Last week was not a fluke, the Dacia Duster confirms it is now a force to be reckoned with in the French market and a serious contender for the 2011 podium. During the week of 12 to 18 April, the Duster is the 2nd best selling car in France with 1,474 sales and a stable 3.6% share, a full percentage point above it March level.
The Renault Megane takes the lead this week at 3.8%. The Renault Clio drops to #3, followed by the Peugeot 207 and a VW Polo confirming its exceptional strength at 3% share, down from 3.1% and #3 last week. The Peugeot 3008 is up to #7 at 2.8%.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad for sourcing and scanning Auto Plus mag! *
According to Dacia’s Facebook page, the Dacia Duster was the best selling car in France during the week of April 5th to April 11th! This is confirmed by official data published by French car weekly Auto Plus. The Duster leads with 1,251 sales and 3.6% share, ahead of the Renault Clio at 1,177 units and the VW Polo at 1,086.
This is an exceptional achievement by the French/Romanian SUV after it broke into the Top 10 for the first time and achieved its best ever month in France in March in 7th place with 6,634 units and 2.6% share. These records look like they will be obsolete by the end of the month. It is the first time a ‘terrain’ vehicle ever tops French car sales.
Only a handful of models have topped the French weekly charts in the last 5 years: the Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Renault Twingo, Citroen C3, Dacia Sandero and Peugeot 308 have done so. The Duster is therefore the 7th model to shine and the second Dacia.
Complete Auto Plus article, Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
New car sales in Slovakia are up 20% in March at 6,480 units. After a weaker month of February, the Skoda Octavia is back in shape at 616 sales and 9.5% market share, well above the Skoda Fabia at 396 units and 6.1%.
The Dacia Duster continues its fantastic progression and climbs onto the podium for the first time in Slovakia at 224 sales and 3.5% share. The Suzuki SX4 is down one spot at #4 but still strong at 3% share, whereas the Kia Sportage is up two spots at #5 with 190 units and 2.9%. The Renault Thalia is stable in 6th place at 2.3%, above the BMW 3 Series unusually high at 147 sales.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
Skoda Octavia Policija. Picture by Rescuenav, all rights reserved.
Croatian car sales are up for the third month in a row, an encouraging +12% in March at 3,836 units. Once again the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with 255 sales and 6.5% share. Local website Slobodna Dalmacija explains part of this sales surge by the high volume of Police fleet deliveries of the model over the period!
In #2 comes the Opel Astra at 5.8%, followed by the Renault Megane (3.6%), Renault Clio (3.5%) and VW Polo (3.3%). Dacia places two models in the Top 10: the Sandero in 8th position (2.7%) and the Duster in 10th (2.5%), breaking into the Top 10 for the very first time in Croatia.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
As cash-for-clunkers orders had a March 31 delivery deadline, this is the final month of artificially boosted sales for the French market at +6% and 257,631 registrations. In March and possibly for the first time ever all cars are under 5% share, and the models ranking is very eventful:
Just below the Renault Clio, best seller for the 3rd month in a row, we find the Citroen C3 in 2nd position at 12,565 units and an outstanding 4.9% share. That’s three C3 nameplate records beaten all at once: best volume ever (beating 8,656 in Dec 2010), best position ever (beating #3 in Aug 2006) and best market share ever (beating 4.5% in May 2005).
The Peugeot 207 drops to 3rd at 4.7%, hurt by the exceptional performance of its older sister the Peugeot 206+, at its best position ever in 4th place with 3.5% share. The Renault Megane and Peugeot 308 follow.
For the first time, the Dacia Duster ranks in the Top 10 in France, at a remarkable 7th place with 6,634 sales and 2.6% share. All these figures are new records.
The Citroen C4 new generation jumps into the Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 6,300 sales and 2.4%. Other good performers include the Nissan Micra at #32, the Chevrolet Spark at #33 and the Peugeot 508 at #35.
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
Car sales in Romania are down 6% in March at 3,793 registrations, but still up 10% year-to-date at 9,679. The Top 4 stays unchanged, however each model behaves very differently: the Dacia Logan is down 5 percentage points on February at 15.7% share and 595 sales…
…the Skoda Octavia delivers its best market share (ever?) at 8.8% and 332 sales, and the Dacia Duster is above 5% share for only the second time ever in Romania at 5.1% this month with 192 units. The VW Golf stays very strong at 4.1%, followed by the VW Passat, in very good shape at 2.8%. The Renault Fluence is back in the Top 10 at #9 (2.2%).
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.
The Turkish car market continues its exceptional run, up 88% in February at 39,004 registrations, and up 107% year-to-date at 68,872 units.
The Renault Symbol maintains its stranglehold on the ranking at 2,304 sales and 5.9% share (7.4% year-to-date), ahead of the Hyundai Accent Era (+1 spot, 5%) and the Ford Fiesta (+2 spots, 4.9%).
The Renault Fluence is stable in 4th and the Fiat Linea is up 6 spots in 5th at 4.1% share. The Dacia Duster stays in the Top 20 at #19 with 551 sales and 1.4% and the Renault Latitude finds 266 buyers for its very first month of sales in the country (#32).
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.