Mexico September 2016: Chevrolet Aveo edges past Nissan Versa to #1

chevrolet-aveo-mexico-september-2016The Chevrolet Aveo is the best-selling vehicle in Mexico this month. 

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There’s no stopping the Mexican new light vehicle market this year. Up 18% year-on-year to a September record 131.454 sales, this is the 29th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in Mexico, the 21st consecutive monthly record and 14th consecutive month above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally is also up 18% to 1.119.178 units, equivalent to the annual result reached just two years ago in 2014 (1.135.409), and on track to flirt with a 1.6 million unit Full Year score. Atop the brands ranking, both Nissan and Chevrolet gain 19%, followed by Volkswagen (+13%), Ford (+33%), Toyota (+16%) and Honda (+5%). Kia (+245%) posts a 9th consecutive record month, up 3.5% on August to 5.903 units and now threatening Honda for 6th place overall. Dodge (+39%), Hyundai (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), GMC (+43%) and Volvo (+50%) all frankly beat the market.

nissan-kicks-mexico-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autocosmos-comFor its 2nd month in market, the Nissan Kicks already ranks just outside the Top 50.

The Chevrolet Aveo reclaims the models pole position for just 60 units this month thanks to sales up 48% to 7.088 vs. 7.028 (+41%) for the Nissan Versa, still #1 year-to-date at 61.762 sales (+42%) vs. 51.638 (+64%) for the Chevrolet Spark at #2 and 49.263 (-4%) for the Aveo at #3. The VW Vento surges 36% to third place in September, with other great performers atop the ranking including the Chevrolet Sonic (+30%), Trax (+24%), VW Polo (+74%), Toyota Yaris (+61%), Kia Sportage (+120%), Nissan Frontier (+197%) and Honda City (+38%). The Kia Forte (+204%) continues to progress at #26 with 1.377 sales including 1.356 produced locally. The Ford Figo (#11) leads recent launches (<12 months) by very far, distancing the Kia Rio (#28) and Mazda CX-3 (#43). Launched last month, the Nissan Kicks is up 148 spots to #52.

Previous month: Mexico August 2016: Newest local Kia fires ahead, market up 20%

One year ago: Mexico September 2015: Nissan Versa confirms top spot

One year ago (full data): Mexico September 2015: Now with Top 225 models (BSCB exclusive)

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Kazakhstan September 2016: Toyota Camry takes YTD lead

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan September 2016The Toyota Camry is now #1 year-to-date in Kazakhstan. 

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Thanks to, we can share with you August data for Kazakhstan, a market that continues to freefall with deliveries down to just 3.357 units in September, a 60% drop over September 2015 which was itself down 42% on September 2014. The year-to-date tally amounts to a meagre 32.582 units, down 58% on the same period in 2015. Toyota cements its newfound leadership of the market with a stunning 857 sales and 25.5% share, up a whopping 161% year-on-year. It now threatens Lada year-to-date at 5.902 units (+3%) vs. 6.087 (-71%) for the Russian manufacturer, also down an abysmal 71% in September to just 393 sales and 11.7% share. Hyundai (-55%), Kia (-65%), Renault (-76%) and GAZ (-78%) follow in the same order as August. Lexus defies the laws of gravity in Kazakhstan with a 11-fold year-on-year increase to 137 sales and 4.1% share in 8th place over.., Ford gains 132%, BMW is up 35% and Mercedes is up 11-fold also. New brand Ravon, replacing UZ-Daewoo, shoots up 13 spots on last month to #14 with 1.4% share thanks to the arrival of the R3 (aka Nexia) directly at #27 in the models ranking.

ravon-nexia-r3-kazakhstan-september-2016Ravon Nexia R3

A models ranking witnessing a historical shift this month: thanks to a third consecutive stint in pole position with a gargantuan 10.7% market share, the Toyota Camry takes the year-to-date lead at 2.258 units (+42%) vs 2.237 (-55%) for the Lada Priora down to a paltry 35th place this month. The Lada Granta has become the brand’s best-seller in Kazakhstan in recent months, ranking #2 in September while the Vesta (1 sale) hasn’t taken off (yet?). Other great performers include the GAZ Gazelle at #3, Toyota Land Cruiser 200 at #4, Lexus RX at #16, Ford Transit at #18 and Nissan Terrano at #22.


Previous month: Kazakhstan August 2016: Toyota above Lada, Camry leads

One year ago: Kazakhstan September 2015: GAZ Gazelle triumphs

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Austria September 2016: Top 5 is 100% Volkswagen Group

vw-tiguan-austria-september-2016The VW Tiguan is up 52% to 2nd place overall in Austria.

