India January 2016: Mahindra hits the mark with the KUV100

Mahindra KUV100 India January 2016. Picture courtesy zigwheels.comMahindra KUV100. Picture

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After gaining a robust 9% in 2015, the Indian new car market starts 2016 virtually immobile (+0.2%) at 231.252 registrations. Maruti gains 1% to a mammoth 46% market share, followed by Hyundai up 9% to 16.4%. In third position, Mahindra is up a stunning 15% to 20.693 units and 8.9% share, thanks to two successful crossover launches in the past few months: the TUV300 maintains itself inside the Top 20 for the 2nd time running, and the KUV100 lands directly at #23 with 3.413 units for its maiden appearance in the Indian sales charts. The Bolero (-29%), XUV500 (-24%) and Scorpio (-20%) are hit but lose less sales than these new entrants bring. Honda (-6%), Tata (-18%) and Toyota (-33%) on the other hand lose significant ground.

Renault Kwid Suzuki Alto India January 2016. Picture auto.ndtv.comThe Renault Kwid is not threatening the Maruti Alto for 1st place just yet, but is headed to Brazil.

Up 151% in 8th place we find French manufacturer Renault with 8.031 sales, 5.985 of which come from the Kwid (#13). Indian sales data are ex-factory deliveries to dealers and these seem to have plateau’ed for the Kwid, despite the 6 month-waiting time and reported 100.000 orders. The situation should change in the next few months though. Renault India CEO Sumit Sawhney recently told India Today Kwid production at its factory in Oragadam near Chennai will increase to 8.000 units/month in February and 10.000 in March. But these won’t all be for India, and may not impact the Kwid’s ranking here. The French carmaker will start exporting the Kwid as SKDs (semi-knocked down units) to Brazil in March… Renault reported they already received 100.000 bookings in Brazil since the announcement. More on this here. A one-litre engine capacity and automatic variants were unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo last week. Renault is confident it will hit 100.000 sales in India in 2016.

Ford Endeavour India January 2016. Picture courtesy zigwheels.comFord Endeavour. Picture

Further down the ranking, the Ford Endeavour (aka Everest) reappears in the Indian ranking thanks to the new generation at #56 with 480 sales, already putting a dent in the sales of its nemesis: the Toyota Fortuner, down 46% to 825 units. The Fiat Abarth Punto goes completely unnoticed at #99 with 17 deliveries. Finally, the Tata Zica should have made its grand entrance in the Indian sales charts this month, however the Indian manufacturer had to postpone is launch while it is securing a new name from the model in the wake of the spreading epidemy of the Zika virus in Brazil…

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Brazil January 2016: Jeep Renegade in Top 5, market down 39%

Jeep Renegade Brazil January 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Jeep Renegade brilliantly breaks into the Brazilian Top 5 for the first time this month.

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Brazilian new light vehicle sales continue to skid off track and down into oblivion, losing 39% or nearly 100.000 units compared to a year ago at just 149.699 deliveries. Chevrolet confirms it is the new brand in command despite falling faster than the market at -42%. Its 18.1% market share is well above its 2015 level (15.7%) whereas Fiat (-54%) and Volkswagen (-47%) lodge significant share losses. Hyundai continues its irresistible progression, teasing the symbolic 10% share mark thanks to sales down “just” 16% to 14.803. Toyota (-6%) and Honda (+3%) do even better while Ford implodes at -54%. Jeep confirms it is now a blockbuster brand in Brazil, holding onto its 9th spot with 5.079 sales, 98.3% of which comes from the Renegade, up to an incredible 5th place overall in the Brazilian models ranking this month. Notice also Mercedes (-25%), Audi (-26%) and most impressively Land Rover (+15%) managing spectacular share gains in this depressed context.

Chevrolet Onix Hyundai HB20 Brazil January 2016Both the Chevrolet Onix and Hyundai HB20 break their market share records in January.

