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Netherlands LCV November 2012: Mercedes Citan lands at #11

Mercedes Citan 

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The new Light Commercial Vehicle market is down 24% year-on-year in November in the Netherlands to 4,091 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 55,051 units, down 3% on 2011. The VW Caddy (11.3%) and Transporter (9.8%) dominate the ranking again, albeit at levels slightly below their year-to-date market shares. The Opel Vivaro is up 2 spots on October to land on the podium like one year ago, passing the Mercedes Sprinter and Peugeot Partner both down one rank to #4 and #5 respectively.

Ford Transit Custom

The big event this month in the Dutch LCV world is the arrival at an excellent 11th place of the all-new Mercedes Citan with 144 sales and 3.5% share, with a spot in the Top 10 almost a certainty within the next couple of months. The other newcomer in the Top 30 is the Ford Transit Custom landing directly at #22 with 51 units and 1.2%. Finally, notice also the Renault Trafic up 3 to #6, the Renault Master at #8 and 5.1% vs. 3.8% year-to-date and the Fiat Ducato up 7 to #13.

Passenger Cars post: Netherlands November 2012: Renault Mégane hits 10% share!

Previous month: Netherlands LCV October 2012: The French in shape

One year ago: Netherlands LCV November 2011: Opel Vivaro on podium

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France: My forecast for 2013

I predict the Peugeot 208 will be the best-selling car in France in 2013, but just.

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After Australia where I live, I will now venture a 2013 best-selling models forecast for France where I grew up, a market I have been following for the last 25 years but that can reserve a lot of surprises so a little more difficult to predict. I see the French new car market drop by another 10% next year to around 1.7 million, its lowest level since 1997. In fact if the fall is greater than 10% in the first half of the year, the Hollande goverment will be tempted to put in place yet another scrappage scheme to try and reverse the trend. This would impact the best-sellers ranking greatly depending on which segments it targets.

The Renault Clio IV will miss out on the pole position by a mere hundreds units…

La grande question de 2013 will be whether the Peugeot 208 or the Renault Clio IV will win the title of France’s most popular vehicle. As usual the race will be very close, and I give a tiny advantage to the 208, mainly because of its sub-10,000€ starting price, a definitive pull in harsh economic times, the arrival of the much anticipated GTI variant in March and the absence of a 3-door version for the Clio IV. Internal competition will also play a role in deciding next year’s winner. I see the last, heavily promoted units of the Clio III hurting the IV more than the 207+ could hurt the 208, and the similarly-sized electric Renault Zoe also having a negative impact on the Clio IV – Renault saw this coming by delaying the Noe launch so it doesn’t conflict too much with the Clio IV. Then there is the new generation Dacia Sandero which I will talk more about below.

Renault Captur

But the biggest disruption could come from the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 crossovers, based on the Clio IV and 208 platforms and entering a category the French have proved to be fond of with the success of the Nissan Juke. These two models will launch too late (June and September respectively) to rank within the 2013 Top 10 but their potential is significant: between 1.5% and 2.2% share in my view, with an advantage for the 2008 as it should be more distinct from the 208 than the Captur from the Clio. These two models will be the biggest French new launches in 2013, ensuring lots of buzz and publicity that could take the attention away from the Clio IV and 208. In any case, the two models should be very close by year-end, both around 5%, which is less than the Clio 3 and 207 achieved in their prime, but in line with the ever-growing fragmentation of the French market.

Peugeot 3008

The Citroen C3 will get a mid-life facelift in 2013 to match the current Brazilian model, but that won’t prevent it to fall faster than the market at -15%, albeit still on the podium. The case is worse for the Renault Megane and Scenic which I predict will drop by 25% and 28% to #4 and #6 respectively. A questionable (ok ugly) design didn’t prevent the Peugeot 3008 to climb the ranking year after year in France, from #11 in 2010 to #9 in 2011 to #8 in 2012. A much needed facelift in September will follow the lines of the Chinese model (above) and allow the 3008 to drop slightly less than the market at -7%, meaning a jump to 5th place in 2013.

