New Zealand October 2017: Rentals boost Toyota up 36% to 28.7% share

The Toyota Highlander is up 126% year-on-year in New Zealand in October. 

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Nothing can stop the New Zealand market this year: sales are up another 5.6% year-on-year in October to 15.550 units, the highest ever score for the month and only the 2nd time monthly sales cross the 15.000 mark after last June (15.985). Passenger cars are up 3% to 11.114 while commercials are up 12.8% to 4.416. Year-to-date, the Kiwi market is up a splendid 9.8% to 133.766 with passenger cars up 6.3% to 90.060 and commercials up a staggering 17.9% to 43.706. Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford says the results point to a record-breaking year for the industry: “The 2017 new vehicle market is expected to easily break through the 150,000 new vehicles mark for the first time.”

Toyota remains the runaway leader with a particularly impressive score this month: up 36% to a mammoth 28.7% market share, or almost three times the next best-seller, to be compared with 19.5% year-to-date. Ford (-6%) and Holden (-28%) struggle on the podium while Mazda edges up 3% in 4th place. Below, Mitsubishi (+27%) and Hyundai (+46%) impress, the latter snapping the 6th rank YTD off Nissan, down 22% this month. In the Top 10, Kia (+28%) and Suzuki (+34%) also post spectacular gains while beyond, Subaru (+46%), Fiat (+37%) and LDV (+42%) are among the best performers.

As is always the case in New Zealand ahead of the summer season, rental sales heavily influence the models ranking. The Toyota Corolla thus holds onto the pole position with sales up 46% to 11.4% share with no less than 90% of its October volume going to rental companies. The Ford Ranger (+11%) is back above the Toyota Hilux (+49%) and remains comfortably in the lead year-to-date at 5.9% share vs. 5.3% for the Hilux and 4.4% for the Corolla. The Toyota RAV4 is up 62% to #4 (63% rentals) while the Kia Sportage is up 29% to #5 (28% rentals). Notice also the Toyota Highlander up 126% to #6 (78% rentals), the Mitsubishi Triton up 66% to #7, the Mitsubishi ASX up to #8, the Mazda3 up 20% to #10, the Hyundai Tucson up 40% to #16 and the Ford Focus up to #18.

Previous month: New Zealand September 2017: Rentals push Corolla to #1

One year ago: New Zealand October 2016: Rentals lead to all-time record month

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Switzerland October 2017: Audi up 13%, Q5 and Q2 break records

The Audi Q5 is up to a best-ever 7th place in Switzerland in October. 

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New car sales in Switzerland are up a vigorous 5.7% year-on-year in October to 24.724 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume back into positive territory at +0.2% to 256.207 units. Once again market leader Volkswagen frankly underperforms, posting a 4th consecutive double-digit decline at -11% to 11.2% share. Mercedes edges up 3% to a low 7.4% while Audi catches up on lost time with a fine 13% improvement to #3 and 7.1%, two spots and nearly one full percentage point of market share above its YTD level. BMW (+1%) and Skoda (-6%) are relegated to 4th and 5th place respectively. Opel (+57%), Ford (+33%) and Seat (+20%) post spectacular gains inside the Top 10 with Renault and Fiat also lodging double-digit lifts. Below, Tesla (+87%), Alfa Romeo (+74%), Cadillac (+47%), Dacia (+40%), Jeep (+31%), Nissan (+29%), Ferrari (+28%), Subaru (+25%) and Honda (+19%) make themselves noticed.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the lead for the fifth time in the past six months despite sales down 2% to 3% share. Its meagre advantage over the Skoda Octavia (16 sales this month) means the latter holds onto the YTD pole position with 8.064 deliveries so far (-16%) vs. 7.662 (-17%) for the Golf. The VW Tiguan remains in third place but drops 16%, distancing the Audi A3 (+12%), Fiat 500 (+19%) and VW Polo tumbling down 35% due to its generation changeover. Outstanding performance of the Audi Q5 pushed up 78% to #7 by its facelift. This is the Q5’s best ranking in Switzerland since BSCB started following this market monthly in May 2012. The Mercedes GLC is also strong at +30% to #8 while further down the Ford Kuga (+58%), Seat Alhambra (+60%), Mercedes E-Class (+116%), Dacia Sandero (+72%) and BMW 5 Series (+71%) shine. The Skoda Kodiaq leads recent launches but drops 9 spots to #16 while the Audi Q2 hits a best-ever #22. There are five new nameplates in Switzerland in October: the Opel Grandland X lands directly at #50, the Citroen C3 Aircross at #100, the Kia Stonic at #133, the Kia Stinger at #222 and the Skoda Karoq at #266.

