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.
New car sales in Taiwan are up an explosive 58% in the first Quarter of 2011 at 106,191 registrations, and in March alone, imports are up 70% at 9,411 units.
The Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling car in Taiwan with 3,862 sales and 10.9% share, ahead of the Nissan Tiida at 1,590 sales and 4.5%. The all-new Toyota RAV4 climbs onto the podium with 1,477 units and 4.2% whereas the Nissan Livina stays strong in 4th with 1,436 sales and 4%.
Other good performances include the Hyundai ix35, up 7 spots and #14 with 707 sales and 2% and the BMW 5 Series at #22 with 435 units and 1.2%.
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.
The Czech car market is up a very healthy 16% in February at 12,847 registrations. Very stable on top, the Skoda Octavia leads at 16.2% followed by the Skoda Fabia at 9.4%. Excellent performance of the Renault Thalia, up to #3 with 4.4% whereas the Skoda Superb drops to 4th at 3.3%.
The Dacia Duster continues its progression at #8 with 317 sales (2.5%), up 2 spots over January. Hyundai has an excellent month: the i20 is up to a very solid 11th spot at 256 units (2%), the ix35 is #15 at 173 sales and the ix20 is #18 at 153 sales.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Hyundai i20 picture.
Slovak car sales are up a shining 51% in January at 4,414 registrations. The two leading Skodas stay put, with the Octavia #1 at 480 sales and a very solid 10.9% share, and the Fabia very stable in #2 at 328 sales and 7.4%.
The surprise of the month is the arrival on the podium of the Kia Sportage with 151 sales and 3.4%! After finishing 5th in Poland in December, the new Korean SUV confirms its extraordinary success in Eastern Europe. Kia is reportedly working extra hard to keep up with demand. The Suzuki SX4 is stable in 4th at 3.1%.
Full Top 35 Ranking Table below.
The Italian car market is off to a slow start this year with 165,302 registrations in January, down 21% on last year. The Fiat Punto stays strong at 13,173 sales and 8% share, but the Panda drops to 6.1%. The VW Golf has a good month in 4th place and 3.5%, ahead of the Fiat 500.
The performance of the month goes to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at a formidable 6th place with 4,053 sales and 2.5% of the market. Other strong performances include the Dacia Duster at #21 (+37 spots on December!), the Nissan Juke at #22 (+9 spots) and the Hyundai ix35 at #32 (+22 spots).
Top 50 Ranking Table below.
The German market returns to normal this year after being artificially boosted by scrappage schemes last year. It is down 23% on 2009 at 2,916,260 registrations and down 6% on 2008. Encouragingly, December was up 7% at 230,371 sales.
The VW Golf is #1 again (as it has been since 1975) with a very strong 8.6% share, ahead of the VW Polo at 3.3%. Thanks to a solid December (#2 at 3.1%), the Opel Astra finishes the year in 3rd (2.5%).
In 4th, the Mercedes C-Class is up 4 spots, the BMW 3 Series is up 5 in 5th and the best performer of the year, the Mercedes E-Class is 6th with 67,409 sales (+22 spots, +33%). The BMW 5 Series is up 13 spots at #16 with 46.014 sales.
The best selling foreign model (excluding Skoda and Seat) is the Hyundai i30 at #24 (+9) followed by the Renault Megane at #29 (+11) and Nissan Qashqai at #31 (+16).
More commentaries, December Top 50 and Full Year 2010 Top 150 below.
The Slovenian car market is up 6% in 2010 at 59,226 registrations. Renault places 2 models at the top of the sales this year: the locally-built Clio is the best selling car in Slovenia again with 4,011 units and 6.8% (+10%), interestingly this is the only country in the world where the Clio is #1. With stable sales, the Megane gains 1 spot at #2 with 2,789 units and 4.7%.
The VW Polo rounds up the podium at 2,445 sales and 4.1%, an increase of 86% over 2009 thanks to the new generation, ahead of the VW Golf (3.9%) and Opel Astra (3.4%). The Chevrolet Cruze (#18), Hyundai i20 (#26), Hyundai ix35 (#27) and Renault Twingo (#30) are new entrants in the Top 30.
Full Year 2010 Top 50 Ranking: see below.