Kazakhstan February 2017: Lada 4×4 holds on tight

The Lada 4×4 is once again the best-seller in Kazakhstan. 

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Thanks to our partnership with autoconsulting.kz, we can share with you today official data for the Kazakh new car market for February, still in poor form at just 2.843 units for the month and 5.309 year-to-date, down 24% on the same period in 2016. Brand-wise, Lada reclaims the top spot off Toyota at 587 sales and 20.6% share vs. 473 and 16.6% and is now also #1 year-to-date at 982 vs. 876 units. Renault remains in third place with 8.4% of the Kazakh market, followed by GAZ and Ravon (previously known as UZ-Daewoo) both up one spot on January to overtake Hyundai. Notice also Nissan at #9 and Iveco at #38. The Lada 4×4 is once again the best-selling nameplate in the country, and by a large margin with 255 sales and 9% share vs. 187 and 6.6% for the #2, 2016 market leader the Toyota Camry. The Lada Largus is up 41 spots (!) on January to land on the third step of the podium ahead of the GAZ Gazelle and Ravon Nexia R3. The Hyundai Creta conforms it is a blockbuster in Kazakhstan by holding onto the 9th spot it already occupied in January.

Previous month: Kazakhstan January 2017: Lada 4×4 and GAZ Gazelle in the lead

One year ago: Kazakhstan March 2016: Lada implodes (-80%) in market down 58%

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Finland February 2017: Toyota reigns supreme, Volvo V90 in Top 10

The Volvo V90 breaks into the Finnish Top 10 for the first time. 

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The Finnish new passenger car market is down 5% year-on-year in February to 9.084 registrations, yet a strong January score keeps the year-to-date total in positive at +2% to 21.739. Market leader Toyota posts the largest year-on-year increase in the Top 20 at +37% to hit 1.355 sales and 14.9% share, widening the gap with #2 Skoda (+8%) and #3 Volkswagen (-8%) which led the Full Year 2016 rankings. Year-to-date, Toyota is up 30% to 13.2% share vs. +12% and 11.4% share for Skoda and -2% and 11% share for Volkswagen. Most carmakers in the Top 20 are in negative territory, with Opel (+6%), Mercedes (+5%) and Mazda (+7%) some of the exceptions. Among smaller brands, Mini (+45%), Porsche (+50%), Lexus (+67%) and Jaguar (+133%) shine.

In the midst of a changeover with the facelifted model, the Skoda Octavia shines with sales up 30% to 577 sales and 4.6% share, frankly outpacing the Toyota Auris (+27%), Nissan Qashqai (-2%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Avensis (+12%), making it three Toyotas in the Top 5. The Volvo V90 breaks into the Finnish Top 10 for the first time since the nameplate was relaunched last year, the Skoda Fabia is up 101% to #10, the VW Tiguan up 284% to #13 thanks to the new model, the Mercedes E-Class is up 197%, the Volvo XC60 up 49% and the Opel Mokka up 48%.

Previous month: Finland January 2017: VW Tiguan, Volvo S90 and V90 impress

One year ago: Finland January-February 2016: Octavia and Qashqai hold tight

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Taiwan February 2017: Toyota RAV4 and CMC Veryca impress

CMC Veryca Taiwan October 2015. Picture courtesy carstuff.com.twThe CMC Veryca is up 5 spots on January to third place this month.

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The Taiwanese new car market is up 12% year-on-year in February to 24.215 units, enabling the year-to-date tally to edge into positive territory at +0.9% to 69.645 units. Toyota is falling behind in terms of market growth (+3%) but remains a distant leader at 25% market share vs. 26.4% so far in 2016. That’s still more than double the #2, Mitsubishi/CMC up 29% to 12.4%, distancing Nissan/Infiniti down 10% to 8.8%. Honda (+16%), Mercedes (+28%), Ford (+30%), BMW (+25%), Luxgen (+30%) and Volkswagen (+101%) all impress and all rank within the Top 10 brands. Model-wise, no surprise on top: the Toyota Corolla reigns in spite of dropping 10% on February 2016, followed by a very dynamic Toyota RAV4 (+108%) and CMC Veryca (+44%). Two recent launches complete the Tp 5: the Honda HR-V and Toyota Sienta.

Previous month: Taiwan January 2017: Toyota Sienta edges up to 2nd place

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Switzerland February 2017: Skoda Octavia leads in market up 0.7%

The facelift should help the Skoda Octavia return to positive territory in Switzerland. 

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The Swiss new car market edges up a very shy 0.7% year-on-year in February to 22.809 unit, leading to a year-to-date total down 1.4% to 42.260. Market leader Volkswagen (-21%) continues to be under pressure from Mercedes (+26%) at 2.191 sales and 9.6% share vs. 2.035 and 8.9% for Mercedes. BMW (+1%), Skoda (-10%) and Renault (-2%) follow with Opel (+22%), Seat (+33%) and Toyota (+11%) the only other manufacturers to lodge double-digit gains inside the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+12%), Fiat (+17%), Jeep (+34%), Mini (+39%), Maserati (+43%), Dacia (+88%), Alfa Romeo (+179%) and Tesla (+266%) are some of the carmakers that improve their score drastically over February 2016.

