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What better way to finish one month and start a new one than going through our traditional World Roundup? None, I know.

Enough of the world? That’s fine, I knew some of you would feel that way, and I’ve prepared something else: you can check out new car sales data for 176 additional countries and territories on my blog. Go on, you know you want to!

Now if you want to know what happened worldwide in the magical world of car sales, jump in!

 

Before we start, may I interest you in the two photo reports I lovingly uploaded in the last week: Italy (“It’s a Fiat 500-mania”) and Monaco (“Millions on display”). Yes I am in this part of the world right now, lucky me!

Let’s begin by an overview of the main worldwide markets: again a fascinating contrast this month: on one hand we have the two biggest car markets going gangbusters: China is up 10% on July 2012 to 1.52 million units and the USA is up 14% to 1.31 million… On the other hand, markets that normally display explosive growth are in recession: Brazil, India and Russia are all down 8%! Add to this Japan (ex-Kei cars) down 13% and it makes for a pretty sad picture.

In Europe, we are getting mixed signals. While most of the continent is still wobbly, the market as a whole delivers its 2nd year-on-year growth in the last 2 years, up an encouraging 5% this month but still down by the same amount year-to-date. Illustrating this, Germany is back up 2%, the UK posts its 17th consecutive month of year-on-year growth at +13% and Spain seems to be coughing its way out of depression, registering the largest year-on-year increase for a month of July since 1999 at +15%. Most analysts however (my good old self included) don’t see Europe getting back to sustainable growth before 2016 at the earliest. But will the European new car market ever grow back? I wrote an article on this subject here.

Now onto the heroes that made the worldwide headlines in July, and I have been generous this month, awarding 6 accolades!

Volvo V40. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruVolvo V40

1. Some good news for Chinese-Swedish manufacturer Volvo: the V40 tops a country’s sales charts for the first time since the model was launched one year ago, and surprise surprise, it’s not Sweden but the Netherlands where its low emission versions benefit from a preferential price that boosted its sales in the country to 1,616 units for an excellent 5.3% market share. Given the Dutch market is much bigger than the Swedish one (244,000 units vs. 147,000 so far in 2013), this is indeed a good operation for Volvo.

GMC Sierra. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruGMC Sierra

2. The 2nd heroes of the month are the General Motors pick-up trucks: now that the new generation of both models is starting to be available across the USA, the Chevrolet Silverado is up 45% year-on-year in July to 42,080 sales at #2 overall while the GMC Sierra is up an even more impressive 49% to 16,582 units at #19.

Great Wall Haval H6. Picture courtesy of www.zr.ruGreat Wall Haval H6

3. Would Chinese consumers be finally reconciling themselves with their own cars? This month the Great Wall Haval H6 is up a fantastic 12 ranks on June at home to land at a record 7th place. This is the first time since April 2011 that a Chinese model ranks within the Chinese Top 10, and the best ranking for a local since January 2011! Its little brother the Great Wall Haval M4 is also making waves this month: beating both its ranking (#23) and volume records.

Skoda Rapid. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruSkoda Rapid

4. The Skoda Rapid reaches a new milestone at home in the Czech Republic, breaking its ranking, volume and market share records all at once to rank #2 for the first time at 1,059 units and 7.3% share. However as we have studied last month, this doesn’t result in Skoda improving its market share (29.3% in July vs. 29.4% year-to-date) which could mean the Rapid is a cannibal… Note the Rapid also breaks into the Top 10 in Israel (#10) and Croatia (#6) for the first time this month.

Honda Crider. Picture courtesy of carnewschina.comHonda Crider

5. This month sees the birth of a new popular nameplate for Honda: the Crider, positioned between the Civic and the Accord in the Japanese manufacturer’s range and for now exclusive to China, shines very bright for its first full month in market, selling 10,357 units and already the brand’s best-selling passenger car in the country!

