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Mexico January 2018: Kia hits record share, Chevy sinks 53% in market down 11.4%

Kia sales in Mexico are up 37% to reach a record 7.3% market share.

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The Mexican new car market continues to contract in this start of 2018 with January sales down 11.4% year-on-year, marking an 8th consecutive month of decline and 2nd consecutive double-digit drop after losing 17.5% in December. Nissan loses less ground than the market at -8%, resulting in a market share improved to 24.2%, almost double the #2 Volkswagen down 15%. Toyota goes against the grain with a fantastic 15% surge to 8.5% share, followed by Honda (-2%) while for Chevrolet it’s a month to forget with deliveries down an abysmal 53% on January 2017 to a paltry 7.7% share vs. 16.1% over the Full Year 2017. Kia continues to impress with a 37% year-on-year gain leading to a new record share at 7.3%, smashing its previous best of 6.4% established last September. Sister brand Hyundai also shines with a 17% uplift while Mazda improves its share to 4.3% thanks to deliveries down just 1%. Outside the Top 10, Jaguar (+500%), Land Rover (+265%), Lamborghini (+50%), Suzuki (+36%), BMW (+35%), Jeep (+30%), Isuzu (+29%), Peugeot (+18%), Volvo (+15%), Ferrari (+14%), Audi (+8%), Mini (+8%), Porsche (+8%), Buick (+3%) and Lincoln (+3%) all defy the surrounding gloom to post positive results.

The Toyota C-HR lands directly inside the Mexican Top 100. 

After being toppled by the Chevrolet Beat in December, the Nissan Versa – the best-selling vehicle in Mexico for the past two consecutive years – reclaims its throne with sales actually up 16% to 7% share, with the Japanese carmaker placing four nameplates in the Top 5 this month: the Pickup (-7%) at #2, the March (-3%) at #4 and the Sentra (-10%) at #5. The odd one out is the VW Vento (-7%) rounding up the podium. Below the Chevrolet Aveo down 52% to #6, the Kia Rio shoots up 132% year-on-year to land at a record 7th place, beating its previous best of #8 established last September. The Honda CR-V (+116%) also impresses at #9 while the Chevrolet Beat drops 9 spots on December to #10 but remains by far the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) above the Hyundai Accent (#28), Renault Captur (#65) and Chevrolet Cavalier (#67). This month we welcome the Toyota C-HR at #97 and the Peugeot 5008 at #160.

Previous post: Mexico Full Year 2017: Kia and Hyundai break records, Nissan Versa #1

One year ago: Mexico January 2017: Nissan Versa and Pickup top market up just 3%

Full January 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 210 models below.

USA February 2018: Toyota & VW Group stay afloat in market down 2.4%

Toyota Motor manages a 4.5% uplift in a negative market. The Tacoma is up 18%.

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U.S. new light vehicle sales return to negative in February and for the third time in the past six months after last October and December, down 2.4% year-on-year to 1.302.128 units which pulls the year-to-date tally down 0.8% to 2.457.013 units after gaining 1.2% in January. The Seasonally Adjusted Annualised Sales Rate (SAAR) is down for the second consecutive month at 17.12 million vs. 17.18m in January and 17.86m in December. It is however the sixth consecutive month above 17m, an encouraging stat that could point to a Full Year 2018 score above 17m after all. Passenger cars continue their freefall at -12.6% to 438.963 units and just 33.7% market share whereas light trucks manage to remain in positive territory at +3.8% to 863.165 deliveries and 66.3% share. In the detail, midsize cars are down 17.2% and small cars down 12.2% while on the light truck side, crossovers shine bright at +11.7% to 442.385 – outselling passenger cars – whereas SUVs are down 3.8% to 138.335 and pickup trucks down 4.6% to 206.111. Year-to-date, passenger cars are down 11.9% to 818.930 with midsize cars down 15.1% to 348.734 and small cars down 12.9% to 341.191, and light trucks are up 5.9% to 1.638.083 with crossovers up 12.8% to 843.074, SUVs down 2% to 262.579 and pickup trucks nudging down 0.3% to 392.942. Note luxury sales are among the healthiest in the market at +3.1% this month.

Jeep sales are up 12.3%, with the Compass scoring its first ever Top 20 according to BSCB records.

