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Italy June 2013: Now with the Top 175 best-selling models!

Peugeot 2008 Italy June 2013The Peugeot 2008 is up to #69 in Italy in June.

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After going through the Top 150 best-sellers over the first half of 2013, thanks to Paolo we can now have a look at the Top 175 for June. This is where we discover that the Opel Mokka at #51 is already threatened by its twin the Chevrolet Trax at #52, the Opel Insignia is up to #57 vs. #82 year-to-date, the Opel Adam up to #63, Peugeot 2008 up to #69, Mercedes CLA up to #83, Ford Galaxy up to #87 vs. #150 year-to-date and the BMW 3 Series GT lands at #107.

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Original June post: Italy June 2013: Renault Clio best-selling foreigner at #5

Original 6 months post: Italy 6 months 2013: Fiat 500L & Renault Clio invite themselves in Top 10

One year ago: Italy June 2012: Lancia Delta and Toyota Yaris at highest in 3 years

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World 6 months 2013: Top 20 market updates (almost) complete

Toyota Aqua Japan June 2013bThe Toyota Aqua misses the top spot for 136 sales in Japan…

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Now that July is coming to an end, I’m happy to report that nearly all Top 20 worldwide biggest markets have now been explored in detail. You will find all the links below. The only two missing boxes are Thailand which is always a challenge to get hold of – so I have inserted the link to the 5 months 2013 article below, and Saudi Arabia for which the most recent models data is February. I am also hoping to be able to share with you very shortly an All-models ranking for the UK. Enjoy!

Original Top 20 worldwide markets post: World 6 months 2013: The biggest car markets: China and UK strongest

1. China 6 months 2013: VW Lavida reigns, Nissan Sylphy up 111%

2. USA 6 months 2013: Ford F-Series at strongest in 7 years, Honda Accord getting close to Toyota Camry for #1 passenger car title

3. Japan 6 months 2013: Toyota Prius and Aqua fight it off

4. Brazil 6 months 2013: Hyundai HB20 and Chevrolet Onix shake up the ranking

5. Germany 6 months 2013: BMW 3 Series back on podium

6. Russia 6 months 2013: Market transformation continues

7. UK 6 months 2013: Peugeot 208 and BMW 1 Series break into Top 10

8. India 6 months 2013: Maruti DZire and Mahindra Bolero hit records

9. France 6 months 2013: Renault Clio IV and Peugeot 208 land on top

10. Canada 6 months 2013: Ford F-Series on track for another record year

Renault Symbol Turkey June 2013The Renault Symbol is #2 in Turkey so far in 2013.

11. South Korea 6 months 2013: Kia Morning leads ranking gone mad

12.  Thailand 5 months 2013: Discover the Top 35 best-selling models!

13. Italy 6 months 2013: Fiat 500L and Renault Clio invite themselves in Top 10, Italy 6 months 2013: Discover the Top 150 best-selling models!

14. Indonesia 6 months 2013: Suzuki Ertiga invites itself in 4th position

15. Australia 6 months 2013: Toyota Corolla leads for the first time (with Top 292 All-models)

16. Mexico 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Aveo leads, 6 Nissans in Top 10

17. Argentina 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Classic under siege

18. Spain 6 months 2013: Opel Corsa threatens Seat Ibiza domination

19. Saudi Arabia February 2013: Toyota Hilux edges back past Corolla (now with 2005-2012 Historical Data)

20. Turkey 6 months 2013: Fiat Linea and Renault Symbol on top (with Top 332 All-models)

Guest post: Not all big cars are bad for the environment

Range Rover Sport World July 20132013 Range Rover Sport

Modern times have brought with them an increased concern for the environment, and a whole range of ecological considerations for car owners. Luckily, car manufacturers have risen to the occasion and recognised the need for efficient cars that are ecologically conscious while still delivering adequate power and performance. Here a few reasons why not all big cars are bad for the environment, and some ways that you can keep your daily drive as green as possible.

