Europe August 2017: Discover the Top 345 models and Top 56 brands

The DS 7 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, showing August sales up 4.8% year-on-year to 892.893 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 4% or 403.000 sales to 10.470.593. Firstly, the three main events described in our previous August European sales post remain: Mercedes ranks #2 brand, the Skoda Octavia jumps on the European podium for the first time at #3 and the Dacia Sandero hits a record-breaking 5th place. In fact, the entire Top 40 brands is confirmed, with only minor changes at the tail end of the ranking: MG passing Chevrolet to #41 and Dodge passing Cadillac to #49. Chinese Geely (-11.1%) and DR Motor (+46.2%) have reverse fortunes but remains below 25 sales each across the entire continent.

In the models ranking, the entire Top 20 is confirmed, with only a few changes on the preliminary Top 50 we published last week. The Ford Kuga is up to #22, passing the Mercedes GLC which still posts a record-breaking #23 spot, the Peugeot 3008 passes the Ford Focus to #25, the Mercedes A-Class passes the Peugeot 308 to #29 and the Ford Fiesta passes the Peugeot 2008 to #32. Great performers in the Top 100 include the Nissan X-Trail (+51.1%), Mercedes GLA (+26.6%), Nissan Micra (+73.9%), Dacia Logan (+36.3%), Seat Ateca (+385.4%) and Peugeot 5008 (+202.1%).

The Toyota C-HR leads all recent launches (<12 months) at #41, followed by the Audi Q2 at #49, the Skoda Kodiaq up 31 spots to #57, the Opel Crossland X up 14 to #85, the Suzuki Ignis up 15 ranks to break into the European Top 100 for the first time at #97, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #168 and the Range Rover Velar at #185. Finally, even though they haven’t appeared in any local sales charts in August, this month we welcome the Citroen C3 Aircross at #290 and the DS 7 at #311.

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Europe August 2017: Mercedes #2, Octavia on podium, Sandero in Top 5

Mercedes is the #2 brand in Europe in August and the GLC is up to a record 22nd place.

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New car sales in Europe (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 5.4% year-on-year in August to 899.272 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 4.2% to 10.517.629 sales. Traditionally the weakest month of the year in the midst of Summer, European sales are biased towards Germany which accounts for 28% of total sales vs. 22% year-to-date, while France (106.976), Italy (83.806) and the UK (76.433) are well below their monthly average. Lithuania (+34.3%), Latvia (+25.8%), Hungary (+23.9%), Greece (+23.1%), Poland (+21.8%) and Italy (+15.4%) are the most dynamic markets this month while the Czech Republic (-0.3%), Luxembourg (-0.9%), Romania (-3.3%), the UK (-6.4%), Belgium (-8.1%), Denmark (-12.2%) and Ireland (-21%) are the only ones in negative.

First ever European podium ranking for the Skoda Octavia.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen leads but drops 3.8%, but the hero of the month is Mercedes, up 11.1% to a record 2nd place overall, beating its previous best of #4 established a year ago in August 2016. This fantastic score places Mercedes above Renault (+12.3%), Opel (-0.2%) and Ford (-5.6%) while Audi (+6.4%) and BMW (+6.8%) are 10.000 units below. It also reinforces Mercedes’ European #1 premium spot year-to-date at 605.515 units (+11.1%) vs. 558.247 (+0.6%) for Audi and 538.997 (+2.1%) for BMW. Skoda (+15.7%) and Toyota (+15.4%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Tip 10. Below, Dacia (+21%) surges to #12, the brand’s best-ever ranking in Europe, beating its previous best of #14 first hit in August 2014. Dacia outsells Hyundai, Citroen and Nissan, the latter up 17.6%. Notice also Suzuki (+28.9%), Volvo (+29.3%), Alfa Romeo (+43.2%), Abarth (+65.3%), MG (+82.8%), Aston Martin (+100%) and Lada (+141.2%) all posting spectacular gains.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+4.5%) and Renault Clio (+36%) remain the two best-selling nameplates on the continent, but for the second month running the Top 10 is the theatre of a couple of record-breaking performances. Firstly, the Skoda Octavia beats its previous best of #4 established just last month and steps up to the European podium for the very first time in the nameplate’s 22 year-career in third place overall thanks to sales up 13.2% year-on-year to 15.857. This is the first time in history a Skoda manages to rank on the European podium. Below, the VW Tiguan is back up 8 spots on July to equal its best ranking at #4, also reached last April.

