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.

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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The Lada Vesta is one of three newcomers in the European charts this month…

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With a bit of delay we can share with you final figures for Europe 28 countries in February 2017, excluding Russia and Turkey. The final total for February stands at 1.105.464 registrations, up 1.3% year-on-year and lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.5% to 2.301.649. Brand-wise, there is no ranking change in the Top 30 compared to preliminary figures, with Volkswagen leading the way despite a 8.3% drop, distancing Renault (+3.9%), Ford (-3.9%), Opel/Vauxhall (-1.1%) and Peugeot (-4%). Way down the charts, one notable change in Bentley overtaking Ferrari to now rank #40.

 …along with the Nissan NV300…

In the models ranking, there are a few changes atop vs. preliminary data. Among them, the Nissan Qashqai knocks the Fiat Panda down one spot from #5 to #6 thanks to 19.176 sales vs. 19.125 for the Italian car, the VW Tiguan overtakes the Citroen C3 to rank #11, the Skoda Fabia is up 4 spots to #19, now distancing the VW Passat, Audi A3, Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Mokka in this order, the Dacia Duster is now above the Mercedes C-Class at #25, the Seat Leon is above the BMW 3 Series and the Peugeot 3008, bow including the first generation, shoots up to #31 above the Toyota C-HR at #32, up two spots on January and still the best-selling recent launch (<12 months).

…and the Honda NSX.

Among recently launched nameplates, the next best-seller is the Seat Ateca down two spots on last month to #59, followed by the Audi Q2 at #64, the Volvo S/V90 at #91, the Ford Ka+ at #100 and the Suzuki Ignis up 16 ranks to #102. Further down, notice the Skoda Kodiaq up 66 spots on February to #185. We welcome three new nameplates inside the European charts this month, all still very shy: the Nissan NV300 at #272, the Lada Vesta at #282 and the Honda NSX at #320.

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Europe February 2017: Fiat Panda and Citroen C3 shine, market up 1.2%

The Fiat Panda is up to a best-ever European 5th place in February.

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After a stunning 9.4% gain in January linked to extra selling days, new passenger car sales in Europe dramatically slow down their growth in February, edging up 1.2% to 1.105.435 units and bringing the year-to-date tally up 5.2% to 2.3 million units. This is the second highest February score since 2008. PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s takeover of Opel/Vauxhall makes the new entity the 2nd largest carmaker in Europe with 16.9% share below just the Volkswagen Group (23.2%) but above fellow Frenchman Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi at 14.8% – see Top 5 ranking below and Top 10 ranking below the jump.

Europe February 2017 – Groups:

Pos Brand Feb-17 %
1 Volkswagen Group 255,997 23.2%
2 PSA-Opel 186,280 16.9%
3 Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi 163,164 14.8%
4 FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 87,822 7.9%
5 Ford Motor 71,021 6.4%

Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps the lead but drop 8.3% followed by Renault up 3.3% year-on-year and two spots on January to #2, Ford (-3.4%), Opel/Vauxhall (-1.9%) and Peugeot (-4.9%) all in decline. Fiat (+7%) traditionally benefits from a strong Italian market relative to the rest of Europe in the first two months of the year. Indeed Italy accounts for 16.6% of the 29-country European market in February vs, 12.2% over the Full Year 2016. Accordingly, Fiat ranks at a stellar 6th place. After ranking third in January, Audi (+0.4%) reclaims the luxury crown off Mercedes (+4.6%) and BMW (-0.4%) yet remains in second place year-to-date at 121.358 units (+0.9%) below Mercedes at 123.649 (+10.4) but above BMW at 116.070 (+5.2%). Further down, Toyota clings onto its Top 10 ranking thanks to deliveries up 17.1% to 52.062 helped by the new C-HR, while Seat (+13.7%), Alfa Romeo (+25.8%), Jaguar (+43.8%), Suzuki (+50%), Maserati (+89.8%) and Tesla (+100.5%) post some of the most spectacular year-on-year increases in the Top 50.

The Citroen C3 ends February just 224 units off a Top 10 ranking. 

