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Colombia Full Year 2010: Chevrolet Aveo & Spark in command

The Colombian car market is up an astounding 43% in 2010, reaching 258,548 registrations which is a new record for the country, beating the 253,034 registrations from 2007. The Chevrolet Aveo is the best selling car in Colombia for the 5th year in a row at 29,490 sales and 11.4%.

The Chevrolet Spark is boosted by the arrival of the new gen, called Spark GT, and finishes the year at 18,995 sales (7.3%), reaching 8.7% in H2. The Renault Sandero takes the 3rd spot at 5.1% (43% of its sales come from the Stepway version) ahead of the Logan at 4.4%. Excellent performance of the Chevrolet Captiva, 23rd in 2009 but 5th in 2010 with 6,433 sales and 2.5%.

The best-selling Chinese car is the Zotye Nomada at #37 with 886 sales. More commentaries, more photos and the Full Year 2010 Top 50: see below.

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Historical Data now available for 16 countries

Toyota Hilux, #1 in Algeria in 2005

I have now added Historical Data for 16 countries: Algeria (up to 2004), Bulgaria (up to 2005), Chile (2004), Ecuador (2006), Hungary (2006), Iceland (2006), Indonesia (2005), Iran (1967), Israel (2005), Morocco (2004), Peru (2005), Philippines (2005), Portugal (2000), Singapore (2006), Thailand (2004) and Vietnam (2003).

Witness the dominance of the legendary Paykan over the Iranian car market, the 2005 launch of the Dacia Logan in Algeria and Morocco, the 2004 arrival of the Toyota Kijang Innova in South-East Asia and the total domination of Suzuki in Hungary. Click on ‘Read more’ below for all the direct links to these 42 new posts. Enjoy!

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China LCV’s Full Year 2010: 755,000 Wuling Sunshine sold!

Wuling Sunshine

The Chinese Light Commercial Vehicles sales figures are as impressive as ever, with the overall market up 25% at 5,278,135 units, and the best seller being the Wuling Sunshine with 754,961 units sold, up 8%. It was named by Forbes “the most important car on earth” as it could save General Motors, linked with manufacturer SAIC Wuling.

As always 2 figures for comparison: the Ford F Series sold 528,349 units in the USA this year, and the VW Golf sold 492,556 in the whole of Europe! The ChangAn Mini Bus is #2 with 515,355 sales, up 26%. Top 5 Chinese LCVs in detail below.

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Australia: 1948-1995 Historical Data now available

1960 Ford Falcon XK

We are now looking back further in the past, with 4 new posts giving you a broad idea of what the Australian market looked like during the second half of the 20th Century.

Holden had a head start, launching the first car fully manufatured in Australia in 1948, whereas Ford unveiled the first Falcon in 1960. The whole period is a constant, ferocious battle between the two brands, with the Holden Kingswood nameplate becoming a household name before the Commodore launched in 1978, and the Falcon’s figures improving throughout the years.

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1988 Holden Commodore VN

1948 Holden

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Japan 2010 Imports: Golf, Polo and Mini shine

Imported cars are traditionally very discreet in Japan, only accounting for 5.8% of all passenger car sales at 187,436 units. Volkswagen is the only imported brand to feature in the general Top 10 (9th with 46,707 sales), and it places 2 models on top of the imports ranking: the Golf in #1 at 26,075 sales (0.8%) and the Polo in #2 at 14,507 (0.45%).

The BMW 3 Series is 3rd with 11,664 sales, the first of no less than 5 BMW’s in the Top 15, including the Mini at #4 (11,338), the 5 Series at #7 and the X1 at #12. The Mercedes E Class is 5th. Top 15 in pictures and in detail: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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UK December 2010: Vauxhall Astra #1, Fiesta leader in Full Year Now with Top 100 best-selling models in 2010

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Florian *

The UK car market is down 18% in December at 123,817 registrations, bringing the 2010 total to 2,030,846, up just 2%. This month the Vauxhall Astra is #1 for the second time in 2010 (after June) and only the third time in 3 years. The new generation Mini delivers its best-ever month in 4th place with 4,236 sales and 3.4%.

