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Scotland (UK) Full Year 2011: Vauxhall Corsa sovereign

Vauxhall Corsa

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We welcome a new territory on Best Selling Cars Blog today: Scotland! The Scottish new car market is down 5% year-on-year in 2011 to 166,877 registrations and unlike in the UK where the Ford Fiesta reigns, in Scotland the Vauxhall Corsa is the most popular model by far with 10,829 sales and 6.5% share. It is followed on the podium by the Ford Fiesta at 4.5% and the Ford Focus at 4%.

Just below the Focus, the Vauxhall Astra ranks 4th with 6,489 units and 3.9%, also doing better than in the UK where it is #5. Excellent performance of the Nissan Qashqai at #5 and 2.6%, ahead of the Vauxhall Insignia, VW Polo and Renault Clio at #8 compared to #17 in the UK.

Full Year 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Bahrain May 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser & Hyundai Tucson in shape

Hyundai Tucson

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New car sales in Bahrain are up a massive 49% to 3,677 registrations in May and up 66% year-to-date up to 18,848 units. For the second time this year after March the entire Top 5 models are 100% Toyota: the Land Cruiser leads again with 278 sales and 7.6% ahead of the Prado at 248 units and 6.7% but the Hilux is catching up with 242 sales and 6.6% vs. 5.1% in April and 4.4% year-to-date. The Corolla and Camry follow, both at 4.1% share.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Excellent performance of the Hyundai Tucson at #6 with 137 sales and 3.7% vs. 2.3% year-to-date. Notice also the Nissan Maxima up 19 spots on April to #9, the Hyundai Azera up a huge 30 ranks to #10, the Lexus LX up 8 to #12, the Toyota FJ Cruiser up 13 to #14 and the Honda CR-V up 39 to #18.

Previous post: Bahrain March 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado confirm leadership

Previous year: Bahrain Full Year 2011: Land Cruiser leads, Hyundai Accent shines

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France May 2012: Podium 100% Renault for first time in 14 years, Peugeot 208 up to #5, Dacia Lodgy in Top 50 UPDATED

Peugeot 208

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From -2% year-on-year over the first 28 days of May, the French market drops to -16% over the full month to 165,776 registrations, with 3 less working days than May 2011. Still a disappointing result, in a month also potentially disrupted by the Presidential elections, bringing the year-to-date total to 840,158 units, down 17% on 2011. Leading again with 8,666 sales and 5.2% share, the Renault Clio has now been in pole position for 12 consecutive months and holds 5.9% of the market year-to-date at 49,215 units.

Renault Clio

Thanks to 6,647 sales, the Renault Megane keeps its 2nd spot and improves its share significantly from 3.4% in April to 4% in May, its highest since last October. The Renault Scenic rounds up the podium with 5,213 units and 3.1%, making the Top 3 models 100% Renault in part due to the 207/208 changeover. This is actually an extremely rare performance for Renault: the last time it happened was in October 1998 while the 206 was still getting settled, then the Clio led the ranking at 8.9% share above the Megane at 7,8% and the Twingo at 5.9%, the 206 ranking #4 at 4.9%.

After breaking into the Top 10 for the first time last month, the Peugeot 208 passes a new milestone in May and ranks #5 with 4,872 sales and 2.8%, for the first time selling more than the 207 down 6 spots to #10 and 2%. The Peugeot 206+ gets an end of life kick, up 10 spots to #19 and 1.4%.

Dacia Lodgy

At #29 the Mercedes B Class is up 16 ranks on April with 1,422 sales and 0.9%, the Audi A1 reaches its highest ranking yet in France at #34 with 1,293 units and 0.8%, the Opel Astra is up 14 spots to #44, the Citroen DS5 maintains itself in the Top 50 for the third consecutive month at #45, the Dacia Lodgy breaks into it for the first time at #49 with 992 sales and 0.6% and the VW Up! is down 3 ranks to #61.

Renault Zoe

Further down, the Kia Cee’d is up from outside the Top 100 to #75 thanks to the new generation, the Chevrolet Cruze is up 2 spots to #78, the Range Rover Evoque is up 11 to #86, the Bollore Blue Car is back in the Top 100 at #97 and the VW Beetle new generation breaks into it for the first time at #100 with 392 sales. The Citroen C4 Aircross is down from 892 sales last month to 226 and the Peugeot 4008 is down from 228 to 158. Lastly the first 3 Renault Zoe were registered this month.

