Italy August 2014: Punto’s last gasp? Opel Mokka breaks record

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Opel Mokka Italy August 2014. Picture courtesy of omniauto.itUp to a record 13th place in August: the Opel Mokka.

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The good news is the Italian new car market is stable year-on-year in August at 53,697 registrations. The bad news is August 2013 (53,675) was the lowest August figure in 51 years, which now makes 2014 the 2nd worst August in 52 years, since 1962 when 49,766 cars were registered and the 2nd weakest month in 47 years, since December 1967 (48,974)… Not so great after all. Year-to-date, the market is up 4% on 2013 to 931,812 units. Brand-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are identical to July and year-to-date, led by Fiat (-9%), Volkswagen (+20%), Ford (+10%) and Renault (+34%), Dacia is up 22% to #11, Kia up 19% to #14, Seat up 58% to #20, Skoda up 52% to #22, Jeep up 81% to #24 and Porsche up 88% to #27.

Dacia Duster Italy August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frStrong again: the Dacia Duster

In the models ranking, below the Fiat Panda solid at 7.7% share, it is potentially the Fiat Punto’s last gasp: back up above 5% market share at home for the first time since last February and only the 2nd time in the past 12 months, after a low of 3.2% in May. The Lancia Ypsilon is up two spots on July to #3, the Renault Clio remains the most popular foreigner at #4, the Dacia Duster is extremely strong once again at #11, the Opel Mokka is up 6 ranks on July to a record #13, the Kia Sportage shines at #22, the Hyundai i10 is up 3 spots to #23, the Fiat Freemont up 10 to #29, the Peugeot 308 up 11 to #30, Toyota RAV4 up 24 to #42 and the Skoda Octavia up 12 to #47.

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Previous month: Italy July 2014: Fiat Punto, Renault Clio and Dacia Duster surge

One year ago: Italy August 2013: Fiat Punto teases Panda in worst August in 51 years

Full August 2014 Top 50 models and Top 44 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary August 2014: Ford Focus takes the lead

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Ford Focus Hungary August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Focus

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New passenger car sales in Hungary are up a solid 14% year-on-year in August to 4,797 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 43,926 units, up 20% on 2013. However keep in mind that this growth is almost exclusively fuelled by demand from businesses and not private buyers. No less that 78% of new cars in Hungary were registered by businesses in August. For example, 87% of Ford sales were to businesses, 83% of Volkswagen, 96% of Fiat, 92% of Skoda and 79% of Renault, but ‘only’ 56% of Dacia. Unofficially, re-export continues to also play a key role in ensuring the Hungarian new car market is on the up. The Ford Focus is the best-selling model in the country in August thanks to 245 sales and 5.1%, above the Skoda Octavia at 222 units and 4.6% – still leader year-to-date with 2,651 sales and 6% share. The Suzuki SX4 is up to #3, the Fiat 500 up to #6 and Ford Mondeo up to #9. (Note the table below includes LCVs)

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Previous month: Hungary July 2014: Opel Astra confirms pole position

One year ago: Hungary July 2013: Fiat 500 up to third place

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Spain August 2014: Dacia Sandero triumphs

September 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Dacia Sandero Spain August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Sandero

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The Spanish new car market is moving the right way again in August at +13% to 45,497 registrations, however if last July was the best since 2009, this August is the best since… 2012 (48,497) and the third worst August score in the past 20 years below 2013 (39,954) and 2010 (45,003). Year-to-date, new car sales in Spain are up an encouraging 16.5% on 2013 to 584,432 units. Being traditionally the slowest month of the year due to Summer holidays, August triggers more volatile rankings. Brand-wise, Volkswagen cements its domination with sales up 36% year-on-year and 9% share ahead of Opel (+22%), Peugeot (+12%) and Ford (+50%) while Seat (+2%) and Renault (+17%) both drop 3 ranks on July to #5 and #6 respectively. Dacia is only 24 units below Renault and 44 below Seat (!), Kia is up 36% to #10, Mercedes up 40% to #12, Mazda up 99% to #18 and Mitsubishi up 86% to #20.

Mercedes GLA Spain July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst Top 50 ranking in Spain for the Mercedes GLA

The Dacia Sandero flamboyantly takes the lead of the Spanish models charts this month thanks to 1,659 sales and 3.6% share, one percentage point above every other model on sale in the country bar one: the Seat Ibiza at #2 with 1,281 units and 2.8% and #1 year-to-date at 3.5% share. This is the 4th time in the past 20 months (and ever) that the Sandero tops the Spanish ranking after JanuaryAugust and December 2013. Other great performers this month include the Opel Astra up to #5 vs. #12 year-to-date, the Toyota Auris up to #7 vs. #15, Hyundai ix35 up to #12 vs. #24, Kia Sportage at #15, Peugeot 3008 up to #18 vs. #28. Finally, the Mercedes GLA is up 18 spots to break into the Spanish Top 50 for the first time at #43 and the Macan confirms its status as Porsche’s best-seller, up 18 ranks to #131.

