After a record-breaking January, Taiwanese car sales are rather quiet in February at 17,396 units. Nissan has an excellent month, placing the Nissan Tiida on top of the ranking with 1,130 sales and 6.5% and the Nissan Livina at #3 with 812 sales and 4.7%.
The Toyota Corolla drops to #2 at 1,090 units (6.3%) but stays by far the best selling car in the country year-to-date with 6,437 units changing hands in 2 months and 9.1% market share. Good performances of the Mazda3 at #6 (3.5%) and the Nissan Teana at #11 (2.6%).
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.
Solid first month of the year in Malaysia at 53,114 registrations, and Proton is back in shape with the Saga (helped by the facelifted FL model) back in #2 7,128 sales and 13.4% share, only 48 units below the Perodua Myvi. The entire Top 9 is identical to the general 2010 ranking so no surprises there.
The new Proton Inspira (a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer) breaks into the Top 10 at its 3rd month of sales with 1,370 units changing hands in January for a 2.6% market share (#10).
Also to be noticed is the 11th place of the Nissan Teana, by far its best score in Malaysia, and the arrival of the Peugeot 207 Sedan (in fact a 206+), “the first Peugeot for ASEAN”, in the Top 30 with 298 sales.
Link to the January Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
You can also check out Malaysian Historical Data up to 2000 here (scroll down the page).
True to its new status as the biggest car market in the world, China features 32 models above 10,000 sales this month, vs. 23 in the USA. Leading the pack is the Buick Excelle, confirming General Motors’ excellent shape in this part of the world. The hatchback version, the Excelle XT (aka Opel Astra), is also going strong in 24th at 11,404 sales.
Following very closely are the Hyundai Elantra Yuedong, a version of the Korean best-seller exclusive to China, and the VW Lavida, also a model built exclusively for the Chinese market.
After a couple of months at #1, the VW Jetta falls to 4th this month. It is based on the 1984 generation of the European VW Jetta and a 2010 restyling gave it a second wind in the last few months.
In 5th and getting stronger every month is the Chevrolet Cruze with no less than 17,264 sales this month, ahead of the the FAW Xiali N Series, with an excellent 17,243 sales thanks to the arrival of the new N5 model (pictured below the fold).
The #1 car in the year-to-date ranking, the BYD F3, is going through a bit of a rough time: it hasn’t been #1 since June and is only 14th this month. However, its domination during the first half of the year was such that it is still way ahead in the 2010 rankings with 198,388 sales.
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