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Thailand Pick-ups April 2013: Isuzu D-Max back on top

Isuzu D-Max 2013Isuzu D-Max

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As is the tradition on BSCB, we are following the evolution of 1-ton pick-up sales in Thailand, where most of them are manufactured for the rest of the world. 60,294 new pick-ups found a buyer in Thailand in February, bringing the year-to-date total to 159,781. For the third time in the last 5 months after December and February, the Isuzu D-Max is back to being the most popular vehicle in the country, passing the Toyota Hilux to sell 19,247 units for a mammoth 40.1% share of the pick-up market vs. 19,140 and 39.8% for the Hilux. These two models are the only ones to register a higher market share than their year-to-date levels…

Previous Thai post: Thailand 2 months 2013: Discover the Top 40 best-selling models!

Previous month: Thailand Pick-ups March 2013: Toyota Hilux reclaims throne

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups April 2013: Chevy Colorado and Mitsubishi Triton up

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UK April 2013: Fiat 500 up to highest ever 8th place

Fiat 500 UK 2013Fiat 500

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Simply breathtaking. That’s what the continuous growth of the UK new car market really is, now celebrating its 14th consecutive month of year-on-year gain in April at +15% to 163,347 registrations, all this in a very depressed European context. Even more impressive, this best April score since 2008 is lifted by private sales, up a huge 32% year-on-year! The year-to-date total stands at 768,555 units, up a brilliant 9% over 2012. The Ford Fiesta holds onto its newly reacquired pole position but sees its market share slip down to 4.9% at 8,083 units.

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Like last month, the Fiesta is followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (3.7%), Ford Focus (3.6%), VW Golf (3.2%), Vauxhall Astra (2.6%), Nissan Qashqai (2.3%) and VW Polo (2.2%). A very stable ranking indeed. The Fiat 500 is back within the Top 10 for the first time since last June and manages to reach a best-ever #8 with an excellent 3,037 sales and 1.9%. It is its 7th Top 10 month in the country after October 2009 (#10), December 2009 (#9), January 2010 (#10), April 2012 (#10), May 2012 (#10) and June 2012 (#10).

Nissan Juke UK April 2013Nissan Juke

Another rare appearance in the UK Top 10 this month is the Audi A3 at #10 with 2,935 units and 1.8%. The last time the A3 was among the 10 most popular cars in the country was last August. Finally, even though it hasn’t ranked in the Top 10 for the last 2 months, the Nissan Juke manages to improve its year-to-date position to a best-ever #9 thanks to 12,788 sales and 1.7%. In the brands ranking, Dacia continues to impress, selling as many units in April alone (2,016) than in the last 3 months combined (1,978) and now up to #21 in-between Volvo and Mazda…

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Previous post: UK January-March 2013: Discover the Top 328 best-sellers!

Previous month: UK March 2013: Ford Fiesta reclaims top spot

One year ago: UK April 2012: Fiat 500 in Top 10 for the first time in over 2 years

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New York Full Year 2012: Honda Accord, CR-V & Civic best-sellers!

Honda Accord New York 2012. Picture courtesy of tier10lab.comNew Yorkers prefer the Honda Accord

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For the very first time on BestSellingCarsBlog I can share with you detailed car sales data for New York City, the largest of 211 DMA (Designated Market Areas) in the USA, representing 7.8% of overall US sales in 2012, 1.8 point more than runner-up Los Angeles. And what a different market it is! Structurally, one the main characteristics of the New York market is its bias towards luxury vehicles and leases. The luxury segment is twice as big in New York as it is everywhere else, representing one in every four sales, and 45% of all new vehicle transactions in New York are leases vs. 16% elsewhere.

Honda CR-V New York 2012The Honda CR-V is #2 in New York

If General Motors and Ford are the two biggest automakers (not brands) outside of New York, they are nowhere to be seen in the New York Top 5, with Fiat-Chrysler passing them to rank #5 below 4 Asian makers: Honda dominates with 17.6% share followed by Toyota at 14.3%, Nissan at 11.2% and Hyundai at 9.5%… The brands ranking is very similar and crowns Honda at 15.1% ahead of Toyota at 11.3% and Nissan at 9.2%… Not particularly fans of American cars those New Yorkers!

