In the last couple of weeks I have taken you to Oman, Israel, Belarus and Eritrea. Those of you that religiously read my column every week (endless thanks to you!) will remember that last week I also asked you which country you would want to travel to next. Well I have decided to grant not one, but ALL your wishes and the next few weeks will be dedicated to the countries you have requested.
Yes. I’m nice like that.
So this week we’re going to Chile, as per marjanmm’s wish. Why did I choose Chile? Because marjanmm was first to ask!
Now if you have ordered another country and couldn’t care less about Chile, I won’t get offended because I have prepared 159 additional countries for you to visit in my blog, so don’t sulk and click away!
In Chile, ‘Chevrolet’ and Nissan fight a very tight battle…
Yes I wrote Chevrolet like this – and apologies to anyone who works at General Motors – because the Chevrolet in question is the Sail and imported from China. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
The latest models data I have for Chile dates back to July 2011. No that recent but that’s all I have for you I’m afraid. You’ll get over it I’m sure…
Over the first 7 months of 2011, the Chilean market was up a massive 32 percent year-on-year to 187,736 units. Three models sit within 0.1 percentage point market share of each other on the podium… (hence the ‘tight battle’ tip above.)
The Nissan Tiida is the best-selling model in the country over the period with 7,739 sales and a 4.1 percent share…
…but it is closely followed by the Chevrolet Sail (yes, the one that’s imported from China) at 7,674 units. The Sail was even #1 over the first half of the year! Chile is therefore the Sail’s second-most important export country, together with Algeria where the Sail is delivering outstanding numbers, making the Sail the first true successful Chinese export…ever.
A second Nissan, the Terrano (aka Frontier, the previous generation Navara… wow, 3 names for one car. Bit much) rounds up the podium and leads the commercial vehicles ranking with 7,549 sales and 4 percent share. The Terrano has been the best-selling pick-up in Chile for the last 6 years.
A second ‘Chevrolet’ (mmm I can hear our friends at General Motors are getting a little bit annoyed), the Spark freshly imported from Korea I believe, is #4 at 6,979 units and 3.7 percent, ahead of the 2010 market leader, the Hyundai Accent down to #5 with 5,309 sales and a 2.8 percent share.
Notice also the Samsung SM3, unashamedly Korean, holding itself very well in 7th place at 2.5 percent share and the Suzuki Alto breaking into the overall Top 10 at 1.9 percent. In the SUV ranking, the Hyundai New Tucson (2,326 sales) and Santa Fe (2,226) dominate, while the Great Wall Hover ranks #10 at 975 units.
Chile All Models – 7 Months 2011
|8||Chevrolet Spark GT||4,186||2.2%|
Chile Commercial Vehicles – 7 months 2011
|Pos||Commercial vehicles||7m 2011||%|
|8||Mahindra Pik Up||1,340||0.7%|
Chile SUVs – 7 Months 2011
|1||Hyundai New Tucson||2,326||1.2%|
|2||Hyundai Santa Fe||2,226||1.2%|
|7||Suzuki Grand Nomade||1,480||0.8%|
|10||Great Wall Hover 3||975||0.5%|
All data was sourced on www.anac.cl
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.