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The Austrian new car market gains a splendid 15% year-on-year in September to 29.836 sales, lifting the year-to-date tally up 6% to 252.178. Market leader Volkswagen beats the market with a 20% surge to 5.271 sales and 17.7% share, distancing 4 manufacturers all fitting within just 150 sales: Hyundai (+5%) back up from a paltry 10th place in August, Opel (+2%), Ford (+28%) and Skoda (-13%). Below, BMW (+25%), Renault (+28%), Mercedes (+31%), Fiat (+30%), Suzuki (+48%), Mini (+47%), Mitsubishi (+56%), Alfa Romeo (+91%), Land Rover (+52%), Tesla (+130%) and Jaguar (+89%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains. The Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 best-selling models with the VW Golf in the lead as usual despite sales down 7% ahead of the VW Tiguan (+52%), VW Polo (+59%), Skoda Fabia (-25%) and Octavia (-5%). The Hyundai Tucson is up 151% year-on-year and 9 spots on August to #6 and the Opel Astra (+49%), VW Bus (+106%), Audi A4 (+131%), Hyundai ix20 (+139%), Ford Galaxy (+108%) and Renault Megane (+110%) all take off.

Previous month: Austria August 2016: VW Tiguan (+45%) catches up on Golf (-39%)

One year ago: Austria September 2015: Skoda Fabia leaps 166% to 2nd place

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France September 2016: Artificial 2.5% gain, VW Tiguan hits record

VW Tiguan France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan smashes its ranking record in France this month to #15.

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The September French new car market gives us another false sense of security: on paper, sales are up 2.5% year-on-year to 168.827 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 6% to 1.502.457, but this in fact hides a much more depressed picture. Private sales are down 5% to 79.731 units and 47.2% share vs. 50.7% a year ago, now nudging up just 0.8% year-to-date to 712.000 and 47.4% share. According to Renault France Commercial Director Philippe Buros interviewed by local publication, this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future: “the period preceding French presidential elections is traditionally weak for new car sales”. Company sales are also slowing down this month at just +3% to 40.058 units vs. +11% and 339.727 year-to-date. In fact, and as it has been the case for most of 2015 and this year, the sole channels responsible for the overall market’s growth are artificial: demo sales gain 20.5% to 33.543, hitting 20% share vs. just 17% a year ago. Similarly, long term rentals are up 12% and account for 6% of the overall market in September.

Renault Megane France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fThe Renault Mégane IV is getting closer to the Peugeot 308 in September.

Brand-wise, market leader Renault outpaces the market with deliveries up 7% to 36.777 for a strong 21.8% share vs. 20.2% so far this year, largely due to demo sales up 83% to 7.925 with the arrival of the new generation Scénic. Archenemy Peugeot on the other hand drops 2% to 27.840 sales and 16.5% share, slightly below the 17% it commands year-to-date. Citroen continues to suffer greatly at -13.5% to a historically low 8.6% share vs. 9.9% in 2016, but the brand’s drop is a lot worse with private buyers at -34.5% due in large part to the generation changeover of the brand’s best-seller the C3 (private sales at -31%) which has been handicapped by an absence of end-of-life rebates. After a difficult summer (-22% in July and -19% in August), Volkswagen is on the mend with sales up a robust 10% and the Top 3 best-selling foreigners: the Polo at #10, the Golf at #13 and the Tiguan up a spectacular 86% thanks to the new generation to hit a record-breaking #15 (previous best: #19 in July, November and December 2012).

peugeot-2008-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Peugeot 2008 is up 17% thanks to its facelift.

Dacia once again deliveries the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +13% to 5.1% share, with private sales (+13%) accounting for 85% of its total just as Renault and Peugeot both drop 8% with this clientele. The Sandero, up another 33% in September, is overtaken by the Peugeot 208 in the private sales model ranking at 4.316 sales vs. 4.652 after 5 consecutive months of reign. Nissan is back up 6 spots on August to #6 overall but loses 7% of its September 2015 score, followed closely by Toyota (+9%), Ford (-10%) and Opel (+10%). Mercedes takes the lead of the luxury race this month thanks to deliveries up a solid 9% to 5.613, edging past BMW at 5.296 (-1%) and YTD leader Audi at 5.259 (+14%), Kia (+14%), Hyundai (+17%) and Suzuki (+19%) are the other double-digit gainers in the Top 20. Further down, impressive performers include Maserati (+33%), Jeep (+37%), Alfa Romeo (+40%), Infiniti (+45%), Land Rover (+48%), Jaguar (+79%) and Tesla (+112%).

renault-scenic-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frNot yet launched to the public, the Renault Scenic IV ranks #32 based solely on demo sales.

