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Belgium Full Year 2014: VW Golf, BMW 3 Series and Clio lead

January 16th, 2015 No comments

BMW 3 Series Belgium 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW 3 Series ranks #2 in Belgium this year.

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Very stable new car market in Belgium in 2014: down 0.6% to 482,939 registrations – excluding LCVs. Volkswagen is master in command once again despite sales down 2% to 49,103 deliveries for a 10.2% market share. The 3 Frenchies follow like in 2013: Renault (-3%), Peugeot (-1%) and Citroen (-5%) while BMW gains one spot thanks to sales actually up 1% on 2013 to 32,012, overtaking Opel (-5%). Audi is up 2%, Mercedes up 3%, Hyundai and Toyota both up 7%, Skoda up 14% to #12, Dacia up 3%, Volvo up 4%, Suzuki up 17%, Porsche up 53%, Jeep up 104%, Tesla up 252% and Maserati up 453%.

Hyundai ix35 Belgium 2014The Hyundai ix35 cracks the annual Belgian Top 10 for the first time.

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate in the country by far with 17,940 sales and 3.7% share (this figure includes the Sportsvan for now and will be split as soon as available), illustrating the extreme fragmentation of the Belgian new car market: no other nameplate manages to hold more than 2.2% share. The BMW 3 Series and Renault Clio shine on the podium, followed by the VW Polo, Fiat 500/500L and Audi A3 while the Hyundai ix35 delivers its first-ever annual Top 10 ranking in Belgium at #9. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 at #13, Renault Captur at #16, Dacia Duster at #18 and Volvo V40 at #21.

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Belgium November 2014: Renault Kangoo and Hyundai ix35 up

December 27th, 2014 No comments

Renault Kangoo Belgium November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Kangoo

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Sales of new light vehicle in Belgium add up to 33,647 in November and 507,066 year-to-date, including Light Commercial Vehicles. Volkswagen manages an impressive 1-2 with the Golf in the lead both in November at 3.1% share and year-to-date at 3% and the Polo at #2 this month thanks to 743 sales and 2.2%. In third position, the Opel Corsa continues to benefit from discounted prices on the outgoing generation while the Renault Kangoo (up 7 spots on October to #4) and the Hyundai ix35 (up 8 to #5) are the stars of the Belgian Top 10. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 8 to #8 and the Peugeot 308 holding its rank among the 10 most popular nameplates in Belgium at #9.

Hyundai ix35 Belgium November 2014Hyundai ix35

Further down, the Ford Focus is up 11 ranks on last month to #15, the Mercedes C-Class is at #19 vs. #35 YTD, the VW Tiguan is up 24 to #20, the VW Golf Sportsvan ranks #38 vs. #110 YTD, the Peugeot 108 breaks into the Belgian Top 50 for the first time at #49, the Citroen C4 Cactus retreats to #66 after ranking #53 in October and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is up 40 spots to #77. Among other recent launches, the Nissan Pulsar is up 75 ranks on October to #128, the Ford Ecosport up 12 to #152, the Lexus NX up 38 to #156, the Jeep Renegade down 10 to #172 and the Smart Forfour lands at #176.

Previous post: Belgium September 2014: Fiat 500 flies up to #4

One year ago: Belgium November 2013: Hyundai, Skoda and Dacia resist in market down 11%

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Belgium September 2014: Fiat 500 flies up to #4

November 4th, 2014 No comments

Fiat 500 Belgium Belgium September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat 500

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40,445 new light vehicles found a new home in Belgium in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 430,703 units. The VW Golf holds onto the pole position by a large margin thanks to 1,231 sales and 3% share, the only model to sell over 1,000 units this month in the country. Once again a very volatile models ranking in September mainly due to its extreme fragmentation: the Opel Corsa at 2.1% share is the only other model to hold more than 2% of the Belgian market this month, due to runout prices on the outgoing generation. It ranks #13 YTD. The Renault Scénice also gets a boost, rounding up the podium at 2% share but the best performance in September goes to the Fiat 500, shooting up 12 spots on August to land at a brilliant 4th place with 739 sales and 1.8%. Like in neighbouring France where the 500 is also evolving at record heights, these figures do not include the 500L and make the performance even more impressive. Other great performers include the Toyota Yaris up to #10, VW Golf Sportsvan up to #17, Mercedes C-Class up to #24 and the Citroen C4 Cactus up 47 ranks on last month to #35.

Previous month: Belgium August 2014: Audi A3 shoots up to 2nd place

One year ago: Belgium October 2013: Renault teases Volkswagen for #1 spot

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Belgium August 2014: Audi A3 shoots up to 2nd place

October 2nd, 2014 4 comments

Audi A3 Belgium August 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frAudi A3

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32,086 new light vehicles found a buyer in Belgium in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 390,258. The VW Golf continues to reign supreme over the models ranking thanks to 1,017 sales and 3.2% this month and 11,346 year-to-date, but the hero of the month is without a doubt the Audi A3, up two spots on July and on its year-to-date ranking to land at a fantastic 2nd place with 642 units sold for a 2% market share. Yes, Belgium is one of the most fragmented car market in the world (along with Switzerland), one of the reasons for this being that this country does not have a major home manufacturer their nationals can be loyal to.

