Europe July 2016: VW, Skoda, Peugeot trigger first decline in 3 years

Peugeot 308 Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe 308 (-18%) and Golf (-22%) cripple Volkswagen and Peugeot volumes in July. 

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New car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – post their first year-on-year decline in almost three years in July at -3% to 1.157.889 units. The last time the European market declined was in August 2013. Among the largest markets, if Spain (+4%), Italy (+3%) and the UK (+0.1%) deliver modest increases, the overall tally is crippled by significant declines in France (-10%) and Germany (-4%). Greece (+34%), Hungary (+15%), Cyprus (+13%), Ireland (+9%) and Croatia (+6%) register the largest increases whereas Switzerland (-14%) the Czech Republic (-12%) and Norway (-11%) are the worst offenders. The year-to-date total remains frankly in positive however at +7.5% to 9.259.318 units after 7 months.

Opel Astra Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest European ranking in 4 years. 

Looking at this month’s result in a little more detail, it appears three of the four brands registering drops in the Top 10 belong to the Volkswagen Group: market leader VW (-10.8%), Skoda (-10.5%) and Audi (-5.2%), the other one being Peugeot (-10.5%). In fact, if we add up volumes lost vs. July 2015 by VW, Skoda and Peugeot (-29.438), way more than the entire European market loss this month (-27.075). This means the European market bar these three brands is actually up by 0.2%.

Ford (+0.5%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+1.6%) overtake Renault (+0.3%) which however remains #2 year-to-date. Mercedes (+3.7%) posts the largest increase in the Top 10 but falls 422 units short off topping Audi for the #1 luxury spot. Fiat (+2%) also satisfies, while outside of the top ten, Mini (+11%), Jeep (+11%) Dacia (+12%), Honda (+15%), Suzuki (+20%), Jaguar (+33%), Land Rover (+33%) and Infiniti (+218%) post strong gains.

Dacia Sandero Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero sees its European sales surge 31% in July.

Model-wise, despite dropping a harsh 22% to 36.540 sales, the VW Golf is #1 for the 76th consecutive month, and by a large margin: its closest follower is the VW Polo down 6% to 24.632. The Golf may be affected by the gearing up of the Opel Astra, up a stunning 26% to 20.954 and earning a 4th spot overall, the nameplate’s highest European ranking since July 2012. In the Top 10, only the Opel Corsa (+9%) and Peugeot 208 (+2%) also gain ground. Further down, the Dacia Sandero gains a mammoth 31% to #12 with 15.869 sales and the Audi A4 is up 14% to #14. Reversely, the Skoda Octavia (-18%), Peugeot 308 (-20%) and VW Passat (-23%) struggle.

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Europe First Half 2016: Discover the Top 375 models and Top 56 brands

Jaguar F-Pace Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Jaguar F-Pace lands inside the European Top 200 so far in 2016. 

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It’s now time to go through the detail of brands and models ranking for Europe over the First Half of 2016. You can find the complete analysis for the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models here. Outside these familiar rankings, Hyundai (+10%), Kia (+14%), Volvo (+11%), Mazda (+28%) and Suzuki (+14%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Beyond, let’s single out Land Rover (+20%), Jeep (+24%), Honda (+36%), Lexus (+64%), Ssangyong (+68%), Lada (+88%), Jaguar (+101%), Infiniti (+138%) all displaying insolent health. On the other hand, Nissan (-1%), DS (-1%), Seat (-2%), Tesla (-4%), Mini (-5%), Mitsubishi (-9%) and Chevrolet (-35%) are among the rare brands losing volume year-on-year.

Infiniti Q30 Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Infiniti Q30 ranks #211 over H1 2016. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf holds onto its lead by almost 100.000 sales, distancing the Renault Clii (+1), VW Polo (+1) and Ford Fiesta (-2) while the Peugeot 208 (+14%), Fiat Panda (+21%) and Opel Astra (+27%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 20. Below, the Hyundai Tucson is the most popular new launch, landing directly at #26 and followed by the Mercedes GLC (#80), Fiat Tipo (#113), Honda HR-V (#129), Renault Talisman (#152), Jaguar F-Pace (#199), Suzuki Baleno (#201) and Infiniti Q30 (#211). Notice also the Audi A4 up 30% to #23, the Kia Sportage up 26% to #25, Renault Kadjar up to #32, VW Touran up 38% to #40, Fiat 500X up 100% to #41, BMW 2 Series Tourer up 58% to #42, Skoda Superb up 99% to #53 and BMW X1 up 111% to #54.

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MG GS Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukVery first appearance of the MG GS in the European sales charts in June.

