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Chile April 2018: Suzuki (+78%), Chinese (+73%) lift market up 43.7%

Once again Maxus is the best-performing brand in Chile at +480% in April.

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New vehicle sales in Chile surge 43.7% year-on-year in April to break a new record for the month at 35.470 units, eclipsing the 32.206 sales from April 2013. The stunning result lifts the year-to-date tally up 26.7% to 133.573, also a new record after four months, beating the previous best of 122.491 established in 2013. Brand leader Chevrolet (+46%) roughly follows the market but Suzuki almost doubles the market growth at +78% to land in 2nd place. The remainder of the Top 6 all underperform: Hyundai (+34%), Kia (+40%), Toyota (+30%) and Nissan (+25%) all advance slower than the market. Mazda (+70%), Peugeot (+65%) and Volkswagen (+50%) also shine inside the Top 10 while below, Porsche (+267%), Opel (+150%), the Chrysler Group (+143%), BMW (+89%) and Honda (+63%) impress but the majority of large year-on-year gains once again go to Chinese manufacturers, all-in-all up 73% to 11.8% share this month vs. +63% to 12.1% YTD. Their best performers include Maxus (+480%), Dongfeng (+164%), Changan (+105%), MG (+96%), Foton (+78%), the Great Wall Group (+66%) and BAIC (+54%).

Previous month: Chile March 2018: Chevrolet reclaims lead, Chinese up 39%

Previous year: Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

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Chile March 2018: Chevrolet reclaims lead, Chinese up 39%

Thanks to the new T60, Maxus sales in Chile are up 4-fold so far in 2018.

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The Chilean new car market continues to evolve at record heights in 2018, up 12.5% year-on-year in March to 33.355 registrations, a new best for the month lifting the Q1 result up 21.5% to 98.104 units, also a new all-time high eclipsing the previous best of 90.285 established in 2013. SUVs are up 28% to 11.281, pickup trucks up 15.3% to 3.246, light commercials up 12.5% to 5.370 and passenger cars up 1.7% to 13.458. Leader year-to-date, Chevrolet reclaims the monthly top spot off Suzuki in March but trails the market at +8% to 9.6% share above Kia at 8.1% (+2%). Suzuki (+18%) takes the third spot ahead of Nissan (+20%) whereas Hyundai implodes (-16%).

Volkswagen (+56%) also frankly beats the market in the Top 10 while below, Proton (+700%), the Chrysler Group (+141%), Mini (+128%), Jaguar (+118%), Honda (+53%), Renault (+42%), Opel (+35%), Lexus (+32%) and Ssangyong (+27%) all impress. Once again Chinese manufacturers post some of the most striking year-on-year gains this month. As such, Maxus (+258%), Dongfeng (+133%), BAIC (+131%), Lifan (+89%), Changan (+63%), ZNA (+45%), the Great Wall Group (+43%) and Foton (+37%) all gallop ahead. All-in-all, Chinese carmaker amount to 11.4% share of the Chilean market in March, up 39% year-on-year, vs. 12.3% so far in 2018 (+59%).

Model-wise, the Mitsubishi L-200 remains the best-seller in the country this month with 2.8% share vs. 2.6% YTD, while the Chevrolet Sail climbs four spots on February to #2 ahead of the Kia Rio (+1) and Morning (-2) while the Toyota RAV4 tops the SUV segment at #5 overall. Notice the Chevrolet D-Max up to #10 vs. #17 YTD, the Nissan Kicks up to #14 vs. #20 and the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Frontier both breaking into the Top 20.

Previous month: Chile February 2018: Chinese manufacturers up 71% in record market

Previous year: Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

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Chile February 2018: Chinese manufacturers up 71% in record market

Changan (+101%) is the best-selling Chinese brand in Chile in February.

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New car sales in Chile shoot up 23.6% year-on-year in February to 29.427 units, a new record for the month, lifting the year-to-date tally up 26.7% to a record 64.749 registrations. In a very tight race for the brands crown, Suzuki (+26%) takes the lead for the second time in the past four months, only 15 units above Kia (+12%), 30 above Chevrolet (+1%), 112 above Hyundai (+6%) and 116 above Nissan (+18%). Mazda (+39%) and Peugeot (+25%) also advance faster than the market inside the Top 10.