Ford Fiesta

Over the full year 2010, the Ford Fiesta is the best seller for the 2nd year in a row with 103,013 sales (-12%), followed by the Astra (+19%), Ford Focus (-17%) and Vauxhall Corsa (-8%). The VW Golf ranks #5 and is the best-selling foreign model for the 6th consecutive year, very robust at 2.9% share and 58.116 sales (+2%).

Massive event at #6: the VW Polo is up 8 spots and 54% on 2009 and breaks into the year-end UK Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s 35 year life! This is the first time Volkswagen manages to place 2 models within the annual Top 10 in England.

Nissan Qashqai

Another important landmark in 10th place: the Nissan Qashqai, built in the country, breaks into the year-end Top 10 for the very first time with 39,048 sales, up 28% on 2009. This is the first time in 27 years that a Japanese model manages to rank within the annual English Top 10! The Qashqai is only the third Japanese model to manage this feat with the Datsun Sunny (#10 in 1977 and 1978 and #9 in 1982 and 1983) and the Datsun Cherry (#8 in 1981).

Land Rover Freelander

Jaguar XF

Land Rover places the Freelander at #38 with 15,562 sales, up 39%, the Range Rover Sport at #67 with 8,508 units, up 23% and the Discovery at #70 with 8,295 sales, up 27%. The Jaguar XF is at an impressive 51st place with 12,687 units sold, up 25% on 2009.

Full Year 2010 Top 100, December Top 10 rankings below.

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Iceland 2010: VW Polo shoots up to first place

VW Polo

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The Icelandic new car market is slowly recovering from the 2008-09 crisis, with sales up 32% on 2009 to a still extremely shy 3,395 units. The new generation VW Polo is an instant hit in the country: it goes from outside the Top 60 in 2009 with just 6 units sold to the first place overall this year with 236 sales and 7% share… It is followed by the Suzuki Grand Vitara up one spot and 75% to 201 units and 5.9% and the Toyota Yaris up 4 ranks and 203% to 194 sales and 5.7%.

There are a couple more impressive newcomers within this year’s completely reshuffled Top 10: the Skoda Octavia is up 44 spots to #4 with 174 units and 5.1%, the Hyundai i30 is up 10 to #5 with 173 sales, the Toyota Land Cruiser 150 is up from outside the Top 60 to #7 with 122 units, the Chevrolet Spark lands directly at #8 with 99 sales while the VW Golf is up 17 ranks to #10. Leader in 2009, the Suzuki Swift is up just 9% but down 5 spots to #6.

Previous post: Iceland January-July 2010: VW Polo in pole position

Previous year: Iceland 2009: Suzuki Swift and Subaru Legacy top dismal market

Next year: Iceland 2011: Skoda Octavia takes the lead

Full Year 2010 Top 60 Ranking Table below.

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Algeria December 2010: Accent at 15%, Symbol #1 in Full Year

Hyundai Accent

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In spite of a good month of December at +9% (14,086 sales), Algerian car sales are down 3% in 2010 with 216,862 registrations. The Renault Symbol is the best selling car in Algeria again this year at 21,411 sales, just under 10% share, ahead of the Dacia Logan at 14,024 sales (6.5%).

Hyundai delivered a fantastic year, topped off with an out-of-this-world 34% share in December. Interestingly this is due to relatively old models: the Atos goes from #7 in 2009 to #3 this year at 12,037 sales (5.6%) and the Accent old gen is #5 with 10,202 sales, including 2,174 in December: a 15% market share!

Full Year 2010 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Switzerland 2010: VW Golf on top, BMW X1 shine

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At 294,239 registrations, the Swiss car market is up 11% this year. Not surprisingly, the VW Golf is the best selling car in the country again, with 4.1% of the market. The only other two models above 2% share are the Skoda Octavia (2.6%) and VW Polo (2.1%), Switzerland keeping its title of most fragmented car market in the world.

The Opel Astra (up 24 spots and 77% at #4) and Renault Megane (up 10 spots and 33% at #7) deliver great performances this year, while the BMW X1 jumps to 15th (it was 21st at mid-year), better than anywhere else in the world, the Opel Meriva is up 89% at #31 and the Dacia Sandero up 152% at #32.

Previous year: Switzerland 2009: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia up, VW Tiguan #11

Next year: Switzerland 2011: VW Golf at its highest volume in 10 years

Full Year 2010 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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