Belgium August-September 2017: BMW X1 shoots up to 2nd place

The BMW X1 is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Belgium in July. 

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New car sales in Belgium are down 2% year-on-year in September to 40.895 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains in positive at +2.6% to 435.341 units. Brand leader Volkswagen plunges down 11% to 9.1% share, whereas its next three followers are all up: Opel (+5%) is up five spots on last month to #2, and both BMW and Renault are up 3% year-on-year. Mercedes (+5%), Audi (+6%), Skoda and Nissan (both at +11%) also shine in the Top 10. Beyond, notice Porsche up 15%, Land Rover up 16%, Suzuki up 20%, Dacia up 46%, Smart up 50% and Ferrari up 200% but Volvo is down 15%, Toyota is down 16%, Citroen down 19%, Honda down 20%, Jeep and Mini down 21%, Tesla down 23%, DS down 24%, Hyundai down 27%, Mitsubishi down 28% and Ssangyong down 44%.

The Top 10 models for the January-August period are now available and once again there are a few changes in the YTD ranking. The VW Golf cements its pole position thanks to a 2.5% share in August, now leading over the Renault Clio (1.6% in August) by 369 sales. The Hyundai Tucson and Opel Corsa both outsell the Clio in August but remain below YTD, while the BMW X1 shoots up to 2nd place overall this month with 2.3% share, snapping the 5th spot year-to-date off the VW Polo. The Peugeot 2008 is getting closer to the Citroen C3 at #7 and the Peugeot 208 reappears in the YTD Top 10 at #10 despite sales down 2% year-on-year

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Belgium July-August 2017: Hyundai Tucson leads, VW Golf #1 YTD

The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Belgium in July. 

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New car sales in Belgium drop a harsh 8% year-on-year in August to 35.517 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at 394.446 units, up 3% on the same period a year ago. Brand leader Volkswagen tumbles down 17% and only remains #1 thanks to a mere 18 units, with BMW snapping on its heels and holding the same 8.9% market share. Mercedes (+13%) is also threatening in third place and 8.6% share. Renault (-27%) and Peugeot (+12%) round up the Top 5 with Opel (-13%), Ford (-16%) and Hyundai (-29%) in difficulty inside the Top 10. Below, notice Nissan up 16%, Subaru up 19%, Jeep up 21%, Seat up 37% and Alfa Romeo up 46% but Citroen down 20%, Lexus down 21%, Jaguar down 26%, Honda down 32%, Mitsubishi down 48%, Mini down 55% and DS down 63%.

The VW Golf reclaims the YTD lead off the Renault Clio. 

January-July models data is now available for Belgium and there is a significant amount of change atop the rankings. Leader in July with an impressive 928 sales, the Hyundai Tucson returns to the #3 spot YTD it held back in 2016, overtaking the Opel Corsa in the process. Thanks to consistent sales month after month, the VW Golf (+52%) manages to bypass the Renault Clio to snap the YTD pole position after seven months with 2.1% share, a fragile 59 units above the Clio also holding 2.1% of the Belgian market. Such low market shares for the top 2 best-sellers make Belgium the most fragmented market in Europe (and the world) above Switzerland that has two nameplates above 3% (the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia). The VW Polo (+22%) passes the BMW X1 (+78%) for #5 while the Peugeot 3008 continues to gear up, ranking #3 in July above the Clio.

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Belgium June-July 2017: VW leads, Citroen C3 up to #7

The Citroen C3 shoots up to #7 over the First Half of 2017 in Belgium.

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New car sales in Belgium are up 6.6% year-on-year in July to 36.627 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 4.3% to 358.929 units. Volkswagen (+0.1%) reclaims the brands top spot it holds year-to-dte off Renault (-4%) but the fight remains very tight with only 175 units separating the two manufacturers so far this year. Mercedes (+27%), Peugeot (+38%), BMW (-3%) and Audi (+17%) all overtake Opel (-18%) to each gain one spot vs. their June ranking. Dacia (+43%) delivers the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10, while below Toyota (+23%), Mazda (+26%), Fiat (+27%), Infiniti (+37%), Seat (+52%), Alfa Romeo (+60%), Jeep (+70%), Tesla (+80%) and Porsche (+101%) impress. Models info is available for the First Half of 2017 and the Renault Clio holds onto the YTD pole position for a mere 123 units just as the VW Golf takes the lead in June, knocking the Opel Corsa to now rank #2 YTD. The Hyundai Tucson and BMW X1 remains at a very impressive 4th and 5th spots respectively, the Citroen C3 leaps into the Top 10 at #7 as does the Opel Astra to #9. Peugeot places both the 2008 and 3008 inside the H1 Top 10.

