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South Africa September 2016: No improvement in sight, sales down 14%

The Toyota Hilux confirms it is the most popular vehicle in South Africa.

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The South African new car market is stuck in recession this year with September sales down another harsh 14% year-on-year to 47.399 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 11% to 410.804. Local financial service provider WesBank says that average new car prices have soared 18% year-on-year in September, and consumers have turned to the pre-owned market, up 7% in September but this demand has also driven up prices, with the average deal value for a used car up 9% in September. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 22.9% share, doing a little better than the market at -7%. It is followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16.9% (-17%), Ford at 12% (-10%), Hyundai-Kia at 10% (-14%) and General Motors/Isuzu at 7.3% (-33%). BMW Group (+1%), Mazda (+23%), Mahindra (+44%) and Tata (+3%) manage to go against the grain and post positive results for the month.

The Datsun GO+ has landed in South Africa. 

The Toyota Hilux cements its market domination by losing slightly less ground than the market at -11% to 3.063 sales and 6.5% share vs. 2.872 (-31%) for the VW Polo Vivo and 2.437 (-15%) for the Ford Ranger. The Toyota Quantum (+20%, Ford Fiesta (+28%), Toyota Fortuner (+107%), Hyundai i10 (+99%), Toyota Avanza (+43%), Kia Picanto (+70%) and VW Up (+155%) are among the biggest gainers inside the Top 30. The Hyundai Tucson (#24) leads recent launches (<12 months), distancing the Mazda CX-3 (#41), Toyota Aygo (#49), Mercedes GLC (#58) and Mahindra KUV100 (#65). This month we welcome the Datsun GO+ (#67) and Honda BR-V (#173) into the South African sales charts.

Previous month: South Africa August 2016: Hilux and Fortuner keep Toyota afloat

One year ago: South Africa September 2015: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

Full September 2016 Top 35 manufacturers and Top 270 All-models below.

India September 2016: Maruti breaks record in market up 20%

The Maruti Wagon R breaks its all-time monthly volume record in India in September…

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The Indian new car market shows excellent health in September with wholesale deliveries up a stunning 20% year-on-year to 277.540, lifting the year-to-date tally up 10% to 2.207.993 after 9 months. Local carmaker Maruti-Suzuki outpaces the fast-running market at +29% to break its all-time volume record this month to 137.277 units, achieving a mammoth 49.5% market share. It seems everything Maruti launches turns into gold at the moment. Atop the overall models ranking, the Alto is up a whopping 34% to 27.750, while the DZire (-4%) and Swift (-8%) declines are more than compensated by the success of the Baleno breaking its volume record this month at 10.623 in 6th place (previous best: 10.572 in December 2015).

…as does the Maruti Baleno…

The Wagon R also hits an all-time high volume at 16.645 (previous best: 15.540 in July 2015) and the Vitara Brezza holds onto its title of #1 SUV at 9.375 sales just above the Creta. The Omni (+3%), Ciaz (+53%), Eeco (+26%) and Ertiga (+144%) are all in various degrees of positive and all fit within the Top 15, making it 10 Marutis in the Top 15. Hyundai is solid in 2nd place in the brands ranking with 15.4% share and the Creta (+21%) going strong but the Elite i20 (-12%) struggling.

…while the Maruti Vitara Brezza remains the best-selling SUV in the country. 

Mahindra is up 5% in third place, followed by freefalling Honda (-19%) while Tata gains 24% thanks to the Tiago (#19). Thanks to the Kwid lodging a second consecutive month above 10.000 monthly units, Renault shoots up 582% year-on-year to #6 brand overall with 12.143 sales, distancing Toyota at 12.067 (+6%) boosted by the Innova Crysta (+34%). Helped by the Ecosport (+41%), Ford gains 9% at #8, Datsun is up 3-fold on its September 2015 score thanks to the RediGO however losing ground already (-19% on August) while for Volkswagen (+22%), the Ameo effect is already fading out (-39% on last month).

