New vehicle sales in Thailand post a 14th straight month of double-digit gains in October at +26.3% to 86.931 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 20.9% to 833.515 registrations. 9 out of the Top 10 brands manage double-digit gains with 5 outpacing the market, starting with Toyota (+37%) up to 33.3% share, exactly 1 in 3 new vehicles registered in the country this month. Isuzu (+12%), Honda (+14%) and Mitsubishi (+18%) round up the Top 4 but all underperform, while MG (+91%), Mazda (+63%), Chevrolet (+47%) and Nissan (+37%) sign the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Below, notice Volvo (+134%), Porsche (+77%), Kia (+72%), Mercedes (+61%) and BMW (+46%) all posting extravagant upticks.
Over in the models ranking, the big news this month is the return to the YTD pole position of the Toyota Hilux (+85%) thanks to a fantastic surge to 15.109 sales, its highest volume in over 5 years (since the 17.810 hit in May 2013), also reaching 17.4% share, its highest since November 2016 (17.8%). This is the Hilux’s 6th consecutive monthly win, something that hasn’t happened since October 2016. Surprisingly, it is also the first time since 2015 that the Hilux is #1 year-to-date at this stage of the year, having managed to claw back to the annual top spot in 2016 but not in 2017. The Isuzu D-Max (+12%) and Ford Ranger (+22%) ensure the podium is 100% pickup trucks like YTD, wth the Mazda2 (+67%) and Toyota Yaris Ativ (-9%) the best-selling passenger cars. The Suzuki Swift (+108%), Honda HR-V (+53%), Nissan Navara (+43%) and Almera (+34%) also shine and we welcome the Navara-based Nissan Terra SUV at #33 this month.
Full October 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 70 models below.