The Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling vehicle in Chile in 2017. Picture honestjohn.co.uk
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The Chilean new car market shoots up 18.1% year-on-year in 2017 to 360.900 registrations, the best year for this market since 2013 (378.240) and the best year-on-year improvement since 2011 (+21.4%). The brands podium remains unchanged on 2016 with Hyundai in the lead (+6%) followed by Chevrolet (+12%) and Kia (+4%) although all three lose market share vs. last year. Nissan (+23%) overtakes Suzuki (+13%) with Toyota (+26%), Peugeot (+15%), Ford (+17%), Mazda (+21%) and Mitsubishi (+18%) staying put in the remainder of the Top 10. Just outside, Volkswagen (+60%), Renault (+35%) and Citroen (+26%) shine while among smaller brands Skoda (+25%), BMW (+32%), Maserati (+264%), DS (+370%) and Proton (+467%) make themselves noticed.
The Chevrolet Sail is the second most popular passenger car in the country.
But the heroes of the year are Chinese manufacturers, surging 51% on 2016 to hit 10.3% market share vs. just 8% a year ago. They are led by Chery (+94%), JAC (+49%), Great Wall Group (+46%) and Changan (+38%), all frankly outpacing the market to land inside the Top 25, followed by Dongfeng (+12%), MG (+64%), BAIC (+122%), Foton (+94%), Maxus (+474%), FAW (+63%), Brilliance (-4%) and Lifan (+58%).
Hyundai is the best-selling brand for the second year running.
Model-wise, the Mitsubishi L200 pickup reclaims the overall lead (no data available in 2016) with 2.7% of the market, distancing the Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sail (both at 2.6%), Toyota Hilux (2.5%) and Kia Morning (2.3%). The Nissan NP300 (2.2%) makes it three pickups in the Top 6, while the Toyota RAV4 (#9) remains the most popular SUV in Chile above the Nissan Qashqai (#14), Ford Ecosport (#17) and Renault Duster (#20). Notice also the Ssangyong Actyon Sports at #13, the Nissan Kicks at almost 3.500 sales and best-selling all-new launch for 2017, the Hyundai Creta just under 3.200 units, the Chevrolet N300 Max (aka Wuling Rongguang) at 1.920 sales and the Foton Midi at 1.550.
Full Year 2017 Top 60 All-brands and Top 20 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.
Full December 2017 Top 50 brands ranking below.