Australia March 2011: Commodore #1, Lexus CT200 & Chery land Now with the Top 65 best selling models
* Now with the Top 65 best selling models in Q1 2011: click on ‘Read more’ at end of post *
At 93,984 registrations, Australian car sales are down just 1% year-on-year in March. The Holden Commodore stays #1 at 4,170 sales and 4.4%, but the 2011 leader is still the Mazda3 at 11,159 units and 4.5%, thanks to another strong month at 3,979 sales and 4.2% in March (#3).
The Toyota Hilux takes the 2nd place only 140 sales behind the Commodore. Just behind the Toyota Corolla, the Holden Cruze is up 1 spot at #5 with a strong 3% share, and the Mitsubishi Triton is up to a brilliant 8th position. The Lexus CT (223 sales) and the Toyota FJ Cruiser (209) both appear for the first time in the Australian ranking.
March 2011 will also be remembered as the month Chinese brand Chery started in the country, launching the first Chinese passenger cars in Australia. The Chery J11 SUV (aka Tiggo) delivers 166 sales and the J1 (aka Face) lands 53 buyers. In the meantime the Great Wall V240 ute continues to grow, #64 in Q1 at 989 sales.
A few new models perform well in Q1: the Ford Fiesta is #17, the Hyundai ix35 #28, the Nissan Dualis multiplies its share by two at 1% and #31, the Mistubishi ASX is #50 and the VW Polo #57. With the discontinuation of the the Falcon model last year, the Ford Mondeo is now the default Ford station wagon and is up to #39.
March Top 10 & 1st Quarter 2011 Top 65 Ranking Tables: see ‘Read more’ below the Chery J11 pic.
Another massive month for the Brazilian market with 311,318 registrations in November, +31% vs. 2009! The Year-to-date figure is just under 3 million at 2,967,760 sales and +9%.
The VW Gol is as strong as ever and delivers its best 2010 month in terms of volume at 29,697 units (9.5%). It has now been above 20,000 monthly sales in Brazil for 9 consecutive months.
The Fiat Uno recuperates from a weak 1st half of the month (7%) to finish November at 7.8%, still more than 5,000 units below the Gol. The Chevrolet Celta and Corsa Sedan exchange 3rd and 4th positions and the Fiat Palio timidly regains one spot and 0.5% in 6th.
More commentaries and Full Top 30 Ranking table below.
The Brazilian market keeps on delivering very solid figures month after month: it is at 287,537 registrations in October (+2% – third market in the world after China and the USA), and 2,656,461 units over 10 months 2010 (+7%).
The models ranking is very stable with the VW Gol at an imposing 9% market share (25,860 registrations), floating away from the Fiat Uno (from 8.2% in Sept to 7.7% in Oct). The Chevrolet Corsa sedan completes the podium at 4.7% and the Renault Logan comes back into the Top 20 at 1.2%.
Only deep into the ranking can we get a bit of fizz: the new Citroen C3 Aircross, a “4WD” version of the C3 Picasso, a la CrossFox, manages 786 sales in 67th place (compared to 153 sales in Sept), and the Chery Face (aka A1) is the best-selling Chinese car in Brazil with 549 sales in 81st position (+22% vs. September).
Full Top 30 ranking table below.