeot 5008 and the Nissan Qashqai, #1 foreigner. It’s also the Qashqai that tops the demo sales channel this month (+53%) ahead of the Peugeot 208, Citroen C3, VW Golf (+80%), Citroen C3 Aircross and C4 Cactus.

Previous month: France January 2018: Peugeot up 10.5% to highest share this decade

One year ago: France February 2017: Citroen C3 and Toyota C-HR impress

Full February 2018 Top 40 brands, Top 275 models and Top 10 private sales below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Australia February 2018: Holden drops to lowest ranking and share ever

Holden is counting on the new Commodore to reverse its freefall at home. Picture

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 45 All-brands and Top 275 All-models – click on title to see *

The Australian new car market shoots up 7.8% year-on-year in February to 95.999 units, narrowly missing out on the February record of 96.443 dating from 2016. The year-to-date volume however is a new record at 184.550 registrations, up 6.1% on the same period in 2017 and smashing the previous best of 180.816 established in 2016. One year ago, SUV registrations overcame passenger cars for the first time in Australian history. It has now become the norm, with SUV sales up 12.1% year-on-year to 39.800 units or 41.5% share vs. 34.491 (-0.7%) and 35.9% for passenger cars, while light commercials soar 13.3% to 18.707 sales. In terms of sales channels, private sales edge up 0.1% to 45.720 units just as business sales surge 16.7% to 39.597, rental sales are up 18% to 4.737 and government sales down 5.8% to 2.943. Petrol sales amount to 61.963 vs. 29.979 for diesel, 951 for hybrid and 104 electric (excluding Tesla who does not share sales data for Australia).

The CR-V (+149%) helps Honda to potentially its highest ranking ever in Australia at #6.

Looking into the origin of new car sales sold in Australia, Japan comes first once again with 29.229 sales (+11.1%), followed by Thailand at 25.675 (+19.6%), South Korea at 14.181 (+5.1%), Germany at 7.636 (+6.5%) and the U.S. at 3.853 (+7.3%), all stepping in as Australia shut down its local operations last year. New South Wales/Sydney remains the largest state in the country in terms of new car sales with 31.252 sales (+3.4%) ahead of Victoria/Melbourne at 28.451 (+14.2%), Queensland/Brisbane at 18.516 (+6%), Western Australia/Perth at 8.276 (+10%), South Australia/Adelaide at 5.665 (+5.8%), Australian Capital Territory/Canberra at 1.578 (+9.7%), Tasmania/Hobart at 1.491 (+11.8%) and Northern Territory/Darwin at 770 (+1.3%). All Australian states and territories are up this month.

The Toyota Hilux posts a 10th monthly Australian win in the past 12. 

Toyota unsurprisingly remains the most popular carmaker in the country, even outpacing the market with a 12.1% year-on-year gain in February to 19% share, followed by Mazda (-0.1%) at 10.3% while Hyundai soars 14.3% to 8.3% in third place. An excellent performance also for Mitsubishi surging 24% to 7.4% share at #4. Ford (+6.9%) takes 5th place above Honda delivering the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at a gigantic +55.3% and snapping the 6th spot overall, the carmaker’s highest ranking in Australia in at least 15 years according to BSCB records. Chinese LDV (+126.5%), Alfa Romeo (+45.3%), Isuzu Ute (+37.4%), Mini (+24.5%), Haval (+20.9%), Peugeot (+17.3%), Kia (+11.7%) and Nissan (+9.9%) also outpace the market. Reversely, Infiniti (-76.5%), Jaguar (-44%), Citroen (-44%) and Land Rover (-23.8%) struggle.

Not since it introduced its first model in 1948 has Holden ranked that low in Australia.

