31 January 2011

Car Sales Land Rover: 2010


Land Rover doesn’t give out this sort of data so this list is not representative of everyone of the top 30, but rather of the ones I could obtain. Most are here though, the most notable absentee is the UAE.
Total sales are well up and with the new Evoque coming this year, 2011 should see another good sales total posted.
UK share of LR was its best since 2006 but well down on 2004's 29%. China was about 60th in 2003, so things have moved nicely in that market. Brazil is now in the top ten for the first time ever and Korea also a first, but into the top 20. There is a move toward new markets, accelerated by legislation against SUV types of vehicles in some European lands.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

09/10-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 1 UK 42,150 23.6 27.6
2 2 USA 31,850 17.8 21.1
3 3 China 23,450 13.1 117.7
4 4 Italy 10,750 6.0 2.5
5 5 Russia 9,950 5.6 7.5
6 6 Germany 7,100 4.0 34.9
11 7 Brazil 5,200 2.9 64.9
7 8 Spain 5,100 2.9 21.0
8 9 RSA 4,850 2.7 21.4
9 10 Australia 4,800 2.7 25.6
10 11 France 4,300 2.4 22.6
13 12 Turkey 3,100 1.7 13.3
15 13 Canada 2,550 1.4 27.0
14 14 Belgium 2,500 1.4 13.3
16 15 Switzerland 1,550 0.9 21.7
17 16 Austria 1,150 0.7 9.8
18 17 Pakistan 1,100 0.6 16.0
20 18 Korea 950 0.5 34.5
21 19 Japan 770 0.4 33.0
22 20 Poland 750 0.4 51.0
27 21 Ukraine 700 0.4 160.4
19 22 Netherlands 680 0.4 -3.5
23 23 Mexico 500 0.3 15.5
25 24 Sweden 420 0.2 43.6
32 25 Eire 375 0.2 53.8
38 26 NZ 350 0.2 93.5
30 27 Chile 350 0.2 38.2
37 28 Czech Rep 310 0.2 67.6
31 29 Luxembourg 300 0.2 25.8
24 30 Romania 300 0.2 -21.0
Other Brands 9,800 5.5% share.
Total Sales 178,600 23.9% increase.

Summary: There is something about Land Rovers that fascinates.

Car Sales Bulgaria: 2010


In the last two years, sales have dropped from 55,000 to less than 19,000 in Bulgaria. No brand really dominates, although Toyota was the favourite for 2010. Ford and Skoda both lifted three places whilst Opel dropped four. The figures below do not quite represent all brands sold in Bulgaria, such as Hyundai.

In the chart, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 1906 10.1% -32.4
2 Ford 1717 9.1% -15.4
3 VW 1684 8.9% -25.2
4 Peugeot 1508 8.0% -33.4
5 Skoda 1381 7.3% -8.0
6 Dacia 1325 7.0% -24.0
7 Citroen 1123 6.0% -38.6
8 Opel 1110 5.9% -49.3
9 Chevrolet 1068 5.7% -23.9
10 Renault 1055 5.6% 13.2
11 Nissan 702 3.7% -5.0
12 BMW 514 2.7% -10.5
13 Fiat 480 2.6% -0.4
14 Mercedes 453 2.4% -26.5
15 Mitsubishi 414 2.2% -31.0
Other Brands 2,380 12.6% share.
Total Sales 18,820 28.6% decrease.

Summary: Maybe there will be an improvement in sales in Bulgaria, but for now sales are very depressed.

Source: SVAB

30 January 2011

Car Sales Latvia: 2010


The 21st century saw massive growth in car sales in Latvia, which exceeded 32,000 in 2007. Then the economic downturn set in and they then plunged to just 3,700 by 2009. However, 2010 showed a glimmer of hope with a 32.9% increase.
Toyota achieved a 17% share of the market in ’10, a record I think. VW lost the number one rank in ’01 and cannot seem to regain it. Some of the other brands have gone up and down like yo-yos. Peugeot for example was 2nd in ’02, had fallen to 24th in ’08 and is now 5th. The market is certainly volatile.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 846 17.0% 21.4
2 VW 599 12.0% 93.9
3 Skoda 338 6.8% 80.7
4 Renault 295 5.9% 56.9
5 Peugeot 289 5.8% 416.1
6 Hyundai 233 4.7% 15.9
7 Ford 215 4.3% 44.3
8 Mitsubishi 181 3.6% -23.9
9 Opel 179 3.6% 55.7
10 BMW 167 3.4% -10.7
11 Subaru 156 3.1% 25.8
12 Citroen 142 2.9% 63.2
13 Nissan 136 2.7% 94.3
14 Audi 135 2.7% 10.7
14 Honda 135 2.7% 5.5
Other Brands 930 18.7% share
Total Sales 4,926 32.9% increase

Summary: Things may now be on the improve in this Baltic State.

Source: LPAA

28 January 2011

Car Sales Serbia: 2010



Serbia had its own car called the Zastava, which has now morphed into a company called FAS, which makes Fiat cars - FAS stands for Fiat Automobile Serbia (picture above shows the factory). It is the dominant presence in the car market and after that comes a Central European duo. Neither Japanese nor premium brands are strong in this Balkan state. Both Korean brands had good gains though.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 FAS 11,800 30.3% -28.2
2 Dacia 3,400 8.7% 10.2
3 Skoda 3,250 8.4% 34.8
4 Opel 2,650 6.8% 6.7
5 Hyundai 2,500 6.4% 31.8
6 VW 2,150 5.5% 1.9
7 Renault 1,850 4.8% 7.0
8 Ford 1,600 4.1% -3.2
9 Chevrolet 1,450 3.7% -8.8
10 Toyota 1,250 3.2% -11.1
11 Peugeot 1,000 2.6% -28.9
12 Citroen 980 2.5% -7.5
13 Mercedes 750 2.0% -15.8
14 Kia 730 1.9% 25.9
15 Suzuki 575 1.5% -5.5
Other Brands 3,000 7.7% share
Total Sales 38,900 13.0% decrease.

Summary: Sales are currently weak in Serbia.

27 January 2011

Car Sales Slovenia: 2010



The Slovenian market was quite strong for 2010, in fact sales each year are surprisingly stable. Even individual brands don’t move around too much either.
Renault is top but its dominance earlier in the decade has slowly diminished. Skoda moved up three places to enter the top 10 for the first time this decade at least, if not ever. Both Fiat and Mazda dropped four places. The top Japanese brand doesn’t kick in until 12th spot and the best of the premium brands until 14th. So both European brands and everyday cars are popular here.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Renault 9,946 16.8% 5.4
2 VW 7,257 12.3% 24.1
3 Opel 5,226 8.8% 14.4
4 Citroen 4,452 7.5% 2.6
5 Peugeot 4,048 6.8% 24.7
6 Ford 3,376 5.7% 0.3
7 Hyundai 2,921 4.9% 28.3
8 Skoda 2,801 4.7% 23.7
9 Fiat 2,780 4.7% -29.4
10 Kia 2,406 4.1% -25.9
11 Chevrolet 1,924 3.2% 49.1
12 Toyota 1,821 3.1% -19.8
13 Nissan 1,441 2.4% 23.6
14 BMW 1,377 2.3% 10.9
15 Seat 1,298 2.2% 14.0
Other Brands 6,152 10.4%
Total Sales 59,226 6.3% increase

Summary: A stable and uneventful car market dominated by European brands.

Source: Ads

Car Sales RSA: 2010


The RSA (South Africa) has Naamsa that reports car sales by its members and AMH (Associated Motor Holdings) that doesn’t bother. Thankfully most brands are under Naamsa and I must say they are a fine organisation to deal with. AMH in contrast are secretive and not very communicative either. Of the 360,150 passenger cars registered in the RSA in 2010, 279,250 odd were by Naamsa. So the sales by brand below will be Naamsa affiliates only.

After years of playing second fiddle to Toyota, VW got top spot for the year, and comfortably at that. (Pictured is a VW Polo being made in the Republic). Premium brands do well here, but the two Korean have aligned themselves with AMH, so they are absent along with a few others.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 55,657 15.5% 37.2
2 Toyota 48,681 13.5% 8.7
3 GM 26,037 7.2% 52.2
4 Mercedes 22,953 6.4% 15.2
5 BMW 22,622 6.3% 30.5
6 Ford 18,001 5.0% 42.4
7 Nissan 12,263 3.4% 13.1
8 Audi 11,366 3.2% 23.1
9 Renault 10,006 2.8% 45.3
10 Honda 8,337 2.3% -0.8
11 Mazda 7,225 2.0% -9.5
12 Chrysler 5,097 1.4% 26.7
13 Suzuki 4,946 1.4% 31.5
14 Land Rover 4,351 1.2% 19.8
15 Volvo 3,048 0.8% 19.9
16 Tata 2,954 0.8% 26.2
17 Peugeot 2,546 0.7% 17.3
18 Mitsubishi 2,397 0.7% 27.2
19 Fiat 2,031 0.6% 10.4
20 MINI 1,783 0.5% 17.1
21 Citroen 1,600 0.4% 186.7
22 Subaru 1,420 0.4% 41.3
23 Lexus 1,393 0.4% 36.7
24 Porsche 693 0.2% 35.1
25 Jaguar 566 0.2% -9.6
Other Brands 82,177 22.8% share.
Total Sales 360,150 39.5% increase.