In the models ranking, the Chevrolet Onix at 8.7% share and Hyundai HB20 at 6% reign supreme, both delivering record market share levels and almost double that achieved over the Full Year 2015 thanks to sales down just 4% and up 0.3% respectively. It’s a totally new order than even 18 months ago: then the VW Gol and Fiat Palio were fighting for the pole position, the Palio is now down 44% to #3 and the Gol down 50% #11. In 4th position, the Chevrolet Prisma breaks its ranking record despite sales down 30% to 5.467. Also assembled locally, the Honda HR-V follows the Jeep Renegade’s lead and also hots an all-time high ranking at #8. The Toyota Corolla manages to improve its volumes by 6% to #9, the Hyundai HB20S is down just 12% to get dangerously close to a historical Top 10 ranking at #1 while the Toyota Etios Hatch (+20%) and Sedan (+38%) surprise with their year-on-year gains.

Citroen Aircross Brazil January 2016The Citroen Aircross replaces the C3 Aircross.

Among recent launches, the Renault Oroch remains well inside the Top 50 at #42 (#37 in December), the Peugeot 2008 gets tantalisingly close to it at #51, the all-new Citroen Aircross – replacing the outgoing C3 Aircross – shoots up to #59 and 478 deliveries for its first full month in market, the Jaguar XE makes its first appearance at #137 and the Fat Toro remains discreet (#138) ahead of its official launch later in 2016.

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Japan January 2016: New gen Toyota Prius cements new leadership

Toyota Prius Japan January 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.jpThe Toyota Prius is the best-selling vehicle in Japan in January. Picture courtesy

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The Japanese automotive market is off to a slow start in 2016. January monthly sales improve over December, but are still down 5% from a year ago to 382.876 registrations. Regular cars are up just 0.2% to 237.661 with imports down -0.8% to 17.045 units. The kei segment continues to bear the greatest decline at -12% and 145.215 registrations due to a recent taxation increase. Lexus posts its third consecutive month of double-digit gains thanks to the new RX whose sales have been up almost 300% since its October debut. Suzuki posts a modest 2% gain thanks to its regular car lineup up 23% and its recent new Solio and Escudo models.

Lexus RX Japan January 2016. Picture courtesy response.jpThe new RX pushes Lexus to double-digit gains for the third straight month. Picture

All other Japanese brands except Toyota (+4%) were down this month, including Honda (-20%) and Nissan (-11%). Mercedes (-10%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker but steps outside the overall Top 10 with 4.120 sales, distancing Volkswagen at 2.993 (-20%), BMW at 2.590 (+18%) and Audi at 1.530 (-16%). Mini gains 13%, Volvo 34%, Porsche 70% and Smart 1170%.

Mazda Demio Black Leather Limited Japan January 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpMazda Demio Black Leather Limited. Picture 

The Toyota Prius is again the best selling model in Japan at 21.036 units (+88%) since the December debut of its fourth generation. Sales of its smaller brother, the Aqua, are subsequently down (-36%) but still good enough for #2 at 12.720 units. The new Sienta (+889%) continues its stellar success story from 2015 as the new model places again at #3 for another all-Toyota podium. The Mazda Demio leaps 19 places to #6 this month thanks to the release of its “Black Leather Limited” edition and the Toyota Land Cruiser more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+101%) thanks to its facelift.

Nissan Leaf Japan January 2016. Picture courtesy response.jpThe Nissan Leaf breaks into its home Top 30 for the second time ever this month. Picture

Making its second ever appearance in the Top 30 at home is the Nissan Leaf (+151%) thanks to a minor facelift and larger 30 kWh battery which helped it get very close to its monthly record established in February 2011 (2.503 units vs. 2.593), the only other time it ranked inside the Japanese Top 30 (#25). Over in the Kei car rankings, the refreshed Daihatsu Tanto is again #1 with 15.200 units (+22%) while the Honda N-BOX and Nissan Dayz both hold onto the #2 and #3 spots respectively. The Suzuki Hustler received some minor updates and as a result climbs 4 places to #5 pushing its new rival, the Daihatsu Cast, down to #9.

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Russia January 2016: Market down 29%, Lada Vesta in Top 10

Lada Vesta Russia January 2016The Lada Vesta surges to 9th place overall in Russia this month. 

