The Hyundai Sonata has been #1 in South Korea for a total of 12 years between 1999 and 2015. The direct links to 21 Historical posts are below. South Korea now has proper Historical coverage on BestSellingCarsBlog with 21 years worth of Historical Data. There is now an All-local models ranking for absolutely every year since 1998. While in 1997 the Hyundai Accent was #1, the South-East Asian economic crisis cut the South Korean new car market in half in 1998 and crowned the Daewoo Matiz for the first time. 2009 Hyundai Sonata The Hyundai Sonata would then top the models ranking ten times over the following 12 years, spanning 3 generations from 1999 to 2010, and was only interrupted twice: in 2004 when the Hyundai Santa Fe took the lead and in 2009 when the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) was in pole position. However, both years corresponded to generation changes for the Sonata, with different generations counted separately. The Sonata nameplate would have led for 12 consecutive … [Read more...] about South Korea: 1997-2017 Historical Data now available
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1966 ZAZ 966 Historical info spanning the past five decades is now available for Ukraine on BSCB! For the 1970–1991 period, the data is for USSR which Ukraine belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. Between 1992 and 2005 I do not have any models information at all about the Ukrainian new car market so if you do, please ensure you get in touch by commenting on this post. From 2006 onwards, data starts to trickle down to become full-blown all-models data from 2011 on. In the past 12 years, local carmaker ZAZ which now assembles Chevrolets and Cherys in the country has monopolised the Top spot 7 times: the Lanos was #1 for 6 consecutive years from 2006 to 2011 and the Sens (a Lanos twin) took the highest honours in 2013 but that was the last of the ZAZ-dominated years. The Skoda Octavia then topped the sales charts in 2012, with the Renault Logan finishing first in 2015 and the Kia Sportage in 2016 and 2017. USSR 1970-1979: Lada … [Read more...] about Ukraine: 1970-2017 Historical Info now available
Nasir Al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran With Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the end of economic sanctions, carmakers are scrambling to the starting blocks in order to best benefit from the opening of a high-potential market to competition. If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that the best-selling cars in Iran are for the most part decades-old designs assembled locally as the lack of true competition in the market has stifled innovation. The domestic best-sellers revolve around just a handful of ageing staples: the Saipa Pride – in essence a 1986 Kia Pride, the Peugeot 405/Pars – a mere facelift of the original Peugeot 405 launched in 1987, the Peugeot 206, Iran Khodro Samand and the new leader: the Saipa Tiba. Tehran, Iran We are therefore potentially on the cusp of a complete reshuffle of the Iranian car market. Freer trade with foreign countries will undoubtedly boost imports and manufacturers will make plans to … [Read more...] about STRATEGY: What future for new car sales in Iran?
All-new Compact Crossover with A Familiar Name Like a Phoenix rising, Mitsubishi resurrected the Eclipse name in 2018. In its previous iteration, from 1990 – 2012, the Eclipse was a very competent and popular coupe or convertible that could be pretty sporty with the right equipment. Now it is an all-new compact crossover, officially known as the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Mitsubishi’s new crossover middle child Slotting between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander, the Eclipse Cross enters the hottest segment of the auto market, so expectations are high. But will a good-looking design and a very attractive entry price be enough for buyers to give it a try? Drivetrain The Super-All Wheel Control, not All Wheel Drive, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that runs on 87 octane gasoline. The 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, was delivered through a Constant Variable Transmission (CVT) with an eight-step Sport … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC
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