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After preliminary figures at the end of July, we can now share with you detailed and final data for Europe in June. The overall market is still up 6.5% to 1.507.303 units, leading to a H1 2016 tally up 9% to 8.090.870. Volkswagen (-1%) and Renault (+21%) lead the brands charts but Opel/Vauxhall (+2%) passes Ford (-4%) compared to the preliminary data. BMW and Mercedes, both up 16%, remain above Audi, stable with Fiat (+14%) and Skoda (+8%) rounding out the Top 10. Outside, Hyundai (+12%), Jeep (+18%), Smart (+18%), Alfa Romeo (+22%), Mazda (+23%), Suzuki (+24%), Honda (+43%) and Jaguar (+74%) stand out in the Top 30 while among smaller brands Ssangyong (+37%), MG (+44%), Lamborghini (+46%), Lexus (+60%), Lada (+154%) and Infiniti (+251%) are among the most impressive.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Europe June 2016The Alfa Romeo Giulia breaks into the European Top 200 this month. 

Model-wise, the only difference with the original Top 20 ranking is the Opel Mokka at #20, knocking the Fiat Panda down to #21. Below, the Renault Kadjar is up 208% to hit its highest European ranking so far at #24 (previous best: #29 last March), the BMW 1 Series is up 10 spots on May to #29, the VW Touran up 64% to #37, the Fiat 500X up 45% to #42, BMW 2 Series Tourer up 39% to #44, Skoda Superb up 128% to #50 and BMW X1 up 58% to #52. Among recent launches, the Mercedes GLC is up 10 spots on last month to #76, the Fiat Tipo is down 4 spots on #93, the Renault Talisman up 18 to #117, the Suzuki Baleno up 9 to #150, the Jaguar F-Pace up 19 to #159, the Infiniti Q30 up 19 to #180, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 55 to #187 and the Seat Ateca up 39 to #206.

Fiat 124 Spider Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 124 Spider is one of six new nameplates in the European charts in June. 

Finally we welcome no less than six new nameplates in the June European ranking: the Fiat 124 Spider at #211, the Volvo S90/V90 at #249, the MG GS at #282, Kia Niro at #285, Hyundai Ioniq at #300 and Mercedes GLC Coupé at #313.

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Europe First Half 2016: Volkswagen down to lowest share in 6 years

VW Golf Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.au The VW Golf is still #1 in Europe but is down 2% in a market up 9%.

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The European new car market, composed of 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey, hits its highest level since pre-recession 2008 this year with registrations up 9.1% over the First Half of 2016 to 8.089.730 units. Germany (1.73m), UK (1.42m), France (1.1m), Italy (1.05m) and Spain (.63m) remain the largest markets on the continent, Serbia (+27%), Latvia (+27%), Cyprus (+26%), Lithuania (+25%), Hungary (+24%), Ireland (+23%) and Croatia (+21%) are the most dynamic, whereas Switzerland (-3%) and the Netherlands (-4.5%) are the only ones to lose volume.

Renault Kadjar Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThanks in part to the Kadjar, Renault is up 15% to #2 in Europe so far in 2016. 

The big story in these first six months of 2016 is how Volkswagen sales are affected by its emissions scandal: up just 1%, the German manufacturer drops almost one percentage point of market share to 11.2%, its lowest H1 market share since 2010. The drop doesn’t really reflect a consumer reaction to the scandal – they appear for the most part unfazed – but more so a slight disengagement of the brand marketing-wise, hampered by legal challenges popping out of almost every country in the world. On the other hand, helped by a renewed lineup and the success of its Captur and Kadjar SUVs, Renault gains 15% to overtake Ford for the European 2nd spot with just under 595.000 sales and 7.4% share. Opel and Peugeot round out the Top 5, remaining roughly at the same level market share-wise.

Fiat Panda Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe Panda (+21%) helps Fiat up 17% in Europe this year. 

In the luxury aisle, Audi remains in the lead with deliveries up 14% to 442.651 but its domination is being challenged by its perennial competitors Mercedes, up 15% to 426.846, and BMW up 11% to 425.268. If Audi led in January, February, April and May, it was #2 in March below BMW and #3 in June below both Mercedes and BMW. Fiat is the most improved manufacturer in the Top 10 at +17% to 411.000 sales thanks to the success at home of the Panda and Europe-wide of the 500 and 500X. Skoda (+9%) remains at #10.

Opel Astra Europe June 2016The Opel Astra is back inside the European Top 10. 

