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Chile January 2018: Market up 29.3%, Chinese carmakers up 71%

Maxus sales are up 7-fold on January 2017 thanks to the arrival of the T60 pickup.

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The Full Year 2017 Report has now been updated with Full Year models data.

New car sales in Chile shoot up 29.3% year-on-year in January to 35.322 registrations. Passenger cars are up 18.7% to 14.055, SUVs surge 46.1% to 12.573, pickups are up 29% to 5.336 and commercials are up 22.9% to 3.358. #2 in FY2017, Chevrolet takes the lead of the brands ranking this month but advances at half the rate of the market at +14% to 8.3% share above Hyundai slower too at +11% to 8%. Suzuki soars 37% to 7.8% in third place while Toyota jumps 43% to 7.5% at #4. Kia is up 9% but down three spots on December to #5 and Nissan, leader a year ago in January, edges down 0.3% to 7.3% share. Mazda (+95%) and Renault (+73%) post the largest gains in the Top 10. Below, Chinese carmakers make the largest improvements: Maxus (+631%), Changan (+133%), Lifan (+120%), BAIC (+118%), ZNA (+100%), Dongfeng (+98%) and Chery (+89%) post stellar scores, with Chinese manufacturers as a whole up a stunning 71% to 12.3% share vs. 10.3% over the Full Year 2017. Skoda (+112%), Land Rover (+104%), Citroen (+77%), BMW (+66%), Chrysler Group (+66%), Volvo (+50%) and Mitsubishi (+44%) also make themselves noticed.

Model-wise, the Hyundai Accent is in the lead despite a 13% year-on-year drop, ahead of the Chevrolet Sail (+95%) and Toyota RAV4 (+35%). Leader over the Full Year 2017, the Mitsubishi L200 falls to #4 while the Kia Morning (-2%) rounds up the Top 5. Notice also the Renault Duster (+345%), Toyota Yaris (+72%) and Renault Symbol (+70%) posting spectacular gains. The Chery Tiggo2 (337 sales), JAC S2 (302) and Great Wall Wingle (151) are among the best-selling Chinese nameplates.

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One year ago: Chile January 2017: Nissan takes lead in market up 7%

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