New vehicle sales in Colombia reached 93,893 units in 2003, up 2.2% from 2002’s 91,832.


Locally-assembled vehicles accounted for 69,067 units (73%), up from 61,667 (67%) in 2002. General Motors was the top selling assembler with 33,404 sales of its Chevrolet-branded models (29,955 in 2002), followed by SOFASA (Toyota & Renault) with 21,425 (17,988) and CCA (Mazda & Mitsubishi) with 14,238 (13,724).


Hyundai topped the importers with 7,308 sales (6,406 in ’02), followed by Ford with 2,769 (2,371) and Hyundai affiliate KIA with 2,349 (2,421).


Private car sales fell slightly last year to 52,005 from 53,684 in 2002 and taxi sales also fell to 14,105 from 15,098. Sales of utilities and pickups improved, however to 9,587 (7,594) and 6,280 (4,730) respectively. Van sales declined from 2,377 in 2002 to 2,062 last year.


Truck sales increased to 4,313 from 2,955 and bus sales rose to 5,541 from 5,394.


An industry source told just-auto that Renault’s 16,947 sales, up from 14,817 in 2002, was the first time since 1987 that the French firm had nudged the 17,000 mark.


He added that GM has recently announced it will switch from assembling Suzuki-designed vehicles for its entry-level model line to cars sourced from South Korean affiliate GM-Daewoo.