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The new car market crisis is deepening in Russia, with January down a further 29% year-on-year to just 81.849 registrations, the first time in six years Russian new car sales fall below 100.000 monthly units. In fact, it is only the third time in the past decade that the market sinks to five-digit figures, along with January 2010 (74.086 units) and February 2010 (91.922). Thanks to the gearing up of the Vesta adding 1.643 units to the mix (#9), local manufacturer Lada fares better than its home market, limiting its fall to -11% at 15.577 deliveries and 19% share: way above its 2015 level of 16.8%. Kia gains share at 11.1% thanks to sales down “just” 20% as does Toyota at 7.4% (-15%) but Hyundai (-37%), Renault (-43%) and Nissan (-51%) implode.

Porsche Macan Russia January 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruCrisis? What crisis? Porsche sales are up 60% in Russia this month.

It’s not all bad news though, especially for luxury brands as the weak ruble has made top-end models less expensive in Russia and even more attractive to wealthy Russians: Porsche is up 60%, Lexus up 57% and Mercedes 1%. The Chinese are also back in force with Lifan up a spectacular 63% to 1.5% share vs. 0.9% in 2015, Geely up 23% and Chery up 1%. Notice also GAZ up 1% while Ford and Suzuki both see their volumes surge by a stunning 25% year-on-year. At the other end of the scale, Chevrolet is down 61%, Jeep down 63%, Datsun down 66%, Ssangyong down 79% and Volvo down 94%. Great Wall and JAC did not sell a single car in Russia this month and if Opel also didn’t, that’s because the brand was discontinued in the country.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Russia January 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is up 265% on January 2015.

Small volumes send the models ranking into a spin. The podium remains unchanged on FY 2015, but for once the Lada Granta (-5%) is a lot stronger than the Hyundai Solaris (-32%) and Kia Rio (-31%) despite the focus on the Vesta arrival. The Toyota RAV4 gains a sparkly 38% to land in 4th place, the nameplate’s best-ever Russian ranking. Same story for the Kia Sportage up 56% to a record 6th position, both models outselling the segment’s traditional leader the Renault Duster, still gaining share thanks to sales down 13% only. The Lada Largus is up 9% to #8, the Skoda Rapid (-20%) leaps to #11, the Kia Cee’d (-8%) is up to #15 and the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 takes full advantage of its facelift with sales up 4-fold year-on-year to #21 and 1.014 deliveries.

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USA January 2016: SAAR up to 17.55m units despite snowstorms

Honda Civic USA 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Honda Civic is up 43% to 5th overall in January. Picture

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Even though January had one less weekend than in 2015, began with a stock market rout and ended with most East Coasters forced by severe snowstorms to postpone their planned car purchases to later in the year, U.S sales dip just 0.4% to 1.148.087 units this month. The seasonally adjusted annualised selling rate (SAAR) even leaps to 17.55 million units, the highest January since 2006, to be compared with 17.32 million in December and 16.71 million a year ago in January 2015.

Chevrolet Impala USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comChevrolet is significantly cutting its sales to car-rental companies.

General Motors sales are flat, but for a good reason: deliveries to car-rental companies are down by a significant 13.000 units this month, offsetting a large improvement in retail sales. In fact, GM was the only major automaker to post a retail increase or a fleet decrease this month, according to figures obtained by Automotive News U.S. Chevrolet sold 16.400 fewer rental vehicles than in January 2015, more than justifying the brand’s 5.079 unit-decline. Chevrolet’s retail sales were up 12%, edging it past Ford by almost 1.500 units. Overall, the Chevrolet brand is down 4% and Cadillac is down 8%, but GMC is up 3.5% and Buick up 45%, with the new Cascada convertible hitting dealerships (#245).

Buick Cascada USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comBuick Cascada – Buick sales are up 45% in January.

