UK August 2015: Vauxhall Mokka up, Ford Kuga breaks into Top 10

September 5th, 2015 No comments

Ford Kuga UK August 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukFirst Top 10 ranking for the Ford Kuga in the UK.

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43rd consecutive month of year-on-year gains for the UK new market at +10% in August to 79.060 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.634.369 units, up 7% on 2014. There are two main events in the Top 10 models this month: firstly the Vauxhall Mokka surges to #7, its fourth incursion inside its domestic Top 10 after May 2014 (#10), December 2014 (#6) and June 2015 (#9). Secondly the Ford Kuga, after regularly ranking inside the Welsh and Northern Irish Top 10, makes its big entrance inside the national Top 10 this month with 1.325 sales and 1.7%. In other Top 10 news, below the Ford Fiesta (+2%) and Focus (-2%), the VW Golf (+3%) overtakes the Vauxhall Corsa (-12%) to round up the podium, the VW Polo is up 47% to #5, the Audi A3 up 12% to remain at an impressive 6th spot and the BMW 3 Series is up a fantastic 48% to get back among the country’s 10 most popular nameplates at #9.

BMW 4er UK August 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deBMW UK sales are up 36% year-on-year in August.

In the brands charts, Ford (15%) and Vauxhall (11.3%) both lodge higher shares than year-to-date (13% and 10.3% respectively), Volkswagen surges 24% to 9.6% share, Audi is up 13% to #4, BMW up a whopping 36% to #5, Mercedes up 15% to #6 and Toyota up 18% to #11. Further down, notice Mazda (+46%), Land Rover (+31%), Jaguar (+203%), Mitsubishi (+33%), Smart (+26%), Lexus (+108%), Porsche (+75%), Jeep (+58%) and Ssangyong (+262%) all lodging impressive year-on-year improvements.

Previous post (1): Second BSCB feature in Britain’s biggest selling car magazine

Previous month (Top 125): UK July 2015: Now with Top 125 models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous month (original post):UK July 2015: Mercedes up 21% to #5 in more muted market growth

One year ago: UK August 2014: 30th consecutive month of year-on-year gains

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Sweden August 2015: VW Golf best-seller for 3rd time ever

September 5th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf Sweden August 2013. Picture courtesy of L'Argus2The VW Golf is the most popular vehicle in Sweden in August.

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Sweden celebrates 20 consecutive months of year-on-year gains at +11% to 26.877 registrations in August, the second best August score ever recorded in Sweden below just August 1974 which was impacted by an impending VAT increase. The year-to-date total is also up 11% on 2014 at 219.000 deliveries after 8 months. For the third August in the past four years, Volkswagen overtakes local behemoth Volvo to take the lead of the brands ranking, as it did in both August 2012 and 2014. Before opening the champagne it’s worthwhile noting that this situation only happens in August due to the Swedish manufacturer all but shutting down for Summer. Volkswagen is however widening the gap year-on-year with sales up 18% to 4.674 and 17.4% share vs. +2% to 3.810 and 14.2% for Volvo. Inside the Top 20 brands, Mercedes (+17%), Kia (+45%), Opel (+27%), Fiat (+35%), Mazda (+47%), Subaru (+41%) and Seat (+72%) all outperform the market.

VW Beetle Sweden 1950The VW Beetle is the previous foreigner to rank #1 multiple times in Sweden…

Volkswagen’s domination of the Swedish sales charts is illustrated by the very frank pole position of the VW Golf at 2.095 sales and 7.8% share (+22%) over traditional leader the Volvo V70 at just 1.304 units and 4.9% (-12%). This is the third time the VW Golf leads the Swedish models ranking after August 2010 and August 2014 and the 4th time in the past decade that no Volvo holds the top spot (August 2013 – VW Passat. The Golf is the first foreign nameplate since the VW Beetle in the 1950s to hold the #1 Swedish monthly spot multiple times.

Renault Kadjar Sweden August 2015. Picture courtesy expressen.seGood landing of the Renault Kadjar in Sweden.

