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.

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

One year ago: Belgium April 2015: Ford Focus and Volvo V40 shoot up

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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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Belgium Full Year 2015: Renault Scénic takes control for the first time

Renault Scénic Belgium February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frThe Renault Scénic (+41%) is the best-selling nameplate in Belgium this year…

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The Belgian new car market is up 4% year-on-year to pass the 500.000 annual sales milestone for the first time since 2011 at 501.066 registrations, 566.315 (+5%) including Light Commercial Vehicles. A momentous shift has occurred atop the brands as well as the models ranking: Renault is up a stunning 13% to 50.040 sales and 10% share, snapping the #1 spot off Volkswagen, handicapped by its emissions scandal and down 3% to 47.780 units and 9.5%. 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.

Renault Clio Belgium 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.au…followed bt the Renault Clio (+15%). 

Outstanding performance of BMW gaining two spots on a year ago to round up the podium at 37.238 sales, up a magnificent 16% year-on-year. Peugeot (-4%), Opel (+6%) and Audi (+8%) follow, with Mercedes also posting superb gains at +16% in 7th place. Notice also Volvo up 12% to #12, Mini up 18%, Mazda up 28%, Land Rover up 14%, Porsche up 39% and Jeep up 115%.

Probably helped a lot by pre-registrations (see above), Renault also manages a coup in the models ranking: thanks to sales up a huge 41% to 13.419 despite its age, the Renault Scénic becomes the most popular nameplate in Belgium for the very first time, ending five consecutive years of VW Golf reign. But wait there’s more: Renault also manages a 1-2 with the Clio up 15% to #2 and 11.936 units, pushing the Golf to #3 and 11.911 (-26%). The Scénic is the first Renault to top the Belgian sales charts in at least 30 years.

Hyundai Tucson Belgium 2015The Hyundai Tucson was already #6 in December.

The Audi A3 posts an excellent year at #4 (+3), ahead of the VW Polo (-6%) and Peugeot 308 (+22%) while the Mercedes C-Class surges 66% to #8. Notice also the VW Passat up 69% to #15, the Opel Mokka up 38% to #26, the VW Golf Sportsvan leaping up to #30 and the BMW 2 Series Tourer up to #31. The Fiat 500X is the most popular all-new entrant at #76 but the Hyundai Tucson (#87) ranked #6 in December…

Previous month: Belgium November 2015: Renault Scénic and Clio on top

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

Two years ago (models): Belgium Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Renault Scénic on top

Two years ago (brands): Belgium (brands) Full Year 2013: Volkswagen resists Renault assault

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Belgium November 2015: Renault Scénic and Clio on top

Renault Scenic Belgium November 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frAge not an issue: the Renault Scénic is up 80% to become the best-seller in Belgium.

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Very strong showing for new light vehicle sales in Belgium: up 21% year-on-year in November to 40.851 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 527.642 registrations including LCVs, up 4% on 2014. Renault delivers an impressive 1-2 with the ageing Scénic taking the lead at 1.066 sales, up a flamboyant 80% on November 2014, while the Clio is down one spot on October to #2 with 954 units, up an equally impressive 62% year-on-year. Absolutely all 316 other nameplates on sale in Belgium are below 2.3% market share, making this market one of the two most fragmented in the world along with Switzerland. The VW Golf sinks 14% to #3 but remains #1 year-to-date, the Audi A3 is up 63% to #4 and the BMW 1 Series up a whopping 115% to #5. Notice also the VW Passat up 225% to #9, the Volvo V40 up 60% to #14 and the Hyundai Tucson solid at #24.

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One year ago: Belgium November 2014: Renault Kangoo and Hyundai ix35 up

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Belgium September 2015: Mercedes C-Class doubles sales to #2

Mercedes C-Class Belgium September 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frThe Mercedes C-Class is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Belgium in September.

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The Belgian new car market is up 2% year-on-year in September to 41.266 registrations including light commercials, lifting the year-to-date total to 442.161 units, up 3% on 2014. As is the norm in very fragmented Belgium, no nameplate commands over 2.8% market share with the VW Golf faithful to its traditional pole position with 1.158 sales. The hero of the month is the Mercedes C-Class, up 12 spots on August to land at a stunning 2nd place overall thanks to 867 deliveries for a 2.1% share, up 95% year-on-year. The Renault Clio (+16%) stays third, followed by the VW Polo (+39%), Citroen Berlingo (+22%) and Fiat 500 (-12%). Notice also the VW Passat up 126%, the Mercedes CLA up 46% to #22, the Hyundai Tucson up 75 ranks on August to #34 and the Renault Kadjar up 24 to #54.

Previous month: Belgium July-August 2015: BMW 2 Series Tourer new blockbuster

One year ago: Belgium September 2014: Fiat 500 flies up to #4

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Belgium July-August 2015: BMW 2 Series Tourer new blockbuster

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Belgium July 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer ranked #3 in Belgium in July.

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We cover two months in one update in Belgium: July when 40.537 new cars and light commercial vehicles found a buyer and August at 35.271 (+10%), lifting the year-to-date total to 400.895 units (+3%). In July, the Renault Scénic posts a second consecutive month in pole position thanks to sales up 21% to 1.313, distancing the VW Golf at 1.008 (-8%) but the big surprise comes from the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer up 24 spots on June to land on the podium at #3. The Fiat 500 is up 16 ranks to #6 and the Skoda Octavia is up 9 to #9. In August, the VW Golf reclaims its throne at 1.025 sales and 2.9% share, followed by the BMW 1 Series up 21 spots to #2 and the Renault Clio up 12 to #3. Notice also the Citroen Berlingo up 9 ranks to #4, the Audi A4 up 10 to #8 and the… BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer holding itself within Belgium’s 10 most popular nameplates at #9.

