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Brazil May 2019: Chevrolet (+27.4%), VW (+30.3%), Renault (+47.1%) lift market up 20.2%

The Kwid (+98.1%) helps boost Renault sales up 47.1% in Brazil.

New light vehicle sales in Brazil are back to stunning shape with May deliveries up a whopping 20.2% year-on-year to 234.173, the second double–digit gain this year after last February and the 24th month in positive out of the past 25. The year-to-date tally is now up 11.1% to 1.035.481, the highest level at this stage of the year since 2015 (1.065.252). Strikingly, 3 of the Top 4 most popular brands outpace the already galloping market: Chevrolet (+27.4%), Volkswagen (+30.3%) and Renault (+47.1%) are all in outstanding shape with Fiat (+17.9%) and Hyundai (+14.8%) lagging behind slightly but still commanding double-digit upticks. Below, Jeep (+8.6%) slows down its gains to single-digits for the first time in 15 months but signs a third consecutive monthly volume record at 10.864. Also smashing its volume best for the third straight time is Chery (+308.9%) at 1.750 vs. 1.449 in April. This is the largest volume by any Chinese carmaker in Brazil in over 6 years, since JAC sold 1.988 units in April 2013. Citroen (+59.8%) and Volvo (+40.6%) also shine in the remainder of a Top 20 lifted mostly by the best-sellers as Land Rover (-43.1%), Kia (-20.9%), Mercedes (-17.6%) and Peugeot (-13.6%) struggling mightily at the tail end of the charts.

Over in the models ranking, the Chevrolet Onix continues to evolve in a world of its own, securing a 46th consecutive monthly win (no interruption since August 2015) thanks to another staggering year-on-year lift (+48.4%) and reaching its 2nd largest ever monthly volume at 22.279 (record is 22.324 last October). The Onix thus widens the gap further with its immediate pursuants the Hyundai HB20 (+18.8%) and Ford Ka (+24.2%). The Renault Kwid (+98.1%) delivers the largest gain in the Top 30 with the Chevrolet Prisma (+49.5%), VW Gol (+43.9%) and Fiat Strada (+27.9%) also outpacing the market in a Top 11 exclusively composed of nameplates registering double-digit year-on-year gains… With the Sedan variant now over one year old, the Toyota Yaris Hatch (#25) becomes the most popular recent launch but the VW T-Cross (#27) is catching up fast, up 11 spots on its inaugural score in April. The Chery Tiggo 5X breaks into the Brazilian Top 60 for the first time.

Previous month: Brazil April 2019: Jeep and Chery break records, Citroen (+55.2%) shines in market back up

One year ago: Brazil May 2018: Jeep above 10.000 monthly sales for the first time

Full May 2019 Top 20 brands and Top 150 models below.

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