Summary: If you add light commercial vehicles, Toyota are comfortably top, but for passenger cars, they are no longer so.

Source: Naamsa.

26 January 2011

Car Sales Ukraine: 2010


The Ukrainian car market exploded over the decade just past. In 2001, 70,000 units were sold but by 2008, that figure had reached over 620,000! Unfortunately bubbles tend to burst and so did this one, with a –74% decrease in 2009. 2010 recovered a measly 4.5% of that but at least a move in the right direction.

Lada is the best seller here but fell to possibly its lowest ever market share of 15.3% in 2010. Second placed ZAZ make renamed GM Korean cars it seems, and have a solid following for them. European brands are not that popular here, but Chinese ones are making a mark. There isn’t a premium brand in the top 20 you may also have noticed.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 28:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Lada 25,908 15.3% -20.2
2 ZAZ 14,966 8.8% 59.6
3 Hyundai 14,643 8.6% 10.9
4 Toyota 10,685 6.3% 24.8
5 Chevrolet 8,994 5.3% -4.1
6 Chery 8,533 5.0% 0.6
7 Mitsubishi 8,317 4.9% 11.9
8 Renault 8,157 4.8% 132.3
9 Skoda 7,916 4.7% 19.0
10 Ford 7,679 4.5% 129.3
11 Kia 7,445 4.4% -7.4
12 Nissan 5,778 3.4% -2.3
13 VW 5,013 3.0% 7.4
14 Geely 4,249 2.5% -9.0
15 Honda 3,818 2.3% -24.2
16 Daewoo 3,240 1.9% -33.1
17 Mazda 2,951 1.7% -11.3
18 Ssangyong 2,682 1.6% 108.1
19 Lexus 2,240 1.3% 72.8
20 Subaru 1,942 1.1% -0.7
21 Mercedes 1,875 1.1% 33.8
22 Suzuki 1,872 1.1% -35.0
23 BMW/Mini 1,427 0.8% 71.3
24 Peugeot 1,281 0.8% 120.5
25 Audi 999 0.6% 47.1
26 Opel 893 0.5% -61.8
27 Fiat 821 0.5% 47.1
28 Land Rover 703 0.4% 160.4
Other Brands 4,513 2.7% market share
Total Sales 4.5% increase

Summary: Hopefully any future growth in sales is more sustainable.

Source: Ukrautoprom

Car Sales Mexico: 2010


Total car sales may have been up 8.7% in 2010, but that only made it the second worst year of the century. In other words, the market is still quite depressed. An unusual feature of Mexico is that there are not many brands and many of the makes listed only came on board over the last decade.

In 2009, Nissan took the lead from long time leader GM, and not only held it for 2010, but increased the margin between them. Nothing much changed on the list from last year to report on.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Nissan 189,518 23.1 21.3
2 GM 155,590 19.0% 12.4
3 VW 110,332 13.4% 13.2
4 Ford 86,735 10.6% -2.2
5 Chrysler 78,574 9.6 -4.6
6 Toyota 46,769 5.7% -10.0
7 Honda 37,990 4.6% 7.8
8 Mazda 25,116 3.1% 32.8
9 Renault 18,046 2.2% 56.9
10 Seat 13,380 1.6% -14.1
11 Mitsubishi 12,533 1.5 -12.5
12 Suzuki 7,932 1.0% 11.8
13 Peugeot 6,194 0.8% -14.5
14 Mercedes 6,205 0.8 16.2
15 BMW 5,732 0.7% 3.7
16 Audi 5,490 0.7% 12.7
17 Fiat 2,502 0.3% -28.7
18 Lincoln 2,690 0.3% 13.2
19 MINI 2,093 0.3% 17.2
20 Acura 1,876 0.2% -3.4
Otros Marcas 5,109 0.6%
Ventas Totales 820,406 8.7% increase.

Summary: A predictable market.

Source: AMIA

25 January 2011

Car Sales Switzerland: 2010


The total sales in Switzerland for cars were the best since 2002 and perennial leader VW achieved its best market share since ’01. The Swiss prefer to buy European cars, the one exception was Toyota. However, that brand has fallen from 3rd in 2007 to its current 9th.
Mercedes fell out of the top 10 for the first time this century, Nissan moved up five places in the past year and Dacia improved seven.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 33,839 11.5% 14.8
2 Renault 17,046 5.8% 13.2
3 Audi 16,910 5.7% 0.7
4 Opel 16,305 5.5% 15.7
5 BMW 16,079 5.5% 12.3
6 Ford 15,967 5.4% 9.9
7 Peugeot 15,019 5.1% 27.2
8 Skoda 14,388 4.9% 23.9
9 Toyota 13,735 4.7% -1.6
10 Citroen 13,232 4.5% 15.5
11 Mercedes 12,198 4.1% 4.2
12 Fiat 11,108 3.8% -2.8
13 Subaru 8,376 2.8% -0.4
14 Nissan 7,902 2.7% 33.5
15 Mazda 7,882 2.7% -4.0
16 Seat 7,788 2.6% 22.1
17 Suzuki 7,391 2.5% 9.1
18 Honda 7,068 2.4% -14.7
19 Volvo 6,973 2.4% -2.2
20 Hyundai 6,249 2.1% 8.5
21 Dacia 4,966 1.7% 128.1
22 Mitsubishi 4,660 1.6% 23.1
23 Alfa Romeo 3901 1.3% 24.4
24 MINI 3,791 1.3% 3.9
25 Kia 3,322 1.1% 14.9
Diverse Marken 18,144 6.2%
Gesamt-Total 294,239 10.6% increase.

Summary: Car sales are buoyant in this Alpine confederation.

Source: auto-schweiz

Car Sales Chile: 2010


Car sales in Chile were very good for '10, up a whopping 63% on last year and easily the best year of the preceding decade. GM is always top and increased it's share for the year just passed. (Pictured above are Chinese made Chevy's heading to Chile). Renault's Korean brand Samsumg has moved up from 18th to 8th since 2008, which surprises. Chinese brands are making good progress too. On the other hand European brands which are often strong in Latin America, struggle to make an impact.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 GM 41,735 19.7% 75.4
2 Hyundai 29,270 13.8% 39.2
3 Kia 21,768 10.3% 40.0
4 Toyota 18,636 8.8% 85.9
5 Suzuki 18,139 8.5% 67.7
6 Nissan 17,039 8.0% 94.2
7 Mazda 7,306 3.4% 68.7
8 Samsung 6,220 2.9% 120.3
9 Chrysler 5,420 2.6% 48.1
10 Subaru 4,409 2.1% 43.6
11 Peugeot 3,800 1.8% 71.9
12 Chery 3,643 1.7% 76.2
13 Ford 3,596 1.7% 69.1
14 Mitsubishi 3,160 1.5% 37.4
15 VW 2,945 1.4% 60.0
16 Honda 2,650 1.2% 43.6
17 Renault 2,246 1.1% 67.7
18 Citroen 2,085 1.0% 49.1
19 BMW 1,969 0.9% 126.8
20 Great Wall 1,759 0.8% 125.2
21 Audi 1,717 0.8% 75.4
22 Mercedes 1,673 0.8% 86.1
23 Ssangyong 1,504 0.7% 31.2
24 JAC 1,407 0.7% 291.9
25 BYD 1,300 0.6% 217.1
Otros Marcas 6,940 3.3%
Ventas Totales 212,336 62.8% increase.

Summary: A booming car market, especially for Asian brands.

