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Europe July 2015: VW Passat breaks into Top 5 for first time in 4 years

August 24th, 2015 11 comments

VW Passat Europe July 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comVW Passat sales are up 50% year-on-year in Europe in July.

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After a 15% surge in June, the European new car market is up an equally impressive 9% year-on-year in July to 1.180.078 registrations – that’s a cool 23 consecutive months of year-on-year gains – lifting the year-to-date total to 8.595.528 units, also up 9% on 2014. Volkswagen gains slightly less ground than the market at +8% but remains in the lead by far at 152.160 units vs. 84.450 (+7%) for Ford at #2. Opel/Vauxhall is up one rank to reclaim its spot on the European podium at 74.736 sales (+3%) above Renault (+5%) threatened by fellow countryman Peugeot (+11%) at 70.831 sales vs. 70.223. Inside the Top 10, Mercedes and Fiat both show the healthiest results: up 12% on July 2014.

Mercedes C Class Europe July 2015. Picture courtesy telegraph.co.ukMercedes sales are up 12% year-on-year in Europe.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen brilliantly manages to place 3 models inside the Top 5 for the first time in over four years: the VW Golf is up 11% to celebrate 64 consecutive months in the European pole position (the last time the Golf did not rank #1 in Europe is March 2010 – before BSCB was created), the VW Polo is up 16% in 2nd place and the VW Passat is up 50% to #5 with 21.972 sales, 52% of which coming from Germany where it hit its strongest volume in 8 years in July. The last time the Passat ranked within the European Top 5 was in April 2011, and the only time before that was in December 2005, almost 10 years ago. Historically high scores for the Passat in Europe indeed. The Skoda Octavia is up 6 spots on June to #6, the Ford Focus up 12% year-on-year at #7 but the Opel Corsa is down 11% to #9 despite the arrival of the new model.

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Europe 1st Half 2015: Recovery now firmly in place – albeit artificial?

August 5th, 2015 No comments

Renault Captur Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe success of the Captur lifts Renault up to third place in Europe.

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At +8% to 7.370.832 registrations over the 1st Half of 2015, the European new car market is clearly headed towards a second consecutive year of growth. However apart from the UK (+7%), the major part of other positive markets such as Germany (+5%), France (+6%), Italy (+15%) and Spain (+22%) have relied heavily upon artificial ways of sustaining demand such as scrappage schemes or fleet and rental purchases. In these countries, private demand seems to have reached saturation already, so the 2nd Half of 2015 will give a good indication of the long-term prospects of this return to growth in Europe.

Europe 1st Half 2015Source: JATO Dynamics

Brand-wise, Volkswagen manages to outpace the market with sales up 9% to just under 900.000 units with the Golf remaining Europe’s best-seller by far at 274.000 sales, the Polo up 13% to #4 and the Passat up 39% to brilliantly break back into the European Top 10 at #9. Ford underperforms at +6% in 2nd position: the Fiesta is up just 4% at #2 and the Focus up 5% at #6. Renault posts a double-digit gain on 2014 at +10% to 514.600 deliveries, boosted by the Captur up 23% to #12 (and #7 in June) while the Clio is up just 2% in third place overall. Opel (+5%) is knocked down to 4th place despite a full year of running it alone in Europe as the Chevrolet brand was discontinued a year ago, with the Corsa up 13% thanks to the new model, the Astra up just 4% and the Mokka up a very satisfying 40% to jump inside the Top 20.

VW Passat Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Passat is up 39% to return into the European Top 10.

Peugeot stays at #5 with the 208 is in difficulty at #8 (+1%) but the 308 (+34%) and 2008 (+15%) both making their way towards the Top 10. Audi keeps the lead in the luxury race but posts the smallest year-on-year gain by far at just +4% to 399.200 units (#6) vs. +8% for BMW at 371.000 sales (#7) and a stunning +11% for Mercedes at 370.500 deliveries, helped by the success of the new C-Class (+45%), GLA (+78%) and CLA (+44%) and before the GLC and GLE with their respective coupe variants hit the market. Skoda breaks into the European Top 10 with sales up 7% to 315.600 with the Octavia holding onto its Top 10 spot and the Fabia (+28%) getting very close too the Top 20 thanks to the new model.

Nissan Qashqai Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frNissan Qashqai sales are up 13% year-on-year in Europe.