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One year ago: Spain August 2013: Dacia Sandero leads in market back in hell

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Ireland August 2014: Dacia Duster takes the lead!

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster Ireland August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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New car sales in Ireland are up a fantastic 32% year-on-year in August to 4,873 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 89,279 units, up an equally impressive 38% on 2013. Granted, it’s a slow month with only 1/4 of the sales level reached in July, but still the performance is exceptional: 18 months after the brand Dacia launched in Ireland, the Duster manages to take the lead of the models ranking in August with 212 sales and 4.4% share, making Ireland one of only a handful of countries to have crowned the Duster since the low-cost SUV launched in 2010. The Skoda Octavia is up 4 spots on July to #2 and the VW Golf is down 2 to #3 but remains in the lead year-to-date. Notice also the VW Jetta up 29 ranks to #5, the BMW 5 Series up 22 to #6, Hyundai i40 up 11 to #7 and the BMW 3 Series up 36 to #8. Finally, Tesla appears in the Irish ranking for the first time with 3 units sold this month.

Previous month: Ireland July 2014: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

One year ago: Ireland August 2013: BMW 5 Series leads, Dacia Duster up to #4

Full July 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland August 2014: Skoda Octavia master on board

September 1st, 2014 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Finland August 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda Octavia

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The Finnish new car market is down 2% year-on-year in August to 7,468 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 73,996 units, up 3% on 2013. After a couple of very strong months from Volkswagen, Toyota reclaims the brands ranking top spot in August thanks to 884 sales and 11.8% vs. 866 and 11.6%, however this is far from enough to even threaten VW year-to-date at 8,534 units and 11.5% vs. 9,316 and 12.6%. Skoda is solid in third position and 9.5% share, Kia is up to #5 and 6.3% vs. #8 year-to-date, Opel is back up to #8 and 5.6%, a full percentage point above its ytd level, Hyundai does the same at #12 while Dacia sells more than Renault for the 2nd month in a row.

VW Golf Sportsvan Finland August 2014. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe VW Golf Sportsvan is up to a world-best #11 in Finland this month!

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia is master on board this month in Finland: the only model to sell over 300 and 400 units at 416 and 5.5% share, cementing its year-to-date lead at 4,324 sales and 5.8%, up 56% on the same period in 2013. The Toyota Auris is up 4 spots on July but down 32% in 2nd place, the Kia Rio is up 5 ranks to #6, the BMW 3 Series up 9 to #10 and we welcome the VW Golf Sportsvan in the Finnish Top 20 for the very first time at an amazing 11th position with 123 sales and 1.6% share, its best monthly ranking in the world so far!

Previous month: Finland July 2014: Skoda Octavia back to #1, Volvo V60 shines

One year ago: Finland July 2013: Skoda Octavia confirms pole position

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Sweden August 2014: VW Golf #1, as popular as in Germany!

September 1st, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Sweden August 2013. Picture courtesy of L'Argus2The VW Golf holds 7.1% of the Swedish market in August: like in Germany in July!

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The first cab off the rank for full August 2014 sales in Sweden, and we start with a bang: for only the third time in the past decade, it’s not a Volvo atop the models charts! The VW Golf brilliantly snaps up the pole position thanks to 1,713 sales and 7.1% market share. The previous two occurrences when a foreign model was #1 was in August 2010 (VW Golf) and August 2013 (VW Passat). Before that, we have to go back to the 1950s when the VW Beetle and Opel Olympia/Rekord were best-sellers in Sweden. To grasp the extent of this performance, let’s also notice that the 7.1% market share reached by the VW Golf in Sweden this month is exactly the same as the one it hit at home in Germany in July! With Volkswagen the #1 brand in the country like in August 2012 at 16.3% share, August is definitely shaping up to be a nemesis month for Volvo – but this can be explained by the fact that the local manufacturer all but shuts down for Summer holidays at this time of year, so all should return to ‘normal’ come September.

VW Beetle Sweden 1950Not since the 1950s and the VW Beetle had a foreign model managed to rank #1 more than once in Sweden…

But let’s get back to basics and look at the overall figures for the month now that we have covered the exceptional performance of Volkswagen in Sweden. August 2014 is the third highest August score in the history of automobile in Sweden (since new car sales figures started being tracked in 1946), up 12% year-on-year to 24,274 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 196,494 units, up a fantastic 16% on 2013. Other brands to shine this month include Audi up to #3 overall with 7.2% share, Skoda up 29% to #7, Mercedes up 42% to #8, Nissan up 39% to #10, Peugeot up 59% to #11, Mitsubishi up 114% to #17, Mazda up 41% to #18, Dacia up 42% to #19, Porsche up 52% to #26 and Jeep up 124% to #27.

