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New car sales in Brazil leap up by a very strong 16.6% year-on-year in July to 208.551 units, marking 15 consecutive months of gains and lifting the year-to-date volume up 14.2% to 1.335.746. These are the highest July and YTD scores since 2015 when the market was at 219.410 and 1.489.243. 8 of the Top 10 carmakers in the country post positive growth, however leader Chevrolet (+5%) loses market share again whereas Volkswagen (+39%) lodges another spectacular gain. Nissan (+56%), Renault (+49%), Jeep (+28%) and Ford (+28%) also outpace the market in the Top 10 while Fiat (+14%) and Hyundai (+6%) advance slower but Toyota (-4%) and Honda (-1%) hit the brakes. Large gains are a lot rarer further down with Volvo (+114%) and Chery (+47%) the only truly impressive carmakers when Land Rover (-22%), BMW (-15%) and Mitsubishi (-13%) sink by the double-digits.
There’s no end in sight for the Chevrolet Onix domination in the Brazilian models ranking, the nameplate enjoying a 36th consecutive month as the local best-seller – no interruption since August 2015 which was the first time it ranked #1 – albeit growing slower than the market for once at +11%. The Ford Ka (+32%) is back above the Hyundai HB20 (-2%) for the third time this year after January and March and at #4 the VW Gol (+6%) reclaims the title of best-selling Volkswagen above the Polo (#6) for only the second time this year after last May. The Fiat Toro (+24%) breaks its volume (6.226) and share (3%) records to stay inside the Top 5 for the second consecutive month – and ever.
Below the Fiat Strada (+63%), Argo (+69%) and Jeep Compass (+29%) all frankly beat the market towards the tail end of the Top 10 but it’s the Renault Kwid (+1541%) now celebrating its first year in the Brazilian market that impresses the most. Among other recent launches, the VW Virtus (#15) is down one spot on June, the Fiat Cronos (#20) is up two to a new ranking record as are the Toyota Yaris Hatch (#27) up 66 and the Toyota Yaris Sedan (#59) up 100. The Volvo XC40 (#79) also breaks into the Top 100 for the first time while the Chery Tiggo 2 (#68) is the new Chinese best-seller in Brazil above the Chery QQ (#86) and JAC T40 (#89).
Full July 2018 Top 20 brands and Top 155 models below.