Peugeot 2008

Volkswagen is going from strength to strength in France and the Polo has shown what it is capable of in 2012, ranking within the monthly Top 5, something no other foreign model has ever achieved in the country, not once but 3 times in the last 12 months. The German carmaker’s success will continue into 2013 with the Polo following the market at #7 and the all-new Golf up 3 spots to #9. Peugeot will launch the new generation 308 in September and I predict the model to slow down its fall accordingly to -15% at #9, and Citroen will launch the C4 Picasso gen 2 just in time for the Summer holidays which should stabilise its sales next year, up 3 ranks to #10.

Dacia Sandero

Renault completely rethought the Dacia Sandero for the 2nd generation and has just launched it across Europe. Expect the model to fight for a spot in the Top 10 next year, with sales up by 25% to #11. Finally, with the 2nd generation not landing before September 2014, I see Nissan starting to aggressively promote the Qashqai next year which could earn it a lucky spot in the monthly Top 10 once, just once, making it the 2nd Japanese model to ever achieve this feat with the Toyota Yaris.

Do you agree? Disagree? What are your predictions for the French market in 2013? Let me know by commenting on here!

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Spain December 2012: Predicted at -27% in spite of PIVE plan

The Nissan Qashqai was #1 in Spain in November

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La Triubuna de Automocion and MSI have released yesterday their prediction for the Spanish new car market in December, and it’s looking rather ugly: -27% year-on-year to 48,689 registrations, or the 5th consecutive month below 50,000 units for the first time on record in the country.

This means the total for the Full Year 2012 will dive below 700,000 registrations for the first time in at least 25 years (data needed!) to just 698,315 units. And all this in spite of the PIVE plan put in place in September – a 2,000€ rebate on the purchase of a low emission vehicle if you get rid of your 12+ year-old car. But why is the Spanish market decidedly depressed at the moment? Click on ‘Read more’ below for some explanations.

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Japan by version November 2012: Mazda Atenza lands

Mazda Atenza (aka Mazda6)

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As is now the tradition, after exploring the Passenger car Top 30 and the Kei car Top 20 in Japan, we have a more thorough look at overall October sales split by version and with Light Commercial Vehicles added. No surprises on top, the Toyota Aqua leads the way for the 10th consecutive time (no interruption since last February!), almost 10,000 sales above the #2 at 26,346 vs. 16,406 for the Honda NBOX which has now held the #2 spot for 7 of the last 8 months…

Suzuki Every

Excellent performance of the Suzuki Every up 8 spots on October to #4 with 12,541 sales, while the Toyota Prius alpha continues to gain ground vs. the hatchback version: it now represents 46% of all Prius sales in Japan.

Honda N-One

It is already the star of the Kei car market: the Honda N-One manages to find its way onto the overall Top 10 as early as for its first month of sales in the country with 9,674 units at #10.

Nissan Clipper Van

The Nissan Clipper Van is up 27 ranks on last month to #27 with 3,391 sales, and 3 models climb up the ranking thanks to their new generation now available across the country: the Subaru Forester ranks #30 at 3,113 units, the Mazda Atenza (aka 6) lands at #52 with 1,798 sales and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 6 spots to #67 and 732 units.

Passenger Car post: Japan November 2012: Toyota Aqua #1, Subaru Forester at best-ever #15

Kei Car post: Japan Kei cars November 2012: Honda N-One already close to 10,000 sales!

Previous month: Japan by version October 2012: Prius Alpha at 43% of Prius sales

One year ago: Japan November 2011: Toyota Prius boosted by Alpha version

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Indonesia November 2012: Toyota Avanza breaks record

Toyota Avanza in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

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The Indonesian new car market continues on its record run this year and lodges a 100,000+ sales month for the 5th time in the last 6 months at 103,474 units, the 2nd biggest monthly tally after October 2012 (106,806). The impressive fact is before last June, never had Indonesian car sales found themselves above 100,000 units/month, ever. Bonus in November: the year-to-date total breaks the historical 1-million sales barrier for the first time at 1,026,606 units, and there is one month to go still in 2012…

