Spain January 2016: Opel soars to #1, Mokka in Top 10

Opel Mokka Spain January 2016. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst Top 10 ranking for the Opel Mokka in Spain.

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On paper the Spanish market is up by another flamboyant 12% year-on-year to 76.904 registrations, the best January score since 2008 (101.664), showing signs of being back to pre-recession levels. Looking closer though, the year-on-year gain is almost 100% artificial, with private sales up just 1.5% to 42.651 units and 55.5% share vs. 61.3% a year ago, whereas sales to rental companies are up a whopping 35% to 11.651 and business sales are up 26% to 22.602. Although the detail by channel isn’t available, Opel has been known to load up of tactical sales all across Europe and notably at home in Germany and – coincidence? – lodges a particularly spectacular month in Spain, shooting up 71% on a year ago to #1 brand in the country with 9.4% share vs. #9 in December.

If the Seat Leon (+10%) holds onto the pole position it has now snapped for two consecutive years, followed by the VW Golf (-7%) and Peugeot 308 (+42%), it’s a festival of Opel in the Top 20. The Astra is up 60% to #4, the Corsa up 25% to #5, the Mokka breaks into the Spanish Top 10 for the very first time thanks to volumes doubling year-on-year at #10 (previous best: #13 last February) and the Zafira Tourer is up a gigantic 149% to #17. Notice also Peugeot up 31% at #3 in the brands ranking, Citroen up 27%, Audi up 21%, BMW up 18%, Mercedes up 19%, Kia up 50%, Mazda up 94%, Land Rover up 37% and Honda up 82%.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon

Previous month: Spain December 2015: Hyundai Tucson breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Spain January 2015: Seat Leon #1 with VW Golf in tow

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Italy January 2016: Fiat 500 back on podium, Punto out of Top 10

Fiat Punto Italy 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frAbout to be scrapped: never before had the Punto ranked outside the Top 10 at home. 

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A great start of the Italian new car market, up 17% year-on-year to 156.163 registrations, mainly pulled by extensive discounts across the industry that have boosted private sales up 24% to 66% share vs. 63% a year ago. Sales to short-term rentals are also up an equally impressive 29%, in line with a trend we are starting to see spread across Europe. Both Fiat and Volkswagen outpace the market at +20% each to 21% and 7.6% share respectively, and all carmakers in the Top 10 except Toyota posts double-digit gains: Citroen leads them all with a 33% surge, followed by Renault (+23%), Peugeot (+22%) and Ford (+17%). Audi is up 15% at an excellent 8th spot. Further down, notice Kia (+28%), Jeep (+48%), Suzuki (+58%), Mazda (+125%), Ssangyong (+133%) and Jaguar (+558%) all delivering spectacular improvements.

Lancia Ypsilon Italy January 2016The Ypsilon is the last Lancia standing and just received a facelift. 

The Fiat Panda sails off to even higher heights in the models ranking with sales up a whopping 42% to 13.367 vs. 5.558 for the #2, the Lancia Ypsilon (+12%). The Fiat 500 finally comes back onto its home podium thanks to its facelift with sales up 6% while the Fiat 500X remains at an outstanding level in 4th place, with the Renault Clio best-selling foreigner once again at #5. Both the VW Golf and Polo gain 32% at #7 and #8, and the Jeep Renegade (+65%) is only 14 units off breaking into the Top 10 for the 2nd time ever after November 2013.

Audi Q3 Italy January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frAudi Q3 sales are nearly double their level of a year ago in Italy. 

But the main event this month in Italy is the Fiat Punto continuing on its slow and painful death row: for the first time since the legendary nameplate launched in Italy in September 1993, the Punto falls outside its home Top 10 at #12 with just 3.152 sales and 2% share, down a devastating 39% on a year ago. The Hyundai Tucson is shaping up to become one of the very top best-selling SUVs in Italy, breaking into the Top 20 only a few months after its launch at 1.954 sales. The Citroen C3 is up 52% at #21, the Peugeot 308 up 31% to #22, the Audi A3 up 28% to #25, the Fiat Tipo up a further 14 ranks on December to #31, Audi Q3 up 92% to #32 and the Citroen C4 Cactus up 31 spots on last month to #45.

Previous post: Italy Full Year 2015: Fiat Panda leads, 500X and Jeep Renegade superstars

Previous month: Italy December 2015: Fiat 500X stays on podium, Tucson & Kadjar up

One year ago: Italy January 2015: Fiat 500X lands at #23

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UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

Vauxhall Astra Scotland January 2016The new generation Vauxhall Astra has finally landed in the UK.