Previous month: Belgium June 2015: Renault Scénic leaps to pole position

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

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Belgium June 2015: Renault Scénic leaps to pole position

Renault Scenic Belgium June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Scénic is the best-selling model in Belgium in June.

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It’s a very dynamic new car market in Belgium with sales up 17% year-on-year in June to 55.900 units including commercials. This means the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 is now in positive territory, up 2% on 2014 to 325.087 units. The Renault Scénic brilliantly takes the top spot this month thanks to sales up an astounding 454% year-on-year to 1.717 deliveries and 3.1% share. It is the 2nd time this year after February that the Scénic is the best-selling nameplate in Belgium, enjoying a much greater success here than at home in neighbouring France. The Scénic is however still #2 year-to-date below the VW Golf at 7.662 deliveries vs. 8.379.

Mercedes C Class Belgium June 2015The Mercedes C-Class ranks 5th in Belgium this month.

The VW Polo is up 147% in June to land in third position and is now #6 YTD, Mercedes C-Class more than doubles its sales year-on-year to 869, earning it a fantastic 5th position, the Mercedes Sprinter is up 146% to #8, the Hyundai ix35 up 54% to #10, the VW Passat up 136% to #12, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 72% to #16 and the Mercedes CLA up 101% to #30. Further down, the Renault Espace is up 5-fold on the old model a year ago and 81 spots on May to #57, while the Fiat 500X (#78) and Land Rover Discovery Sport (#97) mark a pause. The four nameplates launched last month climb the ladder while remaining at discreet levels: the Renault Kadjar is up to #175, the Opel Karl up to #187, Mazda CX-3 up to #190 and Jaguar XE up to #213.

Previous month: Belgium May 2015: Photo finish for VW Golf, Renault Scénic and Clio

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

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Belgium May 2015: Photo finish for VW Golf, Renault Scénic & Clio

Renault Scenic Belgium May 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frBelgian Renault Scenic sales are up 4-fold year-on-year in May.

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The Belgian new car market is down 3% year-on-year in May to 46.335 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 269.187 units, down 0.7% on 2014. A photo finish was needed this month for the Top 3 best-selling models: only 22 units separate the #1 (VW Golf – 1.240 sales) from the #3 (Renault Clio – 1.218 deliveries) with the Renault Scenic up 4-fold on a particularly disastrous May 2014 to 2nd place with 1.227 units. This month’s Top 3 reflects the year-to-date order as well. The Peugeot 308 follows thanks to sales up a stunning 44% year-on-year, with the Opel Astra up 20 spots on April to #8 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up 60% year-on-year to #9 the other great performers in the Top 10.

Mercedes Sprinter Belgium May 2015The Mercedes Sprinter is up to a fantastic 13th spot in Belgium this month.

Further down, the Dacia Sandero (+38%), Fiat 500 (+30%), BMW 4 Series (+71%) and Ford Mondeo (+114%) lodge spectacular year-on-year gains while Mercedes delivers a triple win with the Sprinter (+87%) up to a stunning 13th spot, the C-Class (+70%) and the CLA (+54%). A handful of recent launches continue to climb the ladder: the Fiat 500X is up to #75, the Suzuki Vitara up to #87 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport up to #90. We also welcome no less than four new nameplates in the Belgian ranking this month: the Jaguar XE at #253, the Mazda CX-3 at #269, Renault Kadjar at #270 and the Opel Karl at #293.

Previous month: Belgium April 2015: Ford Focus and Volvo V40 shoot up

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

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Belgium April 2015: Ford Focus and Volvo V40 shoot up

Volvo V40 Belgium April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

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The Belgian new car market including Commercials is down 1% year-on-year in April to 58.194 registrations, shifting the year-to-date total into negative territory at -0.07% on 2014 to 222.852 units. The VW Golf is back in charge of a market it has been dominating since 2010 with 1.826 sales in April (3.1%) and 5.843 year-to-date (2.6%) above the Renault Scenic and Clio, also reflecting the 2015 order. Renault places a third nameplate inside the Belgian Top 6 this month: the Megane at #6 vs. #16 year-to-date but #4 in 2014. Outside the podium, no nameplate achieves 2% market share, cementing Belgium as the most fragmented new car market in the world below Switzerland. The Audi A3 remains very solid at #4 as does the Peugeot 308 at #5, the Ford Focus is up 17 ranks on March to #11, the Volvo V40 up 10 to #14 and the Dacia Duster up 11 to #15.

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Belgium February 2015: Renault Scénic jumps to top spot

Renault Scénic Belgium February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frThe Renault Scénic is the best-selling model in Belgium in February.

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Belgian new car sales are up by a dynamic 8% year-on-year in February to 49,631 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 102,623 units, up 7% on 2014. The Belgian market is getting more and more fragmented each year, with all nameplates below 2.4% share this month and the Renault Scénic jumping up 7 spots on January to pole position with 1,131 sales and 2.3%, above the VW Golf and Renault Clio both at 2.1%. In 2nd place for two months in a row, the Golf earns the year-to-date top spot so far with 2,285 sales and 2.2%. The Hyundai ix35 is up 5 ranks to an astounding 4th place, the Mercedes C-Class maintains itself inside the Top 10 best-sellers at #9, the Peugeot 2008 is up 7 to #10, the VW Passat up 30 to #13, Kia Sportage up 22 to #16 and the Dacia Sandero is up 13 to #18.

Previous month: Belgium January 2015: Audi A3 takes the lead

One year ago: Belgium February 2014: Renault Scenic up to 2nd place

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