The Renault Clio reclaims the top of the models ranking, following the market at +3% to 9.024 vs. 8.728 (-4%) for the Peugeot 208. The Renault Captur (-2%) edges past the Peugeot 308 (-4%) while the Peugeot 2008 surges 17% to #5 thanks to its facelift. The Renault Mégane IV steps up to #6 only 717 sales below the 308 but the Renault Talisman (#22) has taken a frank advantage over the Peugeot 508 (#29) now that the station wagon has well and truly hit dealerships. A handful of French new gen blockbusters are flexing their muscles with demo sales this month: the Renault Scénic lands at #32, the Peugeot 3008 ranks at #58, the Citroen C3 at #159 and the Peugeot 5008 at #265. Among recent launches (<12 months), let’s notice the Mercedes GLC at #66, the Fiat Tipo at #69, the Seat Ateca up 59 spots on August to #117, the Citroen C-Elysee up 9 to #119, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 68 to #124 and the Jaguar F-Pace up 26 to #131. We also welcome the Volvo V90 at #202 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #255.

Previous month: France August 2016: Dacia, Mercedes, tactical sales lift market up 7%

One year ago: France September 2015: Peugeot 208 #1, Renault Kadjar leads segment

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Russia September 2016: Creta (#4) and Kaptur (#13) stun

hyundai-creta-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Hyundai Creta climbs up to 4th place overall for its 2nd month on sale in Russia. 

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Russian new car sales post a 21st consecutive month of year-on-year decline in September at -10.9% to 125.568 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14.4% to 1.020.932. Despite the doom-and-gloom overall market results, 10 of the Top 15 brands actually post year-on-year gains, with lower-volume brands suffering the most. Market leader Lada is up 5% to 22.837 sales and 18.2%, followed by Hyundai (-6%) and Kia (-17%). Renault (+1%), Toyota (+18%) and Volkswagen (+3%) are in positive as are GAZ (+2%), Skoda (+5%) and UAZ (+2%) in the Top 10. Below, Mercedes (+1%), BMW (+6%) but most impressively Lifan (+12%) and Lexus (+51%) shine. Subaru (+37%) and Jaguar (+107%) also impress further down the ranking. At the other end of the stick Ford (-27%), Audi (-39%), Datsun (-41%), Peugeot (-41%), Mitsubishi (-52%), Citroen (-54%), Chevrolet (-56%), Suzuki (-63%), Honda (-74%) and Geely (-85%) all implode.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur hits a record #13 spot in September.

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio posts a second consecutive month in pole position (and the third ever after November 2014) despite sales tumbling down 26% to 8.014 vs. -9% for the Granta in 2nd place at 7.815 units. The Hyundai Solaris, still #1 year-to-date, dives down 41%, partly because of the discontinuation of the hatchback variant – which accounted for roughly 20% of the nameplate’s sales in Russia – to give way in the Hyundai St Petersburg plant to the hero of the past two months: the Creta. Landing directly at #6 and #1 SUV last month, the Creta gains a further 45% and two spots to step up to #4 with 5.058 sales and 4% share. Based on BSCB calculations, this is the highest market share ever reached by a single SUV in Russia (previous best: 3.9% by the Renault Duster in May 2016) and the highest monthly volume so far this year (previous best: 5.298 by the Renault Duster in December 2015).

Nissan X-Trail Russia September 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Nissan X-Trail soars 223% year-on-year in September. 

It’s a double-edged sword for Hyundai as this tremendous success could prevent the Solaris from finishing 2016 in the top spot. For now it leads with 66.602 sales (-22%) vs. 63.622 (-30%) for the Lada Granta and 62.278 (-13%) for the Kia Rio. While the VW Polo goes from strength to strength at +21% in 5th place, the Lada Vesta may already have reached its full potential: it drops two spots to #6 and 3.5% share, its lowest since last May after hitting 4.8% in July. Below, the Renault Duster (-2%) and Lada 4×4 (-8%) are unaffected by the Creta and gain market share by sliding down slower than the market.

infiniti-q30-russia-september-2016The Infiniti Q30 lands at #199 in Russia this month. 

