* 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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2011 is looking more and more like another record year for Argentinean car sales, with February up 30% year-on-year at 59,603 registrations. This is the 16th consecutive month of growth.
The Chevrolet Classic reclaims its top spot at a very solid 6.2% share, and the Ford Ecosport climbs one spot to #2 with an excellent 4.1% of the market at 2,443 sales, ahead of the VW Gol Trend at 2,365 units and 4% and the Peugeot 207 Compact at 3.9%.
Good performances of the Chevrolet Aveo (#5), VW Bora (#8) and Chevrolet Agile (#9). The best selling Chinese model is the Chery QQ in 60th position with 209 sales.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
Absolutely no car sales data coming from Jordan, so I’m using YouTube videos of Amman’s streets to find out more about this market. This is complete speculation based on very little information so please get it touch if you have any more info!
It looks like the old generation Mitsubishi Lancer is holding the #1 spot in Jordan, having been kept in the range alongside the new gen Lancer EX. Not far behind, we could find the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Elantra, possibly followed by the Honda Civic and Kia Picanto. The Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 should be the best-selling commercial vehicles. I also noticed a few Chery QQ’s in the streets of Amman.
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After a couple of years of high volatility, the models ranking podium stabilises somewhat in 2007. The VW Jetta keeps its best seller title and becomes the very first model to sell over 200,000 units in one year in China. At 201,131 units, it is up 14% year-on-year.
The Buick Excelle stays 2nd with sales up 11% at 196,742 units. It was even #1 at mid-year with 91,327 units. The success story of the year is without doubt the Toyota Camry (a different model from the US version). Launched in July 2006 it is extremely consistent at the highest level throughout the year and delivers 170,294 sales for its first full year, up 178% on 2006.
The Tianjin Xiali and Chery QQ stay 4th and 5th but both lose ground. The Ford Focus storms into the Top 10 in 6th place, up 6 spots and 57%, ahead of the Nissan Tiida (+11%) and VW Passat (+4%). Other great performers include the Haima 323 at #11 (+73%), the Chevrolet Aveo at #13 (+481%) and the BYD F3 at #14 (+93%).
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
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Following on from its amazing run last year, the Tianjin Xiali is the first passenger car to sell more than 100,000 units in China in 6 months, at 103,100 by end of June 2006. The Hyundai Elantra was 2nd then at 99,900 sales, followed by the Buick Excelle at 98,800 and the VW Jetta at 97,600.
The Full Year ranking ends up being radically different. The Xiali was #1 up until July, but then, boosted by an exceptional summer (18,844 sales in August), the VW Jetta reclaimed the pole position it held in 2004, finishing the year at 176,844 sales (+24%).
The Buick Excelle continues its progression and has and outstanding month of December at 20,238 sales, bringing its Full Year figure to 176,526, only 318 units behind the Jetta! The Hyundai Elantra is #3 at 169,716 sales (-4%) followed by the Tianjin Xiali (-10%) and Chery QQ (+14%).
The Honda Accord (+8%) stays 6th, the VW Passat is up 3 spots at #7 and an impressive +72%, and the VW Santana 3000 is up 7 spots and 41% at #10.
Two models break into the Top 10 for their first full year of sales: the Nissan Tiida is #8 with 110,614 sales and +99% and the Chery Qiyun is #9 with 101,265 sales and +345%.
Full Top 85 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Chery Qiyun pic.
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After consolidating its growth in 2004 at +8%, the Chinese car market is back to extravagant expansion: +23% this year to reach 2.77 million units. New legislation to contain sales growth by restricting car credit has the effect of reshuffling the models ranking entirely, bringing to an end two decades of Volkswagen domination…
The disputed fight for the first place goes on all year between the Hyundai Elantra and the Tianjin Xiali, based on the Daihatsu Charade and facelifted at mid-year. The Xiali finishes the year #1 with 179,681 sales and 6.5% of the market, up 56% and the Hyundai Elantra is #2 at 176,589 units (6.4%), up 72%.
The Buick Excelle gains 3 spots to climb onto the podium at 150,859 sales (5.4%), up 64%, ahead of ex-leader the VW Jetta, #4 with sales down 8%. The Chery QQ is the best new entrant in the Top 10 in 5th place with 115,980 sales. The Honda Accord at #6 (+4%) and VW Santana at #7 (-30%) suffer from the new legislation.
Note the Nissan Tiida, launched in March, is already #1 in September with over 13,700 units sold. It finishes the year in 18th position at 55,548 sales.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Chery QQ picture.