Group-wise, both General Motors (-6.9%) and Ford Motor (-6.8%) lodge steep declines but end the month on top, distancing Toyota Motor up 4.5%. FCA posting a 13th consecutive decline (-0.9%), Nissan Motor (-2.6%), American Honda (-5%) and Hyundai-Kia (-9.3%) lodging a 15th consecutive year-on-year drop are also in negative while the Volkswagen Group (+9.5%) posts the largest increase of any large group, followed by the BMW Group (+7.5%). Over in the brands ranking, the Top 8 remains unchanged on January, with Ford (-6.1%), Toyota (+4.4%), Chevrolet (-8.8%), Nissan (-4%) and Honda (-5.6%) in the lead Jeep managing the largest year-on-year gain by far at +12.3%, Subaru celebrates a 75th straight month of gains (+3.8%) and Hyundai the hardest hit at -13%. Further down, notice Alfa Romeo (+254%), Mini (+42.3%), Tesla up an estimated 36.4%, Volvo (+35.1%), Porsche (+20.5%), Land Rover and Mitsubishi both up 18.8%, Cadillac (+14%), Mazda (+12.7%) and Audi (+12.4%) – astoundingly celebrating 100 consecutive months of year-on-year gains. At the other end of the scale, Smart (-69.5%), Fiat (-42.1%), Jaguar (-37.3%), Lincoln (-23.4%) and Ram (-14.1%) suffering the harshest drops.

The Nissan Rogue manages a 2nd ever podium ranking in the U.S. Picture

The Ford F-Series goes agains the market and posts a 3% year-on-year gain to its largest February volume this decade. In contrast, the Chevrolet Silverado drops 16% and the Ram Pickup is down 15% to #4 like in January. At a stunning third place for the second month in a row (and ever), the Nissan Rogue surges 15% year-on-year to a new January volume record at 38.119, almost double its score of two years ago (21.561 in February 2016). The Toyota Camry manages a 4th consecutive double-digit year-on-year gain at +12% thanks to the new generation. At #6, despite having a new generation on the cusp of being revealed (set for end of March in New York), the Toyota RAV4 is up 13%, comfortably above the Honda CR-V down an uncharacteristic 19% this month.

The Hyundai Kona has reached U.S. shores.

Year-to-date, the Nissan Rogue leads the SUV race by almost 20.000 sales already, keeping in mind U.S. sales figures include the Rogue Sport aka Qashqai. Excellent performances in the Top 50 of the Toyota Tacoma (+18%), Dodge Grand Caravan (+20%), the Jeep Compass (+486%) scoring what is potentially the nameplate’s very first Top 20 ranking, the Jeep Wrangler (+17%), Mazda CX-5 (+69%), Honda Pilot (+49%), Subaru Crosstrek (+61%), VW Tiguan (+173%) and Nissan Frontier (+69%). The VW Atlas (#77) tops recent launches (<12 months) above the Toyota C-HR (#82) and Ford Ecosport (#125) up 83 spots on its inaugural month in January. In February we welcome the Hyundai Kona (#239) and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#266) into the U.S. sales charts.

Previous month: USA January 2018: Toyota and Nissan pull market up 1.2%

One year ago: USA February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars again, market at -1.1%

Full February 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 282 models below.

Canada February 2018: Jeep, VW and Chevrolet shine in record market

The Jeep Wrangler posts another stellar month in Canada at +175%. 

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Following up on five consecutive record years and a new January record last month, the Canadian new light vehicle market doesn’t seem to want to slow down with sales up another 2.2% year-on-year in February to 126.026 units, the 4th consecutive February record Canada has posted. Accordingly, the year-to-date tally, up a sturdy 3.9% to 243.770, is a new all-time record after two months. Continuing on a years-long trend, passenger cars continue to skid down 6% to 35.879 and just 28.6% share whereas light trucks continue to gallop ahead at +5.6% to 89.651 and 71.4% of the Canadian market, figures being slightly lower than above as Desrosiers doesn’t include some luxury brands such as Tesla.

The Tiguan (+76%) helps Volkswagen up 32.3% in February in Canada.

