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Today we can share with you the most popular brands and models in Latin America over the First Half of 2018 thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. This dataset includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico and over the region, total new vehicle sales gain 7% year-on-year to 2.83 million units. Renault-Nissan tops the groups ranking with 18% share above General Motors (15%), VW Group (13%), FCA (11%), Hyundai-Kia (9.7%), Toyota (9%) and Ford (7.9%). Chevrolet (+0.9%) is the most popular brand but posts a meagre uplift in contrast with Volkswagen (+8.2%) whereas Nissan (-4.1%) straggles. Renault (+18.2%), Kia (+14.4%), Fiat (+9.2%) and Toyota (+7.8%) all score very satisfying upticks the Top 10. Below, Jeep (+32.6%), Suzuki (+22%), BMW (+21.1%) and Mitsubishi (+11.6%) male themselves noticed.
There are 12 Chinese manufacturers in the Latin American Top 50 brands so far in 2018, including four inside the Top 30, one more than a year ago. The interesting fact for this year is that absolutely all 12 of them post double-digit gains over the period. Chery (+37.2%) dominates at #22 overall, distancing JAC (+44.9%,) Great Wall (+35.6%) and Changan (+81.5%). Further down, Maxus (+311.9%), BAIC (+89.3%), Dongfeng (+87.1%) and DFSK (+55.1%) are the most dynamic with Lifan (+19.4%) and FAW (+19.7%) the only two brands missing out on a 20% year-on-year surge, but just.
The best-selling vehicle in the region for the third year in a row is the Chevrolet Onix (+10%) still growing significantly, while the Ford Ka/Figo (+12%) steps up to 2nd place and the Nissan Versa (+6%) climbing onto the podium. The Toyota Hilux (+9%) also progresses, up two ranks on last year to #4, all the aforementioned nameplates benefiting from the weakness of the VW Gol (-18%) down to #5. Thanks to the arrival of the Beat, the tandem Chevrolet Spark/Beat (+189%) leaps up to #7, the Chevrolet Prisma (+11%) is up to #8 and the Renault Kwid, whose availability is now spreading across the region, shoots up from #74 over the Full Year 2017 to #13. The Nissan Kicks (#14), Fiat Argo (#15), VW Polo (#17), Kia Rio (#24), Jeep Compass (#25) and Chevrolet Tracker (#26) also vigorously climb up the Latin American charts while the VW Virtus (#45) and Fiat Cronos (#49) make their first appearance.Previous post: Latin America First Half 2016: Discover the Top 100 best-selling models
Full H1 2018 Top 50 brands and models below.