The VW Golf predictably keeps the lead of the models ranking even though it drops 2% year-on-year to just under 270.000 sales. That’s still almost 100.000 more than the next best thing: the Renault Clio, up 4% to 173.500. Both the Clio and the VW Polo (+5%) overtake the Ford Fiesta, skidding 9% to 159.500 and now just above the Opel Corsa (-2%). The Peugeot 208 (+14%) takes advantage of its facelift while the Opel Astra (+26%) benefits from a new generation to re-enter the Top 10 at #7. The Renault Captur and Peugeot 308, both up 10%, get one step closer to a Top 10 ranking at #11 and #12 respectively. The Fiat Panda is up 21% to #14, the Peugeot 2008 up 13% to #18, the Skoda Fabia up 20% to #19 and the Dacia Sandero up 15% to #20.

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Europe June 2016: VW down 1%, Renault up 21% in market up 6.5%

Renault Megane Europe June 2016The Renault Mégane hits its highest European ranking in two years. 

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New car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – celebrate 34 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in June with deliveries up 6.5% to 1.506.391 units, with the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate coming in at 15.5 million units vs. 14.2 million over the Full Year 2015. Eastern European countries are pulling the overall market up with Latvia (+56%), Croatia (+32%), Hungary (+32%), Poland (+27%), Serbia (+27%), Czech Republic (+21%), Lithuania (+20%) and Slovenia (+19%) forming 8 of the 9 best performing markets this month. Reversely, the UK (-1%), Greece (-1.5%), Estonia (-2%), Norway (-3%), Switzerland (-6%) and Romania (-37%) are the only market posting a decline in June.

Audi A4 Europe June 2016Audi A4 sales are up 30% year-on-year in June.

Market leader Volkswagen continues to underperform with sales down 1% to 165.079 whereas Renault shows particularly strong gains at +21% to 134.494. Ford (-2%), Opel (+0.1%) and Peugeot (+0.6%) follow. BMW manages to win the luxury race with stable sales at 82.214 vs. 80.936 for Mercedes (+16%) and 75.354 for Audi (+14.5%). Rounding up the Top 10, Fiat (+13%) and Skoda (+8%) both outpace the market.

Opel Astra Europe June 2016The Opel Astra is up 25% to #6 

Model-wise, the VW Golf posts a 75th consecutive month atop the European sales charts (the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was over 6 years ago in March 2010) but drops 5% to 46.946 sales. The Renault Clio is up 18% to #2, increasing the gap with the VW Polo (-3%), Ford Fiesta (-14%) and Opel Corsa (+4%). Boosted by their new generation, the Opel Astra is up 25% to #6, the Audi A4 up 30% to #19 and the Renault Megane is up 34% to #13, its best ranking since June 2014. Finally the Renault Captur follows the market (+6%) to rank 7th, its best-ever European position, also hit in June 2014 and June 2015.

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Seat Ateca Europe May 2016The Seat Ateca is one of 3 nameplates making their first appearance in the Europe charts in May. 

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after preliminary figures for May we can now share with you complete detail for European sales data. The European market is up a splendid 15% in May to 1.315.861 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 9.4% to 6.539.177. The Top 10 brands across the continent are confirmed in the same order with final figures, led by Volkswagen (+4%), Renault (+34%), Ford (+5%) and Opel (+12%). Below, Citroen (+18%), Toyota (+20%), Kia (+23%), Dacia (+20%), Mazda (+31%) and Suzuki (+20%) all outpace the market inside the Top 20 while among smaller brands, Jeep (+31%), Lancia (+32%), Honda (+33%), Ssangyong (+59%), Lexus (+80%), Jaguar (+121%) and Infiniti (+150%) all post spectacular gains.

Over in the models ranking, final data triggers a few changes in the Top 20 compared to our first publication but none in the Top 10: the VW Passat oversteps the Ford Focus to rank #12, the Audi A3 passes the Fiat Panda to land at #14 and the Audi A4 (+51%) edges past the Skoda Fabia to claim a second consecutive month among Europe’s 20 most popular nameplates. The star SUVs of the past months continue to deliver very robust figures: the Hyundai Tucson ranks 25th with 12.723 sales and the Renault Kadjar is up 3 spots on April to #32 at 11.216 units. Notice also the Kia Sportage (+43%), Ford Kuga (+45%), Fiat 500X (+80%) and BMW X1 (+166%) all posting strong result. There are performers outside the SUV segment too: the VW Touran (+52%), Mercedes E Class (+28%), BMW 2 Series Tourer (+75%) and Skoda Superb (+141%) also impress.

