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Iran October 2011: Peugeot 405 and Pars in good shape

Peugeot Pars

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Iranian car production is up 9% in October at 131,090 units and up 6% year-to-date at 806,115 units – October being the 7th month of the Iranian year. The Saipa Pride is untouchable in first place with 57,194 units produced this month and 367,006 year-to-date. The 24 year-old Peugeot 405 stays 2nd for the 2nd month in a row with 19,901 units produced and 94,488 year-to-date, ahead of the Peugeot 206 at 17,267 and 95,532.

Saipa Pride & Tiba, picture by Afshin Khaledi

The Iran Khodro Samand takes the 4th spot with 12,449 units, followed by the Peugeot Pars up 1 spot to #5 and 8,636 units and the Renault Tondar 90 at 8,344 units. The Saipa Tiba is not taking off and stays at 2,900 units this month while production of the Peugeot 207i has stopped this month.

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Brazil mid-November 2011: Renault Duster knocks at Top20’s door

Renault Duster

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Brazilian car sales are stable vs. 2010 over the first half of November at 160,251 registrations. The top of the ranking is pretty boring: the 9 best-selling models are exactly the same as in October, with the VW Gol leading the pack at 8.3% ahead of the Fiat Uno at 7.5% and the Chevrolet Celta at 4%. The Renault Sandero is strong again at #8 and 2.8% and the Chevrolet Agile hits its highest market share ever at 2.7% in 9th place.

It’s outside the Top 20 that the ranking gets shaken a bit! Only 2 months after its launch in the country, the Renault Duster leads its category: it is up 15 spots on October to #21 with 1,955 sales and 1.2% share, already beating the Ford Ecosport! This means Renault’s Top 3 best-sellers in Brazil are all Dacias originally (Sandero #8, Duster #21 and Logan #22) with the first ‘true’ Renault, the Clio, ranking only #37 this month…

Chevrolet Cobalt

Other excellent performers over the period include the Chevrolet Cruze, up 6 spots on October to #25 at 1,451 units and 0.9%, the Nissan March up 13 ranks to #36, the Hyundai Veloster strong again at #39, the Fiat 500 breaking into the Brazilian Top 50 for the very first time, up 20 spots to #44, the Hyundai Elantra up 18 ranks to #63 and the Fiat Freemont up 18 spots to #78.

A few new models make their first appearance in the Brazilian ranking: the Nissan Versa lands in 124th position with 117 sales over the period, the Hafei Start Pick-up is #149 at 61 units, the Range Rover Evoque sells 46 units and the Chevrolet Cobalt, an Agile sedan, is at 26 sales, most probably dealership models.

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Germany October 2011: Audi A1 hits highest position yet UPDATED

Audi A1

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New car sales in Germany are up just 0.6% year-on-year in October at 258,253 registrations, with the 2011 year-to-date total still up a very healthy 10% at 2,659,989 units. The podium is unchanged vs. September with the VW Golf/Plus/Jetta leader at 8.5% share, followed by the VW Passat at 3.3% and the Mercedes C Class at 2.9%.

The VW Polo and Opel Astra are both up 2 spots at #4 and #5 respectively, recovering from a weak September. Still in excellent shape, the Mercedes A Class ranks 6th with 6,036 sales and 2.3% and is now #20 year-to-date. Audi A4 (+1), Mercedes E Class (+3) and Ford Fiesta (+3) also progress. While there are 3 Mercedes in the Top 8, there is now BMW in the Top 10 for the second month in a row, with the BMW 3 Series (#15) and 1 Series (#16) slowly ramping up thanks to the new generations now in dealerships.

Audi Q3

The performer of the month is the Audi A1: exactly one year after its launch and after a relatively shy showing throughout 2011, the mini Audi hits its highest position in Germany yet in October at #23 with 2,977 sales and 1.2%, also its highest share ever in the country and only its third time above 1%…

Notice also the Ford C-Max up 29 spots to #24, the Hyundai i10 up 32 spots to an excellent 28th place (1st foreign model this month if you consider Skoda and Seat local), the Renault Twingo up 10 ranks to #30, the BMW X3 strong again at #33 (vs. #46 year-to-date), the Peugeot 308 up 20 spots to #41 and the Nissan Micra up 7 ranks to #44.