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Belgium May-June 2017: Renault and Clio lead, Peugeot 3008 shoots up

The Peugeot 3008 is up 235% to #8 so far this year in Belgium. Picture largus.fr

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The Belgian new car market recedes by just 0.3% in June to 55.119 registrations, but the year-to-date tally is up 4.1% halfway through the year to 322.302 units. Renault is the best-selling manufacturer in the country with a strong 11.1% market share vs. 9.2% year-to-date, and this despite a 16% year-on-year drop. Volkswagen falls faster at -17% but ranks 1st year-to-date for just 56 units thanks to deliveries up 14%. Below, Opel (+10%), Mercedes (+25%) and Peugeot (+11%) all outpace the market and outsell BMW (-7%) which remains #3 year-to-date. Further down the ranking, Ford (+28%), Nissan (+35%), Seat (+39%) and Porsche (+21%) shine whereas Mini (-22%), Volvo (-23%) and Suzuki (-40%) struggle. Among smaller carmakers, Jeep (+81%), Alfa Romeo (+76%) and Ferrari (+70%) impress.

The Dacia Sandero breaks into the Belgian YTD Top 10. Picture largus.fr 

Models info is available for the period January-May when the Renault Clio (+1%) keeps the Opel Corsa (+21%) at bay while the VW Golf is up 42% to #3 and the Hyundai Tucson up 2% to #4. In fact, only the Top 4 best-sellers featured in the 2016 Top 10, the rest of the January-May Top 10 is entirely new, with the BMW X1 up 121%, the Peugeot 3008 up 235%, the VW Polo up 29% and the Dacia Sandero up 26%.

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Belgium January 2017: BMW best-seller, X1 surges 169% to #3

The BMW X1 is the third best-selling vehicle in Belgium in January. BMW is the #1 brand.

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The Belgian new car market leaps up 16.6% year-on-year in January to 51.701 registrations, and the top selling marques undergo a spectacular reshuffle this month: German luxury brand BMW takes the overall lead as it did a year ago in January 2016, thanks to deliveries up 24% to 4.549 sales and 8.8% share. BMW is the only manufacturer with Peugeot to place two nameplates inside the Belgian January Top 10 as we’ll see further down. BMW distances Volkswagen up 34% to 8.7% and Renault up 6% to 7.4%, the market leader in 2o16. Peugeot (+22%), Fiat (+22%), Kia (+27%), Mercedes (+29%) and Seat (+35%) also beat the market within the Top 20. Further down, Honda is up 40%, Alfa Romeo up 56%, Maserati is up 136% thanks to the Levante, Jaguar shoots up 144% thanks to the F-Pace and Infiniti is up 1160% thanks to its new Q30/QX30 lineup.

Infiniti sales are up 1160% in January thanks to the new Q30/QX30 lineup.

Model-wise, in January we have a surprise winner in the Opel Corsa up 64% to 1.399 sales, followed by the Renault Clio up 28% to 1.186. But the best performance of the month is without a doubt delivered by the BMW X1 surging 169% year-on-year to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 1.083 sales and 2.1% share. In fact, all Top 10 models display double-digit year-on-year gains, led by the Citroen C3 (+81%), BMW 1 Series (+67%), Hyundai Tucson (+29%), Peugeot 2008 (+28%) and Skoda Octavia (+22%). 2016 leader the VW Golf is shockingly kicked out of the January Top 10.

February brands data will also be included in this post while we await the publication of the Top 10 models by JATO Dynamics.  In February, Belgian new car sales are up again but by a much shyer 4.5% year-on-year to 51.942 registrations. After dropping down to #2 in January, Renault logically returns to the pole position it held over the Full Year 2016 despite a shy 1% improvement year-on-year to 4.395 units, followed by fellow Frenchie Peugeot at 4.178 (-4%), Opel at 4.016 (+2%) and Volkswagen at 4.003 (-3%). A very tight Top 4 this month indeed. Year-to-date, Renault is here too back on top with 8.236 units above Volkswagen at 8.502, BMEW at 8.074 and Opel at 7.842. BMW (+12%), Citroen (+12%), Ford (+12%), Mercedes (+14%) and Audi (+17%) all post double-digit gains inside the Top 10 while below, Skoda (+27%), Suzuki (+29%), Jaguar (+96%) and Infiniti (+400%) take off.

