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Taiwan 10 months 2010: Corolla #1, Luxgen7 #6

Luxgen7 MPV

Official car sales figures in Taiwan are restricted to the cars produced in the country, and the Toyota Corolla arrives 1st by far over 10 months 2010 with 22,194 sales and 10.5% of the market.

The Nissan Tiida is the only non-Toyota in the Top 5 in #2 with 6.3%, ahead of the Camry, Yaris (both 5.6%) and Wish (5.5%). The new premium brand/model launched by local manufacturer Yulon, the Luxgen7 MPV & SUV storms into the Top 10 at #6 with 9,861 sales and 4.7%.

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Malaysia September 2010: Proton Saga #1

Proton Saga

6 Malaysian models in the Top 7 this month, with the Top 3 accounting for 38% of the market! #3 in August, the Proton Saga climbs back into the lead with 5,582 registrations and a gargantuan 13.4% market share. It is #2 year-to-date with 55,374 sales (12.7%).

The Perodua Myvi (a rebadged Daihatsu Sirion/Toyota Passo) is #2 this month with 13% market share, it is #1 year-to-date (as is the case since 2006) with 56,696 sales. The fight will be very tight for the 2010 best-selling car title.

The Perodua Viva (a rebadged Daihatsu Mira) is 3rd with 11.3% in Sept and 12% year-to-date. Other Malaysian hits include the Proton Persona in 4th (7.6%), the Perodua Alza in 6th (5.6%) and the Proton Exora in 7th (5%). The Toyota Vios (6th) is the best-selling foreign car with 6.2%.

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China LCV’s September 2010: Wuling Sunshine at 60,000 sales!

Wuling Sunshine

The Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV’s) ranking is the hidden side of the Chinese market, as these figures are rarely accessible, so thanks to and for bringing them to the surface. The Chinese LCV market is at +8% in Sept (427,176 units) and +26% over 9 months (3,827,770).

The Wuling Sunshine delivers an eye-popping 59,655 registrations in September alone, and 608,670 year-to-date. For a bit of perspective, it is much more than the number of Ford F-Series sold in the US that month (47,433 – 385,879 over 9 months), or of VW Golf sold all over Europe in the same period (40,834 – 378,900 over 9 months)…

In #2 comes the ChangAn Minibus at 37,009 registrations, ahead of the Foton Furland at 32,281. The Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang, at 26,318 sales, is 36% ahead of Sept 09 and +157% over 9 months.

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Latvia 10 months 2010: Golf #1, Land Cruiser #3

After having lost no less than 73% in 2009, the Latvian car market is shyly recovering in 2010 with +15% over the first 10 months of the year at 3,905 registrations.

The VW Golf leads the pack by a very large margin with 216 sales and 5.5% of the market. Like in neighbours Norway and Finland, the Toyota Avensis is a hit, #2 in Latvia with 3.1%, just one unit ahead of the Land Cruiser, which delivers a very solid performance in Latvia.

The Peugeot Partner also shines in #4 at 2.9%, followed by the Toyota RAV4. Very strong performance from the extravagant BMW X6 landing in 30th position with close to 1%!

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China October 2010: VW Lavida #1

VW Lavida

The Chinese market grows by 25% in October, and 35% year-to-date: the 10 months 2010 figure (14.67 million) is already well superior to the full year 2009 number (13.64 million)!

The models ranking is very volatile and the VW Lavida, built exclusively for China on a Golf IV platform, takes the lead for the second time this year with 23,180 sales. It is #2 year-to-date with 202,015 registrations. The Buick Excelle drops one spot to #2 and the FAW Xiali N Series comes back into the Top 3 for the first time since January, mainly thanks to the success of the new N5 (pictured below).

The BYD F3, still #1 year-to-date (217,103 sales), has its best month since May at 18,715 sales (#6), whereas the Chevrolet Sail (a 2010 restyled Chinese version of the Opel Corsa) storms into the Top 10 in 9th with 16,396 sales, its best figure ever, by far.

