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Instead of getting better, the Brazilian new car market sinks further into depression in February at -6.8% year-on-year to 132.405 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 5.4% to 275.966 units. Chevrolet once again bucks the trend with a stellar 7% gain to 23.214 units and 17.5% share, comfortably in pole position above Fiat down 12% at 14.3% share and Volkswagen down 13% to 13% share. Hyundai is back up to the 4th place in occupied over the Full Year 2016 in spite of a brutal 14% drop to 11.974 sales. It distances Ford (11.898) and Toyota (11.116) both down 11%. Honda improves share thanks to a contained 1% decline to 9.388, ahead of Renault (-13%) while Jeep leaps up 42% and Nissan gains 25% to round out the Top 10. Further down, only Suzuki (+1%) and Mercedes (+8%) register year-on-year gains inside the Top 20, with Land Rover (-32%), Kia (-46%) and Audi (-47%) suffering the largest losses.
In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Onix continues to evolve in its little bubble, ignoring the overwhelming gloom and surging 16% year-on-year to 11.980 sales and 9% share, with the Hyundai HB20 (-17%) and Ford Ka (+4%) following a fair distance away. The VW Gol catches up on a dismal start of 2016 with sales up 18% year-on-year just as the Renault Sandero at #5. Below the Honda HR-V up 4 spots on January but down 24% year-on-year, the Fiat Toro stuns once again: it breaks its ranking record dating back to October 2016 (#8), lifting its to #7 thanks to 3.582 sales, the best-selling pickup truck in the country above the Fiat Strada (#10), VW Saveiro (#14), Toyota Hilux (#27) and Chevrolet S10 (#32). Among other recent launches, the Fiat Mobi remains at #13, the Jeep Compass is down two spots to #16 and back below the Jeep Renegade (#15), the Hyundai Creta gains 17 spots on January to #21, the Nissan Kicks is up 4 to #25 and the Renault Captur up 7 to #67.
One year ago: Brazil February 2016: Onix leads, HR-V and Toro take off
Full February 2017 Top 20 brands and Top 150 models below.