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For the first time since March, the Brazilian car market is down year-on-year at -8% and 263,819 registrations. The 2011 year-to-date total is still up however by 5% at 2,791,170 units. For the third time this year the Fiat Uno leads midway through the month but drops to #2 by the time the month ends. The VW Gol is #1 at 21,959 sales and 8.3% vs. 20,849 and 7.9% for the Uno.
The fact that the Gol has held the top spot for 9 months out of 10 this year doesn’t reflect the intensity of the fight between the 2 models. Year-to-date totals stand at 244,892 (8.8%) for the Gol and 226,289 (8.1%) for the Uno. In the next few months it will be interesting to see how the Uno reacts to the launch of the new generation Palio, a total rethink of the model for the first time since its original launch in 1997, and in dealerships from November onwards…
At the lower end of the Top 10, three models that have excelled all through the year have another strong month: the Chevrolet Agile reaches a best-ever 9th place with 6,813 sales and a record 2.6% share, the Renault Sandero drops to #8 but at 3% share it is still way above its overall 2011 level, and the VW Voyage is #10 at 2.4%.
A few newcomers show impressive improvement this month: the Chevrolet Cruze is up 30 spots on September to #31 with 2,034 sales and 0.8%, the Hyundai Veloster is up 89 ranks to #33 and 1,929 units, the Renault Duster is up 104 spots to #36 and 1,734 sales and the Nissan March is up 82 ranks to #49 and 1,220 units.
There are no Chinese models in the Brazilian Top 50 this month with the Chery QQ down 18 spots to #54 and 1,179 sales and the JAC J3 down 4 spots to #61 and 1,072 units. The Fiat 500 is stable vs. September at #64 and 1,035 units and the Hyundai Elantra lands directly at #81 with 715 sales.
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Full October 2011 Top 150 Ranking Table below.