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Belgium Full Year 2016: VW Golf back to #1, Hyundai Tucson on podium

Hyundai Tucson Belgium 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson is up to an incredible third place overall in Belgium in 2016.

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The Belgian new car market is up by a very dynamic 8.8% year-on-year in 2016 to reach 539.521 registrations. Four out of the Top 6 best-selling carmakers outpace the market, leading to a slight concentration of tastes towards the tried-and-tested brands out there. Renault remains master in command with sales up 12% to 10.4% share, but as per last year a (very big) caveat to this score is the fact that Renault de-registers up to 30% of its new car sales within 30 days to then re-export them to other European Union countries and sell them as used as we detailed in Strategy: Renault champion of fake registrations. In 2nd place, Volkswagen is up 11% to 9.8% and BMW up 8% to 7.4%. Opel leaps up 14% to overtake Peugeot and rank 4th overall with 7.1% share, while Mercedes passes Audi to rank 6th and #2 luxury with 6.2% share. Citroen is the only brand in the Top 10 to lose ground on 2015 at -19%. Dacia (+10%) gains one spot to #13, with Mini (+27%), Mazda (+28%), Land Rover (+18%), Honda (+41%), Jaguar (+113%), DS (+135%) and Lexus (+28%) the other carmakers in the Top 10 to post double-digit gains. Further down, notice Infiniti up 198%, Rolls-Royce up 111% and Morgan up 107%.

renault-captur-belgium-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Renault Captur is up 58% to make it three Renaults in the Top 5. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf (+22%) reclaims the top spot it held in 2014 off the Renault Scénic, surprise winner last year. This means the Golf has now topped Belgian sales charts for 6 of the past 7 years and 21 of the past 30 years. The Renault Clio (-3%) remains in second place just above the revelation of the year: the Hyundai Tucson. The compact SUV has hit the bullseye in Belgium: it is the first Korean nameplate to ever rank on the annual podium. Up 5-fold on 2015, it posts an astounding five-digit sales figure at 10.965 and outsells last year’s winner the Renault Scénic (-21%). At #3, it is by far the highest ranking for the Tucson in a major European market (it ranked #1 in Ireland). Almost four years after its launch, the Renault Captur finally takes off in Belgium with sales up 58% and leaps 13 spots on 2015 to #5. The Opel Astra is up 10 to #7 and the VW Tiguan up 150% and 41 ranks to #9.

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Belgium June 2016: Renault Scénic and VW Tiguan dominate

Renault Scenic Belgium June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe new generation Renault Scénic (above) lands in Belgium in September.

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Belgian new light vehicle sales are up 12% year-on-year in June to 62.532 units including light commercials, leading to a market up 7% to 347.754 halfway through 2016. Renault cements its leadership with deliveries up 32% to 8.525 for a 13.6% market share, almost three percentage points above rival Volkswagen up 18% to 6.757 and 10.8%. Peugeot (+15%), Opel (+17%) and BMW (+18%) follow, all beating the market. Dacia (+24%), Volvo (+41%), Skoda (+18%), Mazda (+26%), Suzuki (+31%) and most impressively Mini (+81%) impress, while among smaller brands Smart (+44%), Ssangyong (+46%), Honda (+62%), Subaru (+73%), Lexus (+126%) and Jaguar (+199%) stand out.

VW Tiguan Belgium June 2016The VW Tiguan soars to #2 overall in Belgium in June.

In the models ranking, the Renault Scénic posts a 2nd consecutive month in pole position with a splendid 1.994 sales and 3.2% share, one percentage point of market share above all other nameplates on sale in the country. This score, solely linked to the clearing out of previous generation stock by Renault before the new model (pictured above) lands in dealerships in September, enables the Scénic to reclaim the year-to-date lead as it did over the Full Year 2015 at 7.570 sales vs. 7.395 for the VW Golf. Boosted by the new model, the VW Tiguan is up 4-fold on July 2015 to surge to 2nd place overall with 1.399 units, while the Renault Captur soars 11 spots on May to an outstanding 4th place and the Renault Clio is down two to #5. Notice also the Hyundai Tucson reliably solid at #6, the Opel Astra up 43% to #7, the Audi A3 up 33% to #8 and the Audi A4 up 29% to #11.

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Belgium May 2016: Renault Scénic and VW Tiguan push on

Renault Scenic Belgium May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault is clearing off the current gen Renault Scenic to make room for the new (pictured). 