Among recent launches, the Renault Talisman is up 23 spots on last month to #135, the Jaguar XE up 9 to #157 with 1.889 sales, the Suzuki Baleno up 50 to #159, the Jaguar F-Pace up 4 to #175 but the Infiniti Q30 is down 16 to #199, still accounting for 73% of the brand’s sales in Europe. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in the European charts this month: the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #242, the Seat Ateca at #2456 and the Ssangyong XLV at #258.

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Renault Captur Europe May 2016. Picture courtesy eblogauto.roThree years after launch, Renault Captur sales are still up in Europe: +31% in May.

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The European new car market posts a euphoric 15% gain in May to 1.326.958 registrations, boosted by very dynamic performances in four of its five largest markets: Italy (+28%), France (+22%), Spain (+19%) and Germany (+12%). Greece (+49%), Lithuania (+47%), Hungary (+45%), Czech Republic (+34%), Cyprus (+31%) and Estonia (+30%) also record impressive gains while only two markets out of 29 post a decline: Ireland (-6%) and Switzerland (-7%). This is the biggest May score since 2012, lifting the year-to-date total up 10% to 6.582.810 units. SUV sales across the continent are up 29% to hit 24.4% of the market, now frankly ahead of the once-dominabt subcompacts at 22% (+11%).

Fiat 500X Europe May 2016Fiat volumes are 26% ahead of May 2015.

Once again scandal-embroiled Volkswagen trails the market with a shy 4% increase to 148.635 sales and 11.2% share, the brand’s lowest for May since 2008. According to JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen SUVs are down 14% and its compact cars down 3%. French manufacturer Renault on the other hand is one of the continent’s engines of growth this month with sales up a stellar 34% to 101.476, buoyed by its home market where it gains 33%. Ford (+5%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+11%) are handicapped by a hesitant UK market and lose share while Peugeot is up 17% in 5th place and Fiat up a fantastic 26% to #7. Again contrasting with its mass market stablemate, Audi shines bright with sales up 19%, winning the luxury race again ahead of Mercedes (+13%) and BMW (+22%)

Vauxhall Astra Europe May 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Astra nameplate hits its highest European ranking in almost three years. 

If the VW Golf posts a 74th consecutive month in the models ranking position, declining sales pull the star nameplate to its lowest European market share since June 2011 at 3.2%. Reversely, the Renault Clio is up 25% to cling the #2 spot both in May and year-to-date, distancing segment competitors the VW Polo (+16%), Opel Corsa (+10%), Ford Fiesta (-9%) and Peugeot 208 (+30%). The Opel Astra is up 18% to land in 7th place, its highest European ranking since July 2013. The Renault Captur surges 31% to break into the Top 10 for the first time this year and the 5th overall at #9, outselling the Nissan Qashqai to remain the best-selling SUV in Europe for the 2nd time running and the 4th time ever. Below, the Fiat Panda (+20%), Toyota Yaris (+20%), Peugeot 2008 (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+32%) also frankly outpace the market.

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Suzuki Baleno Europe April 2016The new Suzuki Baleno makes its first appearance in the European ranking. 

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As per the BSCB tradition, after preliminary figures for the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models, we now detail full brands and models data for April. Final figures bring one change in the Top 10 brands: Fiat overtakes BMW to rank 8th overall in April with 67.846 sales (+15%) vs. 67.538 for BMW (+11%). Toyota (+13%), Suzuki (+13%), Hyundai (+14%), Kia (+17%), Land Rover (+20%) and Mazda (+28%) thanks to the CX-3 (#102) are the other manufacturers posting double-digit gains inside the Top 20 while beyond, Jeep (+24%) still benefits from the Renegade effect (+48%), Honda (+60%) takes full advantage of the success of the HR-V (#114), Ssangyong (+72%) is lifted by the Tivoli, Jaguar is now counting on both the XE (1.751 sales) and F-Pace (1.235) to take off by 145% and Infiniti owes its 152% year-on-year increase solely to the Q30 which breaks into the European Top 200 for the first time this month (#183 with 1.145 sales). Finally Bentley can thank the Bentayga (94 sales) for its 83% surge: the all-new SUV is already the brand’s second best-seller across the continent below the Continental.

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Looking at the models ranking in more detail, we find that final figures have slightly altered the preliminary Top 20 we published a couple of weeks ago: the Peugeot 2008 (15.849) is now above the Toyota Yaris (15.817) and the Audi A4 (15.643) now distances the Skoda Fabia (15.549). SUVs are once again the starts of the European market: less than 12 months after its launch, the new Hyundai Tucson equals its best ranking at #23 (also hit last January), up 15 ranks on March, the Dacia Duster is up 10 spots to #27 and the BMW X1 up 130% to #53 thanks to the new model yet the Renault Kadjar is down 6 ranks on last month to #35. The VW Touran is back up 11 spots to #38 and the Renault Scénic, in runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, is up 22 to #50.

