* Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad for sourcing and scanning Auto Plus mag! *
According to Dacia’s Facebook page, the Dacia Duster was the best selling car in France during the week of April 5th to April 11th! This is confirmed by official data published by French car weekly Auto Plus. The Duster leads with 1,251 sales and 3.6% share, ahead of the Renault Clio at 1,177 units and the VW Polo at 1,086.
This is an exceptional achievement by the French/Romanian SUV after it broke into the Top 10 for the first time and achieved its best ever month in France in March in 7th place with 6,634 units and 2.6% share. These records look like they will be obsolete by the end of the month. It is the first time a ‘terrain’ vehicle ever tops French car sales.
Only a handful of models have topped the French weekly charts in the last 5 years: the Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Renault Twingo, Citroen C3, Dacia Sandero and Peugeot 308 have done so. The Duster is therefore the 7th model to shine and the second Dacia.
Complete Auto Plus article, Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
The Brazilian car market is level year-on-year at 149,604 registrations over the first half of April. The Gol-Uno battle is heating up, with the Uno back in pole position over the period at 12,259 sales and 8.2% vs. 11,356 and 7.6% for the Gol…
The Chevrolet Celta stays on the podium at an excellent 5.2% share, ahead of the Ford Fiesta in really good shape, up 3 spots at 3.7%. The Renault Sandero excels and breaks into the Top 10 at 3,589 sales and 2.4%, the Kia Soul is up 14 spots at #31 and the Renault Fluence is up 15 at #70. The new VW Jetta appears at #72.
Now how is JAC do Brasil faring after their bigger-than-life launch last month? The answer is: pretty well! The JAC J3 is up 49 spots in 51st position with 630 sales, now by far the best selling Chinese model in the country, and its sedan version the JAC J3 Turin appears at #73 with 387 units, #2 Chinese model just above the Hafei Ruiyi.
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
Skoda Octavia Policija. Picture by Rescuenav, all rights reserved.
Croatian car sales are up for the third month in a row, an encouraging +12% in March at 3,836 units. Once again the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with 255 sales and 6.5% share. Local website Slobodna Dalmacija explains part of this sales surge by the high volume of Police fleet deliveries of the model over the period!
In #2 comes the Opel Astra at 5.8%, followed by the Renault Megane (3.6%), Renault Clio (3.5%) and VW Polo (3.3%). Dacia places two models in the Top 10: the Sandero in 8th position (2.7%) and the Duster in 10th (2.5%), breaking into the Top 10 for the very first time in Croatia.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 50 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
New car sales in Argentina are up for the 17th month in a row at +16% in March with 66,608 registrations. ACARA changes its methodology and doesn’t split models by version anymore, which has a significant impact on the ranking.
The VW Gol takes the first place, with its Trend and Power versions combined selling a total of 4,870 units and 7.3% share, ahead of the Chevrolet Corsa/Classic at 4,062 sales and 6.1%. The Peugeot 207 rounds up the podium at 2,971 sales and 4.5%.
The Ford Ecosport and Renault Sandero are solid at over 3% share, just above the VW Bora in 6th place. Renault has a good month with the Logan up 7 spots on February at #15 and the Fluence up 18 spots at #27 with 815 units.
For its first month of sales, the Peugeot 408 lands directly within the Top 50 at #45 with 420 sales and 0.6% share.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
The Croatian car market is on its way to recovery over the first 2 months of 2011, up 20% at 6,652 registrations. After 6 years of domination of the Opel Astra (albeit challenged by the VW Polo last year), 2011 looks like it will be the stage for a massive change atop the models ranking: the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with no less than 9% of the market!
That’s 3 times its 2010 market share (it was 6th then), and exactly double the sales of the Opel Astra, down to #2 at 4.5% share. The Renault Megane takes the 3rd spot at 276 sales and 4.1%. There are two newcomers in the Top 10: the Dacia Sandero in 8th place at 2.6% and the Renault Fluence in 10th at 2.4%.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Renault Fluence picture.
Thanks to Ron from Lebanon I am able to share with you an almost iron clad Top 5 best selling models ranking for 2010. Many thanks Ron!
The Kia Picanto has been the best selling car in Lebanon since 2008 and it keeps its title in 2010, but the Hyundai i10 is not far behind and sees its sales boosted by the facelifted version. In 3rd is the Kia Cerato Forte, off to an amazing start.
The Toyota Yaris is also very successful in 4th, ahead of the Renault Sandero. Interestingly the Sandero and Duster are sold under the Renault brand in Lebanon, whereas the Logan is a Dacia.
Full Top 5 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
Traditionally the weakest month of the year in Romania, January sales are however up 24% at 2,648 registrations. The Dacia Logan is 11 percentage points below its 2010 market share at 15.1%, followed by the Skoda Octavia (5.7%) and a Dacia Duster (4.6%) consolidating its presence on the podium.
Below the VW Golf (3.2%), the Dacia Sandero is also doing well in 5th with 2.7% share, and the new VW Passat gains 8 spots over its 2010 ranking in 7th place with 2.4%. The Suzuki Alto is #14 and the BMW X5 is #19.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.