Choose Diesel

Manufacturers have spent a lot of time and money creating diesel engines which are far friendlier for the environment than normal petrol cars. Burning diesel produces less greenhouse gas, converts more fuel into mechanical energy and is more efficient than petrol. With many larger models running on diesel, big cars can be a better choice ecologically than their smaller petrol counterparts.

Electric Advantage

Electric cars are no longer simply a sci-fi style gimmick. While the prices for entirely electric models are still higher than conventional petrol cars, they are set at a realistic and achievable price point and have been extensively marketed towards average car buyers. With a range of manufacturers supporting the switch to electric, expect to see more and more plug in cars recharging in the average garage overnight!

Dual Diversity

For those who aren’t quite comfortable relying solely on electric technology, why not consider a hybrid car. These cleverly created models are the perfect balance between electronic efficiency and traditional petrol power. Hybrids offer a great compromise and a step towards cleaner, greener cars for the future.

Modern Efficiency

As cars have developed, they have become increasingly efficient. Emissions are down, as is fuel consumption, making new cars much greener than most of their older counterparts. This means that you can feel confident that even a large car such as the new Land Rover SUV is significantly more ecologically conscious than a smaller car which is older and possesses less technology and environmentally conscious design.

Adaptive Driving Techniques

How you drive has a huge impact on the fuel consumption and generally efficiency of your vehicle. By being conscious of your driving techniques and adapting to different traffic situations, you can not only save money at the petrol pump but help reduce environmental impact as well. Try and drive consistently, applying pressure to either the accelerator or the brake as smoothly as possible to maintain the best fuel efficiency in your vehicle.

These points serve to illustrate that big doesn’t necessarily mean bad for the environment. Thanks to an increasing ecological awareness in society, car manufacturers have truly stepped up to the plate and produced a range of cars which offer the perfect blend of green efficiency and top performance. With this change in design, expect to see more bigger cars which are fun to drive, easy to use and environmentally friendly.

Jack has been an engineer for 5 years and is a complete rev head. He has 3 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.

Guest post: Best roads to drive on in the UK

Buttertubs Pass[image courtesy of JauntyJane on Flickr] Buttertubs Pass- scenic route from Thwaite to Hawes, Yorkshire.

Classic Vehicles, Classic Ventures

Below are what the guys at Cherished Vehicle Insurance think are some of the best roads the UK has to offer, so what’s stopping you and your classic car enjoying them?
Be it a steep hill climb, idyllic countryside cruise or bendy route through a mountainous gorge, you’ll start to remember why you spent all that time maintaining and caring for the classic car taking up all that space in the garage- no other drive is quite like it.
If you’re sat, looking back at the driving history of your classic and are genuinely convincing yourself that nipping down to the local patisserie for a pain aux raisin is a thrilling enough journey, imagine what some of the drives pictured below could be like for you.
If you treat your car, we’re sure the favour will be gladly returned in the form of unforgettable memories.

Evo Triangle[image courtesy of Chris Wilkinson on Flickr] Evo triangle- A loop from A5, A543 to B4501 in North Wales

Lake District[image courtesy of Jeff Reedy on Flickr] Lake District A591 – The stretch between Windermere and Keswick

Snake Pass[image courtesy of TruckerPat on Flickr] Snake Pass – most direct route from Manchester to Sheffield

Llanberis Pass[image courtesy of Bryn Jones on Flickr] The Llanberis Pass- A4086 North Wales

A39[image courtesy of Arekev on Flickr] A39 from Minehead to Barnstaple

Thailand Pick-ups June 2013: Ford Ranger up to #3

Ford Ranger Thailand June 2013Ford Ranger

* See the Top 8 All-pickups ranking by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Austin *

After getting a glimpse at the Top 35 models in Thailand for May, we are back to our usual pick-up ranking, made relevant by the fact that Thailand is the 1 ton pick-up factory of the world and it’s always interesting to see how these fare ‘at home’. The Toyota Hilux has reclaimed the pole position thanks to 17,878 sales and 112,420 year-to-date, ahead of its archenemy the Isuzu D-Max at 15,230 and 106,235 units. Far far below we have a little surprise: #7 in 2012 and #5 so far in 2013, the Ford Ranger is up to third place in June thanks to 2,704 sales and 6.2% share of the segment, passing traditional #3 the Mitsubishi Triton at 2,613 units and 6%. The Mazda BT-50 is also in great shape at 5.3% share.

