The Malaysian car market has another solid month in March at 61,313 registration. First Quarter 2011 figures are up 8% year-on-year at 153,643 units. The Perodua Myvi is #1 again this month at 14% share, followed by the Proton Saga at 13.1% and the Perodua Viva at a slightly weaker than usual 9.8%.
The Proton Persona is in good shape at #4 with 8.2%, same for the Mitsubishi Triton at #11 with 1.8%. The Proton Inspira slips down to 1.8% compared to 2.4% last month. Duty-free prices have made hybrid cars more affordable this year in Malaysia and the effect is immediate: the Honda Insight jumps 18 spots this month to #14 at 896 sales and 1.5%.
Link to full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
Japan Historical Data up to 1969 is now available on this site! Over this 40 years period, only 3 models managed to hold the yearly Japanese pole position. The Toyota Corolla – 10 generations of the model – dominated for 37 years: from 1969 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2007. The Honda Fit was on top in 2002 and 2008, and the Toyota Prius shot to stardom in 2009 and 2010.
From 2001 onwards, detailed info is available, including yearly Top 30 Rankings, Kei cars rankings from 2006. Witness the explosive arrival of the Honda Fit, #1 for the first time in November 2001, the 7 months the Toyota Vitz dominated sales in 2005-2006, and discover the success of little known models like the Toyota Wish, #1 in April 2004, and the Toyota Ractis, #1 in October 2005.
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 16 new posts.
Official sales data from the Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association indicate that the Toyota Corolla is still by far the best-selling car in the country this month with 3,397 sales and 21.6% share. It is also leader year-to-date at 12,103 units and 27.7%.
The Suzuki Mehran (aka Maruti 800) stays 2nd at 2,654 sales and a strong 16.9% share, or 17.1% year-to-date, compared to 15.6% in 2010. Excellent performance of the Suzuki Alto, climbing onto the podium in March at 1,957 sales and 12.5%. It is #5 year-to-date at 8.3% share.
The Suzuki Bolan follows in 4th, and the Honda City has a great year so far with 3,006 sales and 6.9% year-to-date, one percentage point above its 2010 share.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
After two months under the leadership of the Daihatsu Move, the Suzuki Wagon R reclaims its title of best selling Kei car for the first time this year with 17,290 sales. It is however still #2 year-to-date at 42,764 units vs. 47,215 for the Move.
The next three models are unchanged from February: the Daihatsu Tanto is #3 at 13,528, followed by the Suzuki Alto (8,652) and the Honda Life (8,332). The Daihatsu Mira is up one spot at #6 and the Mitsubishi eK is up 3 spots at #8, whereas the new Suzuki MR Wagon drops 2 places at #12.
Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
China March 2011: FAW Xiali N-Series grabs the pole position Discover the Top 150 best selling models
* See the Top 150 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
The Chinese car market continues to take a breather after the extravagant growth of 2010, up 5% in March at 1,828,500 vehicles and 8% over the first quarter at 4,983,800. Passenger vehicle sales are up 6% in March at 1,347,600 units.
For the first time since the launch of the N5 last year, the FAW Xiali N-Series takes the lead at 24,060 sales, and by the same token climbs to #1 year-to-date at 64,250 units. The VW Lavida drops to #2 at 22,265 sales and #3 in 2011 at 62,605 sales, and the veteran VW Jetta is #3 at 21,419 but #2 in 2011 at 63,033.
The Buick Excelle is solid in 4th place at 19,242 units, above the Ford Focus in very good shape at #5 with 18,247 sales. The BYD F3 continues to slide down, #10 this month and #5 year-to-date. The best selling SUV is the Honda CR-V, up 13 spots on February at #11 with 15,156 sales.
The Nissan Sunny continues its progression and ranks 13th with 13,865 units changing hands, the ChangAn Benben Mini is holding very well at #21 and the Mazda6 gains 48 spots at #24 with 12,104 sales.
Full Top 150 Ranking Table below.
* Now with the Top 100 best selling models: see ‘Read more’ at end of post – thanks Ausrutherford for the tip! *
Over the first 3 months of the year, the Swiss car market is up 11% at 72,853 registrations. The podium is unchanged: the VW Golf stays on top with 2,560 sales, but sees its market share go down from 4.1% in Full Year 2010 to 3.5% now.
On the contrary, the Skoda Octavia, at 2,018 sales, improves its share this year at 2.8% compared to 2.6% last year. The VW Polo is stable in 3rd position with 1,558 units sold (2.1%). Excellent performance of the Renault Clio, up 9 spots in 4th place with 1,268 sales (1.7%).
The VW Touran (#6), VW Passat (#8), Honda Jazz (#11) and Ford Kuga (#13) also improve a lot. Notice the Audi A1 at #25, the Nissan Juke at #28 and the Porsche Cayenne up 23 spots at #100!
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
The effect on car sales of the quake and tsunami that devastated the country is now tangible: the Japanese car market dropped 37% in March at 279,389 units. This is the highest year-on-year fall for Nippon car sales since the -55% of May 1974 during the oil-supply crunch. While some dealerships are damaged in the northeast of the country, a lot of dealers in some central areas cannot run showrooms properly because of continued power blackouts.
In this context, auto industry analysts expect sales to fall a further 50% or more in April…
Now to the models ranking. Boosted by the new hybrid version, the Honda Fit takes the top spot for the 2nd time in the last 3 months with 22,284 units and only -3%. It even takes the lead in the 2011 year-to-date ranking at 54,033 registrations! The Toyota Prius is a distant #2 in March at 19,702 sales (-45%) and YTD at 52,523 units.
The next three models stay unchanged and fall slower than the market: the Toyota Vitz at -13%, Nissan Serena at -10% and Honda Freed at -17%. Only two cars in the Top 30 actually see their sales improve: the Nissan March is up 5 spots at #7 (+5%) and the Nissan Elgrand is #30 at +47%.
The Lexus CT200h, launched last December, appears in the Top 30 for the first time at #26 with 2,460 sales.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.