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Slovenia October 2018: Octavia, 2008 shine in market down 13.9%

The Skoda Octavia rises 50% to snap its first top spot finish of 2018.

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It’s a second consecutive month of post-WLTP decline for the Slovenian new car market at -13.9% to 5.548 units but the year-to-date tally remains comfortably in positive at +5.7% to a round 64.000 registrations. Volkswagen (+3%) manages a year-on-year uptick to 16% share vs. 16.5% so far in 2018 whereas Renault (-46%) implodes to 12.4% ahead of Skoda (+41%), Fiat (+16%), Peugeot (+15%) and Citroen (+15%) all posting outstanding scores. Further down, Jaguar (+967%), Smart (+614%), Mitsubishi (+158%) and Subaru (+133%) stand out. Model-wise the Skoda Octavia (+50%) brilliantly takes the lead for the first time since last December, overtaking a struggling Renault Clio (-19%) whereas just below the Fiat 500 (+102%) and VW Polo (+249%) post spectacular gains. The Peugeot 2008 (+61%), VW Tiguan (+16%) and Skoda Fabia (+5%) also shine in the Top 10 while the VW Golf (-53%) and Renault Megane (-30%) sink. The VW T-Roc (#12) leads recent launches ahead of the Skoda Karoq (#20) and Jaguar E-Pace (#52).

Previous month: Slovenia September 2018: Fiat doubles sales in market down 7.2%

One year ago: Slovenia October 2017: Renault up 71% to 19.7% share, market up 23%

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Japan October 2018: Toyota Sienta climbs to #2 in market up 12.5%

The Toyota Sienta climbs back up to 2nd place among regular cars this month.

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New vehicle sales in Japan soar 12.5% year-on-year in October to 418.992 units, the largest gain since June 2017 (+13.4%)  tilting the year-to-date volume into positive at +0.2% to 4.442.598. However the Top 4 best-selling marques all trail their home market: Toyota (+7.3%), Honda (+8.9%), Daihatsu (+9.2%) now #4 YTD and Suzuki (+10.5%). Nissan (+93.8%) makes up for a particularly weak score in October 2017 due to an inspection scandal, while Mitsubishi (+22.4%) and Hino (+22.4%) also impress inside the Top 10. Subaru (-2.5%) is the only carmaker in negative in the Top 12. Mercedes (+1.7%) dominates foreigners once again but is kept outside the Top 10 at #11, distancing BMW (+3.1%), Volkswagen (+8.1%) and Mini (-3.8%). Further down, Bentley (+148.7%), Alfa Romeo (+116.5%), Rolls-Royce (+63.6%), Renault (+51.1%), McLaren (+50%), DS (+38.1%), Lamborghini (+36.8%), Volvo (+15.5%) and Jeep (+14.4%) are among the best performers whereas at the other end of the ladder, Smart (-35.6%), Land Rover (-27.7%), Audi (-23.8%), Ford (-15%) and Cadillac (-14.5%) are in great difficulty.

Bentley sales soar 148.7% year-on-year in October in Japan.

Model-wise, among regular cars the Toyota Aqua (+4%) is back to #1 for the 5th time in the past 7 months but is stuck at #2 year-to-date over 11.000 sales below the Nissan Note (+255%) down to #3 this month. Thanks to a mid-life facelift giving it a more SUV look and new seating configurations, the Toyota Sienta (+47%) leaps up six spots on September to land in 2nd place, the nameplate’s highest ranking in almost 3 years, since November 2015. Below the Toyota Prius (-12%), the Toyota Corolla (+33%) is boosted by the new generation hatch as is the Toyota Crown (+193%) up 6 ranks on September to land in 8th position, a ranking it hadn’t reached since November 2013. The Subaru Forester (+328%), Toyota JPN Taxi (+280%), Daihatsu Boon (+163%), Mazda Atenza (+163%), Honda Civic (+157%), Nissan X-Trail (+149%) and Toyota Alphard (+122%) all manage to more than double their sales year-on-year, most of them thanks to new models. As for all-new launches, the Suzuki Xbee is the most popular at #32 with 1.960 sales above the Mazda CX-8 at #37 and 1.396 and the Honda CR-V at #41 and 1.129.

The Honda CR-V is back on sale at home in Japan.

Over in the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOX (-3%) and Daihatsu Move (-15%) maintain their hold on the charts despite both dropping year-on-year, in contrast with their direct followers: the Suzuki Spacia (+72%), Daihatsu Tanto (+8%), Nissan Dayz (+90%) and Daihatsu Mira (+26%). The Daihatsu Atrai Wagon (+80%), Mazda Flair Wagon (+76%), Suzuki Jimny (+63%), Subaru Chiffon (+55%), Nissan NV100 Clipper Rio (+30%) and Toyota Pixis (+26%) also make themselves notiuced.

