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Italy September 2011: Lancia Ypsilon stays on podium UPDATED

Lancia Ypsilon

* Now updated with actuals for the entire Top 60 thanks to Cristiana at UNRAE *

* See the Top 60 best-selling models by clicking on 'Read more' at end of post! *

The Italian car market is back into negative at -6% in September with 147,361 registrations, leading to a 11% drop year-to-date at 1,376,580 units. Coinciding with the unveiling of its 3rd generation, the Fiat Panda leads this month for the first time since May and for the third time only this year with 10,434 sales and 7.1%, ahead of the Fiat Punto at 10,194 units and 6.9%. The Punto is still #1 year-to-date however at 7.1% share vs. 6.4% for the Panda.

The Lancia Ypsilon new generation confirmed its newly acquired spot on the podium at #3 this month with 5,578 sales and 3.8%, taking its distance on the Ford Fiesta at 5,466 units and 3.7%. It is the first time since December 2005 that the Lancia Ypsilon manages to stay on the Italian podium two months in a row. The Opel Corsa shines at #6 and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is back in the Top 10.

Audi Q5

Other good performers this month include the Mini up to #12, the Mercedes A Class up 14 spots to #15, the Fiat Freemont establishing itself within the Top 20 at #17, the Hyundai ix35 up 25 spots to #29 and the Fiat Sedici up to #33. The Audi Q5 is also strong in 42nd position with 879 sales and 0.6% share.

Previous month: see the Italian August 2011 Top 50 best-selling models here.

Full September 2011 Top 60 Ranking Table below.

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  1. October 8th, 2011 at 01:10 | #1

    Yes Fabio, I got the point. Unfortunately here in Portugal is teh same. People do not trust at 100% in brands such as Hyundai or kia because they are relatevely new in the car market and prefer to spend their money on Toyotas, Fords, Peugeots… Alfa romeo has a certain name and charisma here and the majority of the portuguese people like mainly the design, the style of Alfas. Alfa has a certian reputation here now with the introduction of models such as the mito or Giullietta. The 156 sold quite well here in the nineties and we can say that the 145/146 was a certain success here because the price was quite attractive and the engines gained reputation even the boxer one. Now Alfa sells few examples of the mito, 159 and giulietta. The last ones are expensive and they are mainteined by Italian Village garage, the main dealer and garage for Alfa Romeo/Fiat and lancia. Lancia is a case apart. It´s a little bit hiden and has a very short range of models. Here in Portugal only the Delta sell some examples, very few.It´s quite rare to see a new Ypsilon. The Lybra sold some examples but resale value is too low and depreciate dramaticaly! Strange if we have in mind that in the past Lancia was a great marque with wonderful models such as the lovely Fulvia, classic nowdays, the beautiful Beta Coupé, Spider and HPE, the prestigious Gamma and Flavia, Thema and the rallye winner and nice Delta.

  2. MFabio83
    October 8th, 2011 at 00:10 | #2

    The Italian drivers are not so nationalist like french or german. Somebody hates all that FIAT does. i think that it could be different if Alfa Romeo was sold to Ford at 80s instead of FIAT. Now there are a lot of people who don’t trust in FIAT and the other brand of the Italian group.
    Then the 159 is born with some technical solutions so expensive and some engines that also the Alfa lovers didn’t accept like the Holden engines in the 1.9 and 2.2 JTS. Then Alfa Romeo didn’t renew the model with a little restyiling or others (like the Lancia Lybra). For example, now it’s not possible to have a 159 with a gasoline engine here in Italy, but also with diesel: 136hp and 170hp, this last one just for the Wagon. Then, while the other competitors like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz but also Passat and Insignia offer the automatic transmission, the 159 is sold only with a 6 speed manual gear. There’s not space to choose…
    then in Italy the people follow what could be trendy, so Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are the top for many people, it’s not important if somebody offers a car with the same charatericts with less money. It’s important the brand!
    A little example, the Mazda2, 3 and 6 are great car, but now they haven’t a great name, a great brand… so the Mazda doesn’t sell so much like a Peugeot or Renault like in other countries.

  3. October 7th, 2011 at 23:32 | #3

    Yes Pedro, it is. I never liked the VW models. The only VW model I had a fair affection was the golf MKI from 1974. All VW models, to me, in my perspective, are plain, boring and without any attraction at all!

  4. Pedro
    October 7th, 2011 at 23:18 | #4

    @ Miguel: Of course it’s all a matter of taste.

  5. October 7th, 2011 at 09:16 | #5

    Fabio, you´re Italian, so tell me why the Alfa romeo 159 sells few examples in Italy. This car is o pretty! I wonder why the Italians prefere to buy an Audi A4, Mercdes C than an Alfa 159! Why??

  6. October 7th, 2011 at 03:57 | #6

    Tastes… tastes! I do not like the VW polo or golf. I think they are terrible designed, have nothing at all to excite! The Passat are a disaster in terms of style, a massive monster car!Tastes… tastes!!!

  7. Pedro
    October 7th, 2011 at 02:48 | #7

    I don’t like Fiesta and Focus. Horrible Design, too much of everything.

  8. October 6th, 2011 at 08:12 | #8

    I adore the new Focus. Hope to see it in the top 10 next month already. Ford has a quite attractive range of models!

  9. MFabio83
    October 6th, 2011 at 04:44 | #9

    Fiesta is a must in Italy. and now with the complete model range of the new Focus i think that also this second one Ford could be entry in the top 10.

  10. Sith
    October 6th, 2011 at 03:28 | #10

    Fiat Freemont 1941, 5975 YTD, it makes his way.

  11. October 6th, 2011 at 00:06 | #11

    Bravo Fiesta! Keep going.

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