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for January. As is often the case, England (+4%) is the engine of growth for the entire country and represents 85.5% of total UK sales this month. Scotland (+2%) and Wales (+0.4%) are also in positive, but Northern Ireland declines (-3%). The Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations in January: England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, Vauxhall manages a historical 1-2-3, the first since BSCB has started following UK nations two years ago: the Corsa leads the way with 754 sales, follow by the Mokka at 498 and the Astra at 447.

Vauxhall Viva UK January 2016Vauxhall Viva

Further down, the Vauxhall Viva ranks #8, lodging its first-ever Scottish Top 10 ranking and the second in any UK nation after breaking into the Welsh Top 10 last October. Other heroes this month include the Hyundai Tucson #3 in Northern Ireland, the Dacia Sandero #7 in Scotland and Wales, Renault Captur #7 in Northern Ireland, Ford Ecosport #9 in Wales, Mercedes C-Class up to #8 in England vs. #10 in the UK and the Ford C-Max posting a rare Top 10 ranking at #10 in Wales.

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England (UK) Full Year 2015: Mercedes C-Class in Top 10

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Scotland (UK) Full Year 2015: New Gen lifts Vauxhall Corsa back to #1

Wales (UK) Full Year 2015: Fiesta #1, Ford Kuga & Dacia Sandero shine

One year ago: UK nations January 2015: First Top 10 for the new Hyundai i20

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UK January 2016: Nissan Qashqai surges to record-breaking 2nd place

Nissan Qashqai UK January 2016. Picture courtesy Qashqai – Never before had a Japanese nameplate ranked so high in the UK.

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The UK new car market starts 2016 on a positive note with sales up 3% to reach an 11-year high for January of 169.678 registrations. Even better news: this increase is fuelled by private buyers with demand for new cars up by 8% to 73.061 units and 43.1% share vs. 41% a year ago according to SMMT. The month marks the highest number of new cars registered to private buyers in January in 12 years. On the other hand, fleet sales are down 1% to 89.901 units and 53% share vs. 55.2% in January 2015. Alternative-fuel vehicle continue to grow in popularity, with registrations up 32% year-on-year to a record 3.6% share. Petrol hybrids are up 44% to 3.783 cars, plug-in hybrids up 32% to 1.592 and pure electric cars up 14% to 584.

January-new-car-registrations-1997-to-presentSource: SMMT

Ford maintains its grip on the UK market with volumes up 3% to 22.035 and 13% share whereas immediate followers Vauxhall (-10%) and Volkswagen (-14%) bite the dust. Mercedes on the other hand is up a fantastic 26% on January 2015 to land in 4th position overall with 11.800 sales and 7% share, only 255 units below Volkswagen! Audi (+1%) isn’t far behind either at 11.513 units with Nissan the last manufacturer to post a 5-digit sales figure in the UK this month at 10.720 (-3%). Notice also Suzuki up 24%, Honda up 25%, Mazda up 28%, Renault up 37%, Ssangyong up 122%, MG up 132%, Jeep up 139%, Jaguar up 182% and Smart up 266%.

Mercedes CLA UK January 2016Mercedes is up 26% to tease Volkswagen for third place overall in the UK brands ranking. 

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta retains the pole position by far at 5.1% share despite sales down 4% on a year ago, but the big event this month is the Nissan Qashqai rising to a best-ever 2nd place in the UK, the highest-ever ranking reached by a Japanese nameplate here and smashing its previous best of #4 hit in January 2015 and March 2015. January and March are traditionally very strong months for Nissan and this year is now exception with the Juke making a reappearance inside the UK Top 10 for only the second time in the past 10 months at #6 and 3.446 sales. The Vauxhall Corsa (-30%), Ford Focus (-11%), VW Golf (-13%), Audi A3 (-12%) and Mercedes C-Class (-14%) all fall heavily.

Previous post: UK Full Year 2015: Market up 6% to record 2.633.503 units

Previous month: UK December 2015: Mini on podium in record month

One year ago: UK January 2015: Nissan Qashqai up to best-ever 4th place

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Thailand Full Year 2015: Hilux holds onto #1 in market down 10%

Toyota Hilux Revo Thailand May 2015. Picture courtesy autodeft.comThe Toyota Hilux remains #1 despite sales down 17%.