Daihatsu Xenia in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

This month the Avanza hits 17,860 sales and 17.3% share, an all-time record, beating the 17,364 it sold last March. After 11 months in 2012, the Avanza’s total stands at 175,049 units, up 18% on the same period in 2011 when it sold 148,297 and again an all-time record for any model in the country. Its twin the Daihatsu Xenia ranks #2 both in November with 6,452 sales and 6.2% and year-to-date at 67,984 units and 6.6%, now above the Toyota Innova at 67,009 and 6.5%. All-in-all, Avanza+Xenia account for almost 24% of the Indonesian market this year…

Toyota Innova in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

Ubud, Bali Indonesia December 2012. Picture by my dear Mum and Dad.

Good performances of the Daihatsu Gran Max Pick-up at #4, the Toyota Yaris breaking its monthly volume record at 2,736 sales and #8, the Honda Jazz up 7 spots on October to #10 at 2,535 units and the Honda CR-V at 1,814 sales. Notice also the Honda Brio at 1.124 units and 1.1%. Brand-wise, Toyota sold 36,996 cars in Indonesia in November for a 35.8% market share, up 3% on last month when it sold 35,855.

Typical car landscape in Bali, Indonesia. From right to left: old gen Toyota Kijang, 2nd gen Toyota Avanza, Suzuki APV, old gen Toyota Kijang and 1st gen Toyota Avanza.

Year-to-date, Toyota leads by far with 370,987 sales and 34.1% share, above Daihatsu at 150,183 and 14.6%, Mitsubishi at 138,778 and 13.5% and Suzuki at 117,927 and 11.5%. Honda, Nissan, Isuzu and Mazda follow.

Previous post: Indonesia: 1976-2011 Historical Info now available!

Previous month: Indonesia October 2012: Honda CR-V shines in record month

One year ago: Indonesia November 2011: Suzuki APV up to #3, Nissan Juke #8

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World November 2012 Roundup: When Hyundai cracked Brazil

Hyundai HB20

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Now that most November data is in, it’s time for our much anticipated World roundup. If last month the focus was on China, Japan and Austria, in November all spotlights are on Brazil. Following the same trajectory as in Russia and India where it now regularly places a locally-produced model on the podium, Hyundai launched the HB (for Hyundai Brazil) range with the HB20 hatchback aimed directly at the VW Gol and Fiat Palio, the HB20X crossover just unveiled at the Sao Paolo Motor Show and a HB20 sedan due to launch in Q1 2013. All HB models will be produced at Hyundai’s new plant in Piracicaba in the Sao Paulo state. With its new plant, Hyundai aims at going from #9 and 2.6% share in 2012 to #4 with 10% of the Brazilian market as early as by the end of 2013, passing Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Renault and Ford in the process!

The Hyundai HB20 is produced in Hyundai’s new Piracicaba plant in Brazil

What seemed like wishful thinking only a few weeks back is now turning into reality. For its first full month of sales, the Hyundai HB20 breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the first time for a Hyundai in Brazil at #9 with 8,077 sales. Hyundai has received 50,000 orders for the model and believe it will sell 26,000 by end-2012, leaving a waiting list of 24,000 into the new year. The HB20 single-handedly pushed Hyundai up to #6 carmaker in Brazil in November at 4.7% share… While we are at it, the other big event in November in Brazil is the Chevrolet Onix already up to #11 with 7,409 sales. If you are a regular reader of BSCB you will already know that the Onix is up to #6 in at mid-December

Fiat 500L

The 2nd big event on the world car sales scene in November is the Fiat 500L breaking into the Top 10 in its native Italy at #9 with 2,115 sales and 2% share only a couple of months after launch. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves (yet), but it could be a case of the ‘right car at the right time’ for the Italian car manufacturer. Fiat’s previous incursion into the mini MPV segment, the Fiat Idea, never ranked better than #11 at home in June 2005, a position the 500L has already beaten. Fiat announced the 500L will go on sale in over 100 countries worldwide, pretty much everywhere the 500 is on sale right now including the USA and Brazil which could become its biggest market in the world if produced locally…