Previous month: India August 2016: Renault Kwid breaks 10.000 monthly sales barrier

One year ago: India September 2015: Hyundai breaks record again, Renault Kwid lands

Full September 2016 Top 20 brands and Top 90 models below.

India August 2016: Renault Kwid breaks 10.000 monthly sales barrier

First month above 10.000 sales for the Renault Kwid. Picture

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The Indian new car market continues to gallop upwards with wholesale deliveries up 15% year-on-year in August to  258.348 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 9% to a record 1.930.453. Like last month, market leaders Maruti-Suzuki (+12%) and Hyundai (+7%) gain slightly less ground than the market, resulting in eroding yet still imposing market shares at 46.4% and 16.7% respectively. Maruti-Suzuki manages to place a stunning 10 nameplates in the Top 15 best-sellers this month. The Alto (-9%), DZire (-16%), Wagon R (-1%) and Swift (-23%) all decline, but the Vitara Brezza (#8) cements its new status as the favourite SUV in the country and the Baleno (#9) take roots inside the Top 10 while further down the Ciaz (+50%) continues to lead its segment and the Ertiga (+62%) enjoys a second life.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza remains the #1 SUV in India. Picture 

Hyundai for its part has a very dynamic best-seller in the Grand i10, up 26% to 12.957 deliveries, the nameplate’s second highest monthly score below the 14.079 units hit last October. The Elite i20 is up 3% in 6th place and the Creta, although losing its SUV crown, still posts a solid 14% year-on-year increase. Indian manufacturer Mahindra confirms its third position in the brands ranking and improves its share to 6.6% thanks to deliveries up 21% to 17.115. Even though the Bolero has plummeted down to #18 – it ranked 7th over the Full Year 2015 – this demise has been more than compensated by the success of a new crossovers such as the KUV100 (#27) and TUV300 (#31).

The Ameo already accounts for 55% of Volkswagen wholesale deliveries. Picture

Honda (-11%) and Tata (+1%) lose share as the BR-V (#32) and Tiago (#19) start to lose steam, but Renault continues to ride on the tsunami-shaped success of the diminutive Kwid. The French carmaker is up a mammoth 750% on August 2015 just as the Kwid breaks the 10.000 monthly sales barrier for the very first time at 10.719 units. Now Renault has to capture this incredible momentum with new launches such as a Kwid crossover and/or sedan… Datsun (+225%) is the other spectacular gainer in the August Indian charts thanks solely to the Redi-GO racking up another 3.205 sales this month, albeit down 19% on July. Finally Volkswagen (+6%) owes its year-on-year gain solely to the building deliveries of the all-new Ameo (#30), up 10% on its inaugural month and already accounting for 55% of Volkswagen deliveries just as the Polo (-61%) and Vento (-36%) freefall.

Previous month: India July 2016: Maruti breaks record, places 7 models in Top 10

One year ago: India August 2015: Hyundai breaks record, Ford Aspire lands at #13

Full August 2016 Top 20 brands and Top 90 models below.

Kenya First Half 2016: Isuzu KB threatens Toyota Hilux for #1

The Isuzu KB is only 27 sales away from the Kenyan pole position in 2016 so far. 

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6.946 new vehicles found a buyer in Kenya over the First Half of 2016. This is one of the rare African markets where Toyota isn’t #1. Instead, Isuzu holds a commanding 31.9% market share (vs. 30.4% over Q1), Mitsubishi is in 2nd place with 17.9% (vs. 19%) and Toyota comes in third at 16.9% (vs. 17.3%). This order has a lot to do with the fact that Kenyan data includes medium and heavy trucks, a segment where Isuzu dominates. Indian manufacturer Tata, Nissan, Mercedes and Ford follow while Scania kicks Land Rover out of the Top 10.

The Renault Kwid launch event in Kenya. 

