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France 17 to 23 May 2011: Citroen DS3 back in Top 10

Citroen DS3

The French market is down 12% this week at 44,474 registrations, and all the big sellers drop significantly year-on-year. In this week’s order, the Renault Clio is down 31%, the Peugeot 207 down 33%, the Citroen C3 26% and the Renault Megane 25%.

On the bright side, the Citroen DS3 shows up in the Top 10 for the first time since October 2010 in 9th position with 1,069 sales and 2.4% share, and the Peugeot 3008 continues to impress in 6th place and 1,404 units for a 3.2% share.

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Australia April 2011: Holden Cruze up to #4 for the first time

Holden Cruze II

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Australian car sales are down 9% in April at 74,214 registrations and down 3% year-on-year at 322,678 units. The Holden Commodore is the best selling model for the third month in a row at 3,075 sales and 4.1%. However this is only 31 units above the Mazda3, still extremely strong and still number 1 year-to-date at 14,203 sales and 4.4% share. The Toyota Hilux rounds up the podium at 3.9%.

After being launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard (see below and here), the Holden Cruze Phase II kick-started production in South Australia in March and climbed to a best-ever 4th place and 3.5% market share in April. With the hatch version coming later this year, the question on everyone’s lips is whether the Cruze could pass the Commodore this year to become Holden’s best seller.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table and newspaper clip: click on ‘Read more’ below the PM pic.

Holden Chairman Mike Devereux with Prime Minister Julia Gillard unveiling the Holden Cruze II

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New Zealand April 2011: Suzuki Swift reclaims pole position

Suzuki Swift

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Car sales are down 1% this month in New Zealand at 5,610 registrations. For the second time in 2011 the Suzuki Swift takes the leadership in the models ranking, certainly helped by the success of its new generation. It sells 248 units for a 4.4% market share in April. Two ‘utes’ follow, both at 3.7% share: the Toyota Hilux follows at 210 sales and the Ford Ranger at 207 units.

The Toyota Corolla has an ‘off’ month in 4th place with 149 sales. The Corolla however stays the best selling car in New Zealand over the first 4 months of the year with 1,623 units changing hands and 5.8% share. In the Passenger Cars ranking, the Ford Mondeo jumps back into the Top 10 at a brilliant 3rd place with 144 sales, ahead of the Holden Commodore (139) and Hyundai i30 (124).

Top 4 Overall and Top 10 Passenger Cars Ranking Tables below.

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Poland April 2011: Skoda Fabia holds top spot

Skoda Fabia

Car sales in Poland are down 5% this month at 22,388 registrations. For the second time this year, the Skoda Fabia leads the models ranking in the country, ahead of the Opel Astra, the Skoda Octavia coming at an unusually weak 3rd place.

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China LCV’s April 2011: Wuling Sunshine continues to dominate

Wuling Sunshine

Sales of Light Commercial Vehicles are down 9% year-on-year at 442,096, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,891,466 units (-2%). The Wuling Sunshine is the best seller for the 5th month in a row with 59,249 sales, down 7%. Its year-to-date figure stands at 262,663 units (-18%).

Like in March, the Foton Forland is #2 with 43,681 sales. It is #3 YTD with 149,278 units. In comparison, this April the Ford F-Series achieved 45,435 sales in the USA and the VW Golf sold 42,101 units in the whole of Europe!

Full Top 5 Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan 2010: Uz-Daewoo Nexia passes Lada 2107

Uz-Daewoo Nexia

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The Kazakh new car market grew a healthy 14% in 2010 at 21,560 registrations. The best selling model title changed hands, this year going to the Uz-Daewoo Nexia imported from Uzbekistan with 1,666 sales and 7.7% share. The Lada 2107, leader in 2009, drops to #2 with 1,511 units and 7% share. The Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) rounds off the podium with 6.4% of the market.

Lada 2107

Two more Ladas follow: the Priora is 4th at 5.1% and the Samara is 5th at 3.8%. The Toyota Corolla is the best selling ‘true’ import – meaning not coming from any of the former Soviet Republics – in 6th place with 757 sales and 3.5%. Excellent performance of the UAZ Hunter, up 4 spots to #8.

