Europe October 2016: Discover the Top 340 models and Top 55 brands

Renault Megane Europe October 2016The new model pushes Renault Megane sales up 42% across Europe. 

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Final October data for Europe 29 countries is now available, with the overall score almost 9.ooo units below preliminary figures at 1.132.112 delivers for a 0.9% year-on-year drop. The year-to-date tally remains however in frank positive territory at +6.8% to 12.682.782 sales or over 800.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. There are a few changes atop the brands ranking now that sales figures have been confirmed. Renault (-2%) manages to recapture the 2nd spot year-to-date off Ford (-6%) at 889.068 vs. 888.974. It will be a photo finish for the final annual ranking next month. Peugeot for its part (-4%) advances to #5 for the month, overtaking Audi (+1%) at 66.446 vs. 66.180 sales and in a slew of bad news for Audi, Mercedes retains the #6 overall spot at #1 luxury year-to-date at 703.950 vs. 702.769. Another photo finish for next month…

peugeot-3008-europe-october-2016The Peugeot 3008 is back inside the European Top 50 thanks to the new generation. 

Beyond the Top 10, Hyundai (+5%), Kia (+7%), Seat (+13%) and Mini (+20%) post very dynamic gains among high-volume brands, while on the opposite Mitsubishi (-20%), Citroen (-9%), Volvo (-8%) and Mazda (-6%) struggle. Smaller but impressive performers include Alfa Romeo (+22%) thanks to the Giulia, Lancia (+23%), Jaguar (+78%) thanks to the F-Pace and XE, Infiniti (+61%) thanks to the Q30 and Maserati (+46%) thanks to the Levante. Chinese MG surges 62% with the GS SUV but remains extremely discreet at 257 sales. DS (-28%), Tesla (-25%), Ferrari (-28%), Aston Martin (-36%) and Lotus (-40%) are in difficulty this month.

Hyundai Ioniq Europe October 2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukThe Hyundai Ioniq is already level with the Toyota Prius in Europe.

In the models aisle, the only change in the Top 20 compared to preliminary figures is the Peugeot 2008 (now #16) and Skoda Fabia (#17) exchanging positions. The Renault Clio ranks 4th year-to-date below the Ford Fiesta at 252.882 (+0.3%) vs. 253.180 (-6%) which is the reverse order vs. preliminary data. Below, the Renault Mégane is up 7 spots on September and 42% year-on-year to #22 vs. #32 YTD, the Hyundai Tucson is up 52% to #23, the Audi A4 and Kia Sportage both up 24%, the BMW X1 up 137%, VW Touran up 67% and Peugeot 3008 up 52% on October 2015 and 45 ranks on last month to rally back into the Top 50 thanks to the new model. The Fiat Tipo (#60) and Seat Ateca (#80) are the only two recently launched nameplates (<12 months) inside the Top 100 with the Ford Ka+ (#108) catching up and gaining 64 ranks on September while the Hyundai Ioniq is up 72 to #175 and only 60 units below the Toyota Prius. We welcome the Skoda Kodiaq at #285.

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Europe October 2016: Opel Astra and VW Tiguan shine in market down

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The European new car market marks a pause in October with sales down 0.5% to 1.140.978 registrations across 29 markets (Russia and Turkey excluded), indicating the strong growth of the past five years may have come to a peak. To keep things in perspective, this is still the second highest October score since 2009. Three of the top five markets registering a year-on-year gain: Italy (+10%), Spain (+3%), UK (+1.4%) while France (-4%) and Germany (-6%) decline. The best performing markets are Croatia (+18%), Cyprus (+12%), Slovakia (+11%), Czech Republic (+11%), Poland (+11%) and Lithuania (+11%), while the most affected are the Netherlands (-23%), Ireland (-12%), Norway (-9.5%) and Switzerland (-9%). As is the case in almost the entire world, SUVs continue to be the engine of growth in Europe with a splendid 12% gain to 302.851 registrations with compact (C-SUV) up 22.5% and midsize SUVs (D-SUV) up 20.1%.

vw-tiguan-europe-october-2016-picture-courtesy-autovideo-netThe VW Tiguan ranks at a stunning 7th place and is the best-selling SUV in Europe.