Mini Belgium August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mini is #8 in Belgium in August.

The Renault Clio rounds up the podium at 1.9% share, ahead of the Peugeot 308 up to an excellent 4th position vs. #15 year-to-date and the Renault Scenic down 3 spots on July to #5 but still ahead of its #8 year-to-date spot. Notice also the Mini up a huge 19 ranks to #8 vs. #44 year-to-date thanks to the new generation, the Skoda Octavia up to #13 vs. #23, the Mercedes A-Class up to #17 vs. #29, Mercedes CLA up to a superb 20th spot with 1.1% market share vs. #42 year-to-date and the BMW X5 up 36 ranks on last month to #41 vs. #95 so far in 2014.

Previous post: Belgium June 2014: Renault Mégane #1, Captur on podium

One year ago: Belgium August 2013: Mercedes and Renault in great shape

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Belgium June 2014: Renault Mégane #1, Captur on podium

July 31st, 2014 No comments

Renault Captur Belgium June 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Captur

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Including commercial vehicles, 47,780 new cars found a buyer in Belgium in June, adding up to 318,746 halfway through 2014. The Belgian models ranking is once again rather unique this month: the Renault Mégane confirms the sales surge observed in April when it led the market and after dropping to a still very impressive 2nd spot in May it ranks #1 once again in May thanks to 1,382 sales and 2.9% vs. 1,333 and 2.8% for the VW Golf. The Golf however keeps the lead year-to-date by far at 9,228 units and 2.9% vs. 6,767 and 2.1% for the Mégane. But the big surprise comes in third place: after breaking into the European Top 10 for the first time in May, the Renault Captur brilliantly delivers its first podium ranking in Belgium with 925 sales and 1.9%, outselling the Clio at #4 and 855 units.

Peugeot 308 Belgium June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

An entire batch of models also lodge outstanding results this month in Belgium: the Peugeot 308, boosted by the new generation and potentially the station wagon variant now spreading in dealerships across the country, is up 13 spots on May to #7, the Opel Corsa is up 10 to #8, the Skoda Octavia up 18 to #9, Renault Kangoo up 21 to #10 and Opel Mokka up 22 to a best-ever #13 vs. #39 year-to-date. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 dropping to #16 (after a record #8 ranking in May) which is still above the 208 at #20, the Mercedes GLA up to #62, the Tesla Model S up 52 to #126 and the Mercedes V-Class landing at #198.

Previous post: Belgium April 2014: Renault Mégane and Citroen C4 impress

One year ago: Belgium June 2013: Volkswagen edges past Renault, Opel #3

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Belgium April 2014: Renault Mégane and Citroen C4 impress

June 28th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C4 Belgium April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frCitroen C4

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Including Light Commercial Vehicles, the Belgian market adds up to 58,676 units in April (one month delay this time) and 223,015 year-to-date. This month Renault edges Volkswagen out for the manufacturer pole position at 6,533 sales and 11.1% vs. 6,351 and 10.8% and mainly thanks to a surge from the Renault Mégane: up 15 spots on March to… #1 with 2,185 units and 3.7% ahead of the VW Golf at 3.1% and the Renault Clio at 2.3%. However both Volkswagen (9.8%) and the VW Golf (2.9%) remain year-to-date leaders.

Similarly to what is happening in Germany, premium brands Audi (#5) and BMW (#6) are now above mass ones Ford (#7) and Opel (#8). Dacia holds onto its Top 10 spot (#10), Skoda is up two ranks to #12, Volvo is solid at #15 and 3% share, passing Fiat (2.9%). In the models ranking, notice the BMW 3 Series up to #4, the Nissan Qashqai up to #5, the Citroen C4 up 45 spots on March to #9, the Dacia Duster up 8 to #13 and the Renault Captur up 20 to #17.

Previous month: Belgium March 2014: Dacia at all-time high #9

One year ago: Belgium April 2013: Dacia up 73% in market up 10%

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Belgium March 2014: Dacia at all-time high #9

April 30th, 2014 10 comments

Dacia Sandero Belgium March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia sales are up 40% in Belgium in March.

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New car sales in Belgium are down 0.5% year-on-year in March to 52,808 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 148,532 units, down 0.4% on 2013. Volkswagen reclaims the top spot it held over the Full Year 2013 off Peugeot (leader in February) thanks to 5,329 sales and 10.1% share and in spite of dropping 10% year-on-year. Renault is #2 at 9% (-6%) followed by Peugeot. BMW is up a very dynamic 17% to 5th place, Audi is up 14% and Ford up 16%. The biggest year-on-year in the Top 25 is once again delivered by French-Romanian brand Dacia, up 40% to 9th position, its highest ever ranking, also reached last December. Notice also Suzuki up 34%, Honda up 29%, Mazda up 25%, Lexus up 65%, SsangYong up 179%, Jeep up 48%, Maserati up 1700% and Tesla breaking into the Top 30 at #30.

Nissan Qashqai Belgium March 2014The Nissan Qashqai is up to #7 in Belgium this month.