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Previous post: Thailand 5 months 2013: Discover the Top 35 best-selling models!

Previous pick-up post: Thailand Pick-ups April 2013: Isuzu D-Max back on top

One year ago: Thailand Pick-ups June 2012: Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger up

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Egypt June 2013: Geely Emgrand EC7 on the podium

Geely Emgrand EC7 Egypt June 2013. Picture courtesy of masrmotors.comGeely Emgrand EC7

* See the Top 127 All-models ranking by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Ldman *

After one month off due to the unrest in the country, Egypt is back on BSCB for June figures, up 17% year-on-year to 16,002 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 102,452 units, up 15% on 2012. If the Chevrolet TFR Single Cab pick-up (a previous gen Isuzu D-Max) and the Hyundai Verna from 2 generations ago still dominate the ranking in this order, the big surprise is on the third step of the podium: Chinese model Geely Emgrand EC7 manages to rank #3 both in May with 1,052 sales and 5.7% and in June at 1,000 units and 6.2%! It now ranks #6 year-to-date with 3,747 sales and 1.7%.

Renault Sandero Egypt June 2013Renault Sandero

The Renault Sandero (still the old generation) is up 8 spots on May to #4 at 888 units and 5.5% share and now #10 year-to-date vs. #23 in 2012 while the new generation Hyundai Elantra continues to climb back the ranking at #5, as does the Toyota Corolla at #6. The Golden Dragon Haice gets a boost at #9, its 6th time inside the Egyptian Top 10 in the last 11 months. The new gen Kia Rio is up 10 ranks to #12, the all-new Cerato up 11 to #16, all-new Carens up one to #17 and the Brilliance V5 is up 15 to #18.

Peugeot 301 Egypt June 2013. Picture courtesy of nilemotors.comPeugeot 301

Among recent launches, we welcome the Peugeot 301 at #23 with 210 sales and 1.3% after ranking #24 in May, the Speranza Envy (aka Chery E5) is stable at #25, the Geely Pandino lands at #26 with 182 units and 1.1% and the Citroen C-Elysee appears at #55 with 35 sales.

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Previous post: Egypt April 2013: Speranza Envy lands

Previous year: Egypt Full Year 2012: Hyundai Elantra snaps up podium ranking

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Italy 6 months 2013: Discover the Top 150 best-selling models!

Opel Mokka Italy June 2013The Opel Mokka is one of 3 all-new models in the Italian Top 150.

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Thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote magazine, I can share with you today for the first time on BSCB much more detail on the best-selling models in Italy, namely a Top 150. Exciting times indeed! So let’s get straight to the unknown parts of the ranking… Firstly, the Opel Mokka is actually #44 with 4,813 sales contrary to previous data released by UNRAE, making it 3 (almost) all-new models in the Italian Top 50 over the period with the Fiat 500L at #7 and Ford B-Max at #40.

Toyota Auris Italy June 2013Toyota Auris sales are up 225% year-on-year in Italy.

The BMW X1 is up 16 spots and 21% year-on-year to #57, the Toyota RAV4 up 13 ranks and 11% to #61, Toyota Auris up 55 and 225% to #62, Volvo V40 up 6793% to #66, Citroen DS3 up 14 and 13% to #68 and Kia Venga up 24 spots and 35% to #69. Further down, the Kia Cee’d is up 45 ranks and 155% to #77 and two additional all-new models appear in the Top 100: the Renault Captur lands at #78 with 2,352 units and the Opel Adam comes up at #84 with 2,059 sales.

Lancia Thema Italy June 2013The Lancia Thema is up 163%.

