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Colombia September 2018: Renault snaps lead off Chevrolet, market up 10.9%

Below the Renault Sandero, the Logan (+32%) ranks #2 in September and is up to #3 YTD.

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The new vehicle market in Colombia enjoys a 5th year-on-year gain in the past 6 months in September at +10.9% to 21.430 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 2.2% to 175.723. Renault (+9%) manages to snap the brands lead off Chevrolet (-4%) for the 4th time in the past 12 months at 19.2% share vs. 17.9% but remains frankly below YTD at 19.2% also vs. 20.3% for Chevrolet. Mazda (+26%) posts the largest gain in the Top 5 to hold onto the third position ahead of Nissan (-6%) and Kia (+6%) while Volkswagen (+60%), Toyota (+56%), Mercedes (+42%) and Suzuki (+33%) all post spectacular gains in the remainder of the Top 10. Further down, Fiat (+612%), Changan (+335%), Peugeot (+156%), Jeep (+128%), Citroen (+82%) and Volvo (+69%) are among the most impressive.

The Renault Sandero (-5%) is once again the runaway leader in the models ranking, followed this time by the Logan (+34%) in a Renault 1-2 enabling the Logan to climb up to #3 YTD, fending off the Kia Picanto (+7%). The Mazda2 surges 178% on September 2017 to land on the third step of the podium, while the best-selling Chevrolet, the Spark (-36%), is down to an unusually low 5th place with the Beat at #7 and the Sail at #8 while the Onix (+47%) is very strong at #9. Notice also the Toyota Fortuner (+104%), Suzuki Swift (+99%), Toyota Prado (+71%), Hilux (+54%), Renault Captur (+46%), VW Gol (+46%), VW Voyage (+31%) and Nissan Kicks (+29%) all posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Colombia August 2018: Chevrolet and Renault disappoint, market down 2.5%

One year ago: Colombia September 2017: Mazda CX-5 up to #7 in market down 9.7%

Full September 2018 Top 30 brands and Top 50 models below.

South Africa September 2018: Toyota, Suzuki strong, market down 1.9%

The Fortuner (+35%) helps Toyota up 11% in South Africa in September.

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The South African new vehicle market edges down 1.9% year-on-year in September to 49.670 registrations, however exports reach a record for the month at 36.781 units, up 1.2% on September 2017. Back to sales with dealer sales accounting for 78.6% of the total, rentals at 16.5%, corporate fleets at 2.7% and government sales at 2.2%. Cars are down 2.6% to 32.786 (with rentals at 23.4% in this segment), while light commercials enduring a more subdued drop at -1.2% to 14.342. Year-to-date, new vehicle sales in South Africa are down just 0.8% to 412.916 units. No surprises in the manufacturers ranking: the Top 9 reflects the YTD order, with Toyota (+11%) on top followed by the VW Group (+7%), Ford (-11%), Nissan (-1%) and Hyundai-Kia (-17%). Renault (+8%) and Suzuki (+21%) are the only two other Top 10 carmakers in positive. Mahindra (+48%), Volvo (+46%) and FCA (+74%) stand out further down.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux (-1%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date despite a slight drop, while the VW Polo (+66%) lurks only 77 sales below at #2, once again boosted by the new generation just as the Ford Ranger (+29%) posts a very strong score in third place. The VW Polo Vivo (-34%) suffers from its younger sibling’s health but the Toyota Yaris (+1108%!), Fortuner (+35%) and Nissan NP200 aka Dacia Logan Pickup (+15%) are also sturdy in the remainder of the Top 10. Below, the VW Tiguan (+152%), Renault Clio (+149%) and Hyundai Grand i10 (+114%) impress while the Toyota Rush (#44) leads all recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Volvo XC40 (#90) and Jaguar E-Pace (#100).

Previous month: South Africa August 2018: New gen lifts VW Polo to first win in 4 years

One year ago: South Africa September 2017: Toyota Hilux up 30% in market up 7%

Full September 2018 Top 35 manufacturers and Top 250 models below.