The big story once again in Chile is the dynamism of Chinese carmakers. Among the 14 present in this month’s Top 50, Changan takes the leads at #14 overall thanks to deliveries more than doubling year-on-year at +101%, followed closely by Chery (+54%) and Great Wall Motors (+56%). Maxus (+199%), FAW (+154%), BAIC (+140%), Lifan (+120%), Dongfeng (+111%), Foton (+110%) and MG (+62%) also post spectacular gains this month. All-in-all, Chinese manufacturers surge 71% year-on-year in February -exactly the same rate as January- to hit 13.3% share. Lost among all these Chinese unknown marques? Be sure to consult our Exclusive Guide to all 144 active Chinese brands here.

Over in the models ranking, the Mitsubishi L200 reclaims the top of the charts both this month (2.9% share) and YTD (2.5%) and distances for February the Kia Morning, Suzuki Swift, Kia Rio and Nissan NP300. The Chevrolet Sail at #6 is the only other nameplate to snap at least 2% of the Chilean market. The Hyundai Grand i10 breaks into the Top 10, the Hyundai Accent is down 10 spots on January (when it was best-seller) to #11, the Hyundai Tucson is up 5 to #15 and the Nissan Qashqai shines at #18. The JAC S2 is the best-selling Chinese vehicle in Chile this month, getting close to the Top 20.

Previous month: Chile January 2018: Market up 29.3%, Chinese carmakers up 71%

One year ago: Chile January-February 2017: Chery Tiggo2 inside Top 20

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Chile January 2018: Market up 29.3%, Chinese carmakers up 71%

Maxus sales are up 7-fold on January 2017 thanks to the arrival of the T60 pickup.

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New car sales in Chile shoot up 29.3% year-on-year in January to 35.322 registrations. Passenger cars are up 18.7% to 14.055, SUVs surge 46.1% to 12.573, pickups are up 29% to 5.336 and commercials are up 22.9% to 3.358. #2 in FY2017, Chevrolet takes the lead of the brands ranking this month but advances at half the rate of the market at +14% to 8.3% share above Hyundai slower too at +11% to 8%. Suzuki soars 37% to 7.8% in third place while Toyota jumps 43% to 7.5% at #4. Kia is up 9% but down three spots on December to #5 and Nissan, leader a year ago in January, edges down 0.3% to 7.3% share. Mazda (+95%) and Renault (+73%) post the largest gains in the Top 10. Below, Chinese carmakers make the largest improvements: Maxus (+631%), Changan (+133%), Lifan (+120%), BAIC (+118%), ZNA (+100%), Dongfeng (+98%) and Chery (+89%) post stellar scores, with Chinese manufacturers as a whole up a stunning 71% to 12.3% share vs. 10.3% over the Full Year 2017. Skoda (+112%), Land Rover (+104%), Citroen (+77%), BMW (+66%), Chrysler Group (+66%), Volvo (+50%) and Mitsubishi (+44%) also make themselves noticed.

Model-wise, the Hyundai Accent is in the lead despite a 13% year-on-year drop, ahead of the Chevrolet Sail (+95%) and Toyota RAV4 (+35%). Leader over the Full Year 2017, the Mitsubishi L200 falls to #4 while the Kia Morning (-2%) rounds up the Top 5. Notice also the Renault Duster (+345%), Toyota Yaris (+72%) and Renault Symbol (+70%) posting spectacular gains. The Chery Tiggo2 (337 sales), JAC S2 (302) and Great Wall Wingle (151) are among the best-selling Chinese nameplates.

Previous post: Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

One year ago: Chile January 2017: Nissan takes lead in market up 7%

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Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

The Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling vehicle in Chile in 2017. Picture honestjohn.co.uk

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The Chilean new car market shoots up 18.1% year-on-year in 2017 to 360.900 registrations, the best year for this market since 2013 (378.240) and the best year-on-year improvement since 2011 (+21.4%). The brands podium remains unchanged on 2016 with Hyundai in the lead (+6%) followed by Chevrolet (+12%) and Kia (+4%) although all three lose market share vs. last year. Nissan (+23%) overtakes Suzuki (+13%) with Toyota (+26%), Peugeot (+15%), Ford (+17%), Mazda (+21%) and Mitsubishi (+18%) staying put in the remainder of the Top 10. Just outside, Volkswagen (+60%), Renault (+35%) and Citroen (+26%) shine while among smaller brands Skoda (+25%), BMW (+32%), Maserati (+264%), DS (+370%) and Proton (+467%) make themselves noticed.