The Honda CR-V is the best-selling Japanese model in China this month

We can’t really go too far in our World Roundup without stopping in China, where events are 3-fold this month:

1. The Japanese manufacturers see their decline ease compared to September and October, with Toyota at -25%, Honda at -29% and Mazda at -30%. Japanese models are quietly back up the ranking with 6 of them in the Top 40 vs. just one last month: the Honda CR-V (#24), Nissan Sylphy (#29), Toyota Camry (#31), Corolla EX (#35), Corolla (#37) and Nissan Teana (#39).

BYD F3 Surui

2. Chinese brands are doing better at home, grabbing 35.1% of the overall market, their highest penetration rate in 20 years! For the first time since last May, the Chery QQ is the best-selling local thanks to the new model at #14 with 16,670 sales, its highest ranking since April 2011 and its strongest monthly volume since… January 2010!  Expect the trend to continue with the new gen BYD F3 gearing up (it cracked the 10,000 monthly units mark this month), and low-cost models like the Venucia R50/D50 (up a massive 67 ranks to #46) getting more and more successful…

38,362 Ford Focus found a buyer in China in November

3. Exceptional, outstanding, out-of-this-world, hard to appreciate the performance of the Ford Focus in China at its correct measure: it is the #1 passenger car for the 4th month in a row and the 5th time in the last 6 months, smashing its volume record again at 38,362 sales, which could even be the highest monthly volume ever recorded for a Passenger Car in China.(Note the Focus also managed to take the lead in the UK for only the 4th time in the last 3 years after May 2010Jan 2011 and Feb 2012). While we’re at it, let’s notice the VW Lavida also lodging a record month at 31,397 units.

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Third big event and it’s a brand one, Volkswagen continues to kick arse, monopolising the models ranking podium in 2 countries outside of Germany and with the Up! reaching unheard of volumes in Denmark… To see the rest of the article just click on ‘Read more’ below.

Previous World Roundups:

World October 2012 Roundup: China, Japan and Austria in focus

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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Philippines November 2012: Toyota & Mitsubishi dominate

Toyota Avanza

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Thank to Luis and Myk I am able to share with you more information for the Filipino new car market in November – if you have access to detailed models data please make sure you get in touch by filling up the ‘Contact us’ form. According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), sales of local vehicle assemblers are up 21% year-on-year in November to 14,620 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 141,283 registrations, up 8% on 2011. Once importers (handled by the Association of Vehicles Importers and Distributors – AVID) are added, the figures amount to 16,888 for November (+15%) and 167,555 year-to-date (+9%).

Mitsubishi Mirage 

CAMPI president Roque Rommel Gutierrez said the Philippines is on track to set record sales in 2012, “especially as we usually experience increased spending during the holiday season” he said. The expectation for the Full Year 2012 total industry sales is a record-breaking 185,000 units. Brand-wise, Toyota leads with 39.5% share this month and already beats the all-time annual record it set back in 2010 with 58,890 units sold so far in 2012. Mitsubishi lodges its strongest month in the country since 1995 with 3,840 sales, boosted by 1,098 pre-ordered units of the Mitsubishi Mirage which is shaping up to be a runaway hit in the Philippines.

Ford delivers its 2nd highest month ever (best one being last month) at 1,225 sales, up 41% year-on-year, mainly thank to the Ford Ranger at a best-ever 344 units. Year-to-date, the Toyota Vios is #1 at 14,757 sales above the Toyota Innova at 12,005, Mitsubishi Montero Sport at 11,508, Toyota Fortuner at 10,593 (but best-selling SUV in November) and Toyota Avanza at 6,099.