Mercedes C Class Sweden July 2014Mercedes C-Class

In the models ranking, the Audi A6 continues to progress: up two spots on July to #8 and 2.4% vs. #17 and 1.4% year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 is up 19 ranks to #16, the Mercedes C-Class up 28 to #25, the Mazda3 up 16 to #39 and the Skoda Rapid up from outside the Top 60 to #40 this month. The Nissan Leaf breaks into the Swedish Top 50 for the very first time, jumping up an unbelievable #36 with 188 sales which is more than half its year-to-date total! Finally let’s salute the landing of the Citroen C4 Cactus directly at #58 with 116 sales for its very first month in market. Promising.

Previous month: Sweden July 2014: Audi A6 back inside Top 10

One year ago: Sweden August 2013: VW Passat beats all Volvos to rank #1!

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Thailand July 2014: Toyota Vios back on podium

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Thailand July 2014. Picture courtesy of manager.co.thToyota Vios

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Sadly the free fall continues for the Thai new car market: down 35% year-on-year in July to just 69,527 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 510,438 units, down a dramatic 40% or 344,000 sales on 2013. Toyota (36% share) and Isuzu (18%) dominate the brands ranking head and shoulders once again this month with the Toyota Hilux (16.9%) and Isuzu D-Max (14.3%) topping the models charts as usual. But there is some movement below. The Toyota Vios is up one spot on June to reclaim its place on the podium thanks to 3,923 sales and 5.6% ahead of the Toyota Yaris at 5.4%. This also means the Vios overtakes the Honda City year-to-date to climb to #4 below the Yaris.

Mitsubishi Attrage Thailand July 2014. Picture courtesy of attrageclubthailand.comMitsubishi Attrage

Boosted by the new generation, the Honda Jazz confirms it is now Top 10 material, up one rank on last month to a splendid 8th position with 1,992 sales and 2.9% vs. #19 and 1.2% year-to-date. The Mitsubishi Attrage is up a cool 9 spots on June to stop just short off a Top 10 ranking at #11 with 1,237 units, passing its hatchback sister the Mirage year-to-date at #16 vs. #17. Notice also the Honda Civic up to #12, the Mazda3 holding itself inside the Top 20 at #18, the Mazda CX-5 up to #22, Ford Ecosport up to #24 (and now above its main competitor the Nissan Juke) and the recently launched Suzuki Celerio breaking into the Thai Top 30 for the first time at #30.

Previous month: Thailand June 2014: New generation Honda Jazz breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Thailand 7 months 2013: Discover the Top 50 best-selling models!

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Europe 7 months 2014: Discover the Top 50 models

September 1st, 2014 1 comment

Seat Leon Europe July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

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I give you the Top 50 models for now, more data and complete analysis will follow shortly.

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Europe July 2014: Discover the Top 50 models

September 1st, 2014 2 comments

Peugeot 308 Europe July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 continues to climb up the European ranking: #14 in July.

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I give you the Top 50 models for now, more data and complete analysis will follow shortly.

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South Korea June 2014: Now with All-models & All-brands!

September 1st, 2014 2 comments

BMW 5 Series South Korea June 2014The BMW 5 Series is the best-selling foreign model in South Korea in June.

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For the very first time on BSCB I can share with you a complete models and brands ranking for South Korea, including imports! Exciting times indeed. In June there we 17,803 new imported cars registered in South Korea, bringing the overall total to 139,024 units. This 12.8% import market share is one of the lowest in the world, but it has grown exponentially over the past few years: it was was only 0.4% in 2000! Automotive News predicts imports could account for as much as 20% of the South Korean market by 2016…

Infniti Q50 South Korea June 2014.Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThanks to the Q50, Infiniti is up 214% so far in 2014 in South Korea.

Brand-wise, below Hyundai (43.1%), Kia (25.5%), Daewoo/Chevrolet (8.7%), Renault Samsung (6.1%) and SsangYong (3.7%), BMW is the most popular foreign brand in June with 3,358 sales and 2.4% share ahead of Volkswagen (2.2%), Mercedes (2.1%) and Audi (2%). Year-to-date, BMW is up 21% on 2013, Mercedes up 43% and Audi up 44% while Infiniti is up 214%, Volvo up 40%, Land Rover up 39%, Porsche up 21% and Jaguar up 20%. Interestingly, this month Lexus sells more than Toyota (590 units vs. 554) to become the best-selling Japanese brand in South Korea even though it only holds a 0.4% market share – underlining the tensions between the two countries.

Mercedes E Class South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThe Mercedes E-Class is one of only 3 foreign cars to sell over 1,000 units in SK this month.

In the models ranking, there are only 3 foreigners inside the June Top 30! The BMW 5 Series leads the way at #25 with 1,478 sales and 1.1% share ahead of the Mercedes E-Class at #27 and 1,419 units and the Audi A6 at #30 and 1,149 sales. These are the only 3 foreign models to sell more than 1,000 units in South Korea this month! Foreigners fare a little better below with a total of 12 representants inside the Top 50. Additions to the list include the VW Tiguan at #39, VW Golf at #40, BMW 3 Series at #41, VW Jetta at #42, Lexus ES at #46 and Infiniti Q50 at #50.

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