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Argentina 6 months 2013: Chevrolet Classic under siege

Peugeot 207 Compact Argentina June 2013Could the Peugeot 207 Compact dethrone the Chevrolet Classic by the end of the year?

* See the Top 75 best-selling models and Top 40 All-brands by clicking on the title! *

After the USA, China and Spain, we continue on our exploration of the Top 20 biggest car markets’ year-to-date rankings halfway through 2013. Next: Argentina, one of 6 markets in the Top 20 with China, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia to lodge all-time record sales over the period. Argentinean new car sales are up up 8% on 2012 to reach 498,620 units, which would prompt one to wonder whether the symbolic million annual registrations could be reached this year. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the case, as car sales in Argentina are traditionally weaker in the second half of the year. If we apply the 8% growth rate to the Full Year 2012 result we come to 908,000 units which would still be a new record.

Ford Ecosport Argentina June 2013The Ford Ecosport is up 29% year-on-year to #3.

The Chevrolet Classic, a facelifted 1993 Opel Corsa sedan, has been the most popular vehicle in Argentina for the last 3 years running, and is still the best-seller over the first 6 months of 2013 with 19,870 sales, but it drops 13% year-on-year and loses over one percentage point of market share (from 5.1% last year to 4%). And it’s getting some heat from a couple of models. Firstly the Peugeot 207 Compact (aka 206+): whereas it had only topped the monthly sales charts once before this year (in January 2011), it does it 3 times in the space of 5 months this year! It ranked #1 in JanuaryApril and May and totals 19,194 units and 3.8% over 6 months, only 676 sales below the Classic…

Renault Clio Mio Argentina June 2013The Renault Clio Mio lands directly in 4th position.

But wait there’s more: the Top 5 best-sellers get a big reshuffle over the period. The Ford Ecosport is boosted by the new model and gains 29% year-on-year to reach #3 with 17,026 sales and 3.4%. Launched last December, the Renault Clio Mio (a facelifted 1998 Clio II) lands directly in 4th position at 16,088 units and 3.2% and the Renault Duster is up 10 spots and 68% to #5 with 15,881 sales and 3.2%. Notice also the Toyota Hilux up 33% to #7 and the Ford Fiesta Kinetic exactly doubling its sales year-on-year to gain 16 ranks to #10.

Chery QQ Argentina June 2013Chery QQ sales are up 36% year-on-year in Argentina.

Outside the Top 10, great performers in Argentina include the Peugeot 308 up 89% to #11, the Fiat Siena up 28% to #12 thanks to the addition of the new gen ‘Gran Siena’, the Ford Ranger up 83% to #16, Fiat Palio up 123% to #18 and VW Bora up 129% to #29. As far as newcomers are concerned, salute the arrival of the Citroen Nuevo C3 at #31, Chevrolet Spin at #36, Chevrolet Cobalt at #52 and Chevrolet Onix at #58. Finally, there are two Chinese inside the Argentinean Top 60 vs. none last year: the Chery QQ up 36% to #53 and the Chery Tiggo up 18% to #57.

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One year ago: Argentina June 2012: Chevrolet Classic on top, market down 19%

Full 6 months 2013 Top 75 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

Argentina 6 months 2013 – brands:

PosBrand6m 2013%PosFY 2012%Pos
25Alfa Romeo2960.1%252810.0%26
28Land Rover1950.0%281720.0%29
31Puma de Tat770.0%311760.0%28

Argentina 6 months 2013 – models:

1Chevrolet Classic19,8704.0%-14%23,0325.1%11
2Peugeot 207 Compact19,1943.8%21%15,8213.5%33
3Ford Ecosport17,0263.4%29%13,2313.0%611
4Renault Clio Mio16,0883.2%new00.0% –132
5Renault Duster15,8813.2%68%9,4732.1%1512
6VW Gol Trend15,6963.1%-16%18,5834.1%22
7Toyota Hilux15,2123.1%33%11,4452.6%97
8VW Gol Power13,7912.8%-6%14,6743.3%44
9VW Suran12,2232.5%-11%13,7113.1%55
10Ford Fiesta Kinetic11,7102.3%100%5,8441.3%2626
11Peugeot 30811,0932.2%89%5,8661.3%2524
12Fiat Siena10,8582.2%28%8,5091.9%1820
13Renault Kangoo10,5882.1%21%8,7452.0%1610
14Ford Ka10,2932.1%2%10,0652.2%119
15Chevrolet Celta9,9072.0%1%9,7932.2%1413
16Ford Ranger9,7452.0%83%5,3171.2%2717
17Chevrolet Agile9,4431.9%-7%10,1182.3%1014
18Fiat Palio9,2811.9%123%4,1570.9%3427
19Ford Focus II9,2551.9%7%8,6831.9%1715
20Toyota Corolla9,1571.8%8%8,4851.9%1919
21Peugeot Partner8,8711.8%39%6,4031.4%2318
22Renault Sandero7,9981.6%-31%11,5142.6%88
23VW Amarok7,6111.5%-2%7,7841.7%2122
24VW Voyage7,2351.5%-14%8,4551.9%2021
25VW Fox6,4421.3%-35%9,8692.2%1223
26Peugeot 4086,0891.2%-1%6,1411.4%2425
27VW Vento5,8521.2%36%4,3111.0%3231
28Fiat Uno 20105,7591.2%-19%7,0811.6%2228
29VW Bora5,4371.1%129%2,3730.5%4443
30Fiat Strada5,2871.1%7%4,9461.1%2835
31Citroen Nuevo C35,2791.1%new00.0% –139
32Chevrolet S105,1911.0%32%3,9310.9%3636
33Chevrolet Aveo4,6460.9%-53%9,8232.2%1316
34Citroen Berlingo4,4240.9%24%3,5730.8%3937
35Renault Fluence4,3540.9%-9%4,7711.1%2929
36Chevrolet Spin4,0920.8%new00.0% –86
37Fiat Qubo4,0720.8%162%1,5520.3%5941
38Fiat Punto4,0330.8%6%3,8190.9%3844
39Chevrolet Sonic4,0220.8%393%8150.2%7254
40VW Saveiro3,8210.8%71%2,2330.5%4646
41Fiat Fiorino3,5450.7%-17%4,2751.0%3340
42Citroen C43,4320.7%-17%4,1550.9%3534
43Citroen C3 Aircross3,3370.7%85%1,8010.4%5652
44Fiat Uno Fire3,3130.7%-26%4,4621.0%3138
45Citroen C3 Picasso3,0360.6%182%1,0770.2%6859
46Chevrolet Cruze2,8890.6%-26%3,8780.9%3733
47Renault Logan2,6940.5%-43%4,7181.1%3030
48Fiat Palio Weekend2,5760.5%10%2,3390.5%4556
49Mercedes Sprinter2,3370.5%58%1,4770.3%6053
50Ford Fiesta One2,2910.5%-19%2,8120.6%4342
51Renault Symbol2,2020.4%12%1,9580.4%5250
52Chevrolet Cobalt2,0440.4%new10.0%n/a –
53Chery QQ1,8650.4%36%1,3690.3%6463
54Honda Civic1,7930.4%42%1,2610.3%6562
55Chevrolet Prisma1,6460.3%-24%2,1570.5%4757
56Fiat Doblo1,6450.3%n/an/an/an/an/a
57Chery Tiggo1,6250.3%18%1,3740.3%6365
58Chevrolet Onix1,6110.3%new00.0% – –
59Renault Master1,6030.3%-25%2,1470.5%4845
60Honda Fit1,5960.3%-45%2,8990.6%4239
61Toyota RAV41,5790.3%-12%1,8040.4%5558
62Toyota Hilux SW41,5130.3%7%1,4170.3%6266
63Fiat 5001,4930.3%-24%1,9610.4%5147
64Honda City1,4360.3%1%1,4190.3%6155
65VW CrossFox1,3500.3%-56%3,0370.7%4149
66Fiat Idea1,3390.3%-27%1,8240.4%5464
67Honda CR-V1,3380.3%-29%1,8780.4%5361
68Mercedes C Class1,3040.3%26%1,0310.2%6970
69Dodge Journey1,1140.2%-35%1,7020.4%5867
70Nissan Tiida1,0720.2%27%8420.2%7180
71Hyundai Tucson1,0460.2%n/an/an/an/a81
72Chevrolet Montana1,0250.2%-41%1,7460.4%5760
73Audi A11,0240.2%28%8010.2%7377
74Renault Megane III1,0220.2%-13%1,1750.3%6768
75VW Passat9150.2%32%6920.2%7876

Source: ACARA

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