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China 2009: BYD F3 crowned, Excelle & Elantra Yuedong follow


The Chinese sales ranking is completely reshuffled in 2009: after 3 consecutive years on top, the VW Jetta drops to 4th in spite of sales still increasing by 11% at 224,857 units. The best-selling passenger car title goes to the BYD F3, with a record 291,010 sales, up 113% on 2008! Never a car had sold so many units in a single year in China. The BYD F3 is also the first car to sell more than 30,000 units in a month in the country. More on here.

Buick Excelle

The Buick Excelle, thanks to the new generation launched late last year, is able to stay #2 with sales up 37% at 241,109 units. The Hyundai Elantra Yuedong climbs on the podium at #3 for its first full year at 239,449 sales (+203%).The previous generation Elantra, still on sale and restyled this year manages to grow by 48%, reclaiming a spot in the Top 10 at #6!

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong

The Honda Accord (+3%), Toyota Corolla (-5%) and Camry (+2%) withdraw a bit this year, as the Tianjin Xiali stays 9th with sales up 22%. The VW Lavida, positioned by VW as a possible long-term Jetta or Santana replacement, is #10 for its first full year with 146,455 sales.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Philippines 2008-2009: Toyota Vios now ahead of Innova

Toyota Vios

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Car sales in the Philippines are now firmly on the way up: at +6% both year with 124,449 registrations in 2008 and 132,444 in 2009. After 3 years of Toyota Innova domination, the Toyota Vios takes the relay and is the fist passenger car to hold the Filipino pole position since the Toyota Corolla in 1998… It sells 12,020 units in ’08 for a best-ever 9.7% market share and 11,990 in ’09 at 9.1%. The Innova is #2 both years at 8% in ’08 and 7.8% in ’09.

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota manages the incredible feat of placing 4 models in the Top 4 in ’08: the Fortuner is #3 with 5,588 sales and 4.5% and the Avanza is #4 at 5,515 units and 4.4%. The Isuzu Crosswind is the first non-Toyota model that year at #5 with 5,264 units and 4.2%, followed by the Honda Civic (4.2%) and Mitsubishi Adventure (4.1%).

Honda City

The ranking is greatly reshuffled in ’09 with the new generation Honda City rocketing up to third place with 8,882 sales and 6.7% ahead of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, new to the Top 10 and directly #4 at 8,092 units and 6.1%, and the Toyota Fortuner at 4.4%. With the Avanza at #7, the Hilux at #9 and the Corolla at #10, Toyota places an unprecedented 6 models in the Top 10…

Previous post: Philippines 2005-2007: Toyota Innova takes the lead

Full Year 2008-2009 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

Singapore 2009: Hyundai Avante surprise best-seller

Only #8 in 2008, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) manages the impressive feat of taking the top spot in Singapore in 2009, passing ahead traditional strong sellers Toyota Corolla Altis and Vios. The newly launched Kia Cerato Forte is already the 4th best selling car in the country, ahead of the Toyota Wish and Camry. 2009 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Russia 2009: Lada Priora ends decades-long Riva reign, market down 49%

Lada Priora

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Russian car sales are hit full frontal by the Global Financial Crisis in 2009, almost halving the record 2008 score at -49% to just 1.465.917 units. Russian carmakers get a rare share uplift at 31.3% vs. 28.6% in 2008 due to the arrival of two local producers, Vortex (#32) and TaGAZ (#35), mainly assembling CKD Chinese models. They add up to 459.000 sales vs. 1.006.700 or 68.7% for foreign carmakers. Homegrown brand leader Lada (-44%) manages to lose less ground than the market, improving its share to 23.8%. Chevrolet (-56%) remains #2 but drops one percentage point to 7.1%, ahead of Ford (-56%), Hyundai (-61%), Renault (-33%) and Kia (-20%). In the remainder of the Top 15, only Volkswagen (-22%), Skoda (-35%) and UAZ (-36%) manage to outpace the market. The only year-on-year gains in the entire market are delivered by Citroen (+1%), Hummer (+65%), Isuzu (126%) and Geely (+103%) taking the lead of Chinese brands at #28 above Chery (-69%) at #36, Lifan (-44%) at #39, Great Wall (-70%) at #40 and BYD (-81%) at #45. The Ukrainian ZAZ brand is reborn as Chance (#29).

The Renault Logan is the best-selling foreigner for the first time in history.