The Dacia Sandero breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time in history. 

Finally, after breaking into the European Top 10 for the very first time last May and lifting that record to #7 last month, the Dacia Sandero completes the perfect Summer season by breaking into the European Top 5 for the first time in August and landing at #5 thanks to deliveries up 24.2% to 13.828 units, sanctioning a pole position in Spain and third place in France. Even more impressive: the Sandero ranks 2nd in its segment below only the Renault Clio but above such traditional blockbusters as the VW Polo (#6), Opel Corsa (#8), Peugeot 208 (#9) and the Ford Fiesta lost in oblivion at #33. The Toyota Yaris (+17.8%) manages a second consecutive month in the Top 10 (a first) and the Mercedes GLC signs its first Top 40, Top 30 and Top 25 European ranking by soaring 127.2% to #22 – sanctioning a record 6th place at home in Germany. The Opel Mokka (+20.7%), Fiat 500 (+24.6%), Renault Scenic (+41%), Fiat Tipo (+52.1%), Citroen C3 (+77.9%), Volvo XC60 (+86.6%) and Peugeot 3008 (+208.7%) also post spectacular gains.

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Final sales figures for Europe 27 markets (excluding Turkey and Russia) are now available for July, up 2.5% to 1.187.320 units which leads to a year-to-date total up 4% to 9.579.623, still the best at this stage of the year since 2008. There is one significant change in the brands Top 10 compared to preliminary figures published in late August: Renault overtakes Ford to snap the 2nd spot overall with deliveries up 8.4% vs. -8.6% for Ford. Further down, Kia (#15) ends up above Dacia, Infiniti (#36) above Tesla and Chevrolet (#42) above Ferrari. The rest of the ranking is confirmed.

The Peugeot 5008 is up to #82 in July. 

Model-wise, all three ranking records established with preliminary data still stand: the Skoda Octavia at #4, the Dacia Sandero at #7, the Toyota Yaris at #8 and the Peugeot 3008 at #17. The Renault Captur (#15) ends up above the Mercedes C-Class, the Ford Fiesta (#21) and Fiat Panda (#22) end up above the Skoda Fabia (#23), the Hyundai Tucson (#24) above the Seat Leon, the Ford Kuga (#27) above the Audi A4, the Renault Megane (#32) above the Mercedes A-Class, the Toyota C-HR (#40) above the Mercedes GLC and the Toyota Auris (#42) above the BMW 1 Series and VW Touran.

The Opel Ampera-e appears at #255. 

Beyond the Top 50, the Audi Q5 leaps up 31 spots on June to #52, the Mercedes GLA is up 11 to #58, the Audi A5 is up 58.1% to #71, the Peugeot 5008 up 106.3% to #82 thanks to the new model, the Opel Crossland X breaks into the Top 100 at #99, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is up 37 ranks on last month to #142, ranking just below the Giulietta (#136) as Alfa’s 2nd best-seller in Europe, the Jeep Compass shoots up 79 spots to #170 now that the new generation is here, the Range Rover Velar is up 86 ranks to #178 and the Opel Grandland X up 31 to #258. Finally, we welcome in the official ranking the Opel Ampera-e at #255, the Lexus LC at #268 and the Aston Martin DB11 at #285.

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Europe July 2017: Octavia, Sandero and Yaris break ranking records

The Skoda Octavia hits a record-breaking 4th place in Europe. Picture evo.co.uk

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The European new car market is up 2.6% year-on-year in July to 1.19 million units, the best July result since 2009. The year-to-date tally, up 3% to 9.55 million units, is the best since 2008, and at this rate 2017 could even become the biggest year on record for new car sales in Europe, with the current all-time high dating back to 2007. Some very satisfying news indeed. Among the Top 5 countries, Germany (+1.5%) and Spain (+2.6%) show moderate gains while Italy (+5.3%) and France (+10.8%) frankly outpace the overall growth but the UK (-9.3%) is in freefall in the face of Brexit uncertainty. Among smaller markets, Portugal (+27.8%), Greece (+19.8%), Poland (+17.8%), Slovakia (+15.9%), Hungary (+15.6%), Croatia (+13.2%) and Latvia (+12%) are the most dynamic. From the 27 countries included in this study, only four show a year-on-year decline: besides the UK, Denmark (-3.3%), Switzerland (-6.1%) and Ireland (-7.1%) are in negative this month.

