- Published: Monday, 19 December 2016 17:58
Who's up, who's down and who's gone round and round this year?
SINGAPORE - It’s (semi) official, and assuming Toyota doesn't sell 900+ more cars than it usually does in December, Singapore’s best-selling car brand for the year 2016 is Honda. Using results from the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) list of registered cars by brand name up to November 2016, Honda sold 17,919 cars in Singapore for the first eleven months of 2016.
In second place is Toyota, which sold 17,082 cars in the same time period.
The stunning new Honda Civic (tested here in 1.6 and 1.5 Turbo trim) likely contributed to that, although in a market currently obsessed with crossovers it's the HR-V (and Vezel parallel import hit) that added most to this.
The two Japanese titans have regained their place at the top of the sales charts after massively expensive Certificates of Entitlement (COE) prices sent luxury brands to the top in the years 2007-2013. Between them, they sold 34,999 cars out of the year’s total of 80,715, or a massive 43 percent.
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Top 12 Passenger Car Brands By Sales Registrations
|2015 units sold
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*LTA registration figures provided for time period January to November 2016, numbers include both authorised distributor and parallel import cars.
Third place brand, Nissan, managed to move 6,402 cars this year which is less than half of Toyota’s tally, but it’s an impressive result given the brand didn’t unveil any new models of its biggest sellers this year — early 2017 sees the Nissan Pulsar return to its stable, which should boost sales a little at least. Nissan says 64 percent of its sales are made up by crossovers, chiefly the popular Qashqai.
In the meantime, Mazda continued its unstoppable roll as the biggest independent carmaker in the world today. It’s not owned by any of the major car conglomerates and it shows in a successful model line-up that’s free of the scattershot logic bigger brands now take — the Mazda 3 sedan 1.5 continues to be the brand’s biggest mover.
Mazda just about managed to keep Mercedes-Benz at bay, with both brands trading fourth and fifth spot from 2015, respectively. Mercedes is still the top luxury brand here and with strong offerings like the current C-Class, refreshed CLA and the new E-Class, sedans still make up the bulk of its sales, although it also sold an impressive number of SUVs and coupe/convertibles.
In fact, Mercedes sold more two-door cars than anybody else, with a high of 109 coupes/convertibles sold in October 2016 alone — we’re guessing most of these would have been the new C-Class Coupe which looks great and isn’t horrendously expensive.
BMW also happens to be the second-biggest brand for two-door cars. It wound up in sixth position behind Mercedes-Benz this year, although it actually closed the sales gap from 2015 (from 1,811 to 1,648 cars). While we were expecting the new 5 Series in 2016, it didn’t materialise, which would have boosted the brand’s sales considerably, possibly even over Mercedes-Benz.
Like Nissan, BMW saw no new versions of traditional best-sellers, but its BMW 116d small hatchback is likely the best-selling diesel car here this year.
Mitsubishi is the biggest gainer of them all: It more than doubled its sales from 2015, from 1,379 units to 3,470 units, leaping from 12th in 20165, to seventh position in 2016.
Sales of the Attrage small sedan, the Lancer EX (which amazingly people are still buying in this age) and the least expensive seven-seat SUV around, the Outlander, no doubt contributed to the bulk of its sales. After Mitsubishi, the sales race becomes extremely packed, with only 700 units covering eight to 12th position - Volkswagen narrowly edged Hyundai for ninth place with the smallest difference between places, just 140 units.