Group-wise, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dominates for the second month running despite sales down 1.2% to 15% share, less than 400 units above Ford down 2.4% to 14.7%. General Motors posts another impressive score, up 8.8% to 14.3% and up 11.7% year-to-date. Toyota Motor (-1.3%), Honda Motor (+1.5%) and Nissan Motor (+6.1%) follow but it’s the Volkswagen Group that lodges the best performance at +27.2%. In the brands ranking, Ford remains leader by far in spite of a 2% drop to 14.3% share, well ahead of Toyota (+0.9%) at 9.6% while Chevrolet soars 21% to 8.7%, overtaking Honda (+2.5%). Jeep once again stuns with a 45.7% surge at #7, Volkswagen gains 32.3%, with Alfa Romeo (+2525%), Volvo (+34.6%), Tesla (+28.6%), Mitsubishi (+27.2%), Genesis (+25%), Audi (+21.9%) the other carmakers managing a 20% gain or more.

The Ford Ecosport is up 76 spots on last month to #72.

Unsurprisingly, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular nameplate in the country but, like in January, it posts an uncharacteristically steep 16% year-on-year drop. The Ram Pickup does a little better in 2nd place at -10% while the Honda Civic drops 5% at #3. The Honda CR-V (+5%), Chevrolet Silverado (+9%) and Nissan Rogue (+8%) on the other hand all beat the market while the Jeep Wrangler impresses again with a 175% surge at #10, remaining in 5th place year-to-date. Further down, the Jeep Compass (+1370% due to the new model), Subaru Crosstrek (+114%), BMW X3 (+98%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+78%), VW Tiguan (+76%), Audi Q5 (+72%), Ford Transit (+70%), Toyota Tundra (+65%) and VW Golf (+52%) make themselves noticed in the Top 10. The Nissan Qashqai (#25) continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) head and shoulders, followed by the VW Atlas (#66), Ford Ecosport (#72, up 76 on January) and Toyota C-HR (#84).

Previous month: Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep and Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

One year ago: Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

Full February 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 260 models below.

Taiwan February 2018: Honda CR-V up 3-fold in market up 11.4%

Honda CR-V

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 11.4% year-on-year in February to 26.965 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 7.5% to 74.901 units after two months. Market leader Toyota edges down 0.2% to 22.4% share, still almost double the #2, Mitsubishi/CMC up 5% to 11.7%. Honda soars 35% to 9%, overtaking Nissan/Infiniti up just 4% to 8.2%. After a particularly weak January result, Mazda rallies back up 51% to 7.3% share in 5th place, distancing Mercedes (+7%), local carmaker Luxgen (+30%), Ford (-12%), Volkswagen (+28%) and BMW (-15%). Just outside the Top 10, Lexus is up 42% to 3.2% share. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla holds onto its crown but drops 10% to 6.4% share, only 336 units above the Honda CR-V boosted up 216% to 5.2% by the new generation. The Toyota RAV4 (-17%) and Sienta (+18%) follow while the Mazda3 is back up 42 spots on last month to #5. The VW Tiguan (+138%) breaks into the Taiwanese Top 10 for the first time at #9, smashing its previous record of #17 hit in March 2017. The Suzuki Swift (+490%), Mitsubishi Colt Plus (+238%), Mazda CX-3 (+238%) and Lexus NX (+230%) also shine.

Previous month: Taiwan January 2018: Honda CR-V up 62% in market up 5.5%

One year ago: Taiwan February 2017: Toyota RAV4 and CMC Veryca impress

Full February 2018 Top 10 brands and Top 80 models below.

Estonia January 2018: Toyota RAV4 snaps lead in market up 23.6%

The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in Estonia in January. 

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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics, we can share with you today new car sales for Estonia, up 23.6% year-on-year to 2.447 units in January. The Toyota RAV4 snaps up the lead this month thanks to deliveries up 36% year-on-year, distancing the Skoda Octavia (+74%) and Toyota Avensis (+36%) meaning the entire podium outpaces the market, whereas the Honda CR-V drops 22% in 4th place. Notice also the Toyota Auris up 84% and the Toyota Corolla up 89%.

Previous post: Estonia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia and Toyota Avensis on top, market up 11.5%

One year ago: Estonia January 2017: Honda CR-V in charge

Full January 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Australia January 2018: Toyota and Honda shine in record market

The Hilux (+43%) helps Toyota to its highest January volume in 10 years.

