The Malaysian car market has another solid month in March at 61,313 registration. First Quarter 2011 figures are up 8% year-on-year at 153,643 units. The Perodua Myvi is #1 again this month at 14% share, followed by the Proton Saga at 13.1% and the Perodua Viva at a slightly weaker than usual 9.8%.
The Proton Persona is in good shape at #4 with 8.2%, same for the Mitsubishi Triton at #11 with 1.8%. The Proton Inspira slips down to 1.8% compared to 2.4% last month. Duty-free prices have made hybrid cars more affordable this year in Malaysia and the effect is immediate: the Honda Insight jumps 18 spots this month to #14 at 896 sales and 1.5%.
Link to full Top 50 Ranking Table 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.
No surprises in Thailand: the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country with 144,190 sales, ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 133,766. Both pick-ups add up to nearly 278,000 registrations, or around 35% of the total Thai car market!
The Toyota Vios is the best-selling passenger car at 67k units, followed by the Honda City at 49k units and the Toyota Corolla Altis at 38k. Being the world’s pick-up heaven, the Thai market had to have two more of those in the Top 10: the Nissan Frontier at #7 (23,844 sales) and the Mitsubishi Triton at #9 (20,344).
Two new models climb into the Top 10 this year in Thailand: the Mazda2 is 8th with 22,537 sales, and the Nissan March is #10 at 18,367. Many thanks to Chips Yap from Motor Trader Malaysia for sharing the figures! Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The Perodua Myvi finishes the year on a high at 8,289 sales and 15.6% share in December, bringing its 2010 total to 77,657 sales and 13.3% of the Malaysian market and making it the best-selling car in Malaysia for the 5th consecutive year in spite of a 14% drop over 2009 in a total market up 13% at 582,714 registrations.
The Proton Saga takes the 2nd spot like in 2009 with 72,303 sales (12.4%), ahead of the Perodua Viva at 69,048 sales (11.8%) and the Proton Persona at 44,391 sales (7.6%). The Perodua Alza is the only new entrant in the yearly Top 10 in 5th with 41,933 sales (7.2%). The Toyota Vios is still the best-selling non national model at #6 with 33,674 sales.
Link to the Top 50 Ranking Table and exclusive rankings for Eastern Malaysia below.
The Sudanese car market is pretty straight forward to decipher as a few cars emerge clear winners. The Toyota Hilux is in all likeliness the best selling car in Sudan: the streets of Khartoum are filled with the pick-up in its Africa-specific stenciled delivery.
Hyundai is extremely strong in Sudan and should place 3 models in the Top 5: the Hyundai Atos, Accent Era and Getz are favorites of the Sudanese consumer. Other successful models include the Toyota Corolla, even though the last generation doesn’t seem to have had the success of the previous one, the Mitsubishi Lancer (old gen) and L200, and the Toyota Camry.
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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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The Thai market is recovering from the crisis at full speed: the first 8 months 2010 are at +56% vs. ’09 at 488.088 registrations! The Top 4 is stable: Toyota Hilux (20%), Isuzu D-Max (15%), Toyota Vios (8%) and Honda City (6%) dominate the sales. The Corolla Altis regains the advantage on the Honda Civic in 5th.
Two models that recently kicked-off production in the country pop up in the ranking. The Mazda2 is #8 with 15,431 sales, including 7,404 sedans. The Nissan March new gen, whose first unit in the world came out of the Samut Prakan plant last March, is #12 with 9,527 sales (a monthly rate equivalent to a Top 10 position), the rest being shipped to Japan, SE Asia and Australia.
Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad who uncovered these figures in the Thai press while staying in the country in November 2010.
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