Previous month: France April 2012: Peugeot 208 in Top 10, Dacia Lodgy lands

One year ago: France May 2011: Peugeot above Renault, places 3008 #5

Full May 2012 Top 110 Ranking Table below.

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Oman May 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Pick-up shine

(Old gen) Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up in Oman. Picture by ommphoto, all rights reserved.

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The Omani car market is up an enormous 53% year-on-year in May to 17,005 registrations, making it the 2nd most dynamic car market in the world this month behind Qatar! The year-to-date total stands at 78,742 units up 13% on 2011. After securing a mammoth 14.5% market share in March, the Toyota Hilux improved further to an out-of-this-world 17% in April thanks to 2,840 sales and ‘falls’ back to 14.9% in May at 2,535 units. It is obviously #1 year-to-date with an imposing 11,136 sales and 14.1% share, already 59% of its Full Year 2011 volume…

Omani licence plate on a Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by Anthony0031, all rights reserved.

Excellent month for the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up #2 both in April at 9.8% share and May at 10.1% thanks to 1,719 sales, and now also in the 2012 year-to-date ranking at 7,140 units and 9.1%. #1 in 2011, the Toyota Land Cruiser is down to #3 year-to-date in 2012 with 6,950 sales and 8.8%. Like in 2011, the entire 2012 Top 7 is 100% Toyota, with the Prado at #4 followed by the Corolla, Hiace and Camry.

1968 Land Cruiser in Ruwi, Oman. Omani drivers have trusted the Land Cruiser for over 40 years. Picture by The Wordman, all rights reserved.

The best-selling non-Toyota in Oman in May is the Nissan Sunny up to a shiny 5th position with 654 sales and 3.8%, while the Lexus LX brilliantly maintains itself within the Top 10 at #9 with 376 units and 2.2%. It is now also #9 year-to-date vs. #13 in 2011. The only other model not belonging to the Toyota Group that manages to claw its way into the Omani Top 10 in May is the Hyundai Elantra at #10 with 344 sales and 2%.

Other great performers this month include the Nissan Altima up 18 spots on April to #14, the Hyundai Tucson up 18 to #18, the Nissan Juke up 32 to #32, the Hyundai Azera up 67 to #37, the Nissan Qashqai up 66 to #45, the Hyundai Veloster up 92 to #57, the Renault Duster landing directly at #62 and the Suzuki Jimny up 72 to #78.

Previous post: Oman March 2012: Toyota Hilux up to 14.5%, Lexus LX #9 

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

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Saudi Arabia May 2012: Ford Expedition triples sales year-on-year

Ford Expedition

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are up a massive 18% year-on-year in May to 61,106 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 284,249 units, up 14% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux continues to dominate the models ranking by far with 5,575 sales and 9.1% this month and 26,792 and 9.4% year-to-date. After a weak April (#6), the Toyota Corolla is back up to #2 with 4,211 units and 6.9% but is #3 year-to-date at 6.5% behind the Hyundai Accent with 19,200 sales and 6.8%. The Toyota Camry and Hyundai Elantra follow at 4.9% and 4.4% respectively.

GMC Yukon

The best performer in the Top 10 is the Ford Expedition, up a huge 205% year-on-year to #8 with 1,973 units and 3.2%, making it #11 year-to-date with 6,852 sales and 2.4% vs. #19 and 1.4% in 2011! Other great performers include the GMC Yukon up 5 spots to #11, the Chevrolet Aveo up to #24, the Chevrolet Malibu up a huge 99 ranks on April to #33, the Mazda3 up 37 to #44, the Hyundai Genesis up 15 to #51, the Hyundai Veloster up 24 to #60 and the VW Jetta up 24 to #79.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia March 2012: Toyota Hilux close to 12% market share

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

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World: 65 countries still missing official data – I need your help!

Does anyone have official car sales data for Benin?

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Recently I wrote about how Best Selling Cars Blog now features 103 countries with official data and since then thanks to Austin I have already been able to update Hong Kong (China) with more current sales info… But there are still 65 unloved countries on this blog for which I haven’t managed to get my hands on any official car sales data. A lot of them (38) are in Africa where sales figures are particularly hard to find.

Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries I don’t have official car sales data for yet.

So this is where I need your help dear readers! Click on the title of this article or on ‘Read more’ below to find the full list of countries still missing official data and see whether you have any info about any of them. If you do, simply comment on here and enter your email address when prompted (it will not appear publicly) so I can get in touch with you. Anything at all will help and I thank you in advance for any data you may be able to share to make this site even better!

Street Scene in Asmara, Eritrea. Picture by Eric Lafforgue. All rights reserved.

Among the Top 50 most populated countries in the world, there are still 14 I haven’t ‘cracked’: Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Congo (Dem Rep), Myanmar, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ghana, North Korea and Mozambique.

Car purchase is now legalised in Cuba! I look forward to official sales data… Picture by Teemu R

You may ask how I treated the 65 countries mentioned below if there is no official data. Simple. I watched hundreds of hours of recent YouTube videos of the streets of these countries, and based on the cars I could see I have ventured an estimation of the best-selling models. Far from perfect but I was surprised how close some of my estimates were when I managed to get official data for new countries. The best videos are included in the articles so you can see for yourself what the traffic looks like there.

Old Mercedes go to Mauritania to die… Picture by Ferdinand Reus, all rights reserved.

A few things I’ve learned along the way: over half the cars currently in circulation in Guinea Bissau, Bamako Mali and Nouakchott Mauritania are old 1980s Mercedes 190 imported from Europe to die there…

Street scene in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Up to mid-2010, almost half of the cars in circulation in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe were Changhe Freedom minivans until they were abruptly banned over safety concerns…Zambian streets are filled with Toyota Corollas… The Pontiac Vibe is popular in Ghana… and many more oddities, so explore these roads less travelled with me below…

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World: Official Data now available for 103 countries + territories!

Kuwait, where the Toyota Prado is #1, is one of 103 countries/territories with official data on BSCB

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With the addition of Scotland, Nothern IrelandYemen, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, Best Selling Cars Blog now features official sales data for 101 countries and territories around the world! A lot of this is thanks to you all, you haven’t stopped contributing to enrich this site since its creation 18 months ago so I want to thank you very much for your support!

Among the countries and territories with official data, there are a few that haven’t had much love in a few years: I haven’t managed to get any official sales figures for Nepal since 2002, Cyprus since 2006Macedonia since 2007Gabon since 2009Bosnia & HerzegovinaCote d’Ivoire, EcuadorKazakhstan and Tunisia all since 2010. So if you have access for more recent info for these countries please make sure you get in touch by commenting on here!

This means there are still 65 countries and territories with only estimated data, mainly through my exploration of recent YouTube videos of the streets of these countries, a lot of which are located in Africa. I have published a separate article listing all countries that still need official data so you can see where you can help.

I have listed below the fold all 103 countries with official sales data with a link to the most recent article for each country. Click on ‘Read more’ to see.

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China LCV May 2012: Wuling Hongguang continues to progress

Wuling Hongguang

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Light Commercial Vehicle sales are back in positive in China at +9% year-on-year in May to 415,692 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,206,993 units, still down 3% on 2011. The Wuling Sunshine is the leader of the segment and the overall Chinese market once again with 46,770 sales but is still struggling year-on-year at -17%. Its year-to-date total now amounts to 245,779 units, down 23% on 2011. For comparison, Ford F-Series sales in the US were 54,836 in May and 246,116 year -to-date and VW Golf sales in the whole of Europe were 41,420 and 200,640 respectively.

The Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang continues on its good run, up 23% year-on-year to 36,166 sales ahead of the Foton Forland at 29,373 units and -12%. The Wuling Hongguang, a newcomer in the LCV Top 5 since last February, delivers its strongest monthly volume so far at 26,436 sales and #4, adding up to 121,136 units over the first 5 months of the year.

Previous month: China LCV April 2012: Wuling Rongguang and Hongguang shine

One year ago: China LCV May 2011: Wuling Sunshine strong

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Europe April 2012: Now available with Top 322 All-models ranking!

The Ferrari 458 Italia sold 153 units in Europe in April. Picture by DLMphotos, all rights reserved.

