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Why the UK market is growing in 2012

The Fiat 500 is one of the reasons why the UK market is euphoric this year…

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Going against the general gloomy trend in new car sales in Europe this year (general market down 7%,  Italy down 20%France down 13% and Spain down 12%), the UK market has shown insolent year-on-year growth in every month of the year so far in 2012 except February, and confirms in October at +12% to 151,252 registrations. Year-to-date, the 1,771,862 new cars have found a buyer in the UK, a 5% or 83,823 units progression over 2011 and now on track to jump back above the 2 million annual units mark after dropping to 1,941,253 in 2011. Let’s get under the skin of this great performance…

…and the VW Up! is another reason.

The first interesting element to note is that the growth in 2012 reflects an improvement in private demand, while fleet demand has been stable. This means there is ‘real’ demand from ‘real’ consumers wanting new cars and is an indication that 2012’s growth is robust and not artificially boosted by fleet sales. The second main explanation for the health of the UK new car market this year is the incredible dynamism of the smallest car segment, the minis, up 52% year-to-date due to a bunch of new models being released recently: the VW Up! is #57 and the Skoda Citigo #140 while the Fiat 500 has its best year in the country so far at #11. The Supermini segment for its part is up 6%, with these two segments accounting for no less than 40% of the UK market right now!

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Belgium October 2012: Volkswagen #1, Audi, BMW & Mercedes up

Audi holds 7% of the Belgium market in October

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The Belgian new car market is down 1% year-on-year in October to 41,846 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 428,579 units, down 11% on 2011. FEBIAC even predicts a 15% drop over the Full Year 2012 given new car sales at the end of last year were boosted by the imminent stop of government subsidies. In the absence of models data, this month I am sharing with you a complete manufacturers ranking. Volkswagen leads the way with a comfortable margin and evolves like the market at 4,807 sales and 11.5% share, down 2% year-on-year. It is followed by Peugeot, potentially helped by the arrival of the 208 and up 2% to 3,770 units and 9%. Renault rounds up the podium but is down 20% to 3,662 sales and 8.8%.

BMW sales are up 17% year-on-year in Belgium in October.

Below Citroen down 7% at #4, the next most popular brands perfectly reflect the current European trend: German premium brands are now more successful than their mass market counterparts for the first time in history. Audi is up a whopping 20% and 2 spots compared to October 2011 to land at #5 with 2,943 sales and 7% share, BMW is up 17% to #6 with 2,515 units and 6% and Mercedes up 36% to #9 with 1,741 sales and 4.2%. Reversely, Opel is down 8% to #7 and Ford down 22% to #8, coinciding with the announcement of the closure of its Belgian factory in 2014.

Fisker Karma

Further down, notice Nissan up 35% to #10, Fiat up 34% to #14, Mini up 14% to #19, Chevrolet up 17% to #21, Land Rover up a huge 72% to #23 (thanks Evoque!), and the arrival of Fisker at #38 with 4 sales and Tesla at #47 with one unit sold.

Previous month: Belgium September 2012: VW Golf, Renault Megane and Scenic on top

Previous historical post: Belgium: 1989-2011 Historical Data now available!

Previous year: Belgium Full Year 2011: VW Golf ahead of Renault Megane

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Netherlands LCV October 2012: The French in shape

Peugeot Partner

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After one month off, new Light Commercial Vehicles sales in the Netherlands are back on BSCB and in October 4,369 new vehicle found a professional home, bringing the year-to-date total to 50,970. No surprises atop the ranking: the VW Caddy leads the way with 503 sales and 11.1% share, followed by the VW Transporter at 476 units and 10.5% and the Mercedes Sprinter with 338 sales and 7.4%, replicating the 2012 year-to-date ranking. The French are in shape this month: the Peugeot Partner is up 4 spots on September to #4, the Renault Master is also up 4 to #8 and the Citroen Berlingo is up 8 to #11.

Previous post: Netherlands LCV August 2012: Podium 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Netherlands LCV October 2011: VW Caddy and Transporter on top

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Macedonia October 2012: Opel Astra #1, VW Golf leads YTD

Opel Astra

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Thanks to Rutger it looks like the Republic of Macedonia will now become a monthly update on BSCB, with local car website Auto Plus now regularly publishing a Top 10 models and brands… October new car sales in the country are down 31% year-on-year to 315 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,497 units, down a similarly daunting 33% on 2011. Very small figures mean very volatile models ranking and the Opel Astra only needs 21 sales for a 6.7% market share to take the lead this month ahead of the Skoda Fabia at 12 and the Dacia Duster, Peugeot Bipper and VW Passat all at 11.