The Toyota Camry (+36%) and RAV4 (+221%) round up the Top 10 with spectacular results and the second hero of the month is the Renault Kaptur back up 13 spots on August to a record-breaking 13th position with 2.218 sales. The Nissan X-Trail (+223%) and Qashqai (+73%) also impress. Further down, the Lifan X60 (#38) leads Chinese models ahead of the Lifan X50 (#48), Lifan Solano (#82) and Chery Tiggo (#90). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Hyundai Tucson (#47), Mercedes GLC (#58), Mercedes GLS (#59) and Jaguar F-Pace (#100) all fit within the Top 100 while we welcome the Infiniti Q30 into the Russian sales charts this month at #199.

Previous month: Russia August 2016: Kia Rio leads, Hyundai Creta instant #1 SUV

One year ago (1): Russia September 2015: Momentous shift to Korean models taking root

One year ago (2): Russia September 2015: Now with Top 318 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

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Turkey September 2016: Fiat Egea triumphs

Fiat Aegis Turkey September 2015. Picture courtesy Fiat Egea achieves both its 1st monthly pole position and the YTD top spot all at once.

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The Turkish new car market is up 6% year-on-year in September to 67.593 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally down just 4% to 636.499 units. According to our local correspondent Kursat Bahadur this is still a very robust considering the economical and political troubles the country has had to bear in the past few months. In order to keep the market afloat, the Turkish government has cancelled a tax applying only to commercial vehicles (mainly taxis) which may help close to gap with last year’s record sales. Brand-wise, Volkswagen remains comfortably in the lead with 15.3% share (+6%), while all its direct followers lose ground: Ford at 11.1% (-8%), Fiat at 10.4% (-3%) and Renault at 9.6% (-23%). Below Hyundai in 5th place (+7%), Dacia (+32%), Toyota (+66%), Opel (+37%) and Peugeot (+61%) post the largest gains in the Top 10. Further down, notice Nissan (+26%), Seat (+44%), Skoda (+54%), Land Rover (+69%), Ssangyong (+83%) and Suzuki up 35-fold (!) thanks to the new Vitara (#69).

renault-megane-sedan-turkey-september-2016The locally-produced Renault Mégane Sedan is now available in Turkey.

The Turkish models ranking is the theatre of a very momentous passing of the leadership baton between the Renault Fluence and the Fiat Egea. The Fluence, now discontinued, is down 94% to #82 now that its replacement the Mégane Sedan has arrived in Turkish dealerships with its first 715 sales this month, and drops from #1 to #3 year-to-date with 21.707 sales. The Egea, launched last October to replace the Linea, has never topped the sales charts in Turkey. That was until this month when it sells a whopping 2.907 units for a 4.3% share and is propelled into the year-to-date lead at 24.352 units above the Ford Courier at 23.076. Its predecessor the Fiat Linea ranked in the annual #1 spot in Turkey in 2012 and 2013. Other great performers this month in Turkey include the VW Polo up 176% to #3, the Toyota Corolla up 41% to #6, the Opel Astra up 44% to #8, the Dacia Sandero (+102%), Citroen C-Elysée (+112%), Peugeot 301 (+101%) and Seat Leon (+103%).

Previous month: Turkey August 2016: Renault Symbol and VW Passat on top

One year ago: Turkey September 2015: Now with the Top 225 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

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South Africa September 2016: No improvement in sight, sales down 14%

toyota-hilux-south-africa-september-2016The Toyota Hilux confirms it is the most popular vehicle in South Africa.

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The South African new car market is stuck in recession this year with September sales down another harsh 14% year-on-year to 47.399 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 11% to 410.804. Local financial service provider WesBank says that average new car prices have soared 18% year-on-year in September, and consumers have turned to the pre-owned market, up 7% in September but this demand has also driven up prices, with the average deal value for a used car up 9% in September. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 22.9% share, doing a little better than the market at -7%. It is followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16.9% (-17%), Ford at 12% (-10%), Hyundai-Kia at 10% (-14%) and General Motors/Isuzu at 7.3% (-33%). BMW Group (+1%), Mazda (+23%), Mahindra (+44%) and Tata (+3%) manage to go against the grain and post positive results for the month.

datsun-go-south-africa-september-2016The Datsun GO+ has landed in South Africa. 

