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.
The Danish car market continues on its good run, up 28% in March at 16,381 sales and 26% year-to-date at 40,341. The Chevrolet Spark is #1 for the third month in a row at 654 units at 4%, a distant leader year-to-date at 2,254 sales and 5.6% share.
The Suzuki Swift has a stellar start of the year, #2 this month at 2.7% and #3 year-to-date at 2.9%, up 24 spots on its 2010 ranking. The Toyota Aygo, #1 last year, is #3 in March at 2.6% ahead of a Ford Fiesta in good shape at #4 and 2.5%.
Notice the VW Passat at #5, the Mazda6 at #9 and the Peugeot 508 coming in directly at #39 for its very first month of sales with 159 units changing hands for a 1% market share.
Full Top 40 Ranking Table below.
China March 2011: FAW Xiali N-Series grabs the pole position Discover the Top 150 best selling models
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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.
After a record-breaking January, Taiwanese car sales are rather quiet in February at 17,396 units. Nissan has an excellent month, placing the Nissan Tiida on top of the ranking with 1,130 sales and 6.5% and the Nissan Livina at #3 with 812 sales and 4.7%.
The Toyota Corolla drops to #2 at 1,090 units (6.3%) but stays by far the best selling car in the country year-to-date with 6,437 units changing hands in 2 months and 9.1% market share. Good performances of the Mazda3 at #6 (3.5%) and the Nissan Teana at #11 (2.6%).
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.
The Australian car market is still a little bit soft in February at -2% with 80,896 registrations. Queensland sales are down 3% in the wake of the cyclone season but are expected to surge as people replace their damaged vehicles.
The Holden Commodore is #1 for the first time since last October with 3,829 sales and 4.7% share. At #2, the Mazda3 has another very solid month at 3,575 sales and 4.4%, and is rewarded with the #1 spot over the first two months of 2011 with 7,180 sales and 4.6%. A first for the model.
The Toyota Hilux climbs on the podium in 3rd with 3.6%, ahead of the Hyundai i30 (3.3%) and Toyota Corolla, penalised by the end of its financing offer. The Holden Cruze is stable in 6th (3.2%). It will be interesting to follow the Cruze’s behaviour over the next few months as an Australianised model starts production in the Holden Adelaide plant in March.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
Traditionally full of surprises as most of the country stops for Summer holidays, January was further disrupted this year in Australia by dramatic floods in Queensland. The market is down 2% at 73,584 registrations, but -13% in Queensland.
Boosted by a 2.9% financing offer with 4,045 sales and 5.5% share, the Toyota Corolla is #1 for the 3rd month in a row, the first time it manages this feat in Australia. In 2nd place, the Mazda3 reaches its best-ever share at 4.9%, and is followed by a weak Holden Commodore at 3.6%. The Subaru Impreza breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 1,765 sales and 2%.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
No surprises in Thailand: the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country with 144,190 sales, ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 133,766. Both pick-ups add up to nearly 278,000 registrations, or around 35% of the total Thai car market!
The Toyota Vios is the best-selling passenger car at 67k units, followed by the Honda City at 49k units and the Toyota Corolla Altis at 38k. Being the world’s pick-up heaven, the Thai market had to have two more of those in the Top 10: the Nissan Frontier at #7 (23,844 sales) and the Mitsubishi Triton at #9 (20,344).
Two new models climb into the Top 10 this year in Thailand: the Mazda2 is 8th with 22,537 sales, and the Nissan March is #10 at 18,367. Many thanks to Chips Yap from Motor Trader Malaysia for sharing the figures! Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.