Market leader Volkswagen bears the steepest fall in the Top 10 at -8% to 130.553 sales, meaning its YTD score is now in negative as well at -0.7%, the only brand in the Top 10 to lose ground so far in 2016. Renault (-2%) and Ford (-4%) complete a 100% declining podium ahead of Opel (+2%). In the luxury race, Audi (+2%) recuperates the #1 luxury spot it lost to Mercedes (+7%) last month while BMW gains 3%. Fiat (+2%) and Skoda (+5%) are also in positive while outside the Top 10, Maserati (+47%), Infiniti (+67%) and Jaguar (+76%) post the largest gains. The VW Golf, although still the #1 nameplate across the continent by a large margin, accelerates its fall at -21% in anticipation of the 2017 model. The Ford Fiesta is up 7.5% in 2nd place ahead of the VW Polo (-10%) and Renault Clio (-3%) but the heroes of the month are the Opel Astra up 56% to 5th place and the VW Tiguan up 52.5% to sign a third consecutive month inside the European Top 10 at #7, an impressive feat as before last August the Tiguan had never broken into the Top 10.

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Range Rover Evoque Europe September 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 143% year-on-year in September

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Final data for Europe in September is now available, coming just a tad below the preliminary figures at 1.489.343 sales across 29 countries, up 6.9% year-on-year and leading to a year-to-date tally up 7.6% to 11.550.668. The Top 10 brands order is 100% confirmed, with the two main year-to-date shifts also confirmed: Ford (813.755) is now above Renault (812.338) for 2nd place and Mercedes (638.033) bypasses Audi (636.589) for the #1 luxury spot, albeit with an higher-than-previous 1.444 sales advantage. Outside the Top 10, Dacia (+16.7%), Kia (+17.2%), Mini (+21.3%), Alfa Romeo (+39.3%), Jaguar (+45.5%), Land Rover (+52%), Infiniti (+144.4%) and Tesla (+207.4%) are among the biggest gainers. Citroen (-10%), Subaru (-11.5%) and DS (-15.5%) struggle.

tesla-model-x-europe-september-2016-picture-courtesy-dn-noThe Tesla Model X makes its official entrance inside the European sales charts.

Model-wise, the entire Top 10 is confirmed, with the VW Golf (-14.7%), Ford Fiesta (-7.7%), VW Polo (+10.4%), Opel Corsa (-1.6%) and Renault Clio (+7.5%) in the lead. The only change in the Top 20 is the Renault Captur now ranking above the Skoda Octavia at #11. The Mercedes A-Class is up 31.4% to #24, the Hyundai Tucson up 122.2% to #27, the Renault Mégane up 64.2% to #29 thanks to the new generation, the Ford Kuga up 50% to #30, the Kia Sportage up 35.1% to #32, the Renault Kadjar up 91% to #34 and the Hyundai i20 up 28.4% to #40. The BMW X1 (+835%), Mercedes GLC (+193%) and Range Rover Evoque (+143%) all take off and fit within the Top 65.

toyota-proace-europe-september-2016The Toyota Proace lands at #260. 

The Fiat Tipo is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) despite falling 23 ranks on August to #81. Just below, it’s an extremely impressive performance by the Jaguar F-Pace up 40 spots on last month to #116, the best-selling Jaguar on the continent and now representing 42.2% of the brand’s sales (25.2% year-to-date). The Seat Ateca is also flexing its muscles, gaining 55 ranks to #119, ahead of the Suzuki Baleno (#152), Kia Niro (#155), Ford Ka+ (#172) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (#173). This month we welcome the Tesla Model X (#181) and Toyota Proace (#260) in the European sales charts.

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Europe September 2016: Mercedes overtakes Audi YTD to #1 premium

mercedes-c-class-uk-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukMercedes now outsells Audi YTD and the C-Class snaps its very first Top 10 ranking.

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The European new car market posts its best September score in a decade, up 7.1% to 1.495.815 deliveries across 29 countries. Year-to-date, sales are up 7.7% to 11.609.595 units, the highest level after 9 months since 2008. 16 markets record double-digit gains and just 3 post declines (Greece, the Netherlands and Ireland). The best performing markets are Romania (+63%), Hungary (+31%), Latvia (+29%), Cyprus (+21%), Poland (+20%), Slovakia (+19%) and Italy (+17%). Keep in mind September is always heavily weighted towards the UK market at an all-time high 469.696 or 31% of the entire European market. According to JATO Dynamics, SUV sales cross the 400.000 monthly units-barrier for the first time in history, boasting a 26.9% market share vs. 23.3% a year ago.

VW Tiguan Europe September 2016The VW Tiguan spends a 2nd consecutive month (and ever) inside the European Top 10.

