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Romania June 2011: Dacia Logan strong, VW Jetta in Top 10

VW Jetta

Romanian car sales are down 16% year-on-year in June at 8,606 units, and down 13% over H1 2011 at 31,758 registrations. The Dacia Logan continues its return back in shape, delivering its best market share in the country since November 2010 at 24.5% thanks to 2,108 sales.

The podium stays unchanged on May but the Skoda Octavia is down from 7.3% to 6.4% whereas the Dacia Duster is up from 4.4% to 5.3% share. The Opel Astra is up 2 spots to #4 ahead of the Renault Symbol stable at #5 and the Chevrolet Aveo, up one spot at #7.

The VW Jetta breaks into the Top 10 at #10 with 164 sales and 1.9%, it is #15 in 2011 so far vs. #31 in 2010. Other good performers this month in Romania include the Nissan Juke and Hyundai i20, both up 9 spots to #24 and #25 respectively.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 40 here.

Full June 2011 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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China LCV’s June 2011: Wuling Sunshine leads, Rongguang up

Wuling Rongguang

In June, sales of Light Commercial Vehicles in China were down 13% at 374,470 registrations, and down 5% year-to-date at 2,646,362 units. For the 6th month in a row the best-seller in the category, the Wuling Sunshine, delivers sales figures above 50,000 units at 51,236, however down 13% year-on-year.

The Foton Forland is #2 again at 29,611 units and 212,181 over 6 months, while the Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang stays 3rd with 26,800 sales (+3%) and ranks 4th year-to-date at 193,592 sales (+47%), the only model in the Top 5 to see its sales increase year-on-year.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 5 here.

Full June 2011 Top 5 Ranking Table below.

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Vietnam June 2011: Chevrolet Cruze on top

Daewoo Lacetti/Chevy Cruze in Hanoi, January 2011

New car sales in Vietnam are down 25% in June at 7,611 registrations, but still up 4% year-to-date at 52,588 units. For the second time in 3 months, the Daewoo Lacetti/Chevrolet Cruze holds the pole position with 535 sales and an excellent 7% market share.

The Kia Morning is one percentage point ahead of its May level at 6.8% share thanks to 518 sales, but down to #2, followed by the Toyota Innova (5.6%), Corolla Altis (5.2%), Vios (4.8%) and Fortuner (4.3%), all significantly above their May levels.

Notice the Mercedes C Class breaking into the Top 10 at #10 with 142 sales and 1.9% and the newly launched Ford Fiesta progress to #13 at 98 units and 1.3% share.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 20 here.

Full June 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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France LCV June 2011: Peugeot Partner on podium

Peugeot Partner

Light Commercial Vehicle sales are down 10% in France in June at 38,567 registrations but still up 5% year-to-date at 224,367 units. The Renault Kangoo (8.8%) and Fiat Ducato (7%) dominate the ranking again and deliver shares slightly higher than their 2011 year-to-date levels (8.5% and 6.8% respectively).

The Peugeot Partner climbs onto the podium at #3 with 2,207 units and 5.7%, it is #5 year-to-date. The Citroen Berlingo and Renault Master follow, while the Citroen C3 gains 5 spots to rank 6th with 2,027 sales and 5.3%.

Previous post: see the 5 months 2011 Top 100 here.

Full June and 6 months 2011 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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UK June 2011: Vauxhall Insignia at its highest UPDATED

Range Rover Evoque

* Now updated with the First Half 2011 Top 35 Ranking Table thanks to our secret admirer from France 🙂 See ‘Read more’ at the end of the post! *

First of all an update on the sales figures of two significant new “UK” models: the Range Rover Evoque sold 101 units in June, mostly dealership models given the official launch is scheduled for September 2011. As a comparison the Range Rover Sport sells an average of 700 units each month in the UK, while the Range Rover sells around 340 units/month.

MG6. Picture courtesy of Car UK Magazine.

Officially launched in May and after selling 36 units that month, the MG6 progresses to a still very confidential 41 units in June. Very weak figures but it will be fascinating to follow its progression over the next few month to see whether the MG brand is actually truly being resurrected in the UK.

The British car market has now been declining for a full year or 12 consecutive months, down 6% in June at 183,125 registrations and 7% year-to-date at 1,029,638 sales. The Ford Fiesta stays #1 for the 9th time in the last 12 months at 8,829 units and 4.8%, ahead of the Ford Focus at 4.4% and the Vauxhall Corsa at 4.3%.

The performer of the month is the Vauxhall Insignia: 2 1/2 years after its launch, it is at a best-ever 4th place with 5,929 sales and 3.2%, ahead of its little sister the Astra. The BMW 1 Series also reaches its best position ever in the UK at #9 and 4,077 units, its fourth time in the Top 10 after October 08, September 09 and 10.