Other newcomers in the Top 100 are the Hyundai i30 at #88 (+18), Skoda Yeti at #95 (+6), Seat Leon at #97 and the Skoda Octavia at #99 (+10). The Mazda CX-5 is up 139% to #105, Seat Mii up 361% to #110, the Chevrolet Trax lands at #114 with 1,081 units sold, the Dacia Lodgy is up 263% to #115, Lancia Thema up 163% to #123 and the Mercedes CLA (#132) and Peugeot 2008 (#133) are the last all-new models inside the Top 150.

Previous post: Italy 6 months 2013: Fiat 500L & Renault Clio invite themselves in Top 10

Previous monthly update: Italy June 2013: Renault Clio best-selling foreigner at #5

One year ago: Italy June 2012: Lancia Delta and Toyota Yaris at highest in 3 years

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Australia 6 months 2013: Discover the Top 292 All-models ranking!

Mitsubishi Triton Australia June 2013The Mitsubishi Triton is up 5 spots on 2012 to a record #6 over the period.

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Australia is one of 6 new car markets in the Top 20 worldwide biggest markets (but the only mature one!) to break an all-time record over the first 6 months of 2013… At 573,711 units it is up 5% on 2012 and on track for a second consecutive record year. The biggest event over the period is the pole position of the Toyota Corolla: never before had it topped a half-year ranking in Australia! However the race is extremely tight atop the Australian sales charts and the 2013 winner will likely only be decided in December. The Corolla is up 10% thanks to the new hatchback to 20,970 sales and 3.7%, ahead of the Toyota Hilux up 7% to 20,721 and 3.6% and the Mazda3 down 8% to 20,077 and 3.5%.

Toyota Corolla Australia June 2013The Toyota Corolla leads the way at half-year for the first time ever.

Below the Hyundai i30 up 2 spots and 7% year-on-year to a best-ever #4 at 14,982 units and 2.6%, we can see the first big megatrend at play in Australia: utes (pick-up trucks) are on fire! The Nissan Navara is up 2 ranks and 4% to #5 with 13,723 sales, the Mitsubishi Triton is up 4 spots and 35% to #6, the Ford Ranger up 11 ranks and 50% to #9 and the Holden Colorado up 14 spots and 43% to #16.

Nissan Pulsar Australia June 2013bThe Nissan Pulsar is the most popular all-new model at #17.

Second big trend: SUVs, especially the compact and small ones, are also getting a big boost. The Mazda CX-5 leads the way, up 54% to #12, followed by the Hyundai ix35 up 66% to #13. Notice also the Nissan Dualis up 22% to #21, Honda CR-V up 1398% to #23 and Holden Captiva7 up 35% to #27. The Nissan Pulsar is the most popular all-new model, landing at #17 with 8,021 sales, ahead of the Mitsubishi Mirage at #34 and 5,535 units.

VW Amarok Australia June 2013. Picture courtesy of VW Amarok breaks into the Australian Top 50 for the first time.

Lastly, some notable evolutions include the Holden Cruze down 24% to #7, the Ford Focus up 5 ranks to #9, Holden Commodore down 35% and 5 spots to #10, Honda Civic up 112% to #15, Jeep Grand Cherokee up to #41,  Mazda6 up to #46, VW Amarok up to #47 and Toyota 86 up to #50 and by far the best-selling sportscar in the country.

Previous post: Australia June 2013: Toyota Hilux hits best-ever volume, Corolla leads year-to-date

One year ago: Australia June 2012: Holden Commodore down to #8 in record market

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UK 6 months 2013: Peugeot 208 & BMW 1 Series break into Top 10

Peugeot 208 UK January 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusPeugeot 208

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The UK new car market is one of the worldwide big surprises this year: contrasting with continental Europe stuck in recession, sales in the UK are up a fantastic 10% year-on-year halfway through 2013 to 1,163,623 registrations. This is the biggest gain in the world’s Top 10 car markets, and even more impressively, this figure is pulled up by private sales which means that the recovery is ‘genuine’ and not boosted by fleet sales. Hopefully I will be able to share with you an all-models ranking for the UK soon as it has been the case every Quarter for the last couple of years, but for now let’s look at the available figures: the Top 10.

