Colombia’s
vehicle market grew 19.3 percent in May compared with April, due mostly to a 71
percent rise in light pickup sales, the official Colombian Brands Committee figures
show, writes Juan Carlos Vargas.

The rising pickup sales are a clear sign of recovery in the domestic economy
because this type of vehicle is again being bought by small and medium businesses
rejuvenating their ageing fleets.

But, despite the good news in May, overall sales for the year so far have fallen
by 0.9 percent to 24,726.


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For the five months to the end of May, locally-assembled vehicles increased
their market share 5.1 percent to almost 60 percent while the slice taken by
imported vehicles decreased 10.3 per cent.

General Motors , which has just launched its GM BuyPower buy-on-line website,
led the market in May with 34.5 percent market share followed by Renault , which
has just launched the extensively revised Clio II, (18.5 percent).

Mazda was third (10.6 percent) and Daewoo, which was affected by a change in
its key taxi model from the ageing Cielo to the newer Lanos, was fourth (9.1
percent). Hyundai (5.4 percent) came in fifth.

While GM leads almost all the market segments (passenger cars, 33.5 percent;
SUVs, 43.1 percent; pickups, 36.6 percent; vans, 50.7 percent; trucks, 55.7
percent; and buses, 65.9 percent), Daewoo is the leader in the taxi segment
(56.6 percent).

Passenger cars currently account for 53.5 percent of the Colombian market;
taxis, 11.6 percent; SUVs, 8.4 percent; pickups, 6.2 percent; vans, 1.1 percent;
trucks, 2.8 percent; and buses, 6.7 percent.

In the year-to-date sales race, GM’s bow-tied Chevrolet badge dominates with
33.6 percent followed by Renault (14.7 percent), Mazda (12.0 percent), Daewoo
(10.9 percent) and Hyundai (7.2 percent).

COLOMBIAN
AUTOMOTIVE MARKET MAY CAR SALES

Brand
Passenger
cars
%
Taxis
%
SUV’s
%
Pick
Ups
%
Vans
%
Trucks
%
Buses
%
Total
%
CHEVROLET
1,113
33.5
53
7.3
226
43.1
140
36.6
36
50.7
97
55.7
273
65.9
1,938
34.5
RENAULT
999
30.1
41
5.7
h
0.0
f
0.0
f
0.0
0
0.0
f
0.0
1,040
18.5
MAZDA
510
15.3
20
2.8
h
0.0
65
17.0
0.0
0
0.0
0
0.0
595
10.6
DAEWOO
90
2.7
408
56.5
0
0.0
v
0.0
f
0.0
12
6.9
0
0.0
510
9.1
OTRAS
231
6.9
0
0.0
26
5.0
19
5.0
4
5.6
12
6.9
21
5.1
313
5.6
HYUNDAI
109
3.3
181
25.1
5
1.0
0
0.0
6
8.5
f
0.0
0
0.0
301
5.4
TOYOTA
4
0.1
v
0.0
88
16.8
91
23.8
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
183
3.3
VOLKSWAGEN
147
4.4
v
0.0
v
0.0
f
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
18
4.3
165
2.9
FORD
28
0.8
0
0.0
29
5.5
64
16.7
v
0.0
17
9.8
v
0.0
138
2.5
MITSUBISHI
18
0.5
v
0.0
70
13.4
3
0.8
v
0.0
22
12.6
15
3.6
128
2.3
KIA
11
0.3
19
2.6
5
1.0
0
0.0
24
33.8
7
4.0
5
1.2
71
1.3
VOLVO
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
52
12.6
52
0.9
MERCEDES
BENZ
13
0.4
v
0.0
3
0.6
v
0.0
1
1.4
1
0.6
18
4.3
36
0.6
HONDA
9
0.3
v
0.0
24
4.6
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
33
0.6
PEUGEOT
30
0.9
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
30
0.5
CHRYSLER
0
0.0
v
0.0
26
5.0
1
0.3
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
27
0.5
DAIHATSU
7
0.2
v
0.0
12
2.3
v
0.0
v
0.0
3
1.7
0
0.0
22
0.4
HINO
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
2
1.1
12
2.9
14
0.2
BMW
5
0.2
v
0.0
3
0.6
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
8
0.1
SUBARU
0
0.0
v
0.0
5
1.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
5
0.1
LAND
ROVER
v
0.0
v
0.0
2
0.4
fvvvf
0.0
f
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
2
0.0
SAMSUNG
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
v
0.0
1
0.6
v
0.0
1
0.0
TOTAL
3,324
100.0
722
100.0
524
100.0
383
100.0
71
100.0
174
100.0
414
100.0
5,612
100.0
hdf
59.2
c
12.9
c
9.3
c
6.8
c
1.3
c
3.1
c
7.4
v
100.0
v


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