Other great August performers include the Volvo XC60 (+33%), VW Polo (+201%), BMW 3 Series (+62%), Skoda Octavia (+49%), Toyota Yaris (+60%), VW Tiguan (+86%) and Mercedes CLA (+259%). Finally, let’s notice the impressive landing of the Renault Kadjar at #35 with 196 units sold for its first month in the Swedish market.

Previous month: Sweden July 2015: VW Golf teases Volvo V70 in record market

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

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Finland August 2015: Toyota Avensis back in the game

September 5th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Avensis Finland August 2015Toyota Avensis sales are up 129% in Finland thanks to the new model.

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An excellent month for the Finnish new car market: up 12% year-on-year in August to 8.338 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still down 0.8% to 73.387 units. Brand-wise, Toyota jumps on top thanks to sales up 19% to 1.051 and 12.6% share vs. 932 and 11.2% (+9%) for Volkswagen, still leader year-to-date. Skoda (+1%), Ford (+38%) and Kia (+42%) follow, with Opel (+24%) and Nissan (+19%) also out-performing the market in the Top 10. Renault (+115%) and Fiat (+138%) also impress. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia keeps the lead with 5.6% share above the Toyota Yaris (+37%), VW Passat (+108%) and Toyota Avensis (+129%), the latter two taking off thanks to their new generation. The Kia Rio (+47%), Ford Mondeo (+137%), Kia Cee’d (+83%), Opel Corsa (+127%) and Skoda Fabia (+440%) also lodge spectacular gains.

Previous month: Finland July 2015: Skoda Fabia and Opel Corsa shoot up

One year ago: Finland August 2014: Skoda Octavia master on board

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Full Year 2014: Four markets updated with more data

September 5th, 2015 No comments

Lexus NX300h Italy 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frItaly has now been updated with a Top 285 ranking, revealing the Lexus NX at #183.

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Four European markets have now been updated with a lot more detailed models data. The direct links to the articles are below:

Austria has now been updated with the Top 300 models (replacing the Top 20)

Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Italy has been updated with the Top 285 models (replacing the Top 150):

Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for the 2nd time in 15 years

Poland has been updated with the Top 305 model (replacing the Top 50):

Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Slovenia has been updated with the Top 265 models (replacing the Top 100):

Slovenia Full Year 2014: Renault Clio leads, Captur up to #5

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South Korea July 2015: Now with Top 30 brands & Top 145 foreigners

September 4th, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 2008 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy turbo.frThe Peugeot 2008 is now almost among the 10 best-selling foreigners in South Korea.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after local models data we now have access to full market details including foreign nameplates. In the brands ranking, Mercedes is back above BMW to reclaim the title of most popular foreigner at #6 overall for just 40 sales, distancing Volkswagen and Audi. Mini is up 81% to #10, Land Rover up 58% to #13, with Jeep (+31%), Citroen (+68%), Cadillac (+90%), Nissan (+92%), Peugeot (+94%) and Chrysler (+100%) also lodging spectacular year-on-year gains. The Mercedes E-Class leads foreign models with 1.686 sales above the BMW 5 Series (1.427) while the Mercedes S-Class brilliantly rounds up the podium at 1.294 deliveries, up 4-fold on July 2014.

BMW i8 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy bobaedream.co.krThe BMW i8 has landed in South Korea.

Further down, notice the Mini Cooper up 181% to #6, the Peugeot 2008 up a further three spots to #12, the BMW 4 Series up 276% year-on-year to #13, the Nissan Qashqai up 10 ranks on June to #17, the Mercedes CLA up to #18, the Land Rover Discovery Sport making its first official appearance in the South Korean ranking at #19 (now that sales are split with the Discovery), the Jeep Cherokee up 31 spots to #28, Ford Mondeo up 13 to #29 and the BMW 2 Series up 47 to #59 thanks to the Active Tourer. Finally, we welcome the BMW i8 at #105 and the Mercedes AMG GT at #118.

Previous all models post: South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

Previous month: South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

One year ago: South Korea July 2014: Now with all-models and all-brands

Full July 2015 Top 30 All-brands and Top 145 foreign models here.

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Moldova July 2015: Dacia Logan resumes domination

September 4th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Logan Moldova July 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.esThe Dacia Logan holds 13% of the Moldovan market in July.