Vauxhall Insignia

Boosted by the Countryman version, the Mini is up to #7 with 4,778 sales and 2.6% share and is now within the year-to-date Top 10 at #10 with 18,619 units and 1.8%. Note the Mercedes C Class up to #12 year-to-date, the VW Passat up to #14 and the Vauxhall Meriva up to #18.

Previous post: see the UK May 2011 post here.

Full June Top 10 and 1st Semester Top 35 Ranking Tables below.

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Japan Kei cars June 2011: Suzuki Wagon R in the lead

Suzuki Wagon R

Like the passenger car market, sales of Kei cars are slowly back to normal, down ‘only’ 18% in June at 126,804 units compared to -25% in May and -45% in April.

For the 4th month in a row, the Suzuki Wagon R is the best-selling Kei car in Japan with 14,928 sales, only down 4% year-on-year. It still hasn’t managed to pass the Daihatsu Move in the year-to-date ranking however, #2 at 76,796 sales vs. 77,805 for the Daihatsu, #2 at 13,720 units (+21%) this month.

Other good performers this month include the Daihatsu Mira, up 2 spots to #4, the Suzuki Palette, also up 2 ranks to #6 and the Suzuki Jimny, up 10 spots to a more familiar 14th place.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 20 here.

Full June 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Pakistan June 2011: Toyota Corolla close to 38% share!

Toyota Corolla. Picture courtesy of

Every quarter I update you on where the Pakistani new car market is at, so it is time for the first half 2011 figures. June was particularly weak at 7,517 sales, and sales were down slightly over the first semester at -2% and 78,398 units. The Toyota Corolla has a stellar month in June at 2,838 sales and 37.8% share, vs 28.6% over H1 2011 and 31.7% over H1 2010.

The rest of the models ranking is turned upside down by the weak volume of sales in June. While the Suzuki Mehran keeps its 2nd place, it only holds 10.6% of the Pakistani market this month vs. 16.1% over 6 months 2011. The Toyota Hilux is up 8 spots to an exceptional 3rd place with 569 sales (7.6%) and the Honda City is up to #4 with 7.3%.

Previous post: see the March 2011 Top 10 here.

Full June and H1 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Venezuela June 2011: Ford F350 up to #5

Ford F350

Car sales in Venezuela return to strong growth at +18% year-on-year in June with 11,585 sales, bringing the first half figure to 57,034 units, still down 3%. No surprises on top: the Chevrolet Aveo maintains itself above 20% share at 20.4% thanks to 2,363 sales, it is at 17.2% year-to-date.

The Ford Fiesta is #2 again, improving its market share to 9%. It is followed by the Chevrolet Spark, up 9 spots on may to #3, and the Chevrolet LUV pick-up, down one spot to #4. Excellent performance of the very imposing Ford F350, ranking 5th with 547 sales and 4.7%. The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers another very solid month at #6 with 524 sales (4.5%).

Other good performers in Venezuela this month include the Hyundai Getz up 7 spots to #10 and the Peugeot 207 breaking into the Top 20 at #16 with 244 sales.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 20 here.

Full June 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Taiwan June 2011: Toyota Corolla back on track

Toyota Corolla

This month the models ranking is almost back to normal in Taiwan after a couple of months of disruption due to the Japanese earthquake. Toyota is back in shape and the Corolla returns to its traditional #1 position with 2,568 sales and 7.9% share. The Nissan Tiida is still very strong, up to 5.8% share but down to #2, ahead of the Nissan Livina at a record 4.9% share.

Below the Toyota Yaris and Wish, the Mitsubishi Colt Plus drops 4 spots to #6 but still manages a robust 4% share, well ahead of its 2011 level. Other good performers this month include the Mercedes C Class, up 8 spots to #18 and the Mazda2 breaking into the Top 20 to #19.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 25 here.

Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Slovakia June 2011: Kia Sportage #3, Seat Ibiza in Top 10

Seat Ibiza ST

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Slovak consumers have bought 6,298 new cars in June, up 2% year-on-year, bringing the 1st Half 2011 figure to 34,183 units, up 23%. Skoda dominates the market again, placing the Octavia #1 with 619 sales (9.8%) and the Fabia #2 at 528 units (8.45%), both at stronger market shares than their 2011 levels.

The Kia Sportage continues to impress and manages to stay on the podium at a brilliant 2.7% market share, also #3 year-to-date at 3%. The VW Polo is up 3 spots to #4, followed by the Hyundai i30 (+1) and the Suzuki SX4 (+3). The Seat Ibiza breaks into the Slovak Top 10 at #9 with 111 sales (1.8%), thanks to the success the station wagon making up 45% of total sales.

Previous month: see the May 2011 Top 50 here.

Full June 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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