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Albania 2011 UPDATED: The land of luxury SUVs

April 28, 2011 5 comments

Range Rover

* Many thanks to Matthias from Germany who made this post’s update possible! *

The Albanian car market is very particular, with as much as 1 in every 3 cars in circulation in Tirana and Durres second-hand Mercedes. The best selling new cars are also unique: a mix of luxury SUV’s dominated by the Range Rover, BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GL-Class!

Only then normal passenger cars follow, among them the Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Punto, VW Golf and Opel Corsa. A few models have Albania as their only European port of call like the VW Gol, Chery QQ and Toyota Avanza… So a very interesting market indeed.

This rough speculation is based on Matthias’s observations in the streets of Tirana and Durres. Thanks again Matthias!

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Vietnam March 2011: Toyota Innova and Vios on top

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Toyota Vios in Hanoi, Vietnam December 2010

New car sales in Vietnam are up 1% in March at 9,513 units, and up 30% year-to-date at 27,896. The Toyota Innova holds onto its throne with 590 sales and 6.2%, and is followed this month by the Toyota Vios, up 2 spots at 475 registrations and 5% share.

The Chevrolet Cruze jumps onto the podium in 3rd place at 460 sales and 4.8%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Fortuner, both at 4.6%. Notice the Mercedes E Class at #20.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Germany March 2011: Opel Astra and Skoda Fabia shine

April 13, 2011 1 comment

* Now with the Top 200 best selling models: click on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *

The German car market is definitely back on track, up 11% in March at 327,911 registrations. Unsurprisingly, the VW Golf is in the lead at 7.5% share, and it is followed this month by the Opel Astra, up 2 spots on February with 9,242 sales and 2.8%.

The VW Polo at #3 and Passat at #4 are slightly weaker this month, and the Opel Corsa is stable in 5th place. The Skoda Fabia delivers the best performance of the month, up 12 spots at #6 with 7,075 sales and 2.2% share. The Mercedes B-Class is also handling extremely well at #9 with 6,212 units.

Mercedes B Class

The only foreign model in the Top 20 is the Nissan Qashqai, up 4 spots at #20 with 4,638 sales, the Hyundai i30 (#22) and Toyota Yaris (#31) follow. Notice the Ford C-Max up 27 spots at #27 with 3,056 sales. A few all-new models appear in the ranking: the Toyota Verso-S at #117 with 625 sales, the Citroen DS4 (17 sales), Audi Q3 (13), Hyundai Veloster (4) and Lexus LFA (3).

Full Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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South Africa March 2011: Hilux leads, Nissan NP200 in Top10

April 7, 2011 1 comment

Nissan NP200

The South African car market continues on its great run, up 23% in March at 53,478 units. The Toyota Hilux stays on top and improves its market share to 7%, leaving the VW Polo Vivo behind at 5.2%. The Toyota Corolla/Auris climbs on the podium at 4.6%.

The two luxury sedans produced locally stay strong: the Mercedes C Class is #8 at 1,342 sales (2.5%) and the BMW 3 Series is #11 at 1,169 sales (2.2%). The Nissan NP200 (aka Dacia Logan pick-up) lands within the Top10 for the first time ever at 1,264 units, and the Nissan Micra has its first month of sales at #26 (392 sales).

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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France LCV March 2011: Renault Kangoo & Citroen Berlingo on top

April 6, 2011 1 comment

Renault Kangoo

See the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post.

French Light Commercial Vehicle sales figures are very rare to come across, so when they are published it is well worth a full article. The market is up 9% over the first 3 months of the year at 110,396 registrations.

The best seller is not a surprise: the Renault Kangoo has been leading the ‘vehicules utilitaires’ ranking in France since the launch of the first generation in 1997. The current generation has been on sale since January 2008 and convinced 9,256 buyers over the period for a 8.4% market share.

Citroen Berlingo

The Citroen Berlingo takes the 2nd place, up from #3 in 2010, with 7,048 sales and 6.4%, just above the LCV version of the Renault Clio, down 1 spot in #2 with 6.2% of the market. The Fiat Ducato, #4, is the best selling foreign model at 6,378 units and 5.8%. The Renault Trafic is only 3 units below at 5.8% too, a full percentage point above its 2010 level. The only two other foreign models in the Top 15 are the Ford Transit (#9) and Mercedes Sprinter (#14).

Full Top 100 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Fiat Ducato picture.

Fiat Ducato

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Portugal 2010: Megane #1 for 2nd year in a row, Ibiza up to #2

February 8, 2011 1 comment

Renault Megane Sport Tourer

The Portuguese market is the best performing large market this year in Europe at +39% and 223,464 registrations. For the second consecutive year the Renault Megane holds the pole position, this time with 14,434 sales and an improved 6.5% share, the Sport Tourer (Station Wagon) version being the most popular.

The Seat Ibiza at 8,898 sales (4%) gains two spots in 2nd place, boosted by 1,491 ST-Station Wagons. The Ford Fiesta is stable at #3, just ahead of the VW Golf, Renault Clio and Opel Corsa, all at 3.8%. Other good performances include the VW Polo at #8 (+7), the Citroen C3 at #11 (+11) and the Mercedes E Class at #17 (+10). The best new entrants in the Top 50 are the Fiat Punto Evo at #18 and the Chevrolet Spark at #33.

Full 2010 Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Seat Ibiza ST

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South Africa January 2011: Polo Vivo back to #1, Figo #4

February 5, 2011 1 comment

The South African car market continues its good run, up 19% in January with 45,135 sales. Volkswagen has a good month with the Polo Vivo back in the first spot at 2,986 sales and 6.6%, leaving the Toyota Hilux behind at 2,626 sales and 5.8%, and the new Polo in 3rd place at 1,702 sales (3.8%).

The Ford Figo (based on the previous generation Fiesta) is very impressive in 4th position with 1,682 sales and 3.7%. The locally-produced Mercedes C Class is back up 5th with a very solid 2.8% share.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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