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With a bit of delay I am now able to share with you a Full All-models Top 322 Ranking for Europe in April 2012 and year-to-date thanks thanks to Lancia Lover from We won’t dwell on the Top 10 which was the subject of a previous post except to say that the BMW 3 Series and Fiat Panda make their return among Europe’s 10 favourite car which hasn’t gone unnoticed. Outside the Top 10, notice the Fiat Punto back is shape, up 15 spots on March to #15 and the VW Tiguan doing better and better at #16 and now #18 year-to-date vs. #35 over the Full Year 2011

Can the VW Up! break into the European Top 20 this year? It is #36 for now. Picture by Peder, all rights reserved.

The VW Up! continues its progression and is up 11 ranks on last month to #36 with 8,977 units: this is now better than the Renault Twingo (#38) and way above the Peugeot 107 (#65), Toyota Aygo (#68) and Citroen C1 (#71). The Peugeot 208 breaks into the European Top 50 for the very first time, up 52 spots to #46 with 7,714 sales, the Mercedes A Class is up 14 to #48 and the Audi Q3 is up 16 to #56. Notice also the Chevrolet Aveo up 20 to #66.

The Porsche Cayenne sold better than the Mazda3 in Europe this month. Picture by Thomas Van Rooij, all rights reserved.

A few recent launches get themselves noticed this month: the Mazda CX-5 is up 16 spots to #127, the Citroen C4 Aircoss is up to #160 with 1,271 sales, the Dacia Lodgy appears at #195 and 675 units, the Kia Optima is #226 with 375 sales and the Peugeot 4008 is #236 at 255 units. Oddity: at 1,771 units, the Porsche Cayenne sells better than the Mazda3 (1,766) and the Porsche Panamera sells 7 times as much as the Suzuki Kizashi (739 vs. 109)!

The Maybach 57/62 sold just one unit in Europe in April. Picture by Willem Rodenburg, all rights reserved.

The bottom of the ranking is filled with out-of-this world models: the Ferrari 458 Italia sells 153 units, the Bentley Continental sells 141, the Mercedes SLS AMG sells 135, the Audi R8 is at 128, the Lamborghini Aventador at 27, the brand’s best-seller above the Gallardo at 22 and the Murcielago at 2, the Maserati Quattroporte found 12 buyers and the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 9. Finally, five models sold just one unit in the whole of Europe this month among them the very first Toyota GT86, the Great Wall Hover and the Maybach 57/62.

Most recent European post: Europe May 2012: Renault Megane back in Top 10

Original April European post: Europe April 2012: BMW 3 Series in Top 10 for first time since 2008

Previous All-model European post: Europe Q1 2012: Now available with Top 325 models!

One year ago: Europe April 2011: VW Passat shines

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Denmark May 2012: Peugeot 208 #6, Kia Picanto #1 year-to-date

Kia Picanto

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New car sales in Denmark are back in positive, just: the market is up 1% year-on-year in May to 16,683 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 69,548 units, down 2% on 2011. Total reshuffle atop the models ranking: if the Toyota Aygo is #1 for the second month in a row with an excellent 765 sales and 4.6% and now up to #2 year-to-date like in 2011, the Kia Picanto, #2 this month at 735 units and 4.4%, manages to snap up the pole position in the 2012 year-to-date ranking with 2,504 sales and 3.6%, 45 units above the Aygo and 151 ahead of the Peugeot 107…

The Chevrolet Spark, still relatively weak in May at #11, loses the pole position it held over the Full Year 2011 and this year until last month, now relegated to 4th place overall. The VW Up! confirms it is a serious candidate for the title of best-selling model in Denmark by the end of 2012: it stays on the podium for the third consecutive month at #3 with 705 sales and 4.2% and is now #5 year-to-date, by far VW’s best-seller in the country.

The other great performer in the Top 10 is without a doubt the Peugeot 208, up to a brilliant 6th position for its first true month of sales in the country with 487 sales and 2.9% share. This makes Denmark the third best country for the 208 so far after the 4th spot it reached in Portugal last month and its 5th place in France in May.

Previous month: Denmark April 2012: Toyota Aygo #1, VW Up! stays on podium

One year ago: Denmark May 2012: Hyundai i30 stays best-seller

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