Kia Cerato

The best new entrant in the ranking is the Kia Cerato, assembled locally in Ust-Kamenogorsk, landing directly at #11 with 387 sales and 1.8%. Other newcomers are the Kia Sorento at #17, the Renault Logan imported from Russia at #18, and the ZAZ Chance at #24.

Full Year 2010 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Canada April 2011: Fiat 500 in Top 40 already!

Fiat 500

Canadian car sales are up a healthy 7% in April at 159,942 registrations. The Ford F-Series is on top again with 8,858 sales and 5.5% share. Now counted together, the twins Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are close behind, landing in 2nd place with 8,479 sales and 5.3%.

GMC Sierra

The Dodge Caravan ranks 3rd with an estimated 6,118 sales (3.8%), ahead of a third pick-up truck, the Dodge RAM at 3.3%. The Honda Civic is the best-selling passenger car this month at 3.3%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla (3.1%) and Hyundai Elantra (2.8%).

Jeep Wrangler

The big event this month is the arrival of the Fiat 500 in the Top 40 for only its second month of sales in the country! After 417 units in March, Fiat sells 889 in April – more than in the US! – for a shiny 36th place. Other great performers this month include the Dodge Journey at #10, the Jeep Wrangler at #20 and the Lexus RX at #37.

Full Top 35 Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia April 2011: Proton Saga leads the way

Proton Saga

Malaysian consumers bought 49,065 new cars this month, bringing the year-to-date total to 202,773 registrations, up 7%. For the first time this year, the Proton Saga takes the lead of the ranking with 6,520 sales and a strong 13.3% market share. The Perodua Myvi keeps the 2011 pole position at 27,692 sales and 13.7%, now only 717 units above the Saga.

The Perodua Viva rounds off the podium as usual, albeit with a lower market share at 9.3%, followed by the Proton Persona, Perodua Alza and Toyota Vios. The Toyota Hilux continues to deliver solid numbers, up to #7 this month at 4.1% share, and the Honda Insight impresses again, up two spots to #12 and 1.5% share.

Other good performers this month include the Ford Fiesta at #22 (+4), the VW Golf at #31 (+5), the Mazda3 at #35 (+13) and the VW Polo, breaking into the monthly Malaysian Top 50 for the very first time at #48 with 140 sales and 0.3%.

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Brazil mid-May 2011: VW Gol leads, Saveiro in Top 10

VW Saveiro

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The Brazilian car market returns to outstanding growth, up 30% year-on-year over the first half of May at 139,886 registrations. For the first time since February, the VW Gol leads the ranking half way through the month at 12,351 sales (8.8%), this time well ahead of the Fiat Uno at 10,664 units and 7.6%. But who knows what surprises the rest of the month will bring…

For the first time since 2001, the VW Saveiro, a Gol pick-up, jumps into the Top 10, up 5 spots on April to #9 with 3,429 sales and 2.5% share. On the other hand, the Fiat Palio is down to #10, possibly its lowest level since the original launch in 1996. Lucky the new gen is coming soon!

Great performers over the period include the JAC J3 still on the up at #37 (+11 places over April), the VW Jetta breaking into the Top 50 at #45 (+11), the BMW X1 at #79 (+11) and the Peugeot 408 at #82 (+12). Chinese Chery QQ is not exactly a new model but it has just launched in Brazil and is already #86 with 253 sales!

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France 3 to 9 May 2011: Citroen C4 Picasso up to #3

Citroen C4 Picasso

The French car market continues to slip down at -13% year-on-year this week with 36,623 registrations. The Peugeot 207 confirms its return in shape at a distant #1 with 4.9% share, followed by a very strong Citroen C3 at 3.9%. Citroen is actually the best-selling brand in the country this week and places a second model on the podium: the Citroen C4 Picasso, going from #14 and 1.9% in April to an extremely impressive 3rd place and 3.8%.

The Peugeot 3008 also shines in 5th position with 3.2%, just above the Renault Megane and Dacia Duster, now anchored for good in the Top 10 at #7 and 3.1% share. VW continues to post solid figures week after week with the VW Polo at #9 (2.9%) and the VW Golf at #10 (2.4%).

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