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Europe: Over 25,000 orders for the Opel Mokka

Could the Mokka reverse Opel’s fortunes in Europe?

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While Opel is losing ground in most European countries – except in the UK and Scotland where the Astra is kicking goals, it’s encouraging to note the success of the Opel Mokka even before it hits European dealerships in autumn. Since being made available to order last June, Opel has received 25,000 orders for the Mokka, an outstanding number.

Countries with the most demand are Germany, the UK where it is sold as a Vauxhall, Italy and Russia. The Mokka was unveiled last January at the Detroit Motor show in the US where it will be sold under GM’s luxury brand Buick as the Buick Encore, hoping to carve out a new market niche in the United States: small premium crossover. It was then presented as the Opel Mokka at the Geneva auto show.

In Europe, the new Opel Mokka will compete against cars such as the Nissan Juke, Skoda Yeti and its twin the Chevrolet Trax, and could even steal some sales from the Audi Q3 and Mini Countryman, with the potential to give Opel a much needed sales and image boost.

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World 6 months 2012: Discover the Top 120 best-selling models!

Will 2012 be the first year the Ford Focus sells over one million units worldwide?

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After sharing with you the Top 150 best-selling cars in the world in June, I have now created a Top 120 world models ranking for the first half of 2012. And there are two models that look like they are on their wait to a millionaire year in 2012: the Toyota Corolla is in pole position with 586,301 sales, followed by the Ford Focus at 502,834 units. If the Focus sells over one million units worldwide in 2012 it could be the first time for the nameplate, with its best year so far being to my knowledge 2000 when it sold 926,284 units.

Hyundai Elantra

The VW Jetta ranks third with 456,367 sales, ahead of the Toyota Camry at 399,659, the VW Golf at 393,413 and the Ford Fiesta at 386,819. The Chevrolet Cruze confirms it is General Motors’ worldwide best-seller by ranking 7th with 376,234 units. The VW Passat and Nissan Tiida/Versa/Sunny switch positions compared to the Q1 2012 ranking while the Ford F-Series rounds up the Top 10 with 366,493 sales, just above the Hyundai Elantra at 362,648 units.

Will its facelift push the VW Gol into the world Top 20 by year-end?

A few models improve their worldwide ranking compared to Q1: the Honda Civic is up 2 spots to #15, the Toyota Hilux is up 4 to #18, the Hyundai Sonata up 3 to #20, the Honda Accord up 7 to #22, the VW Gol/Voyage up 5 to #25 and the Chevrolet Silverado also up 5 to #27.

BMW 3 Series

Further down and more spectacularly, the Hyundai ix35/Tucson is up 11 ranks to #39, while the Renault/Dacia Logan is up 6 to #42, the BMW 3 Series up 6 as well to #43 and the Chevrolet Malibu up 10 to #48.

Toyota will sell over one million hybrids in 2012- here the Prius c.

Note also that Toyota sold 630,048 hybrid cars in the world in the first 6 months of 2012, more than the 628,989 it sold in the entire year 2011! Therefor the Japanese manufacturer is well on track to sell over one million hybrids worldwide in 2012 for the very first time… The Prius family is now split by model in the worldwide ranking, with the Prius at #35, the Prius c/Aqua at #72 and the Prius MPV at #88.

Previous post: World June 2012: Discover the Top 150 best-selling models!

Previous year-to-date summary: World Q1 2012: Discover the Top 100 best-selling cars!

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Egypt July 2012: Renault Logan in great shape

Renault Logan

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The Egyptian new car market is down 5% year-on-year in July to 16,802 registrations, but the year-to-date total is still up 11% on 2011 to 105,577 units. After being passed by the Chevrolet TFR in June, the Hyundai Verna reclaims its traditional top spot in July with 2,167 sales and no less than 12.9% market share, bringing its year-to-date total to 12,007 units and 11.4% vs. 10,230 and 9.7% for the TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max). The Chevrolet Lanos is up 2 spots on May and June to round up the podium with 1,074 sales and 6.4%.

The Cairo police has chosen the Renault Logan too

Below the Chevrolet Aveo also up 2 ranks to #4 and the Hyundai new Elantra down 2 to #5, the Renault Logan delivers another outstanding month: after ranking at an exceptional 4th place with 718 units and 5.3% in June it is #6 at 639 sales and 3.8% in July and now up to #8 and 2.8% year-to0-date. Notice also the Mitsubishi Lancer up to #7 with 611 units and 3.6%.

