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Of course I saw it Conwelpic

Conwelpic - see, you're an "expert" and I'm just a "newbie". Can't expect much out of us Newbies!

Actually, I wanted to post the article and link, then I had a version of that table for April NICELY SPACED! I had reformatted it and sent it to an automotive manufacturing and engineering discussion group. Trouble is, it un-formatted itself and ended up looking just like yours afterall!

So it's not a Canadian language problem I guess - those tables just won't behave for anyone!

Our road(s) through our subdivision total maybe four miles. Perhaps 200 homes. Tonight my daughter and I traveled through, counting, and added the ones we know are in the 'hood but were out and about. We came up with 12 Kias total, but ours is the only Rondo. Next door neighbor came home with a new Optimo Saturday. The "movement" grows...

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Our road(s) through our subdivision total maybe four miles. Perhaps 200 homes. Tonight my daughter and I traveled through, counting, and added the ones we know are in the 'hood but were out and about. We came up with 12 Kias total, but ours is the only Rondo. Next door neighbor came home with a new Optimo Saturday. The "movement" grows...
I live out in the country and I don't see another Rondo, or very rarely even another Kia going to and from work (34km round trip). But to put it in perspective, the Honda Civic which is the top selling car in Canada (they sold over 8,000 in April), I very rarely see even one of those. This area is mostly trucks, SUV's and minivans.
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About the Rondo's looks (as mentioned earlier), I've talked a lot about it over at Edmunds and at times I've sounded goofy and at other times I've sounded quite defensive about it. There's actually a reason for why I seem to be hung up on it.

Every now and then, I trawl the Web for any new info on the Rondo. A few months ago, I re-discovered a Mazda forum that I once frequented for a short period before I bought the Rondo. While reading some of the few posts about the Rondo, it seemed as though whenever the subject was brought up, there was always a certain Mazda5 owner who just couldn't pass up the opportunity to trash the Rondo, especially its looks.

That in itself doesn't really bother me that much. To each his own. The thing is, this same Mazda5 owner also participates at Edmunds's forums. Over there, even though he's clearly a Mazda5 apologist, he's a model of civility and fairness. I'm not sure why I care, but this two-faced behaviour really ticks me off. He passes himself off as Jekyll, but all I can see is Hyde (btw, anybody seen that BBC series "Jekyll"? Brilliant stuff).

I suppose I'm also a bit like Mr. Hyde, since I start seeing red whenever I see one of his posts, which explains why I try to stay away from the "Mazda5 vs. Rondo" discussions at Edmunds.

Anyway, enough with the therapy session--and totally off-topic, as usual. I mostly like the way the Rondo looks, although my opinion has wavered in the past. In fact, I just received a compliment on it this morning at an ice rink parking lot (where I go for public skating once a week. Ever heard of Mira Leung? She's always there practicing).
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I now have the complete listing of all vehicles sold in Canada for the month of April 2008, so if anyone is curious about any particular model of any brand, just let me know and I'll be glad to provide the figures.
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just announced:

Record May Sales for KIA Canada

Model MAY YEAR TO DATE
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2008 2007 2008 2007
Rio - 1015 873 3834 2675
Spectra - 818 661 2095 2514
Magentis - 159 195 506 735
Rondo - 1001 954 4235 2615
Amanti - 13 13 76 52
Sportage - 637 638 2491 2517
Sorento - 97 75 478 820
Sedona - 270 366 1174 1390

Total 4010 3775 14889 13318
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Rondo has just passed the 12,000 unit mark since its introduction into Canada.

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got the statistics for Total Light Vehicles in Canada for May: (manufacturer only)

Kia now has a 2.1% YTD market share, tied with Volkswagen

On a YTD basis vs 2007 Kia is up 11.8%

The largest increase YTD vs 2007 is the Smart car at 33.1%
The largest decrease YTD vs 2007 is SAAB at -41.9%

The largest increase for the month of May vs 2007 - Mercedes Benz at 44.8%
The largest decrease for the month of May vs 2007 - SAAB at -49.2%
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Presumably they have now sold 3 Smart cars this year vs only two last year !!!
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Presumably they have now sold 3 Smart cars this year vs only two last year !!!
no, that Mercedes-Benz figure of +44.8% has nothing to do with the Smart car, thats a separate entity.

Believe or not, the Smart car was down 17.3% for May vs 2007, but on a YTD basis they are up 33.1% for a total of 1,553 units.
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complete Canada light vehicles sales by nameplate, May and 5 months 2008 in pdf format.
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Kia Motors America has announced record June and first quarter sales:

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