Fuente: ANAC

24 January 2011

Car Sales Austria: 2010


VW had nearly 20% of the Austrian car market in 2001, now fewer than 17%, but it still is easily the most popular brand. GM’s Opel, always the bridesmaid at #2, can’t get near it. Hyundai moved up the rankings four places, while Toyota’s slide continued. It has fallen from 7th to 16th in three years. With no Japanese makes in the top thirteen places, it’s a market for European brands.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 55,041 16.8% 7.3
2 Opel 26,332 8.0% 15.8
3 Ford 19,832 6.0% -10.1
4 Skoda 18,708 5.7% 8.1
5 Audi 17,948 5.5% -1.5
6 Renault 16,129 4.9% 2.9
7 Fiat 15,981 4.9% -2.8
8 Hyundai 15,745 4.8% 29.6
9 Peugeot 15,228 4.6% -2.1
10 Seat 14,133 4.3% -1.4
11 BMW 13,673 4.2% 12.6
12 Citroen 13,645 4.2% 2.0
13 Mercedes 11,207 3.4% 4.8
14 Mazda 11,064 3.4% -16.3
15 Kia 9,532 2.9% 6.5
16 Toyota 9,040 2.8% -21.8
17 Suzuki 7,476 2.3% -9.9
18 Nissan 5,672 1.7% 12.1
19 Dacia 5,614 1.7% 28.9
20 Chev/Dae 3,948 1.2% 15.1
21 Mitsubishi 3,777 1.1% 42.5
22 Volvo 3,097 0.9% -5.7
23 Honda 2,787 0.8% -25.3
24 Alfa Romeo 2,735 0.8% 2.2
25 MINI 1,916 0.6% 26.5
Other Brands 8,303 2.5%
Total Market 328,563 2.9% increase.

Summary: Definitely a Germanic leaning in Austria.

Source: KFZ Wirtschaft

23 January 2011

Car Sales Slovakia: 2010


The Slovakian car market held up pretty well over the economic downturn, however, it may have caught up with the country in 2010 as sales fell 21.5%. Leading brand Skoda only fell 10%, so increased market share from 16.7% to 19.2%. Second place Renault had a year to forget, while VW jumped three places to third. Inexpensive makes Chevrolet and Dacia both dropped substantially but it was a good year for premium marques.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Skoda 13,631 19.2% -10.0
2 Renault 5,012 7.1% -48.4
3 VW 4,926 6.9% -12.2
4 Peugeot 4,742 6.7% -32.4
5 Kia 4,373 6.2% -31.1
6 Citroen 4,329 6.1% -30.4
7 Hyundai 3,370 4.7% -13.0
8 Fiat 3,053 4.3% -30.0
9 Toyota 2,930 4.1% -36.6
10 Ford 2,913 4.1% -16.9
11 Suzuki 2,883 4.1% -21.6
12 Opel 2,669 3.8% -5.0
13 BMW 2,150 3.0% 38.3
14 Mercedes 1,949 2.7% 2.1
15 Seat 1,704 2.4% -17.9
16 Audi 1,569 2.2% 6.3
17 Nissan 1,544 2.2% 2.6
18 Chevrolet 1,222 1.7% -41.4
19 Dacia 1,222 1.7% -50.8
20 Honda 969 1.4% -0.7
Other brands 3,791 5.3%
Total Sales 70,951 –21.5%

Summary: Skoda may be based across the border in the Czech Republic, but the Slovaks love them too.

Source: ZAP

Car Sales Japan: 2010


Car sales were quite good in the land of the rising sun. Toyota’s sales increased at twice the market rate, helped in part by government initiatives. Lexus did well too, and is now the best selling premium brand in Japan. Mazda and Mitsubishi had quite a good year too but as minnow brands, they hardly created a splash. Likewise, overseas brands have a very small share of the market, and therefore little impact. As far as the poor sales for foreign brands, either Japanese people are extremely loyal or the government has subtly orchestrated it. The truth probably includes both factors.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 1,415,000 33.6% 14.3
2 Honda 600,000 14.2% 0.6
3 Nissan 565,000 13.4% 8.7
4 Suzuki 485,000 11.5% -0.4
5 Daihatsu 475,000 11.3% 0.5
6 Mazda 195,000 4.6% 11.4
7 Mitsubishi 130,000 3.1% 10.8
8 Subaru 123,000 2.9% 2.5
9 VW 46700 1.1% 23.1
10 Lexus 33,400 0.8% 18.5
11 BMW 32,600 0.8% 11.7
12 Mercedes 30,900 0.7% 7.6
13 Audi 16,850 0.4% 4.2
14 MINI 11,350 0.3% 3.1
15 Volvo 7,775 0.2% 25.0
16 Peugeot 6,000 0.1% 37.9
17 Fiat 5,550 0.1% 28.0
18 Chrysler 3,350 0.1% 13.1
19 Porsche 3,350 0.1% 3.8
20 Renault 2,550 0.1% 44.5
21 Ford 2,500 0.1% -0.7
22 Citroen 2,400 0.1% 71.9
23 Alfa Romeo 1,800 0.0% -20.5
24 GM 1,650 0.0% -3.5
25 Jaguar 1.150 0.0% -9.5
Other Brands 42,000 1.0%
Total Sales 4,200,000 7.4% increase

Summary: A market biased toward local product if ever I saw one.
(I don’t know what constitutes much of the ‘other’ figure).

Source imported figures: JAIA

22 January 2011

Car Sales Turkey: 2010


The Turkish market had its best year all decade for car sales, so things are buoyant economically there. Renault took back its top spot from Hyundai, which fell to third behind Ford. Dacia climbed five places, while Mazda dropped four. Chinese brands are settling in, but Chery's sales drop in a strong market shows making progress into the top tier will take time.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Renault 75,834 14.9% 28.5
2 Ford 55,212 10.8% 65.0
3 Hyundai 47,572 9.3% -21.6
4 Fiat 45,220 8.9% 52.8
5 VW 39,822 7.8% 48.9
6 Opel 39,768 7.8% 75.3
7 Toyota 38,519 7.6% 62.0
8 Peugeot 18,851 3.7% 36.8
9 Chevrolet 18,061 3.5% 73.5
10 Honda 16,259 3.2% 0.4
11 Dacia 13,230 2.6% 125.3
12 Mercedes 12,300 2.4% 26.8
13 BMW 12,034 2.4% 78.8
14 Citroen 11,462 2.2% 73.0
15 Nissan 11,299 2.2% 89.9
16 Audi 9,656 1.9% 54.5
17 Kia 8,934 1.8% 65.4
18 Skoda 6,332 1.2% 86.2
19 Seat 5,113 1.0% 99.1
20 Volvo 3,276 0.6% 44.3
21 Chery 2,320 0.5% -1.7
22 Land Rover 2,315 0.5% 40.5
23 Mazda 2,253 0.4% -14.5
24 Mitsubishi 2,144 0.4% 53.1
25 Geely 1,995 0.4% 60.8
Other Makes: 10,003 2.0%
Total Sales 509,784 37.4% increase.

Summary: Turkey is on a roll.

Source: ODD

Car Sales Europe: 2010


Sales for Europe (minus Russia) were the lowest level all decade. With the largest market - Germany - down nearly a quarter you could expect a poor year. VW who enjoyed its 6th consecutive year top, did well to take a small market share fall with the low sales in its home market. BMW moved up two places, Dacia and Volvo three, while Toyota fell three and out of the top ten for the first time in at least a decade. With Suzuki, Honda and Mazda all losing share, it wasn't a good year for Japanese brands overall. Fiat had a poor 2010, while Land Rover had the largest increase on the list.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 28:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 1,541,279 11.2% -6.6
2 Renault 1,147,486 8.3% 4.5
3 Ford 1,109,588 8.0% -13.6
4 Opel 1,006,832 7.3% -5.4
5 Peugeot 1,005,916 7.3% 1.1
6 Citroen 838,147 6.1% -3.7
7 Fiat 825,376 6.0% -18.8
8 Audi 623,536 4.5% 1.8
9 BMW 609,196 4.4% 6.5
10 Mercedes 586,146 4.3% -1.2
11 Toyota 582,457 4.2% -18.0
12 Skoda 468,034 3.4% -2.8
13 Nissan 402,654 2.9% 9.8
14 Hyundai 358,284 2.6% 4.8
15 Seat 301,931 2.2% -4.7
16 Dacia 262,777 1.9% 10.5
17 Kia 262,627 1.9% 4.1
18 Volvo 230,307 1.7% 13.6
19 Suzuki 195,458 1.4% -21.9
20 Honda 187,408 1.4% -23.4
21 Mazda 182,684 1.3% -13.5
22 Chevrolet 178,730 1.3% -6.3
23 MINI 141,183 1.0% 3.8
24 Alfa Romeo 110,128 0.8% -0.4
25 Mitsubishi 107,347 0.8% 9.3
26 Lancia 99,376 0.7% -18.2
27 smart 82,946 0.6% -13.7
28 Land Rover 66,983 0.5% 18.4
Other Brands 270,882 2.0%
Total Sales 13,785,698 4.8% decrease.

Summary: It should be a better year in 2011 as Germany improves.