VW Golf

Year-to-date, the VW Golf is in the lead by far with 214 units and 6.1% share, ahead of the Opel Astra at 149 and 4.3%, the VW Polo at 124, VW Passat at 121 and Skoda Fabia at 119. The brands ranking is much more stable, with Volkswagen the runaway winner both this month and year-to-date with 13.3% and 15.7% share respectively, followed each time by Skoda (8.9% and 7.9%) and Opel (8.3% and 6.7%).

Previous post: Macedonia 2011: VW Golf and Renault Megane popular

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World October 2012 Round up: China, Japan and Austria in focus

Nissan Sylphy

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With most October data now in, it’s time for our much anticipated monthly rendezvous: the World roundup, now in its 8th instalment. Last month the Ford Focus’ success in China made the headlines and in October it does again while the Japanese fall deeper down the ranking with only one Nippon in the Chinese October Top 50: the Nissan Sylphy. In fact, the 3 main events of September repeat themselves this month: the Ford Focus beats its record again in China, the Lada Granta is #1 anew in Russia and the Skoda Octavia stays above the VW Golf in Switzerland

Toyota Aqua

Now that we have cleared this up, let’s have a look at other worldwide events in October…

First let’s go to Japan, where the Toyota Aqua frankly takes the lead. It sells 24,192 units vs. 18,116 for the Prius which was the last nameplate to rank #1 for the first time in Japan in May 2009 just after the Honda Insight in April 2009

VW Tiguan

Next we land in Austria, another country feeling the consequences of the transition towards the 7th generation VW Golf along with Switzerland. The VW Tiguan grabs the Austrian pole position for the first time ever, making it the first time in 3 years that the Golf is not #1 in the country, since June 2009 exactly when the Seat Ibiza ranked #1.

Renault Clio IV

A few recent newcomers are starting to make waves worldwide: the Renault Clio IV pushes the Clio nameplate to #1 in Spain for potentially the first time in 20 years and is up to #4 in France and Switzerland, the Skoda Citigo is up to #2 in Denmark, the Volvo V40 is up to #5 in Sweden and to an even better #4 in the Netherlands

Kia K3

…the Kia K3 up to #6 in its native South Korea, the Luxgen5 Sedan up to #10 in Taiwan, the Skoda Rapid up to #12 in Czech Republic, the Hyundai HB20 lands directly at #28 in Brazil and the Seat Toledo up to #42 in Spain.

On October 30, BestSellingCarsBlog celebrated its 2nd anniversary and passed the 100,000 monthly unique visitors mark for the first time in the history of the site, and on October 29 superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern coast of the USA with a significant impact on new car sales in the country predicted…

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(Including more highlights from Australia, Russia, India, Bulgaria, Japan, Denmark, Germany, France, Portugal, Croatia, Europe, Finland, Argentina, Italy, UK, Norway, South Africa, the Gulf region and the USA)

Previous World Roundups:

World September 2012 Roundup: Ford Focus shines in China

World August 2012 Roundup: Subaru XV topples almighty Golf in Switzerland

World July 2012 Roundup: Geely CK writes history in Ukraine

World June 2012 Roundup: Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Focus shine

World May 2012 Roundup: GM and Toyota Etios make headlines

World April 2012 Roundup: Maruti Swift and Mazda CX-5 impress

World March 2012 Roundup: Toyota Prius breaks a leg

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Indonesia: 1976-2017 Historical Info now available

1977 Toyota Kijang

The direct links to 13 historical articles are below. Many thanks to Eddy.

Thanks to Eddy I can now share with you information on the Indonesian new car market since 1976! From 1976 to 2004 we only have annual sales but these actually show fascinating fluctuations that Eddy was kind enough to explain to me. The period starts with very strong growth: Indonesian new vehicle sales go from 72,000 in 1976 to 208,000 in 1981. We then have to wait until 1990 to see that record broken at 274,000 units, before another weak period until 1993. In 1994 the market is up a huge 53% to reach a record 322,000 units, improved further in 1995 at 341,000 and again in 1997 at 387,000.

