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Chile September 2018: Hyundai leads, VW up 79% in record market

Hyundai is the best-selling carmaker in Chile in September despite dropping 8% year-on-year.

* Now updated with the Top 50 best-selling brands and Top 20 models *

The August 2018 post has now been updated with the Top 20 models

The Chilean new car market continues on its very impressive run, clocking a 29th consecutive month of year-on-year gain in September at +10.7% to 39.263 registrations, a new record for the month eclipsing the previous best of 36.595 established in 2011. This also marks the 19th month of double-digit gains out of the past 25. Logically, the year-to-date tally is up 19.1% to an all-time best 311.407 units, the fastest in Chilean history the 300.000 unit mark is crossed – in just 9 months. Hyundai (-8%) rallies back up four spots on last month to take the lead of the brands ranking like it did over the Full Year 2017, despite dropping significantly year-on-year.

ZNA (+80%) is one of the best performing Chinese carmakers in Chile.

Toyota (+7%) is also up 4 ranks to #2 ahead of Chevrolet (+5%) stable at #3. Suzuki (+21%) posts the largest gain near the top but loses 2 spots to #4 while August leader Kia (+0.1%) is down four to #5. Notice also the Chrysler Group (+119%), Volkswagen (+79%), Citroen (+30%), Mazda (+30%) and Peugeot (+24%), the best performers in the Top 15. Further down, most largest gains once again are from Chinese carmakers up 28% as a whole to 12.1% share, with MG (+98%), ZNA (+80%), Brilliance (+66%), Changan (+50%), JAC (+46%) and Maxus (+42%) the most dynamic while among foreigners Opel (+7400%), Skoda (+94%) and Honda (+26%) also shine.

Model-wise, the Mitsubishi L200 rallies back up 4 spots on August to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, with the Toyota RAV4 up 6 to #2 vs. #6 so far this year and the Chevrolet Sail down one to #3. The Toyota Yaris (+4), Hyundai Grand i10 (+4), Mazda CX-5 (+5) and Hyundai Tucson (+6) also impress at #4, #7, #9 and #10 respectively while the Chery Tiggo 2 is among the 20 most popular nameplates in the country at #18.

Previous month: Chile August 2018: Kia leads, VW and Peugeot up in record market

One year ago: Chile September 2017: Hyundai #1, Chinese up 77% in market up 9.5%

Full September 2018 Top 50 brands and Top 20 models below.

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