The Dacia Sandero leaps to an all-time high 7th place. Picture autoexpress.co.uk

Segment-wise, all four largest passenger car segments are in decline: the B segment s down 0.3% to 248.027 sales, the C segment is down 4.1% to 222.010, D segment down 8.1% to 97.032 and MPVs are down 17% to 93.035. Once again SUVs are the only true source of growth in Europe with sales flying off 18.3% to 350.161 units. In particular, let’s notice the B-SUV segment (compact) up 16% to 121.000 units and accounting for 10% of the European market. The newly unveiled VW T-Roc is about to jump into this fast-growing segment and could open up the race for the #1 European model title by hurting the VW Golf a little.

Mercedes is up 15.2% to land at a stunning 4th place in the brands ranking. 

Brand-wise, Volkswagen remains distant leader despite a 4.2% drop, followed by Ford (-6.9%) and Renault (+8.1%). Mercedes climbs 15.2% to land at a stunning 4th place overall, outselling mass market brands Opel (-7.7%) and Peugeot (+10.3%). Inside the Top 20, Toyota (+22.6%), Suzuki (+17.5%), Dacia (+11.7%), Kia (+10.3%) and Seat (+10%) all post double-digit gains while beyond, Abarth (+87.2%), Tesla (+76.4%), Alfa Romeo (+39.7%), Porsche (+38.1%), Mini (+16.7%) and Mitsubishi (+11.2%) are among the most dynamic.

The refreshed Toyota Yaris reaches a best-ever 8th place in July. Picture carmagazine.co.uk

In the models ranking, the VW Golf (+0.7%) remains sovereign and is joined in 2nd place by the VW Polo (-3.7%) with the Renault Clio (+6.9%) rounding up the podium. No less than three nameplates beat their ranking record inside the Top 10 this month. Firstly, the Skoda Octavia, up 10.9% year-on-year thanks to its facelift, leaps up to 4th place and it is a new record. Its previous best was #5 reached four times: in October 2013, November 2013, August 2015 and August 2016. While the Peugeot 208 (-1.6%) overtakes the Opel Astra to rank #8 year-to-date, the Dacia Sandero (+10.8%) smashes its ranking record to lift it to #7 whereas its very first appearance in the European monthly Top 10 dates only from two months ago in May. Finally, the refreshed Toyota Yaris climbs to 8th place, beating its previous best of #9 reached in September 2015. This is only the fifth time the Toyota Yaris manages a Top 10 ranking in Europe after placing #10 in March 2012September 2012 and January 2015.

However it is important to keep in mind that these figures are preliminary and with only 1.436 units separating the #5 from the #11, a lot could still change by the time final figures are released, records could be further improved or cancelled. Other great performers this month include the Citroen C3 up 67.5% to #13 thanks to the new model, the Peugeot 3008 up 196.5% to beat the nameplate’s ranking record for the second consecutive month at #17, the Mercedes E-Class up 40.3% to #34, the Mercedes GLC up 120% to #40 and the Nissan Micra up 72.6% to #49. At the other end of the scale, notice the particularly harsh drops of the Opel Corsa (-14.7%), VW Passat (-16.8%), Opel Astra (-28.2%) and Ford Fiesta (-41.9%).

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Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

The VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in Europe but drops 11.6% on 2016.

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The European new car market (27 countries) gains 4.2% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 8.356.704 units, that’s an additional 336.000 vehicles compared to the same period a year ago. This growth, although superior to the two other large markets in the world (China is up 1.6% and the U.S. down 2.1%), is a clear slowdown compared to the +9.1% it sported at the same time last year. This H1 2017 result is the best since 2007, meaning the European market has returned to its pre-crisis level, and may stabilise around this level from now onto the next couple of years.

Up 6%, the Renault Clio consolidates its 2nd place in the European sales charts. 

Among the top five markets on the continent, Germany (+3.1%) and France (+2.6%) trail the overall growth and are showing signs of levelling up, the UK is down 1.3% amidst Brexit uncertainty, and it’s mainly Italy (+8%) and Spain (+7.1%) lifting the overall result. The largest gains are the work of smaller Eastern European markets such as Romania (+27%), Croatia (+24.3%), Lithuania (+19.7%), Hungary (+19%), Poland (+17.7%), Estonia (+13.5%), Slovenia (+11.6%) and Slovakia (+11%). The Netherlands (+16.2%) is the only Western European market to post a double-digit gain over the period.

The Nissan Qashqai ranks at a highest-ever #6 in Europe.