In the brands ranking, market leaders Volkswagen (+3.5%), Ford (-1%) and Opel (+4.2%) are all losing market share compared to September 2015. Reversely, Renault surges 19.4% to 97.147 sales thanks to strong Mégane and Kadjar deliveries but drops to #3 year-to-date below Opel. The best performance of the month is without any doubt delivered by Mercedes up 17.8% to 91.572 units, frankly outpacing rival premium manufacturers BMW (+11.3%) and Audi (+8.7%). The big news is Mercedes overtaking Audi year-to-date to snap the premium crown at 638.968 sales (+14.5%) vs. 638.639 (+8.2%). This is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand YTD in Europe. In the Top 10, Fiat (+10.3%) and Skoda (+9.9%) outpace the market.

Audi A4 Europe September 2016Audi drops to #3 premium brand despite A3 sales up 18% and A4 units up 34%. 

The VW Golf remains the best-selling models across the continent despite a harsh 15% drop on the back of double-digit declines in Germany, the UK and France, the three largest European markets. Lifted by the UK, the Ford Fiesta is up one spot on August to #2 but down 7% year-on-year above the VW Polo up 11% and now #2 year-to-date, outpacing the Renault Clio (+7%). After breaking inside the European Top 10 for the first time ever in August, the VW Tiguan makes it two consecutive months at #9 thanks to deliveries boosted up 47% year-on-year by the new generation. It however drops to #2 SUV below the Nissan Qashqai (#6). It’s the turn of the Mercedes C-Class to snap its very first Top 10 European ranking at #10 (+12%), riding on the new Coupe variant. This month 41% of C-Class were sold in the UK where it ranks #10 and 32% in Germany where it ranks #4.

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Europe August 2016: VW Tiguan breaks into Top 10 for the first time

vw-tiguan-europe-august-2016First European Top 10 finish for the VW Tiguan in August at #6. 

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After posting its first decline in almost three years in July, new car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – recover in August at +8.1% to 842.696 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 7.6% to 10.066.436 units. 16 of the 29 markets studied post double-digit year-on-year gains including Italy (+20%) and Spain (+14%). Germany (+8%) and France (+7%) are also strong. The fastest-growing market this month are Romania (+68%), Hungary (+44%), Croatia (+39%), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Belgoum and Poland. At the other end of the scale, for markets register August declines: Slovenia (-1%), Greece (-7%), Switzerland (-8%) and Netherlands (-13%). According to JATO Dynamics, SUVs are the main engine of European growth once again in August with double-digit increases in 28 of the 29 markets analysed and an overall uptick of 30%. This surge is particularly vibrant in Italy (+53%), Ireland (+48%), Belgium (+43%), Portugal (+41%) and Norway (+40%).

Mercedes GLE Coupe Europe August 2016Mercedes surges 19% to rank #4 brand overall in Europe in August. 

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen (+4.6%) grows slightly slower than the market to 105.843 sales but places four nameplates inside the European Top 10 for the first time ever: the Golf (#1), Polo (#2), Tiguan (#6) and Passat (#10). Ford (+2%) and Opel (+5%) round up the podium, relegating Renault to 5th place but the hero of the month is Mercedes up 19% year-on-year to a stunning 4th place overall with 52.839 sales. It outsells Renault at 51.813 (+4%) and direct competitors Audi at 46.617 (+6%) and BMW at 45.473 (+1%). Year-to-date, Mercedes now stands at 544.901 sales after 8 months (+14%) vs. 555.008 for Audi (+8%) and 528.143 for BMW (+11.5%). Other great performers include Toyota (+15%), Fiat (+21%), Kia (+21%), Honda (+28%) and Jeep (+31%). One step further, Dacia (+36%) outsells Nissan (+0.5%) to snatch a 15th position overall and low-volume brands Jaguar (+38%), Land Rover (+46%), Ssangyong (+48%), MG (+130%), Maserati (+153%) and Infiniti (+310%) impress.

Dacia Sandero Europe August 2016. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukDacia is up 36% to outsell Nissan, the Sandero is up 45% and the Duster up 46%.

Model-wise, the VW Golf signs a 77th consecutive month in pole position despite a 11% year-on-year drop to 29.643. That’s more than double the sales of its follower, the VW Polo, also down 11% to 14.830 and now #2 year-to-date (206.512) above the Renault Clio (204.973). The Ford Fiesta rounds up the podium at +9% and the Opel Astra (+21%) confirms it is now evolving at its highest level since 2012 with a second consecutive month at #4, the first time it ranks that high since July 2012. The Skoda Octavia jumps back up 6 spots on July to a splendid 5th place in spite of sales down 2% but the event of the month is to be found just below.