Previous month: Japan September 2018: Suzuki (+7.5%) and Jaguar (+68.5%) shine

One year ago: Japan October 2017: New Leaf can’t prevent Nissan’s freefall at -43%

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Cyprus October 2018: Toyota Yaris, Jeep Renegade lead army of SUV: 12 in Top 14

The Keep Renegade is up 1060% year-on-year in Cyprus in October.

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and INNOSOFT we can share with you today October sales figures for Cyprus, a market down 4.5% year-on-year to 997 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally almost perfectly stable vs. the same period in 2017 at 11.328 vs. 11.333. The Toyota Yaris (+54%) is up 5 spots on September to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, followed this time by a very impressive Jeep Renegade up 11-fold on October 2017 to #2 and 5.8% share. It is now #10 YTD at 2.2%, up 421%. It turns out the Yaris is the only passenger car in the Top 9, with all remaining nameplates being SUVs! The Toyota C-HR (+17%) drops one spot on last month to a still outstanding 3rd place, also its YTD ranking, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+24%), Hyundai Tucson (-44%), Kia Sportage (-17%), Nissan Juke (+9%), X-Trail (+85%) and VW Tiguan (-25%). The BMW X1 (-22%), Honda HR-V (+125%), Toyota RAV4 (-6%) and Kia Stonic even make it 12 SUVs in the Top 14…

Previous month: Cyprus September 2018: Nissan Qashqai leads, Top 5 is 100% SUV

One year ago: Cyprus October 2017: Ford Focus leaps to #1 YTD

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Romania October 2018: Dacia Sandero, Volvo resist in market at -32.9%

The Dacia Sandero swims upstream with a 22% gain in a market down 33%.

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New car sales in Romania still feel the brunt of post-WLTP hangover at -32.9% to 6.736 units in October, yet the year-to-date tally remains in frank positive territory at +27.6% to 113.331 sales. Homegrown brand leader Dacia matches the market at -34% to 28.2% share vs. 27.5% so far this year, with Skoda (-16%) and Ford (-17%) completing the podium and Skoda overtaking Renault (-63%) to earn the 2nd spot YTD. Only Volvo (+56%), Hyundai (+43%), Peugeot (+37%) and Mazda (+2%) post a gain in the Top 20, with Fiat (-83%), Audi (-79%), Seat (-68%), Land Rover (-59%), Suzuki (-59%), Citroen (-57%), Nissan (-52%), Kia (-51%), Mercedes (-49%), Volkswagen (-40%), Opel (-38%) and BMW (-36%) all freefalling. The Dacia Logan (-37%) celebrates 170 consecutive months at #1 ahead of the Duster (-45%) while the Sandero (+23%) posts a surprising surge in third place above the Skoda Octavia (-18%), Rapid (-22%) and Hyundai Tucson (+104%). The Ford Ecosport (+985%) is the only other Top 10 nameplate in positive, surfing on the launch of its facelifted variant. Other great performers include the Peugeot 3008 (+367%), Hyundai i30 (+134%), VW Touareg (+78%), Mazda CX-3 (+77%), Toyota C-HR (+43%) and the VW T-Roc up 43 spots on September to #17.

Previous month: Romania September 2018: Ecosport, Tucson survive market down 73%

One year ago: Romania October 2017: Dacia Duster up 55% in market up 26.2%

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Austria October 2018: VW T-Roc scores first podium, Cupra brand lands

First podium finish in the world for the VW T-Roc.

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New car sales in Austria are still feeling the sting of post-WLTP hangover with October registrations down another 20.3% year-on-year to just 22.513 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now up a tiny 0.1% or 349 sales to 298.471. Volkswagen (-23%) falls faster than the market but remains comfortably in the lead at 15.1% share vs. 16.6% so far this year, distancing Skoda (+8%) and Ford (-1%). BMW (+16%) and Hyundai (+11%) impress with the only double-digit gains in the Top 10 just as Seat (-46%) and Renault (-34%) freefall and Fiat (-20%), Opel (-19%) and Mercedes (-16%) roughly match the market. Further down, Smart (+65%), Ssangyong (+33%), Subaru (+33%), Bentley (+14%), Volvo (+9%), Dacia (+0.4%) and Mini (+0.3%) are the only carmaker in positive in the remainder of the ranking.