Further down the ranking, the new generation Chevrolet Aveo is up 50 spots on September to #56, the new Kia Picanto is up 48 ranks to #77 and the Audi Q3 breaks into the German Top 100 for the first time at #96 with 642 sales and 0.2%. The Lamborghini Aventador sells its very first unit in Germany this month.

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Netherlands LCV September 2011: VW Caddy most popular

VW Caddy

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For the first time on Best Selling Cars Blog and thanks to Rutger’s tip, I can share with you the best-selling Light Commercial Vehicles in the Netherlands, albeit with one month delay as these are September 2011 figures.

Volkswagen is a very strong player in this ranking and has two models above 10% market share: the Caddy is the most popular Light Commercial Vehicle in the Netherlands both in September with 622 sales and 13.5% share and year-to-date at 6,146 units and 13.2%. The Transporter comes second with 468 sales and 10.2% this month and 5,321 units or 11.5% over 2011.

The Opel Vivaro rounds up the podium thanks to an outstanding 7.5% share and 344 sales this month, ahead of the Ford Transit at 325 units and 7.1%. The Transit is #3 year-to-date at 6.7% share while the Vivaro is #6. Other good performers this month include the Fiat Doblo up to #9 and the Opel Movano up to #13.

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Spain LCV October 2011: Berlingo back to #1, Nissan NV200 #5

Nissan NV200

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After two months of growth, the Spanish Light Commercial Vehicle market is back in negative in October at 4,619 registrations, down 10% year-on-year, and 49,545 units year-to-date, down 14%. This month the Citroen Berlingo reclaims the pole position it also holds in the 2011 year-to-date ranking with 931 sales in October and 10,676 year-to-date.

The Renault Kangoo returns to #2 at 919 units, ahead of the Peugeot Partner with 734 sales, the Ford Transit Connect at 421 units and the Nissan NV200, up two spots to #5 with 301 sales and 6.5% share vs. 3.9% year-to-date.

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Europe October 2011: VW Polo back to second place

VW Polo

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In the midst of a Euro currency turmoil, the European car market holds itself pretty well, slowing down only by 1% both year-on-year in October and year-to-date at 1,044,552 and 11,467,336 registrations respectively. The VW Golf is the uncontested leader in Europe with 38,076 sales and 3.6% market share, its 18th consecutive month in the European pole position. The Golf is also #1 year-to-date at 413,156 units and has been the best-seller in Europe for 38 of the last 40 months, only ranking #2 in March ’09 and ’10…

In second place, the VW Polo is up 2 spots on September with 29,199 sales and 2.8%, also claiming back the #2 spot in the 2011 year-to-date ranking at 301,721 units, passing the Ford Fiesta, #3 both in October at 26,553 sales and year-to-date at 299,521 units. The Renault Clio, boosted by an exceptional performance in its native France, ranks 4th this month with 23,514 sales but is still #5 YTD behind the Opel Corsa. Notice the VW Passat up to an excellent 6th spot, its second-best score in the last 6 years…

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Italy October 2011: Lancia Ypsilon continues to shine UPDATED

Lancia Ypsilon

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Italian car sales are down again in October at -6% and 133,722 registrations, bringing the 2011 year-to-date total to 1,511,006 units, down 11%. The Fiat Panda takes advantage of heavy end-of-stock promotions before the launch of the new generation to keep the lead for a 2nd consecutive month and for the fourth time this year with 9,217 sales and 6.9%. The Fiat Punto comes 2nd at 8,732 units and 6.5% but still holds the 2011 pole position with 106,129 sales and 7% vs. 97,268 and 6.4% for the Panda. This order could change in 2012 with the new generation Panda then in full swing.