Other great performers this month in Egypt include the Jinbei Haise landing back at #18, the Toyota Fortuner stable at #21 for its third month in the country, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX up to #28 vs. #64 year-to-date, the VW Crafter up to #30 vs. #68, the BMW 3 Series up to #31 vs. #52, the BMW X3 up to #33, the BMW 5 Series up to #36 vs. #58 and the Hyundai Accent Hatchback up to #50 with 46 sales.

Previous post: Egypt May 2012: Chevrolet TFR up to 10.9% market share

One year ago: Egypt July 2011: New gen Hyundai Elantra starts with a bang

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Chile 3 months 2012: Chevrolet Sail passes Hyundai Accent at #1

Chevrolet Sail

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Over the first 3 months of 2012, the Chilean new car market is down 6% year-on-year to 102,773 registrations, and today I can share with you a very rare Top 10 models ranking for this country. While in 2010 and potentially in 2011 the Hyundai Accent was the king of the roads in Chile, so far in 2012 it is the Chevrolet Sail, imported from China, that has taken control of the models ranking with 3,007 sales and 2.9% share.

Hyundai Accent

This means the Hyundai Accent is kicked down to #2 at 2,833 units and 2.8%, with the Kia Rio brilliantly rounding up the podium thanks to 2,616 sales for a 2.5% market share. Once in the Top 2 most popular models in Chile, the Nissan Tiida is down to #4 with 2% of the market, followed by the Chevrolet Spark, Toyota Yaris and Spark GT. Notice the Samsung SM3 at #9.

Thanks to ANAC and I have more recent brands information for Chile: over the first 7 months of 2012 the market is down 2% to 183,738 registrations, and in the passenger car segment Chevrolet is in the lead by far with 27,830 sales, followed by Hyundai at 17,444 and Kia at 14,897.

Chery Destiny (aka Rely V5)

The interesting part in this ranking is seeing Chinese manufacturers climbing up the ladder little by little: Chery is #11 with 2,843 units sold – above Volkswagen!, ahead of Great Wall at #13 and 2,644 sales – above Peugeot, JAC at #17 with 1,729 – above Renault, BYD at #19 -above Mercedes, BMW and Honda, Geely at #24, Lifan at #30, MG at #31, Haima at #33, Zotye at #34 and Brilliance at #37. In the overall market brands ranking including commercial vehicles and 4wds, Great Wall leads the Chinese charge at #11.

Previous post: Chile January 2012: Hyundai Accent and Chevrolet Sail shine

One year ago: Nissan Tiida, Terrano and Chevrolet Sail on top

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Monaco 6 months 2012: Porsche places Cayenne, 911 & Panamera in Top 10 – Bentley Continental #6!

Porsche Panamera. Picture by ninoscy, all rights reserved.

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After sharing with you yesterday the Top 50 All-brands ranking in Monaco over the first 6 months of 2012, I can now unveil an exclusive Top 193 All-models ranking in the Principalty, and exclusive it is! You can still see my original post about Monaco here, the 2011 Top 50 brands post here and the 2011 Top 228 All-models ranking here

Mini WRC. Picture by bigblogg, all rights reserved.

If last year the ‘true’ first place (below the Royal Wedding BMW 7 Series) was a very close race, in 2012 it is a little more spread with the podium composed of posh small cars. The Mini takes control with 69 sales and an excellent 5.4% share, up from 3.8% in 2011. It is followed by the Smart Fortwo at 57 units and 4.4% and the Audi A3 at 47 sales and 3.7%. Now the posh minis are out of the way, let’s talk business…

Porsche 911.  Picture by Raphael Belly, all rights reserved.

Porsche confirms it is now the third most popular brand in the country by placing no less than 3 models in the Top 10! Only in Monaco… The Porsche Cayenne pulls an astounding 4th place thanks to 41 sales for a 3.2% market share, up from #9 and 2% in 2011, the Porsche 911 ranks #8 with 28 units and 2.2%, up from #10 and 1.7% and the Porsche Panamera delivers a spectacular 9th position with 25 sales and 1.9% share, up from #39 and 0.6% last year

Bentley Continental GT. Picture by OJ, all rights reserved.

But wait there’s more: now that Bentley is the #13 brand in Monaco, it is logical (if not totally surreal) to see the Bentley Continental ranking at a cool #6 with 29 sales and 2.3% share. And also logically (why not?), it’s the more expensive Continental GTC version, starting at US$235,000, that sells the most with 16 units, vs. 10 for the GT and 3 for the Flying Spur… So even without the Flying Spur, the Continental GT/GTC alone would rank #9…

 Ferrari FF. Picture by Jan L, all rights reserved.