First appearance in any sales charts of the Cupra Ateca.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf (-21%) reclaims the top spot but remains bruised, ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-8%) while at #3 the VW T-Roc scores its first ever podium, both in Austria and in the world. The Renault Clio (+23%), Hyundai i20 (+83%) and Skoda Karoq (+404%) follow, with the latter smashing its ranking record to #6 (previous best #10 last month). The Hyundai Tucson (+42%), surprise leader last month, is down to #8 but posts another impressive gain. The Seat Arona (+157%), Ford Ecosport (+333%), Skoda Superb (+40%) and Suzuki Jimmy (+130%) also make themselves noticed. We welcome the Cupra Ateca (#235), BMW 8 Series (#248) and Hyundai Nexo (#255).

Previous month: Austria September 2018: Hyundai Tucson first non-VW Group model #1 in 13 years

One year ago: Austria October 2017: VW Polo back up 55% to #2 thanks to new gen

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Czech Republic October 2018: Dacia soars 86% in market down 15%

Dacia sales soar 86% in the Czech Republic thanks to the Dokker and Duster.

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The Czech new car market is down for the 2nd month running in October at -15% to 19.704 units, pulling the year-to-date volume into negative territory at -0.5% to 227.488. Once again homegrown brand leader Skoda (-0.3%) fares much better than the market to shoot up to a mammoth 37.3% share vs. 31.9% so far this year. Hyundai (-22%) is up one spot to #3 despite a painful fall while Dacia soars 86% year-on-year to climb onto the October podium. Volkswagen (-48%) remains in freefall even though it is up one spot to #4. Peugeot (+30%) is the other great performer in the Top 10, Toyota (+5%) is the only additional one in positive and Renault (-50%), Ford (-42%), Mercedes (-24%) and Kia (-21%) implode. Further down, Jaguar (+194%), Lexus (+51%), Volvo (+46%), Jeep (+29%), Citroen (+16%) and Land Rover (+16%) all go against the grain to post stellar gains. Models-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+0.2%), Fabia (+22%) and Rapid (+2%) dominate once again, this time ahead of the Hyundai i30 (-16%), Skoda Karoq (+45%) and Superb (-26%). The Dacia Dokker (+371%), Peugeot 2008 (+59%) and Dacia Duster (+51%) are the other great performers in the Czech Top 10 this month.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2018: Skoda above 40% share, sales down 29%

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2017: First Top 10 for the Skoda Karoq

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Switzerland October 2018: Mercedes (+20%), Volvo (+35%) defy market down 7.8%

Volvo sales gain 35% year-on-year in a market down 7.8%, mainly thanks to the XC40.

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Although not part of the European Union, new car sales in Switzerland continue to be impacted by stock shortages triggered by the change-over to WLTP, at -7.8% to 22.788 units, pulling the year-to-date volume down 3.2% to 248.074. Despite a painful drop, Volkswagen (-21%) edges back above Mercedes (+20%) itself in excellent shape, to reclaim the top spot, but just: only 28 sales separate the two manufacturers. BMW (-1%), Audi (-10%) and Skoda (-12%) round up the Top 5, while Volvo (+35%) and Ford (+9%) are the only other Top 10 brands in positive. Further down, Mitsubishi (+98%), Jaguar (+67%), Lexus (+52%), Ferrari (+35%), Jeep (+33%), Subaru (+22%) and Alfa Romeo (+17%) are among the rare carmakers registering a year-on-year gain whereas at the other end of the scale Seat (-41%), Nissan (-31%), Opel (-29%), Citroen (-27%), Porsche (-27%), Mazda (-20%), Fiat (-18%) and Suzuki (-18%) freefall.

The Skoda Octavia (-9%) and VW Tiguan (-18%) remain the most popular nameplates in the country while the VW Golf (-31%) returns to the third spot it holds YTD despite a ghastly fall. The Mercedes GLC (+45%) and Audi A3 (-6%) complete the Top 5 ahead of the VW T-Roc stable at #6. The BMW X3 (+116%), Mercedes C-Class (+39%) and A-Class (+38%) also impress in the Top 12, with the Hyundai Kona up 14 spots to #23 and the Volvo XC40 up 9 to #31 the next best-selling recent launches.

Previous month: Switzerland September 2018: Mercedes #1 marque, market down 16.8%

One year ago: Switzerland October 2017: Audi up 13%, Q5 and Q2 break records

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Poland October 2018: Mercedes (+59%), BMW (+37%) help market up 1.5%

The Mercedes GLC Coupe scores its first Top 50 finish in Poland this month.