Ford F-Series New York 2012#1 overall in the US, the Ford F-Series is a very rare sight in New York…

In terms of formats, here too some significant differences between New York and the rest of the US. For example, pick-up trucks are the 4th most popular segment overall in the US but only 14th in New York. Illustrating this, if the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado frankly dominate the sales charts outside of New York, they rank respectively #32 and #53 in New York…

Hyundai Sonata New York 2012The Hyundai Sonata is #4 in New York, ahead of the Toyota Camry

There is indeed a big surprise atop the New York models ranking: the podium is monopolised by Honda! The Accord is the most popular vehicle in the Big Apple with an impressive 4.8% share, followed by the CR-V and Civic. In fact, as expected given the automakers and brands rankings above, there are no American cars in the Top 5, with the Hyundai Sonata taking the 4th spot followed by the Toyota Camry…

Previous USA post: USA May 2012: Sales expected to bounce back

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Uruguay 4 months 2013: Chevrolet down, Chery and FAW up

FAW V2 Uruguay April 2013. Picture courtesy of avtoed.comFAW V2. FAW is now among the Top 10 most popular brands in Uruguay.

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While writing my summary article about how Chinese carmakers are setting themselves up for success in Latin America, I realised I hadn’t updated you about the Uruguayan car market for over a year. And a lot has changed since my last article so a new one is overdue. After gaining 3% in 2012 to reach a record 53,233 registrations, new car sales in Uruguay are up a further 9% to 16,744 units over the first 4 months of 2013. The big news is the fragmentation atop the market, with leader Chevrolet going from 25.3% share in 2011 to just 15.7% so far in 2013 while #2 Volkswagen has dropped from 12.1% to 10.9% in the same period of time.

Reversely, Nissan is up from 5.9% to #3 and 8.1% and Fiat is up from 6.6% to 7.6%. But the main source of interest in the Uruguayan car market is how well Chinese manufacturers are doing. In fact, Uruguay could potentially be the country in the world where they have the strongest market share at 25.3% of passenger cars so far in 2013! If a 6.6% share allowed Chery a world-best third position in 2011, it improves on this score in 2013 thanks to 1,136 sales and 6.8% but ranks “only” 5th. FAW is the second Chinese brand to ever break into the Uruguayan Top 10 at #10 so far in 2013 thanks to a market share up a full percentage point on 2012 to 3.9%.

Further down, Geely is up from #14 and 1.8% in 2012 to #12 and 2.6%, Great Wall is up from #16 and 1.6% to #14 and 2.2%, DongFeng up from #17 and 1.5% to #16 and 1.7%, Haima up to #19 at 1% and BYD down from #15 and 1.7% to 20 and 0.9%. 19 additional Chinese manufacturers are officially present in the country: Anchi, Brilliance, Chana, Changhe, Effa, Foton, Gonow, Hafei, JAC, JMC, Lifan, MG, Orient, Shineray, Wuling, Xinkai, Zna, Zotye and ZX Auto!

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2012: Chery now third best-selling brand!

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China LCV April 2013: Wuling Sunshine reclaims throne

Wuling Sunshine China April 2013. Picture courtesy of 360che.comWuling Sunshine

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Sales of new Light Commercial Vehicles are up 5% year-on-year both in April at 456,651 registrations and year-to-date at 1,886,368 units. After 3 consecutive months of domination by the Wuling Hongguang, the Wuling Sunshine, leader in 2010, 2011 and 2012, reclaims the top spot in April thanks to 45,861 sales, down just 1% compared to April 2012. For comparison, Ford F-Series sales in the US in April=59,030 and VW Golf sales in Europe=43,175. The Hongguang stays in the lead year-to-date however at 193,092 units (+27%) vs. 171,243 (-14%) for the Sunshine.