In the models ranking (excluding medium and heavy trucks), the Toyota Hilux keeps the best-seller crown at 7.9% share (vs. 9% over Q1) but the Isuzu KB is fast catching up at 7.5% vs. 6.7%. Only 27 sales separate the two nameplates. The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 rounds up the podium ahead of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Prado and Nissan NP300 Hardbody. The Mitsubishi L200 and Mahindra Bolero make it 6 pickups in the Top 10. Finally, a very interesting arrival is to be noted in the models charts: the Renault Kwid with 7 units, imported from India as CBU. Renault India indeeds reported last March that it had shipped a batch of 37 units to Mauritius, with the next export markets being Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Brazil.

Previous post: Kenya First Quarter 2016: Eight pickups in Top 10

One year ago: Kenya H1 2015: Toyota Hilux teases Land Cruiser 70 for #1

Full H1 2016 Top 10 brands and models below.

Malawi First Half 2016: Hilux tightens stranglehold in market up 20%

One in five new vehicles sold in Malawi so far this year is a Toyota Hilux.  

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New vehicle sales in Malawi are up an encouraging 20% year-on-year to 841 units. The Top 3 brands hold a mammoth 70.6% of the market, with Toyota still in the driving seat at 43.9%. Ford (-10%) holds onto the #2 spot by the skin of its teeth: it sells one more unit than Nissan (+8%) in third place. Mitsubishi (+567%), Tata (+17%) and Volkswagen (+150%) follow whereas Kia (-49%) implodes. Premium brand Audi rounds up the Top 10. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux strengthens its stranglehold on the market with deliveries up 37% to 174 for a 20.7% share, distancing the Ford Ranger (-14%) and Toyota Land Cruiser (+4%). The Toyota Corolla is up 88% to #5, the Mitsubishi Triton soars to #8 and the VW Amarok remains inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous post: Malawi Q1 2016: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger dominate

One year ago: Malawi First Half 2015: Toyota Hilux fights off Ford Ranger

Full H1 2016 Top 10 brands and models below.

Uganda First Half 2016: Hilux #1, Mitsubishi L200 soars to #2

The Mitsubishi L200 ranks #2 in Uganda so far this year. 

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The Ugandan new light vehicle market is up 15.5% year-on-year over the first half of 2016 to 1.463 units. Toyota remains master in command with 39.3% of the market thanks to deliveries up 22%, distancing Mitsubishi at 15.9% (+36%) and both Tata (-24%) and Ford (+40%) at 9.8% share. Nissan, Isuzu and Great Wall follow. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux continues its domination and improves its market share to 21.6% thanks to sales up 44%, but the Mitsubishi L200 grows faster at +94% to 13.7% share. The Ford Ranger makes the Ugandan podium 100% pickup and the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 and Prado complete the Top 5, just above the Great Wall Wingle.

Previous post: Uganda Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux #1, Pickups hold 54% share

One year ago: Uganda 1st Half 2015: Top 4 best-sellers are all pickup trucks

Full H1 2016 Top 10 brands and models below.

Uruguay July 2016: Volkswagen takes lead for the first time

VW Gol

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New car sales in Uruguay are struggling once again at -11% year-on-year in July to 3.433 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total down 18% to 23.711. For the first time in recent memory, Volkswagen become the most popular brand in the country thanks to sales up 1% to 548 for a splendid 16% market share. Fiat (+41%) and Renault (+21%) follow while last year’s leader Suzuki implodes at -48% in 4th place and the perennial Uruguayan leader Chevrolet is down 33% to #5. Hyundai (+7%), Mitsubishi (+15%), Citroen (+21%), Ford (+29%), Toyota (+42%), Lifan (+51%), Tata (+70%), Honda (+210%), Geely (+377%) and Jeep (+3600%) all go against the grain and post frank year-on-year gains. Chery remains at a standstill while Haval registers its very first two units in Uruguay. All-in-all, Chinese brands represent 12% of the market (-28%) vs. 14.9% year-to-date (-41%).