As it is the case in China and the U.S., the engine of growth of the European market so far in 2017 is the SUV segment, up a whopping 19.7% year-on-year to 2.386.178 units and now representing a dominant 28.3% share vs. 24.7% a year ago. Small cars are up 5% to 1.813.941 units and 21.5% share but compact cars are down 1.3% to 1.605.337 and 19% share vs. 20.1% a year ago. MPVs see the harshest decline at -14.8% to 689.288 and 8.2% share vs. 10% in H1 2016, mini cars are down 1.7% to 678.301 and large cars down 6.2% to 662.784. Another striking evolution in the European market over the period is the weakness of diesel sales, falling to 46.3% share, the first time since 2009 that diesels cars are outsold by gasoline cars.

The VW Tiguan is headed towards its first ever annual Top 10 ranking in Europe. 

The Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market growth at +2.5% to 1.95 million units, as does PSA-Opel edging up just 0.2% to 1.36m. Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi on the other hand improves its share of the European market with a 5.5% up on H1 2016 to 1.24m sales. FCA does even better at +10.1% to .6m units., overtaking Ford Motor (+2.5%). The BMW Group (+2.1%) is getting caught up by Daimler AG (+8.6%) just as Hyundai-Kia follows the market at +4.5%. Rounding up the Top 10, both Toyota Motor (+14.8%) and Geely/Volvo (+7.2%) frankly beat the market.

The new Citroen C3 has lifted the nameplate’s European monthly ranking record to #9.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen goes against the grain and posts a 0.2% decline to just under 900.000 units whereas the next two best-sellers are gain ground: Renault gains share thanks to a 4.9% up while Ford is more discreet at +2.5% but Opel/Vauxhall drops 2.7% in 4th place. Peugeot remains in 5th place with a 4% gain in line with the market. In 6th place overall, Mercedes (+10.8%) confirms it is the new premium king of Europe while Audi drops 0.7% and BMW edges up just 2% at #9. Fiat (+10.2%) and Toyota (+15.8%) are the only other manufacturers managing a double-digit gain inside the Top 10. Further down, only Seat (+16.8%) and Suzuki (+22.9%) do the same, with Dacia just missing out at +9.4%. AlfaRomeo (+39.4%), Jaguar (+24.3%), Tesla (+78%), Abarth (+39.9%), Maserati (+66.2%) and Aston Martin (+92.2%) are among the most dynamic smaller brands.

The Dacia Sandero delivered its first ever monthly Top 10 ranking in Europe in May.

In the models ranking, despite a steep 11.6% drop, the VW Golf is headed towards a 10th consecutive year atop the European sales charts. The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive months of VW Golf reign in March but that was due to an exceptionally high UK market and the Fiesta is in fact down 1.5% over the period in 4th place. The Renault Clio (+6%) and VW Polo (+2.8%) hold onto the 2nd and 3rd spots, and with the Opel Corsa (-6.3%) at #5, there are four small cars in the European Top 5. The Nissan Qashqai is up a very robust 8.4% to gain two spots to 6th place overall, if maintained until the end of the year – very possible given its recent facelift – it would be its highest ever annual ranking in Europe (previous best: #7 in 2015), the highest annual ranking for an SUV in Europe and also the highest ranking for a Japanese model in Europe. So many records at stake! The Opel Astra is up 3.2% and remains 7th while the Peugeot 208 drops 4.5% and two spots to #8.

The Toyota C-HR is the best-selling new launch in Europe at #42. 

After breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in August 2017 (#6) and the Top 5 in January 2017, the Tiguan lifted its monthly European ranking record to a stunning #4 in April. As a result, for the first time in a half-year ranking, the Tiguan is inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to sales up 74.6% with the new generation. Also boosted by a new model, the Citroen C3 is up 62.1% to #12 and broke the nameplate’s monthly record at #9 in April. Another star of the period is the Dacia Sandero, up 14.4% to #17 but inside the European Top 10 for the first time in May. The Mercedes C-Class (+10.5%), Renault Megane (+32.6%), Peugeot 3008 (+144.3%), Ford Kiuga (+24.2%), Fiat Tipo (+246.7%), Mercedes E-Class (+36.7%), BMW X1 (+29.3%) and Volvo XC60 (+34.7%) also impress in the Top 50 thanks to new models or facelifts. The Toyota C-HR (#42) is the most popular newcomer over the period, ahead of the Audi Q2 (#63), Ford Ka+ (#103), Suzuki Ignis (#110) and Skoda Kodiaq (#120). The new Opel Crossland X (#208 but #113 in June) should settle inside the Top 100 before the end of the year.

