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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.

Full Top 30 October and Imports Top 10 September ranking tables below.

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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%.

Top 20 year-to-date and October ranking tables below.

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Croatia October 2010: Megane #2

 

Very weak sales in Croatia this month with only 2,917 registrations. The Opel Astra stays on top by far (5.3%) and the Renault Megane jumps to 2nd with 3.5%. The 7 best selling models year-to-date do not change, but the Peugeot 308 goes up to 8th and the Chevrolet Cruze enters the Top 10 in 9th.

Top 15 year-to-date and Top 5 October ranking tables below.

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Morocco 2009: Logan at 15%

The Moroccan car market is expanding slightly in 2009 with 93,761 registrations (+3%) and the Dacia Logan, built in the country, grabs 15.1% of the market with 14,200 units sold. The 2003 Renault Kangoo is 2nd with 11,543 sales (12.3%) and the Kia Picanto closes the podium in 3rd at 4.8% market share. Note the 5th place of the Dacia Sandero (4.1%) and the excellent 20th place of the VW Touareg (1.1%).

Full Top 30 ranking table below.

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Israel 2009/2010: Mazda3 in the lead

Mazda is the leading brand in Israel and the Mazda3 the best-selling car with no less than 12.3% of the market in 2009 at 21,269 sales, ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 7.1% and the Hyundai i30 at 4.9%.

The ranking by segment over the first 6 months 2010 indicates that the Mazda3 is still in the lead ahead of the Toyota Corolla, with the Chevrolet Cruze possibly taking 3rd place overall.

Mazda also dominates the minis segment with the Mazda2 ahead of the Hyundai i20 and the Suzuki Swift, and the large segment with the Mazda6 in the lead. The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling 4WD/SUV.

2009 Top 5 and H1 2010 Top 5 by segment ranking tables below.

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Ecuador 2009: Old gen Aveo above 10%

* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

The Ecuadorian car market is at -18% in 2009 with 92,764 registrations. Chevrolet leads the way and delivers an impressive 1-2-3 in the models ranking: The Chevrolet Aveo first generation (called Aveo Activo) is #1 with 10.7% of the market, ahead of the Chevrolet Luv D-Max (aka Isuzu D-Max) at 8.5% and the Chevrolet Grand Vitara SZ at 7.8%

Commercial vehicles are selling well in Ecuador: the Mazda BT-50 is 4th at 7.8% and the Toyota Hilux is 7th at 3.9%. The 2nd generation Aveo, called Aveo Emotion is 9th at 2.9% of the market.

Full Year 2009 Top 10 ranking table below.

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Bolivia: Nissan Sentra popular


Nissan Sentra

No car sales data available for Bolivia, so this is a very rough estimation based on my observations during my trip to Bolivia in December 2005. A lot has happened since, so if you have any info about car sales in Bolivia please make sure to get in touch!

The Nissan Sentra seemed to be quite high in the rankings back in 2005, followed by both Suzuki Grand Vitara and Vitara, the Mitsubishi Montero (aka Pajero), the VW Polo Sedan and Gol. The Nissan Patrol, Pathfinder, Toyota Prado and RAV4 also seem reasonably successful. Again this is complete speculation based on observations in streets of La Paz.

Note: I took the above picture in La Paz in December 2005.

Peru January-April 2010: Yaris dominates

One model is head and shoulders above the competition in Peru: the Toyota Yaris, with the sedan being the preferred version. It delivers 2,564 sales in just 4 months, or 12.4% of the market. The Kia Rio comes in 2nd at 5.5%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 4.2%.

Top 5 ranking table below.

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Chile January 2010: Chevrolet Aveo close winner

Two models fight it out for the first place in Chile: the Chevrolet Aveo is first in January 2010 with 1,094 sales and 5.6% of the market, just ahead of the Hyundai Accent at 1,030 sales and 5.2%. The Chevrolet Spark takes the 3rd place with 3.7%. The first 4WD is the Hyundai Santa Fe in 5th position and 3.3%.

Full Top 13 ranking table below.

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Colombia 6 months 2010: Aveo at 12%

Chevrolet dominates the Colombian car sales and places the Aveo first with 13,870 registrations and 12.1% of the market (vs. 13.5% in 2009), and the Spark 2nd with 6,502 sales and 5.7%. In third, the Renault Sandero, helped by the Stepway version (pictured below), gets a solid 4.7% market share, just ahead of the Renault Logan at 4.3%.

Other strong performers over the first 6 months of the year include the Toyota Fortuner in 9th (+9) at 1.9%, and the Chevrolet Captiva in 14th (+13) at 1.4% of the Colombian market.

Full Top 20 ranking table below.

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