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2015 is the third consecutive year of recession of the Thai new light vehicle market, with a further 10% dropped after -8% in 2013 and -33% in 2014, pulling annual sales from 1.32 million units to just under 800.000 in the space of two years. Thai sales have now bottomed out, with November (+5%) and December (+12%) the first year-on-year gains in 29 months. Despite its first overahaul in a decade, the Toyota Hilux sheds a worrying 17% off its 2014 score to 120.112 deliveries, only 1.390 more than the Isuzu D-Max (-8%). In December, the D-Max even slaughtered the Hilux at 16.841 sales vs. 9.902.

Isuzu D-Max Thailand 2015The Isuzu D-Max improves its market share to 14.9%.

The Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling passenger car in the country despite freefalling (-31%) at a similar rate as its two pursuants, the Toyota Vios (-26%) and Honda City (-25%). The Thai market structure is moving towards a lot more SUVs – in line with a worldwide trend: the Toyota Fortuner is boosted up 54% by the new generation launched in July, reaching a best-ever 6.671 sales in December when it ranked #3 overall and the Honda HR-V lands at a spectacular 7th place for its first full year in market, peaking at #4 in June.

Toyota Fortuner Thailand August 2015. Picture courtesy bangkokpost.comThe Toyota Fortuner ranked #3 in August, September, October and December…

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Thailand November 2015…while its archenemy the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport was #3 in November with 7% share.

But the most impressive result is without a doubt delivered by the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, whose previous generation was never a hit, but suddenly surged to third place overall and 7% market share in November, the highest share hit by a passenger car since Thailand became the pickup factory of the world. Far from being a fluke, the Pajero Sport confirmed this exceptional score in December with a record 5.465 sales and 5.5% share. Other great performers this year include the Mazda2 up 3-fold to #13 thanks to the launch of the sedan variant, the Nissan X-Trail up to #24 and Ford Everest up to #28.

MG5 Thailand 2015. Picture courtesy headlightmag.comMG5 – China’s MG is slowly starting to make its mark in Thailand. 

The Suzuki Ciaz is the best-selling all-new nameplate for the year but fails to really make a mark at #32 and 3.683 sales. The brand event of the year in Thailand is the settling in of Chinese carmaker MG, now assembling locally. Its MG3 lands at #34 with 3.204 sales, the MG6 remains discreet at #56 and 335 units but the MG5 launchd in November is already knocking on the Top 40’s door in December.

Brands data and analysis will be uploaded when made available.

Previous month: Thailand November 2015: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport outsells Toyota Fortuner to #3

Previous year: Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

Two years ago: Thailand Full Year 2013: Toyota, Isuzu and Honda on podium

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Kenya Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser 70

Toyota Hilux Kenya 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota Hilux is now the best-selling nameplate in Kenya. 

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The Kenyan new vehicle market is very dynamic in 2015, up 12% year-on-year to 19.451 units. once again and thanks to a particularly strong performance in the heavy trucks segment, Isuzu confirms it is the favourite choice in Kenya, selling almost double the amount than the #2 Toyota at 6.231 units (+30%) vs. 3.442 (-15%). Mitsubishi is catching up fast at 3.153 sales (+14%), with Tata (+4%) and Ford (+48%) rounding up the Top 5. Mercedes is up 75%, Subaru up 82% and Chevrolet up 90% while French carmaker Renault (re)launches in Kenya this year and lands at #24 with 53 sales, 42 of which are the Duster SUV (#27).

Isuzu KB Kenya 2015The Isuzu KB is up 29% to rank #2 in Kenya this year.

In the model sales charts, the Toyota Hilux dislodges its stablemate the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 (-30%) despite sales down 2% to 1.520 to become the best-selling light vehicle in Kenya. The Isuzu KB (+29%) climbs to 2nd place, while the Ford Ranger more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+104%) to leap to #4. The Nissan NP300 Hardbody is the 4th pickup in the Top 5, the Land Rover Defender is up 51% to #8, the Subaru Forester up 83% to #10 an the Chevrolet Trailblazer up 263% to #12.

Previous post: Kenya H1 2015: Toyota Hilux teases Land Cruiser 70 for #1

Previous year: Kenya Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 king of the savannah

Two years ago: Kenya Full Year 2013: Toyota and Mitsubishi dominate

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Uganda Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux #1, pickups hold 54% share

Toyota Hilux Uganda 2015. Picture courtesy new generation hasn’t hit Ugandan dealerships yet, yet the Hilux is up 39% in 2015.

