Austria November 2010: VW Sharan #3

The Austrian car market is growing by 9% year-on-year in November with 28,024 registrations. Behind the VW Golf, a tad weak at 4.8%, and the Hyundai i30, 2nd again at 3%, the VW Sharan now fully enjoys its renewal with an outstanding 3rd position at 832 sales and 3% share!…

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Nicaragua: Toyota Hilux and Yaris dominate

* Click on title for street scenes and video! * The Nicaraguan car market is pretty easy to read as 2 cars stand out by far: the Toyota Hilux, probably the best-selling car in Nicaragua, and the Toyota Yaris Sedan following not far behind. Other popular cars in the country…

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El Salvador: Hilux should lead a pack of pick-ups

Videos of the streets of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, reveal that in all likeliness the Toyota Hilux is the best selling car in the country. Salvadoreans are very fond of pick-ups: the Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Frontier are also very popular. Other successful models…

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Honduras: Mitsubishi L200 possible leader

There is very little material available to estimate car sales in Honduras. My bet is on the Mitsubishi L200 to be the best-selling vehicle in Honduras in 2010, with the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Corolla also popular. This speculation is based on the observation of recent YouTube videos…

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Namibia: Toyota Hilux in the lead

* Click on the title for street scenes and videos! * The Namibian car market appears to be very similar to the South African one. The Toyota Hilux should lead the sales by far, ahead of the VW Polo Vivo (the sedan is clearly preferred here), Opel Corsa KB and…

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Romania November 2010: Logan close to 30%

Very healthy Romanian market in November: up 35% year-on year at 11,440 registrations, however the year-to-date figure is still down 22% at 82,069. The Dacia Logan is in very good shape again this month at 29.5% market share, a level it has attained a few times this year which is…

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Mauritania: where old Mercedes go to die…

Street Scene in Nouakchott, Mauritania * Click on title for street scenes and videos! * Up to 2/3 of the cars in circulation in the capital Nouakchott are 1980's Mercedes 190! This is also verified in other main Mauritanian cities and gives the country's car traffic a very particular aspect.…

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Republic of the Congo 2010: Hilux most popular

* Click on title for street scenes and videos! * The observation of the streets of the capital Brazzaville reveal that the Toyota Hilux should hold the title of best-selling vehicle in the Republic of Congo in 2010, with the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Corolla & Hiace also…

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Central African Republic 2010: Hilux should lead sales

"Don't try to understand, only God knows", Bangui, Central African Republic * Click on title for street scenes and video! * Very little material available to estimate car sales in Central African Republic, but enough to establish that the Toyota Hilux should be the best selling vehicle in the country,…

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Benin 2010: Hilux and Prado most popular

Toyota Prado in Cotonou, Benin 2010 * Click on title for more street scenes/videos with Beninese rap music! * Relatively developed market in Benin with the Toyota Hilux and Prado in all likeliness dominating the new car sales. Other successful models include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Frontier, Toyota…

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