Let me just interrupt my ‘what the XXX bought in 2012' series (we’ve been toÂ China,Â Europe,Â Russia,Â India,Â Israel,Â ItaliaÂ and IndonesiaÂ already),Â to give you my Roundup of world car sales for January 2013…
Not interested? That’s fine, I’m started to get used to you fickle crowd, and that’s why I have preparedÂ the best-selling models and brands in 172 additional countries and territories on my blogÂ for you.Â Enjoy!
Back to our World Roundup…Â Last month all the spotlights were on Chinese modelsÂ with 3 of them topping in the lead in Bulgaria, Venezuela and Ukraineâ?¦ In January we focus on Renault, Volvo andâ?¦ well China again but through the exceptional performance of the VW Lavida…
As it is the case for all French carmakers, Renault is struggling right now. But what became apparent in 2012 is what may save the French manufacturer is its low-cost range, sold under the Dacia or Renault brands depending on the country. Interestingly, with the 301 alreadyÂ #5 in Algeria, Peugeot could be in the same situation.Â Case in point, with the much improved new generation now widely available, in January the Dacia SanderoÂ simply takes the lead in SpainÂ thanks to 1,692 sales and 3.4% share whileÂ in France, after spending most of the month at #4, it lodges an excellent 6th place with 3,682 units and 3.9%, or nearly a full percentage point above its December market share. This is the Sanderoâ?™s first timeÂ in the French monthly Top 6 in 2.5 yearsâ?¦
Going up one notch in the range, the Renault Duster continues to impress: itÂ climbs onto the Argentinean podium for the first timeÂ ever withÂ with 3,944 sales and 3.7%, whileÂ in Russia it is up to a best-ever 4th spotÂ with 5,374 units and 3.3%, reaching heights unheard of for an SUV since the legendary Lada 4Ã—4â?¦
But wait there are more reasons to be happy for the Renault Group this month: the facelifted previous generation Clio, renamed Clio Mio is already up to aÂ fantasticÂ 4th position in Argentina…
…andÂ Dacia manages to place 4 models in the monthly Top 5 at home in RomaniaÂ for the first time in the 47 years existence of the brand: the Logan is #1 at 14.5% share, the Duster #2 at 6%, the Lodgy at a world-best #4 and 3.4% and the Sandero at #5 and 2.8%,Â only itsÂ third time in the Romanian monthly Top 5 in the last 2 years. Notice also the Dokker at a world-best #11â?¦
In China, the VW Lavida is up to an incredibleÂ 48,267 sales in just one month. This is almostÂ 10,000 units above the previous Passenger Car monthly volume record in ChinaÂ ofÂ 38,362 sales detained by the Ford Focus last November, and the first time a Passenger Car sells upwards of 40,000 units in a single month. In fact in January 15 models sold over 20,000 units and 44 sold over 10,000, which are new records to be compared toÂ just 9 and 27 respectively in the USA during the same monthâ?¦
If Saab has bitten the dust a couple of years ago, it would seem that the other Swedish manufacturer, Volvo, is in great shape at home thank you very much:Â for the first time in potentially 14 years, there areÂ no less than 4 Volvos in the Top 5 this month in Sweden! The Volvo V70 is unsurprisingly in the lead, the S/V60 ranks #3 while theÂ XC60 hits its highest ever ranking and share at home at #4 with 3.5% and the V40 is back up 4 spots to #5, the highest ranking so far for this generation, also reached last October. Note theÂ Volvo V40 is also up toÂ #5 in Finland.
The Skoda Rapid seems to now have found its rhythm in Czech Republic:Â it climbs onto the podium for the first time thereÂ at #3 with 405 sales and 3.4%. It is alsoÂ up toÂ #21 in Poland,Â #34 in Ireland. Other reasons to celebrate for Skoda are theÂ FabiaÂ #1 in Poland for the first time in 4 years, (even though it is at the detriment of the Skoda Octavia) andÂ the Octavia taking the lead in SwitzerlandÂ for the third time in the last 5 months: with 808 sales and 3.8% vs. 534 and 2.5% for the Golf, it actually lodges its biggest advantage ever against the Volkswagen best-sellerâ?¦Â Finally in Austria both the Octavia and Fabia are in record shape: the former withÂ 1,332 units and 4.8%, by far its strongest volume and market share in the country ever, and the latterÂ hitting its highest volume and share in almost 5 yearsÂ with 1,084 sales and 3.9%â?¦
The Mazda CX-5 hits aÂ world-best second place in Norway, with 490 sales and 4.2% share, with itsÂ previous world-best monthly ranking being #6 in New Zealand last April, with Australia and Japan the only other countries in the world where the small Mazda SUV has managed to break into the monthly Top 10.Â The new generation Mitsubishi Outlander is up toÂ a fantastic 4th place in NorwayÂ while the VW Up! reaches a world-best 10.4% market shareÂ in Denmark.
The Fiat 500L confirmsÂ it is now a force to be reckoned with it Italy, staying #6 but improving to 3,113 sales and 2.7%, new records for the model. It has not been that brilliant in other countries so far, withÂ Slovenia the only market where the 500L breaks into the Top 20Â this month.
The Honda CR-V impressivelyÂ leads in IcelandÂ andÂ Estonia,Â improves its market share toÂ 4.2% at #5 in TaiwanÂ andÂ isÂ up toÂ #7 in Finland.Â Two models break into the monthly Top 5 in their home country for the first time this month: the Chevrolet OnixÂ breaks into the Brazilian Top 5Â while the VW TiguanÂ breaks into the German Top 5.Â In the UK, the Nissan Qashqai is back within the Top 5 for the first time in almost 3 years at #5, earning it aÂ #7 spot Europe-wide, whileÂ the Nissan Juke breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the very first timeÂ at #9.
Taiwan is the first country in the world where the new generation Toyota RAV4 has started to make its mark, already up to #6 there with 1,754 sales and 4.1% share. Another SUV, theÂ Kia Sportage, impresses in many parts of the world this month: it reaches aÂ record #5 in CroatiaÂ andÂ PolandÂ andÂ aÂ best-ever #21 in ItalyÂ whileÂ the Nissan Leaf is up to #9 in Norway, its best-ever ranking worldwide and second time within the Norwegian Top 10 after last October when it also hit #9.
If the Seat Ibiza has gone a little cold at home, it does wonders in other countries:Â it is up to a record 2nd place in AlgeriaÂ this month with 3,318 sales andÂ in MexicoÂ it reaches its best ranking, volume and share at #8 at 2,095 units and 2.5%â?¦
As far as recent launches are concerned, theÂ Peugeot 301 isÂ up to a fantastic 5th place in AlgeriaÂ with 2,042 sales and up toÂ #50 in Israel,Â the Opel Mokka starts to make itself notice: it ranksÂ #18 in Finland,Â #39 in FranceÂ andÂ #41 in IrelandÂ and as the Chevrolet Trax it brilliantly sellsÂ 1,117 units for a 1.3% share in MexicoÂ and ranksÂ #87 in Canada. Finally, notice theÂ Seat ToledoÂ #28 in SpainÂ andÂ #50 in IrelandÂ and theÂ Opel AdamÂ making its first appearance in the German Top 100Â at #68.
Now you know everything there is to know about world car sales at the start of 2013!
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Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog namedÂ Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.
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