By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The sale of new motor vehicles rose 21.6 percent in May, the association of dealerships, Fenabrave, reported on Monday, June 3rd.
A total of 245,466 automobiles, light commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses received new license plates in the period, against 201,864 units in the same month of 2018.
The monthly performance was the best in 2019 so far. Compared to April, when 231,939 vehicles were registered, the increase was 5.83 percent.
In the year so far, the sector sold 1,084,975 units, representing an increase of 12.47 percent. In the same period last year, a total of 964,664 vehicles had been licensed by May.
Renault stood out among manufacturers, ranking fourth with an 8.83 percent share of the total.
It left behind Ford (8.34 percent), Toyota (8.29 percent) and Hyundai (8.01 percent). Considering the number of units, the four manufacturers stand apart by less than 10,000 vehicles.
In the ranking of models, Chevrolet Onix sold 22,279 units, ranking first against 10,111 Hyundai HB20 and 9,484 Ford Ka.
Completing the top 10 are Renault Kwid (8,661), Volkswagen Gol (8,317), Chevrolet Prisma (7,509), Fiat Strada (7,136), Volkswagen Polo (6,199), Fiat Toro (5,853), and Jeep Renegade (5,754).
In its first month of sales, Volkswagen sold over 3,000 T-Cross units, overtaking the Ford EcoSport, and was the fifth best-selling compact SUV, behind Renegade, Kicks, HR-V, and Creta.