1981 Toyota Kijang. Picture courtesy of

The combination of the South-East Asian economic crisis that saw the Indonesian currency devaluate to its lowest ever, rampant inflation, a military coup and social unrest saw the Indonesian new vehicle market drop by a horrendous 85% in 1998 to just 58,303 units, its lowest in at least 22 years… However sales swiftly bounced back to 93,814 in 1999 (+61%) and an amazing 300,965 units in 2000 (+221%!). In 2004 and 2005 the market broke its record again at 483,148 then 533,917 registrations, before the reduction of fuel subsidies and a tax hike brought it down by 40% in 2006.

1986 Toyota Kijang and 2009 Toyota Kijang Innova

The record march resumes in 2008 at 603,774 sales, only interrupted by the world financial crisis in 2009 (-20%), then continues in 2010 at 764,910 units and in 2011 at 894,164 registrations. In 2012 and for the first time in the history of automobile in Indonesia, the market became millionaire with 1.116m units.

Toyota Avanza in Ubud, Bali Indonesia April 2012

Indonesia is an MPV country and Toyota has dominated the market for as long as I have data for. The Japanese manufacturer launched the Kijang (Indonesian for ‘deer’) in 1977 specifically for the Indonesian market and it is reasonable to assume that the model has dominated local sales most years up until 2005 when the Kijang Innova is officially #1, before the Avanza took the reigns in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since… You can track the entire history of the Toyota Kijang here.

1976-2017 Indonesia total sales and Direct links to 13 Indonesian Historical posts below

Indonesia 1976-2011:


Indonesia 2005: Toyota Kijang Innova strong leader

Indonesia 2006: Toyota Avanza and Kijang Innova ahead

Indonesia 2009: Toyota Avanza breaks the 100,000 annual units mark

Indonesia 2010: Toyota Avanza grabs 18.5% of record market

Indonesia 2011: Toyota Avanza still #1 in another record market

Indonesia April 2012 Special Photo Report

Indonesia December 2012 Special Photo Report

Indonesia 2012: Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia on top in millionaire market

Indonesia 2013: Toyota Avanza tops new record market

Indonesia 2014: Toyota Avanza resists Honda Mobilio assault

Indonesia 2015: Toyota Avanza celebrates one decade at #1 in market down 16%

Indonesia 2016: Toyota Avanza leads, Calya lands at #3

Indonesia 2017: Toyota Avanza #1, Mitsubishi Xpander #2 in December, Wuling ranks #10

China LCV October 2012: Wuling Hongguang smashes record

Wuling Hongguang

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The Chinese new Light Commercial Vehicle market confirms it is back in shape in October, up 9% year-on-year to 411,693 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 4,068,573 sales, now down just 1% on 2011. For the 23rd month in a row, the Wuling Sunshine is the best-selling LCV and vehicle in China with 44,448 sales, still down a steep 28% year-on-year however and down 27% year-to-date at 442,593 units. For comparison, Volkswagen sold 33,156 Golf in the whole of Europe at the same time (and 373,036 year-to-date) and Ford sold 56,497 F-Series in the USA and 520,230 year-to-date.

Wuling Hongguang

In 2nd place both of the LCV and overall vehicle ranking this month we find the Wuling Hongguang, smashing its monthly volume record for the third consecutive time at 34,220 sales. It is however still #4 year-to-date at 258,678 units below the Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang at 312,093 and the Foton Forland at 292,110. In the overall all-vehicles ranking including passenger cars, Wuling monopolises the Top 2 but the Ford Focus comes #3 with a record 33,614 sales (up 130% year-on-year!) followed by the VW Lavida at a record 30,697 units (+33%), meaning 3 of the Top 4 best-sellers in China this month beat their monthly record.

Previous post: China: 6,000 Fiat Viaggio sold since mid-September

Previous month: China LCV September 2012: Wuling monopolises podium again

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

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Previous Passenger Car month: China October 2012: Ford Focus #1, only one Japanese in Top 50

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Thailand September 2012: Top 5 models ranking – help needed!