Nissan is up a splendid 21% and two spots on a year ago to #11, overtaking Toyota (+5%) to become the best-selling Asian brand in Europe. The Qashqai nudges up one spot to a best-ever 7th place Europe-wide thanks to sales up 13% and the all-new Pulsar adds 24.000 deliveries to the Japanese brand’s total. Other great performers in the brands ranking include (in order of sales) Mini (+34%), Land Rover (+18%), Mitsubishi (+52%), Smart (+61%) and Jeep (+181%) thanks to the Renegade landing directly at #89. Notice also Lamborghini more than doubling its sales year-on-year to 498, the new Huracan accounting for 68% of this total.

Jeep Renegade Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Jeep Renegade is one of 3 all-new nameplates in the Top 100.

Launched roughly a year ago, the VW Golf Sportsvan (#41), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (#48 including the Coupe), Citroen C4 Cactus (#56) and Peugeot 108 (#67) make themselves noticed. Fifteen new nameplates make their entrance in the European ranking compared to the 1st Half of 2014, but only three make their way to the Top 100: the Fiat 500X, its platform twin the Jeep Renegade and the Nissan Pulsar. The Smart Forfour, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Suzuki Celerio and Renault Kadjar make it to the Top 200 whereas the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva, Mazda CX-3, Jaguar XE, Mercedes AMG GT, Ssangyong Tivoli, Lexus RC, Mitsubishi Attrage and Hyundai Tucson miss out for now.

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Europe June 2015: Now with Top 340 All-models and All-brands

August 5th, 2015 No comments

Citroen C4 Cactus Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy carmagazine.co.ukFirst European Top 50 ranking for the Citroen C4 Cactus.

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After looking at the June Top 10 models and brands for Europe, we now have access to refined and complete data as is the tradition on BSCB. The overall total registrations for June in 28 European countries (list available in footnote) is 1.403.441, up a splendid 14.5% on June 2014 and lifting the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 to 7.370.832 units, up 8% or almost 570.000 deliveries year-on-year. The Top 10 brands remain unchanged on preliminary figures published 15 days ago with Volkswagen (+18%), Renault (+5%), Ford (+15%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+9%) leading the way and Audi (+17%), Mercedes and Skoda (both at +16%) also outpacing the market. Widening the net to the Top 30 brands, Jeep performs best at +176% followed by Smart (+89%), Mitsubishi (+52%), Land Rover (+45%), Mini (+32%), Mazda (+23%), Volvo and Nissan (+22%). Further down, Lamborghini (+92%), Ssangyong (+82%) and Tesla (+71%) shine.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe BMW 2 Series is up to a record #39 European ranking thanks to the Active Tourer.

The Top 10 models we originally detailed is confirmed in its integrality, with the big event being the Renault Captur hitting a high note of #7 thanks to sales up 15% on June last year. The Opel Astra (+12%), Skoda Octavia (+13%) and Peugeot 308 (+20%) just miss out, all selling upwards of 20.000 units in June. The best improvements in the Top 30 are delivered by the Opel Mokka (+59%), Skoda Fabia (+62%), Mercedes C-Class (+64%) and Mini (+67%). Further down, the BMW 2 Series breaks into the European Top 40 for the first time thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer with sales up 6-fold to #39 and the Citroen C4 Cactus celebrates its first year in market by making a virgin run into the Top 50 at #48.

Renault Kadjar Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is among Europe’s Top 100 best-sellers in June.

Among recent launches, the Fiat 500X continues to climb the ladder at #60, the Jeep Renegade is down 9 spots on May to #87, the Renault Kadjar breaks into the Top 100 at #88, the Smart Forfour is down 5 ranks to #109, the Nissan Pulsar falls 24 to #120 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport loses 4 spots to #124. Three nameplates that made their first appearance in the European charts last month shave a large chunk off their May spots: the Opel Karl is up 113 ranks to #127, the Mazda CX-3 up 50 to #146 and the Jaguar XE up 44 to #158. Finally, the Hyundai Tucson, whose nameplate has been revived to replace the ix35, reappears in the ranking at #269.