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The Belgian new light vehicle market is up by a very dynamic 18% year-on-year in May to 54.906 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% to 285.222 units. Note these figures include light commercials. Brand-wise, Renault remains market leader, evolving like the market at +19% to hit 6.333 sales and 11.5% share, frankly above its 10.2% year-to-date level. This month, Renault places the Scenic (+26%) in pole position: the current generation is now in runout mode to make room for the new, launching in September. Volkswagen (+28%) is catching up at 10.8% share, with the Golf at #2, the Tiguan up a spectacular 253% year-on-year thanks to the generation and the Polo up 31% to #7. Peugeot (+18%) rounds up the podium, followed by Opel (+23%), BMW (+32%) and Mercedes (+12%).

VW Tiguan Belgium May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frVW Tiguan

Further down, notice Audi up 28% to #7, Hyundai up 31% to #10, Mazda up 140%, Mini up 65%, Land Rover up 27%, Honda up 151%, Jaguar up 216%, Smart up 113% and Ssangyong up 135%. Model-wise, below the aforementioned nameplates the Audi A3 rounds up the Top 5 thanks to deliveries up 42%, the Hyundai Tucson maintains itself at an extremely high level (#6), the Audi A4 is up 71% to #8, the Skoda Octavia up 49% to #10, Opel Corsa up 60% to #11 and Peugeot 2008 up 61% to #13.

Fiat Fullback Belgium May 2016Fiat Fullback

Among recent launches, the Renault Kadjar edges up 3 spots on April to #39, the Renault Talisman is up 26 ranks to #119, the Jaguar F-Pace is up 110 to #174 and the Suzuki Baleno up 94 to #188. We welcome four new nameplates in the Belgian sales charts this month: the Fiat Fullback – a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi L200 – lands at #227, the Alfa Romeo Giulia arrives at #260, the Citroen C-Elysee at #287 and the Ford Edge at #295.

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Belgium April 2016: New gen propels Audi A4 into Top 5

Audi A4 Belgium April 2016Audi A4 sales are up 99% year-on-year in April thanks to the new generation.

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New light vehicles sales in Belgium are up 5% year-on-year in April to 61.161 registrations including light commercials. This leads to a year-to-date tally up 3% to 230.316 units. Renault is the runaway leader in the brands ranking thanks to sales up 10% to 7.108 and 11.6% share, ahead of Volkswagen at 9.9% (+9%) and Peugeot at 7.8% (+5%). Mercedes is up a stunning 39% year-on-year this month to land in 4th position with 7.3% share, distancing BMW (+7%), Opel (+16%) and Audi (+13%). Nissan (+23%), Kia (+30%), Mazda (+84%), Honda (+109%), Jaguar (+121%) and Tesla (+129%) also impress.

Mercedes CLA Belgium April 2016Mercedes is up 39% to rank 4th best-selling brand in Belgium in April. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf holds onto the lead despite a 13% drop, distancing the Renault Scénic (+1%) and Clio (-3%) with the Peugeot 308 up 5% to #4 and the Audi A4 doubling its sales year-on-year to land at a splendid 5th place overall with 1.048 sales (#12 so far in 2016 vs. #28 in 2015). The Hyundai Tucson is down four spots on March but still ranks at an outstanding 6th place, leading its segment above the VW Tiguan, up 100% to #8. Other great performers include the Renault Captur up 26% to #7, the Peugeot 2008 up 58% to #10, Opel Astra up 32% to #14 and Mercedes CLA up 83% to #19.

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Belgium March 2016: Golf reclaims top spot, Hyundai Tucson #2

Hyundai Tucson Belgium March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Hyundai Tucson is up to a stunning 2nd place overall in March. 

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The Belgian new car market is up by a shy 2% year-on-year in March to 63.043 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 169.155 units over the first quarter, a 3% improvement over the same period last year. After losing its throne last year to the Renault Scenic and Clio, the VW Golf reclaims the Belgian pole position thanks to 1.604 sales in March and 3.363 year-to-date, yet only holding a 2% market share which makes Belgium the most fragmented market in the world, topping Switzerland for the fist time. We have a big surprise in 2nd place: the Hyundai Tucson is an instant blockbuster here with 1.193 deliveries for the month and 3.115 so far in 2016, earning it a stunning third spot overall, below just the Golf and Renault Clio. Other great performers in March include the Ford Fiesta (#6), Audi A4 (#7), VW Tiguan (#8), Mercedes CLA (#22) and BMW X1 (#37). Leader in 2015, the Renault Scénic is down to a paltry #12 in March and #9 year-to-date.

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