The Seat Ateca climbs to a February world best #12 in Switzerland.

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia continues to be the market favourite despite a 20% drop and the arrival of the facelift in dealerships. The VW Golf is down an even more depressing 39% whereas the Mercedes C-Class (+53%), VW Tiguan (+138%), Mazda CX-5 (+91%), Mercedes A-Class (+60%) and Opel Mokka (+45%) are the best performers in the Top 12. Among recent launches, the Seat Ateca is up 26 spots on January to a record #12, breaking into the Swiss Top 20 for the first time, the Toyota C-HR is down 10 spots to #33, the Audi Q2 down 7 to #58 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio makes its very first appearance in a BSCB sales charts at #193 with 19 units registered – we believe – in preparation for the Geneva Auto Show.

Previous month: Switzerland January 2017: VW under pressure from Mercedes

One year ago: Switzerland January-February 2016: Skoda Octavia #1, VW T6 shines

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Slovenia February 2017: Renault up 67%, Hyundai Tucson on podium

The Hyundai Tucson is up to third place in February in Slovenia. 

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New car sales in Slovenia are up by a splendid 19% year-on-year to 5.680 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 12.152. In the brands ranking, Renault (+67%) misses out on the top spot by just one unit at 844 vs. 845 for Volkswagen (+10%). Skoda (+3%), Opel (-11%) and Ford (+9%) round up the Top 5 but it’s Hyundai (+68%), Nissan (+75%) and Dacia (+97%) that fare the best in the Top 10, with Citroen also up a strong 40% in 10th place. Further down, notice Suzuki (+42%), Mercedes (+42%), Mini (+79%) and Honda (+160%). The Renault Clio (+138%) retains the Top spot it held both in January and for the past 19 years, ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-12%) while the Hyundai Tucson soars 127% to land at #3, the nameplate’s second podium finish in the past three months. The VW Tiguan is up 8-fold year-on-year thanks to the new generation but down one spot on January to #5 while further down the Dacia Sandero is up 288%, the Fiat 500X up 223%, the Hyundai i20 up 214% and the Citroen C3 up 154%.

Previous month: Slovenia January 2017: Dacia Sandero and VW Tiguan take off

One year ago: Slovenia January-February 2016: Clio and Octavia take turns at #1

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Ireland February 2017: Toyota C-HR up to 6th place in market down 21%

The Toyota C-HR is up to 6th place in February in Ireland. 

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Accentuating a trend we saw in January, the Irish new car market is down by a painful 21% year-on-year in February to 17.083, pulling the year-to-date total down 9% to 56.054. The main explanation for this downwards spiral seems to be the unusual influx of used cars coming from the UK market following the British pound’s sharp decline after the Brexit vote. This month, Nissan is the best-selling manufacturer despite sales down 6%, distancing Volkswagen (-32%), Toyota (-18%), Hyundai (-30%) and Skoda (-6%). In fact, only Mercedes (+94%) and Audi (+0.2%) post a year-on-year gain inside the Top 10. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai (-7%), Skoda Octavia (-21%), Hyundai Tucson (-51%), Kia Sportage (-17%) and VW Golf (-41%) lead the way but all post declines, while the hero of the month is the Toyota C-HR up 19 spots on January to land at #6. Granted, the C-HR had already topped the Irish market in both November and December last year, but these are months with almost non-exostent sales in Ireland. This month’s 6th place is a better performance as a result.

Previous month: Ireland January 2017: Tucson leads, Mégane up, market down

One year ago:  Ireland January-February 2016: Tucson leads, pushes Hyundai to #1

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Greece February 2017: Nissan Qashqai stays on podium, market up 57%

Nissan Qashqai. Picture whatcar.com.au 

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The Greek new car market rebounds back up 57% year-on-year on a particularly weak February 2016 base, lifting the year-to-date tally up 29% to 11.652. Given the size of the year-on-year gain this month, it’s no surprise that the Top 12 best-selling carmakers all lodge double-digit improvements. Market leader Toyota (+55%) fails to match the market growth rate but still stands at a dominant 12.4% share, while direct followers Volkswagen (+61%), Opel (+82%), Nissan (+108%) and Ford (+87%) are all below 10% but frankly outpace the market. Suzuki (+659%) outpaces all carmakers with an almost 8-fold gain, with Jeep (+107%), Seat (+110%), Skoda (+166%), Honda (+217%) and Kia (+558%) also more than doubling their sales compared to February 2016.

