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Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

The Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling vehicle in Chile in 2017. Picture

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The Chilean new car market shoots up 18.1% year-on-year in 2017 to 360.900 registrations, the best year for this market since 2013 (378.240) and the best year-on-year improvement since 2011 (+21.4%). The brands podium remains unchanged on 2016 with Hyundai in the lead (+6%) followed by Chevrolet (+12%) and Kia (+4%) although all three lose market share vs. last year. Nissan (+23%) overtakes Suzuki (+13%) with Toyota (+26%), Peugeot (+15%), Ford (+17%), Mazda (+21%) and Mitsubishi (+18%) staying put in the remainder of the Top 10. Just outside, Volkswagen (+60%), Renault (+35%) and Citroen (+26%) shine while among smaller brands Skoda (+25%), BMW (+32%), Maserati (+264%), DS (+370%) and Proton (+467%) make themselves noticed.

The Chevrolet Sail is the second most popular passenger car in the country. 

But the heroes of the year are Chinese manufacturers, surging 51% on 2016 to hit 10.3% market share vs. just 8% a year ago. They are led by Chery (+94%), JAC (+49%), Great Wall Group (+46%) and Changan (+38%), all frankly outpacing the market to land inside the Top 25, followed by Dongfeng (+12%), MG (+64%), BAIC (+122%), Foton (+94%), Maxus (+474%), FAW (+63%), Brilliance (-4%) and Lifan (+58%).

Hyundai is the best-selling brand for the second year running.

Model-wise, the Mitsubishi L200 pickup reclaims the overall lead (no data available in 2016) with 2.7% of the market, distancing the Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sail (both at 2.6%), Toyota Hilux (2.5%) and Kia Morning (2.3%). The Nissan NP300 (2.2%) makes it three pickups in the Top 6, while the Toyota RAV4 (#9) remains the most popular SUV in Chile above the Nissan Qashqai (#14), Ford Ecosport (#17) and Renault Duster (#20). Notice also the Ssangyong Actyon Sports at #13, the Nissan Kicks at almost 3.500 sales and best-selling all-new launch for 2017, the Hyundai Creta just under 3.200 units, the Chevrolet N300 Max (aka Wuling Rongguang) at 1.920 sales and the Foton Midi at 1.550.

Previous month: Chile November 2017: Suzuki on top, Chinese up 55%, market up 19.9%

Previous year: Chile Full Year 2016: Chevrolet Sail resumes domination, Hyundai #1 brand

Two years ago: Chile Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Mitsubishi L200

Full Year 2017 Top 60 All-brands and Top 20 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

Full December 2017 Top 50 brands ranking below.

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