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After two months impacted by the new WLTP testing standards ( +58% in August and -22.3% in September), new car sales in Poland stabilise in October at +1.5% to 46.532 units including light commercials, bringing the year-to-date total up 11.9% to a record 498.553. Brand leader Skoda (-0.4%) posts a strong share at 12.7% vs. 11.6% year-to-date, while Volkswagen (+10%) is back into the 2nd spot int holds YTD ahead of Toyota (-4%) particularly weak at 7.8% share vs. 9.7% so far this year. Mercedes (+59%) and BMW (+37%) post the largest gains in the Top 15, followed by Dacia (+20%), Kia (+19%) and Ford (+11%) now #4 YTD above Opel. Nissan (-35%), Renault (-23%) and Fiat (-20%) struggle. In the models ranking, the Skoda Fabia (+8%) posts a 2nd consecutive month at #1 thanks to its facelift, whereas the Skoda Octavia (-11%) is in difficulty but remains #1 YTD for now. The VW Golf (+34%) is back up 15 spots on last month to #3, distancing the Opel Astra (-21%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Dacia Duster (+17%). The Ford Fiesta (+96%), Dacia Sandero (+68%), Volvo XC60 (+65%), Mercedes Sprinter (+55%), Kia Cee’d (+42%) and VW Polo (+41%) post the largest gains further down while the Peugeot 3008 (#42) and Mercedes GLC Coupe (#45) score their first Polish Top 50 finish.

Previous month: Poland September 2018: Dacia up, ignores post-WLTP blues (-22.5%)

One year ago: Poland October 2017: Fabia closes in on Octavia YTD, Opel Insignia up

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Chile October 2018: Chevrolet #1, Suzuki up 61% in market up 23.3%

Suzuki soars 61% year-on-year in Chile in October.

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New car sales in Chile celebrate 30 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in October with a splendid +23.3% surge to 37.132 registrations, a new record for the month smashing the previous best of 34.175 established in 2012. This is also the 20the double-digit gain in the past 25 months, propelling the year-to-date tally up 19.5% to a record 348.539 units after 10 months, eclipsing the 305.857 units of 2013. Chevrolet (+31%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date, even though it is only its third monthly win since last April. Hyundai (+38%) and Suzuki (+61%), both in excellent shape, round up the podium while Mazda (+29%), Ford (+27%) and Mitsubishi (+23%) post the next best gains in the remainder of the Top 10 where Toyota (-13%) and Nissan (-11%) struggle. Further down, Opel (+293%), the Chrysler Group (+116%), Skoda (+100%), Citroen (+69%) and Mercedes (+69%) impress but once gain it’s Chinese manufacturers, all-in-all up 58% to 13% share, that lodge some of the most spectacular gains, with Brilliance (+145%), MG (+143%), Changan (+138%), JAC (+84%), the Great Wall Group (+55%), Chery (+38%), Dongfeng (+35%), Maxus (+31%) ZNA (+31%) and FAW (+29%) making themselves noticed.

Previous month: Chile September 2018: Hyundai leads, Volkswagen up 79% in record market

One year ago: Chile October 2017: Toyota leads market up 17.9%

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Pakistan October 2018: Chinese JAC new local producer with the X200

JAC X200

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Thanks to PAMA we can share with you October sales of locally-produced light vehicles in Pakistan, a fair representation of what the best-seller landscape given high taxes make new car imports negligible. These sales are up 6.8% year-on-year in October to 24.935 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 9.3% to 217.986. Market leader Suzuki (-2%) is the only local producer in negative this month with Toyota (+25%) and Honda (+11%) both in great shape. But the big news this month is the arrival in the ranking of Chinese manufacturer JAC with its first locally-produced model, the X200 pickup. The X200 is manufactured through a joint venture between JAC and local manufacturer Ghandhara Nissan Ltd (GNL), making JAC the first Chinese brand to officially report local production and sales in Pakistan. Note two other Chinese carmakers currently prtoduce local but have not reported sales so far: FAW (with the V2 hatch) since August 2017 and Dongfeng since April 2018. Historical times indeed.

The first JAC X200 produced in Pakistan.

Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla (+33%) shoots up to 22.5% share vs. 20.6% so far this year, while the Suzuki WagonR (-4%) holds onto the #2 spot for the third consecutive month despite a small drop, keeping the Suzuki Mehran (-24%) at bay for 15 meagre sales. Below, the Suzuki Cultus (+61%), Swift (+45%), Honda Civic (+31%), City (+31%) and Suzuki Ravi (+13%) all make tremendous progress. Although produced locally since April, the JAC X200 only appears in the ranking this month as its sales figures had not been made public before. It sells 85 units for the month vs. 2.194 for the Suzuki Ravi and 533 for the Toyota Hilux, the only two other pickups produced locally. It will be very interesting to follow JAC’s sales evolution overt the next few month to judge at what level it will stabilise and whether it has the potential to become a significant player in the country.

Previous month: Pakistan September 2018: Honda soars 32% in market up 2.9%

One year ago: Pakistan October 2017: Suzuki Mehran best-seller, market up 46%

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