Previous month: Philippines October 2012: Toyota could monopolise podium

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Gulf November 2012: Toyota Prado shines

Toyota Prado

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. October highlights included the Hyundai Accent passing the Toyota Prado at #5, the Kia Cerato up to #11, the Nissan Sunny-N17 up to #13, Hyundai Santa Fe up to #19 and Lexus LX up to #22. In November, new car sales in the region are up a massive 36% year-on-year to 131,988 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,351,813 units, up 22% on 2011 and passing the Full Year 2011 total (1,212,797) at end-October. The models podium is unchanged on October and year-to-date: the Toyota Hilux leads with 11,844 sales and 9%, followed by the Corolla at 7,529 and 5.7% and the Land Cruiser at 6,014 and 4.6%.

Chevrolet Sonic

Helped by record showings in Kuwait and Bahrain, the Toyota Prado is up 2 spots to #4 with 5,385 units and 4.1%, just 32 above the Toyota Camry at #5 and 5,353. The Hyundai Accent is back to #6 while the Toyota Yaris is up 2 to #7 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up is stable at #8. The Ford Expedition enjoys its 2nd ever month in the Gulf Top 10 after last August at #10 with 2,541 sales and 1.9%. It is #11 year-to-date vs. #34 in 2011!

Renault Duster

Further down, the Nissan Patrol is up 7 spots to #17, the Mitsubishi Pajero up 22 to #22, the Chevrolet Colorado going from #171 in October to #28 in November for its first full month of sales in the region with 1,269 units and 1%, the Chevrolet Sonic up 36 ranks to #33, Chevrolet Traverse up 11 to #41, GMC Acadia up 17 to #57 and the Renault Duster up 41 to #70. Notice also the Chevrolet Trailblazer arriving at #165, the VW Polo at #202, Peugeot 208 at #212 and the Kia Quoris at #214.

Previous post: Gulf September 2012: Toyota Hilux breaks record, 7 Toyotas in Top 7

One year ago: Gulf November 2011: 9 Toyotas in Top 12!

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Bahrain November 2012: Toyota Prado at record heights

Toyota Prado

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New car sales in Bahrain are up 29% year-on-year in November to 3,717 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42,159 units, up 47% on 2011. October highlights included the 5th place of the Nissan Altima, the Toyota Yaris up to #12, the Hyundai Santa Fe at #16, Lexus RX at #17, Mercedes E-Class at #20 and Nissan Micra at #21. In November, the Toyota Prado takes command of the Bahraini models ranking with a huge 426 sales and 11.5% share, only the 2nd time this year after August that the Toyota Land Cruiser is not #1, and an all-time record for the model in Bahrain. For perspective, the Prado’s November score equals to half its sales over the entire year 2011 in the country!

GMC Yukon XL

The Land Cruiser is down to #2 at 296 units and 8% but stays in pole position year-to-date by far with 3,584 sales and 8.5% vs. 3,109 and 7.4% for the Prado. The Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Hyundai Tuscon follow as per the year-to-date ranking, while the Nissan Altima maintains itself at very high levels at #6 vs. #11 YTD. Notice also the Honda Accord up 2 spots to break into the Bahraini Top 10 at #9, the Lexus LX and Nissan Micra solid at #17 and #18 respectively, the Ford Taurus up 41 to #26, Porsche Cayenne up 8 to #33, GMC Yukon XL up to #37 vs. #122 YTD and the Lexus LS up to #42 vs. #92 YTD.

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Season’s Greetings from BestSellingCarsBlog!

BestSellingCarsBlog and I send you all our best wishes in this Holiday season, hoping you are all having a good time around the world in this end of year. I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how Santas celebrate Christmas in Australia where I live… You can watch the Aldi commercial above, created by Carlos and Laura who I would like to thank very much for all their support and encouragement this year.

Since my last Season’s Greetings, you have been more and more numerous to visit BestSellingCarsBlog month after month, with unique visitors increasing 3-fold in the space of a year to reach just under 120,000 in December 2012. Also, today BSCB is celebrating a notable milestone: 5 million page views since the creation of the site in October 2010!

So I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who have discovered BSCB over the last year and have made it a favourite of yours, to all of you who keep coming back regularly, to all of you who have participated in the improvement of the site by sharing tips and new data and to all of you who have been following BSCB from the start.

Thank you.