Peugeot 301. Picture courtesy of autoalgerie.comPeugeot 301

6. The Peugeot 301, the French carmaker’s first attempt at a – relatively – low-cost product (although it still denies the 301 is low-cost), manages to break into the Top 20 in the land of Dacia, Romania, and is up to a fantastic 4th place in Egypt while maintaining itself on the Algerian podium at #2. Could the last two announce the rebirth of Peugeot in Africa? Why the French lost this continent is one of the 10 things I don’t understand…

Chevrolet Spin. Picture courtesy of ChevroletChevrolet Spin

Email me at matt@bestsellingcarsblog.com for an in-depth analysis of any of the the markets mentioned in this article.

In other news, the Hyundai ix35 lands on the Austrian podium for the first time ever, the Chevrolet Spin is starting to carve itself a nice spot in Japan-obzessed Indonesia, up to a record #13, the Dacia Sandero is on the French podium for only the second time ever, the first for this generation, while the Duster ranks 4th overall for the 5th time in Russia where it is sold as a Renault.

Fiat 500L. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruFiat 500L

In Italy, while the Top 5 is 100% Italian for only the 2nd time in 16 years, the Fiat 500L ranks #4, above its lil sis the 500 for only the 2nd time after last March, it is also #1 in Serbia where it is produced and #10 in Slovenia.

Renault Captur Peugeot 2008. Picture courtesy of Largus.frThe Renault Captur/Peugeot 2008 duel is getting serious in France with both models now in the Top 10.

Star of the month in June, the Renault Captur delivers another very impressive month at #5 in France while its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the French Top 10 for the first time at #10, as expected last month.

Mercedes E Class. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruMercedes E-Class

The Mercedes E-Class continues its impressive progression in Germany, now up to #5 which is its highest ranking in the country since October 2010, the Fiat Palio above the Uno in Brazil for only the third time in the last 3 years, the Fiat 500 is up to #3 in Hungary, the Ford Ecosport is now in Indian Top 10 while the Peugeot 208 breaks into both the Swedish and Argentinean Top 10 for the first time, and thanks to the new generation of the model and in a climate of uncertainty for local manufacturers after Ford announced it would stop local production by 2016, the Holden Commodore climbs back to #4 in Australia, its highest ranking there in 16 months.

Toyota Aqua. Picture courtesy of ToyotaThe Toyota Aqua is back in pole position in Japan.

A few changes of guard this month:

Selling 5,590 units more than the Prius this month, the Toyota Aqua reclaims the year-to-date top spot in Japan, the Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead in South Korea where the race to the 2013 #1 spot is the tightest it has ever been, the Honda Civic reclaims the #1 passenger car spot in Canada year-to-date, passing the Hyundai Elantra, the Toyota Hiace is now above the BMW 5 Series in pole position in Hong Kong (China) and in Mexico the VW Clasico (a facelifted 1990s VW Bora) ends 19 months of reign of the Chevrolet Aveo, but remains #2 year-to-date.

Opel Adam. Picture courtesy of autozeitung.deOpel Adam

Among recent launches, at #22 the Opel Adam is now the brand’s best-seller with private buyers in Germany. Handicapped in France where its registration has been temporarily blocked (this has since been cancelled), the Mercedes CLA delivers its best performance worldwide in… Turkey where it ranks #37!

That’s all for this month! Hope you enjoyed.

If you want more info, just email me at matt@bestsellingcarsblog.com for an in-depth analysis of any of the the markets mentioned in this article.

Here is the full last 12 months’ worth of World roundups:

World June 2013 Roundup: Renault Captur surprises, Skoda Rapid cannibalises

World May 2013 Roundup: Europeans buy more local

World April 2013 Roundup: Toyota RAV4 means business

World March 2013 Roundup: Don’t take this the wrong way, but…

World February 2013 Roundup: Nissan Qashqai pumps up the jam

World January 2013 Roundup: Low-cost range brings Renault back

World Full Year 2012 Roundup: Last Year’s Top 5 highlights

World December 2012 Roundup: Has the Chinese invasion started?