Model-wise, the VW Golf keeps the lead with a large margin thanks to 1,782 sales and 3.1% ahead of the Renault Scenic at 1,304 units and 2.2%. The Citroen Berlingo holds onto the third step of the podium but just: the Renault Clio is only 5 units below this month at #4 while the VW Polo is up 5 spots on February to #5. Helped by the arrival of the new generation, the Nissan Qashqai goes from #16 last month to #7. The Ford Fiesta for its part is up 12 ranks to #9 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up 3 to #10. Notice also the Skoda Fabia up 8 to #18, Dacia Sandero up 6 to #19, Duster up 7 to #21 and Logan up 11 to #36, Mercedes CLA up 7 to #41, BMW 3 Series GT up 29 to #47 and the Seat Leon up 67 to #48.

(Note the models ranking and market shares include LCV: total 58,146 sales in March and 164,053 year-to-date)

Previous month: Belgium February 2014: Renault Scenic up to 2nd place

One year ago: Belgium March 2013: Volkswagen and Renault back in charge

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Belgium February 2014: Renault Scénic up to 2nd place

April 3rd, 2014 3 comments

Renault Scénic Belgium February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frRenault Scénic

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New car sales in Belgium are up 1% year-on-year in February to 46,140 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 95,724 units after two months, down 0.4% on 2013. Peugeot brilliantly becomes the best-selling carmaker this month thanks to 4,278 sales and 9.3% share, up 21% on February 2014 and relegating Volkswagen to #2 at 3,860 units and 8.4%, down 12%. Renault remains third (+10%) while Citroen (-7%) and Opel (-6%) pass BMW (+3%) in spite of sales declining year-on-year. Notice also Toyota up 34% to #9, Ford up 16% to #10, Kia up 28% to #12, Suzuki up 63% to #18 and Chevrolet up 54% to #19.

Kia Sportage Belgium March 2014 Kia Sportage

In the models ranking (keeping in mind these figures now include LCVs), the VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in the country with 1,252 sales and 5.2% share, but is threatened this month by the Renault Scénic, up 7 spots on January to land at an excellent 2nd place with 1,132 units and 2.2% share. These two models are the only ones above 1,000 monthly sales and 2% share in March in Belgium, showing the extreme fragmentation of the market. The Hyundai ix35 continues to amaze and drops only one ranking on February to #4, the Kia Sportage is up 14 to #14, the Peugeot 2008 is back down 6 to #17 and the Skoda Fabia up 55 to #26.

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One year ago: Belgium February 2013: Volkswagen #1, BMW and Hyundai shine

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Belgium January 2014: Discover the All-models ranking!

March 4th, 2014 6 comments

Hyundai ix35 Belgium January 2014The Hyundai ix35 is the third most popular model in Belgium this month.

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My call for help on Belgium has been heard! Thanks to an anonymous BSCB admirer I can share with you today for the very first time an all-models ranking table including LCVs! Exciting times indeed. Below the VW Golf, traditional best-seller here at 1,519 units and 2.8%, the Belgian podium is unexpected this month: the Citroen Berlingo brilliantly takes the 2nd spot thanks to 1,112 sales and 2% share while the Hyundai ix35 is up to an amazing third position at 1,075 units and 2%.

Citroen C4 Picasso Belgium January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frThe Citroen C4 Picasso is up to #8 in January.

Notice also the Audi A3 at #6, the Fiat 500 at #7, Citroen C4 Picasso at #8, the Peugeot 2008 knocking at the Top 10’s door at #11 with 841 sales and 1.5%, the Dacia Sandero at #13, Skoda Octavia at #18, Renault Captur at #21, Dacia Duster at #22, BMW 5 Series at #25, Volvo V40 at #26, Mercedes CLA at #34 and the BMW 3 Series GT at #38.

Previous post: Belgium (brands) January 2014: Peugeot up to #2, BMW up to #4

Previous year: Belgium Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Renault Scenic on top

One year ago: Belgium January 2013: BMW up 60% to #2 ahead of Volkswagen!

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Belgium (brands) January 2014: Peugeot up to #2, BMW up to #4

February 7th, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 2008 Belgium January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.dePeugeot 2008

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The Belgian new car market is down 2% year-on-year in January to 49,584 registrations, and if Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking thanks to sales up 5% to 4,682 and 9.4% share, there is a lot of movement below. Potentially boosted by the success of the 2008, Peugeot climbs up to 2nd place overall with 4,014 units and 8.1% share, passing Renault at 3,799 sales and 7.7%, down a harsh 18% on January 2013. BMW loves January in Belgium: after ranking #2 last year it is up to an equally impressive 4th place in 2014 at 3,574 units and 7.2%. Mercedes is up 8% year-on-year to a strong 8th place at 5.5% share, Toyota is up 20% to #10, Dacia up 39% to #12, Chevrolet up 80% to #18 and Suzuki up 44% to #19. Finally, notice Maserati up 720% to #35 with 41 sales.

Previous post: Belgium Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Renault Scenic on top

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One year ago: Belgium January 2013: BMW up 60% to #2 ahead of Volkswagen!

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