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Australia March 2011: Commodore #1, Lexus CT200 & Chery land Now with the Top 65 best selling models

April 24, 2011 3 comments

Lexus CT200h

* 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.

Chery J11

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Laos 2010: Hilux in the lead, Chinese models on the up

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Observation in person during my stay in Laos 5 years ago and through YouTube videos of the streets of Vientiane indicate the Toyota Hilux dominates the car sales in Laos, with even more authority than in neighbouring Thailand where it is built. The Isuzu D-Max is possibly #2.

As far as passenger vehicles are concerned, Korean models seem to be all the rage with the Kia Cerato Forte, Kia Picanto, Hyundai Elantra, Getz & i30 very common. More recent observation by my dear Mum and Dad during their stay in Luang Prabang in January 2011 seem to indicate that Chinese models are starting to be quite successful in the country.

Click on ‘Read more’ below for the Full Photo Report.

Kia Cerato Forte in Luang Prabang, Laos January 2011. Picture taken by my dear Mum and Dad.

Chery Riich M1 in Luang Prabang, Laos January 2011. Picture taken by my dear Mum and Dad.

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Argentina December 2010: Amarok passes Hilux for the first time

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Never before had Argentineans bought that many cars in a year: 662,591 registrations in 2010 is the new record for this market, up 29% on 2009.

In December the VW Amarok (#12, 892 sales) is ranked above the Toyota Hilux (#19, 625 sales) in Argentina for the very first time. With the Single Cab still to be launched, the VW pick-up should see its sales progress further in 2011 and the battle between the two models will be intense.

The Chevrolet Corsa Classic is the best selling car in Argentina in 2010 with 36,058 sales (5.4%), finishing the year with an outstanding 7.8% share in December. The Peugeot 207 Compact is #2 (29,613), ahead of the VW Gol Trend (25,756), Renault Sandero (24,302) and Ford Ecosport (21,389).

More commentaries, December Top 40 and Full Year 2010 Top 50 below.

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Uruguay 2010: Chevrolet Classic best seller, Chery at +263%

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The Uruguayan car market is on fire in 2010: with 42,675 registrations, it’s up 64% on 2009 and constitutes a new record for the country, beating the 36,771 units figure from 1998.

Chevrolet dominates at 27.3% market share and sales up 92%, It was the first brand to sell more than 1,000 cars in a month in Uruguay (in March), reiterating this feat 6 more times this year. The Chevrolet Classic, a 1993 Opel Corsa restyled in 2010, is the best-selling car in the country.

No models ranking is available, only the brands one which shows VW (+67%) and Fiat (+26%) keeping their respective 2nd and 3rd places. The big event this year is the fantastic arrival of Chery in 5th position with 1,984 sales (+263%!) and 4.6% of the Uruguayan market, ahead of very significant brands like Peugeot, Ford, Renault, Toyota, Hyundai and Citroen!

Full Top 10 Brands Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.

The Chery Tiggo is assembled in Uruguay

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Russia 2007: Lada 2104-7 ahead of Samara

January 31, 2008 Leave a comment

Lada 2105

* Many thanks to Anton for the tip! Click on ‘Read more’ below for the Top 200 Ranking Table *

The Russian car market has doubled in size in two years to reach 2,344,785 units in 2007, and the Lada 2104-7 stays in pole position with 208,472 sales and 8.9% of the market. The Lada Samara is #2 with 187,643 sales and 8%, followed by the Lada 110 at 122,530 units and 5.2% (-29%).

All other models are under 4% share: the Ford Focus is the best selling foreign model at 90,396 sales (3.9%), whereas the Lada Kalina lands in 5th position with 78,550 units (3.3%). Excellent performance of the Renault Logan, 6th at 67,844 sales and 2.9%. The new Lada Priora comes in at #8 with 57,823 sales.

Chery Amulet

Chinese cars are starting to make their mark in Russia, led by the Chery Amulet (aka Cowin), based on the first generation Seat Toledo, ranking #32 with 17,719 sales (+106%). The Chery Tiggo is #46 at 11,067 units, the Chery Fora (aka A5) 62nd at 6,995 sales and the Geely Otaka (aka CK) is #100 (3,721 units).

When luxury is involved, bigger is better in Russia: the S Class is the best selling Mercedes at 3,840 sales (#98, +58%), the Infiniti FX is #105 (3,355 units, +478%) and the Cayenne is by far the most popular Porsche with 2,025 sales (+72%, #137).

More pictures and full 2007 Top 200: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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