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USA 2005: Ford F-Series & Chevy Silverado break monthly records

Ford F Series

Another very strong year for trucks in the US: the Ford F-Series is the best-selling model in the country for the 24th consecutive year with 901,463 sales, down 4%. It broke its monthly volume record in July with no less than 126,905 units sold, or one every 21 seconds! This is the highest monthly volume achieved by any model in the US, possibly ever, but at least since the Ford Model T in the early 20th century…

Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado is not left behind: #2 again at 705,980 sales, up 4%. It also breaks its own monthly volume record, in June at 109,359 units thanks to the GM Employee Discount for Everyone operation! It ranks #1 that month ahead of the Ford F-Series, the first time it passes its archenemy in a while, possibly a decade (if you have that info please get in touch!).

Nissan Altima

In 3rd place and up 1% at 431,703 sales, the Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the USA for the 4th year in a row. It peaks at 43,004 units in July and is followed by the Dodge Ram, down 6% at 400,543 sales and peaking at 48,710 units in July also. The Honda Accord ranks 5th (-5%) and manages the best monthly figure for a passenger car this year in August at 46,153 units. The Toyota Corolla improves (+1 spot at #6) and is even #5 five times this year.

Ford Mustang

Notice the Nissan Altima up 5 spots to #8 overall (+8%), to my knowledge the first time a Nissan ranks within a US Year-end Top 10 (please confirm if you know!). Replacing the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Chevrolet Cobalt delivers a convincing start, breaking into the Top 10 in May and finishing the year #15. The Ford Mustang shines and is in the Top 20 for 3 months, peaking at #13 in April.

Previous year: see the 2004 US post here.

Full Year Top 90 Ranking Table below.

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Hungary 2005: Suzuki Swift starts with a bang

Suzuki Swift

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For its first full year of sales in its country of production, the all-new Suzuki Swift lands directly in the top spot in Hungary in 2005! It sells 15,703 units, just enough to put it on the models ranking’s throne. The Suzuki Ignis is down 20% to #2 with 15,281 sales and the Skoda Fabia stays #3 at 11,642 units, down 7%.

The Opel Astra, renamed Astra Classic with the arrival of the new generation sold at the same time, is down 15% to #4, followed by the Ford Focus and Fiesta.

Full Year 2005 Top 6 Ranking Table below.

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Luxembourg 2005: VW Golf reclaims pole position

VW Golf

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After a one-year interruption by the Renault Megane, #3 this year, the VW Golf reclaims the leadership of the Luxembourg models ranking with sales up 15% to 2,141 units thanks to the 5th generation now in dealerships. The Renault Scenic is up one spot to #2 with 1,628 sales, down 8%. The Audi A4 reappears in the Top 10 in 4th position at 1,363 units, followed by the BMW 3 Series (-8%) and the Audi A3, up 3 ranks and 21% to #6 at 1,160 units.

Full Year 2005 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Colombia 2002-2005: Chevrolet Corsa comfortable leader

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From 2002 to 2005, the Chevrolet Corsa dominates the Colombian car market by a safe margin with 4,688 sales over 8 months 2002 and 13,029 sales (or 8.9% share) over the Full Year 2005. The #2 changes between those two dates: from Mazda Allegro in 2002 to Chevrolet Optra in 2005.

The following ranks are extremely stable however, all occupied by Renaults: the Twingo in #3, followed by the Symbol, Clio and Megane. Notice the arrival of the Renault Logan at #13 in 2005.

8 months 2002 Top 12 and Full Year 2005 Top 50 below.

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Thailand 2005: Isuzu D-Max resists new gen Hilux assault

Isuzu D-Max

I only have official figures for the first 6 months of the year, so if you have more complete data please make sure to get in touch!

Over the first 6 months of 2005, Isuzu moved 80,558 units of its D-Max pick-up, positioning the model on top of Thai car sales. The Toyota Hilux is #2 with 72,768 sales. In 3rd comes the Toyota Vios with close to 28,000 sales and a newcomer is climbing up the ranking ladder pretty fast: the Toyota Fortuner, launched in late 2004, is #4 in June at 3,681 sales and #6 over 6 months with 15,651 sales. Full estimated 6 months 2005 Top 10 below.

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Bulgaria 2005: Skoda Fabia edges out Clio and 307

In 2005 the Skoda Fabia is the best selling car in Bulgaria with 1,552 sales in a market adding up to 33,434 registrations. The fight was tight though, with the Peugeot Partner a close second at 1,436 sales, the Peugeot 307 #1 over the first 3 months of the year and the Renault Clio #1 at half-year.

Italy 2005: Fiat Punto gives way to Grande Punto, Panda shines

Fiat Punto

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Car sales in Italy are stable in 2005 at 2,237,456 registrations (-1%). Big event in 2005: the Fiat Punto is replaced by the Grande Punto in September and together the two models sell 173,632 units to stay #1 at 7.8% share. The Fiat Panda goes from strength to strength, up 17% at 131,124 units and a very strong 5.9% share.