Model-wise, despite losing a hefty 12% year-on-year, the VW Golf celebrates 83 consecutive months in pole position: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010. If the Golf holds out onto next month – there are no reason why it wouldn’t – it will then be able to show off seven full years of domination.  The Renault Clio (+13.3%) outsells classmates the VW Polo (-13.4%) and Ford Fiesta (-4.8%) to claim the 2nd spot year-todate thanks to 49.310 units so far in 2017. Boosted by the increased relative weight of the Italian market, the Fiat Panda is up 6 spots on January to break into the Top 5 for the second since the Panda nameplate relaunched in 2003, the first one being exactly 8 years ago in February 2009. Better still: preliminary figures show the Panda only 525 sales below the third-placed VW Polo and just 96 units above the 6th-placed Nissan Qashqai, so a lot could still change by the time final figures are released in early April.

Mercedes remains the #1 luxury brand in Europe so far in 2017 YTD. 

Just like the Volkswagen Group (Golf, Polo, Octavia), the newly formed PSA-Opel group places three nameplates inside the Top 10: the Opel Corsa (#7), Peugeot 208 (#8) and Opel Astra (#9). Just outside the Top 10, we find two surging nameplates: the Citroen C3 boosted up 59% by the new generation to #11. As a reminder the C3 ranking record is #10 hit in June, November and December 2010 as well as March 2011. This record should be beaten shortly as the new gen C3 is only starting to gain momentum. Yet again the C3 stands just 224 units off the Top 10 so could be in it when final data comes in. The VW Tiguan for its part is up 59.8% year-on-year but drops 7 spots on January to #12 and #2 SUV below the Nissan Qashqai (#6) and above the Peugeot 2008 (#13) and Renault Captur (#14). Notice also the Renaulty Mégane up 48% to #24, the Toyota C-HR us three spots on last month to a record #31, the Fiat Tipo up 287.1% to generation best #32, the BMW X1 us 38.2% to #38 and the Mercedes E-Class up 45.1% to #46.

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First Top 100 European ranking for the Ford Ka+ in January. 

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Today we can share with you final data for Europe 27 markets for January – Turkey and Russia excluded. The final figure for January is 1.188.607 units, up 8.9% year-on-year. Brand-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are identical to the preliminary ranking: Volkswagen (+8.8%) followed by Ford (+6.9%), Opel (+5.2%), Renault (+9.2%), Peugeot (+10.2%) and Mercedes snapping the #1 luxury spot (+15.8%). Audi on the other hand (-6%) is overtaken by both Fiat (+16.6%) and BMW (+10.9%) to fall flat to #9. Toyota (+19.9%) rounds out the Top 10. No change all the way down to #41 with MG up two spots on its preliminary position despite sales down 34.5% while Cadillac overtakes Rolls Royce to #45. Most impressive year-on-year gains are delivered by Suzuki (+30%), Alfa Romeo (+31.3%), Jaguar (+49.4%), Tesla (+82.1%), Maserati (+128.5%), Infiniti (+145.6%), Aston Martin (+148.7%) and McLaren (+350%).

The Kia Niro is up to #110 Europe-wide this month.

Model-wise, the only change in the Top 10 is the Opel Corsa passing the Nissan Qashqai to #8 overall. Inside the Top 50 there are a lot more differences between the preliminary results and the final scores, Among them, the Ford Focus (#12) is above the VW Passat (#13), the Toyota Yaris (#14) is above the Citroen C3 (#15), the Mercedes C-Class (#18) is above the Peugeot 2008 (#19), the Opel Mokka/Mokka X (#21) is above the Skoda Fabia (#22), the Peugeot 3008 jumps up to #26 with the addition of the previous generation, the Renault Mégane falls down to #33 and the Toyota C-HR remains at #34 but slides above the Fiat Tipo. Outside the Top 50, we find the next most popular all-new nameplates (<12 months) – all trailing the Toyota C-HR and all gaining ground on their December ranking: the Seat Ateca up 14 spots to #57, the Ford Ka+ up 33 to #95, the Kia Niro up 50 to #110, Suzuki Ignis up 58 to #113, Jaguar F-Pace up 19 to #120, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 6 to #149, Suzuki Baleno up 25 to #153 and Hyundai Ioniq up 19 to #1457.