The Lancia Ypsilon maintains itself on the podium for the third month in a row at 4,933 units and 3.7% share. It is only the second time ever after January-March 2004 that the Ypsilon nameplate ranks within the Italian podium for 3 months running… The Ford Fiesta stays 4th but drops to 3.4% while the VW Polo has an excellent month at #5 with 3% share. Other good performers this month include the Peugeot 207, up 17 spots on September to #10, the Smart Fortwo up to #12, the Dacia Duster up 8 spots to #20, the VW Tiguan up 23 spots to #31, the BMW X3 up to #37 and its little brother the BMW X1 up to #38.

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China LCV October 2011: Wuling Sunshine above 60,000 units

Wuling Sunshine

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Chinese Light Commercial Vehicle sales see a 13% year-on-year drop in October (yes the data is one month late) at 378,590 registrations, bringing the 10 months 2011 total to 4,090,332 units, down 9%. LCV are now the 2nd biggest vehicle sales category behind compact cars at 4,360,834 units (+10%).

In pole position like every month this year, the Wuling Sunshine goes against the market and increases its sales by a very impressive 16% year-on-year to reach 62,139 units, its fourth time above the 60,000 mark this year. As usual let’s compare this score to the number of VW Golfs sold all across Europe (38,076) and of Ford F-Series sold in the US and Canada over the same period (59,461) to really grasp the scale of the Sunshine figures. Year-to-date it has sold 605,351 units, down 9%.

The Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang stays #2 at 32,504 sales, up an amazing 37% on October 2010, it is #3 year-to-date at 316,646 units, up 38%. The Foton Forland is #3 again at 27,739 sales, down 14% and #2 year-to-date at 323,650 units, down 14%.

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France 1 to 7 November 2011: Two Dacias in Top 10 for first time!

Dacia Duster (in Morocco, not France!)

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The French car market is down 6% over the first week of November at 25,735 registrations, and the ranking is full of surprises. First brandwise: Citroen leads the way with 16.3% share, ahead of Peugeot at 15.6% and Renault at only 11.9%, just above VW at 9.1% and Dacia at 6.7%…In the models ranking, the Peugeot 207 reclaims the pole position it held during the first half of the year, while the Renault Clio, supreme leader in the last couple of months, is down to a miserable 8th place at 2.9% share!

Dacia Sandero

For the first time in France, Dacia places two models in the weekly Top 10: the Duster at an outstanding 2nd place with 950 sales and 3.7% and the Sandero at #10 with 611 units and 2.4%. If it holds this level all month, it would be the first time the Sandero ranks within the Top 10 in France since August 2010.

Below the Citroen C3 at #3, The Citroen C4 Picasso is at a brilliant 4th place, another Top 10 stranger coming back with a vengeance, while the VW Polo stands at an excellent 5th position with 797 sales and 3.1%, better than the Clio!

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Denmark October 2011: Kia Picanto #1, VW Passat & Polo follow

Kia Picanto

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At 12,330 registrations, the Danish car market is down 9% year-on-year in October, but still up 12% year-to-date at 139,548 units, recovering its pre-2008 financial crisis level. For the second time this year after August, the Kia Picanto is on top of the models ranking, this time with 420 sales and 3.4% market share. It is now up to #16 year-to-date at 2,421 units and 1.7%.

Two Volkswagens follow: the VW Passat is up 6 spots on September to #2 with 388 sales and 3.1%, it is #7 year-to-date (vs. #43 in 2010!), and the VW Polo is up 9 ranks on last month to #3 at 379 units. The Chevrolet Spark, albeit down 2 spots to #4, stays in the 2011 lead with 5,143 sales and 3.7% while the Peugeot 107 is back up 15 spots to #5, also its 2011 ranking.

Other great performers this month in Denmark include the Toyota Avensis up 24 spots to #6, the Mazda6 up 57 spots to #13, the Peugeot 508 up 4 spots to #17, the new generation Toyota Yaris up 32 spots to #23 and the Peugeot 5008 up to #47.

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