But the main event in the Australian brands ranking this month is the demise of the only true Australian carmaker: Holden. Ending local production in October 2017 after 69 continuous years, Holden has now almost exhausted its stock of locally-made vehicles and is waiting for the full effects of the new imported Commodore, a locally-tuned rebadge of the new gen Opel Insignia that started hitting dealership at the end of the month. Now a pure importer, Holden crumbles 18.1% year-on-year in February to fall outside the Top 5 (#8) and below 5% share for the first time in its history, since the first Holden car was introduced in the country in 1948. If it weren’t for tiny advantages over #9 Volkswagen (18 units) and #10 Kia (25 units), Holden could have fallen further to #10. Saving the day are the Colorado ute (local slang for pickups) at 1.039 sales and the Astra at 1.008 while the newly launched Equinox doesn’t seem to be able to take off just yet at only 364 sales vs. 384 in January and 679 in December.

The Mitsubishi Outlander more than doubles its sales year-on-year.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux takes off at +31% year-on-year to post a 10th win in the past 12 months, confirming it now has an iron-tight grip on the Australian market. Like in 2017, the Ford Ranger follows with sales up 21%, representing 59% of Ford’s sales in Australia this month. The Toyota Corolla (-4%) is the best-selling passenger car in the country above the Mazda3 (-7%) and Hyundai i30 (+9%) while the Mazda CX-5 holds onto the #1 SUV title, even gaining 13% and distancing the Toyota RAV4 (+7%) and Nissan X-Trail (+8%). The Hyundai Accent soars 48% to #10, the Nissan Navara is up 53% to #11, while further down the ranking the Holden Astra (+153%), Honda CR-V (+149%), Mitsubishi Lancer (+137%), Subaru XV (+109%), Toyota Kluger (+109%) and Mitsubishi Outlander (+102%) all more than double their score vs. February 2017.

The Hyundai Kona remains the most popular recent launch in Australia, outselling the Toyota C-HR.

The Hyundai Kona continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) but drops 10 spots on January to #32, that’s still better than direct rivals the Mitsubishi ASX (#33), Nissan Qashqai (#34) and most significantly the Toyota C-HR (#43) still lagging bizarrely behind whereas it would seem to have been designed with an Australian clientele in mind. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gains 17 ranks on last month to already break into the Top 50 for its third month in market, ranking #2 new launch. The Holden Equinox (#71), LDV T60 (#95, first Top 100), Kia Stinger (#102), Range Rover Velar (#107) and Skoda Kodiaq (#114) follow. Finally, we welcome the Volvo XC40 at #249 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #272.

Previous post: Australia Full Year 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings

Previous month: Australia January 2018: Toyota and Honda shine in record market

One year ago: Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

Full February 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 275 All-models below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Switzerland February 2018: Mercedes topples Volkswagen to #1 brand

Mercedes is the #1 brand in Switzerland for the first time this decade, and possibly ever.

* See the Top 50 All-brands and Top 330 All-models by clicking on the title *

The Swiss new car market drops 2.3% year-on-year in February to 22.292 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive at +4% to 43.963 units. 4×4 sales edge up 3.4% to 10.836 units or an astounding 48.6% market share vs. 45.9% a year ago and are up 8.5% so far in 2018 to 21.687 or 49.3% share vs. 47.3% over the same period a year ago. Aligning with most of Europe, diesel sales freefall 21.9% to 6.990 and 31.4% share vs. 39.2% in February 2017 and are down 14.8% YTD to 14.446 or 32.9% vs. 40.1%. AFV sales (alternatively fuelled vehicles) shoot up 37.3% but remain relatively limited at 1.370 or 6.1% vs. 4.4% a year ago, up 33.8% to 2.641 and 6% YTD vs. 4.7% in 2017.

A historic event has occurred in the Swiss brands ranking: despite sales down 2% year-on-year to 1.997 and 9% share, Mercedes manages to overtake everlasting leader Volkswagen (-11%) for the first time in recent memory, and potentially ever. This is at least the first time Volkswagen is not the most popular carmaker in Switzerland since BSCB was created in 2010. BMW (+2%), Skoda (+12%) and Audi (+20%) complete the Top 5 and all post positive scores going against the market. There are no other double-digit gainers in the Top 20, with the most dynamic among smaller brands being Jaguar (+96%), McLaren (+56%), Porsche (+25%), Mitsubishi (+21%), Lamborghini (+17%), Alfa Romeo (+14%) and Land Rover (+13%).