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Australia starts 2018 at a record pace: January sales are up 4.3% year-on-year to 88.551 units, a new record for the month eclipsing the previous best of 85.430 established in January 2013. SUV sales have now carved themselves up a solid advantage, up 10.9% to 37.859 vs. just 31.890 (-8.7%) for passenger cars. Note that a year ago in January 2017, SUVs still had never surpassed passenger cars. Light commercials soar 20.3% to 16.776. 4×4 utes (local slang for pickup trucks) are up 26.6%, small SUVs up 25.5% and medium SUVs up 19.2%. Private sales are down 3% to 45.482, business sales up 17.1% to 36.772, government sales up 2.2% to 2.609 and rental sales down 22.3% to 1.662. The leading sources of vehicles sold in Australia this month are Japan up 5.3% to 26.846, Thailand up 19.5% to 23.482, South Korea up 7.7% to 13.732, Germany up 6.3% to 7.187 and the U.S. down 15.9% to 3.141. The ranking by State is as follows: New South Wales (Sydney) down 0.2% to 28.995, Victoria (Melbourne) up 5.4% to 25.961, Queensland (Brisbane) up 9.8% to 17.246, Western Australia (Perth) up 5.2% to 7.401, South Australia (Adelaide) up 3.5% to 5.314, ACT (Canberra) up 8.5% to 1.561, Tasmania up 6.1% to 1.418 and Northern Territory up 0.4% to 655.

The CR-V is up 167% year-on-year, propelling Honda to its largest share this decade.

In the brands ranking, market leader Toyota surges 21.9% on January 2016 to post its highest volume for the month since 2008 at 15.306. Mazda (+0.5%) follows with a strong 11.4% ahead of Hyundai up 6.2% to 8%. Holden, which had a record December fuelled by demo sales, falls back to earth in January: down 20.4% to 6.5%. Ford (-4.5%), Mitsubishi (+3.7%) and Nissan (-6.1%) follow while Honda soars 32% to 5.2%, potentially its highest monthly share in Australia this decade and Kia is up 12.9% to an all-time record 5.1% share, beating the 5% hit last April and June. Notice also Chinese LDV up 154.3% to #23 thanks to the new T60 ute and D90 SUV, Ferrari up 107.7%, Alfa Romeo up 71.7%, Isuzu Ute up 39.4%, Chrysler up 28.6%, Jeep up 28.1%, Mini up 13%, McLaren up 11.1% and Mercedes up 10%. At the other end of the scale, Ssangyong is down 92.3%, Great Wall down 57.1%, Lamborghini down 41.2%, Ram down 40%, Infiniti down 36.5% and Citroen down 32.4%

The CX-3 ranks at #10, helping Mazda to 11.4% market share.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Australia in January for the first time, surging 43% to a new record volume for the month, just as it enters its 50th year in showrooms. Like in FY2017, the Hilux is followed by the Ford Ranger up 24% year-on-year, but the Ranger wins in the 4×4 ute segment, although by just 12 units at 2.892 vs. 2.880. #1 in the country every January since 2012 due to its strength with private buyers, the Mazda3 (-8%) drops to #3 this year ahead of the Toyota Corolla (-6%) while the Mazda CX-5 (+12%) reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in the country at #5 overall. The Toyota RAV4 (+28%) and Nissan X-Trail (-5%) follow at #7 and #8 respectively.

The Holden Equinox makes its first official appearance in the Australian sales charts.

Below the VW Golf up a strong 25% to #9, the Mazda CX-3 (+6%) makes it three Mazdas in the Top 10 like in January 2017. The Nissan Navara is up 63% to #11, the Mitsubishi Triton up 33% to #11 and the Honda CR-V up a gigantic 167% to #13 thanks to the new generation. Further down, notice the Honda Civic (+48%), Subaru XV (+78%) and the Hyundai Kona up 10 spots on December to lead all recent launches (<12 months) by a large margin at a record 22nd place. The next best thing is the Toyota C-HR at #44 (+3 on December), followed by the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #63 (+51). We welcome four new nameplates in the Australian charts this month: the Holden Equinox at #67, the Hyundai Ioniq at #170, the Jaguar E-Pace at #182 and the BMW X2 at #213.

Previous post: Australia Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger top record market

Previous month: Australia December 2017: Holden up 57.7%, Astra and Colorado hit records

One year ago: Australia January 2017: SUV sales only 800 units below passenger cars

Full January 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 280 All-models below.

Cyprus January 2018: Toyota Yaris #1, six SUVs in Top 7

The Ford Kuga leads the SUV charge in Cyprus, ranking at #2 in January.