Excellent month for the Foton Forland up to a shiny second spot with 35,899 sales (+4%), it however remains 5th year-to-date at 128,667 units. The Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang is also up 2 spots on March to #3 with 34,911 sales while the ChangAn Minibus is up 25% year-on-year but down 3 ranks on last month to #5. In the overall all-models ranking, the podium is once again monopolised by Light Commercial Vehicles with the VW Lavida arriving at #4 and the Ford Focus at #6. Notice also the Honda CR-V up to #8 overall.

Previous month: China LCV March 2013: Wuling Hongguang above 50,000 sales

One year ago: China LCV April 2012: Wuling Rongguang and Hongguang shine

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India: What changed in the last two years

Tata Nano India April 2011The Tata Nano sold 10,021 units in India in April 2011

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The Indian car market has gone through a lot of change in the last 2 years so today I thought I would put the April 2011 and April 2013 Indian models rankings side by side and extract a few long-term trends. First things first, the Maruti Alto has not moved from its pole position but is down 22% to 19,847 sales. In fact the Alto has been #1 in India every month since except exactly one year ago in April 2012 when it was toppled by the Maruti Swift. The Swift family is actually the big gainer over the period: the DZire sedan has gone from #4 with 11,797 sales two years ago to #2 and 19,446 and the Swift hatchback from #5 and 10,622 units to #3 and 16,531.

Maruti Alto 800 India April 2013Maruti Alto 800

If two years ago Hyundai managed to place the i10 in 2nd place, Maruti now monopolises the Top 4, with the Mahindra Bolero the most popular non-Maruti model at #5 (vs. #11 in 2011). However there are 3 Hyundais in the Top 10 like in 2011: the Eon at #6, i10 at #7 and i20 at #8. One of (if not the) biggest changes in the last two years has been the fall and fall of the Tata Nano. In April 2011 the Nano sold 10,021 units (its first and only time above 10,000 monthly sales) and ranked 6th but last month it was down to 39th with just 948 sales.

Renault Duster India 2013Renault Duster

Renault has done the impossible and gone from virtually nothing two years ago to 6,000+ monthly sales this year, thanks to one model: the Duster which brilliantly ranked 10th last month with 5,362 units. Other newcomers in the ranking include the Maruti Ertiga at #11, Honda Amaze at #13, Chevrolet Sail Sedan at #23 and Mahindra XUV500 at #24…

Previous post: India April 2013: Maruti DZire threatens Alto for pole position!

One year ago: India April 2012: Maruti Swift 4th model since 1950 to rank #1!

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France 1-18 May 2013: Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C4 impress

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The situation is getting a tiny bit better in France: from -20% year-on-year as at 13 May it is now down 15% after 18 days to 63,460 registrations, still not great however, granted. The Peugeot 208 holds onto its pole position for now thanks to 4,114 sales and 6.5%, a full two percentage points above its archenemy the Renault Clio IV at 2,862 units. But as you all know by now Renault has the habit of delaying the bulk of its sales up until the last few days of the month so all is not lost yet for the Clio…

Citroen C4 France May 2013Citroen C4

The Peugeot 3008 holds extremely well in third position with 1,655 sales and 2.6% share: if held until the end of the month (unlikely) it would be a new ranking record in the country for the model. The Citroen C4 also holds at sky-high levels in 4th place at 1,577 units and 2.5% as does the Dacia Sandero at #5 with 1,535 sales and 2.4%. Now that its Aulnay factory is freed from strikes, the Citroen C3 creeps back up to #6, while the VW Golf  VII shines at #8 and the Nissan Qashqai keeps on giving at #9, up 12% year-on-year…

Previous post: France 1-13 May 2013: Citroen C3 Picasso in Top 10

One year ago: France May 2012: Podium 100% Renault for the first time in 14 years

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Egypt April 2013: Speranza Envy lands

Speranza Envy Egypt April 2013Speranza Envy

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The Egyptian new car market continues to satisfy this year, up 13% year-on-year in April to 18,500 registrations, which brings the year-to0-date total to 67,106 units, up 12% on 2012. The Chevrolet TFR, a previous generation Isuzu D-Max, tops the sales charts for the third consecutive month and the 5th time in the last year thanks to 1,882 sales and 10.2% share, logically maintaining its 2013 leadership at 6,832 units. However this month the Hyundai Verna (an Accent from two generations ago) is only 46 units below at 1,836 sales and 9.9%.