Source: ACEA

21 January 2011

Car Sales Ireland: 2010


In Eire 2010 may have been up a massive 53.8%, but it was still an eye watering 100,000 sales below 2007. Nearly 2% of all sales are private imports, I presume from the UK. Ford and Toyota have had a dogfight over top spot all decade and for the last two years Ford has come out on top. Both lost share for the year while VW closed in so 2011 could be interesting. Renault had a monstrous increase but only jumped two places.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

1 Ford 11,215 12.7% 38.1
2 Toyota 10,660 12.1% 40.2
3 VW 10,301 11.7% 66.8
4 Renault 9,746 11.0% 303.7
5 Opel 6,603 7.5% 63.2
6 Nissan 5,494 6.2% 17.3
7 Skoda 4,915 5.6% 105.6
8 Hyundai 2,959 3.3% 77.7
9 Peugeot 2,924 3.3% 65.6
10 Audi 2,723 3.1% 14.0
11 Kia 2,567 2.9% 69.1
12 BMW 2,493 2.8% 77.4
13 Mazda 2,243 2.5% 33.4
14 Mercedes 2,059 2.3% 50.3
15 Seat 1,642 1.9% 138.0
16 Private Imports 1,603 1.8% n/a
17 Fiat 1,507 1.7% 83.8
18 Honda 1,183 1.3% 5.6
19 Citroen 1,063 1.2% 29.8
20 Volvo 919 1.0% 20.6
Other Brands 3,554 4.0%
Total Sales 88,373 53.8% increase

Summary: A dismal economic cloud hags over the Emerald Isle.

Source: SIMI

Car Sales Brazil: 2010


Recession? What recession? Sales are booming in Brazil, with double-digit increases year after year. Getting sales figures by brand for Brazil is difficult, because there is no one body that collates the sales data. An organisation will do some brands and not others. When there is overlap, the sales don't usually quite tally, which makes it frustrating.

From what I have been able to glean, Fiat came first in 2010 but with a reduced market share. Renault is doing well, although most of the sales are rebadged Dacias. Chinese brands are starting to impact too, such as Hafei and Chery.

Because imported cars are taxed quite heavily, the market is dominated by locally made models. Those makes that rely on imported cars only sell in low numbers.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Fiat 760,000 22.8% 3.2
2 VW 697,000 20.9% 1.9
3 GM 658,000 19.8% 10.4
4 Ford 336,000 10.1% 10.6
5 Renault 160,000 4.8% 36.4
6 Honda 126,000 3.8% 0.5
7 Hyundai 106,000 3.2% 49.2
8 Toyota 100,000 3.0% 6.5
9 Peugeot 90,000 2.7% 10.3
10 Citroen 84,000 2.5% 21.3
11 Kia 54,000 1.6% 125.6
12 Mitsubishi 45,000 1.3% 18.9
13 Nissan 36,000 1.1% 54.5
14 Mercedes 13,000 0.4% 28.9
15 BMW 8,500 0.3% 33.1
16 Hafei 8,200 0.2% 553.8
17 Chery 7,000 0.2% n/a
18 Land Rover 5,200 0.2% 64.9
19 Suzuki 4,600 0.1% 51.6
20 Chrysler 4,500 0.1% 4.5
Outras Empresas 24,500 0.7%
Total Vendas 3,330,000 10.6% increase.

Summary: A booming market that just keeps growing.

Sources: fenabrave, anfavea, abeiva.

20 January 2011

Car Sales MINI: 2010


When BMW launched a pricey and rather large MINi on the world in 2001, their target of 100,000 sales looked optimistic. 2010 witnessed 234,175 MINIs find new homes around the world, the highest yet and just eclipsing the 2008 record by about 2,000 units. Of course, without the new countryman coming on stream in late 2010, the new sales record would not have been set, but a meritorious result nevertheless.
China had a massive 141% growth, Korea did well too with +56% and Brazil +63%. (The Brazil figure below is maybe 95% right).
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

09/10
1 USA 45,650 19.5% 0.9
2 UK 43,900 18.7% 10.1
3 Germany 31,500 13.4% -6.0
4 Italy 18,000 7.7% 2.8
5 France 18,000 7.7% 1.4
6 Japan 11,350 4.8% 3.1
7 China 10,500 4.5% 140.6
8 Spain 8,700 3.7% 4.4
9 Belgium 6,300 2.7% 15.5
10 Canada 4,500 1.9% 5.9
11 Switzerland 3,800 1.6% 3.9
12 Netherlands 3,000 1.3% 12.7
13 Australia 2,275 1.0% 11.7
14 Korea 2,200 0.9% 56.4
15 Mexico 2,100 0.9% 17.2
16 Austria 1,900 0.8% 26.5
17 RSA 1,800 0.8% 17.1
18 Brazil 1,675 0.7% 63.4
19 Portugal 1,625 0.7% 34.1
20 Greece 900 0.4% -29.1
21 Russia 750 0.3% 9.5
22 Sweden 750 0.3% 7.8
23 Turkey 700 0.3% 21.2
24 Luxembourg 620 0.3% 12.5
25 Denmark 500 0.2% 88.0
Other Countries 11,000 4.7%
Total Sales 234,000 8.1% increase.

Summary: The MINI has always been a winner, and nothing has changed in 2010.

Car/LCV Sales Australia: 2010

Vehicle sales in Australia were strong for 2010 in the 'Land Down Under'. The economic woes of other nations passed largely unnoticed. Toyota took the lead in 2003 and now has a very large buffer back to GM's Holden brand. Third placed Ford is at its lowest point since before my time. The Falcon model isn't doing it anymore for the blue oval brand as big car sales are hurting. European marques struggle to make an impact, although VW is desperately trying to change that.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 214,400 21.3% 6.8
2 Holden 133,000 13.2% 11.2
3 Ford 95,300 9.5% -1.3
4 Mazda 84,800 8.4% 9.1
5 Hyundai 80,000 7.9% 26.6
6 Nissan 62,700 6.2% 18.5
7 Mitsubishi 62,500 6.2% 9.6
8 Honda 40,400 4.0% -2.6
9 Subaru 40,000 4.0% 9.6
10 VW 37,200 3.7% 25.4
11 Suzuki 24,800 2.5% 22.1
12 Kia 23,800 2.4% 22.9
13 Mercedes 19,400 1.9% 18.7
14 BMW 18,000 1.8% 5.2
15 Audi 12,900 1.3% 14.1
16 Chrysler 9,350 0.9% 10.8
17 Great Wall 6,700 0.7% 250.8
18 Lexus 6,500 0.6% 11.8
19 Peugeot 5,650 0.6% -1.7
20 Isuzu 5,100 0.5% 43.4
21 Volvo 4,950 0.5% 5.9
22 Land Rover 4,800 0.5% 25.6
23 MINI 2,250 0.2% 11.7
24 Proton 1,900 0.2% 16.1
25 Renault 1,800 0.2% -21.9
Other Brands 8,900 0.9%
Total Sales 1,000,000 10.7 increase.

Summary: Expect another strong year for 2011.

19 January 2011

Car Sales New Zealand: 2010


Toyota has been the top selling passenger car brand in NZ since 2002. The marque improved its share for 2010 and the distance with second placed Ford. As for Ford, it is at its lowest market share for a long time. Mitsubishi gained three places, Land Rover climbed five, while Honda continued its slide by dropping another two places.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 12,430 20.0% 16.2
2 Ford 6,790 10.9% 8.7
3 Holden 6,445 10.4% 22.8
4 Mazda 5,298 8.5% 12.1
5 Hyundai 5,241 8.4% 12.7
6 Suzuki 4,411 7.1% 22.1
7 Mitsubishi 2,920 4.7% 45.1
8 Nissan 2,887 4.7% 7.6
9 Honda 2,373 3.8% -14.4
10 Kia 2,127 3.4% 1.2
11 VW 1,992 3.2% 20.8
12 Subaru 1,925 3.1% 28.9
13 Audi 1,281 2.1% 22.3
14 BMW 1,135 1.8% 15.1
15 Mercedes 824 1.3% -3.9
16 Peugeot 691 1.1% 4.4
17 Chrysler 643 1.0% 18.2
18 Lexus 403 0.6% 4.7
19 Land Rover 323 0.5% 107.1
20 MINI 260 0.4% 15.0
Other Brands 1,630 2.6%
Total Sales 62,029 14.0% increase.

The top five models were:
Toyota Corolla 4,890
Suzuki Swift 2,724
Holden Commodore 2,564
Ford Falcon 2,407
Mazda 3 2,231

Summary: It seems Toyota's stranglehold on the market will continue.

Source: MTA

18 January 2011

Car Sales Nissan Europe: 2010


Nissan Europe is having a good time of it. Sales for the region were 555,000, a 13% increase in a market that was sightly down (-0,5%). Therefore, market share was up .3% to 3.1% as compared with 2009.