Ford Fiesta UK 2013The Ford Fiesta is on track to lodge its 10th year atop the UK rankings.

No surprise in pole position: the Ford Fiesta is on track to lodge its 5th consecutive year atop the UK sales charts and its 10th in total after 1990, 19911996 to 1998 and 2009 to 2012, which would place the Fiesta nameplate equal with the Ford Cortina and Focus and second to just the Escort (12 years). It sells 63,040 units over the period, up 6% year-on-year for a 5.4% share vs. 5.6% one year ago. Thanks to the new model now in full gear and sales up 9% to 47,675, the Ford Focus reclaims the #2 spot from the Vauxhall Corsa, down 2% to 46,147.

Vauxhall Astra UK June 2013The Vauxhall Astra is up 11% so far in 2013.

Interestingly, as the model has failed to convince consumers in Germany notably, the Vauxhall Astra is up a shiny 11% this year to 33,731 sales and 2.9%, passing the VW Golf down 7% to 32,131. The Nissan Qashqai will decidedly not stop impressing: while it is about to get facelifted, it is up 16% year-on-year to 27,112 sales but remains 6th, still the highest annual ranking by a Japanese model if it holds until the end of the year. We welcome two newcomers in the Top 10: the Peugeot 208, launched roughly at the same time last year, is up 1491% to #9 at 20,815 units and 1.8% while the BMW 1 Series is up a magnificent 30% to #10 with 20,007 sales.

Previous post: UK June 2013: 2 BMWs in Top 8, private sales up 21%!

One year ago: UK 6 months 2012: Discover the Top 347 All-models ranking!

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Indonesia 6 months 2013: Suzuki Ertiga invites itself in 4th position

Suzuki Ertiga Indonesia June 2013bThe Suzuki Ertiga could shake up the models podium towards the end of 2013…

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After passing the million-unit annual sales mark for the first time last year, the Indonesian new car market continues all guns blazing in 2013: up 12% year-on-year after 6 months to 601,952 registrations and well on track for another record year. If the most popular vehicle has no worries to have, there is a little change below and more may be to come in the 2nd half… The Toyota Avanza is still by far Indonesia’s best-seller even though it gains less ground than the market at +7% to a record 103,489 units, resulting in a market share going from 18.5% to a still extremely enviable 17.2%. The Avanza becomes in the process the first ever vehicle to sell over 100,000 units in 6 months in the country.

Toyota Avanza Indonesia June 2013bToyota Avanza in Bali, Indonesia December 2012.

Compared to this time last year, the Avanza’s twin the Daihatsu Xenia and the Toyota Innova exchange positions to become #2 (+3%) and #3 (-11%) respectively but both lose share to 6.2% and 5.7%. But the big change comes in 4th place: launched last year to replace the APV and potentially get higher, the Suzuki Ertiga has done just that: it is up 279% to #4 with 32,447 sales and 5.4% but has ranked #2 three times in the last 5 months, which indicates the 2nd half will be a very interesting period to follow. The Ertiga could well shake things a little and jump on the year-end podium.

Honda CR-V Indonesia June 2013Honda CR-V in Bali, Indonesia December 2012.

The following 4 models are relatively stable in the scheme of things: the Daihatsu Gran Max Pick-up remains #5, the Suzuki Carry Pick-up is down 2 spots to #6, the Nissan Grand Livina stays #7 and the Toyota Rush is down 2 to #8. Not handicapped by flooded Thai factories anymore, the Honda Jazz is up a brilliant 60% year-on-year and 4 ranks to #9 at 16,056 units. Other great performers include the Honda CR-V up to #12, Toyota Dyna up to #15 and the Toyota Etios best-selling all-new model at #19 with 7,698 sales. Finally, notice the Chevrolet Spin at 2,847 units, it should break into the Top 20 by year-end and that would be a first for Chevrolet in Indonesia.

Previous post: Indonesia June 2013: Chevrolet hits best-ever monthly volume

One year ago: Indonesia June 2012: First ever month at over 100,000 sales

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