Previous month: Switzerland September 2017: Skoda Kodiaq in Top 10

One year ago: Switzerland October 2016: Skoda Octavia headed towards 23-year first

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Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

The Ford Fiesta hits its highest ranking in Germany since November 2012. 

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New car sales in Germany are back up 3.9% year-on-year in October to 272.855 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.3% or 66.000 sales to 2.884.676. Once again Volkswagen trails its home market with a 2% gain and posts a market share identical to its YTD level at 18.4%. Mercedes is up 7% to remain at a strong 9.8% but Audi is down 7% to 7.9% vs. 8.4% so far in 2017. Fallen down to a rare 7th place in September, Ford rallies back up 13% this month to #4, distancing Opel (-1%), BMW (-9%) and Skoda (+12%). Seat (+15%) is the third Top 10 manufacturer to post a double-digit gain in October. Beyond, Peugeot surges 38% to #11, Kia is up 16% to #13, Mazda up 15% to #15, Dacia up 40% to #17 and Mini up 16% to #19. Among smaller brands, Land Rover (+14%), Volvo (+14%), Alpina (+20%), Iveco (+32%), Suzuki (+35%), Cadillac (+50%), Lada (+65%), Tesla (+79%) and Bentley (+94%) make themselves noticed.

First Top 100 at home for the Opel Grandland X. Picture largus.fr

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf speeds up a very robust 22% year-on-year to 20.343 sales and 7.5% share, almost one percentage point above its YTD level. This ends 13 consecutive months of year-on-year declines for the Golf and marks its largest gain since March 2015. The podium is unchanged on September with the Tiguan (-1%) in 2nd place and the Passat (-4%) in third, the latter snapping the 2nd spot YTD off the Mercedes C-Class down 1% to #7 in October. A revenant: the Ford Fiesta is up 8% year-on-year and a whopping 35 spots on September to #4, the nameplate’s first Top 10 in 2016 and its highest ranking in almost five years, since November 2012 when it ranked #4 also.  The Fiesta is at #21 so far in 2017.

The BMW X2 has landed. 

The Skoda Octavia remains at a cool 5th place and climbs up to #7 year-to-date, the Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to become the brand’s best-seller at home while the GLC posts a third consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to deliveries up 79% on October 2016. The BMW 5 Series is up 6% year-on-year but down 13 ranks on last month to #17, the Peugeot 208 justifies the brand’s surge with sales up 3-fold thanks to an aggressive fleet promotion (only 5.3% private sales this month) and the Opel Insignia doubles its sales year-on-year (+99%) thanks to the new model. The Opel Crossland X breaks into its home Top 50 for the first time to lead recent launches at #44, ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#76) while the Opel Grandland X breaks into the Top 100 at #92. The Skoda Karoq is up 60 spots on September to #134, the Kia Stinger up 62 to #182 and the VW T-Roc up just 3 to #204. We welcome no less than four new nameplates in the German ranking this month: the Hyundai Kona directly at #125, the Seat Arona at #195, the BMW X2 at #289 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #296.

Previous month: Germany September 2017: BMW 5 Series and Skoda Fabia shine

One year ago: Germany October 2016: Volkswagen drops 20% but monopolises Top 4

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India October 2017: DZire #1 for third straight month, market down

The Maruti DZire posts a third straight month atop the Indian sales charts. Picture gaadiwaadi.com

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After three consecutive months of double-digit gains, the Indian market steps on the brakes in October at -1% to 277.783 units. The year-to-date volume remains healthy however at +8% to a record 2,698.821 after ten months. In the Top 10 brands, only market leader Maruti, up a fantastic 9%, Tata (+0.5%) and Toyota (+6%) post a positive result. Below, only Skoda is up (+16%) while Jeep advances 14% on September to 2.455 Compass, a stunning result. In 2nd place, Hyundai resists at just -0.1% to a strong 17.9% share vs. 16.4% year-to-date, but Honda (-9%), Datsun (-24%), Renault (-25%), Volkswagen (-29%) and most strikingly Ford (-44%) all post paltry results. Fiat is down 81% to just 123 sales.