At Ford Motor Co on the other hand, the Ford brand’s fleet sales surge by 20% but weak retail sales pull the brand down 3%, also because Ford car sales sink 13%. Lincoln on the other hand grows by 8%. Toyota Motor falls 5% with the Prius down 24% and the Camry – up 9.3% to 26.848 – the only Toyota brand car improving year-on-year. Toyota pulled the plug on Scion (+38%) this month, more on this shorty. Nissan sets a January record and at 105.734 deliveries (bypassing America Honda at -2%) as does Hyundai at 45.011 sales. Fiat Chrysler lodges a spectacular 7% increase to 155.037 sales, the company’s 70th consecutive monthly gain. For once, the Dodge brand is up 19%, Jeep is up 15%, Ram up 5% but Chrysler (-22%) and Fiat (-20%) crumble.

VW Passat USA January 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comVW Passat sales are down 43% in January despite the arrival of the 2016 model. 

Volkswagen continues to be handicapped by its emissions scandal with sales down a harsh 15% to 20.079 ad the Passat taking a 43% cut despite the arrival of the 2016 model in December. However Audi continues on its runaway success, up for the 61st month in a row at +1% to 11.850 units. Subaru for its part snaps a 50th consecutive month of year-on-year gains at +1% and 41.101 deliveries. Mercedes is king of luxury this month with sales up 0.2% to 24.664 units ex-Sprinter vs. -10% and 20.933 for Lexus and -5% and 18.082 for BMW. I give you the rankings for now, complete analysis will follow shortly.

Ford Edge USA January 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comFord Edge sales are up 26% year-on-year. 

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series worryingly drops 5% to 51.540 units whereas a year ago the all-new F150 was still struggling, on the other hand the Chevrolet Silverado is up 5% to 37.863 as is the Ram Pickup to 28.938. The Toyota Camry retains the #1 passenger car title by the skin of its teeth at 26.848 units vs. 26.741 (+43%) for the Honda Civic boosted by its new generation. The Toyota Corolla (-18%) and Nissan Altima (-16%) fall heavily as does the Honda CR-V (-17%), bypassed by the Nissan Rogue (+26%). The Ford Edge (+26%), Dodge Charger (+30%), Chrysler Town & Country (+39%), Ford Transit (+51%) and Dodge Grand Caravan (+83%) post the largest increases in the Top 50.

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France January 2016: Peugeot 208 & 308 lead market biased by tactics

Peugeot 308 France January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Peugeot 308 ranks #2 at home in January. Picture

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At +3.5% year-on-year in January to 137.788 registrations, we should be celebrating the apparent long term return to good health of the French market. Alas, the market is only up due to an ever growing reliance on tactical sales: sales to short-term rentals are up 22% while long-term rentals are up 27%. Private sales are sable (+0.1%) at 69.140 units or just 50.1% of total registrations. Sales to companies even decline by 2%. Local website quotes Jacques Rivoal, Volkswagen Group France president: “private buyers are not purchasing new cars that much, rather they tend to want recent used cars” – meaning cars that are sold to rental companies or self-registered as new by dealers themselves and sold a few months later as used to private consumers at a much lower price. A politically correct way of saying: our dealers are slashing their margins but we are doing fine – keep in mind manufacturers sell their new cars to dealers. The brands ranking in January also reflects the fact that a few manufacturers that tanked up on “fake” (read tactical) sales in December to meet annual targets are tanking now, notably Renault, #2 at just 17% share vs. 23% in December and Mercedes at 1.7% vs. an extravagant 4.5% last month.

VW Polo France January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deVolkswagen’s short-term rental sales are up 741% year-on-year in January.

This way, Peugeot is crowned best-selling brand at home – the first time this happens in January – with sales up 3% to 24.943 for a 18.1% share. Peugeot places the 208 at #1 with 5.5% share (+26%) and the 308 at #2 and 4.4% (+6%), while the Renault Clio is down to #3 (-18%) and the Captur to #4 (-5%). Despite sales down 6%, Peugeot is also market leader with private buyers at 15.9% share vs. 15.1% for Renault, but is also culprit of loading up on tactical sales this month: short-term rentals are up 48% to 2.383. Citroen is up 2% to 15.204 and Volkswagen up 6% to 11.026. Here too, the German carmaker owes its gain solely to tactical sales: while private deliveries are down an abysmal 21%, short-term rental sales surge from just 230 a year ago to 1.934 this month (+741%!). Jacques Rivoal again quoted by “We have decided to be more reactive by taking our share in this channel early in the year rather than wait for others to gain. There is a real demand for recent used cars and we have no issue absorbing these vehicles in our network. ” In other words, everyone is doing it, so why shouldn’t we. The mark of a very unhealthy market.