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The VW Tiguan breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time.

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New car sales in Europe gain a robust 9.4% year-on-year in January to 1.2 million units, the second highest January score in a decade. Brand leaders Volkswagen (+7.8%), Ford (+9.3%) and Opel (+4.9%) all trail the market growth, followed by three over-performing carmakers: Renault (+10.5%), Peugeot (+9.9%) and Mercedes (+14.4%). Fiat soars 16.4% to #8 and Toyota surges 19.5% to claim the 10th spot off Skoda, mainly thanks to the all-new C-HR (see further down). Other great performing brands include Kia (+17.8%), Seat (+25%), Suzuki (+29.3%), Alfa Romeo (+32.5%), Abarth (+40.6%), Jaguar (+49.8%), Bentley (+76.6%), Tesla (+84.1%), Maserati (+124.4%) and Infiniti (+151.9%)

Fiat Tipo is up 16 spots on last month to a best-ever #33 for this generation.

Model-wise, the VW Golf naturally remains in the pole position with sales edging up 0.1% to 37.645, but once again its gap with the 2nd best-seller is thawing significantly vs. a year ago: the Ford Fiesta soars 15.9% to 24.949 and the Renault Clio is up 16.9% to 24.696. With the VW Polo at #4 (-6.6%) and the Tiguan up to a record-breaking fifth place thanks to a 96.2% year-on-year surge to 21.849 sales, Volkswagen places three nameplates inside the European Top 5 for the first time since November 2015. The Opel Astra gains 22.4% to #6, distancing the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa.

The Toyota C-HR storms into the European Top 50 this month.

Beyond the Top 10, strong performers include the Dacia Sandero (+24.9%), Peugeot 2008 (+25%), Audi A4 (+26.8%), Renault Megane (+55%), Mercedes E Class (+56%), Citroen C3 (+57%), Mercedes GLC (+57.2%), Peugeot 3008 (+68.5%) and BMW X1 (+89.3%). Among recent launches, the Fiat Tipo celebrates one year in market by gaining 16 ranks on December to a best-ever 33rd place while the Toyota C-HR storms inside the Top 50 directly at #34 with a little under 10.000 sales.

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Over 20.000 Jaguar F-Pace found a new home across Europe in 2016. 

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Final data for the Full Year 2016 is now available for Europe 29 countries – Russia and Turkey excluded. We now have access to the complete brands ranking and the Top 385 models. 23 new nameplates have made their apparition in the European sales charts this year, and now is the time to pick out the winners from the losers. At the top of the ladder we find the Seat Ateca at #156. Seat’s first SUV fills a gaping hole in the brand’s lineup and will climb up much further up throughout 2017, potentially inside the FY2017 Top 50. The Jaguar F-Pace is the true revelation of the year, landing directly at #163 with an incredible 20.222 sales, the brand’s 2nd best-seller across the continent below the XE at 24.477. The F-Pace has allowed Jaguar to leap up 70% in 2016 and will be Jaguar’s best-seller here in 2017. The Suzuki Baleno is on the newcomer’s podium at #181 with 14.389 sales, but its success has been eclipsed by the arrival of the Ignis (#273) in November.

The Kia Niro has found its market in Europe. 

The Ford Ka+ (#199) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (#200) are the only other two all-new models in the 2016 European Top 200, with five-digit volumes. The Ka+ is slowly imposing itself in small car-thirsty markets such as Italy, while the Giulia’s main focus in 2017 will be North America where its format is more tuned in with local customer tastes. Breaking the mould of bland hybrid sedans, the Kia Niro has created its own niche and been met with success so far in Europe: it ranks #213 in 2016, well ahead of the Hyundai Ioniq at #240. The Toyota C-HR only needed two months of sales to leap up to #220 and will definitely crack the Top 50 in 2017. The Mercedes SLC (#223), Fiat 124 Spider (#243), Tesla Model X (#244), Maserati Levante (#254) and Bentley Bentayga (#284) all impress, with the Volvo S90/V90 (#246) struggling to convince at home in Sweden.

