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Uruguay March 2020: Suzuki S-Presso instant blockbuster in market down -24.8%

The Suzuki S-Presso leaps up to #4 overall in Uruguay in March.

In Uruguay, various COVID-19 containment measures were introduced in mid-March, and major restrictions on movement followed in late March. As a result the country’s new car market has seen a relatively moderate impact in March at -24.8% year-on-year to 2.364 units, leading to a Q1 tally down -12.1% to 8.136.

Renault (-43.1%) remains the most popular carmaker in the country even though it falls much faster than the market, while Suzuki (+38.1%) is the hero of the month with the only gain in the Top 12 enabling it to climb up to #2 brand overall. Volkswagen (-2.9%) resists but is knocked down to #3 above Chevrolet (-27.5%) and Nissan (-39.4%). Toyota (-4.1%) and Fiat (-9.1%) also limit their drop in the remainder of the Top 10. Below, Chery (#12), Geely (+2700%), BYD (+200%), Great Wall (-84.8%) and Dongfeng (+69.8%) are the five Chinese brand sliding into this month’s Top 20.

Model-wise, below the Chevrolet Onix, Renault Kwid and Suzuki Swift, the standout nameplate is the new Suzuki S-Presso soaring to #4 overall for its first full month in market. Nissan places the Frontier and New Versa in the Top 10, VW the Saveiro and Gol and Fiat the Strada and Mobi.

Previous month: Uruguay February 2020: Renault and Kwid in control, first export market for Jetour

One year ago: Uruguay March 2019: Renault shoots up to 18.8% share in market imploding -28.8%

Full March 2020 Top 45 All-brands and Top 100 models below.

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