Honda Brio

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The brands ranking shows Toyota unsurprisingly in the lead both in September with 46,568 sales and 35.8% share and year-to-date at 380,751 units and 38.1%. Honda takes the 2nd spot overall in September though, passing Isuzu with 19,465 sales and 14.9% share vs. 10.6% year-to-date. Digging a little deeper shows that Honda’s growth comes from passenger cars where it grabs a huge 27% share in September vs. only 30% for Toyota vs. 23% and 38% year-to-date. This seems to indicate that the Honda Brio is a runaway hit in Thailand…

Nissan Almera

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Every month I give you an update on pick-up sales in Thailand as it is by far the largest segment in the country. However monthly all-models data is extremely rare to find so this is an appeal to you all dear readers! I know one magazine publishes models data monthly in Thailand: it’s called Formula Magazine (see a recent cover below). So if you subscribe to this mag, are visiting Thailand and have the opportunity to buy it, know where I can find it in Sydney, Australia or know how to subscribe to it online please get in touch by clicking on the ‘Contact us’ tab on the site!

Recent cover of Formula Magazine. Please get in touch if you buy this magazine or have regular access to it!

Back to the Thai ranking. The Toyota Hilux logically leads the overall models ranking with 171,690 sales and 17.2% share, ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 133,972 units and 13.4%. The Toyota Vios has an excellent year, up from 7.4% share over the Full Year 2011 to 8% this year thanks to 80,410 sales. It is followed by the Mitsubishi Triton at 4.5% and the Honda City at 4.4%. Notice also the Nissan Almera selling a remarkable 35,279 units over the period.

Previous pick-up post: Thailand Pick-ups September 2012: Mazda BT-50 impresses

Previous post: Thailand breaks 1 million car sales barrier for the first time

Previous year: Thailand 2011: Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max maintain stranglehold

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New Caledonia October 2012: Ford Ranger reclaims YTD crown

Ford Ranger

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Thanks to Stéphane, this month I can share with you once again more detail on new car sales in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory located North-East of Australia. New car sales in New Caledonia are up an encouraging 8% year-on-year in October to 998 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 9,418 units, down 4% on 2011. Already #1 last month, the Ford Ranger confirms in October with 90 sales and 9% share to  snaps up the 2012 year-to-date crown away from the Dacia Duster at 461 units and 4.9% vs. 447 for the Duster which sold a very solid 61 units in October. It now looks like the Ranger will manage a 4th consecutive year atop the New Caledonian models ranking

Peugeot 208

In October the Nissan Navara ranks third for the 2nd month in a row thanks to 46 units, the Peugeot 206+ up 7 spots to #4, the Kia Sorento up 15 to #7, the Great Wall Wingle up 9 to #11, the Peugeot 208 landing directly in 12th place with 20 sales for its first full month of sales in New Caledonia (while it has been #1 in metropolitan France for a few months now),  the Range Rover Evoque up to a brilliant 18th place vs. #58 year-to-date, the Citroen DS3 up to #30 vs. #47 YTD, the Dacia Lodgy already up to #32 for its 2nd month in the territory and the Chevrolet Colorado up to #36 vs. #48 YTD.

Previous month: New Caledonia September 2012: Ford Ranger catches on

One year ago: New Caledonia October 2011: Dacia Duster and Hyundai H1 strong

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Morocco October 2012: New Dacia Logan arrives in record market

2013 Dacia Logan

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Again very limited data for Morocco so if you have access to more information please make sure to get in touch by commenting on this article or filling up the ‘Contact us’ form. Over the first 10 months of 2012, 107,343 new vehicles found a buyer in Morocco which is a 14% improvement on the same period in 2011. Passenger cars are up 17% to 97.316 units while Commercial vehicles are down 4% to 10,036 registrations. The Moroccan new car market should finish 2012 around 125,000 to 130,000 units which would be a new all-time record.

Brand-wise, Dacia dominates with models produced locally notably the Logan whose new generation is now in market. The French-Romanian brand sold 22,469 units this year so far for a 20.9% market share, up 18% year-on-year, followed by Renault up 9% to 17,239 sales and 16.1% and Peugeot, stable at 9,376 units and 8.7%. Ford ranks 4th (+33%) ahead of  Hyundai (+31%) and Fiat is up 60% to #7. Skoda is up 79% and Land Rover up 259%.

Previous post: Morocco August 2012: Dacia Dokker and Lodgy get started

One year ago: Morocco September 2011: Renault Kangoo reclaims leadership

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