The Chevrolet Sail is the second most popular passenger car in the country. 

But the heroes of the year are Chinese manufacturers, surging 51% on 2016 to hit 10.3% market share vs. just 8% a year ago. They are led by Chery (+94%), JAC (+49%), Great Wall Group (+46%) and Changan (+38%), all frankly outpacing the market to land inside the Top 25, followed by Dongfeng (+12%), MG (+64%), BAIC (+122%), Foton (+94%), Maxus (+474%), FAW (+63%), Brilliance (-4%) and Lifan (+58%).

Hyundai is the best-selling brand for the second year running.

Model-wise, the Mitsubishi L200 pickup reclaims the overall lead (no data available in 2016) with 2.7% of the market, distancing the Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sail (both at 2.6%), Toyota Hilux (2.5%) and Kia Morning (2.3%). The Nissan NP300 (2.2%) makes it three pickups in the Top 6, while the Toyota RAV4 (#9) remains the most popular SUV in Chile above the Nissan Qashqai (#14), Ford Ecosport (#17) and Renault Duster (#20). Notice also the Ssangyong Actyon Sports at #13, the Nissan Kicks at almost 3.500 sales and best-selling all-new launch for 2017, the Hyundai Creta just under 3.200 units, the Chevrolet N300 Max (aka Wuling Rongguang) at 1.920 sales and the Foton Midi at 1.550.

Previous month: Chile November 2017: Suzuki on top, Chinese up 55%, market up 19.9%

Previous year: Chile Full Year 2016: Chevrolet Sail resumes domination, Hyundai #1 brand

Two years ago: Chile Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Mitsubishi L200

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Chile November 2017: Suzuki on top, Chinese up 55%, market up 19.9%

Suzuki sales are up 56% year-on-year in Chile this month. Picture autocosmos.com

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Another excellent month for new light vehicle sales in Chile: up 19.9% year-on-year to 34.458 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 19.1% to 326.139 units, the second best ever score after eleven month after 2013 (340.215). Thanks to deliveries shooting up 56% on November 2016, Suzuki is up five spots on October takes the lead of the Chilean brands ranking for the first time since BSCB started following Chile two years ago. Hyundai is up three ranks to #2 despite a 5% drop, and is followed by Kia (+4%) and YTD leader Chevrolet (-8%). Mitsubishi (+34%), Mazda (+36%) and Peugeot (+39%) also frankly beat the market within the Top 10. Beyond, Foton (+65%), JAC (+65%), Renault (+68%), Changan (+69%), Chery (+84%), FAW (+89%), Volkswagen (+125%) and Maxus (+1227%) post the most spectacular gains. Chinese carmakers surge 55% year-on-year to 10.9% market share in November, slightly above the 10.2% they command year-to-date.

Previous month: Chile October 2017: Toyota leads market up 17.9%

One year ago: Chile November 2016: Hyundai and Chevrolet in front

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Chile October 2017: Toyota leads market up 17.9%

Toyota is the best-selling carmaker in Chile in October.

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The Chilean new car market is up a splendid 17.9% year-on-year in October to 30.114 registrations, resulting in a year-to-date volume up 19% to 291.681 units. Toyota climbs one step on September to land in pole position thanks to deliveries up 48% to 8.9% share vs. 7.6% year-to-date (+32%). It is followed this month by Nissan up six ranks on last month and a very solid 37% on October 2016. Chevrolet (+4%) remains third and holds onto the YTD top spot, Kia (-1%) is up one spot to #4 but Hyundai is down 7% and four ranks to #5. Inside the Top 10, Mazda (+30%), Peugeot (+37%) and Mitsubishi (+48%) shine while beyond, Volkswagen (+59%), Fiat (+38%), Chery (+97%), Honda (+52%), BAIC (+138%) and Maxus (+759%) make themselves noticed. Chinese carmakers are up a market-beating 39% to 10.1% share.