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and , we can share with you today January figures for Cyprus, a market down 3.5% to 1.199 registrations. The Toyota Yaris takes the lead for the first time since June with a strong 6.1% share and deliveries up 66% year-on-year but incredibly it is the only passenger car in the Top 7, with the six remaining nameplates all SUVs! The Ford Kuga is up 14-fold to #2, followed by the Toyota C-HR (+97%), Hyundai Tucson (-30%), Nissan Qashqai (+6%), Kia Sportage (+5%) and Nissan Juke (+100%). It doesn’t stop there: 19 of the Top 30 best-sellers this month in Cyprus are SUVs, with the Peugeot 3008 breaking into the Top 10, the BMW X1 up 200% to #11, the Audi Q3 up 200% to #13, the Skoda Kodiaq landing at #21, the Honda CR-V up 60% to #23 and the Mercedes GLC up 87% to #26.

Previous post: Cyprus Full Year 2017: Ford Focus back to #1, Toyota C-HR lands at #5

One year ago: Cyprus January-February 2017: Kia Rio up to #1, Toyota C-HR lands

Full January 2018 Top 30 models ranking below.

Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep & Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

The Jeep Wrangler leaps to 5th place overall in Canada in January. 

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After five consecutive annual records and a first 2 million year in 2017, new light vehicle sales in Canada continue on their galloping growth with deliveries up 5.9% to 117.744 in January. Light trucks advance 9.1% to 85.906 or 73.2% of the market while Passenger cars dive 2.6% to just 31.375 or 26.8% share. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs its first monthly win since February 2017 despite sales down 4.4% to 15% share, distancing General Motors (+15%), Ford Motor (-4.4%) and Honda Motor surging 28.8% to 11.1% share. Toyota Motor (+2.5%) rounds up the Top 5 with the Volkswagen Group (+28.9%) and BMW Group (+15%) also posting spectacular gains.

The Honda Civic is up 34% to 3rd place. 

Brand-wise, Ford leads but is down 4.8% while Honda shoots up 3 spots on December and 31.5% year-on-year to 2nd place overall, eclipsing Toyota (+2.8%) with Chevrolet (+25.9%) and Jeep (+28.1%) the biggest gainers in the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+45.4%), Genesis (+36.4%), Tesla (+28.6%), Smart (+25%), Infiniti (+16.8%), BMW (+15.1%), Subaru (+14.8%), Mini (+11.1%), Audi (+10.2%) and Mazda (+10.2%) lodge the largest improvements in market.

The Chevrolet Cruze (+105%) helps GM up 15%. Picture

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular but drops 16% just as its immediate follower the Ram Pickup is down 17%. The Honda Civic on the other hand is back up 8 spots on December and 34% year-on-year, followed by the CR-V up 32% to #4. The Jeep Wrangler is the hero of the Top 10 with sales up 3-fold on January 2017 to #5 (+22 on last month) just as the 2018 model arrives in dealerships. This is the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in Canada according to BSCB records, its recent best being #16 in July 2014. The Ford Escape (+17%), Chevrolet Cruze (+105%), VW Tiguan (+98%) and Golf (+44%) also shine. The Nissan Qashqai (#23) tops all recent launches above the VW Atlas (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#71).

Previous post: Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series and Ram break records in first 2m year

One year ago: Canada January 2017: FCA tops market up 2.3%

Full January 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 260 models below.

China January 2018: VW, Geely, Toyota, Audi, Mercedes & BMW all break records, market showing surprising strength at +12%

The Bora hits a new record, helping VW to its largest ever wholesale volume.

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New light vehicle sales in China start the year a lot better than expected given the purchase tax on vehicles with 1.6L engines and below was raised back from 7.5% to 10% on January 1: the market is up 11% to 2.456.200 units. Once again the main engine of growth in China is the SUV segment up 22.9% to 1.081.300, still close to the 1.173.000 record set last month while sedans/hatches are up 7.3% to 1.158.800. In contrast, MPVs are down 13.4% to 178.600 and microvans freefall 30% to 35.700. Truck sales shoot up 18% to 353.100, meaning the total vehicle market in China adds up to 2.809.300 units for January, up 12% year-on-year. Eco-Friendly car sales are up a fantastic 4.3-fold on January 2017 to 38.470, including 26.753 EVs and 11.717 plug-in hybrids. Chinese brands continue to fare very well but trail the overall passenger car market this month at +9.4% to 1.068.700 units or 43.5% share vs. 44.1% a year ago.

