Argentina Car Market soared 12% in November 2012. Volkswagen on top.

The Argentinian car market in November posted 54.560 sales, down 12.9% from last year. Year-to-date sales were 765.992, down 5.2% from last year.

The country economic outlook is deteriorating as witnessed by many independent reports. We picked one from Scotia Bank saying: “The Argentine economy is in a deepening contraction phase. The abrupt unwinding of multiple subsidy schemes (which were instrumented to create an artificial sense of stability ahead of the presidential elections), disruptive exchange rate controls and the widespread imposition of import restrictions will all continue to constrain growth in the months to come. Additionally, business confidence remains very low while persistent labor market rigidities, ongoing leveraged consumption and high inflation prevent formal employment growth. Stagflation risk has increased: we estimate that the economy will sharply decelerate and barely expand in 2012. The economic outlook is negative: absent corrective measures and policy adjustments to the current exchange rate and import restrictions, a recession may develop by the end of the year.

The Government forecast issued in the 2013 budget was for a 4.3$ GDP increase next year, but the risk is again represented by the huge foreign debt. The car market should remain negative in the next months.

Looking at the best brands performance in November:

Volkswagen confirmed the market leadership, selling 11.008 units with a share of 20.2%, stable from October. Year-to-date November sales were 155.623 with a share of 20.2%. Volkswagen held two models in the top 5, with the Gol 1st this month, and the Suran 3rd.

Chevrolet was 2nd, with 8.347 units and a share of 15.3%, down 1.0 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 127.005 with a share of 16.5%. The best-selling model was the Classic, 2nd in the monthly ranking and year-to-date, while the Agile was 9th this month.

Renault was 3rd, selling 7.673 units with a share of 14.1%, down 0.6 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 114.590 with a share of 14.9%. The best-selling model was the Sandero, 11th this month.

Ford in 4th sold 6.749 units with a share of 12.4%, up 0.6 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 92.882 with a share of 12.1%. The Ka was 6th this month, followed by the Ranger, 6th.

Peugeot was 5th (6th year-to-date) with 5.924 units and a share of 10.9%, up 0.3 points from October. Year-to-date sales were 77.271 with a share of 10.0%. The best-selling model was the 207, 5th this month, while the 308 was 8th.

Fiat was 6th (5th year-to-date) with 5.144 sales and 9.4% of share, up 1.4 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 77.168 with a share of 10.0%. The Siena was 14th.

Toyota in 7th sold 3.309 units for a share of 6.1%, the same of October. Year-to-date sales were 43.110 with a share of 5.6%.

Citroen was 8th, selling 2.548 with a share of 4.7%, up 0.2 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 28.970 with a share of 3.8%.

Honda was 9th, selling 1.075 units with a share of 2.0%, down 0.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 15.740 with a share of 2.0%.

In the table below the Top 20 brands ranked for year to date position:

Rank

Brand

Nov

Ytd Nov

Q2

Q3

Oct

Nov

Ytd Nov

1

Volkswagen

11.008

155.623

21,0%

18,8%

20,2%

20,2%

20,2%

2

Chevrolet

8.374

127.005

16,6%

16,1%

16,3%

15,3%

16,5%

3

Renault

7.673

114.590

14,7%

16,3%

14,6%

14,1%

14,9%

4

Ford

6.749

92.882

11,3%

12,2%

11,8%

12,4%

12,1%

5

Fiat

5.144

77.168

10,7%

8,7%

8,0%

9,4%

10,0%

6

Peugeot

5.924

77.271

9,9%

11,1%

10,6%

10,9%

10,0%

7

Toyota

3.309

43.110

6,0%

5,4%

6,1%

6,1%

5,6%

8

Citroen

2.548

28.970

3,3%

3,7%

4,5%

4,7%

3,8%

9

Honda

1.075

15.740

2,1%

2,5%

2,7%

2,0%

2,0%

10

Mercedes

607

6.483

0,7%

1,0%

0,9%

1,1%

0,8%

11

Audi

358

6.097

0,7%

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

12

Chery

426

5.827

0,6%

0,7%

1,0%

0,8%

0,8%

13

Nissan

209

3.985

0,5%

0,5%

0,3%

0,4%

0,5%

14

Hyundai

154

3.545

0,4%

0,6%

0,4%

0,3%

0,5%

15

Dodge

49

2.362

0,3%

0,2%

0,1%

0,1%

0,3%

16

BMW

214

2.102

0,2%

0,3%

0,4%

0,4%

0,3%

17

Jeep

194

1.855

0,2%

0,2%

0,4%

0,4%

0,2%

18

Kia

95

1.583

0,2%

0,2%

0,3%

0,2%

0,2%

19

Mitsubishi

51

565

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

20

Mini

30

507

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

0,1%

Looking at the best models performance, the Volkswagen Gol was again the market leader, selling 4.410 units with a share of 8.1%, down 0.3 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 61.887 with a share of 8.0%.

The Chevrolet Classic in 2nd posted 2.410 units with a share of 4.4%, down 0.2 points from the previous month, followed by the Volkswagen Suran in 3rd (4th year-to-date) that sold 2.107 units with a share of 3.9%, down 0.3 points from the previous month.

The Toyota Hilux was 4th (6th year-to-date) selling 1.916 units for a share of 3.5%, followed in 5th by the Peugeot 207 (3rd year-to-date) with 1.870 sales and a share of 3.5%.

The Ford Ka in 6th (8th year-to-date) sold 1.820 units with a share of 3.3%, down 1.1 points from October, followed by the Ford Ranger in7th (18th year-to-date) that sold 1.662 units and a share of 3.0%.

Behind, it was a good month for the Fiat Siena in 14th (17th last month and 23rd YTD) with 1.013 units and a share of 1.9%, and for the Ford Ecosport in 28th (49th last month and 9th YTD) with 577 sales and 1.1% of share. A bad month was posted by the Renault Clio in 16th (9th last month and 5th YTD), with 955 sales and 1.8% of share, and by the Toyota Corolla in 17th (14th last month and 19th YTD) with 921 sales and 1.7% of share.

In the table below, the Best 50 selling models, ranked for last month position:

Rank Nov

Rank Oct

Rank Ytd

Model

Nov

Ytd Nov

Q2

Q3

Oct

Nov

Ytd Nov

1

1

1

Volkswagen Gol

4.410

61.887

7,8%

7,7%

8,4%

8,1%

8,0%

2

2

2

Chevrolet Classic

2.410

40.503

5,7%

5,1%

4,6%

4,4%

5,3%

3

4

4

Volkswagen Suran

2.107

25.024

3,0%

2,8%

4,2%

3,9%

3,2%

4

6

6

Toyota Hilux

1.916

21.975

2,9%

2,8%

3,4%

3,5%

2,9%

5

5

3

Peugeot 207

1.890

29.237

3,3%

3,9%

3,4%

3,5%

3,8%

6

3

8

Ford Ka

1.820

20.918

2,7%

2,4%

4,4%

3,3%

2,7%

7

7

18

Ford Ranger

1.662

15.158

1,0%

2,7%

2,9%

3,0%

2,0%

8

12

25

Peugeot 308

1.208

13.128

2,1%

2,1%

2,1%

2,2%

1,7%

9

10

13

Chevrolet Agile

1.187

17.659

2,3%

2,0%

2,4%

2,2%

2,3%

10

13

14

Ford Focus

1.180

16.939

1,9%

2,4%

2,1%

2,2%

2,2%

11

11

7

Renault Sandero

1.178

21.774

3,0%

3,1%

2,2%

2,2%

2,8%

12

8

12

Chevrolet Celta

1.125

18.137

2,1%

2,3%

2,9%

2,1%

2,4%

13

16

22

VW Amarok

1.014

13.910

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

1,9%

1,8%

14

17

23

Fiat Siena

1.013

13.631

2,0%

1,3%

1,6%

1,9%

1,8%

15

15

11

Renault Duster

1.003

18.307

2,2%

2,7%

1,8%

1,8%

2,4%

16

9

5

Renault Clio

955

22.927

2,7%

3,5%

2,9%

1,8%

3,0%

17

14

19

Toyota Corolla

921

14.777

2,0%

1,9%

1,9%

1,7%

1,9%

18

19

24

Fiat Palio

899

13.212

1,3%

2,0%

1,6%

1,6%

1,7%

19

25

30

Volkswagen Vento

769

8.305

1,2%

1,1%

1,1%

1,4%

1,1%

20

21

27

Peugeot 408

759

11.151

1,3%

1,4%

1,5%

1,4%

1,4%

21

20

17

Chevrolet Aveo

752

15.708

2,0%

1,7%

1,5%

1,4%

2,0%

22

23

34

Citroen C3

734

7.475

0,5%

0,8%

1,3%

1,3%

1,0%

23

22

20

Volkswagen Voyage

714

14.488

2,2%

1,9%

1,4%

1,3%

1,9%

24

24

10

Volkswagen Fox

693

18.391

2,0%

1,4%

1,2%

1,3%

2,4%

25

18

31

Chevrolet Meriva

668

8.018

0,9%

1,3%

1,6%

1,2%

1,0%

26

26

15

Renault Kangoo

615

16.906

2,6%

2,9%

1,0%

1,1%

2,2%

27

29

28

Renault Fluence

606

9.049

1,1%

1,2%

1,0%

1,1%

1,2%

28

49

9

Ford Ecosport

577

20.193

3,0%

2,2%

0,4%

1,1%

2,6%

29

30

36

Chevrolet S10

574

7.079

1,0%

0,8%

0,9%

1,1%

0,9%

30

40

21

Ford Fiesta

564

14.163

1,5%

1,8%

0,7%

1,0%

1,8%

31

32

26

Peugeot Partner

525

12.774

1,8%

2,4%

0,8%

1,0%

1,7%

32

44

35

Fiat Strada

517

7.360

1,0%

0,6%

0,6%

0,9%

1,0%

33

34

41

Renault Master

507

4.935

0,2%

0,7%

0,8%

0,9%

0,6%

34

38

40

Volkswagen Bora

507

5.061

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

0,9%

0,7%

35

33

16

Fiat Uno

492

16.752

3,6%

1,7%

0,8%

0,9%

2,2%

36

27

29

Renault Logan

479

8.944

1,1%

1,3%

1,0%

0,9%

1,2%

37

31

33

Citroen C4

479

7.514

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

0,9%

1,0%

38

35

42

Volkswagen Saverio

479

4.769

0,7%

0,7%

0,8%

0,9%

0,6%

39

37

52

Citroen C3 Picasso

475

2.845

0,1%

0,2%

0,8%

0,9%

0,4%

40

41

44

Peugeot 206

450

4.512

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

0,8%

0,6%

41

28

37

Honda Fit

419

6.262

0,5%

1,1%

1,0%

0,8%

0,8%

42

45

46

Mercedes Sprinter

413

3.498

0,1%

0,4%

0,6%

0,8%

0,5%

43

39

43

Fiat 500

378

4.647

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

44

42

45

Renault Symbol

321

4.034

0,5%

0,5%

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

45

36

32

Chevrolet Cruze

304

7.531

1,1%

1,2%

0,8%

0,6%

1,0%

46

 

51

Honda City

271

3.047

0,0%

0,4%

0,0%

0,5%

0,4%

47

50

53

Honda Civic

270

2.657

0,5%

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,3%

48

46

48

Toyota RAV4

267

3.182

0,2%

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

49

47

38

Citroen Berlingo

218

6.162

0,8%

1,0%

0,4%

0,4%

0,8%

50

48

54

Chery QQ

197

2.527

0,1%

0,2%

0,4%

0,4%

0,3%

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