Previous month: Chile September 2017: Hyundai #1, Chinese up 77% in market up 9.5%

One year ago: Chile October 2016: Hyundai and Kia dominant

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

Maxus is up 12-fold year-on-year in Chile thanks to the arrival of the T60 pickup.

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New light vehicle sales in Chile are up 9.5% year-on-year in September to 35.458 units, which is the largest monthly volume for any month since December 2013 (38.025). Year-to-date, Chilean sales are up 19.1% to 261.567. This month Hyundai is the best-selling carmaker in the country despite sales down 4% year-on-year to 9.8% share, getting dangerously closer (250 sales) to YTD leader Chevrolet, up 5% to #3 in September. Toyota (+7%) is up four spots to #2 overall while Suzuki is up 15% to #4. Mitsubishi, Mazda (+20% each) and Ford (+24%) post the largest gains in the Top 10, while below Citroen (+19%), Fiat (+34%), Renault (+47%), Jaguar (+82%) and Volvo (+99%) shine. Chinese carmakers once again post spectacular figures, up 77% year-on-year to 10.5% share overall vs. 10.1% (+53%) year-to-date. They are led by Chery (+60%), the Great Wall Group (+26%), JAC (-3%), Dongfeng (+37%), Changan (+87%) and MG (+104%) with Maxus (+1128%), BAIC (+163%), Lifan (+43%), Foton (+42%) and FAW (+30%) also very impressive.

Previous month: Chile August 2017: Nissan #1 again, Chinese up 82% in market up 44%

One year ago (1): Chile September 2016: Hyundai cements leadership with 59% surge

One year ago (2): Chile September 2016: Discover the Top 75 best-selling nameplates

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Chile August 2017: Nissan #1 again, Chinese up 82% in market up 44%

BAIC sales are up 7-fold in Chile thanks to the launch of the X25 (pictured), X35 and X55 SUVs.

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New light vehicle sales in Chile are up a flamboyant 44% year-on-year in August to 35.354 registrations, the largest year-on-year gain since March 2011 (+56.8%). This spectacular result lifts the year-to-date total up 20.8% to 226.109 units. Nissan manages to hold onto the top spot it snapped last month thanks to deliveries more than doubling year-on-year at +102% to 9.8% share, but remains in 4th place year-to-date at 8.4% (+32%). Chevrolet (+32%), Hyundai (+10%) and Kia (+18%) round up the Top 4 but all trail the market growth and lose share year-on-year. Ford (+50%), Toyota (+56%) and Renault (+71%) also shine inside the Top 10 while below, Volkswagen (+114%), the Great Wall Group (+89%), JAC (+77%), Chery (+147%), Dongfeng (+56%), BAIC (+624%) and MG (+125%) all post spectacular gains. All-in-all, Chinese carmakers are up a whopping 82% year-on-year this month to 11.1% share vs. 10% so far in 2017.

Previous month: Chile July 2017: Nissan leads, Chinese up 37% in market up 25%

One year ago: Chile August 2016: Hyundai overtakes Kia and takes charge

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Chile July 2017: Nissan leads, Chinese up 37% in market up 25%

MG GS. MG sales are up 224% year-on-year in Chile in July. 

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New car sales in Chile are up 25% year-on-year in July to 28.092 registrations, pushing the year-to-date tally up 17% to 190.755 units. This month Nissan takes command of the brands ranking thanks to a 60% surge yo 9.,3% share, only 7 units above YTD leader Chevrolet up 25% to 9.3% also. Hyundai (+4%) and Kia (-7%) follow while Toyota (+39%), Ford (+46%) and Renault (+54%) frankly beat the market in the Top 10 and Suzuki and Peugeot (+24% both) follow the overall growth. Further down, notice Volkswagen (+73%), Fiat (+52%), Citroen (+44%) and Honda (+50%). Chinese carmakers soar 37% to 10.4% share vs. 9.8% YTD (+44%): Chery leads the way and doubles its sales year-on-year ahead of the Great Wall Group (+58%), JAC (+15%), Dongfeng (+20%), MG (+224%), Changan (+28%), BAIC (+34%) and Foton (+16%).

Previous month: Chile June 2017: Chevrolet back to #1, Chinese brands up 46%

One year ago: Chile July 2016: Kia takes control with sales up 16%

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