Kazakhstan September 2018: Lada back on top, 4×4 up 72% to #2

41 years after its launch, the Lada 4×4 is up 72% year-on-year in Kazakhstan. Picture

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The Kazakh new car market gains another strong 15.2% year-on-year in September to 5.675 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 28% to 43.653. Lada surges 67% to reclaim the brands lead for the second time in the past 3 months at 23.4% share vs. 22.1% so far in 2018, knocking Toyota (+9%) into 2nd place while Hyundai (+65%), Nissan (+61%), Volkswagen (+61%) and Lexus (+54%) also impress in the remainder of the Top 10 as does truck manufacturer Kamaz (+72%). Further down, Skoda (+669%), Mazda (+179%), Land Rover (+163%) and Infiniti (+150%) are among the biggest gainers. The Toyota Camry (+2%) remains the best-selling model in the country but it’s the Lada 4×4 (+72%), Granta (+105%), Vesta (+103%) and Hyundai Tucson (+212%) that really impress in the Top 5. The Hyundai Creta (+163%), Nissan X-Trail (+104%), VW Polo (+97%), Kia Rio (+83%), Toyota RAV4 (+69%), Lada XRAY (+58%) and Toyota Prado (+53%) also shine further down.

Previous month: Kazakhstan August 2018: Hyundai (+105%) and JAC (+103%) lift market

One year ago: Kazakhstan September 2017: Ravon R3 Nexia snaps first pole position

Full September 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 155 All-models below.

Malaysia September 2018: Proton, Mazda, Ford resist in post-GST slump

Is a rebadged Geely Boyue the key to Proton’s fortune reversal at home? It would appear so.

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After three months boosted by the absence of GST, now that prices are back to normal the Malaysian market logically falls 23.8% year-on-year in September to 31.241 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains boosted by this super summer at +6.9% to 454.971. Leader Perodua (-34.8%) skids faster than the market but sells almost double any other carmaker present in the country at 30.3% share vs. 15.9% for #2 Honda (-37%). For once Proton (+1%) goes agains the grain and posts a year-on-year uptick as is also the case in the Top 10 for Mazda (+65%), Ford (+31%), Isuzu (+3%) and BMW (+1%) whereas Mercedes (-45%) and Toyota (-31%) struggle. Further down, great gainers include Kia (+47%), Mitsubishi (+46%), Daihatsu (+45%), Mini (+44%), Renault (+38%) and Peugeot (+21%). Note Proton says it has registered 10.000 bookings for its first-ever SUV, the X70 (pictured) which is in fact a rebadged Geely Boyue, Geely having purchased the Proton brand in 2017. 2.000 of these booking were made were made via the , open since October 17, which required customers to pay a fee of RM99, with the remaining 8.000 bookings had customers placing a deposit of RM1,000 at official Proton dealerships across the country which they can do since September 8. Proton September sales aren’t affected yet but it will be interesting to see the brand’s evolution over the coming months.

Previous month: Malaysia August 2018: Third (and final) month without GST sees 26.8% jump

One year ago: Malaysia September 2017: Honda, BMW, VW and Subaru defy market down 15%

Full September 2018 Top 45 All-brands ranking below.

Serbia September 2018: Hyundai i20 surprise leader

The Hyundai i20 is the best-selling vehicle in Serbia in September, a first.

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According to data shared with us by our partner , the Serbian new car market shoots up 24.6% year-on-year in September to 2.393 registrations, leading to a YTD volume up 10.5% to 25.209. We have a surprise leader in the models ranking this month: the Hyundai i20 leaping up to #1 whereas its only appearance in the Top 10 in the past two years was at #10 last April. This sudden surge is mostly likely the result of an isolated fleet order by a large company or a government unit, however we couldn’t find any relevant information in the local press. If you live in Serbia and know about the reasons behind the i20’s 1st place in September, please make sure to comment on this article. The rest of the Top 5 is amazingly all posting triple-digit year-on-year gains, led by the Skoda Fabia (+193%), Opel Astra (+156%), Skoda Octavia (+125%) and VW Golf (+128%). In contrast, the locally-produced Fiat 500L (-55%) seems to have seriously gone out of fashion and as a result loses its 2nd place YTD to the Skoda Fabia. As a reminder the 500L had led annual Serbian sales for 4 of the past 5 years.

