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The Uruguayan new car market stops three consecutive years of decline in 2017 with a robust 19.5% year-year gain to 54.522 registrations, getting dangerously close to the all-time annual volume record set in 2013 at 57.333. The brands ranking is completely reshuffled, with Volkswagen snapping the lead for the first time in at least a decade thanks to deliveries up 48% to 14.7% share. Chevrolet does even better, almost doubling its sales year-on-year (+92%) and up three spots to #2 overall at 13.4%. Leader in 2016, Fiat skids to third place this year even though its sales are up 15%. Renault (+17%) remains in 4th place, overtaking Suzuki (+12%) while below, Citroen (+42%), Peugeot (+29%), Nissan (+28%) and Hyundai (+27%) all frankly beat the market inside the Top 10.
Uruguay used to be overseas market in the world where Chinese carmakers held the largest share: 23.3% in 2013. This has since gone down drastically, with sales for the 19 Chinese brands selling at least one unit in the country (out of a total of 47) edging up just 1% to 10.9% share in 2017. Once dominated by Chery which was the third best-selling brand overall in 2011, there’s a change of guard in 2017: FAW tops the Chinese ranks with sales up 58% to #12 overall, followed by Lifan (#13), BYD (#14), Great Wall (#17), Geely (#18), Dongfeng (#19), Chery (#21) and JAC (#22).
The models ranking also get a complete makeover for 2017: thanks to deliveries shooting up 146% the Chevrolet Onix takes the lead for the first time at an overbearing 8.3% market share, while the VW Up (+28%) manages to maintain itself in 2nd place and is joined on the podium by the VW Saveiro up a stunning 181% and 7 ranks to #3. Best-seller in 2016, the Fiat Uno implodes 37% to #4 this year ahead of the Chevrolet Prisma (+192%) and Fiat Strada (+131%). The Hyundai HB20 (#9) and Peugeot 208 (#11) also shine while the all-new Nissan Kicks lands directly at #13. The VW Amarok breaks into the Top 10 best-selling light commercials at #9.
Previous month: Uruguay October 2017: Volkswagen back on top in market up 14.8%
Previous year (brands): Uruguay Full Year 2016: Fiat takes control in market down 8%
Previous year (models): Uruguay Full Year 2016: Fiat Uno #1, Renault Oroch instant blockbuster
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