Hyundai Tucson France JanuaryThe Tucson is up to #38 but Hyundai sales are down 20%.

Dacia manages to stay strong despite no news at #5 and 6.3% share and places two nameplates inside the French Top 10: the Sandero at #7 and the Duster at #9. Audi is up a sharp 40%, BMW up 36%, Mini up 26%, Volvo up 23%, Kia and Skoda up 21%, Opel up 19%, Fiat up 13% and Toyota up 12%. On the other hand, Nissan is down 24% and Hyundai down 20%. In other model news, the Citroen C3 (+13%) shines in 5th place, the Toyota Yaris is up 15% to #12, and the Renault Kadjar (#16), Megane IV (#31), Espace (#40) and Talisman (#60) retreat vs. last month but are still strong.

DR Zero France January 2016DR Motor makes its first appearance in the French sales charts with the Zero.

The Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 50 at #38, the Opel Karl is up 24 ranks to #76, the Suzuki Vitara remains at #81, the new Mini Clubman is just outside the Top 100 at #102, as is the Land Rover Discovery Sport (#107). Finally, we welcome two new entrants in the French sales charts this month: the Infiniti Q30 lands at #240 with 12 sales and the DR Zero arrives at #296 with one lonely unit sold. DR Motor has been assembling Chinese Chery models and speccing them up for a decade in Italy. Is it finally launching in France? It would certainly help its bottom line. The Zero is a “poshed-up” 2013 Chery QQ.

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Germany January 2016: Volkswagen caught up by emissions scandal?

VW Golf Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy sales drop 9% at home in January. 

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The German new car market starts 2016 in a very healthy way: up 3% 218.365 registrations in January. After resisting fairly well over the past few months, local behemoth Volkswagen stalls in January: down 9% to 21.6% share. Are German consumers starting to lose patience in the face of continuing (worsening?) emissions scandal? The January 2015 base was particularly high (24.5% share) so we won’t come to rushed conclusions just yet. If Seat (-2%) and Skoda (-7%) are also in difficulty, Audi recovers from a paltry 6th place in December with sales up 22% year-on-year to 21.741 and 10% share, distancing Mercedes (9.3%) and BMW (7.9%). Opel (+22%) and Ford (+19%) confirm their return to form, joining Mazda (+20%), Mitsubishi (+22%), Land Rover (+47%), Jaguar (+68%), Honda (+81%) and Ssangyong (+86%) among carmakers posting double-digit gains in January.

Opel Astra Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest ranking in almost four years.

Despite losing significant ground for the first time since the emissions scandal, Volkswagen monopolises the models podium as it did over the Full Year 2015 with the Golf (-21%), Passat (-16%) and Polo (+21%) in the lead. Big news in 4th place: the Opel Astra takes full advantage of the new generation to double its sales year-on-year (+98%) to 4.818. This is the Astra’s best ranking in Germany since May 2012, but the real test will be to see whether the Astra can break into the Volkswagen-ruled podium, and stay there.

Infiniti Q30 Germany January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Infiniti Q30 makes its first appearance in the German sales charts this month.

Lifted up 96% by the Active/Gran Tourer, the BMW 2 Series is up to #9, with the Audi Q3 at #19 (+33%), the Audi A1 at #24 (+40%) and the Mercedes GLC at #27 (+68% on the GLK a year ago) also posting strong results. The Mercedes CLA (+120%) and Audi Q7 (+624%) take off, while further down the Ford Mustang is up 65 spots on December to #109 and we welcome the Infiniti Q30 in the German sales charts at #279.