Previous month: Serbia August 2018: Skoda Octavia (+92%) and Fabia (+328%) triumph

One year ago: Serbia September 2017: Fiat 500L back to #1, Opel Corsa up to #2

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Bosnia & Herzegovina September 2018: Octavia up to 11.8% share

The Skoda Octavia is back to pole position in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Thanks to our partnership with , Bosnian sales data is now available on BSCB. The market gears up 19.9% year-on-year in September to 820 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.5% to 8.424. The Skoda Octavia (+116%) spectacularly reclaims the top spot it holds YTD at a fantastic 11.8% share vs. 6.1% so far this year, relegating the Skoda Fabia (+16%), leader in August, to #2. The Opel Astra (+200%) and VW Polo (+675%) also post stunning gains to round up the Tp 4 while the Toyota Yaris (+41%) is also in great shape and the Renault Megane and Opel Vivaro make a rare appearance in the Bosnian Top 10.

Previous month: Bosnia & Herzegovina August 2018: Skoda Fabia best-seller, now #2 YTD

One year ago: Bosnia & Herzegovina September 2017: Skoda Octavia leads

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Moldova September 2018: Dacia Logan back in the lead, Duster close 2nd

The Dacia Logan is the #1 vehicle in Moldova for the first time since last May.

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Based on data shared by our Central European market data partner , the Moldovan new car market drops 22.1% year-on-year to 458 sales, but September 2017 was the theatre of a freak event with 95 Renault Master minibuses registered after being donated by the Romanian government. The year-to-date total remains frankly in positive at +19.6% to 4.562 units. After giving up its throne to three successive Dacia models in as many months (Dokker in June, Logan MCV in July and Duster in August), the Dacia Logan reclaims the pole position it holds YTD for the first time since last May despite dropping 18% year-on-year. The Dacia Duster (-29%) retrogrades to #2 while the Kia Sportage and Picanto follow.

Previous month: Moldova August 2018: Dacia Duster up 159% to capture #1 rank

One year ago: Moldova September 2017: Renault Master school minibus shoot up to #1

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Cyprus September 2018: Nissan Qashqai leads, Top 5 is 100% SUV

The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Cyprus in September despite dropping 42%.

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and  we can share with you today September sales figures for Cyprus, a market down 8.3% year-on-year to 888 registrations, leading to a year-to-date volume now up by just 0.4% at 10.331 units. Despite dropping 42% on September 2017, the Nissan Qashqai is back atop the models ranking while the YTD leader, the Toyota Yaris is also down 42% but falls to #6 this month, retaining its YTD crown for just 7 sales above the Qashqai. The Toyota C-HR (-13%) is up four spots on August to #2, the Jeep Renegade is up 33-fold to #3 and the Hyundai Tucson (+43) up 11 ranks on last month to #4 while the VW T-Roc, down one spot to #5, makes the Cyprus September Top Five 100% SUV! Notice also the VW Tiguan up 58% to #8, the Honda HR-V up 100% to #13 and Nissan Micra up 160% to #18.

Previous month: Cyprus August 2018: Toyota Yaris leads, VW T-Roc repeats at record #4

One year ago: Cyprus September 2017: Ford Focus leads, Hyundai Tucson #1 YTD

Full September 2018 Top 30 models ranking below.

France 1-17 October 2018: Citroen (+18%), Toyota (+16%) shine, Audi (-75%), Nissan (-53%), VW (-44%) still hurting

The C3 (+26%) helps Citroen up 18% to 11.7% share at home so far in October.