Hyundai Elantra Egypt April 2013Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is back to where it belongs: in third position – which was its ranking over the Full Year 2012 – at 955 units and 5.2% but is still only #9 in 2013 so far. The Mitsubishi Lancer is stable at #4 followed by the Chevrolet Lanos and Aveo. Notice the Geely Emgrand EC7 brilliantly spending its 2nd month in a row among the Top 10 most popular models in Egypt at #8 with 525 sales and 2.8% while the Renault Sandero is up a mammoth 47 spots on March to land in 9th place at 503 units and 2.7%, potentially on the back of runout promotions on the current generation as the new model hasn’t launched yet in the country.

Kia Carens Egypt April 2013Kia Carens

Below, the Kia Sportage is up 11 ranks to #12, the Opel Astra Notchback lodges its third month in the Top 20 for the year at #18 and we welcome no less than 3 all-new models within this month’s Top 50: the Speranza Envy (aka Chery E5) lands at #27 with 160 sales and 0.9%, the Skoda Rapid is #29 at 151 units and 0.8% and the Kia Carens ranks 45th with 50 sales and 0.3%.

Previous month: Egypt March 2013: Geely Emgrand EC7 up to 6th place!

One year ago: Egypt April 2012: Hyundai Verna leads, Chevrolet Sonic lands #20

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Hong Kong (China): BYD launches fleet of all-electric e6 taxis

BYD e6 Taxi Hong Kong May 2013BYD e6 Taxis

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PSFK reported that “Chinese carmaker BYD has announced the launch of Hong Kong’s first all-electric taxi fleet. The first batch of 45 BYD e6 taxis have been placed into service and the e6 ‘Taxi version’ and ‘Premier’ sedan are now on sale in the city”. It is hoped that the e6 models will combat pollution and help reduce the intense smog surrounding Hong Kong. The 5-passenger EV is powered by the BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries. It takes two hours to fully charge the e6 and it can then travel up to 300 km.

This announcement comes only 6 months after a similar agreement was signed to use a batch of 50 BYD e6 as taxis in London, England. In conjunction with the introduction of Hong Kong’s first pure electric taxi fleet and the e6 Premier sedans, BYD is setting up 47 chargers in 9 charging locations near car parks throughout Hong Kong as the first phase of deployment. The company plans to increase the number of charging facilities as adoption rolls out, and is aiming at a long-term fleet of no less than 5,000 e6 to roam the streets of Hong Kong!

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Netherlands LCV April 2013: Mercedes Citan up to best-ever #8

Mercedes Citan 2013Mercedes Citan

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Sales of new Light Commercial Vehicles are back into positive in the Netherlands, up 1% year-on-year in April to 4,287 registrations. This brings the year-to-date figure to 20,296 units, still down a tough 15% on 2012. The models ranking podium is identical to last month’s and the year-to-date one, wit the VW Caddy in the lead at 464 units and 10.8% share, followed by the VW Transporter with 412 sales and 9.6% and the Peugeot Partner at 287 units and 6.7%. The Ford Transit Custom is down one spot on March to #5 with 257 sales and 6% whereas the Mercedes Citan is up 3 to reach its highest ranking so far in the country at #8 thanks to 189 units sold and 4.4% share. Notice also the Opel Vivaro up 6 ranks to #6 and the Ford Transit Connect up 8 to #15.

Previous month: Netherlands LCV March 2013: Ford Transit Custom up to #4

One year ago: Netherlands LCV April 2012: Volkswagen continues to dominate

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