Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Chevrolet Owns Colombia

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

We’ve been traveling quite a fair bit over the last few weeks, stopping in Venezuela, the USA in 1986, Cambodia and Panama. We are staying in the Americas this week to hop our way to Colombia.

Not interested? Move along… Oh wait. Actually, if this is not your cup of Colombian coffee, that’s fine, I’ve prepared 155 other countries for you to visit in my blog, and I can tell you it is muy interesante, so click away!

Colombia is one of a few South American countries to be dominated by Chevrolet…

But first a quick health-check on Colombian car sales: they are up a massive 48 percent year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2011 at 150,464 registrations. Healthy? Check.

Now to the models ranking: since 2006 the Chevrolet Aveo has been topping the Colombian charts since 2006 and 2011 is no exception: with 16,556 units sold in 6 months, the Aveo grabs a very respectable 11 percent market share.

However this year it is threatened by another member of the Chevrolet family: the Spark, now boosted by the new generation called ‘GT’ there, manages 15,642 units for a very robust 10.4 percent market share, compared to 7.3 percent in 2010.

Renault is the other strong marque in Colombia and has been for decades with a production facility in the country opened way back in 1970. The Sandero is on the podium with 9,272 sales and 6.2 percent share (up from 5.1% in 2010)…

…and the Logan ranks 4th with 8,838 sales and 5.9 percent share (up from 4.4% last year)

Another Chevrolet rounds up the Top 5: the Captiva, with 3.3 percent of the market.

Excellent performance of the Nissan Tiida going from #15 in 2010 to #6 over the period, while the Ford Fiesta is up 16 spots to #10 and the VW Jetta is up 4 spots to

Top 30 best-selling models in Colombia over the first 6 months of 2011:

PosModel6m 2011%1Chevrolet Aveo16,55611.0%2Chevrolet Spark15,46210.3%3Renault Sandero/Stepway9,2726.2%4Renault Logan8,8385.9%5Chevrolet Captiva5,0023.3%6Nissan Tiida3,8242.5%7Chevrolet LUV3,5452.4%8Nissan D223,4742.3%9Renault Twingo3,1352.1%10Ford Fiesta2,5981.7%11Mazda22,4381.6%12Kia Cerato2,3371.6%13Toyota Hilux2,1751.4%14Chevrolet Optra2,1521.4%15Toyota Prado2,0631.4%16Mazda BT-501,9831.3%17VW Jetta1,9781.3%18Kia Rio1,9601.3%19Hyundai Tucson1,7941.2%20Kia Picanto1,7841.2%21Hyundai i25/Accent1,7601.2%22Kia Sportage1,6211.1%23Mazda31,6131.1%24Toyota Fortuner1,5681.0%25Chevrolet Cruze1,5551.0%26Nissan Sentra1,4551.0%27Hyundai i101,4000.9%28Renault Koleos1,2610.8%29Chevrolet Grand Vitara1,1490.8%30Dodge Journey1,0500.7%

Not for the weekly gold nugget that will make you shine in posh dinners…

Chinese manufacturers are starting to get noticed in Colombia: the Chery Face is the best-selling Chinese model in the country with 222 sales, followed by the Great Wall Wingle (207) and BYD F0 (201).

Figures are sourced from

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

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  • Dolorean Dolorean on Oct 13, 2011

    "Chinese manufacturers are starting to get noticed in Colombia: the Chery Face is the best-selling Chinese model in the country with 222 sales, followed by the Great Wall Wingle (207) and BYD F0 (201)." Hysterical. Here's the conversation over coffee. "Oh, I went and looked at all the sport compacts and I gotta tell you, I took a hard one in the Chery Face!" Yeah that's happening.

  • ManuelFaber ManuelFaber on Jan 20, 2012

    Well I have to comment this because I lived in Colombia for a long time, now I live in France. There Renault (Renault are produced in the country, is considered by Bogota's people as the "national car") In Renault apogee in the country by earlier 80's Renault 9 was the most sold car in the country besides Dacia called there Renault 12... SInce 2000's korean cars (Hyundai and Daewoo GM called Chevrolet there) invaded the market and conquered it, Colombia usines Renault ensamble car to Venezuela, Panama, Peru and even Ecuador... Sorry Matt for the long post, but I am also obsessed by car marketing trends around the world and I think Latin America is a potencial market to conquer and despite cliches the country is the 4th economy of Latin America... Bye and great work !

  • Bob65688581 Small by American standards, this car is just right for Europe, and probably China, although I don't really know, there. Upscale small cars don't exist in the US because Americans associate size and luxury, so it will have a tough time in the States... but again Europe is used to such cars. Audi has been making "small, upscale" since forever. As usual, Americans will miss an opportunity. I'll buy one, though!Contrary to your text, the EX30 has nothing whatsoever to do with the XC40 or C40, being built on a dedicated chassis.
  • Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
  • Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
  • ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