The Maruti S-Cross delivers its highest ever monthly volume this month. Picture autocarindia.com

Model-wise, the Maruti DZire posts a third consecutive month in pole position, up 17% year-on-year but down 40% on September to 20.610 sales. The Maruti Alto, up 3% to 19.447, remains by far the best-seller year-to-date at 213.220 (+4%) vs. 181.406 (+7%) for the DZire. The Maruti Baleno has established itself atop the Indian charts: at #3, it signs a fourth month in a row on the podium. The Hyundai Grand i10 (-1%) and Maruti Wagon R (-13%) exchange position while the Maruti Celerio jumps up 27% year-on-year and 18 spots on September to #6. Another excellent month for the Maruti Vitara Brezza up 16% on October 2016 to 11.684 sales. It is joined in the Top 20 by the Maruti S-Cross up 161% year-on-year and 40 spots on last month to #18 and a new monthly volume record at 5.510, beating the 4.602 it hit back in August 2015 thanks to a new model.

The valiant Maruti Gypsy is up 8-fold on October 2016! 

The Hyundai Verna also benefits from a new generation, up 223% to #20. Other great gainers include the Toyota Fortuner (+286%), Ford Aspire (+88%) and Maruti Gypsy (+693%) despite its valiant age.

Previous month: India September 2017: Maruti DZire triumphs, market crosses 300.000 units

One year ago: India October 2016: Hyundai breaks volume record in biggest month ever

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Canada October 2017: General Motors shoots up 26.5%, market up 6.3%

The Chevrolet Silverado is up 59% year-on-year in Canada in October.

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The first 2 million sales annual result in the history of automobile in Canada is now almost certain: October sales push up another 6.3% to 164.643, lifting the year-to-date volume up 5.6% or 93.000 units to a record 1.760.162 in ten months. According to local consultancy Desrosiers which has a slightly lower sales total due to the exclusion of a handful of luxury brands, light trucks continue on their fantastic run, up another 13.6% to 115.417 or 67.9% share vs. 65.4% year-to-date whereas passenger cars are down a harsh 7.9% to just 48.797 units or 32.1% share vs. 34.6% so far in 2017. General Motors is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in Canada this month with a stunning 26.5% year-on-year improvement to 16.3% share vs. 14.7% so far this year. GM outsells Ford Motor (-2%) by almost 6.000 sales and is on track to eclipse the 300.000 annual sales mark for the first time since 2008. GM could even tease Ford Motor for the annual pole position by year end if it continues at this rate. GM’s success this month has everything to do with light trucks, up 44% while its passenger cars plunge 20%. Ford cars dropped an even harsher 39%…

The Tiguan (+94%) helps Volkswagen sales up 31.5%. Picture caranddriver.com 

Toyota Motor holds onto the third spot with sales up 8.9% to 11.9% share above Honda Motor up 2% to 10.7%, FCA down 11.9% to 10.5% and Hyundai-Kia up 1.4% to 9.8%. Nissan Motor (+9.5%), Volkswagen Group (+24.3%), Daimler (+11.1%), Volvo (+57.7%) and Tesla (+44.6%) all outpace the market. Brand-wise, Ford drops 1.2% above Toyota (+9.5%) and Honda (+2.4%) while Chevrolet shoots up 20.9% and Nissan up 13.1%. GMC (+35.4%) and Volkswagen (+31.5%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Beyond, Audi (+11.3%), Mercedes (+11.8%), Land Rover (+12.1%), Rolls-Royce (+14.3%), Buick (+29.2%), Cadillac (+30.5%) and Alfa Romeo (+1136.4%) shine but Infiniti (-17.1%), Jeep (-23%), Lincoln (-28.1%), Smart (-29.1%), Chrysler (-30.6%), Bentley (-46.4%) and Fiat (-87.3%!) all struggle.