Model-wise, we witness a consolidation towards the top with 12 of the 15 best-sellers outpacing the market. The Toyota Yaris (+83%) dominates like in January and FY16, the Opel Corsa (+78%) is up 8 spots on January to return to the 2nd place it held over the Full Year 2016, the Nissan Qashqai is up 257% to #3 ahead of the VW Polo (+63%) and Opel Astra (+120%). The Suzuki Swift is up 11-fold, most likely due to discounts to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the new generation of the model later this year. The Nissan Micra (+130%), Renault Clio (+104%) and Kia Rio (+569%) also shine. Among recent launches (<12 months), the Fiat Tipo is up 19 ranks on January to a record 16th place, the Audi Q2 is up 14 to #22, the Toyota C-HR is down two to #26 and the Suzuki Ignis down 10 to #30.

Previous month: Greece January 2017: Suzuki Ignis in Top 20

One year ago: Greece January-February 2016: BMW X1 in Top 10, market down 16%

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Denmark February 2017: Renault up 86% in market up 6%

The Renault Clio is up to 5th place in Denmark in February.

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There’s nothing stopping new car sales in Denmark, up another 6% year-on-year in February to 17.622 after surging 19% in January, lifting the year-to-date tally up 12% year-to-date to a record 37.156 units. Volkswagen leads the brands ranking at 13.3% share above Peugeot at 12.3% while Renault shoots up 86% year-on-year to 1.238 sales and 7% and 9 spots on January to third place. Toyota, Opel and Skoda follow and are the only carmaker with a four-digit sales figure for Denmark this month. Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 cements its domination with a strong 975 sales, distancing the Nissan Qashqai, VW Up and VW Polo while the Renault Clio is up 17 ranks on January to #5. Among recent launches, the Suzuki Baleno remains inside the Top 10 and the Fiat Tipo is up 81 spots on last month to #75.

Previous month: Denmark January 2017: Volkswagen up 65%, Suzuki Baleno up to #10

One year ago:  Denmark January-February 2016: Peugeot 208 topples VW Up

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Norway February 2017: Volvo V90 breaks into Top 10

The Volvo V90 ranks 7th in Norway this month.

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The Norwegian new car market drops 3.6% year-on-year in February to 11.788 units but a 19% surge in January keeps the year-to-date volumes in positive at +7% and 24.843 deliveries. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand despite sales down 13% to 1.782 and 15.1% share, this month distancing Toyota (-2%) with BMW in third place and very strong again: up 23% to 9.3% share thanks to the i3 ranking #3 this month. Volvo (+22%) and Mercedes (+21%) are the other great performers in the February Top 10, ranking at #4 and #5 respectively. Further down, Suzuki (+45%), Hyundai (+67%), Renault (+207%), Alfa Romeo (+300%) and Jaguar (+420%) impress.

Model-wise, the VW Golf is still the best-seller in Norway but it slices its sales in two year-on-year (-49%) to 641 units and 5.4% share. Looking into the February Golf sales by variant, they are split almost evenly: 35% go to the e-Golf, 31% are the PHEV variant, leaving 34% for the “standard” variant. In second place we find the VW Passat surging 72% year-on-year to 533 units, 433 or 81% going to the PHEV variant and making the Passat the PHEV king in Norway this month. The all-electric BMW i3 ranks third as detailed above, but the biggest performance in the Top 10 is delivered by the Volvo V90, up 14 ranks on January to break into the Norwegian Top 10 for the first time at #7, with 64% of its sales going to the new 4WD Cross Country variant. Among other recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is down one spot on last month to #13, the Kia Niro is up 3 to #15 and the Suzuki Ignis is up 46 to #27.

Previous month: Norway January 2017: BMW up 41%, threatens VW for first place

One year ago: Norway January-February 2016: Mazda CX-3 inside Top 10

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Uruguay February 2017: Chevrolet shoots up 155% to pole position

Chevrolet is the best-selling brand in Uruguay in February.

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New car sales in Uruguay continue to rebound at +34% in February to 3.907 units, meaning the year-to-date tally now stands at 7.784, up 27% on the same period a year ago. Chevrolet takes off at +155% to claim the brands pole position like in January vs. #5 over the Full Year 2016. Volkswagen (+82%) follows, ahead of Suzuki (+21%), Renault (+48%) and Ford up a gigantic 244% on its February 2016 score. Hyundai (+28%), Peugeot (+60%) and Fiat (+70%) also do extremely well in the Top 10, while FAW (+69%) leads the Chinese attack composed of 15 brands adding up to 10.4%. Among them, Lifan (#12), Geely (#13), Great Wall (#14), BYD (#15) and Dongfeng (#17) all find a spot within the Uruguyan Top 20.

Previous post: Uruguay Full Year 2016 models: Fiat Uno #1, Renault Oroch instant blockbuster

Previous month: Uruguay January 2016: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

One year ago: Uruguay January-February 2016: Suzuki holds fort, market down 23%

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