* 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!
More pictures below.
Australia March 2011: Commodore #1, Lexus CT200 & Chery land Now with the Top 65 best selling models
* 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.
Japan Historical Data up to 1969 is now available on this site! Over this 40 years period, only 3 models managed to hold the yearly Japanese pole position. The Toyota Corolla – 10 generations of the model – dominated for 37 years: from 1969 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2007. The Honda Fit was on top in 2002 and 2008, and the Toyota Prius shot to stardom in 2009 and 2010.
From 2001 onwards, detailed info is available, including yearly Top 30 Rankings, Kei cars rankings from 2006. Witness the explosive arrival of the Honda Fit, #1 for the first time in November 2001, the 7 months the Toyota Vitz dominated sales in 2005-2006, and discover the success of little known models like the Toyota Wish, #1 in April 2004, and the Toyota Ractis, #1 in October 2005.
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 16 new posts.
The Danish car market continues on its good run, up 28% in March at 16,381 sales and 26% year-to-date at 40,341. The Chevrolet Spark is #1 for the third month in a row at 654 units at 4%, a distant leader year-to-date at 2,254 sales and 5.6% share.
The Suzuki Swift has a stellar start of the year, #2 this month at 2.7% and #3 year-to-date at 2.9%, up 24 spots on its 2010 ranking. The Toyota Aygo, #1 last year, is #3 in March at 2.6% ahead of a Ford Fiesta in good shape at #4 and 2.5%.
Notice the VW Passat at #5, the Mazda6 at #9 and the Peugeot 508 coming in directly at #39 for its very first month of sales with 159 units changing hands for a 1% market share.
Full Top 40 Ranking Table below.
Official sales data from the Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association indicate that the Toyota Corolla is still by far the best-selling car in the country this month with 3,397 sales and 21.6% share. It is also leader year-to-date at 12,103 units and 27.7%.
The Suzuki Mehran (aka Maruti 800) stays 2nd at 2,654 sales and a strong 16.9% share, or 17.1% year-to-date, compared to 15.6% in 2010. Excellent performance of the Suzuki Alto, climbing onto the podium in March at 1,957 sales and 12.5%. It is #5 year-to-date at 8.3% share.
The Suzuki Bolan follows in 4th, and the Honda City has a great year so far with 3,006 sales and 6.9% year-to-date, one percentage point above its 2010 share.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
New car sales in Vietnam are up 1% in March at 9,513 units, and up 30% year-to-date at 27,896. The Toyota Innova holds onto its throne with 590 sales and 6.2%, and is followed this month by the Toyota Vios, up 2 spots at 475 registrations and 5% share.
The Chevrolet Cruze jumps onto the podium in 3rd place at 460 sales and 4.8%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Fortuner, both at 4.6%. Notice the Mercedes E Class at #20.
Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
New car sales in Taiwan are up an explosive 58% in the first Quarter of 2011 at 106,191 registrations, and in March alone, imports are up 70% at 9,411 units.
The Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling car in Taiwan with 3,862 sales and 10.9% share, ahead of the Nissan Tiida at 1,590 sales and 4.5%. The all-new Toyota RAV4 climbs onto the podium with 1,477 units and 4.2% whereas the Nissan Livina stays strong in 4th with 1,436 sales and 4%.
Other good performances include the Hyundai ix35, up 7 spots and #14 with 707 sales and 2% and the BMW 5 Series at #22 with 435 units and 1.2%.
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.