The Hyundai Tucson is up 70% year-on-year in October in Canada.

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series advances a stunning 25% year-on-year to post a new October record at 10.591 sales, the Honda Civic (-8%) snaps the 2nd place off the Ram Pickup (-3%) while below the Honda CR-V (+18%), GMC Sierra (+33%), Chevrolet Silverado (+59%) and Toyota RAV4 (+11%) all frankly beat the market. The Hyundai Elantra (+23%), Tucson (+70%), VW Golf (+35%), VW Tiguan (+94%) and Jeep Wrangler (+44%) also impress inside the Top 20. Below, the Mazda CX-3 (+49%), Buick Encore (+63%), BMW X5 (+79%), Honda Pilot (+78%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai (#32) easily tops recent launches above the VW Atlas (#67), Toyota C-HR (#85) and Chevrolet Bolt (#111).

Previous month: Canada September 2017: Sales up 8%, headed to first year above 2m

One year ago: Canada October 2016: Honda Civic snaps 2nd place in market down 5%

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Poland October 2017: Fabia closes in on Octavia YTD, Opel Insignia up

The Opel Insignia breaks into the Polish Top 20 thanks to the new generation.

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The Polish new car market continues to gallop ahead all guns blazing with October volumes up 24.5% to 45.848 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 16% to 445.341 units. Market leader Skoda advances even faster at +30% to 13% share vs. 11.7% year-to-date, followed by Volkswagen at 9.8% (+25%) and Toyota at 8.2% (+32%). Opel edges up a meagre 5% to 6.8%, just ahead of Renault (+23%) and Ford (+21%). Dacia (+44%), Audi (+44%) and Nissan (+45%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 15. Over in the models ranking, the Skoda Fabia manages a second consecutive month in the lead (the third time in the past four months) and is now just 138 units below the Octavia  year-to-date. For reference, the Fabia has led the annual Polish rankings only once in the past decade: in 2008 and 2013. Below the Opel Astra up a shy 7%, the Ford Focus more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+108%) to lift to #4, while the VW Passat also impresses at +51% at #5. Further down, the Fiat Tipo (129%), Seat Leon (+148%), VW Golf Sportsvan (+167%), Dacia Sandero (+105%) and Seat Ibiza (+107%) step up but the performance of the month is delivered by the Opel Insignia boosted up to #20 thanks to the new model and now inside the YTD Top 50.

Previous month: Poland September 2017: Skoda Fabia tops market up 12.3%

One year ago: Poland October 2016: Skoda (+26%) beats market up 8.5%

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Czech Republic October 2017: First Top 10 for the Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq breaks into the Czech Top 10 for the first time in October. 

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The Czech new car market scores another record in October with sales up 5.9% year-on-year to 23.192 units, smashing the previous October record of 21.905 established just last year. This is the 8th time the monthly record is beaten in the Czech Republic this year, leading to an all-time high 228.703 sales after ten moths, up 6.6% on the previous 2016 record of 214.619. Homegrown market leader Skoda trails the overall growth rate at +4% to 31.7% share, distancing Volkswagen at 10.4% (-7%), Hyundai at 8.7% (-1%) and Ford at 6.1% (+5%). Renault surges 45%, Kia is up 33%, Mercedes up 28%, Toyota up 33% and BMW up 35%, all within the Top 10. Beyond, Nissan soars 99%, Mini is up 28% and Alfa Romeo up 21%. Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged on September: th Skoda Octavia (-7%) dominates, followed by the Fabia (-10%), Rapid (+20%), VW Golf (+38%), Hyundai i30 (+15%) and Skoda Superb (-8%). The Ford Focus (+59%) and Nissan Qashqai (+177%) both post spectacular gains but the performance of the month comes just below: along with the Skoda Kodiaq celebrating one year in market at #9, its smaller sibling the Skoda Karoq breaks into its home Top 10 for the first time at #10 thanks to 415 sales and 1.8% share.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2017: Ford Kuga and Skoda Karoq up

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2016: Mercedes surges 82% in record market

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Ireland October 2017: Kia up 84%, Stonic posts first worldwide podium

The Kia Stonic signs its first podium finish anywhere in the world in Ireland this month. 