World November 2012 Roundup: When Hyundai cracked Brazil

World October 2012 Roundup: China, Japan and Austria in focus

World September 2012 Roundup: Ford Focus shines in China

World August 2012 Roundup: Subaru XV topples almighty Golf in Switzerland

World July 2012 Roundup: Geely CK writes history in Ukraine

Sources: all usual sources for each country mentioned.

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars Blog, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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French July Sales Slightly Up, Glimmer of Hope? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/french-july-sales-slightly-up-glimmer-of-hope/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/french-july-sales-slightly-up-glimmer-of-hope/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:30:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497805 8f41f81f80ceba2ffd4297068b8a65039c04cb0622294d61c4290f982a3dc541

A glimmer of hope that the European car market is stabilizing might be seen in the fact that for the first time in nearly two years, French car sales were up in July.

 

Car registrations were up 0.9% to 150,248 for the month, with French brands Renault and the financially troubled PSA/Peugeot-Citroen group up. Recent model launches and dealer discounts are attributed for the gains. Overall sales, though, still reflect the soft European market. Toyota was up 24%, and while Renault, Peugeot, Fiat, Hyundai and BMW also posted gains, VW Group, Opel, Ford, and Kia were down from last year.

For domestic French brands, Peugeot was up 4.6%, Citroen was down 3.2% and Renault, helped by its new Captur subcompact SUV and a 6.1% increase of the low-cost Dacia brand, was up 4.7% overall, +4.2% on Renault branded cars. Mercedes-Benz was down in the wake of its continuing dispute with French authorities over Mercedes-Benz’s refusal to use R1234yf refrigerant. Audi sales were unchanged.

CCFA sales report (PDF, French) here.

 

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July Sales: Volume Slows, Transaction Prices Soar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/july-sales-volume-slows-transaction-prices-soar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/july-sales-volume-slows-transaction-prices-soar/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:31:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405201 Sales volume grew slowly in July, as economic uncertainty and supply interruptions continued to foil a full turnaround in US sales volume. On the other hand, TrueCar reports that the consumers that did buy cars spent record amounts on average, as transaction prices soared to their highest levels in history and incentives fell. According to our developing table, the Detroit automakers are coming through July ahead of their year-ago numbers, but the Japanese automakers (who are still releasing their numbers) are expected to take a bit of punishment as they struggle to recover from the industry-crippling tsunami. Hit the jump for a full table of July sales results (developing).