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According to data published by Central European market data specialists CE Auto, the Moldovan new car market is struggling again in July at -17% year-on-year to 300 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1.967 registrations, down 27% on 2014. The Dacia Logan reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date with a whopping 13% market share this month and is followed by the Toyota RAV4 up one further spot on June to #2 vs. #8 so far in 2015. Three Skodas follows: the Rapid, Fabia and Superb. Notice the BMW X5 holding its rank inside the Top 10 at #7 like in June.

Previous month: Moldova June 2015: Skoda Octavia beats all Dacias

One year ago: Moldova July 2014: Dacia monopolises podium

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USA August 2015: Volume down but seasonal sales up

September 4th, 2015 1 comment

Nissan Rogue USA August 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Nissan Rogue is once again the biggest gainer in the Top 20.

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I give you the Top 20 models rankings for now, complete rankings with manufacturers, brands and analysis will follow shortly.

Previous month: USA July 2015: Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Rogue shoot up

One year ago: USA August 2014: Honda Accord and Toyota RAV4 at all-time high

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Media Post: Car Giant celebrates BMW infographic

September 4th, 2015 No comments

Cargiant BMW Infographic - Section 1

BMW, the German can manufacturer that was founded all the way back in 1916, has grown into a monumental brand name that is recognisable almost anywhere in the world. BMW are most renowned for the creation of high performance cars and motorbikes, but most people might not realise that they also build jet engines as well as designing the interiors of airplanes!

Nowadays, BMW have created new hybrid cars that they see as a big part of the future of car manufacturing, this emphasis on electric cars is echoed in their achievement in becoming official vehicle partners of the FIA Formula E Championship. For the near future, BMW have taken aspects from their i3 and i8 brands and implanted them into their 2016 BMW 7 Series to even further prove their commitment to cleaner energy.

Take a look at this infographic below that Cargiant, the world’s largest used car supermarket, created on the history of BMW.

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France August 2015: Renault and Clio reclaim control

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio France August 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio is back to pole position at home in France.

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Thanks to one additional selling day vs. August 2014, the French new car market is up 10% year-on-year this month to 92.052 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.256.670 units, up 6% on 2014. It is however prudent to remember that we are remaining at historically low level in France, this August score being the third weakest month in the past 15 years below just August 2013 (85.565) and August 2014 (83.340). Overtaken by Peugeot in July, Renault reclaims the brands pole position this month, but just: at 15.611 deliveries (+11%), its advantage is only 372 units vs. Peugeot at 15.239 (+14%). Renault’s share is frankly lower than its year-to-date level (17% vs. 19.6%), but Peugeot is closer (16.6% vs. 17.3%).

Citroen C3 France August 2015. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Citroen C3 is up 53% to 4th place.

Citroen is up 18% to 10.083 and 11% to lift its year-to-date total into positive territory at 134.898 units (+2%). Following are Volkswagen (+13%), Dacia struggling at -16% and Toyota, down 13% but remaining on high ground at #6 and 4.4% share. Below Nissan (+18%), Audi surges 19% to 3.8% share, followed closely by BMW up a spectacular 29% to #10 and 3.5%. This score enables the Bavarian manufacturer to overtake Mercedes in the year-to-date ranking at 32.968 units (+15%) vs. 32.886 (+10%).

VW Polo France August 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deAt #6, the VW Polo hadn’t ranked that high in 2015.

Overstepped by the Peugeot 208 last month in a rare event, the Renault Clio IV is back to the models pole position thanks to sales up 14% year-on-year to 5.200 while the Peugeot 208 is up 12% to 4.746. With the Peugeot 308 up 29%, the Citroen C3 up 53%, Renault Captur up 25% and VW Polo up 14%, the entire Top 6 gains more ground than the market in August, resulting in a slight consolidation at the top of the ranking (Top 5 = 21% vs. 19.8% and Top 10 = 33% vs. 32.6%.).

VW Passat France August 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Passat is up 73% to #30.