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The Renault Captur breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time despite sales down 6.1%.

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New car sales in Europe 27 countries are up a timid 1.8% year-on-year in June to 1.519.332 registrations, the highest volume for the month in a decade and only 22.000 units short off the June record established in 2007. 21 of the 27 countries included in this dataset show a positive year-on-year result for June, with Romania (+_47%), Lithuania (+40.7%), Estonia (+34.9%), Slovenia (+16.4%), Slovakia (+14.9%) and Greece (+14.6%) the most dynamic. At the other end of the scale, Belgium (-0.3%), Germany (-3.5%), the UK (-4.8%), Ireland (-14%), Luxembourg (-15%) and Latvia (-17.9%) post declines. Among the Top 5 markets, Italy (+12.5%), Spain (+6.5%) and France (+1.1%) are gaining ground vs. June 2016.

Mini posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +18.1% 

The Top 4 brands in the region all drop year-on-year: Volkswagen is down 0.6%, Renault down 0.4%, Ford down 2.9% and Opel/Vauxhall down 9.2%. Below, Peugeot (+7.7%), Mercedes (+6.1%), Fiat (+8.1%) and Skoda (+4%), compensate somehow but BMW (-5%) and Audi (-2%) also decline. Just outside the Top 10, Toyota post the largest gain in the Top 15 at +13.7%, with Dacia (+10.9%), Seat (+17.8%), Mini (+18.1%) and Suzuki (+16.4%) also sporting double-digit gains within the Top 20. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+34.5%), Porsche (+24.8%), Tesla (+70.1%), Abarth (+77.5%), Cadillac (+108.5%) and McLaren (+107.7%) are among the most dynamic whereas Smart (-14%), Lancia (-19.8%). Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group (+2.5%) dominates above PSA-Opel (-0.1%), Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi (+2.9%), FCA (+7.8%) and BMW Group (-2.9%). Daimler AG (+4.6%) and Toyota Motor (+12.3%) also impress.

The Peugeot 3008 breaks into the European Top 20 for the first time. 

The VW Golf holds onto the European models pole position but drops 3.4% while the Renault Clio (+0.2%) and VW Polo (+5.3%) both manage a positive result on the podium. The Opel Astra shoots back up 8 spots on May to land at a beautiful 4th place despite sales down 9% year-on-year, but the big surprise this month is the 5th place of the Renault Captur, up from #21 in May in spite of deliveries declining 6.1% on June 2016. This is the first time the Renault Captur ever breaks into the European Top 5, taking advantage of the freefalling of the Ford Fiesta (-23.5%) down to #9 and the Opel Corsa (-22.4%) down to #11. The Ford Focus on the other hand is back up 12 spot on last month to #12, and the Dacia Sandero, which broke into the European Top 10 for the very first time last month – is down to #12 but up 19.6% to end June just 625 sales off a second consecutive Top 10…

Nissan Micra European sales are up 114.3% thanks to the new model. 

The Citroen C3 is up 59.1% to #13 thanks to the new model, the VW Tiguan is u another 45.6% but slips outside the Top 10, going from #8 in May to #14 this month, the Peugeot 3008 soars 168.8% to break into the European Top 20 for the first time, and possibly the first time for the 3008 nameplate as a whole. Other great performers include the Fiat Tipo up 215.7% to #26, the Renault Scenic up 34.7% to #27, Ford Kuga up 26.7% to #28, BMW 5 Series up 49.7% to #41, Nissan Micra up 114.3% to #45 and the Mercedes GLC up 50.2% to #49. The Toyota C-HR (#50) leads recent launches ahead of the Audi Q2 (#61), Skoda Kodiaq (#87), Ford Ka+ (#105) and the Opel Crossland X up 88 spots on May to #113.

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Very first European Top 10 ranking for the Dacia Sandero.

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Final figures for Europe 27 markets (excluding Turkey and Russia) are now available for May, up 7% to 1.414.166 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 4.8% to 6.860.152 registrations. There is one change in the Top 40 brands ranking compared to preliminary figures published at the end of last month: Mercedes (+20.1%) overtakes Peugeot (+4.8%) to rank 5th overall. The rest of the ranking is confirmed.

