By on October 10, 2011

We’ve been traveling quite a fair bit over the last few weeks, stopping in Venezuela, the USA in 1986Cambodia 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 #17.

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

Pos Model 6m 2011 %
1 Chevrolet Aveo 16,556 11.0%
2 Chevrolet Spark 15,462 10.3%
3 Renault Sandero/Stepway 9,272 6.2%
4 Renault Logan 8,838 5.9%
5 Chevrolet Captiva 5,002 3.3%
6 Nissan Tiida 3,824 2.5%
7 Chevrolet LUV 3,545 2.4%
8 Nissan D22 3,474 2.3%
9 Renault Twingo 3,135 2.1%
10 Ford Fiesta 2,598 1.7%
11 Mazda2 2,438 1.6%
12 Kia Cerato 2,337 1.6%
13 Toyota Hilux 2,175 1.4%
14 Chevrolet Optra 2,152 1.4%
15 Toyota Prado 2,063 1.4%
16 Mazda BT-50 1,983 1.3%
17 VW Jetta 1,978 1.3%
18 Kia Rio 1,960 1.3%
19 Hyundai Tucson 1,794 1.2%
20 Kia Picanto 1,784 1.2%
21 Hyundai i25/Accent 1,760 1.2%
22 Kia Sportage 1,621 1.1%
23 Mazda3 1,613 1.1%
24 Toyota Fortuner 1,568 1.0%
25 Chevrolet Cruze 1,555 1.0%
26 Nissan Sentra 1,455 1.0%
27 Hyundai i10 1,400 0.9%
28 Renault Koleos 1,261 0.8%
29 Chevrolet Grand Vitara 1,149 0.8%
30 Dodge Journey 1,050 0.7%

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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3 Comments on “Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Chevrolet Owns Colombia...”

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    Cue the soundtrack to 1977’s most awesome movie ‘Sorcerer’.

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    “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.

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    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 !

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