Markets:

1 UK 96,419 14%
2 Russia 84,288 22%
3 Germany 61,250 -4%
4 Italy 60,820 2%
5 France 59,850 24%
6 Spain 48,535 20%
7 Belgium/Lux 19,246 23%
8 Poland 13,507 10%
9 Holland 13,252 27%
10 Portugal 9,146 57%

Models:

Qashqai 235,462
Micra 72,504
Note 51,037
Pixo 35,381
X-Trail 24,486

It is obvious from those figures that the Qashqai (known as Dualis in some places) is a massive success, but maybe Nissan Europe is too reliant on one model. The new Juke has arrived and in December 6,689 units were sold. Compare that with nearly 20,000 Qashqais and it still has a way to go. The Juke is unusually styled and may take time to be more accepted. Often radical style takes time to be accepted to a largely conservative public. I personally like its 'out there' look.

Summary: Nissan is proving very successful in Europe, thanks especially to the Qashqai and surely the Juke now too.


Source: Nissan Europe.

17 January 2011

Car Sales Jaguar: 2010


Jaguar people are modest when it comes to crowing about their success. They are doing well but it isn't that easy to find out about it. I have only just found out the figure for China (26.01.11). How many Jaguars were sold in India for 2010? Who knows but it wouldn't be big as the brand is only being established there, but probably good enough to publicise.
Anyway, sales were up by my reckoning 2.6%, despite losing the X-Type as stocks ran out during the year. The biggest increases were in China (+43%) Netherlands (+45%) and Singapore (+56%).
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. For sales by market for the top 20:


1 UK 16,400 30.5% -10.0
2 USA 13,350 24.8% 11.6
3 Germany 3,200 5.9% 8.8
4 China 2,650 5.6% 43.2
5 Italy 1,600 3.0% -10.5
6 Japan 1,150 2.1% -9.5
7 France 1,125 2.1% -3.6
8 Spain 1,100 2.0% -3.1
9 Belgium 1,080 2.0% -0.4
10 Australia 870 1.6% -14.3
11 Russia 860 1.6% -8.0
12 Canada 760 1.4% -6.1
13 Korea 725 1.3% 28.7
14 Switzerland 610 1.1% -16.6
15 South Africa 570 1.1% -9.6
16 Holland 430 0.8% 44.7
17 Austria 370 0.7% -7.0
18 Singapore 340 0.6% 56.2
19 Portugal 260 0.5% 32.3
20 India 250 0.5% 212.5%
21 Morocco 231 0.4% 148.4%
22 Sweden 220 0.4% 11.9
23 Ireland 214 0.4% 9.7%
24 Turkey 213 0.4% -19.0%
25 Lebanon 188 0.3% -3.6%

Other Countries 5,140 9.5%
Total Sales 53,860 2.6% increase.

Summary: Jaguar had a fine year with a great line up of cars. They now need a wider range of vehicles, as they well know.

Car Sales Israel: 2010


Mazda entered the Israeli market in 1992 and by 1996 was the largest selling brand. It has remained there ever since. Now I have owned Mazdas and they are reasonably good cars, but their success there is amazing. I've heard it said they dominate the leasing market in Israel. Whatever the reason, it's the only market that I know where the make is top. The downside for Mazda is that it only grew 1% for 2010, in a market that expanded just over 25%. Number two Hyundai increased 50% to literally be breathing down Mazda's neck. By extrapolating those figures, you would have to expect a change for 2011.

Suzuki moved up five places but Kia trumped that with eight. Honda, Nissan and Subaru all had sizable falls in ranking. US brand all did poorly for 2010. As for the total market, vehicle sales for the year were strong.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Mazda 31,819 14.7% 1.0
2 Hyundai 30,453 14.1% 50.0
3 Toyota 22,289 10.3% 21.1
4 Suzuki 12,218 5.6% 94.6
5 VW 11,514 5.3% 53.9
6 GM US 11,049 5.1% -8.2
7 Ford 10,263 4.7% -11.2
8 Kia 9,513 4.4% 125.7
9 Mitsubishi 8,432 3.9% 69.7
10 Honda 8,275 3.8% 5.0
11 Renault 8,019 3.7% 54.3
12 Skoda 7,491 3.5% 50.4
13 Nissan 6,784 3.1% -2.9
14 Citroen 6,250 2.9% 4.1
15 Peugeot 6,063 2.8% 36.9
16 Daihatsu 4,956 2.3% 52.5
17 Subaru 4,681 2.2% -15.9
18 Fiat 3,191 1.5% 56.3
19 Seat 3,049 1.4% 167.7
20 Isuzu 1,757 0.8% 37.2
Other Brands 8,364 3.9%
Total Sales: 216,340 25.3% increase.

Summary: A strong car market exists in Israel.

Source: Vehicle Importers Assn.

16 January 2011

Car Sales Greece: 2010



To say that Greece is in big economic trouble is like saying the pope is a Catholic. Car sales in 2010 were about half of what they have been through most of the previous decade. There is no improvement in sight either.

Toyota retained its top spot without bother from VW. Citroen, Renault and Chevrolet all moved up the rankings with haste, while German premium marque's sales fell precipitously. Perhaps luxury isn't a good look at the moment in Greece.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 16,716 11.8 -20.4
2 Opel 13,003 9.2 -24.6
3 VW 12,936 9.1 -31.0
4 Ford 10,165 7.2 -34.7
5 Hyundai 9,432 6.7 -21.8
6 Fiat 9,246 6.5 -18.6
7 Skoda 7,420 5.2 -15.5
8 Nissan 6,732 4.8 -43.2
9 Suzuki 6,466 4.6 -49.2
10 Citroen 6,137 4.3 11.1
11 Peugeot 5,066 3.6 -33.8
12 Seat 3,799 2.7 -43.2
13 Mercedes 3,149 2.2 -64.2
14 Audi 3,141 2.2 -60.3
15 Renault 3,083 2.2 -19.9
16 Chevrolet 2,986 2.1 -6.6
17 BMW 2,870 2.0 -55.9
18 Honda 2,497 1.8 -56.2
19 Kia 2,418 1.7 -53.8
20 smart 2,001 1.4 -36.3
Other Brands 12,236 8.6%
Total Sales 141,499 35.8% decrease.

Summary: It's bad and going to get worse.

Source: AMVIR

Car/LCV Sales Czech Rep: 2010


Sales for 2010 were the same as last year, and up on average sales for the decade, so the economy in the Republic must be quite good. The big brand is always Skoda and the marque even increased market share for the year, now nearly 30%. Not many markets have such dominance from one make but obviously the Czechs like to support their car maker. Conversely, Japanese brands are not popular here.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Skoda 53,534 29.6% 6.0
2 Ford 16,190 9.0% -12.6
3 VW 14,356 7.9% 0.9
4 Renault 13,462 7.4% 9.3
5 Hyundai 10,191 5.6% 17.4
6 Peugeot 8,186 4.5% -1.1
7 Kia 8004 4.4% 5.3
8 Citroen 7,351 4.1% -13.8
9 Fiat 5,619 3.1% 1.0
10 Toyota 4,992 2.8% -0.7
11 Mercedes 3,743 2.1% -1.8
12 Opel 3,653 2.0% -12.0
13 Dacia 3,611 2.0% 33.0
14 Audi 3,242 1.8% 0.0
15 BMW 3,061 1.7% 4.2
16 Chevrolet 2,891 1.6% -31.9
17 Suzuki 2,800 1.5% -20.3
18 Seat 2,761 1.5% 19.7
19 Nissan 2,135 1.2% -19.0
20 Honda 1,956 1.1% -28.9
Others 9,074 5.0%
Total 180,812 -0.2% decrease.

Summary: Overall a very predictable car market.

Source: SDA

15 January 2011

Car/LCV Sales Russia: 2010


Some details of the Russian car market: Lada had 76% of the Russian market in 2001. That slid to 21.5% in 2008, but has now come back to 27%. It is still the dominant brand in the country however, just not as much so. Kia has climbed ten places in rank in the last two years to 3rd, while Mitsubishi has fallen six to 14th in the same period. As for Honda, well they have slumped from 12th to 23rd in just two years!!! Virtually all of Renault's sales in Russia are in fact Dacias.