Fiat Grande Punto

Now let’s go into a bit more detail because UNRAE changed the way it reported Punto and Grande Punto figures just when it was getting interesting… The Fiat Punto held the #1 spot all the way through to August. In September, when the Grande Punto launched, the Punto dropped to 6.1%, giving up the leadership to the Fiat Panda, up to a best-ever (for the new generation) 6.3% share. It was the first time since October 93 that the Punto did not lead the Italian ranking.

Fiat Panda

The Panda was #1 again in October with 6.2% vs. 5.1% for the Punto. In the meantime, the Grande Punto sold 1,834 units in Sept (#32) and 5,555 in Oct (#4). In November, Punto and Grande Punto sales were fused together at 18,147 units and 10.1%, #1 by far. From now on sales of both models would be counted together.

A testimony to the fragmentation of the Italian market, the Ford Fiesta lodged sales virtually identical to last year at 69,964 units (3.1%) but jumped 4 spots to #3, ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (2.9%), Toyota Yaris (2.8%) and Citroen C3 (2.6%).

Fiat Idea

The Opel Astra gains a massive 19 spots and 110% to land #7 with 55,018 sales. It was even #5 for four months. Other interesting performances include the Nissan Micra ranking 9th twice, the Opel Meriva breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in June, the Fiat Idea reaching #11 in June and the Mercedes A Class ranking #14 in August, both best-ever positions.

Previous year: Italy 2004: Fiat Punto and Panda dominate, Lancia Ypsilon #4

Next year: Italy 2006: Fiat Punto close to 10%, Fiat Panda at 6.4%

Full Year Top 40 and every Monthly Top 10/20/30 Ranking Tables below.

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Iceland 2004-2005: 5 Toyotas in Top 6, Corolla then Yaris #1

Toyota Corolla

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Years go by, and Toyota is still omnipresent in Iceland: it places 5 models in the Top 6 both in 2004 and 2005! The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling model in the country in 2004 with 758 units, only two above the Toyota Yaris which takes the lead in 2005, becoming the first (and only to this date) model to sell upwards of 1,000 units in a single year in Iceland with 1,005 sales and 4.8%, up 33% on 2004. The Toyota Land Cruiser is #3 both years, gaining no less than 53% in 2005 while the Skoda Octavia also stays 4th and is up 50% in 2004.

The Toyota Avensis, #5 in 2004, and RAV4, #6 in 2004, exchange positions in 2005 when they are followed by the Honda CR-V, up to #7 with 538 sales. The Subaru Legacy stays robust at #8 while the VW Golf drops two spots to #9. Notice also the Ford Escape at #9 in 2004 and the Hyundai Tucson at #11 in 2005.

Previous post: Iceland 2003: Toyota Land Cruiser takes the lead

Next post: Iceland 2006-2007: Toyota Yaris reigns

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Latvia 2005: Toyota Corolla in command

Toyota Corolla

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16,680 new cars were registered in Latvia in 2005, up a huge 48% on 2004 and the Toyota Corolla is by far the best-selling model in the country with 811 sales and a very solid 4.9% market share, up 78%. It is followed on the podium by the Ford Focus at 635 units and 3.8% (+155%) and the Hyundai Getz with 532 sales and 3.2% (+34%).

The Opel Astra ranks 4th at 3.1% (+217%), ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 2.5% (+275%!), the Toyota Land Cruiser at 2.4% (+55%), the Toyota Avensis at 2.3% and the Renault Kangoo at 2.1%. The Mazda3 (2.1% also) and Mazda6, last year’s leader and the only model in the Top 10 to see its sales decrease, round up the Top 10. Notice the Mitsubishi Colt at #13, the Dacia Logan at #27, the Lexus RX at #35 with 127 sales and 0.8% share and the VW Touareg at #40.

Full Year 2005 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia 2004-2005: Perodua Kancil takes the lead

Perodua Kancil

After years of domination of the Proton Wira, the Perodua Kancil, a rebadged Daihatsu Mira, takes the lead of car sales in Malaysia in 2004 and 2005. It sells 30,454 units over the first 6 months of 2005 or 11.7% of the market, ahead of the Proton Iswara (7.1%), Wira (6.8%) and Waja (6.7%).

Notice the Proton Gen-2, launched in Q3 2004 to partly replace the best-selling Wira, coming in at #7 with 14,153 sales and 5.4%. On top of the Kancil, Perodua places two more models in the Top 8: the Kelisa at #5 and the Kenari at #8. The Perodua Myvi (a rebadged Daihatsu Sirion) launched in May 2005 and in all likeliness managed to take the lead of the Malaysian market sometime during the second half of 2005.

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Proton Gen-2

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