Thanks to a moderate 22% year-on-year drop, the Lada Priora manages the unthinkable: topple the seemingly unbeatable Lada 2105/2107 aka Riva to take the annual lead at home for the very first time. It is the first time since at least 1998 that the Riva is not the best-selling model in Russia, and it could be entirely possible that the Riva has in fact held the annual top spot since its inception in 1970. It is therefore a historical landmark for the Priora which led the monthly ranking 11 months out of 12, only passed by the Samara in April. In fact, the 2105/2107 (-60%) drops two spots to fall to #3, also overtaken by the Lada Samara which matches the market at -46%.

The Lada 4×4 signs the only YoY gain in the Top 20 and its first Top 10 finish since 2003.

The Lada Kalina (-35%) remains at #4 but we have a new foreign leader: the Renault Logan (-27%), best-selling foreigner for the first time at #5 and peaking at #3 over the last three months of the year. The Ford Focus (-44%), peaking at #3 in March, Chevrolet Lacetti (-64%) and Daewoo Nexia (-44%) follow. Tough times bring tough vehicles: the Lada 4×4 aka Niva (+10%) makes a remarkable come back at #9 (first annual Top 10 since 2003), signing the only year-on-year gain in the Top 20. The models ranking is completely different in Moscow: over the first 6 months of the year, the Ford Focus is by far the best-seller ahead of the Chevrolet Lacetti, Opel Astra and Mazda3. The first Lada is only #9 (2105-7) and the Priora is… 24th!

Previous year: Russia 2008: Lada Riva only 735 sales above Samara, Ford Focus #1 in December

Full Year 2009 Top 56 All-brands, Full Year and monthly Top 25 models and 6 months Moscow Top 10 below.

India 2008-2009: Alto leader, Wagon R up, i10 arrives

The Maruti Alto keeps the lead of the Indian car market with a comfortable margin, even improving its sales figure to a record-breaking 227,072 units in Fiscal Year 2007-2008. The Hyundai i10 launches in late 2007 and ranks 2nd already in March 2008 with 13,466 sales. It is #5 in 2009 at 106,095 sales.

The Santro stays on sale in the country but understandably drops to #4 in 2007/2008 and #6 in 2009, whereas the Maruti Wagon R goes up to #2 in 2009 at 134,768 sales. The Tata Indica stays strong at #2 in 2007-2008 and #3 in 2009. The Maruti Swift continues to progress at #5 in 2007-08 and #4 in 2009, and  its sedan version, the Swift DZire, enters directly in 11th position with 5,658 sales.

Full Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Top 25 and Full Year 2009 Top 6: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Maruti Wagon R

Hyundai i10

Venezuela 2009: Chevrolet Optra only 77 sales below Aveo

Chevrolet Optra

Car sales in Venezuela are down 50% in 2009 at 136,517 units. The Chevrolet Aveo is the best selling car in the country for the 5th year in a row at 12,307 sales (9%) but its margin over the #2 is only 77 units this year! The Chevrolet Optra delivers an outstanding figure of 12,230 units sold, only -7% over 2008 and 9% share, by far its best ever in Venezuela.

The Ford Fiesta is also doing very well at 10,924 sales (+1%) and 8% of the market, ahead of the Ford F-350 at 5.9%, the Toyota Corolla at 4.8% (+8%) and the Ford Explorer at 4.7% (+17%).

Full Top 35 Ranking Table below.

Ireland 2009: Focus #1 in market down 64%

Ford Focus

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In 2009 the Irish market is hit hard by the GFC: it is down 64% on 2008 at only 54,355 registrations. In this context, 27 out of the Top 30 best selling models see their sales drop.

The Ford Focus is the best selling car in Ireland for the 5th consecutive year at 2,949 sales, a drop of 59% over 2009 which is actually better than the market, resulting in an increased market share of 5.4%.

The Toyota Avensis is #2 anew with a strong 4.9% share, ahead of the VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai, both at 4.6%. The Ford Fiesta benefits from the arrival of the new generation to increase its sales by 1%, going from #15 to #5 at 4.6%. The only new entrant in the Top 10 is the Opel Insignia, #9 with 1,508 sales and 2.8%.

Previous post: Ireland 2008: Focus, Corolla and Mondeo dominate

Next post: Ireland 2010: Renault Megane best-seller, ahead of Golf and Focus

Full Year 2009 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

Brazil 2009: VW Gol above 300,000 sales

In spectacular fashion, car sales in Brazil grow 13% this year to pass the 3 million units mark for the first time ever at 3,009,482 registrations. The VW Gol is the best selling model in the country for the 22nd year out of the last 23 with 303,051 units changing hand in one year (+6%), its first time above 300,000 sales since 2000.

