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France March 2011: Citroen C3 and Dacia Duster beat records

April 12, 2011 1 comment

Citroen C3

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As cash-for-clunkers orders had a March 31 delivery deadline, this is the final month of artificially boosted sales for the French market at +6% and 257,631 registrations. In March and possibly for the first time ever all cars are under 5% share, and the models ranking is very eventful:

Just below the Renault Clio, best seller for the 3rd month in a row, we find the Citroen C3 in 2nd position at 12,565 units and an outstanding 4.9% share. That’s three C3 nameplate records beaten all at once: best volume ever (beating 8,656 in Dec 2010), best position ever (beating #3 in Aug 2006) and best market share ever (beating 4.5% in May 2005).

The Peugeot 207 drops to 3rd at 4.7%, hurt by the exceptional performance of its older sister the Peugeot 206+, at its best position ever in 4th place with 3.5% share. The Renault Megane and Peugeot 308 follow.

Dacia Duster

For the first time, the Dacia Duster ranks in the Top 10 in France, at a remarkable 7th place with 6,634 sales and 2.6% share. All these figures are new records.

Citroen C4

The Citroen C4 new generation jumps into the Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 6,300 sales and 2.4%. Other good performers include the Nissan Micra at #32, the Chevrolet Spark at #33 and the Peugeot 508 at #35.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Greece March 2011: Corsa in the lead, new Micra in Top 10

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

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Car sales in Greece are not looking any brighter: still down 55% in March at 8,258 registrations and 43% year-to-date at 25,256.

The Opel Corsa is #1 for the second time this year with 398 sales and 4.7%, followed by the Ford Fiesta at 374 sales (4.4%) and the Ford Focus boosted by the new generation, up 10 spots over February in 3rd at 362 units (4.2%). The Toyota Yaris, still #1 year-to-date, is 4th this month.

There are a few great performances this month: the new Nissan Micra breaks into the Top 10 at #10 with 184 sales and 2.2%, the Audi A1 climbs to #17 with 128 sales and 1.5% and the Nissan Juke is 24th at 107 sales, for the first time above its big brother Qashqai at 98 units.

Full Top 50 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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Spain March 2011: Seat Ibiza leads, Leon #5

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Seat Leon

The Spanish car market is still not feeling too good, down 29% in March at 88,396 units. The year-to-date figure stands at 208,151 registrations, down 27% on 2010.

The Seat Ibiza leads the way for the third month in a row, albeit with a slightly lower 3.6% share. The 3 following models stand within 52 sales: the Renault Megane, up 4 spots at 2,762 units, Ford Fiesta, up 7 spots at 2,725 and the Nissan Qashqai, stable at 2,710.

Excellent month for the Seat Leon in 5th position with 2,645 sales and a 3% share. Other great performers include the Audi A3 at #13, the Seat Exeo at #21, the new gen Nissan Micra at #30, and the Peugeot 508, up 33 spots at #40 with 647 sales and 0.7% share.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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India March 2011: Maruti Alto & Ford Figo set new records

April 4, 2011 4 comments

Maruti Alto K10

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This month the Maruti Alto, boosted by the facelifted K10 version, sets up a new monthly volume record in India at 38,065 units. This is nearly 5,000 units above the previous record it set just two months ago in January! The Alto delivers 104,198 sales over the first 3 months of the year, meaning if it continues at this pace it will finish the year over 400,000 sales…

The Maruti Wagon R is #2 for the first time this year at 14,885 units, followed by the Hyundai i10 at 14,185. There are 4 Marutis in the Top 5 with the Swift (#4) and DZire (#5) also at very high levels. In 6th place, the Ford Figo sets a new monthly volume record for a Ford model in India at 8,926 units. It is also the model’s highest position ever.

Ford Figo

The Tata Nano continues to grow: up one spot in 7th with 8,707 sales, only 300 units short of its best ever month in July 2010. For the first time ever, the Nano is Tata’s best seller this month.

Five more models have their best ever month in March: the VW Vento at 3,973 sales (#19 and for the first time passing the Honda City – leader in that category for the last 13 years), VW Polo at 3,881 (#20), Maruti SX4 at 3,632 (#21), Toyota Etios at 3,257 (#23) and Nissan Micra at 2,060 (#30).

Top 40 Ranking Tables for March & the last 15 months: click on ‘Read more’ below the Vento pic.

VW Vento

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Ireland March 2011: Ford Focus takes the lead

April 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Another good month for Irish car sales, up 7% at 14,298 units. The (new generation) Ford Focus flamboyantly takes the lead of the ranking at 657 sales and 4.6% of Irish sales, up from #15 in February.¬†After all, the Focus¬†was the best selling car in the country 9 years in a row up until 2009, so it’s just business as usual in a way.

The VW Passat gains one more spot to rank 2nd at 610 sales (4.3%), just ahead of the VW Golf. Great performance for the Nissan Micra, up 20 spots to #8 at 482 sales and 3.4%. The Toyota Avensis falls to 9th but stays #1 year-to-date with 2,156 sales and 4.5%.

Full Top 30 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Nissan Micra pic.

Nissan Micra

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France February 2011: Clio leads again, C4 close to Top 10 Discover the Top 100 best selling models

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Citroen C4

*Thanks to Enrique @ Autoblog for sharing the data! Click on ‘Read more’ below for the Top 100*

Still boosted by December 2010 orders being delivered now, the French car market is up 13% in February at a record-breaking 204,486 registrations. The Renault Clio is #1 for the second month in a row at 5.9% share, just ahead of the Peugeot 207 at 5.7%.

The Renault Twingo slows down but stays 3rd, followed by a very solid Citroen C3 at 3.7%. The Peugeot 206+ increases its share further to a best-ever 3.5%, and the Ford Fiesta is the best selling foreign model this month at #9, with the VW Polo at #10.

The new Citroen C4 continues its progression, now #11 at 4,704 sales and 2.3%, so does the Peugeot 508 at #37 with 1,673 units (0.8%). The Duster is now Dacia’s best seller at #16 and the new Nissan Micra is #42.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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