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The Suzuki Ignis is up to #171 in Europe in December. 

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Final figures for December in Europe are now available – 29 countries excluding Turkey and Russia. The entire Top 20 brands is confirmed, and we now have access to complete models data. The Seat Ateca is down two spots on November to #71, but the Toyota C-HR gains 59 ranks on its very first appearance in the European charts last month to #79 with 4.774 sales, the Ford Ka+ is down 15 to #128, the Jaguar F-Pace down 16 to #139, the Alfa Romeo Giulia down 6 to #155 and the Kia Niro down 3 to #160. Launched last month, the Suzuki Ignis is up 78 spots to #171 with 1.378 sales, already outselling the Baleno (#178), Suzuki’s other recent launch. Further down, the Tesla Model X is up 47 racks on November to #188, the Maserati Levante is up 15 to #210. New for this year, the twins Peugeot Traveller and Citroen Spacetourer have managed to both slide into the European Top 250, with the Fia Talento and Toyota Proace in tow.

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Renault Captur Europe 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault is up 13.5% to 2nd place and the Captor signs its first annual Top 10. 

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Despite the disruption caused by the Brexit vote, the European new car marks a third consecutive year of gains in 2016 at +6.5% to 15.141.326 registrations, the highest annual volume on the continent since 2007. Like in 2015, 27 of the 29 markets covered post a year-on-year increase, the two exceptions being the Netherlands (-14.9%) and Switzerland (-2.1%). The big 5 markets are all in positive: Germany (+4.5%) is at its strongest since 2009, the UK (+2.3%) posts a second all-time record in a row, France (+5%) at its highest since 2011, Italy (+16.1%) at its highest since 2010 and Spain (+10.8%) at its highest since 2008. Best performing countries are Hungary (+24.9%), Croatia (+23.4%), Cyprus (+20.4%), Latvia (+18.8%) and Lithuania (+18.8%). The most striking mega-trend in Europe is the ever-growing success of the SUV segment with sales up by a gigantic 21.4% to 3.880.618 units and 25.6% market share whereas subcompacts, once ultra-dominant on the continent, are up just 2.7% to 3.213.813 sales and see their market share thaw to 21.2%.

VW Golf Alltrack Europe 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe VW Golf is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the 9th consecutive year.

Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group defied forecasts in the midst of its emissions scandal with sales up 3.3% to 24% market share vs. 24.8% a year ago. It is followed by Renault-Nissan at 13.8%, PSA Peugeot-Citroen at 9,74%, Ford at 6.98%, BMW Group at 6.81%, FCA at 6.57%, General Motors at 6.56%, Daimler at 6.285, Hyundai-Kia at 6.29% and Toyota at 4.26%. In the brands ranking, Volkswagen is down 0.7% and the only carmaker in the Top 10 in negative to lose almost one percentage point of market share at 11.3% while Renault (+13.5%) overtakes Ford (+1.8%) to snap the 2nd place with 1.1 million registrations. Opel (+6.1%) and Peugeot (+1.6%) round out the Top 5 like last year.

mercedes-e-class-europe-2016For the first time since 2010, Audi isn’t the #1 luxury brand in Europe, Mercedes is.

Big change this year in the luxury ranking: thanks to sales shooting up 14.2% to 845.178, Mercedes historically overtakes both Audi up “just” 8.8% to 830.364 and BMW up 10.2% to 820.505 to take the lead. It is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand in Europe. Fiat (+12.4%) and Skoda (+9.5%) close out the Top 10 but both outpace the market. Kia (+13.2%), Dacia (+11.3%), Mazda (+12.6%) and Mini (+15.3%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Among smaller-volume brands, the SUV boom shows: Land Rover (+18.8%), Jeep (+19.8%), Honda (+21.8%) thanks to the HR-V, Ssangyong (+35%) thanks to the Tivoli, Bentley (+38.9%) thanks to the Bentayga, Jaguar (+70.1%) thanks to the F-Pace and XE and Infiniti (+151.9%) thanks to the Q30 and QX30 post the largest increases in the Top 50. Abarth (+41.5%) and Lada (+109.7%) are the exceptions.