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Europe June 2015: Renault Captur equals all-time record #7 spot

July 21st, 2015 No comments

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Excellent news for new car sales in Europe in June: the market is up 15% year-on-year to 1.41 million units, the largest monthly increase since December 2009 and celebrating 22 consecutive months of gains. According to Automotive News, figures were boosted in part by the Pentecost religious holiday, when retail outlets are closed in several European countries, shifting into May this year from June in 2014. Increases of  13% in Germany and the UK, 14% in Italy, 15% in France and 24% in Spain helped continent-wide sales up this month. However June growth was mainly fuelled by the fleet market, with private demand only gaining 2%. IHS Automotive says “Private demand looks close to saturation point. Buyer fatigue seems to be setting in.”

VW Passat Europe June 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comVW Passat

Far from its Chinese freefall, Volkswagen gains a spectacular 19% to 166.424 sales, Ford and Skoda are up 15% while Audi and Mercedes gain 17%. In the models ranking, below the VW Golf (+13%), the Ford Fiesta (+22%) and VW Polo (+38%) frankly outpace the market, kicking the Renault Clio (-11%) down to #4 while the Opel Corsa and Ford Focus round up the Top 6 like last month. The Renault Captur shoots up to 7th place overall in Europe – its third Top 10 finish after June 2014 (#7) and December 2014 (#9). The Peugeot 208 shows rare year-on-year gains at +19%, the same improvement as the Nissan Qashqai at #9 while the VW Passat, up a stunning 47%, keeps the Skoda Octavia out of the Top 10.

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Europe May 2015: VW Passat confirms Top 10 spot

July 11th, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Europe May 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Passat ranks 9th in Europe in May.

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Still no ‘teaser’ Top 10 from JATO Dynamics so it’s straight to the complete European rankings once again with the traditional one month delay. Still in positive, Europe new car sales are up a shy 1% in May due to less selling days at 1.142.910 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 5.974.883 units, up 7% on 2014. This is the 21st consecutive month of year-on-year increase in Europe. Volkswagen remains sovereign in the brands ranking despite sales down 1% to 142.616, ahead of Ford (-1%) while Opel (-3%) overtakes Renault (+6%) for the last spot on the podium.

Suzuki Vitara Europe May 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe all-new Suzuki Vitara breaks into the European Top 100 and helps lift Suzuki up 14%.

Audi is the best-selling luxury brand but with sales down 6% year-on-year, it is under intense threat this month from Mercedes (+6%) at 62.449 deliveries vs. 61.213 while BMW (+3%) is distanced at 56.977. Fiat (+6%), Nissan (+15%), Hyundai (+4%), Kia (+5%) and Mini (+37%) also outpace the market inside the Top 20. Further down, the Macan pushes Porsche up 13%, the all-new Vitara lifts Suzuki up 14%, the Discovery Sport boosts Land Rover up 18%, the Space Star kicks Mitsubishi up 31%, the return of the Forfour speeds up Smart 82% and the Renegade fuels Jeep sals up 140%.

Opel Astra Europe May 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra is in runout mode before the new gen (above) launches later this year.

Over in the models ranking, the Top 6 best-sellers return to their YTD 2015 and FY 2014 order albeit with all nameplates on the podium losing ground year-on-year: the VW Golf is #1 (-5%) followed by the Ford Fiesta (-2%) and Renault Clio (-9%), while the VW Polo (+14%) and Ford Focus (+11%) shine. The Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Octavia both jump back up 3 spots to #7 and #8 respectively, the VW Passat is up 21% on June 2014 to remain inside the Top 10 for the 2nd month running at #9 and the Opel Astra makes its return among Europe’s 10 favourite nameplates thanks to sales down just 1% to 17.220.

Renault Kadjar Europe May 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar makes its first appearance in the European sales charts.

Below, the Peugeot 308 is up 13% to finish the month only 149 sales below its lil sis the 208, the Renault Captur tirelessly improves by 30% at #14, the Peugeot 2008 is up 10% to #17, the Mercedes C-Class up 47% to #18, the Skoda Fabia up 35% to #19, the Opel Mokka up 17% to #21 and the Mini more than doubles its sales to #24. Notice also the Nissan Juke up 33%, the Ford Mondeo up 75%, Toyota Aygo up 52%, BMW 4 Series up 49%, Mercedes GLA up 22% and the Mercedes CLA up 58%.

Jaguar XE Europe May 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Jaguar XE lands just outside the European Top 200.