Model-wise, there are a few significant changes inside the Top 10. The Nissan Qashqai (+10%) outpaces the Peugeot 208 (-4.5%) to rank 6th and the VW Tiguan (+109.1%) passes the Skoda Octavia (+5%) to rank 8th, but the most striking alteration comes in 10th place. Ranked 12th according to preliminary figures, the Dacia Sandero (+29.2%) jumps two spots to break into the European Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s 8 year-career. It does so thanks to a tiny 3-unit-advantage over the Citroen C3 (+84.2%) remaining at #11 while the Opel Astra (-1.1%) drops two ranks vs. preliminary figures to #12. Note this is the first ever Dacia to manage a European Top 10 ranking.

The Opel Crossland X makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

Other changes in the Top 50 include the Toyota Yaris (#17) above the Skoda Fabia, the Audi A3 (#24), Peugeot 308 (#25) and 3008 (#26) above the Fiat Tipo, the Citroen C4 Picasso (#43) above the BMW X1 and the BMW 5 Series (#46) above the Seat Ibiza. Below, the performance of new coming nameplate is restrained, with the Audi Q2 down 8 spots on April to #59, the Skoda Kodiaq up 6 to #90, the Volvo S/V90 down one to #90 and the Ford Ka+ up 9 to #102.  We welcome three new nameplates in the European ranking this month: the Opel Crossland X landing at #201, the Opel Grandland X at #286 and the Range Rover Velar at #297.

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As we predicted last month, new passenger car sales in Europe 27 markets (excluding Russia and Turkey) rebound back up 7.5% in May to 1.425.420, the largest May result in a decade and coming just 19.000 units below the all-time record for the month set in May 2007. Only three of the 27 countries included in this data set post a year-on-year decline: the UK (-8.5%) continuing to suffer from a pull-forward effect due to changes in Vehicle Excise Duty, Ireland (-7.8%) and Greece (-20.9%). The rest of the Big Five all deliver solid gains: Germany is up 12.9%, Spain up 12.4%, France up 8.2% and Italy up 7.6%. The markets displaying the biggest year-on-year improvements are Croatia (+34.1%), Hungary (+28.7%), Romania (+27.1%), the Netherlands (+25%) and Poland (+20.5%). The year-to-date tally across the continent is now up 4.9% to 6.892.631.

The Nissan Qashqai reclaims the #1 SUV just before its facelift hits dealerships.

Looking at the market segment-wise, once again SUVs are the standout performer with sales up 22.9% to 397.767, now holding a 27.9% market share vs. 24.4% a year ago. Subcompact cars are up 7.1% to 305.633 and compact cars up 0.9% to 269.842. Group-wise, the VW Group stops months of decline and improves its share to 24.4% thanks to sales up 8.8%. It is followed by PSA-Opel at 16.1%, Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi at 14.7% and FCA Fiat Chrysler at 7.6%, up 11.6%. Daimler AG leads the luxury race thanks to deliveries up 17.1%, overtaking the BMW Group up just 2.9%. Toyota Motor is up 17.7% in 9th place.

The Peugeot 2008 now teases the Renault Captur year-to-date. Picture automobile-magazine.fr

Over in the brands ranking, Volkswagen outpaces the market for once at +8.7%, while Renault (+3.1%) remains above Ford (+5.7%) with a 12.000 sales advantage. Ford retains the 2nd spot year-to-date but its gap with Renault has thawed to just 1.200 units. In 4th place, Opel/Vauxhall is the only brand in Top 20 to lose ground year-on-year at -1.7%. Mercedes delivers the largest gain inside the Top 10 at +20.2%, distancing Audi (+1.6%) and BMW (+2.5%) among premium brands. In the remainder of the Top 10, Fiat (+14.6%) and Skoda (+15.6%) both doubling the market growth. Below, Toyota (+19.2%), Dacia (+21.9%), Seat (+12.7%), Volvo (+11.4%) and Suzuki (+24.5%) shine. Among smaller brands, Alfa Romeo (+49.2%), Abarth (+40.4%), Tesla (+220.3%) and Aston Martin (+91.4%) are among the biggest gainers whereas Lancia (-28.7%) and DS (-36.6%) fall heavily.

The Fiat Tipo is up to a best-ever #24 in Europe in May.