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New car sales in France continue to suffer post-WLTP hangover at -6% year-on-year over the first 17 days of October. Peugeot (+7%) holds onto the pole position thanks to a strong result whereas Renault is stable at #2, but it’s Citroen (+18%), Toyota (+16%) potentially headed towards a second consecutive – and ever – 5th place monthly finish, and Dacia (+15%) that impress the most in the Top 10. Reversely, Volkswagen (-44%), Nissan (-53%) and Audi (-75%!) are still decimated by overuse of pre-WLTP registrations and they are still busy selling off as 0km 2nd hand the cars they artificially registered before September 1. Model-wise, the Renault Clio (+29%) is already back to #1 just as the Citroen C3 (+26%) outsells the Peugeot 208 (+4%) for now, with the 3008 (+6%) and 308 (+10%) also making it into the Top 5. Excellent hold of the Toyota Yaris (+24%) in 6th place.

Previous post: France 1-4 October 2018: No improvement just yet for Audi, VW, Nissan

Previous month: France September 2018: Toyota scores first Top 5 in market down 12.8%

Full 1-17 October 2018 Top 10 brands and models below.

Media post: Do You Need to Ship Your Car?

Like most people, when visiting distant locales, you need a car to get around.  For most of us, the solution is to simply rent one. This is especially true when you are gone for just a week or so, such as on a vacation or business trip.

There are times, however, when it makes more sense to have your own car. Picture “Snowbirds,” those that escape the frozen north by heading south for the winter. For these folks, using their own car would be far cheaper than renting. The problem is keeping your car with you without physically taking it on a long road trip.

The solution? Have your car shipped to your distant destination by a shipping company. These businesses offer safe, reliable ways of getting a vehicle from Point A to Point B. As with anything, though, it’s good to know the fundamentals before you jump in. Here are some insider tips from some people who have been through it.

Do Your Research

First and foremost, do your homework. Most people aren’t familiar with the process of shipping a car and with so much to consider, the process can get confusing quickly. Start with Google and find articles and websites that cover the basics. Here’s a few a few important factors to keep in mind as you research.

Open vs. Closed Transport

An open transport is by far the most common way to move a vehicle. It involves putting your car on a open, multi-level, car transport trailer. But, as is true with most things, you get what you pay for; open transport means your vehicle will be subjected to road dust, debris, and the elements during the trip. For your average car, this option is just fine however. Closed transport is the high-priced spread. It involves a smaller trailer, with walls and a roof. For many  people, this is exactly what they want because it will ensure their vehicle isn’t exposed to the hazards of the road. However, it also means more money is involved.  Still, for those transporting expensive cars, the extra money spent may be worthwhile.

Carriers vs. Brokers

Perhaps the biggest distinction in the car transportation business —and one many don’t know about—is whether a shipping company is a Carrier or a Broker. If a business is a Carrier, it means they own their own trucks and driver. This vertical business approach means the company has complete control over the moving process. Brokers are a form of middlemen. They do not own their own trucks, but act as the interface between customer and carrier.  Shipments are usually arranged using carriers they know or have dealt with in the past. Each type of business has its own benefits: working with carriers is more streamlined and direct, while brokers may have connections across the country that could help with long-distance trips.

Proof of insurance

Needless to say, you want to work with a shipper that has comprehensive insurance. In fact, suggests , when you find a shipper, ask to see a copy of the insurance policy in writing. And if you’re using a broker, ask to see insurance credentials from the carrier they hire as well.


But be warned: the cost of shipping a car varies widely and depends on any number of factors, including whether you want an open or closed transport, whether or not the vehicle itself can run, and the distance the car is being shipped. A major determinant in the pricing you will be quoted is timing involved. If you need your car delivered quickly, it will cost much more than when a shipper can fit you into a trucks normal schedule. Think about it; they’re not going to go cross-country for just one car. It’s also a reason why it may take longer for them to pick up the car—they have to wait until they have enough in line to make the trip profitable. By the way, be wary of really low estimates, especially from brokers. You know why.

Prepare for Departure

Once the pick-up date has arrived, you should be ready before the carrier gets there. Make sure that you have taken all personal items out of the car. Another thing to do is to take pictures all around the car before it leaves. Although it is rare, sometimes cars get damaged while being transported and insurances claims need to be filed. A few other things to do are to make sure the odometer reading is recorded at both pick-up and delivery and the car alarm system is disabled.

Good Luck!

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