Audi A4 Europe August 2016The Audi A4 stops 62 units short off a Top 10 ranking this month. 

The VW Tiguan, boosted by its much awaited new generation, surges 75% year-on-year and 10 spots on July to a record #6, the nameplate’s very first stint inside the European Top 10 and smashing its previous ranking record that stood at #12 (April 2014) before this month. It’s a great career start for the new gen Tiguan, but keep in mind August sales are traditionally very weak in Europe which often prompts unusual ranking shifts. It will be hard for the Tiguan to replicate this performance in a high-volume month.

fiat-tipo-italy-august-2016-picture-courtesy-drive-my-comThe Fiat Tipo is the most popular new launch in Europe, lifted by a Top 3 ranking in Italy

Other great gainers inside the Top 25 include the Opel Corsa at #8 (+20%), Audi A4 at #11 (+41%), Dacia Sandero at #14 (+45%), Seat Leon at #21 (+23%), Dacia Duster at #23 (+46%) and Peugeot 2008 at #24 (+42%). Further down, notice the Hyundai Tucson up 268% to #26, the VW Touran up 290% to #34, BMW X1 up 532% to #38, Toyota RAV4 up 97% to #44, VW Transporter up 81% to #59 and Skoda Superb up 87% to #60. The Fiat Tipo leads recent launches (<12 months) at #58, followed at a distance by the Renault Talisman (#120), Suzuki Baleno (#154), Jaguar F-Pace (#157), Kia Niro up 68 spots on July (#162), Seat Ateca (#174) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (#187).

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Europe July 2016: Discover the Top 350 models and Top 50 brands

Citroen Spacetourer Europe July 2016The Citroen Spacetourer lands at #275 in the European charts this month.

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After preliminary figures at the end of August, we can now go into the detail of July data for Europe 29 markets – Russia and Turkey excluded. Final figures confirm July is the first year-on-year decline since August 2013 at -2% to 1.15m units, but the year-to-date tally is still up 7.5% to 9.2m deliveries. One change in the Top 10 brands compared to the preliminary data: Fiat passes BMW to rank 8th overall. Peugeot (-10%), Skoda (-11%) and Volkswagen (-11%) still post the largest declines in the Top 10 and are responsible for the overall market decline. Outside the Top 10, Dacia (+12%) and Suzuki (+17%) shine with double-digit gains, Land Rover (+33%), Jaguar (+33%), Bentley (+44%), Rolls-Royce (+71%) and Infiniti (+220%) post spectacular improvements further down the ranking.

BMW X1 Europe July 2016The new model pushes BMW X1 sales up 4-fold compared to a year ago. 

Model-wise, the Top 13 best-sellers remain unchanged vs. preliminary figures, with the VW Golf still far ahead despite sales down 22%, distancing the VW Polo (-6%), Ford Fiesta (-3%), Opel Astra (+26%) and Renault Clio (-11%). The Dacia Sandero shoots up 3% to #12 but the Ford Focus (-12%), Skoda Octavia (-18%) and VW Passat (-22%) all struggle. The Fiat Panda passes the Audi A4 to rank at a final #14 for July and the Renault Captur bypasses the Skoda Fabia to rank #19. Beyond the familiar Top 20, the Hyundai Tucson gains 7 spots on June to #27, the Ford Kuga is up 16% year-on-year to #33, the VW Touran up 144% to #34, the Renault Kadjar up 128% to #37, the BMW X1 up 317% to #46 and the Skoda Superb up 96% to #59.

Maserati Levante Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukFirst appearance of the Maserati Levante in the European sales charts in July. 

The Fiat Tipo is now the most popular recent launch (<12 months), boosted up 35 ranks on last month by the hatch variant to #58 overall. It is followed by the Mercedes GLC at #93 (-17 spots on July), the Honda HR-V at #133 (+2), Renault Talisman at #137 (-20), Jaguar F-Pace at #145 (+11) and Suzuki Baleno at #149 (+1). Further down, the Seat Ateca breaks into the European Top 200 for the first time at #187, the Volvo S/V90 is up 35 ranks to #214 and the Kia Niro is up 55 to #230. We welcome no less than four new nameplates in the European sales charts in July: the Maserati Levante at #250, Fiat Talento at #257, Citroen Spacetourer at #275 and Infiniti QX30 at #282.

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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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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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