Model-wise, the VW Golf continues to lead despite a 1.7% drop and is followed this month by the VW Polo boosted up 12.5% by runout discounts on the outgoing generation. The Polo overtakes the Ford Fiesta for #3 year-to-date and the Renault Clio rounds up the May podium with stable sales, holding onto its #2 ranking year-to-date. The Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208 make it five subcompact cars in the Top 6, and the Nissan Qashqai reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in Europe at #7 overall with deliveries up 10.3%, distancing the VW Tiguan up 111.3% to #9. The Citroen C3 is up 83.9% but drops out of the Top 10 at #11, a mere 49 units above the Dacia Sandero up 29.3%. Note only 1.400 units separate the #6 from the #13, which may result in substantial ranking changes once final figures get released next week.

Second European Top 50 ranking for the Mercedes GLC.

In the sub-compact SUV segment, the Peugeot 2008 outsells the Renault Captur and is getting very close to toppling it year-to-date also with less than 1.000 units separating the two nameplates after five months. Further down the ranking, the Fiat 500 (+23%), Renault Megane (+30.4%), Mercedes E-Class (+40%), Renault Scenic (+35.9%), BMW X1 (+28.1%) and BMW 5 Series (+44.4%) post solid gains, but the Fiat Tipo tops them all with a 224% surge now that all body types are well established. After first appearing in the sales charts in December 2015, the Tipo breaks into the European Top 30 for the first time for this 2nd generation of the nameplate at #24. The Peugeot 3008 is boosted uup 163.6% by the new model and the Mercedes GLC is up 87.1% to break into the Top 50 at #49 for the second time after January (#41).

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Europe April 2017: VW Tiguan up to record 4th place, 3 VWs in Top 4

vw-tiguan-europe-august-2016The VW Tiguan breaks its European ranking record at #4 this month.

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Today we can share with you complete and final figures for Europe 28 countries excluding Turkey and Russia, based on data released by JATO Dynamics. 1.215.412 vehicles found a buyer in April, resulting in the largest year-on-year drop since March 2013 at -7% as the UK (-20%), Germany (-8%), France (-6%) and Italy (-5%) all decline with Spain the only Big Four country to show a modest increase at +0.8%. This doesn’t mean we should worry about the health of the European market, as the UK suffers a temporary pull-forward effect due to changes in Vehicle Excise Duty and most markets had less opening days than in April 2016. We forecast the market to rebound back into positive territory in May. The year-to-date tally is still significantly ahead of its level of the same period a year ago at 5.438.822 units, up 4% or roughly 210.000 units.

Structurally, the European market is drifting away from diesel engines which freefall 15% this month to 46% share overall vs. 50% a year ago. Diesel ban plans in some European cities have certainly cooled private demand for such motorisations. In terms of car segments, compact cars are down 12%, subcompact cars down 9% and MPVs down 21% but SUVs continue to progress at +7%. The Top 3 groups in Europe all lose market share year-on-year: the VW Group leads at 24.89% share, down 9%, followed by PSA at 16.14% (including Opel/Vauxhall) down 10% and Renault-Nissan (including Mitsubishi) at 14.19%, down 7.4%. FCA on the other hand is the largest market share gainer in 4th place at 7.23%. Daimler (6.63%), Ford (6.52%), BMW Group (6.5%), Hyundai-Kia (6.13%) and Toyota (4.33%) follow with Geely (1.99%) rounding up the Top 10 thanks to Volvo sales.

The new gen Citroen C3 breaks the nameplate’s European ranking record at #9. Picture largus.fr

Brand-wise, Volkswagen remains by far in the lead despite a 15.4% drop, while Renault (-4.6%) bypasses Ford (-12.3%) to claim the 2nd spot overall. Peugeot (-4.3%) is up two spots on last month to #4, outselling its now stablemate Opel/Vauxhall (-14%) at #6 with Mercedes (stable) taking a strong 5th place overall and #1 premium brand on the continent. Below, Audi (-9.1%), Fiat (-2.6%), BMW (-5.6%) and Skoda (-4.7%) all lose ground in the remainder of the Top 10 but for the latter three the drop is lower than the market, resulting in higher market shares. Toyota actually gains ground (+2.7%) but remains outside the Top 10 at #11 whereas it ranks #10 so far in 2017 with a 15.9% improvement, the largest in the Top 15. Seat (+15.4%), Suzuki (+9.2%) and Mini (+11.1%) are the only other gainers in the Top 20 while below, Alfa Romeo (+54.2%), Tesla (+33.5%), Maserati (+46.6%) and Lada (+40.6%) post solid improvements albeit with much smaller volumes for the latter three. Many of these have been using screwdriver set reviews and guide for maintenance and it is the best you can use for your car.