Local carmaker Geely posts a 5th consecutive all-time volume record.

Some manufacturers officially announce Chinese retail sales including imports which differ from the data tables we provide further down in the article (locally-produced wholesales). This paragraph is dedicated to these announcements. The Volkswagen Group is up 16% to 398.600 retail, with the Volkswagen brand up 9.7% to 296.900 retail (almost 56% of VW’s global sales) and Audi up 73% to 60.688. That’s less than Mercedes up 16% to an all-time retail record of 68.425. BMW+Mini is up 6.5% to 54.675. General Motors gains 15% year-on-year to 367.712 units, with Chevrolet up 40% to 54.350, Baojun up 36% to 92.356, Cadillac up 12% to 20.222 (its 23rd consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year gains), Buick up 5.7% to 113.007 as Wuling totals 87.777 including microvans. Ford Motor plunges 18% to 75.990 sales whereas at 60.688 units, Audi surges 73% on a January 2017 figure hampered by a stop order by dealers due to plans to open a second distribution network. Great Wall Motor reports 110.040 sales up 20.6% year-on-year including 98.748 SUVs (+22.1%).

Toyota has its best month ever in China in January, with the Corolla at its highest too. 

Back to wholesales data of locally produced models, and at this game Volkswagen dominates as usual with factory deliveries up 6% year-on-year to 346.739, and according to BSCB records this is VW’s largest ever monthly wholesale volume in China, boosted by new volume records for the Bora (32.585) and Magotan (29.297) while the Tiguan drops 15%. Tellingly, 6 of the 8 best-selling sedans in China in January are VW nameplates. Geely manages the incredible feat of a 5th consecutive all-time record volume, lifting it to 148.916, up a smashing 46% year-on-year. Just as the Boyue remains above 30.000 monthly sales for the 4th time in a row, the Emgrand GS (20.987) posts its 7th consecutive monthly record and the Vision (20.055), Emgrand GL (15.163) and Vision S1 (10.303) also hit all-time bests. Honda soars 38% to its third highest monthly volume ever at 138.306 (below the 151.587 of December 2015 and the 140.963 of December 2014) with the Accord up 54%, the CR-V up 20%, the Vezel up 34%, the Crider up 38% and the Avancier up 142%.

The Baojun is now the most successful car launch in history, both in China and in the world.

Toyota surges 31% to break a new volume record at 129.336, almost 20.000 units above the previous best of 110.802 set in December 2014. Up 78% to 46.735 deliveries, the Corolla sets a new monthly volume record for a Japanese nameplate in China (beating the Nissan Sylphy’s 45.232 from November 2016) while the RAV4 is at its highest since December 2013. Changan is down 8% to 114.373 but sees the CS55 beat its volume record at 23.209, while Buick is down 4% to 112.344. Baojun is up 23% year-on-year but down 32% on December to 94.966 as the 510 crossover posts a 5th all-time record in a row, adding 4.000 units to its December score to 58.006 but bizarrely 560 model sales are not reported by the brand. Note only four nameplates have managed to cross the 60.000 monthly unit-mark in all of China’s history: the Wuling Hongguang (record of 82.543 in December 2016), the Haval H6 (80.495 in December 2016), Wuling Sunshine (73.302 in January 2011) and VW Lavida (61.568 in January 2014). With 416.883 sales in 12 months, the Baojun 510 has now become the best-selling new car ever introduced in the world, beating the previous record held for the past 40 years by the Ford Fairmont with 405.780 units sold in its first 12 months in the US in 1978.

The Haval H6 is the #1 vehicle in China outright for the 5th time, all in the past 22 months.

In 8th place in the brands ranking, Nissan gains 16% to 94.595 units with the Qashqai hitting a new high at 16.519. Haval drops 4% to 78.459 but places the H6 in the overall models pole position thanks to sales up 29% to 59.133. It is the 5th time the H6 is the best-selling nameplate in China outright after April 2016, November 2016, July 2017 and October 2017. Rounding up the Top 10 whereas it ranked at a paltry #25 in December, Audi shoots up 35% to 69.194 wholesales – a new record, with the Q5 beating its volume record at 16.688. Both Mercedes (+34%) and BMW (+37%) also post their all-time wholesale monthly volume records with no less than three Mercedes nameplates reaching an all-time high wholesale volume: the C Class L (18.408), E Class L (15.041) and GLC (13.152) while two BMWs break records: the 3 Series L (14.370) and X1 (9.984).