The market as a whole fell 1.5 million unit sales from '08 to '09, but then rebounded half a million for '10, so total sales are volatile to say the least! The economy seems to be settling down now so a solid 2011 beckons.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Lada 517,147 27.1% 48.0
2 Chevolet 116,233 6.1% 11.3
3 Kia 104,235 5.5% 48.7
4 Renault 96,466 5.0% 33.5
5 Ford 90,166 4.7% 9.8
6 Hyundai 87,081 4.6% 16.7
7 Nissan 79,614 4.2% 24.0
8 Toyota 79,315 4.2% 15.4
9 GAZ 76,646 4.0% 31.7
10 Daewoo 74,419 3.9% 44.7
11 VW 66,216 3.5% 46.7
12 UAZ 49,043 2.6% 41.5
13 Skoda 45,631 2.4% 38.3
14 Mitsubishi 45,538 2.4% 10.1
15 Opel 40,875 2.1% 19.2
16 Peugeot 35,734 1.9% 20.1
17 Suzuki 28,690 1.5% 13.2
18 Mazda 24,926 1.3% -18.7
19 Fiat 21,943 1.1% 21.2
20 Mercedes 21,848 1.1% 62.6
21 BMW 20,584 1.1% 25.9
22 Audi 18,510 1.0% 23.3
23 Honda 18,159 1.0% -21.8
24 ZAZ/Chance 17,541 0.9% 138.8
25 Citroen 17,419 0.9% 40.6
26 Ssangyong 12,526 0.7% 38.9
27 Lexus 10,981 0.6% 71.6
28 Volvo 10,650 0.6% 54.5
29 Vortex 10,100 0.5% 70.6
30 Land Rover 9,970 0.5% 7.5
Other Brands 62,367 3.3%
Total Market 1,910,573 30.3% increase.

Summary: Things are looking positive for the car industry in 2011 in Russia.

Source: AEB

Car Sales Luxembourg: 2010


Car sales in the Grand-Duché de Luxembourg were about average compared to the last decade. Renault used to be top dog but of late, that has been the preserve of VW. Premium brands do well here so I assume the inhabitants are quite well heeled. Generally nothing too dramatic occurs here on the sales chart, although Dacia did move up four places and Ford dropped a couple. The top Japanese brand comes in at 15th, and I cannot think of such a poor showing for that country's brands anywhere else.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 6,682 13.4% 1.9
2 Renault 5,048 10.2% 7.6
3 Audi 4,459 9.0% -1.7
4 BMW 4,250 8.5% 18.3
5 Peugeot 3,736 7.5% 17.9
6 Mercedes 3,018 6.1% 10.8
7 Ford 2,922 5.9% -12.0
8 Citroen 2,904 5.8% 12.0
9 Hyundai 2,661 5.4% 21.8
10 Opel 1,787 3.6% -10.2
11 Skoda 1,619 3.3% 4.4
12 Seat 1,248 2.5% 0.0
13 Fiat 1,208 2.4% 5.2
14 Volvo 1,002 2.0% 12.3
15 Toyota 939 1.9% -20.4
16 Nissan 893 1.8% 7.9
17 Alfa Romeo 826 1.7% 9.8
18 MINI 620 1.2% 12.5
19 Dacia 502 1.0% 81.2
20 Suzuki 439 0.9% -22.8
Autre Marques 2,963 6.0%
Ventes Totales 49,726 5.2% increase.

Summary: A stable country economically and the same for the car market.

Source: Statistiques Luxembourg

14 January 2011

Car Sales Croatia: 2010



Opel is top dog here and it was so again in 2010, even increasing the lead slightly in the course of the year. Chevrolet jumped from 8th to 4th, and Dacia from 19th to 14th. Negatively, Fiat fell from 14th to 20th and Honda from 16th to 21st. As for total sales, they were about half the decade average. In other words, the economy looks in poor shape. Premium brands do not sell that strongly.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Opel 4,700 12.2% -3.5
2 VW 4,250 11.0% -4.2
3 Renault 3,350 8.6% -16.9
4 Chevrolet 3,200 8.2% 53.6
5 Peugeot 2,750 7.1% -20.6
6 Skoda 2,300 6.0% -20.1
7 Hyundai 2,200 5.8% 17.4
8 Ford 2,150 5.6% -15.0
9 Citroen 1,900 4.9% -30.8
10 Kia 1,250 3.2% -14.0
11 Toyota 1,150 3.0% -36.2
12 Mazda 1,130 2.9% -26.8
13 Suzuki 1,100 2.9% -34.0
14 Dacia 1036 2.7% 18.0
15 Nissan 900 2.3% -24.7
16 Seat 825 2.1% -8.9
17 BMW 800 2.1% 3.4
18 Audi 775 2.0% -10.5
19 Mercedes 700 1.8% -20.0
20 Fiat 700 1.8% -48.2
Others 1,450 3.7%
Total 38,600 14.0 decrease.

Summary: The car market is in a very poor state in Croatia.

Car Sales Norway: 2010


The Norwegian car market has been dominated by Toyota for so long. Not anymore. VW has now well and truly established itself on top of the pile in the land of the midnight sun. Skoda has been steadily improving over the years while GM Opel has been steadily doing quite the opposite. Renault no longer even makes the top 20! The overall sales were the second best of the decade, so quite strong.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 19,200 15.0% 34.4
2 Toyota 16,900 13.2% 15.6
3 Ford 11,800 9.3% 20.8
4 Volvo 10,500 8.2% 42.9
5 Peugeot 7,200 5.6% 62.7
6 Skoda 6,800 5.3% 60.6
7 Audi 6,700 5.2% 22.6
8 BMW 5,700 4.4% 26.9
9 Nissan 5,000 3.9% 33.1
10 Mitsubishi 4,700 3.7% 83.9
11 Mercedes 4,550 3.6% 20.8
12 Hyundai 4,200 3.3% 34.6
13 Opel 4,180 3.3% 4.7
14 Citroen 3,400 2.7% 72.4
15 Subaru 3,150 2.5% 17.6
16 Mazda 2,800 2.2% -7.4
17 Suzuki 2,700 2.1% 46.7
18 Honda 2,600 2.0% -16.0
19 Kia 1,500 1.2% 138.8
20 Fiat 1,300 1.0% 30.8
Others 3,130 2.4%
Total 127,750 29.5% increase.

Summary: Clearly, Norwegian car buyers have definite tastes that are often different from the European norm.

13 January 2011

Car Sales Estonia: 2010


Total sales in this Baltic state were up on 2009, but well down on the years earlier in the decade. Toyota remained in top spot, as it has for several years now. Otherwise, there was quite some movement in rankings, as you would expect with a small market. Dacia jumped thirteen places while VW dropped from 3rd to 7th. Mazda was a strong marque here but has fallen away of late, dropping five places for this year. Subaru has done well in the decade, finally getting into the top ten. Premium brands are notable for their absence form the chart, with BMWs quite unpopular back on 22nd.
In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 1,300 12.6% 11.7
2 Renault 1,100 10.7% 15.2
3 Skoda 1,050 10.2% 67.6
4 Honda 650 6.4% -0.3
5 Peugeot 580 5.7% 103.8
6 Ford 580 5.7% 91.4
7 VW 575 5.6% -15.2
8 Subaru 495 4.8% 81.9
9 Citroen 485 4.7% 11.7
10 Nissan 450 4.4% 57.0
11 Hyundai 380 3.7% 96.4
12 Dacia 310 3.0% 347.8
13 Kia 305 2.9% 57.0
14 Opel 300 2.9% 52.6
15 Mazda 275 2.7% -1.4
Other Brands 1,460 14.2%
Total Sales 10,300 28.6% increase.

Summary: Toyota will remain top here for the foreseeable future.

Source: ARK

Car/LCV Sales Poland: 2010


Poland sales were good for 2010 and about average for the previous decade, so the market is quite strong. This is something many European markets would love to emulate. Skoda dethroned Fiat from its long time top spot, although that was achieved by Fiat's poor sales. Dacia improved five places and Seat lost four. These were momentous moves as on the whole Poland isn't a market for change in rank between brands. The top six makes didn't fare well overall.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Skoda 38,000 10.2% -0.9
2 Fiat 35,200 9.4% -16.0
3 VW 33,300 8.9% 2.5
4 Ford 30,900 8.3% 2.1
5 Opel 26,000 6.9% 10.5
6 Toyota 25,700 6.9% -10.9
7 Renault 23,700 6.3% 10.1
8 Peugeot 18,600 5.0% 12.7
9 Citroen 17,150 4.6% 30.9
10 Kia 16,600 4.4% 16.5
11 Hyundai 15,100 4.0% 19.8
12 Nissan 13,100 3.5% 8.5
13 Honda 10,900 2.9% -9.4
14 Mitsubishi 10,000 2.7% 11.0
15 Mercedes 7,300 2.0% -9.6
16 Suzuki 7,050 1.9% -9.8
17 Chevrolet 6,200 1.6% 8.3
18 Dacia 6,000 1.6% 117.3
19 BMW 5,850 1.6% 24.9
20 Volvo 5,000 1.3% 7.8
21 Audi 4,300 1.1% 7.1
22 Seat 4,250 1.1% -21.4
23 Mazda 3,750 1.0% 20.8
24 Subaru 1,900 0.5% 55.0
25 Alfa Romeo 1,275 0.3% 26.6
26 Tata 1,250 0.3% 5.7
27 Iveco 1,200 0.3% 10.7
28 Chrysler 900 0.2% -7.3
29 Land Rover 750 0.2% 51.0
30 Porsche 550 0.2% 76.6
Others 2,400 0.6%
Total 374,000 3.5% increase.