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As is the tradition in Ireland, the market slows down to an almost standstill, awaiting the new 2018 license plates. October sales are down a harsh 13.4% to 1.943 units, leading to a year-to-date volume down 10.2% to 130.522. In the brands ranking, the leaders go against the grain and post year-on-year increases: Volkswagen is up 4% to 14.7% share, well above its 10.5% YTD level, Skoda is up 2% to 8.7% vs. 6.9% so far this year but the most impressive performance comes from Kia soaring 84% to 8.7% vs. 5.4% in 2017 YTD. Audi on the other hand plunges 47%, followed by Ford, Toyota (both at -16%) and Nissan (-25%), Peugeot (+69%), Volvo (+21%), Seat (+92%) and Honda (+26%) also shine. Particularly small volumes allow for some striking moves in the models ranking: below the VW Golf (+20%) and Skoda Octavia (-19%) the Kia Stonic signs its very first podium anywhere in the world at #3 even though 58 sales were enough to achieve this feat. The Ford Mondeo is up 59% year-on-year and 10 spots on last month to #4, the Kia Sportage is up 95%, the VW Polo up 330% and Peugeot 3008 up 775%, all inside the Top 10.

Previous month: Ireland September 2017: Kodiaq up to #6, pushes Skoda up 30%

One year ago: Ireland October 2016: Volkswagen Group monopolises Top 5

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New Caledonia (France) October 2017: Dacia Duster back in the lead

The new generation Dacia Duster will launch in early 2018 in New Caledonia. 

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New car sales in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory located north east of Australia, are up a slim 1.5% year-on-year in October to 677 registrations, meaning the year-to-date volume remains frankly in positive at +10.9% to 7.186 units. Brand-wise, Toyota leaps up two spots on last month to snap the pole position thanks to deliveries up 26% to 12.9% share. Citroen does even better, surging up 89% to 10.6% in 2nd place vs. 8% and #5 so far in 2017. Dacia (-3%) and Ford (-34%) lose ground but Renault (+17%) and Peugeot (+4%), #1 in September, improve. Notice the two main French carmakers ranking at a low #5 and #6 in New Caledonia this month. Being located on the other side of the world certainly has a negative effect on brand loyalty. Nissan (+12%), Mitsubishi (+525%!), Volkswagen (+29%), Chevrolet (+120%) and Dodge (+33%) also shine. In the models ranking, the Dacia Duster reclaims the top spot it holds YTD with sales edging up 5% despite the imminent arrival of the new generation (pictured above), distancing the Toyota Hilux (-3%) and Citroen C3, up 27-fold on the previous model a year ago. The Nissan Navara (+73%), Toyota Yaris (+300%), Suzuki Swift (+260%), Renault Trafic (+260%) and Citroen C1 (+143%) also make themselves noticed.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) September 2017: Peugeot #1 brand

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) October 2016: Toyota up 86%, market down 20%

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UK October 2017: First ever Top 10 for the BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4 Series breaks into the UK Top 10 for the very first time in October.

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The UK market is getting worse every month with a 7th consecutive year-on-year decline in October and the first double-digit drop since last April at -12.2% to 158.192 registrations. This is the weakest October result since 2013. Year-to-date, UK sales are now down 4.6% to 2.224.603 units. SMMT predicts a Full Year 2017 down 4.7% to 2.565 million units. Double-digit sales decline is across the board with fleet sales down 13% to 83.931, business sales down 26.8% to 4.324 and private sales down 10.1% to 69.937, gaining one percentage point of market share at 44.2% vs. 43.2% in October 2016. Year-to-date, private sales are down 6.4% to 992.910 or 44.6% vs. 45.5% a year ago, fleet sales down 3% to 1.143.937 or 51.4% vs. 50.6% and business sales are down 3.3% to 87.756 for an unchanged 3.9% share. The main culprit this month are diesel-engined vehicles down an abysmal 29.9% to 62.349, losing ten percentage points of market share in one year at 39.4% vs. 49.3% in October 2016. This is the result of uncertainty on city bans of the engine that has prompted UK buyers to step away from diesel cars. Petrol sales are up 2.7% to 87.599 or 55.4% share vs. 47.3% a year ago. Alternatively fuelled vehicles (mainly hybrid and electric) continue to surge at +36.9% to 8.244 and 5.2% share.