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-2%) reclaims control both in February and YTD from the VW Golf (-8%) down to #2 in both rankings. The Mercedes C-Class (+7%) is up 6 spots on January to land on the third step of the podium, knocking the VW Tiguan (-4%) down to #4. The Skoda Fabia (-1%) jumps 11 spots on last month to #5 ahead of the Opel Mokka (+9) while the Mercedes GLC is up 18% to #7. The Audi A4 (+64%) and Dacia Duster (+36%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, the BMW X3 (+96%), Audi Q5 (+107%) and BMW i3 (+511%) impress while the Skoda Karoq (#27) tops recent launches ahead of the Hyundai Kona (#56), VW T-Roc (#57) and Volvo XC40 (#59).

Previous month: Switzerland January 2018: VW Golf surges 92% to #1, Volvo XC60 #4

One year ago: Switzerland February 2017: Skoda Octavia leads in market up 0.7%

Full February 2018 Top 50 All-brands and Top 330 All-models below.


South Africa February 2018: Toyota Hilux & VW Polo top market down 3.8%

Now that the new gen VW Polo has landed in South Africa…

* See the Top 35 All-carmakers and Top 250 All-models by clicking on the title *

The South African new car market is down 3.8% year-on-year in February to 46.347 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 6.6% to 92.124 units. Toyota is once again the best-selling carmaker in the country, down 5% to 22.1% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group at 16.2% (-8%), Ford at 12.2% (-9%), Nissan at 10.3% (+10%) and Hyundai-Kia at 10.2% (+4%). Suzuki (+94%), Jaguar Land Rover (+27%), Mahindra (+21%), Mazda (+14%) and Renault (+3%) are among the rare manufacturers in positive this month.

…the low cost VW Polo Vivo becomes the Polo Mk5.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the top spot it has held for 8 of the past 9 years thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.3% in February and up 11% to 6.2% YTD. The VW Polo (+16%) rallies back up 9 spots on January to #2 now that the new generation is available, ahead of the Ford Ranger (-23%) and VW Polo Vivo (-32%) both in deep trouble. Note the Polo Vivo is now the previous gen Polo, stepping up one generation. The Nissan NP200 (aka Dacia Logan Pickup) is up 27% to #5, the Isuzu KB is up 15% to #8 and the Hyundai Grand i10 up 148% to #9. Further down, the Ford Figo (+186%), Datsun GO (+130%) and Toyota Yaris (+271%) shine while the Hyundai Creta tops recent launches at #29. We welcome the BMW X2 at #109 and the Mercedes X-Class at #223.

Previous month: South Africa January 2018: VW Polo Vivo leads, Renault and Suzuki shine

Previous year: South Africa Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux snaps 8th win in past 9 years

Full February 2018 Top 35 All-carmakers and Top 250 All-models below.


Norway February 2018: Nissan Leaf best-seller in market down 13.5%

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling vehicle in Norway for the first time in over 4 years.

* See the Top 35 All-brands and Top 215 All-models by clicking on the title *

The Norwegian new car market continues to struggle in this start of 2018 with February sales down a steep 13.5% year-on-year to 10.191 units, leading to a YTD total down 21.9% to 19.398. This sharp decline is due to higher taxes from January 1, 2018 that triggered anticipated sales at the end of 2017. Market leader Volkswagen is hit particularly hard this month at -29% to just 12.5% share vs. 13.7% so far in 2018 and 14.6% over the FY2017. Volvo on the other hand ignores the surrounding gloom with a 25% year-on-year surge to 10.9% in second place, and is accompanied in the Top 10 by Nissan up 41% to #5 and Skoda up 26% to #6. In the remainder of the Top 10, only Peugeot (-3%) and BMW (-12%) post declines smaller than the market but Ford (-36%), Mercedes (-31%), Audi (-29%) and Toyota (-19%) freefall. Dacia (+273%), Porsche (+152%), Alfa Romeo (+50%), Mini (+49%), Hyundai (+37%), Land Rover (+37%) and Subaru (+11%) resist well further down.