Previous month: Uruguay June 2016: Fiat and Renault shine in market down 11%

One year ago: Uruguay July 2015: Suzuki holds strong in pole position

Full July 2016 Top 40 All-brands ranking below.

India July 2016: Maruti breaks record, places 7 models in Top 10

The VW Ameo lands in India this month.

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The Indian new car market is up a flamboyant 17% year-on-year in July to 255.769 units excluding premium brands for which data is unavailable this month. This stellar figure brings the year-to-date tally to 1.669.155 after 7 months, up 8% on the same period last year. Market leaders Maruti (+14%) and Hyundai (+13%) gain slightly less ground than the market, resulting in market shares dipping a little but Maruti breaks its monthly volume record at 125.764 units, with a previous best of 121.063 hit last October. Hyundai for its part is above 40.000 units for the 9th time in the past 12 months.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza has established itself as the #1 SUV in India.

Mahindra is up a beautiful 18% to 15.929 sales in third place, Tata is up 31% to 13.578 but Honda is down 25% to 14.033. Renault remains by far the “most improved” manufacturer with deliveries up 7-fold on July 2015 thanks solely to the Kwid brilliantly stuck just under 10.000 monthly units. Ford (+62%) and Datsun (+298%) also impress, but Skoda (-25%), Chevrolet (-33%), Fiat (-34%) and Nissan (-36%) fall apart.

Based on the same platform, the Datsun RediGo and Renault Kwid are both stunning successes. 

Model-wise, the Maruti Alto saves its pole position by the skin of its teeth at -11% to 19.844 vs. 19.229 (-17%) for the Maruti DZire, with the Maruti Wagon R at #3 (-2%) and the Swift at #4 (-26%). But the tremendous success of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, now established as the best-selling SUV in India, up 5 spots on June to a record #6 and 10.212 sales – its first 5-figure month – as well as the Baleno at #9 (9.120 sales) enable Maruti to beat volume records. The Omni (#10) makes it 7 Marutis in the Top 10 and the Celerio (#12) 8 in the Top 12. The Hyundai Creta (+18%) is knocked out of the Top 10 but still posts solid figures, the Toyota Innova is up 43% thanks to the new Crysta model and the Maruti Ciaz (+147%) leads its segment at #16 vs. #20 for the Honda City.

The Tiago is the best-selling Tata passenger car in almost 3 years. 

Among recent launches, the Tata Tiago crosses the symbolic 5.000 monthly sales milestone (5.114), the first Tata passenger car to do so since the Indica/Vista in October 2013 while the Datsun RediGo confirms it is the most successful Datsun so far in India, up a further 5 spots and 35% on June to #21 and 3.940 sales – as a reminder the other two Datsuns monthly records are 2.690 in April 2014 for the GO and 1.563 in April 2015 for the GO+. Finally, we welcome the all-new VW Ameo, a Polo with a truncated boot, in the Indian sales charts at #32 with 2.200 deliveries to dealers for its inaugural month.

Previous post: India First Half 2016: Renault Kwid instant blockbuster, hurts Maruti Alto

Previous month: India June 2016: Hyundai Grand i10 on podium, Renault Kwid up to #5

One year ago: India July 2015: Maruti above 50% share, Hyundai Creta in Top 10

Full July 2016 Top 15 brands and Top 90 models below.

Thailand June 2016: Hilux drops 17% but leads, Civic stays strong

Honda Civic 

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The Thai new car market is once again and encouragingly up year-on-year in June – it’s the 5th time in the past 8 months – with deliveries up 9% to 66.049 units, leading to a half-year result down just 0.1% on 2015 to 368.630. Toyota drops 2% but at 32.3%, it holds a much higher market share than year-to-date (29.5%). The Japanese manufacturer is followed once again by fellow compatriots Isuzu (16.9%), Honda up 26% (15.1%) and Mitsubishi (6.2%). Below, Ford shoots up 41% to #5 and 5.8% share, Nissan is up 16%, Mazda up 12% and Suzuki up 19%. Notice also Chinese carmaker MG up 170% to #12 and 1.2% share, Subaru up 168%, Tata up 34%, Scania up 83% and Land Rover up 400%.

The Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest continue to deliver strong figures in Thailand. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux manages a 2nd consecutive month in the lead despite sales down 17% year-on-year to 10.628 ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 9.149 (+4%). The latter still holds the year-to-date lead however at 61.946 (+9%) vs. 54.864 (-8%) for the Hilux. In third place, the Toyota Yaris is up 39% to 3.105 sales with the Honda Civic holding very strong at 2.850 units, up 7-fold on a year ago thanks to the new generation. The Ford Ranger (+40%), Toyota Fortuner (+251%), Nissan Navara (+40%), Almera (+82%) and Chevrolet Colorado (+51%) also shine whereas the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport slowly returns to normal (#18) just under a year after the new generation launched. The Ford Everest (#17) leads recently (re)launched nameplates above the Suzuki Ciaz (#22), Honda BR-V (#23) and Mazda CX-3 (#30).

Previous month: Thailand May 2016: Market up 16%, largest gain in over 3 years

One year ago (1): Thailand June 2015: New Toyota Hilux shoots up to 21% share

One year ago (2): Thailand H1 2015: Toyota Hilux transitions, Honda HR-V makes a splash

Full June 2016 Top 35 All-brands and Top 65 models below.

Nigeria Full Year 2015: Ford Ranger tops disrupted market

This is the very first Ford Ranger assembled in Nigeria – on 17 November 2015. 

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Now updated with locally-produced models.

The Nigerian new light vehicle market has halved in 2015 to sink to 23.293 units from 53.900 in 2014 (-57%). Of these, 11.526 were imported through Nigeria’s ports and we now have access to sales of vehicles produced locally, amounting to 11.767. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in Nigeria with 28% share (-57%) while Ford gains 38% to leap from #5 to #2 with 16.2% share. Kia (-30%), Nissan (-11%) and Mitsubishi (+35%) follow. Chinese manufacturers include BAW (#11), Changan (#12), GAC Trumpchi (#14) and Foton (#15).

Toyota remains the #1 brand in Nigeria in 2015. 

Model-wise, the inclusion of locally-produced nameplates reshuffles the ranking. The Ford Ranger finishes the year at #1 with 10.9% share, edging past the Toyota Hiace (10.7%) and Hilux (10.4%) as well as the Mitsubishi L200 (10.1%). The Nissan NP300 and Kia Rio also post market shares above 5%. 2014’s leader, the Toyota Corolla, is down to #10.

The Nissan NP300 ranks 5th in Nigeria in 2015.

The Nigerian automotive market is currently going through a transition phase from full importer towards an aspiration to become one of Africa’s main production hubs. According to the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Peugeot and Volkswagen cars and SUV, Shacman and MAN Trucks, and Ashok-Leyland buses are now assembled in Nigeria. In August 2015,  for 12 new vehicle assembly plants to manufacturers, and a lot of them are Chinese. They include Toyota (Century Autos), Renault (Dana Motors), Joylong, Dongfeng (Coscharis Auto), FAW (Perfection Motors), Tata, Higer (Globe Motors) and Sinotruk.

 The Kia Rio is the best-selling passenger car in Nigeria in 2015. It is also assembled locally.

With a total population of 182 million inhabitants and a middle-class now amounting to 38 million potential buyers, the Nigerian new car market potential is generally estimated in the long term at one million annual units, which would position it today as the #1 market in Africa. We are still very far from this target, yet  projecting that local production increase will propel it to 2 million annual units in 2035 and as much 7.6 million in 2050. If that’s the case, by then Africa could potentially start to replace China as the world’s engine of growth.

Previous year: Nigeria Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Accent on top

Two years ago: Nigeria Full Year 2014: Toyota at 37% share, Kia up 27%, Chinese hold 12% of market

Full Year 2015 Top 10 brands and models vs. FY14 figures below.