After taking you on a trip through Europe, today it’s time to get global once again as I give you the much awaited World roundup for April 2013.
Who made the worldwide headlines in April?
Hints: two Japanese and one German…
A little bit like Iron Man 3 unleashing its power into virtually all countries in the world in the same period, the 4th generation Toyota RAV4, after an 8 year-wait, is now making waves instantaneously in every corner of the globe: it is #2 in Taiwan with 5.1% share, #3 in Puerto Rico, up 16 spots on March to #4 in Norway, up to #6 in New Zealand, up 219% on April 2012 to #8 in Ukraine, up 117% to #10 in Russia, up 38% to #11 in Canada, up 41% to #15 in Australia, up 8 ranks to #16 in Poland and up 22% to #17 in the US… Talk about a multi-pronged attack!
The biggest single event this month is arguably the 2nd place of the Nissan Leaf in Norway with 3.3% share, by far the model’s best ranking anywhere in the world, and no less than its fourth consecutive record month in Norway, after ranking #4 with 2.8% in March, #5 at 2.5% in February and #9 in January. In fact, Norway is the only country in the world where the Nissan Leaf has managed to break into the monthly Top 10!
Another big single event is the arrival for the very first time of the Audi A3 among the Top 10 best-sellers in Europe at #9 this month, thanks to very strong showings in Germany (#4), the UK (#10) and Switzerland (#8). As an aside, nother landmark for Audi in Aprid is the Q3 breaking into any monthly Top 10 for the first time and it happened in Austria (#8) – note also that the Q3 makes its first appearance in the Chinese ranking at #107 as local production has now started.
Along with the RAV4 and the Q3, another SUV making headlines worldwide is the Franco-Romanian Renault Duster. It lodges a third month (in the last 4) within the Russian Top 5 and stays within the Indian Top 10 for the 2nd consecutive month. Launched in January, it is already up to #12 in Ireland with almost 2% of the market, while on a Romanian note the Dacia Dokker is up to #5 in Romania and #3 in Bulgaria.
Quick update on the most successful Chinese models overseas: the Great Wall Voleex C10 is up to a best-ever #2 in Bulgaria, the Geely CK maintains itself at #2 year-to-date in Ukraine, the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2) is up to #4 in Iran and the DongFeng S30 celebrates its 5th consecutive month within the Venezuelan Top 5.
Among recent launches, the Opel Mokka is already the brand’s best-seller in Switzerland both this month (#15) and year-to-date (#23) ahead of the Astra, it is up to #29 in Germany but up to a fantastic #8 in the German private sales ranking, always a good indication of future success. The Renault Captur is up to #22 in France and #63 in Spain, the Mercedes CLA is up to #61 at home in Germany but does better in Spain where it already ranks #58…
Weird development in Argentina where two decade-old models with a bit of makeup took command of the sales charts: the Peugeot 207 Compact (in fact a 206+) and the Renault Clio Mio (in fact a 1998 Clio).
In other news, after 6 consecutive months of Toyota Aqua domination the Toyota Prius is back in charge in Japan, thanks to an official sales update by Tesla we learn that the Tesla Model S is the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the USA so far 2013 ahead of the Prius and Volt, the Hyundai i30 breaks into the US Top 10 for the first time thanks to the addition of the GT hatchback version (called i30 elsewhere)…
… the Honda CR-V is up to a record 4th place in China, the Fiat 500 reaches a best-ever 8th position in the UK, the Suzuki Ertiga is back to a fantastic 2nd place in Indonesia for the second time in the last 3 months and the Honda Amaze is already #13 in India.
Finally, have you met the Hyundai Maxcruz? In South Korea, the Santa Fe XL goes by a different name and appears at #37 this month.
That’s it for this month!
Oh and here is the full last 12 months’ worth of World roundups:
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.