The VW Golf climbs to #2 year-to-date, overpowering the Ford Focus. 

The Top 4 carmakers outperform the market, even though the podium in entirely in negative: Ford drops 9% to 12.4% share which is one percentage point above its YTD level, Volkswagen is down a minimal 2% to 8.7% vs. 8.1% year-to-date, only 57 units above sister brand Audi down 7% to 8.7% share also vs. 6.8% so far this year. Mercedes gains 7% this month as it does year-to-date to jump to a stunning 7.7% share vs. 7.1% in 2017. BMW is down a harsh 18% to 7% in 5th place, still above its 2017 level of 6.7%. Things are getting out of control at Vauxhall: the brand steps out of the UK Top 5 for the first time in BSCB’s record with deliveries plummeting 35% to just 6.2% share. This follows lows of #5 last April and September. For reference, Vauxhall remained at #2 in the UK for 22 of the 24 months of the years 2015 and 2016, only dropping to #3 twice. The carmaker’s buyout by PSA Peugeot-Citroen and announced plans to cut the UK workforce seem to have discouraged UK buyers. Nissan, down 31% to #7, is also struggling. Reversely, Toyota delivers the only double-digit gain in the Top 10 at +13%. Further down, notice Abarth (+11%), Ssangyong (+12%), Seat (+16%), Alfa Romeo (+29%), Lotus (+30%), Infiniti (+32%), Aston Martin (+71%) and Maserati (+85%) all posting strong gains whereas Mazda (-25%), MG (-25%), Fiat (-27%), Renault (-27%), Dacia (-29%), Mini (-34%), DS (-35%), Smart (-36%), Jaguar (-39%), Subaru (-61%) and Jeep (-64%) all fall even faster than the market.

Second ever Top 5 ranking for the Mercedes A-Class in the UK.

The models ranking is the theatre of a few striking events this month. The Ford Fiesta reclaims the monthly top spot after an excruciating four months drought (its last pole position was in May), this despite a 7% drop to 4.6% share. The VW Golf (+23%) celebrates a 6th consecutive month in the Top 2 with a historical #2 spot year-to-date, eclipsing the Ford Focus by 536 sales. If held until the end of the year, this would be by far the Golf’s highest annual ranking in the UK since the nameplate launched back in 1974 and its first ever podium: its previous best is #4 hit in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Another milestone the VW Golf is about to reach is being the very first foreign nameplate since records began to rank on the UK annual podium. At the moment it holds the #4 record position with the Peugeot 206 which reached that level in 2002. The Ford Focus is up 10% year-on-year and one spot on last month to #3 and the Nissan Qashqai dives down 21% to #4 after historically topping the monthly UK ranking in September.

The Kia Sportage equals its highest ever ranking at #6 despite a 18% drop.

The surprises are not over in the UK October models chart: the Mercedes A-Class is up four ranks on September to land in 5th place, the nameplate’s second Top 5 ranking this year – and ever – after hitting a record 4th place last April. This is only the 6th time the A-Class appears in the monthly UK Top 10, the first one being in July 2016. Despite a 18% year-on-year drop, the Kia Sportage climbs to #6 overall, equalling its highest ever UK ranking also hit last July. It is the 7th time the Sportage has managed to crack the monthly UK Top 10, the first one being in February 2016. At #10, the Ford Kuga delivers its 5th Top 10 ranking after August 2015, August 2016March 2017 and August 2017. Last but not least, we have a new nameplate in the Top 10 this month: the BMW 4 Series, and this is a surprise as it wasn’t aimed by BMW at being its most popular nameplate. Launched in 2013 as a coupe version of the 3 Series, the 4 nevertheless manages a fantastic 9th place in October, and thus becomes only the third BMW on record to break into the UK Top 10. The previous two are the 3 Series (highest: #3 in December 2006, last: #9 last June) and 1 Series (highest: #5 in December 2012, last: #10 last April). As a reference the 4 Series ranked #31 over the Full Year 2016.

Previous month: UK September 2017: Nissan Qashqai first Japanese model to rank #1

One year ago: UK October 2016: Market up 1.4%, Audi > VW for second time in 3 months

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