The Toyota Hilux cements its market domination by losing slightly less ground than the market at -11% to 3.063 sales and 6.5% share vs. 2.872 (-31%) for the VW Polo Vivo and 2.437 (-15%) for the Ford Ranger. The Toyota Quantum (+20%, Ford Fiesta (+28%), Toyota Fortuner (+107%), Hyundai i10 (+99%), Toyota Avanza (+43%), Kia Picanto (+70%) and VW Up (+155%) are among the biggest gainers inside the Top 30. The Hyundai Tucson (#24) leads recent launches (<12 months), distancing the Mazda CX-3 (#41), Toyota Aygo (#49), Mercedes GLC (#58) and Mahindra KUV100 (#65). This month we welcome the Datsun GO+ (#67) and Honda BR-V (#173) into the South African sales charts.

Previous month: South Africa August 2016: Hilux and Fortuner keep Toyota afloat

One year ago: South Africa September 2015: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

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Japan September 2016: Toyota & Honda stay positive, market down 0.5&

toyota-estima-japan-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoc-one-jpThe new Estima (+97%) helps Toyota gain 11% at home in September. 

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After getting back into positive last month, the Japanese new car market is down 0.5% in September to 476.771 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down 3.4% to 3.776.386 units. Toyota continues to frankly outperform its home market with a stunning 11% rise in September to 144.152 sales and 30.2% share, followed by Honda up 3% to 70.129 and 14.7%. Suzuki (-1%), Daihatsu (-7%), Nissan (-16%), Mazda (-11%) and Subaru (-3%) on the other hand all decline. Isuzu (+8%) and Mercedes (+3%) are the only other two manufacturers posting positive results inside the Top 10, with Mitsubishi (-41%) freefalling on the wake of its fuel economy scandal. Further down, BMW (+14%) remains above Volkswagen (-16%) for the #2 foreign spot, while Jeep (+22%), Porsche (+26%), Mini (+36%), Land Rover (+40%), Peugeot (+42%), DS (+49%), Renault (+69%), Abarth (+100%), Jaguar (+101%) and Smart (+9600%!) all post spectacular gains.

abarth-124-spider-japan-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoc-one-jpAbarth doubles its sales year-on-year in September thanks to the 124 Spider launch. 

The Toyota Prius (+112%) remains the best-selling nameplate in the country by far with 20.043 sales, ahead of the Toyota Aqua (-15%) with the Sienta making the podium 100% Toyota among regular cars. The Honda Fit (+20%), Toyota Voxy (+17%), Honda Vezel (+32%) and Toyota Passo (+113%) all lodge double-digit gains at least but the Nissan Serena only gets a 6% push from the new generation. Further down, notice the Mazda Axela (+52%), Toyota Crown (+41%), Estima (+97%), Honda Odyssey (+146%) and Subaru Forester (+78%). The Honda N-BOX (+17%) leads the kei cars ranking once again with over 20.000 sales, distancing the Daihatsu Tanto (-13%), Move (+35%) and Nissan Dayz (-21%).

jeep-wrangler-japan-september-2016-picture-courtesy-mft2016-comThe Jeep Wrangler ranks among the 20 best-selling foreign models for the first time. 

The foreign models ranking for Q3 2016 – only quarterly data is released – reserves more surprises than usual: the Mini (all versions) reclaims the top spot thanks to sales up 25% year-on-year to 5.980, oovertaking the VW Golf down 15% to 5.734 but still in the year-to-date lead so far at 17.906 (-14%) vs. 17.790 (+14%) for the Mini. The Mercedes C-Class’ 20% drop in third place is more than compensated by a 98% surge to 4th position by the E-Class with 3.240 sales – it ranked #17 in Q2. The BMW 2 Series and Mercedes A-Class both gain 16%, the Audi A4 (#13) and BMW X1 (#14) remain solid thanks to new generations and the Jeep Wrangler debuts in the Top 20 at #17, the very first Jeep to rank among the 20 best-selling foreigners in Japan.

Previous month: Japan August 2016: Toyota (+16%) outpaces market back in positive

One year ago: Japan September 2015: Toyota Sienta hits record volume again

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Sweden September 2016: VW Golf best-seller for third month in a row

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden September 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe Alltrack variant is helping the VW Golf to #1 in Sweden. Picture 

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The Swedish new car market is up 9% both in September at 32.292 registrations and year-to-date at 271.396. This is Sweden’s 33rd consecutive month of year-on-year gains and the 2nd largest September volume in history, only topped by September 1974 which was impacted by an impending tax cut. After falling to #2 during its summer break, homegrown market leader Volvo reclaims the top spot off Volkswagen but sees its sales drop by a worrying 13% to 5.394 and 16.7% share vs. 18.4% year-to-date. Volkswagen for its part is up 20% to 4.989 and 15.4% share, and the rest of the Top 10 also posts 20%+ gains: Toyota returns to #3 at 7% share (+20%) ahead of Kia (+27%) and BMW (+24%). In fact, only Audi (-6%), Nissan (-8%) and Ford (-14%) decline in the Top 15, all other manufacturers snapping double-digit gains, led by Opel (+40%), Hyundai (+50%), Dacia (+62%) and Renault (+64%).

kia-optima-sportswagon-sweden-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autonytt-seThe all-new Sportswagon variant propels the Kia Optima just outside the Top 20.