We witness a rare change atop the Norwegian models ranking this month: thanks to the new generation now in dealerships, the Nissan Leaf leaps up 57 spots on January and 91% year-on-year to snap the pole position with 781 sales and 7.7% share. This is the third time the Leaf nameplate is the best-selling vehicle in Norway after October 2013 and January 2014 but this month’s performance is a new volume and share record, beating the 716 units of October 2013 and 5.7% share of January 2014. Leader for the past 10 years in a row, the VW Golf (+2%, 72% electric) is knocked down to #2 but remains #1 YTD. The Volvo V90 soars 53% to a record third place (80% PHEV), distancing the BMW i3 (-24%), Toyota Yaris (+9%, 99.7% hybrid), RAV4 (-27%, 98% hybrid) and Mitsubishi Outlander (-40%, 96% PHEV). The Hyundai Ioniq (+163%), Volvo XC60 (+143%, 87% PHEV), BMW 2 Series (+52%, 99% PHEV) and Skoda Octavia (+23%) also impress. The VW T-Roc tops all recent launches at #24 (+4) ahead of the Skoda Karoq at #49 (+88) and Volvo XC40 at #59 (+79).

Previous month: Norway January 2018: Zoe pulls Renault up 19% in market down 29.5%

One year ago: Norway February 2017: Volvo V90 breaks into Top 10

Full February 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 215 All-models below.


New Zealand February 2018: 5 pickups in Top 5, market down 2%

The Ford Ranger is back to #1 in New Zealand.

* See the Top 65 All-brands and Top 30 models by clicking on the title *

The New Zealand market posts a rare decline in February at -2% year-on-year to 11.531 registrations, with passenger cars solely responsible, down 8% to 7.415 while commercial vehicles gain 10% to 4.116. According to MIA chief executive David Crawford, this dip is due to low stock levels which will continue in the foreseeable future. Expect a damped growth at best for New Zealand then in 2018 after four consecutive record years. The year-to-date volume remains in positive,up 3% to reach a record 26.352 units after two months. Toyota continues to defy market conditions with another 13% surge in February to 17% share leading to sales up 28% YTD at 19.8% of the market. Ford holds onto the 2nd spot but drops 11% ahead Holden (-5%) back above Mazda (+0.1%). Hyundai (-21%) and Suzuki (-7%) are also hit in the Top 10. Further down, Peugeot (+78%), Porsche (+59%), Mini (+56%), Isuzu (+22%) are among the healthiest light vehicle brands.

The new model propels the Holden Commodore up 110% back inside the NZ Top 10.

With the Summer rental season abruptly coming to an end, the models ranking is significantly reshuffled this month with 5 pickup trucks monopolising the monthly NZ Top 5 for the first time in history. The Ford Ranger reclaims the pole position it has now held for the past 3 years in a row. but its 11% year-on-year gain is dwarfed by the +32% of the Toyota Hilux at #2 and the +30% of the Mitsubishi Triton at #4. The Nissan Navara (+11%) and Holden Colorado (+3%) gain less ground too. This month the Suzuki Swift is the best-selling passenger car in NZ thanks to sales surging 80% on February 2017, with the Toyota Corolla (-26%) relegated to #8. The Holden Commodore soars 110% to #10 thanks to the new generation, the Hyundai Kona is up 3 spots on January to #17, the only recent launch in the Top 30 and the Mazda CX-3 is up to #20.

Previous month: New Zealand January 2018: Record month, rentals put 4 Toyotas in Top 5

Previous year: New Zealand Full Year 2017: Ranger #1, 3 Toyotas in Top 4, record market

Full February 2018 Top 65 All-brands and Top 30 models below.