The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in New Caledonia in September.

New Caledonia is a French archipelago located north west of Australia. New car sales there surge 46.6% year-on-year to 724 units, keeping in mind September 2021 was down -38.2% on the year prior. As a result the year-to-date tally tilts into positive at +1.4% to 6,301. Strikingly, the entire brands podium vastly outpace the market as all brands more than double their sales year-on-year. Toyota (+128%) soars to 23.6% share vs. 21.6% so far this year, Hyundai (+129.4%) fares best at 10.8% share vs. just 5.1% YTD and Citroen (+116.7%) matches its YTD level at 7.2% vs. 7.1% and climbs to #2 year-to-date. Suzuki (+500%), Dacia (+94.4%) and Ford (+69.6%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas Renault (-65.5%) implodes. Further down, FAW (+250%) is the best-selling Chinese carmaker at #13 overall, followed by Changan (+160%) at #14, MG (-21.4%) at #15 and BYD (+83.3%) at #17.

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota RAV4 (+336.4%) takes the lead for 2 units above the Toyota Hilux (+24.3%) while the Hyundai Tucson (+633.3%) leaps from outside the August Top 25 directly to #3. Same for the new Toyota Raize at #4 with the Dacia Duster (+250%) rounding out the Top 5. The Ford Ranger (+133.3%) is down four spots on August to #6 but scores a brilliant year-on-year evolution and the Citroen Berlingo (+133.3%) is up three to #7. Notice also the Citroen C3 (+450%), Suzuki Jimny (+366.7%), Renault Master (+266.7%) and Kia K2700 (+200%). The new BYD Dolphin makes its first appearance in the Top 20.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) August 2022: Toyota (+42%), Hilux (+78%) ignore market off -20.4%

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) September 2021: Renault Kwid lands in pole position in market down -38.2%

Full September 2022 Top 35 all brands and Top 20 models below.

New Caledonia (France) September 2022 – brands:

Pos Brand Sep-22 % /21 Aug 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Toyota 171 23.6% 128.0% 1 1,359 21.6% 51.0% 1 1
2 Hyundai   78 10.8% 129.4% 9 324 5.1% -19.8% 8 6
3 Citroen   52 7.2% 116.7% 3 448 7.1% 14.6% 2 7
4 Kia   39 5.4% 44.4% 6 389 6.2% 35.1% 5 9
5 Ford   39 5.4% 69.6% 4 371 5.9% -19.7% 7 5
6 Peugeot 36 5.0% -20.0% 2 447 7.1% -13.2% 3 3
7 Suzuki 36 5.0% 500.0% 10 275 4.4% 43.2% 9 12
8 Dacia 35 4.8% 94.4% 8 430 6.8% -23.4% 4 2
9 Renault  30 4.1% -65.5% 5 385 6.1% -8.8% 6 4
10 Nissan 21 2.9% -32.3% 7 252 4.0% -20.3% 10 8
11 Subaru 16 2.2% -5.9% 12 131 2.1% -41.0% 12 11
12 Mitsubishi   15 2.1% 36.4% 14 184 2.9% -14.0% 11 10
13 FAW 14 1.9% 250.0% 16 102 1.6% -2.9% 14 14
14 Changan 13 1.8% 160.0% 19 85 1.3% 9.0% 17 19
15 MG 11 1.5% -21.4% 18 96 1.5% -31.9% 15 13
16 Mazda 11 1.5% 175.0% 30 63 1.0% 23.5% 20 23
17 BYD 11 1.5% 83.3% 15 55 0.9% 139.1% 22 30
18 Mercedes 10 1.4% 400.0% 11 78 1.2% -13.3% 19 18
19 Iveco 9 1.2% -18.2% 33 33 0.5% 26.9% 29 29
20 Audi 9 1.2% 350.0% 21 31 0.5% -18.4% 30 27
21 Isuzu 8 1.1% -11.1% 13 103 1.6% 17.0% 13 16
22 Fiat 8 1.1% 100.0% 24 79 1.3% -14.1% 18 15
23 Dongfeng 7 1.0% 250.0% 29 59 0.9% -42.2% 21 17
24 Ram 7 1.0% 133.3% 27 49 0.8% -21.0% 25 22
25 Geely 6 0.8% 100.0% 17 91 1.4% 2933.3% 16 31
26 Opel 6 0.8% -25.0% 31 52 0.8% 271.4% 23 32
27 Land Rover 6 0.8% 200.0% 25 44 0.7% -32.3% 26 21
28 BMW 6 0.8% 20.0% 20 43 0.7% 0.0% 27 26
29 Mini 4 0.6% 33.3% 28 22 0.3% -18.5% 33 28
30 Jeep 3 0.4% 200.0%  – 38 0.6% -22.4% 28 25
31 Chevrolet   2 0.3% -50.0% 22 49 0.8% -5.8% 24 24
32 Porsche 2 0.3% n/a 34 20 0.3% 53.8% 34 36
33 DS 1 0.1% n/a 36 20 0.3% 11.1% 35 33
34 Jaguar 1 0.1% 0.0% 26 13 0.2% -40.9% 36 34
35 Soueast 1 0.1% n/a 35 6 0.1% -60.0% 39 38

New Caledonia (France) September 2022 – models:

Pos Model Sep-22 % /21 Aug 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Toyota RAV4 48 6.6% 336.4% 21 183 2.9% 31.7% 4 8
2 Toyota Hilux 46 6.4% 24.3% 1 544 8.6% 36.0% 1 1
3 Hyundai Tucson 44 6.1% 633.3%  n/a 105 1.7% 54.4% 13 27
4 Toyota Raize 44 6.1% new  n/a 165 2.6% new 5 45
5 Dacia Duster 35 4.8% 250.0% 3 388 6.2% 8.4% 2 2
6 Ford Ranger 28 3.9% 133.3% 2 197 3.1% 1.5% 3 3
7 Citroen Berlingo 21 2.9% 133.3% 10 125 2.0% 26.3% 11 14
8 Suzuki Swift 19 2.6% n/a 17 134 2.1% 103.0% 9 32
9 Kia K2700 18 2.5% 200.0% 12 142 2.3% 37.9% 7 11
10 Peugeot 208 14 1.9% 40.0% 4 129 2.0% -21.3% 10 6
11 Suzuki Jimny 14 1.9% 366.7%  n/a 87 1.4% 35.9% 18 30
12 Subaru XV 13 1.8% 8.3% 9 89 1.4% -38.2% 17 7
13 Toyota Land Cruiser 13 1.8% 44.4% 11 108 1.7% 31.7% 12 12
14 Citroen C3 11 1.5% 450.0% 8 137 2.2% 29.2% 8 10
15 Renault Master 11 1.5% 266.7% 16 49 0.8% 13.9% 35 44
16 Iveco Daily 9 1.2% -18.2%  n/a 30 0.5% 15.4% 60 63
17 Nissan Qashqai 9 1.2% 200.0% 6 61 1.0% 29.8% 26 47
18 BYD Dolphin 8 1.1% new n/a 24 0.4% new 71  –
19 FAW Bestune T77 8 1.1% 300.0%  n/a 28 0.4% 16.7% 63 65
20 Hyundai Grand i10 8 1.1% -11.1%  n/a 43 0.7% -54.2% 42 23
21 Kia Sorento 8 1.1% 700.0%  n/a 77 1.2% 87.8% 21 49
22 Mazda BT-50 8 1.1% 300.0%  n/a 36 0.6% 9,1% 49 60

Source: Manufacturers. Many thanks to Stéphane.