Summary: Poland seems to be riding the economic uncertainties well.

12 January 2011

Car Sales Germany: 2010


For 2010, the German car sales were a good third of a million down on recent figures, so this was another poor year at the dealer's forecourt. Perennial number one VW's sales were down nearly 200,000 on last year but about the same as years before that. The reason is that VW market share is usually in the high teens but the last two years over 20%.

Mercedes and BMW took back 2nd and 3rd respectively, which they lost in '09. Nissan, MINI, Volvo, Porsche, Land Rover and Jaguar all did well. Brands that rely on small, inexpensive cars did poorly as the ending of the scrappage scheme hurt them. The top seven brands, which are all basically German, took 66% of the market. Very parochial.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 613,808 21.0 -23.8
2 Mercedes 281,240 9.6 -0.5
3 BMW 235,252 8.1 4.8
4 Opel 233,498 8.0 -31.0
5 Audi 226,872 7.8 -3.4
6 Ford 198,156 6.8 -31.8
7 Skoda 132,150 4.5 -30.7
8 Renault 116,078 4.0 -19.0
9 Peugeot 84,242 2.9 -35.3
10 Fiat 78,190 2.7 -52.3
11 Toyota 76,657 2.6 -43.8
12 Hyundai 74,287 2.5 -18.7
13 Citroen 68,436 2.3 -32.5
14 Nissan 60,964 2.1 -8.3
15 Seat 50,449 1.7 -27.3
16 Mazda 46,210 1.6 -23.0
17 Dacia 37,477 1.3 -54.7
18 Kia 36,624 1.3 -33.9
19 Suzuki 32,549 1.1 -45.0
20 MINI 31,477 1.1 -6.0
21 Honda 30,432 1.0 -32.6
22 smart 29,069 1.0 -14.5
23 Volvo 25,795 0.9 -1.0
24 Mitsubishi 24,873 0.9 -18.2
25 Chevrolet 24,483 0.8 -21.7
26 Porsche 16,257 0.6 6.0
27 Alfa Romeo 8,621 0.3 -28.1
28 Subaru 7,763 0.3 -15.7
29 Land Rover 6,580 0.2 30.6
30 Chrysler 6,363 0.2 -17.4
Sonstige - Other 21,408 0.7
Insgesamt - Total 2,916,260 23.4% decrease

Summary: 2011 promises to be better for the German car market.

Source: KBA

11 January 2011

Car/LCV Sales Argentina: 2010


The market in Argentina doesn't change much when it comes to sales. Renault, who are now benefiting greatly by selling Dacias under it's marque, passed Ford to take 3rd. Nissan jumped two places but not much else to note. What is impressive is the total sales. In 2002, sales were under 100,000 units but now well over 600,000. Boom and bust scenarios are common in Latin America.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 VW 125,431 19.7% 22.6
2 Chevrolet 101,287 15.9% 41.4
3 Renault 82,356 13.0% 35.2%
4 Ford 77,919 12.3% 20.4
5 Fiat 65,775 10.4% 32.4
6 Peugeot 56,019 8.8% 22.5
7 Toyota 31,024 4.9% 6.5
8 Citroen 23,505 3.7% 15.7
9 Honda 20,657 3.3% 36.9
10 Nissan 10,017 1.6% 146.1
11 Suzuki 7,353 1.2% 8.5
12 Mercedes 6,246 1.0% 28.7
13 Hyundai 5,226 0.8% 57.6
14 Chrysler 4,967 0.8% 57.0
15 Audi 3,939 0.6% 47.2
16 BMW 3,485 0.5% 59.6
17 Kia 2,910 0.5% 33.1
18 Chery 2,494 0.4% 97.5
19 Mitsubishi 1,119 0.2% 44.8
20 Iveco 1,115 0.2% 27.0
Otras Marcas 2542 0.4%
Ventas Totales 635,386 28.7% increase.

Summary: A very successful 2010 for Argentina's car market.

Fuente: ACARA

Car/LCV Sales France: 2010


The fact that the French are Francophiles becomes clearly evident when you look at car sales within the country. The figures below show French Renault and PSA (Peugeot & Citroen) having 56.3% of the market. If you add the Renault owned Romanian Dacia, it passes 60%! I respect their loyalty but I think it goes a bit too far. The Dacia brand has only been in France since 2005 and is already the 7th most popular make. On the other hand, the Japanese brands Toyota, Suzuki and Honda all had big decreases. Nissan in contrast did very well.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Renault 633,411 23.7% 1.8
2 Peugeot 472,891 17.7% 6.5
3 Citroen 398,984 14.9% -1.9
4 VW 159,787 6.0% -1.3
5 Ford 135,247 5.1% -11.8
6 Fiat 107,376 4.0% -6.4
7 Dacia 109,873 4.1% 66.6
8 Opel 102,072 3.8% 6.3
9 Toyota 69,403 2.6% -25.0
10 Mercedes 64,663 2.4% -4.6
11 Nissan 61,391 2.3% 17.2
12 Audi 54,159 2.0% 8.6
13 BMW 47,624 1.8% 9.3
14 Seat 31,080 1.2% -19.9
15 Kia 24,198 0.9% 13.8
16 Suzuki 22,527 0.8% -24.0
17 Chevrolet 21,256 0.8% 0.9
18 Skoda 19,248 0.7% 0.1
19 Hyundai 19,022 0.7% -13.1
20 MINI 18,007 0.7% 1.3
21 Alfa Romeo 13,203 0.5% 11.0
22 Volvo 12,032 0.5% -1.4
23 Iveco 11,610 0.4% 10.5
24 Honda 11,270 0.4% -22.8
25 Mazda 10,714 0.4% -19.9
26 smart 6,408 0.2% -19.1
27 Mitsubishi 6,153 0.2% 45.2
28 Land Rover 4,285 0.2% 22.6
29 Lancia 3,397 0.1% -30.2
30 Chrysler 3,235 0.1% -17.5
Other Makes 14,694 0.6%
Total Sales 2,669,281 +1.0% increase.

Summary: It's great to be French in France.

Source: CCFA

09 January 2011

The Triumph Car Company

A car company I really liked was Triumph. It started life in the 1920s as an offshoot of the motorbike firm of the same name. It went into receivership and was bought by Standard Motor Company in 1944. From 1953, Triumph made some great sports cars. And in 1959, the Triumph Herald car came out. It was a lightweight car with independent suspension, good for going over speed bumps I recall. Leyland became the owner at the end of 1960. The last of the marque was the Acclaim from 1981, basically a Honda but a good car nevertheless. In 1984 it was replaced by the Rover 200.

Below are models, years made and production of Triumph cars of the Leyland era, including those that overlapped from Standard ownership:


TR3/3a 56-63 71,600
Herald/Vitesse 59-71 570,000
TR4/5 61-69 71,700
Spitfire 62-80 309,600
2000/2500 63-77 267,300
1300/1500/Toledo/Dolomite 65-81 501,400

GT6 66-73 40,900
TR6 68-76 91,900
Stag 70-77 25,900
TR7/8 75-81 115,000
Acclaim 81-84 133,600

List Total 56-84 2,200,000

The name is today owned by BMW, who surely could do something with it, maybe a range of British built sporty cars, but somehow I doubt it. The marque will probably stay in its moribund state. Shame.

My personal favorite: So many to choose from, but the Dolomite Sprint for me.

To read about UK sales for Triumph, please click here.