FAW Xiali N5

Chevrolet Sail

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India October 2010: Alto & Wagon R at record levels

The Indian car market is going from strength to strength and the Maruti Alto and Wagon R are posting record figures in October: 32,612 and 16,952 sales respectively!

The Hyundai i10 (#3) is also very solid at 15,103 registrations, its second best 2010 figure, the Maruti Swift posts its best 2010 performance at 12,948 sales in 4th, same goes for the Swift Dzire (9,644 sales), Omni (8,564) and Ritz (aka Suzuki Splash) at 6,928.

The Mahindra Xylo posts its best month ever at 3,137 sales, the VW Vento (new Polo sedan) is 29th for its 2nd month in the Indian market at 1,615 sales, and the new Tata Aria MPV delivers 344 units for its very first month. On a more negative note, the Tata Nano has its worst 2010 month at 3,065 registrations (22nd).

Mahindra Xylo

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South Africa October 2010: old gen Polo on top

The South African market is up an impressive 22% in October with 44,055 registrations, and the #1 spot goes to the VW Polo Vivo, a restyled old gen Polo, with 2,576 sales and 5.8% of the market. The new Polo can only dream of this success: it is only 14th at 1.6%.

The Toyota Hilux is #2 at 2,496 sales and 5.7% after being #1 in September. The Toyota Corolla/Auris stays 3rd with 4.3 % and the Nissan NP300, an old gen Nissan Frontier, delivers a very strong month in 4th with 3.4%, vs. 1.9% in September.

Nissan NP300

The all-new Chevrolet Spark maintains a very high level of sales in 5th with 1,418 registrations and 3.2%. Also to be noticed the excellent performance of the Mercedes C Class in 7th at 2.6% and the 10th position of the BMW 3 Series at 2%.

Chevrolet Spark

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Slovenia January-October 2010: Clio #1, Megane #2

The Slovenian market is stable in October at 4,741 registrations and is growing by 7% year-to-date at 51,215 registrations. Renault dominates and places the Clio #1 at 7.1% year-to-date and the Megane #2 at 4.8%. The VW Polo and Golf are 3rd and 4th at both 4.1%, with the Polo an impressive +113% over 2009.

In 5th the Opel Astra is also in strong progression (+66%) whereas the Fiat Grande Punto and Kia Cee’d drop heavily by 37 and 38% respectively. The best performing newcomer is the Hyundai ix35, #22 in October with 1.6%.

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South Korea October 2010: Avante at 15%, Sportage up to #7

Kia Sportage

In October, Hyundai gets back to its dominating position with a 1-2-3: the Avante (Elantra) is still riding on the novelty effect wave with close to 20,000 registrations and 15% of the market, the Sonata loses 2 percentage points but stays #2 and the Porter is #3 at 6.8% of the market.

The Kia K5 (Optima) continues to drop and is now 5th at 5.6%, behind the Morning (Picanto). It will be interesting to see where the K5 stabilises after its brilliant start.

Excellent performance of the Kia Sportage: it is now 7th with a solid 4% market share, up from 3.1% last month. The Daewoo Alpheon continues to grow in 25th (1%), and the Hyundai Verna (Accent) new generation is making its first appearance, however well outside the Top 30 with 464 sales.

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Slovakia October 2010: Octavia #1, Sportage #5

The Slovakian market is slowly recovering from a dismal year: October is at +10% vs. 2009 but the year-to-date sales are still at -33% vs. last year.

Like in Czech Republic, the Skoda Octavia is ahead, followed by the Fabia, but their market shares are significantly lower: 8.6% and 7.5% respectively. The Kia Cee’d, built in the country, is 3rd at 3.1% just above the Suzuki SX4, built in neighbouring Hungary, and the VW Golf and Polo. The Renault Fluence closes the Top 10 at 1.6%.

The Kia Sportage new generation is off to a great start: it ranks 5th in October with 142 sales and 2.3% of the market. The Hyundai ix35 is also doing well in 12th this month at 1.4%.

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