Audi, Mercedes and BMW are all at record levels this month, with sedans doing the heavy lifting.

Other foreign carmakers posting sizeable wholesale gains in January include Jaguar (+190%), Mitsubishi (+96%) with the Outlander hitting a new high at 11.565 units, Land Rover (+94%), Citroen (+68%) even though the new C5 Aircross is down a steep 59% on December, Cadillac (+60%) with the XT5 the first Cadillac nameplate to crack 10.000 monthly sales in China (10.385, up 90%), Volvo (+53%), Chevrolet (+39%), Mazda (+27%) with the 3 Axela breaking a record at 15.952 sales (+63%) and Renault (+7%) setting a new benchmark at 9.000 units. Foreign manufacturers in difficulty this month include DS (-71%), Suzuki (-44%), Ford (-30%) hampered by the Kuga (-72%) and Edge (-62%), and Hyundai (-24%) even though the ix35 is boosted by the new generation to its 2nd largest monthly volume at 16.540 (record: 17.431 in Dec-14) and just as sister brand Kia rallies back up 1%.

Renault breaks its monthly volume record in China to 9.000.

Among Chinese manufacturers, some of the best performers in January are Yema (+350%), Qoros (+248%), MG (+166%) with the ZS posting its first ever five-digit result (10.913) and the 6 up 11-fold on the previous generation, Bisu (+98%), Brilliance (+81%) bolstered by the new V6 crossover, Maxus (+78%), Venucia (+69%), Soueast (+58%) helped by the DX3 hitting an all-time high (13.589), Roewe (+57%) with the RX3 at a new high (9.963), Weichai (+49%), BYD (+47%), GAC Trumpchi (+32%) as the GS3 breaks a new record (7.482), Zotye (+32%), Hanteng (+28%) and Leopaard (+22%) with a new all-time high for the CS9 (7.241). Those in difficulty this month include Hawtai (-82%), Jinbei (-75%), Cowin (-66%), Landwind (-65%), SWM (-59%), JMC (-58%), Changhe (-57%), Great Wall (-54%), Karry (-36%) and JAC (-32%).

The new 6 (+985%) helps lift MG sales up 166% in January.

Great Wall’s semi premium SUV brand WEY remains by far the most popular new brand launch of the past 12 months in China, eclipsing 20.000 monthly sales for the third time in a row. It is followed at a distance by Geely’s own premium marque, Lynk & Co, up a slim 2.7% on its inaugural score last month. We welcome new local brands Traum (1.518), Yudo (356) and Xpeng (39) in the local charts in January – all the new launches are covered in a separate update as always. As for December launches, the Chery Tiggo 5X is still in the lead but drops a heavy 30% to 7.527, the Changan Raeton CC is up 18% to 6.421, the Lynk & Co 01 up 2.7% to 6.173, the Jaguar XEL down 20% to 1.062, the GAC Trumpchi GM8 up 82% to 1.001 and the Arcfox Lite down 87% to just 60 sales, but far from showing a poor reception, this drop has more to do with the fact that BAIC had filled December wholesales up to benefit from the maximum amount of subsidies for 2017.

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Vietnam January 2018: Mazda hits 19.4% share in market up 28.7%

Mazda places both the 3 and the CX-5 on the Vietnamese podium in January.

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After dropping a steep 10.8% over the Full Year 2017, the Vietnamese new car market starts 2018 with a bang: January sales are up a whopping 28.7% year-on-year to 26.037. Below Thaco-Kia (+65%) and Toyota (-4%), the hero of the month is Mazda surging 75% to 19.4% share vs. 9.5% over the Full Year 2017 and only 91 units below Toyota. Mercedes (-2%), Ford (-4%) and Chevrolet (-8%) disappoint but Peugeot (+1255%), Isuzu (+146%), Hyundai (+112%), Mitsubishi (+54%) and Honda (+42%) impress. Model-wise, the Toyota Vios (+44%) cements its domination while Mazda places both the 3 (+58%) and CX-5 (+119%) on the podium. the Kia Cerato (+152%), Honda City (+77%), CR-V (+76%), Toyota Corolla (+59%) and Kia Morning (+49%) also beat the market inside the Top 10.

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