And below, the amazement continues. The Ferrari 458 Italia is up from #43 in 2011 to #13 with 19 sales and 1.5%, triple its 2011 market share, while the Ferrari California up to #42 and the Ferrari FF up to #47.

McLaren MP4 12C. Picture by Raphael Belly, all rights reserved.

Now get this: the McLaren MP4 12C is up to a unheard of 39th place with 9 units sold for a 0.7% market share, same as the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris and more than the Renault Scenic, Nissan Qashqai or Fiat Panda… Interestingly, while Mercedes is now the best-selling brand in the country, its sales are spread across many models and as a consequence the best-selling Merc, the A-Class, is ‘only’ #11, followed by the B-Class at #12.

Fisker Karma in Monaco, August 2012

Among the newcomers in the ranking, we welcome the Fisker Karma at #67 with 4 sales, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Citroen DS5 both with 2 units sold, and the Koenigsegg CCX, Nissan Leaf and… Lada Niva with one sale each.

US$550,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe in Monaco, August 2012.

Even though Monaco is nested within France, there are no Citroen, Peugeot or Renault dealerships in the country and as a result French models generally deliver very shy performances. Case in point: there are none in the Top 30 and only 4 of them in the Top 50 over the first 6 months of 2012, with the Renault Megane the best-seller at #34, followed by the all-new Peugeot 208 at #40, the Renault Scenic at #44 and the Citroen C4 at #49.

Renault Twizy

In fact, if it wasn’t counted as a quadricycle, the Renault Twizy would top French models by far, with 16 units sold this year – which would place it at #17 along with cars like the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Range Rover Sport…

Last one for the road… Bugatti Veyron. Picture by Reivax-autos, all rights reserved.

Previous post: Monaco 6 months 2012: Mercedes, Audi and… Porsche on Top!

Previous year (models): Monaco 2011: Now with Top 228 All-models ranking!

Previous year (brands): Monaco 2011: Now available with Top 50 All-brands ranking!

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Algeria 6 months 2012: Peugeot up 96% in market up 49%

Can the 301 help Peugeot become the best-selling brand in Algeria? 

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Given my traditional source for Algerian sales has dried up and hasn’t been updated since last January, the only information I have about Algeria is patchy at best. If you have access to regular models figures please make sure to let me know by commenting on this post!

Over the first 6 months of 2012 the Algerian new car market is going absolutely gangbusters, up no less than 49% on the same period in 2011 (which was a record already) to 263,787 registrations. Now some of the previous year info published here conflicts with the data I got monthly in 2010-2011 but in any case we may be looking at a 500,000 unit Algerian market in 2012 which would be an all time record by far, up from around 400,000 in 2010 (or 289,385 according to my source). Exceptional times indeed… This astonishing growth is fuelled by a couple of government measures: substantial aids allocated to young entrepreneurs to create new companies with bank loans at zero credit and car price reductions, as well as significant salary increases granted to civil servants with 4-year retroactive effects.

The ageing Peugeot 207 is still the brand’s best-seller in Algeria

In this euphoric context, for once it’s the French brands that do best in the country. Renault leads the way by far with 63,221 sales including Dacia, up a massive 59% on the 39,659 it sold at the same time last year and nearly up to the 70,000 it sold in the Full Year 2011! Renault is even looking into building a brand new factory in Algeria to expand its very successful Moroccan operations. Expect the Renault Symbol to still lead the models ranking ahead of the Toyota Hilux.

In second place, while it is hit hard at home and having to cut jobs and close a plant, Peugeot is up a huge 96% year-on-year in Algeria to pass long-term runner-up Hyundai with 26,781 sales vs. 22.842 for the Korean. And this with an ageing range: the 207 is still Peugeot’s best-seller in the country as neither the 208 nor, most importantly, the 301 have launched there yet…

The Suzuki Swift Dzire is off to a great start in Algeria

Finally, the other brand going from strength to strength this year in Algeria is Suzuki, ranking in the Top 5 best-selling brands in January, breaking its monthly sales record twice this year in March (2,209) and June (2,591). Best-sellers over the first 6 months of 2012 are the M800 (4,585), Alto (2,764), Celerio (2,067) and Alto K10 (1,172), giving Suzuki a huge 41% market share in the mini segment. Plus the Swift Dzire, available since June 19, got 825 orders in July alone.

Previous post: Algeria May 2012: Renault breaks records

Previous year: Algeria Full Year 2011: Renault Symbol #1 again, Hyundai up 53%

One year ago: Algeria June 2012: Chevrolet Sail confirms Top 10 spot

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Namibia 2012: Toyota and Volkswagen hold 52% of the market

Toyota Hilux. Picture by knoffelhuisie, all rights reserved.