The Swedish models ranking is undergoing a once-in-a-decade reshuffling: Volvo adding together of the outgoing V70 with the all-new S90 and V90 doesn’t prevent the combined nameplate to freefall 56% to #6. The VW Golf on the other hand manages a historical third month in a row in pole position despite sales down 18% year-on-year to 1.910 and 5.6% share. This is only the 6th time ever the Golf ranks #1 in Sweden after August 2010, 20142015 and the last 3 months, and the 7th month in the past decade that there isn’t a Volvo at #1 (add the VW Passat in August 2013). The newly launched Alltrack station wagon variant, tapping right into Swedish consumers’ preferences, is helping the Golf remain at the highest level in Sweden.

The XC60 is up 4 spots on August to hit an all-time best 2nd place overall with 1.509 units, distancing the Volvo S/V60 (1.350), VW Passat up 57% (1.318) and Volvo V40 (1.126). The VW Polo (+136%), Kia Ceed (+68%), Peugeot 208 (+60%) and Toyota RAV4 (+65%) shine in the Top 20, while below the Kia Optima is up 14-fold thanks to the arrival of an all-new Sportswagon variant, the Kia Niro is up 166 spots on August to #54 and the Tesla Model X is up 126 to #65.

Previous month: Sweden August 2016: Podium 100% VW during Volvo’s summer break

One year ago: Sweden September 2015: Mini Cooper breaks into Top 10

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Switzerland September 2016: Skoda Octavia reclaims YTD pole position

Skoda Octavia Switzerland September 2016Can the Skoda Octavia end 2016 in the Swiss top spot? 

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The Swiss new car market gains 8% year-on-year in September to 26.145 registrations, however the year-to-date tally is still down 3% to 232.183 units. Volkswagen remains master in command with 12.9% share and beats the market with a 24% year-on-year improvement. In fact, 8 of the Top 10 brands outpace the market in September: in order, Mercedes (+14%), BMW (+33%), Skoda (+20%), Opel (+12%), Ford (+19%), Renault (+24%) and Toyota (+24%). Notice also Seat (+28%), Kia (+71%), Mini (+55%), Tesla (+101%) and Jaguar (+101%) all posting robust to spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Citroen (-23%), Hyundai (-25%), Suzuki (-25%), Nissan (-32%) and Peugeot (-45%) all struggle.

vw-tiguan-seat-ateca-switzerland-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-esThe VW Tiguan is up 257% to #2 while the Seat Ateca jumps to #37. 

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+7%) reclaims the year-to-date pole position off the VW Golf (-34%) thanks to 1.003 sales this month vs. just 730 for the Golf down to #3. 2016 tallies add up to 8.670 (-10%) for the clavier vs. 8.460 (-24%) for the Golf. If the Octavia was to hold on to its advantage until the end of the year, this would have the effect of a large earthquake in Swiss car sales, as the Golf has held the title of best-selling car in Switzerland for the past 22 consecutive years. The last time the VW Golf did not end the year at #1 in Switzerland was in 1993 when the Opel Astra toped the charts… The new generation VW Tiguan, up 257% on the previous model to #2 overall in September may be partly responsible for this month’s paltry Golf performance.

renault-talisman-switzerland-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-deFirst Top 100 ranking for the Renault Talisman in Switzerland. 

Other great gainers atop the models charts include the VW Polo (+53%), Mercedes C Class (+33%), Fiat 500 (+29%), VW Touran (+305%), Opel Mokka (+51%), Audi A3 (+58%), Ford Kuga (+79%), Mercedes GLC (+81%) and Toyota RAV4 (+211%). The Seat Ateca soars 83 spots on August to #37, the Tesla Model X is up 115 to #54, the Renault Talisman breaks into the Swiss Top 100 for the first time at #98, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is up 20 to #113, the Kia Niro lands directly at #118 and the Cadillac XT5 at #217.

Previous month: Switzerland August 2016: Golf and Octavia down, Tiguan up

One year ago: Switzerland September 2015: Peugeot 2008 soars to third place

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