Car Sales UK: 2010


Things are moving in the UK. Ford retained #1 position, but is looking increasingly precarious. It's market share is the lowest for several decades, while both Vauxhall and VW consolidate their places on 2nd and 3rd. BMW jumped two places to 4th and Renault was up 5 to 7th. Mind you Renault's upward move benefited by a shocker in 2009. Toyota slumped from 4th to 9th and Honda dropped three rungs on the ladder.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Ford 280,364 13.8% -11.4
2 Vauxhall 247,265 12.2% 4.0
3 VW 174,655 8.6% 8.4
4 BMW 109,418 5.4% 10.9
5 Peugeot 109,324 5.4% 7.6
6 Audi 99,828 4.9% 9.5
7 Renault 95,608 4.7% 51.3
8 Nissan 89,681 4.4% 15.1
9 Toyota 87,396 4.3% -14.8
10 Mercedes 74,977 3.7% 3.7
11 Citroen 73,317 3.6% 1.2
12 Honda 63,652 3.1% -14.9
13 Hyundai 61,752 3.0% 8.9
14 Kia 56,114 2.8% 10.8
15 Fiat 54,518 2.7% -11.7
16 Mazda 45,449 2.2% -5.2
17 MINI 43,894 2.2% 10.1
18 Skoda 41,240 2.0% 10.7
19 Volvo 37,435 1.8% 7.4
20 Land Rover 37,272 1.8% 27.7
21 Seat 32,935 1.6% 9.8
22 Suzuki 21,484 1.1% -24.7
23 Jaguar 16,419 0.8% -10.0
24 Chevrolet 13,678 0.7% -26.7
25 Mitsubishi 12,209 0.6% 10.2
26 Alfa Romeo 8,834 0.4% -2.6
27 smart 7,651 0.4% -8.5
28 Porsche 6,784 0.3% 28.5
29 Lexus 6,202 0.3% -14.6
30 Saab 5,898 0.3% -21.2
Other brands 15,593 0.8%
Total Sales 2,030,846 1.8% up.

Summary: 2011 could be the opportunity for GM Vauxhall to take the top spot for the first time!

Source: SMMT

Car Sales Finland: 2010



It looked for all money that VW was going to take top spot off Toyota, as it has dome in other Euro nations. However, a late rally by the Japanese giant saved the day, notably the Auris model. I assume the hybrid version in particular was very popular as such cars are in Scandinavia. Nissan, Opel and Kia all had a good year in the land of a thousand lakes. Honda had a shocker as it has been in Europe, falling 6 places in the rankings in Finland. Overall sales were up a healthy 24%, but still well down on preceding years.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 15,101 13.7% 4.5
2 VW 14,398 13.0% 26.5
3 Skoda 9,182 8.3% 49.3
4 Ford 9,111 8.2% 15.0
5 Volvo 6,959 6.3% 19.8
6 Nissan 6,174 5.6% 62.1
7 Audi 5,076 4.6% 20.4
8 Opel 4,578 4.1% 59.5
9 Mercedes 4,468 4.0% 20.2
10 Kia 4,218 3.8% 65.7
11 Peugeot 4,130 3.7% 22.8
12 Citroen 3,484 3.2% 56.9
13 Honda 3,298 3.0% -18.3
14 BMW 3,159 2.9% 13.1
15 Hyundai 2,900 2.6% 40.9
16 Mazda 2,720 2.5% 3.9
17 Renault 1,749 1.6% 36.5
18 Fiat 1,675 1.5% 30.9
19 Seat 1,460 1.3% 58.4
20 Subaru 1,344 1.2% 61.9
Other brands 5291 4.8%
Total Sales 110475 24.0% increase

Summary: A better year, but not a good year.

Source: Autoalan Tiedotuskeskus

08 January 2011

Car/Light Truck Sales USA: 2010


GM in the US has been top for many decades and stayed so even up to 2010, despite its market share being down to 19%. Ford/Linc/Mer got past Toyota/Lex into second spot, Mercedes passed BMW, Mitsubishi ditto over Volvo, Land Rover and Porsche got ahead of Suzuki and Jaguar surged past a imploding smart. Surely smart's days in the land of the free are numbered. Overall, the US market was up 11% but that only over a wretched 2009. This market is still well down on previous years.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 23:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 GM 2,211,091 19.1% 7.2
2 Ford 1,931,534 16.7% 19.5
3 Toyota 1,763,595 15.2% -0.4
4 Honda 1,230,480 10.6% 6.9
5 Chrysler 1,085,211 9.4% 16.5
6 Nissan 908,570 7.8% 18.0
7 Hyundai 538,228 4.6% 23.7
8 Kia 356,268 3.1% 18.7
9 Subaru 263,820 2.3% 21.8
10 VW 256,830 2.2% 20.3
11 Mazda 229,566 2.0% 10.5
12 Mercedes 224,944 1.9% 18.1
13 BMW 220,113 1.9% 12.0
14 Audi 101,629 0.9% 22.9
15 Mitsubishi 55,683 0.5% 3.1
16 Volvo 53,948 0.5% -12.2
17 MINI 45,644 0.4% 0.9
18 Land Rover 31,864 0.3% 21.1
19 Porsche 25,320 0.2% 28.6
20 Suzuki 23,994 0.2% -38.0
21 Jaguar 13,340 0.1% 11.6
22 smart 5,927 0.1% -59.4
23 Saab 5,445 0.0% -37.3
Total 11,590,000 11.1% increase.

Summary: Ford may be the biggest selling nameplate in the US, but collectively, the GM company is still top.

Source: Autodata

Car Sales Spain: 2010


Spain had a very poor year in 2009 for car sales and 2010 was not good either. Both years are well down on usual and 2011 will be another bad one. Sorry for the gloomy report.

On the positive side, Seat became the number one brand, something it hasn't achieved for this century at least. VW leaped four places to second, while Renault fell from 1st to 4th, Citroen 2nd to 5th and Ford 3rd to 6th. Further down, Dacia climbed five places and Suzuki dropped four.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 30:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Seat 89,423 9.1% 6.7
2 VW 83,370 8.5% 6.1
3 Peugeot 82,744 8.4% 1.3
4 Renault 81,603 8.3% -8.5
5 Citroen 81,186 8.2% -7.4
6 Ford 77,999 7.9% -7.2
7 Opel 72,057 7.3% 7.2
8 Toyota 48,752 4.9% -10.3
9 Nissan 41,521 4.2% 16.0
10 Audi 40,868 4.1% 1.7
11 BMW 32,390 3.3% 0.2
12 Hyundai 31,377 3.2% 74.6
13 Mercedes 28,391 2.9% 2.7
14 Fiat 23,730 2.4% 34.9
15 Chevrolet 22,961 2.3% 13.4
16 Dacia 21,392 2.2% 145.2
17 Skoda 19,778 2.0% 10.3
18 Kia 18,394 1.9% 11.8
19 Honda 12,080 1.2% -30.2
20 Mazda 9,391 1.0% -11.6
21 Volvo 9,353 0.9% 11.9
22 Mitsubishi 8,888 0.9% 38.9
23 MINI 8,722 0.9% 4.4
24 Suzuki 8,557 0.9% -10.7
25 Land Rover 5,118 0.5% 21.0
26 Chrysler 4,273 0.4% -22.3
27 Ssangyong 4,109 0.4% 22.1
28 Alfa Romeo 3,730 0.4% -9.7
29 smart 2,686 0.3% -20.0
30 Lancia 1,910 0.2% -9.8
Otras Marcas 8,450 0.9%
Ventas Totales 985,200 3.1% increase.

Summary: Car makers can expect lean pickings for the foreseeable future.

Fuente: Aniacam

06 January 2011

Car Sales Canada: 2010


The Canadian market to me has always been boring. Nothing much happens. Well things did happen in 2010. GM has been top for so long, but Ford is now top! Chrysler bumped Toyota out of third too. In fact Toyota went from 13% share to 10% in one year. BMW dropped two places and the smart car has lost its novelty too, it seems.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Ford 267,871 17.2% 19.1
2 GM 246,668 15.8% -2.1
3 Chrysler 204074 13.1% 25.1
4 Toyota 157,723 10.1% -16.7
5 Honda 123,730 7.9% 0.7
6 Hyundai 118,507 7.6% 14.8
7 Mazda 78,662 5.1% 6.8
8 Nissan 74,780 4.8% 4.0
9 Kia 53,882 3.5% 16.8
10 VW 45,388 2.9% 13.3
11 Mercedes 29,632 1.9% 22.1
12 Subaru 27,805 1.8% 20.7
13 BMW 27,202 1.7% 10.0
14 Mitsubishi 19,504 1.3% -1.4
15 Acura 17,340 1.1% 1.5
16 Audi 14,333 0.9% 26.7
17 Lexus 14,249 0.9% -9.8
18 Suzuki 8,491 0.5% -31.0
19 Infiniti 8,233 0.5% 16.3
20 Volvo 6,550 0.4% 0.1
21 MINI 4,501 0.3% 5.9
22 Land Rover 2,547 0.2% 27.0
23 Porsche 2,036 0.1% 20.5
24 smart 2,019 0.1% -24.3
25 Jaguar 755 0.0% -6.1
Total sales 1,556,484 6.55% increase.

Summary: Canada doesn't get the brand variety that other markets get.

Source: DesRosiers