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Today we are able to share with you extremely rare data for Uganda. The Ugandan light vehicle market is up 11% year-on-year in 2015 to 2.786 registrations, a new all-time record eclipsing the 2.726 sold in 2008. Toyota remains ultra-dominant but gains less ground than the market at +3%, resulting in a slightly lower market share at 36.5% vs. 39.3% a year ago. Like in 2014, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford and Tata follow, with the latter two posting extravagant gains: +87% and +84% respectively.

Ford Ranger Uganda 2015Same story for the Ford Ranger, up 92%.

Pickup trucks hold 54% of the total Ugandan market in 2015, and the models ranking fully reflects this: the Toyota Hilux is in the lead with 19.5% share thanks to sales up 39% even though the new generation hasn’t hit the market yet, followed by the Nissan Hardbody (+9%), Ford Ranger (+92%) and Mitsubishi L200 (+6%) in tow. Add the Tata Xenon (#7), Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup (#9) and Isuzu TFS (#10) to make it seven pickups inside the Top 10. The Toyota Corolla (#13) is the best-selling sedan in the country and the only one inside the Top 20.

Previous post: Uganda 9 months 2015: Toyota, Tata and Nissan dominate

Previous year: Uganda Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

Two years ago: Uganda Full Year 2013: Toyota reigns supreme at 45% share

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Latvia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai and VW Passat outpace Skoda Yeti

Nissan Qashqai Latvia August 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Latvia in 2015.

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Very dynamic new car sales in Latvia: up 7% year-on-year to 16.114 registrations, with Volkswagen (16%) and Toyota (11.4%) still in command but with slightly lower market shares than a year ago. Nissan surges 58% to land in third position, overcoming Skoda (-7%) and Peugeot (-41%) while Ford (+78%) and Fiat (+84%) deliver even more impressive results at #5 and #7 respectively. Lada is reborn from its ashes, going from just 11 sales in 2014 to 334 (#15) this year, 331 of which are the Lada 4×4 aka Niva (#10). The Russian market, in deep crisis, is now looking for any outlet to sell its cars and Lada in Latvia is the perfect example of this trend. As it is also the case in neighbouring Estonia, the Nissan Qashqai surges 62% to snap the pole position off the Skoda Yeti (-22%) while the VW Passat is up 57% to #2. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 89% to #7, the Ford Focus up 60% to #8 and the VW Tiguan up 59% to #14. The Nissan Pulsar spends its first full year in the Latvian market inside the Top 20.

Previous post: Latvia August 2015: Nissan Qashqai in the lead

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Two years ago: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

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Estonia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai dislodges Skoda Octavia for #1

Nissan Qashqai Estonia 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling model in Estonia for 2015. Picture

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It’s a stable year for Estonian new car sales, down just 0.3% or just 65 sales to 21.070 registrations. Toyota keeps the brands lead by far despite sales down 6% to 2.732 and 13% share ahead of Skoda up 1% to 9.8% penetration. Renault (+26%) and Nissan (+36%) brilliantly leap forward from #4 and #6 in 2014 to #3 and #4 respectively this year. Peugeot on the other hand drops 32% and three ranks to #10. Notice also Opel (+44%), Hyundai (+24%), Land Rover (+58%) and Mini (+100%) all posting significant gains. Model-wise, thanks to sales up a gigantic 72% on a year ago, the Nissan Qashqai snaps the pole position off the Skoda Octavia (-8%) while the Toyota Avensis gains 29% and 3 spots to round up the podium thanks to the new model. The Honda CR-V (-9%) drops to #4 while new generations also boost the Skoda Fabia (+268%), VW Passat (+40%) and Subaru Legacy (+33%) into the Top 10

Previous post: Estonia October 2015: New generation pushes Toyota Avensis to #1

Previous year: Estonia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia outsells Honda CR-V to #1

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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, the Renault Kadjar (#16), Megane IV (#31), Espace (#40) and Talisman (#59) retreat vs. last month but are still strong, the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 50 at #38, the Opel Karl is up 25 ranks to #75, the Suzuki Vitara is up to #79 and the new Mini Clubman cracks the Top 100.

Previous post: France Full Year 2015: Fleet and rental sales push market up 7%

Previous month: France December 2015: Renault and Dacia tank up on sales

One year ago: France January 2015: Market pulled up 6% by foreign carmakers

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