Posts Tagged ‘Santa Fe’

Azerbaijan 2010: Lada, Camry and Sonata dominate

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Lada 2104 in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s streets are filled with various generations of Lada 2104/2105’s and this model should still be the best selling car in the country in 2010.

Other very successful cars here are the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Cerato Forte, Toyota Camry, UzDaewoo Nexia and Nissan Almera Classic (aka Samsung SM3).

Hyundai has cracked the Azerbaijani market: on top of the Sonata, the Santa Fe, Tucson, Elantra and Accent are also popular in the country. More street scenes below.

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El Salvador 2010: Hilux leads a pack of pick-ups

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Videos of the streets of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, reveal that in all likeliness the Toyota Hilux is the best selling car in the country. Salvadoreans are very fond of pick-ups: the Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Frontier are also very popular.

Other successful models in El Salvador include the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Getz, Kia Picanto and Toyota Corolla.

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North Korea 2010: Pyeonghwa Samchunri leads the ranking

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Advertising billboard for the Pyeonghwa Samchunri. Picture by Eric Lafforgue. All Rights reserved.

The North Korean car market is very limited but seems to have enjoyed a mini-boom over the last year as more cars can be seen in the formerly deserted streets of Pyongyang. Pyeonghwa Motors has the exclusive rights to car production, purchase and used car sales in North Korea and is the only company in the country to advertise. More about Pyeonghwa Motors here.

The Pyeonghwa Samchunri is a rebadged Jinbei Haise van (itself based on the 1989 Toyota Hiace), assembled under license from Brilliance China Auto. It should be by far the best-selling vehicle in North Korea, followed by the Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II, a rebadged Brilliance BS4, and the Pyeonghwa Premio CUV, a rebadged Huanghai Shuguan (with a Hyundai Santa Fe front and an old gen Kia Sorento back!).

As far as imports are concerned, the best-sellers seem to logically be two popular models from neighbouring countries: the BYD F3, #1 in China, and the Lada Priora, #2 in Russia.

More pictures, street scenes and videos below.

Pyeonghwa Hwiparam II

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Guatemala 2010: Yaris, Hilux and Aveo on top

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Guatemalan car market is a relatively difficult one to approach as it seems to be quite fragmented. However, 3 models should stand out in the rankings: the Toyota Yaris Sedan, Toyota Hilux and Chevrolet Aveo.

Other strong sellers in Guatemala are the Mazda3, VW Polo, Mitsubishi Lancer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mazda B-Series and Hyundai Atos (dedicated to taxis). The Mazda 323 sedan must have been #1 in the country a few years back judging by how many of them are still swarming the streets today. There is also an unusually high number of Volvos in the Guatemala City streets!

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Libya 2010: Optra possibly #1

November 26, 2010 1 comment

YouTube videos of the streets of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, show that in all likeliness, three models should lead the best-selling cars ranking in the country this year: the Chevrolet Optra, old gen Mitsubishi Lancer and Toyota Hilux. It looks like this trio has been on top of the charts for a few years in Libya.

Other successful models include the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Tiida, Mitsubishi L200, and Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata & Accent.

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Syria 2010: Cerato Forte and Elantra fight it out

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Syrian consumers have chosen: they are into Korean cars, and nothing else – well, nearly nothing else. Hyundai Elantras can be seen literally on every street corner, which means the model must have been securing at least 10% of the market since its launch in 2006.

Another Korean model which seems to have enjoyed an even more spectacular success since its 2009 launch is the Kia Cerato Forte, with a dozen already appearing on 15 minutes’ worth of 2010 YouTube videos of the streets of Damascus.

Lastly, the third extremely successful model in Syria is the Kia Rio, with other models worth mentioning being the Kia Picanto, Hyundai Accent, Tucson and Santa Fe.

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Canada October 2010: F-Series & Caravan post strong growths

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to our friend Bart D at, and, we finally have up-to-date figures for the Canadian market, in reasonably good shape in 2010 at +1% in October (123,310 sales) and +7% Year-to-date with 1,330,658 registrations.

The Ford F-Series is very impressive in #1 with a 24% growth over ’09 at 84,630 sales YTD (6.4%), well ahead of the Honda Civic in #2 at -9% and 48,805 sales (3.7%) in spite of growing 27% in October. The Dodge Caravan, a traditional performer in Canada, is back on the podium with 46,979 sales YTD (3.5%) at an amazing +42%.

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