The Fiat Palio is a long shot behind, however managing to pass the 200,000 units for the 2nd time in 3 years at 203,756 sales (+3%). Excellent year for the ageing Fiat Uno, delivering 168,499 units and growing faster than the market at +19%…

Fiat Uno (aka Mille)

The Chevrolet Celta and Corsa Sedan exchange positions and both grab a 4.6% share, followed by the VW Fox/CrossFox at #6, the Fiat Siena at #7 (up 22% and for the first time over 100,000 units at 116,058) and the Fiat Strada at #8 (+25%).

Fiat Palio Weekend Adventure

The VW Voyage, a Gol Sedan launched in late 2008, lands in the Top 10 at #9 with 85,682 sales for its first full year, whereas the Fiat Palio Weekend climbs back into the Top 20 for the first time in 4 years.

Full Year Top 50 Ranking Table and every monthly Top 50 below.

Italy 2009: Fiat Punto, Panda and Ford Fiesta all stronger

Fiat Punto Evo

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Car sales in Italy are stable in 2009 at 2,157,791 units. The Fiat Punto is the best selling model in the country for the 16th year in a row, but God was it hard! Its sales grow by 16% to 182,741 units and 8.5% share, but in the meantime, the Fiat Panda continued its amazing career, improving its market share for the 6th year in a row at 8% thanks to 171,887 units, the highest ever volume in Italy for this generation.

Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda reached its best-ever monthly market share (for this generation) in April and May at a massive 8.8%, after breaking the 8% barrier for the first time in February. Boosted by the new generation, the Ford Fiesta climbs back onto the podium with 106,260 sales and 4.9% share, peaking at 5.8% in November and relegating the Fiat 500 in 4th place at 3.7%.

Ford Fiesta

The VW Golf is up 7 spots at #5 with 2.6%, ahead of the Opel Corsa, Lancia Ypsilon and Peugeot 207. The Nissan Qashqai reaches its best ever position in Italy in January at #7 with 2.2% while the Chevroet Matiz does so in May at #9. The Alfa Romeo Mi.To is the best selling new entrant in the Top 50 at #17 with 29,299 units and 1.4%, it holds a best-ever 11th position in April.

Other models reaching their best score this year in Italy include the Opel Agila, #9 in February, the Lancia Musa, #11 in July, the Hyundai i10, #13 in June and the new generation Lancia Delta, #18 in May

Previous year: Italy 2008: Fiat Punto and Panda fight it out, Fiat 500 #3

Next year: Italy 2010: Fiat Punto #1 for 17th consecutive year

Full Top 50 and every Monthly Top 30 Ranking Tables below.

UK 2009: Ford Fiesta new leader, Mini back in Top 10

Ford Fiesta

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Florian *

At 1,994,999 registrations (-11%), the British car market goes below the 2m mark for the first time in over a decade. The fall would have been even more significant were it not for the scrappage scheme put in place at mid-year. Following on from its great start late last year, the new generation Ford Fiesta starts the year with a bang at 7.9% market share in January. It takes control of the UK market in 2009 with 117,296 sales (+23%) and a strong 5.9% market share, putting an end to 10 years of Ford Focus domination.


The Focus drops to #2 at 93,517 sales (-8%), followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (-15%) and Astra (-25%). The VW Golf is the best selling foreign model for the fifth year in a row at #5 ahead of the Peugeot 207. For the first time in 28 years, the Mini nameplate is back into the Top 10 at #7 with 39,866 sales. As a nameplate it had not been at this level since 1981, and it is the first time the ‘new Mini’ reaches these heights. The Vauxhall Insignia starts well at #9 for its first full year of sales, peaking at #6 in February and April. The Audi A3 ranks within the Top 10 for 3 months at the start of the year, peaking at a best-ever 6th place in January, and finishes the year just outside the Top 10 at a best-ever #11 with 33,154 units.

Hyundai i10

The scrappage schemes starting in July had a significant impact on the models ranking in the 2nd half of the year. #9 in July, the Hyundai i10 jumps to an astounding 3rd place in August, even scoring the ‘best selling car to private buyers’ title that month and Hyundai being the best selling brand! It’s the first time in English history a Korean car ranks in the Top 10. More details . The i10 finishes the year at #21 with 24,577 sales.

Fiat 500

Other cars breaking into the Top 10 for the first time this year include the Nissan Qashqai, #9 in May and up a massive 14 spots and 47% over the full year to #12, the Toyota Yaris, #10 in August and peaking at #9 with a mean 6,896 sales in September (#13 in 2009) and the Fiat 500, #10 in October and #9 in December, and #22 over the full year.

Notice also the Honda Jazz up 7 spots to #15, the Mazda2 up 17 ranks to #30, the Kia Picanto up to #33 and the Jaguar XF up 14% and 9 spots to #52 with 10,112 sales and 0.5% share.

Full Year 2009 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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