17 June 2018

ASEAN Pick Up Truck Sales : 2017 (By Model)

The Colorado was the smallest selling model listed below
but had the largest percentage increase

Below are pick up truck sales of six models. For this exercise, small pick up commercial vehicles based on small vans are not included. Here we just look at the larger pick up, which often have SUVs baded on them.

Asean nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,  Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. About 650 million people are encompassed within this grouping and roughly 3,150,000 vehicles were sold.

Overall sales were up nearly 5% up on 2016 so this sort of vehicle was ahead of the regional total. The one exception below was the Hilux, which was nearly caught by the Isuzu D-Max. The Ford Ranger is the most popular car in New Zealand and sells well in other mature markets and was third here, with a healthy 26% increase.

17 Brand/Model 2017 +/-

1 Toyota Hilux 157,000 -9%

2 Isuzu D-Max 149,300 11%

3 Ford Ranger 77,500 26%

4 Mitsubishi Triton 38,800 27%

5 Nissan Navara 36,800 15%

6 Chevrolet Colorado 21,400 36%

04 June 2018

Top 5 Other Segments Models UK : 2016/17

I'm not sure if there are blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover but there is a
blue Ford Kuga (and kayaks) on the beach. The thing is could it get up there?

These last three segments are disparate but they have to be put somewhere. They also are having varied success. Let's take a brief overview of how they have been faring.

The Sports section had about 3% share in 2004 but are now under 2%, although these was a slight improvement for 2017.

The SUV reminds me of lyrics from War of the Worlds, where it says "...but still they come". Like an invading army, nothing seems able to contain the relentless march of the SUV. From just &5 in 2004, they took 18% in 2017. They still have some way to go to taking over the market but who can say where it will reach its saturation point?

The MPV is probably as practical as a family vehicle can get and sales have held up well. Despite that, share has dropped from 6.7% in 2014 to 4.4% now. That's quite a swing. maybe the SUV is proving a more enticing proposition from what is a often regarded as a dull segment.


Sports SUV MPV



Audi TT 9,836 Kia Sportag 40,083 Ford C-Max 18,196
VW Scirocco 5,729 Ford Kuga 35,481 Citroën C4 Picas 15,773
Mazda MX-5 4,229 L Rover Evoque 27,161 Vauxhall Zafira Tour 12,444
Ford Mustang 3,257 Hyundai Tucson 25,242 Ford S-Max 7,794
Other British 2,593 L Rover Disc Spt 23,796 Ford B-Max 7,468
Other 48.5% 24,130 Other 65.3% 286,168 Other 50.8% 63,801
49,774 Total
437,931 Total


Sports SUV MPV



Audi TT 7,762 Kia Sportag 39,683 Ford C-Max 12,655
VW Scirocco 4,935 Ford Kuga 39,212 Vauxhall Zafira Tour 12,219
Mazda MX-5 4,698 Hyundai Tucson 29,430 Citroën C4 Picas 11,017
M Benz SLC 3,664 VW Tiguan 29,121 Ford S-Max 5,977
Porsche 718 2,556 L Rover Evoque 24,906 Ford B-Max 5,930
Other 50.3% 23,937 Other 64.7% 298,060 Other 57.3% 64,241
47,552 Total
460,412 Total

Data source: SMMT.

03 June 2018

Top 5 Larger Car Models UK : 2016/17

Can the Insignia hold on to 5th spot? Bets being taken now

With only 15% of sales, it is a relatively insignificant area of the market. However, in terms of value, it would be much higher. The area that held up well was the Upper Medium (basically large), for back in 2004 for example it had 18%. So that's down nearly half. In the same period, Executive is up (4.3% to 4.8%) and Luxuary down (0.53% to 0.36).

A major reason for two of those dropping is the SUV, which have become ubiquitous. Whether we like it or not, they are taking over, although some are crossovers which are slightly raised regular models. Still, they handle well with driver aids and offer a better view and more space that the conventional car.

BMW and Mercedes are the main brands here, with the odd Audi and Jaguar to keep things slightly more interesting. Not one model entered or left the charts. I would like to say a one off but the same models were there in 2015. It seems a predictable lot buy larger and premium cars.


Upper medium Executive Luxury



BMW 3 Series 36,732 M Benz C-Class 44,184 M Benz S-Class 3,339
Audi A4 26,686 M Benz E-Class 25,537 BMW 7-Series 2,076
Vauxhall Insignia 25,095 BMW 5 Series 19,621 Jaguar XJ 1,206
BMW 4-Series 23,479 Audi A6 18,698 Audi A8 1,060
Škoda Octavia 23,068 Jaguar XF 9,619 Bentley Conti 1,033
Other 47.4% 121,864 Other 7.9% 10,145 Other 17.0% 1,786
256,924 Total
127,804 Total


Upper medium Executive Luxury



BMW 3 Series 35,904 M Benz C-Class 45,912 M Benz S-Class 2,939
Audi A4 25,294 M Benz E-Class 26,733 BMW 7-Series 2,274
BMW 4-Series 22,050 BMW 5 Series 19,477 Jaguar XJ 970
Škoda Octavia 20,493 Audi A6 12,768 Bentley Conti 770
Vauxhall Insignia 16,884 Jaguar XF 7,710 Audi A8 749
Other 50.4% 122,335 Other 8.6% 10,568 Other 16.2% 1,489
242,960 Total
123,168 Total

Data source: SMMT.

01 June 2018

Top 5 Smaller Car Models UK : 2016/17

Comparing the three smaller car categories in the UK, some trends occurred over the past year. Let's look at the them each.

Mini: Overall share is small and downsized slightly for 2.8 to 2.7%. VW went up! one, while the Viva slipped down one. The i10 is the big seller here, otherwise nothing much to see.

Supermini: The segment fell from 32.4% to 29.5%, quite a drop. Ford Fiesta remained the top selling model in this category and in total. However, the volume took a hit. The rankings stayed the same otherwise. Nice to see the Juke volumes holding up well.

Lower Medium: This segment held sales pretty well and because of that took its overall share from 27.3% to 28.7%. The Focus was bumped out of top spot by the Golf. I am almost speechless to know why a company so blatantly cheated on something that affects the health of its citizens was so well rewarded by the self-centred UK public. Maybe the clue is in the term 'self-centred'. Qashqai sales were up slightly in a depressed market and the A-Class replaced the A3 at 5th.


Mini Supermini Lower Medium



Hyundai i10 23,657 Ford Fiesta 120,525 Ford Focus 70,545
Vauxhall Viva 14,297 Vauxhall Corsa 77,110 VW Golf 69,492
VW Up! 13,245 VW Polo 54,448 Nissan Qashqai 62,682
Suzuki Celerio 8,420 MINI MINI 43,328 Vauxhall Astra 60,719
Škoda Citigo 8,140 Nissan Juke 38,803 Audi A3 46,806
Other 11.6% 8,857 Other 61.7% 538,722 Other 57.8% 424,581
76,616 Total
872,936 Total


Mini Supermini Lower Medium



Hyundai i10 25,224 Ford Fiesta 94,533 VW Golf 74,605
VW Up! 13,555 Vauxhall Corsa 52,772 Ford Focus 69,903
Vauxhall Viva 9,963 VW Polo 47,855 Nissan Qashqai 64,216
Suzuki Celerio 6,755 MINI MINI 47,669 Vauxhall Astra 49,370
Škoda Citigo 6,527 Nissan Juke 38,912 M Benz A-Class 43,717
Other 9.9% 6,822 Other 62.4% 466,592 Other 58.5% 426,305
68,846 Total
748,333 Total

Data source: SMMT.