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 year is looking better and better in Norway, with cars sales up 16% in February at 10,543 registrations. The VW Golf stays in the lead and the Toyota Avensis stays #2, however both with lower market shares than in January, at 5% and 3.1% respectively.
The Volvo V70 jumps back up to 3rd, followed by the VW Passat and the Ford Mondeo. The Mitsubishi ASX breaks into the Top 10 with 222 sales and 2.1%, in all likeliness the first time it does so anywhere in the world.
Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
The Danish car market has completely recovered from the GFC: with 153,562 registrations this year it is up 40% on 2009 and 4% on 2008. The Toyota Aygo is the best selling car in Denmark in 2010 with 4,403 sales and 2.9%, ahead of the Chevrolet Spark at 4,242 sales and the Opel Corsa at 4,232 (both 2.8%).
The Fiat 500, #1 up until September, has dropped to 4th over the full year at 4,136 sales and 2.7%, above the Ford Fiesta (2.6%) and VW Polo (2.4%). The Ford Focus at #7 is the best selling non-mini model. Boosted by exceptionally strong figures in December, the Ford Mondeo (#12), Opel Insignia (#16) and Citroen C5 (#31) finish on a high.
Full Year 2010 Top 30: click on ‘Read more’ below.
In November the Norwegian car market is up a very healthy 24%, and 33% year-to-date. No surprise in the lead, the VW Golf is king with 7.7% market share, ahead of the Volvo V70 at 4.1%. Both models are above their YTD levels.
The Ford Mondeo compensates for a very weak October figure (17th) and climbs onto the podium with 424 sales and 3.6%, keeping the Toyota Avensis at bay in 4th at 3%.
The performance of the month goes to the Mitsubishi Outlander which scores an impressive 8th position, up from 20th in October and 17th YTD, with 283 sales and 2.4% market share.
Full Top 15 Ranking table below.
Poland is the biggest Eastern-European market after Russia and it grows by 12% in September with 27,906 registrations, but is -3% over 9 months 2010 at 234,046 sales.
1-2 for Skoda in Poland with the Octavia leader at 5.3% ahead of the the Fabia at 4.2%. Then 3 German compact cars follow: the Ford Focus, Opel Astra and VW Golf. The Astra is 3rd in the year-to-date rankings.
Strong performers this month are the Ford Mondeo (#7), Peugeot 207 (#15) and Kia Sportage which breaks into the Top 20 for the first time in Poland.
A flash-back to August shows the Dacia Duster and Mistubishi ASX entered the Top 20 in 19th and 20th.
Also to be noticed is the 20th position of the Kia Venga in the year-to-date rankings (pictured below), Poland being its best worldwide market.
Full Top 20 ranking table below. Read more…
70,048 new cars were registered in New Zealand in 2009, a drop of 28% over 2008. The Toyota Corolla comes out #1 with a large margin at 4,699 sales and 6.7% of the market, ahead of the Toyota Hilux at 3,047 sales (4.3%) and the Holden Commodore at 2,875 sales (4.1%).
Only two more cars are above 2,000 sales: the Suzuki Swift is 4th at 2,333 (3.3% share) and the Ford Falcon is 5th with 2,242 (3.2%). Notice the good performances of the Mazda6 (#7), Ford Ranger (#9) and Mondeo (#10).
Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
Norwegian car sales drop below the 100,000 mark in 2009 at -11% and 98,675 units. The VW Golf holds onto the pole position and improves its market share significantly at 5.5% and 5,401 sales.
The new gen Toyota Avensis is up two spots in 2nd position with 4,044 sales and 4.1% (+15%), passing the Ford Mondeo at 3,466 sales (-27%) and the VW Passat at 3,210 sales (-25%). The Volvo V70 and Nissan Qashqai are both up two spots at #5 and 6 and the Skoda Octavia is up 5 in 7th place.
The best new entrant in the Top 20 is the all-new Opel Insignia at #12 with 2,015 sales and 2% share. The Volvo XC60 is #15 and the Toyota Prius breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #17 and 1,619 sales.
Full Top 20 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Toyota Avensis picture.