Automaker July 2011 July 2010 Pct. chng. 7 month
2011
7 month
2010
Pct. chng.
BMW Group* 26,164 23,433 12% 169,949 145,272 17%
BMW division 21,409 19,064 12% 135,114 119,696 13%
Mini 4,711 4,326 9% 34,527 25,279 37%
Rolls-Royce 44 43 2% 308 297 4%
BMW Group 26,164 23,433 12% 169,949 145,272 17%
Chrysler Group LLC 112,026 93,313 20% 751,958 620,532 21%
Chrysler Division 15,427 14,692 5% 111,495 122,818 –9%
Dodge 33,653 30,916 9% 263,551 231,383 14%
Dodge/Ram 54,870 52,155 5% 404,866 344,477 18%
Fiat 3,038 –% 7,982 –%
Jeep 38,691 26,466 46% 227,615 153,237 49%
Ram 21,217 21,239 0% 141,315 113,094 25%
Chrysler Group LLC 112,026 93,313 20% 751,958 620,532 21%
Daimler AG** 21,069 18,614 13% 141,674 128,969 10%
Maybach 4 5 –20% 32 38 –16%
Mercedes-Benz 20,738 18,049 15% 138,759 125,022 11%
Smart USA 327 560 –42% 2,883 3,909 –26%
Daimler AG 21,069 18,614 13% 141,674 128,969 10%
Ford Motor Co.*** 180,315 170,208 6% 1,250,051 1,151,560 9%
Ford division 172,501 153,400 13% 1,199,986 1,011,854 19%
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury 180,315 165,889 9% 1,250,051 1,119,035 12%
Lincoln 7,814 5,586 40% 49,817 49,348 1%
Mercury 6,903 –100% 248 57,833 –100%
Volvo 4,319 –100% 32,525 –100%
Ford Motor Co. 180,315 170,208 6% 1,250,051 1,151,560 9%
General Motors**** 214,915 199,602 8% 1,476,525 1,277,203 16%
Buick 16,873 16,799 0% 110,472 86,831 27%
Cadillac 11,119 14,919 –26% 87,241 79,704 10%
Chevrolet 149,005 139,858 7% 1,053,543 920,864 14%
GMC 37,918 27,766 37% 225,269 178,600 26%
Hummer 210 –100% 3,139 –100%
Pontiac 20 –100% 947 –100%
Saab –% 608 –100%
Saturn 30 –100% 6,510 –100%
General Motors 214,915 199,602 8% 1,476,525 1,277,203 16%
Honda (American)† 80,502 112,437 –28% 687,944 706,346 –3%
Acura 9,402 13,017 –28% 70,082 74,134 –6%
Honda Division 71,100 99,420 –29% 617,862 632,212 –2%
Honda (American) 80,502 112,437 –28% 687,944 706,346 –3%
Hyundai Group†† 105,065 89,525 17% 672,966 515,376 31%
Hyundai division 59,561 54,106 10% 382,358 309,888 23%
Kia 45,504 35,419 29% 290,608 205,488 41%
Hyundai Group 105,065 89,525 17% 672,966 515,376 31%
Jaguar Land Rover 3,795 3,808 0% 27,497 24,623 12%
Jaguar 984 1,516 –35% 7,394 7,367 0%
Land Rover 2,811 2,292 23% 20,103 17,256 17%
Jaguar Land Rover 3,795 3,808 0% 27,497 24,623 12%
Maserati 199 156 28% 1,296 1,068 21%
Maserati 199 156 28% 1,296 1,068 21%
Mazda 20,783 20,732 0% 143,162 136,451 5%
Mazda 20,783 20,732 0% 143,162 136,451 5%
Mitsubishi 7,972 5,648 41% 52,087 32,138 62%
Mitsubishi 7,972 5,648 41% 52,087 32,138 62%
Nissan††† 84,601 82,337 3% 589,574 522,669 13%
Infiniti 7,410 9,764 –24% 54,678 57,064 –4%
Nissan Division 77,191 72,573 6% 534,896 465,605 15%
Nissan 84,601 82,337 3% 589,574 522,669 13%
Porsche 2,768 2,703 2% 18,310 13,687 34%
Porsche 2,768 2,703 2% 18,310 13,687 34%
Saab Cars North America‡ 384 471 –19% 3,855 1,209 219%
Saab Cars North America‡ 384 471 –19% 3,855 1,209 219%
Subaru 21,730 23,983 –9% 153,779 149,943 3%
Subaru 21,730 23,983 –9% 153,779 149,943 3%
Suzuki 2,447 1,952 25% 15,849 13,501 17%
Suzuki 2,447 1,952 25% 15,849 13,501 17%
Toyota‡‡ 130,802 169,224 –23% 943,590 1,015,766 –7%
Lexus 14,539 18,595 –22% 102,549 126,025 –19%
Scion 3,499 4,653 –25% 30,120 25,660 17%
Toyota division 112,764 145,976 –23% 810,921 864,081 –6%
Toyota/Scion 116,263 150,629 –23% 841,041 889,741 –6%
Toyota 130,802 169,224 –23% 943,590 1,015,766 –7%
Volkswagen‡‡‡ 38,354 31,753 21% 249,231 206,893 21%
Audi 9,146 7,817 17% 65,055 56,257 16%
Bentley 142 56 154% 985 744 32%
VW division 29,066 23,880 22% 183,191 149,892 22%
Volkswagen 38,354 31,753 21% 249,231 206,893 21%
Volvo Cars North America‡‡‡‡ 5,595 –% 41,898 –%
Volvo Cars North America 5,595 –% 41,898 –%
Other (estimate) 244 241 1% 1,708 1,686 1%
TOTAL 1,059,730 1,050,140 1% 7,392,903 6,664,892 11%
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