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Overall Thailand models data is relatively rare to come across, but today I can share with you May figures. Building on a record year in 2012 (up 81% to reach an unbelievable 1,436,335 registrations), the Thai new car market is up a further 31% so far in 2013 at 634,777 registrations. At this rate, we are looking at a Full Year 2013 with around 1.87 million sales… However this may not materialise because for the first time in 16 months, new car sales are down year-on-year in Thailand in May at -3% to 111,848 units.
As you know already if you are a regular BSCB reader, the race for the pole position is particularly tight this year, with the Toyota Hilux leading the way after 5 months with 94,542 sales and 14.9% vs. 91,005 and 14.3% for the Isuzu D-Max. The Honda City confirms it is the best-selling passenger car in Thailand by ranking third overall at 44,131 units and 7% vs. 39,814 and 6.3% for the Toyota Vios. May scores are even higher for both models, respectively 9,463 sales and 8.5% and 9,021 and 8.1%. This order may change soon as the new generation Vios was recently unveiled in Thailand.
The Nissan Almera manages to gain one spot compared to its FY 2012 ranking, up to 5th position thanks to 22,061 units and 3.5%, passing the Mitsubishi Triton at 21,310 and 3.4%. Below, a few models frankly improve in 2013: the Mitsubishi Mirage is up to #8, the Honda Civic up from #15 in 2012 to #9, the Honda Jazz up from #12 to #10 and the Suzuki Swift up from outside the Top 20 to #11… Notice also the Honda Amaze at #13 with 13,381 sales and the Honda CR-V at #14 with 12,987 units.
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Full May and 5 months 2013 Top 35 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.