Among recent launches, the Citroen C4 Cactus is down one spot on April to #65, the Fiat 500X down 9 to #69, the Jeep Renegade up 7 to #78, the Suzuki Vitara is up 17 to break into the Top 100 at #87 and the Nissan Pulsar is up 22 to #96. We welcome no less than five all-new nameplates inside the European ranking this month, led by the Renault Kadjar landing directly inside the Top 150 at #149 with 1.768 sales, above the Mazda CX-3 at #196 (729 units), Jaguar XE at #202 (641 deliveries), Ssangyong Tivoli at #239 (261 sales) and the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #240 (255 units).

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Europe April 2015: VW Passat leaps up to 7th place

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VW Passat Europe April 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe VW Passat hits its highest European ranking since February 2012.

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JATO Dynamics didn’t publish their traditional ‘teaser’ Top Tenners this month so it’s straight to the complete rankings with the traditional one month delay. The European new car market continues to recover from 7 dark years of recession: celebrating 20 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in April at a solid +7% to 1.200.717 and +8% to 4.817.100 so far in 2015. Volkswagen follows the market atop the brands ranking (+6%) while Ford (+2%) is under pressure from Renault (+16%) for the overall 2nd spot with only 938 units separating the two manufacturers.

Volvo XC90 Norway May 2015Volvo sales are up 12% year-on-year in May.

Audi (69.863) remains the #1 premium brand on the continent while BMW (60.679) passes Mercedes (59.013) for the #2 spot and #7 overall. Compared to March, Fiat, Skoda (both at +9% yoy) and Citroen (+1%) overtake Nissan (+7%) while Toyota is down 2% to #12. Notice also Dacia and Volvo both up 12%, Land Rover up 18%, Porsche up 20%, Mitsubishi up 28%, Mini up 33%, Smart up 56%, Tesla up 85% and Jeep up 173%.

Renault Clio Europe April 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Renault Clio is up 15% to 2nd place overall.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf maintains a comfortable 18.000 unit-lead over all other nameplates despite sales down 3% just under 48.000. That’s to be compared with just above 30.000 (+15%) for the Renault Clio, still in great shape despite its age and competition from the Captur, itself up 20% to #13. The Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Opel Corsa rounds up the Top 5 with the Ford Focus brilliantly staying at #6 despite the comedown from March sales traditionally boosted by UK license plate changes. But the hero of the month in the European Top 10 is the VW Passat, up 45% year-on-year and 10 spots on March to 7th place, its best ranking in Europe since February 2012 and allowing it a #11 spot year-to-date only 1.157 units below the Skoda Octavia which was just passed by the Audi A3.

Skoda Fabia Europe April 2015. Picture courtesy rad-ab.comThe new model lifts European Skoda Fabia sales up 37% in April.

Outside the Top 10, the Peugeot 308 continues to lodge solid month after solid month, up 45% on April 2014 to #12 this time and now #13 year-to-date. The Dacia Sandero is up by a stunning 22% year-on-year and 11 ranks on March to #15, the Peugeot 2008 up 20% to #18, the Skoda Fabia up 37% to #19, the Opel Mokka up 39% to #22, Mercedes C-Class up 23% to #23 and the Mini takes full advantage of the addition of a 5-door variant, almost doubling its sales year-on-year to #29.

Fiat 500X Jeep Renegade Europe April 2015. Picture courtesy motorbox.comThe Fiat 500X is up to #60 in Europe, the Jeep Renegade up to #85.

Further down, the Hyundai ix35 is up 28% to #34 despite its age, the VW Golf Sportsvan is back up 10 spot to a solid #38, the Renault Twingo is up 46% year-on-year to #43 thanks to the new model and the BMW 2 Series is up 577% to #51 thanks to the Active Tourer. Among recent launches, the Fiat 500X is gearing up at +41 spots on March to land in 60th place overall with almost 7.000 sales Europe-wide, its twin the Jeep Renegade is up 13 ranks to #85, the Suzuki Vitara is up to #104, the Land Rover Discovery Sport recedes 3 spots to #110 but with March boosted by strong UK sales this actually means a marked improvement, and the Mercedes AMG GT gains a further 11 ranks to #237.

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Europe 1st Quarter 2015: Nissan Qashqai leads SUV surge

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Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2015The Nissan Qashqai hits a best-ever 6th spot in Europe over the 1st Quarter 2015.