Peugeot Traveller Europe April 2016Peugeot Traveller 

Among recent launches, below the Tucson and Kadjar – the only new nameplates in the Top 80 – the Mercedes GLC maintains itself above the brand’s smaller crossover, the GLA, at #84 vs. #87, the Fiat Tipo breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #93, the Renault Talisman is locked outside the Top 150 (for now?) and the Mercedes GLE Coupe is catching up on its direct competitor the BMW X6 at #194 vs. #189 this month. We welcome three new nameplates in the sales charts in April: the Suzuki Baleno at #209, the Citroen E-Mehari at #266 and the Peugeot Traveller at #278.

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Audi A4 Europe April 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Audi A4 (+61%) is back inside the European Top 20 thanks to the new model. 

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The European new car market – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up a very dynamic 8.9% year-on-year in April to 1.319.285 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8.3% to 5.254.920 units, 403.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. Only one market is down, Switzerland (-2%), with Cyprus (+55%), Serbia (+36%), Croatia (+27%), Greece (+25%), Poland (+21%) and Spain (+21%) the most dynamic, showing a bias towards Southern Europe. The recovery is well and truly entrenched in Europe after years of stagnation and the March Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) comes in at 15.38 million units vs. 14.2 million over the Full Year 2015.

Mercedes GLC Europe April 2016The GLC helps Mercedes overtake BMW year-to-date across Europe. 

Volkswagen though, with an emission scandal still far from being resolved, lags behind the market once again with a meagre 2.4% increase this month to 158.574 sales. Only Ford (+1.5%) grows slower in the Top 10. Renault (+8.7%) leaps to 2nd place and Audi (+9.6%) is back to the #1 luxury brand spot it holds year-to-date but below, Mercedes (+23.4%) overtakes BMW (+11.3%) in the year-to-date charts to rank 7th overall thanks to a very promising start from its new SUV lineup, notably the GLC. Fiat (+14.2%) is the last Top 10 brand to post double-digit gains.

Vauxhall Astra Europe April 2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 25% to #8 overall. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf is sovereign, posting a 73rd consecutive month atop the European sales charts (the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was over 6 years ago in March 2010), followed by five superminis: the Renault Clio is #2 despite sales down 7%, the VW Polo is up 10% to #3 and now #2 year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 gains a splendid 17% thanks to its refresh at #4, while the Ford Fiesta (-16%) and Opel Corsa (-9%) disappoint gain. The Skoda Octavia shoots back up from #13 in March to #7 with sales up 11%, the Opel Astra is up 25% to #8 thanks to the new generation and the VW Passat is back inside the Top 10 at #9, up 7 ranks on last month.

Renault Kadjar Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is hurting its cousin the Nissan Qashqai in Europe.

Outside the Top 10, despite launching three years ago the Renault Captur is up another fantastic 17% to 18.844 sales, taking the lead of the SUV category off the Nissan Qashqai, down 5% to #14 and hurt by the tremendous success of its more recent cousin the Renault Kadjar, accounting for almost 1% of the overall European market. In the same category, the Hyundai Tucson has also hit the bullseye of European consumers’ tastes, ranking at #23. In fact, the SUV segment is now the most popular in Europe with 24% share vs. 22% a year ago, above superminis (21% vs. 23%) and compact cars (20% vs. 21%). The Fiat Panda (+14%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Skoda Fabia (+11%) also shine while the Audi A4 (+61%) reappears inside the Top 20 thanks to the new generation.

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Jaguar XE Europe March 2016The XE lifts Jaguar European sales up 97% so far in 2016, and the F-Pace effect is still to come. 

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models preliminary data we now explore full data for all brands and models in March. Final figures bring one change in the Top 10 brands ranking: BMW overtakes Audi to rank #1 luxury brand on the continent thanks to sales up 15% to 94.588 vs. +8% and 94.402. In the Top 20, Dacia (+10%), Volvo (+10%), Mazda (+15%) and Land Rover (+19%) also post double-digit gains. Below, Honda (+14%), Smart (+23%), Jeep (+15%) and Lancia (+23%) also shine while the XE pushes Jaguar up 65%, the NX and RX lift Lexus up 74%, the Tivoli shakes Ssangyong up 82% and the Q30 boosts Infiniti up 104%. Lada (+74%) and Cadillac (+152%) also post spectacular gains but each sell less than 300 units across the continent – Russia and Turkey not being included in this set of countries.

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