Renault Clio Europe 2016The Renault Clio hits its highest ever European annual ranking at #2. 

There are no surprises atop the European models ranking: the VW Golf is #1 the 9th year in a row and the 29th time in the past 34 years starting in 1983, and extending a stretch of 81 consecutive months in the European pole position – that’s almost seven years: : the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010 when the Ford Fiesta led the way. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 98 out of the past 100 months. However it drops a heavy 7.3% – the largest decline in the Top 10 – to fall below 500.000 units. The Renault Clio (+4%) gains one spot on 2015 to climb to 2nd place overall, its highest ever ranking in Europe, also hit in 2006, as does the VW Polo (+3.3%). Both superminis overtake the Ford Fiesta (-4%) as the Opel Corsa (-1.3%) remains 5th.

vauxhall-astra-europe-2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up to 6th place, its highest since 2011. 

Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Astra soars 31% to snap a last-minute 6th place off the Peugeot 208 (+8.8%), its first annual Top 10 ranking since 2013 and its highest year-end position since 2011. The Nissan Qashqai is down one spot to #8 but remains the best-selling SUV on the continent while the Skoda Octavia is back up 2 spots to #9, its highest annual European ranking also hit in 2014. Rare feat: we have a newcomer in the year-end Top 10 in Europe: the Renault Captur, up a very impressive 11.5% to snap the 10th spot overall with 217.105 sales, knocking the Ford Focus out. The Captur peaked at #6 in December. Notice also the VW Tiguan uo 21.8% to #18 but inside the Top 10 from August onwards. The battle for the title of #1 SUV in Europe will be tight in 2017 between the Qashqai, Captur and Tiguan. BSCB predicts the Tiguan will win.

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Europe December 2016: Renault places Clio, Captur & Megane in Top 7

renault-clio-europe-december-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Renault Clio “teases” the VW Golf for the European pole position in December. 

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New car sales across Europe (29 countries, excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 3.2% in December to 1.193.286 units. Volkswagen dips 0.3% to an already weak December 2015 in the wake of the emissions scandal and its advantage over the #2 brand thaws to just over 20.000 sales as Renault shoots up 15.5% to 112.953, distancing Ford (-4.8%) and Opel (+1.9%). Mercedes (+15.7%) confirms it is the new European king of luxury, remaining at a stunning 5th place above BMW (-1.5%), Peugeot (-14.7%) and Audi (+19.7%). Fiat (+12%) and Skoda (+14.5%) both post double-digit gains to close out the Top 10. Further down, Kia (+10.4%), Suzuki (+22.5%), Smart (+25.2%), Alfa Romeo (+42.9%), Jaguar (+43.7%), Abarth (+50.5%), Porsche (+64.7%), Infiniti (+158%) and Maserati (+191.4%) post the largest year-on-year increases among the Top 40 brands.

Renault Megane Europe December 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frFirst European Top 10 ranking in four years for the Renault Mégane.

The top of the models ranking is an illustration of Renault’s particularly strong show of force this month. The VW Golf remains in the lead of course but drops 6.4% to 37.488 sales, that’s less than 5.500 more than the Renault Clio up 11.6% to 32.018. In fact, the 10.000 unit-advantage the Clio has over both the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo this month enables the French small car to snap a last minute annual 2nd place (detailed in a separate update). The Opel Astra (+31.3%) holds onto the 5th spot for the third straight month, while the Renault Captur (+14.7%) and Mégane (+92.7%) make it three Renaults in the Top 7 for the first time ever in Europe. That’s one more than Volkswagen, as the Tiguan surges 55.9% to #8. This is the Mégane’s first European Top 10 ranking since December 2012 and its best monthly position since June 2012. Notice also the Citroen C3 up 30.8%, the Audi A4 up 50.7% and the Mercedes E-Class up 44.7%.

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