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All manufacturers present in Europe are breathing a sign of relief as the European new car market soars 9% over the first Quarter of 2015 to 3.621.045 sales, presaging a first frank year of growth since the 2009 recession. As it is the case in both the two other large vehicle markets in the world, the USA and China, SUVs and crossovers are the engine of this growth as we will detail further down. Volkswagen remains sovereign in the European brands ranking, even outpacing the market at +11% to 434.000 sales, above Ford (+7%) while Renault (+13%) overtakes Opel/Vauxhall (+7%) partly thanks to an excellent performance of its Captur crossover (+31%) and a renaissance in the UK.

Porsche Macan Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy youtube.comThe Macan pushes European Porsche sales up 50%.

Peugeot rounds up the Top 5 as it was the case a year ago, ahead of the Top 3 luxury German marques. The race to #1 luxury brand is getting very heated – the same way it is in the US and worldwide: Audi is up 4%, BMW up 8% and Mercedes up 15% but only 1.300 sales separate the last two, with Audi having a meagre 10.000 units advance on its two pursuants. Nissan (+26% thanks to the Qashqai), Seat (+15% thanks to the Leon), Mini (+35% thanks to the 5-door hatch), Smart (+46% thanks to the Forfour), Porsche (+50% thanks to the Macan), Mitsubishi (+70% thanks to the Outlander PHEV) and Jeep (+203% thanks to the Cherokee and Renegade) all shine.

Renault Captur Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frCan the Renault Captur end 2015 in the Top 10. Long term trends indicate so.

The Top 5 models are unchanged on a year ago, with the VW Golf leading of course ahead of the Ford Fiesta, however the Renault Clio and VW Polo are being threatened for the final spot on the podium by the Opel Corsa surging 21% and standing less than 2.000 units below the former two nameplates. The Nissan Qashqai is up two ranks on 2014 and 21% to land at a best-ever 6th place, and is the tree in front of a forest of soaring SUV scores. The Renault Captur (+27%) stops 2.200 sales short off a historical Top 10 ranking over Q1, the Opel Mokka is up 43%, Peugeot 2008 up 14%, Dacia Duster up 13% and Hyundai ix35 up 20%. And it’s only the beginning, with the Jeep Renegade landing at #95 and the Fiat 500X at #112.

VW Golf Sportsvan Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of yahoo.frVW Golf Sportsvan

New generations boost the Peugeot 308 up 47%, the Mercedes C-Class up 46%, Mini up a round 100%, while the VW Golf Sportsvan landing at #42, BMW 2 Series at #53, Citroen C4 Cactus at #54, Peugeot 108 at #57, Nissan Pulsar at #88 and Smart Forfour at #110.

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Mercedes AMG GT Europe March 2015The Mercedes AMG GT makes its 1st appearance in the European ranking at #248

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After looking at the March Top 10 models and brands for Europe, we now have access to refined and complete data as is the tradition on BSCB. March tally is confirmed at 1.643.607 registrations, a 11.4% surge on March 2013 and bringing the 1st Quarter result to 3.621.045 deliveries, up a cool 9% on 2014. Within the Top 5 most popular brands, Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot slightly outperform the market at +12% while below Mercedes (+16%) and Nissan (+23%) shine. Outside the Top 10, notice Hyundai up 20%, Land Rover up 22%, Mini up 43%, Smart up 54%, Porsche up 57%, Mitsubishi up 73% and Jeep up 244%.

Mitsubishi Attrage Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrivia.com…as does the Mitsubishi Attrage, imported from Thailand.

The March models ranking is traditionally skewed by an oversized UK market due to the bi-annual licence plate change, lifting the Ford Fiesta to #2, the Opel Corsa to #3, Ford Focus to #6 and Opel Astra to #10. The Renault Captur misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 171 units at #11 and its sales growth is not abating at +30% on March 2014. The Peugeot 308 is also very dynamic at #14 (+60%) as are the Mercedes C-Class at #16 (+30%), VW Passat at #17 (+37%) and Opel Mokka at #18 (+44%). Other great gainers inside the Top 100 include the Mini up 98% thanks to the addition of a 5-door variant, the Mazda3 up 88%, Suzuki Swift up 50%, Mitsubishi Outlander up 141% and Mercedes GLA up 70%.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Europe March 2015Land Rover Discovery Sport

Now a quick roundup on the recent European launches. The VW Golf Sportsvan continues to top them all and maintains itself inside the Top 50 at #48, the Citroen C4 Cactus is down 9 spots on February to #60, the Peugeot 108 up one to #63 and the Nissan Pulsar stable at a lukewarm #85. Both the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are suffering from their absence (at the time) in the UK and fall to #98 and #101 respectively, but their climb up the ladder will resume next month. The Land Rover Discovery Sport on the contrary is logically up 84 spots to #110. Finally, we welcome two new nameplates in the official European ranking this month: the Mercedes AMG GT at #248 and the Mitsubishi Attrage at #277.