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Thanks to myk we now have more recent data for Namibia for the first time on BSCB, albeit global market data and no models ranking. According to data published on from the Namibia Vehicle Sales report by Simonis Storm Securities, a local brokerage and research firm, 1,349 new vehicles were sold in the country in March 2012, a 13% year-on-year increase bring the last 12-month total to above 13,000 for the first time in the country…

Toyota and Volkswagen are the preferred brands in Namibia, adding up to 52% of the market that month. Model-wise, based on the observation on recent YouTube videos of the streets of the capital Windhoek, it appears the structure of the Namibian car market is very similar to that of neighbour South Africa, with the Toyota Hilux in all likelihood also in the lead followed by the VW Polo Vivo.

Opel Corsa KB. Picture by Potjie, all rights reserved.

Other popular pick-ups in Namibia include the Opel Corsa KB, Isuzu KB and Nissan Hardbody, while among passenger cars Toyota is very strong with the Yaris and Corolla – with many generations of the latter swarming the streets of Windhoek. This could mean the Toyota Etios, once imported from South Africa, could do really well here…

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Previous post: Namibia 2010: Toyota Hilux in the lead

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Monaco 6 months 2012: Mercedes, Audi and… Porsche on top!

Mercedes SLS AMG. Picture by Fiorano, all rights reserved.

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* Correction: Fisker sold 4 Karma in Monaco over the period, making it the #43 brand *

Thanks to a secret admirer of BSCB once again I can share with you exclusive sales figures for the Principalty of Monaco, the world’s richest country… Plus given I was there today I will also share a few pics I got! You can see my original post about Monaco here and the 2011 Top 50 brands post here. A full models ranking will come shortly…

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Picture by Martin Vincent, all rights reserved.

The Monegasque car market is very healthy in 2012 at 1,286 registrations, roughly the same level year-on-year while neighbouring France and Italy are down 8% and 20% respectively. After a 2011 ranking biased by the royal wedding that put BMW at #1, the brands ranking is back to normal in Monaco in 2012. Well. ‘Normal’ is probably not the right word.

Mercedes and Monaco flag, August 2012. Picture by my dear Dad.

Mercedes edges out traditional leader Audi over the period for just two sales with 173 units and 13.5% share vs. 171 and 13.3% for Audi, but the most striking event is the third position of Porsche with no less than 100 sales for a massive 7.8% market share! This is by far the brand’s best performance anywhere in the world, and places Porsche just ahead of Volkswagen, #4 at 94 units…

I want that one… (Ferrari California, picture taken by my dear Dad)

In fact, this year the only brands that perform greatly are luxury ones. Land Rover is up one spot vs. 2011 to #9 with 45 sales and 3.5%, but the best is yet to come: Ferrari passes Fiat and Ford to rank at an exceptional 11th place with 36 units sold for an out-of-this-world 2.8% market share…

Bentley Continental (a Swiss one) in Monaco, August 2012

…while Bentley is up 7 ranks to #13 and sells more cars in Monaco in 6 months in 2012 than it did during the entire year 2011: 33 units for a 2.6% market share compared to 1.3% in 2011. McLaren goes from 3 sales in the Full Year 2011 to 9 over the first 6 months 2012, from #40 brand to #24, ahead of Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Opel, Subaru, Jeep or Mitsubishi…

Actually, I’ll just go with that one please! (Lamborghini Aventador)

Among other luxury brands, Maserati is down one spot to #27, Aston Martin down 4 to #28, Rolls Royce down one to #32 but up to 0.5% share, Jaguar down 4 to #36, Lamborghini down 4 to #38 while Bugatti disappears from the ranking altogether.

Fisker Karma in Monaco, August 2012

Another big event over the period in Monaco is the arrival of Fisker in the brands ranking, directly at #43 (along with Jaguar and Jeep) with 4 units of its Karma already sold. And while visiting the Principalty today I spotted two shining new Fisker Karma in the Ferrari dealership…

Koenigsegg CCX. Picture by E82W, all rights reserved.

Finally, notice Koenigsegg making its very first appearance in Monaco at #43 with one unit sold in the Principalty over the first 6 months of 2012.

Full 6 months 2012 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Germany July 2012 Private Sales: Dacia Duster #7!