At #6, this is the VW Polo’s best monthly ranking so far in 2015 while at #7 it is the VW Golf ‘s first Top 10 ranking in France since September 2014 and best ranking since it hit a record 5th place exactly a year ago in August 2014. The Renault Twingo is back up 15 spots on a particularly weak July score, back inside the Top 10 at #10. The Toyota Yaris is up 3 ranks to an excellent 12th place, albeit not reiterating its record-breaking August 2014 score (#6). The Renault Kadjar gains one spot to #18, the Opel Mokka is up 25% to #22, Citroen C3 Picasso up 57% to #23, Mini up 39% to #26, VW Passat is up 73% to #30 and the BMW 1 Series up 34% to #33.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer France August 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer shoots up to #36 in France this month.

Excellent performance of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, up 18 spots on July to smash its French record ranking at #36 with 705 sales and 0.8% share vs. #73 and 0.3% year-to-date. The Fiat 500X has stabilised at #40, the Nissan X-Trail is up a further 3 ranks to #44, the Skoda Fabia up 13 to #45 and the Renault Espace is down 14 but remains inside the Top 50 at #49 with sales up 220% on the previous model a year ago.

Previous post: France 1-14 August 2015: Toyota Yaris up 29% in lifeless month

Previous month: France July 2015: Renault down to historically low 14.7% share

One year ago:France August 2014: Toyota Yaris hits highest ever Nippon ranking in worst month in 38 years

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Spain July 2015: Opel Astra surprise best-seller

September 2nd, 2015 4 comments

Opel Astra Bosnia June 2015. Picture courtesy larevueautomobile.com2015 Opel Astra

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The Spanish new car market celebrates two full years (24 consecutive months) of year-on-year gains in August at +24% to 56.508 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 23% to 718.629 units. This is the strongest August result since the 58.995 units clocked up in 2009, however let’s keep in mind the all-time August record of 2005 is almost double this year’s result (105.064) and the August total in each the 12 years before 2009 was above this year’s score. Out of the wood: yes, totally back on track: not yet. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the country despite sales up slower than the market (+17%), while Opel (+19%) is up 5 spots on June to #2, distancing Peugeot (+31%) and Renault (+32%) both very dynamic. Further down, Toyota up 39% to #6, Nissan up 60% to #10, Kia up 34% to #11 and Mercedes up 30% to #13 all impress. Notice also Skoda (+36%), Mazda (+52%), Volvo (+46%), Lexus (+118%), Jeep (+299%), Suzuki (+57%), Smart (+158%) and Jaguar (+190%) posting spectacular gains.

Renault Mégane vs Peugeot 308 France August 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault Mégane sales are up 69%, Peugeot 308 sales up 61%.

The Spanish models ranking is turned upside down this month: boosted by runout prices for the outgoing generation and the new model landing into dealerships, the Opel Astra surges 54% year-on-year and 8 spots on June to brilliantly become the most popular nameplate in the country in August with 1.657 sales and 2.9%, only 14 units above the Dacia Sandero (-1%) with the VW Golf (+50%) rounding up the podium. Other impressive performers inside the Top 10 include the Nissan Qashqai (+41%), Peugeot 208 (+56%), Renault Mégane (+69%) and Peugeot 308 (+61%) while the Toyota Auris is up 5 ranks on July to #6.

Hyundai Tucson Spain August 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson already ranks #27 in Spain.

The Seat Ibiza drops to 5th place overall and is now only 158 units below its compact stable mate the Leon for the 2014 pole position at 23.242 deliveries vs. 23.400. Further down, notice the Renault Captur (+43%), Toyota Yaris (+79%), Opel Mokka (135%), Peugeot 2008 (+45%) and Mercedes GLA (+43%) all lodging substantial year-on-year gains – four out of these five models being crossovers. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson takes off 68 spots on its inaugural month in July to a splendid 27th spot, doubling its sales to 594 and instantly becoming the Korean brand’s best-seller in Spain above the ix35 it replaces (#40 and 500 sales, -38%). The Renault Kadjar is down 21 ranks to #64, the Mazda CX-3 is up 36 spots to break into the Spanish Top 100 for the first time at #95, the Suzuki Vitara is up 33 ranks to a record #108, the Jaguar XE is down 11 to #118 and the Ssangyong Tivoli up 22 to #149.

Previous month: Spain June 2015: VW Golf surges to pole position

One year ago: Spain August 2014: Dacia Sandero triumphs

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