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Europe Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 355 models and All-brands

Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

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Full European data is now available with the usual delay, so we are able to analyse continent-wide trends beyond the Top 20 brands and models we shared a short while ago. Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

In the models ranking, beyond the familiar Top 20 let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara, a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, lifts the Vitara/Grand Vitara total up 642% to #103 (no split available yet), the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #132, the Mazda CX-3 at #140, Mercedes GLC at #157, Jaguar XE at #163 and Honda HR-V at #206.

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Europe December 2015: Now with Top 334 models and All-brands

Volvo XC90 Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy Volvo XC90 is up to #81 this month across Europe.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now go into fully detailed data for Europe (30 countries). In the brands ranking, Mazda (+57%), Hyundai (+37%), Volvo (+33%), Renault (+29%), Peugeot (+27%), Dacia (+24%) and Fiat (+23%) deliver the largest improvements inside the Top 20. Further down, Mitsubishi (+55%), Jaguar (+71%), Lexus (+93%), Tesla (+101%), Ssangyong (+116%) and MG (+119%) shine. In the models ranking, beyond the Top 20 we described a short while ago, the Skoda Fabia is up 51% to #27, the Renault Kadjar breaks into the Top 30 at #30 with 11.106 sales, the Hyundai i30 is up 82% to #32, the Fiat 500X shines at #39 and the Hyundai Tucson is strong again at #40.

Fiat Tipo Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy motorpad.itThe Fiat Tipo lands just outside the European Top 200 in December. 

Excellent month also for the Mitsubishi ASX (+224%), BMW X1 (+99%), Skoda Superb (+97%) and the Volvo XC90: the new generation is up… 4646% on the previous model a year ago, shooting up to #81. Among recent launches, the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva is up 10 spots on November to reach a best-ever #79 with 4.678 sales, the Renault Talisman is up 41 ranks to #168 and the Fiat Tipo nameplate reappears in the European ranking after a 20 year-absence at #202 with 667 units sold – note Turkey isn’t included in the European data.

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Palestine Full Year 2015: First ever data available

Kia Rio Palestine 2015Kia Rio near Jericho, Palestine – September 2015. Click on any picture to enlarge.

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Today we welcome a new market on BSCB, a rare event lifting the total count to 193 markets covered by this site. No other website in the world covers new car sales data for as many markets, so you have chosen well by reading these lines. The State of Palestine was voted a non-member observer state by the United Nations on 29 November 2012 and thus qualifies as a nation under BSCB’s guidelines. Please note categorising Palestine as a nation or otherwise does not reflect BSCB’s political views and cannot be considered as a political message in any way. We have been lucky enough to receive photographic illustrations from the Palestinian territories taken in September 2015 by a BSCB reader, they are used to illustrate this article.

Kia Cerato new Palestine 2015Kia Cerato near Jericho, Palestine – September 2015. Click on any picture to enlarge.

The sales data that has been made available to BSCB is exclusive to this site and concerns all FCA Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles brands and models. As such it does not reflect the overall Palestinian new car market. Jeep replaces Fiat as FCA’s most successful brand in Palestine this year thanks to sales more than doubling at +109% to 188 units whereas Fiat tumbles down 83% to just 33 deliveries. The Jeep Grand Cherokee (+357%), Compass (-15%) and Wrangler (+25%) replace the Fiat Doblo (-85%) and Qubo (-73%) as the best-selling FCA models in Palestine in 2015. FCA sold a total of 249 cars in Palestine in 2015, a 17% drop on its 2014 result.

Kia Soul Palestine 2015Kia Soul near Jericho, Palestine. Note the Israeli Chevrolet Cruze in the background.

Based on local observations, the overall Palestinian new car market is heavily influenced by that of neighbour Jordan and as such should be dominated by Korean carmakers Kia and Hyundai. The Kia Cerato could lead the Palestinian sales charts in 2015, followed by the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. Note these are estimates only and may not be 100% accurate. If you have any information about the Palestinian new car market, please make sure to get in touch either by clicking on the envelope logo at the top of this page or by commenting on this article. We thank you very much in advance for your help and cooperation.

Full Year 2015 FCA brands and models data vs. Full 2014 figures below.

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