First European Top 100 ranking for the Skoda Kodiaq. Picture autobild.de

In the models ranking, after losing the pole position to the Ford Fiesta for the first time in seven years last month, the VW Golf reclaims the European leadership in April albeit with a 28.3% drop as dealers eagerly await the facelifted model. As we described last month, the Ford Fiesta’s win was a freak event that had almost everything to do with a record UK month, and logically it now falls down 20.2% to #7 just as the UK weakens this month. The result is the Renault Clio (-7.7%) jumping to 2nd place both in April and year-to-date. Paradoxically, just as its total sales fall heavily, Volkswagen actually places three nameplates inside the Top 4 for only the second time in history, the first time being in August 2015 (Golf, Polo, Passat). This time it achieves this performance thanks to the Tiguan. After breaking into the European Top 10 for the first time last August (#6) and the Top 5 last January, the Tiguan improves its ranking record further to a stunning 4th place thanks to sales up 70.6% on April 2016.

Another record-breaker is the Citroen C3 up 48.9% to 9th place overall beating its ranking record as we predicted a few months ago. Its previous European best was #10 in June, November and December 2010 as well as March 2011. The C3 now ranks #12 year-to-date with sales up 57.2%, overstepping the Fiat Panda. Another gigantic gainer is the Peugeot 3008 with the new model propelling its sales up 157.7% to #22 overall. The Renault Megane (+33.1%), Fiat Tipo (+134.1%) also post spectacular gains. Now onto recent launches (<12 months), led once again by the Toyota C-HR at #43, followed by the Audi Q2 at #51, its best ranking so far. The Seat Ateca is below at #64, ahead of the Volvo S90/V90 at #90 and the Skoda Kodiaq breaking into the European Top 100 for the first time at #96.

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Europe March 2017: Ford Fiesta ends VW Golf reign

The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the first time in 7 years.

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With a bit of delay we can share with you today complete and final March data for Europe 28 countries – excluding Russia and Turkey. It’s a record month in the region with sales up 10.4% to 1.918.140 units, the highest March tally ever recorded, making Europe the second largest region in the world behind just China but above the U.S. The year-to-date total is now up 7.7% to 4.219.911 units. Although all the largest markets recorded healthy increases, this month’s result is heavily skewed by the all-time record month posted in the UK at 562.337 units. The most drastic impact the strength of the UK has this month is the European pole position of its best-seller the Ford Fiesta, thus ending an impressive streak of seven years of monthly wins by the VW Golf: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010 when the Ford Fiesta also led the way. This month the Fiesta dominates with sales up 12.5% to 47.610 whereas the VW Golf plunges 18.1% to 46.119.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen trails market growth at +2.3% to 183.406 units, as does Opel/Vauxhall in 4th place at +3.3%. On the other hand, Ford (+15.9%), Renault (+14.9%) and Mercedes (+16.9%) outpace the market, the latter confirming its #1 premium ranking ahead of BMW (+8.5%) and Audi (+5%). Further down towards the end of the Top 10 and beyond, Fiat (+16.4%), Nissan (+16.6%) and Toyota (+20.2%) also shine. Among smaller brands, Volvo (+20.2%), Land Rover (+21.7%), Suzuki (+22.1%), Mini (+26.7%), Alfa Romeo (+49%), Jaguar (+73.5%), Maserati (+85%), Tesla (+101.3%), Infiniti (+104.8%) and Aston Martin (+109.3%) make themselves noticed.

Back to the models ranking, where below the Fiesta and Golf both the VW Polo (+18.9%) and Renault Clio (+11.9%) beat the market to round up the Top 4 ahead of the Opel Corsa (+4.8%) and Nissan Qashqai (+15.9%). The Ford Focus (+8.7%) leaps from #16 to #7 thanks to the strength of the UK market, the Opel Astra is up 13.3% to #8 and the Renault Captur is back inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to sales up 11.4%. New generations boost sales of the VW Tiguan up 76.3% to #11, the Citroen C3 up 62% to #13, the Renault Megane up 62.7% to #20, Mercedes E-Class up 43.4% to #34 and Peugeot 3008 up 126.6% to #34. The Fiat Tipo is up 331% to #36, and the Nissan Micra up 58.1% to #42. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is down 13 spots on last month to #45, the Audi Q2 up two to #62, the Seat Ateca down 11 to #70 and the Ford Ka+ up 8 to #92. This month we welcome the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the European ranking at #214.

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