Dacia Duster

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Thanks to JLKN I can share with you for the second time on BSCB what people really buy with a Top 20 Private Sales ranking. And like for the 6 months 2012 ranking, there are surprises aplenty… The usual suspects are on top: the VW Golf logically leads with 7,506 sales followed by the VW Polo at 4,340. But it’s the Mercedes B-Class that climbs on the third step of the podium (vs. #5 in the general ranking) thanks to 4,221 units sold and an excellent 73% Private Sales (PS) ratio.

VW Up!

#3 over the first 6 months 2012, the VW Tiguan ranks 4th in July with a robust 62% PS ratio, ahead of the Mercedes C-Class at 44%. Already #7 over 6 months, the VW Up! does even better in July and snaps up a shiny 6th spot with 2,044 sales, note however that its PS ratio is down slightly at 52% this month vs. 55% year-to-date, perhaps the sign that rental companies are starting to buy the Up! in droves.

Seat Ibiza

But the biggest surprises are yet to come… Similarly to France where Dacia placed the Duster at #5 and the Sandero at #9 over 6 months 2012, the French/Romanian brand does not sell much to rental companies or administrations and as a result the Dacia Duster ranks at an amazing 7th place in the Private Sales ranking (vs. #33 overall) with 1,915 sales and a stunning 90% PS ratio, by far the best in the Top 20. In the overall ranking, you will never see a foreign model placed that high (except in 2009 when cash-for-clunkers messed up everything) so it is quite revealing to see that ‘true’ German consumers actually buy foreign brands en masse as well as their national ones.

Audi Q3

The second foreign model in the Top 10 is only ‘half-foreign’: the Seat Ibiza is at an extremely solid #8 with 1,865 sales and a 76% PS ratio, compared to #28 in the overall ranking. The Audi Q3 is already quite successful overall at #26 in July but enormously more so with private buyers: it is #9 this month with 1,705 units and a huge 68% PS ratio, now the brand’s best-seller at home…

Hyundai ix35

Other great performers with private buyers in July are the Smart Fortwo at #12 and 70% PS ratio (vs. #30), the Audi A1 at #13 and 55% (vs. #22), the Toyota Yaris at #14 and 79% (vs. #39), the Nissan Qashqai at #15 and 58% (vs. #29) and the Hyundai ix35 at #20 and 75% (vs. #43), making it 6 foreign models in the Top 20. Reversely, the Opel Astra (32%) and Ford Fiesta (33%) deliver the lowest Private Sales ratios in the Top 20.

Previous Private Sales post: Germany 6 months 2012 Private Sales: What people really buy

Previous general post: Germany July 2012: Mercedes B-Class and VW Up! break records

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Senegal: Toyota Hilux favourite, Peugeot losing grip

Peugeot 504 Station Wagon in the background. Picture by Liki Fumei, all rights reserved.

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In 2011, 7,350 new cars were imported into Senegal, making it the biggest market in Western Africa. 585 of these were then re-exported in the region. However the Senegalese new car market is a little wobbly right now, weakened by a new law from just-elected president Macky Sall allowing the imported of used cars up to 8 years old (it used to be 5). Some distributors believe that this new measure will affect low-end brands like Chery and Great Wall more than the rest.

A very important element influencing the structure of the Senegalese car market is the fact that banks are reluctant to lend money to private buyers. As a result, 58% of all new cars are sold to companies vs. 27% to private buyers and 15% to administrations.

The Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 should top the models ranking in Senegal based on the observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of the country. The strong influence Peugeot had over the years is still striking in the Senegalese car landscape with a flood of 504 and 505 station wagons and pick-ups, 405, 205, 206 and 406 all over the streets… However it seems to have come to an end with the stop of the Peugeot 504 assembly in Nigeria in 2005 after 30 years of activity and the Peugeot 308 is the only recent model to seem to have had relative success.

Could the Peugeot 301 be the key to Peugeot’s return to success in Africa?

Peugeot is conscious of the situation and says it is refocusing its energy on Sub-Saharian Africa in 2012 after its success in Nothern Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) over the last couple of years. Peugeot still means robustness for the consumers of the region but their current models don’t fit the demand for pick-ups, 4WDs and minibuses. Only a range created with Africa in mind could prevent the inevitable decline of the brand in the region. In the meantime, Peugeot has released the 408 and 508 and could count on the low-cost 301 to grow again in Senegal…

Peugeot 505 in the background. Picture by Alexandre Foulon, all rights reserved.

Peugeot 504. Picture by Bnctony, all rights reserved.

Iran Khodro Samand

Other successful models in Senegal are the Dacia Logan, Toyota Prado, Ford Ranger, as well as the Iran Khodro Samand a favourite among taxi drivers, while Great Wall seems to have also made some inroads with the Hover as has Chery with the QQ.

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