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Europe March 2015: Relief as continent-wide sales jump 11%

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Vauxhall Corsa Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukStrong UK sales push the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa onto the European podium in March.

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It’s official: the recession is over in Europe. Overall new car sales are up 11% year-on-year in March to an imposing 1.644.985 registrations, boosted by a record figure in the UK (accounting for 28% of the continent’s sales) and Spain up a joyful 41%. The 1st Quarter ends on a 9% increase at 3.629.902 deliveries. Volkswagen moves with the market at +11% to 11.1% share, while Ford (+9%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+4%) mechanically move up to #2 and #3 given their strong reliance on UK sales but underperform. The French fall right in the average: Renault and Peugeot rank 4th and 5th and both gain 11%. Audi (+7%) and BMW (+5%) step aside and let Mercedes (+16%) shine bright at 82,980 sales (Audi 87,688 – BMW 81,857) but the hero of the month is Nissan jumping 4 spot to crack the European Top 10 thanks to sales up 21% to #9 and 80,471 deliveries. Fiat also enjoys the success of its very profitable 500 family and the arrival of the 500X just in time for summer escapades: +13% in 10th place.

Nissan Qashqai Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan is up 21% year-on-year in Europe in March.

Despite sales up just 0.1% to 56,269, the VW Golf manages to clock its 60th consecutive month atop the European sales charts – that’s a full 5 years with the last time the Golf did not rank #1 in Europe being March 2010… The Top 10 models is heavily influenced by the UK market as is the norm in March: the Ford Fiesta jumps two spots to #2 both in March and year-to-date, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is up 3 to #3 (+21%), the Ford Focus is up 5 to #6 and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 7 to return inside the Top 10 at #10. While the Renault Clio is solid at +12%, the VW Polo takes a beating and drops two ranks in the 2015 ranking to #4, now only 51 units above the Corsa. Another excellent month for the Nissan Qashqai at #7 (+13%) and Audi A3 at #9 (+15%).

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BMW 2er Active Tourer Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autozeitung.deThe Active Tourer variant lifts the BMW 2 Series to its first European Top 50 ranking.

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Refined European data is now available with the traditional one month-delay, confirming the 8% year-on-year increase announced earlier at 952,084 units and 1.977.866 year-to-date (+7%). Outside the familiar Top 10 brands, Seat (+23%), Nissan (+27%), Mini (+34%), Lexus (+36%), Mitsubishi (+43%), Smart (+45%), Porsche (+46%) and most spectacularly Jeep (+182%) impress. The VW Passat is the hero in the Top 10 with sales up 65% to #8, but beyond a few other nameplate also make themselves noticed. The Renault Captur is still on the up at #12 (+23%) as is the Peugeot 308 at #14 (+31%), the Opel Mokka at #18 (+67%), Mercedes C-Class at #20 (+54%), Seat Leon at #21 (+26%), Renault Twingo at #25 (+133%) and Mini at #36 (+105%).

Smart Forfour Europe February 2015Mainly thanks to its performance in Italy, the Smart Forfour is inside Europe’s Top 100.

Lifted by the success of the Active Tourer variant still not separated from the Coupe/Cabriolet in official sales, the BMW 2 Series breaks into the European Top 50 for the very first time this month at #43 with 6,859 units. The Citroen C4 Cactus is getting tantalisingly closer to reaching that milestone as well: up a further two spots on January to #51 and 6,293 sales, the Jeep Renegade posts its first European Top 100 at #83 and 3,904 units as does the new generation Smart Forfour at #96 and 3,428 sales and the Fiat 500X at #98 and 3,151 sales while the Nissan Pulsar is up 13 spots on January to #85 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is up 15 to #194.

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